The arms were assumed
in 2003 and registered on behalf, and in memory, of James Benjamin
Nail, son of Benjamin L. Nail, Jr. In 1911 he married Zera M. Godbee
with whom he had two children. Zera died in 1963 and James in 1968.
1a Geneva Nail, b. 1912, m. Jesse Nathaniel Scott, and has
1b Jimmy Nathaniel Scott, ob. inf
1b Shirley Elizabeth Scott
Carolyn Nail, Bachelor of Science (GA Southern U), b. 1918, m. Charles
Hinton Drake, Doctor of Medicine (Med. Coll. GA), sometime Major USAF.
Their two children:
1b Charles Edward Francis Drake, m. Rita
Jayne Elizabeth Chabot
1c Vivienne Rita
Caroline Marissa Drake
1b Carol Louise Drake
The Neales, otherwise
Nyells, were from in and around Kilkhampton and Morwenstow, Cornwall.
Their ancestry can be traced there at least as far as the commencement
of the registers. The progenitor of this family in America was
Nicholas Neal, a tailor, who came from Bradworthy, Devon to Albemarle
County, Virginia in 1727.
The drops of blood in the design of the arms commemorate the
sacrifices of family members in military service, with the white stars
on a blue background borrowing symbolism from the both the Stars and
Stripes and the Stars and Bars. The Native American elements in the
crest reflect an aspect of the American Revolutionary War along the
southern frontier. Captain Joseph Nail (Neale) commanded Nail's Fort
during the War of American Independence and died in that conflict. His
son Reuben enlisted at age 14 and fought at his side, along with an
older son, Ensign Joseph Nail, Jr. Reuben's grandson Benjamin L. Nail,
Sr., fell in 1863 at Chickamauga during the War for Southern
Independence. The motto is a pun on the surname