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We have seen three different Coats-of-Arms presented by separate heraldic researchers or companies that are said to be the Gose family's coat-of-arms. All three of these may be viewed here by clicking on the "thumbnail" image for each below. View Family Crests
WHICH IS THE CORRECT ONE?
We must confess that we don't really know which may be the "correct" one. In "The GOSE Book", Thelma Pearl chose to use the one that George B. Gose also presented in his 1964 publication, "Pioneers of the Virginia Bluegrass" - as being the correct coat-of-arms for the Gose family "from Strasbourg, Germany".
Prior to the one above, the Sanson Institute of Heraldry in Boston identified a different coat-of-arms for the Gose family.
More recently, a third coat-of-arms has been presented by Halberts of Bath, Ohio as being the "Gose family coat-of-arms".
You may be familiar with Halberts if you have received any of their mailings promoting a "Gose Genealogy Book". This "family genealogy book" is something that they do for just about every surname in the U.S. It is basically just a mass produced, commercial product that is generic in nature and contains nothing really of any specific substance pertaining to our Gose family history or genealogy.
It may be that all three of these coats-of-arms are correct for the Gose family.. but are for different family groups who lived in different places in the old world.
We do know that there are different families of Goses (Goß) who have immigrated to this country from totally different parts of Germanic Europe.
The following article is taken from The GOSE Book, by Thelma Pearl Yost, published first in 1970 as a supported effort of the Decatur, Texas Goses who are descended from the immigrant Stephen Gose through his first born son, Christopher and his son Stephen.
HERALDRY - An absorbing and fascinating Hobby
By Patricia Chadwell
Perhaps as the printer suggested, the company may use this form in displaying many shields so that if proof of crest shows up later on, it would be necessary only to add the crest - or maybe, York Insignia Ltd. only wanted to make it attractive for the G.F.R. In the large library book (Genealogical Dept.) Illustrations to Rietsthe’s Armorial General, by Roland, Vols. III & IV, p LXXI, only a hunting horn on a shield is shown with the name Gosse underneath (this is shown for or from Strasbourg.)"
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As stated above, the arms presented by York was created by interpretation of the blazons description found in Rietsthe’s Armorial General. This is a primary reference source used by many of the companies that produce family crests.
Further research should be done to gather the different actual blazons descriptions as found in the various reference books used as sources by the various companies who have produced the various Gose Family Coats-Of-Arms.
For each of the blazons descriptions that is thusly revealed to be obviously different from the rest, we should attempt to determine the geographic location associated with each. In this way, we may be able to determine which coats-of-arms may be associated with particular Gosse family lines coming out of Europe.
If anyone is willing to do this research, please let us know.
GOSE Family Coats-Of-Arms
(Click on images to see a full page view)
As used in "Pioneers of the Virginia Bluegrass" and "The GOSE Book"
Presented by the Sanson Institute of Heraldry
Presented by Halberts
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