Allred Family Organization
Database of the Allred's of Eccles, Lancashire, England, From the 1500's
Allred Family Organization
is a large ancestral family
organization that has genealogical ties to the Brough
There are a number of relationships between
members of the Allred and Brough families. Here are just four of them:
1) In 1878, James Anderson Allred (1819-1904) of Bedford Co., Tennessee,
married Elizabeth Ann Brough (1861-1944) of Spring City, Utah,
in Salt Lake City, Utah; 2) In 1904, Cyrus
Edward Allred (1881-1969) of Spring City, Utah, married Grace Brough
(1879-1968) of Spring City, Utah, in Manti, Utah; 3) In 1905, Edna Allred
(1882-1943) of Spring City, Utah, married Raymond Gilbert Brough
(1881-1971) of Spring City, Utah, in Manti, Utah; and 4) In 1944, Arlin
Richard Allred Jr. (1921-1978) of Logan Utah, married Ethel Brough
(1926-1976) of Green River, Wyoming, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most of
the descendants of these couples now live in the western United States.
Limited information about the Allred family
of England and the United States is posted on the Brough Family Organization
website as a courtesy to members of both family organizations. For further
information about the Allred family please visit the official Allred
Family Organization website.
of years ago the Allred family settled in Eccles, Lancashire, England.
These early family members were the progenitors of thousands of Allred
descendants who now reside in Western Europe, North America and elsewhere
around the world. The histories of these early Allred families have been
described in a number of publications.
2015, an extensive book was published about the Allred family of
England and the United States, and was entitled: From
England to America: Our Allred Family, by Dawnell Hatton Griffin,
Watkins Printing, Logan, Utah, 2015, 348 pages. This
book is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City,
Utah. Below are some interesting comments from this publication:
For many years...it was widely believed...that
we descend from Henry Aldridge and that the surname [of Allred] was changed
by John Aldridge (married to Anne Hamilton) from Aldrige/Aldrege to 'Allred.'
We now know that this is not the case. We descend from John Allred (Orred)
of Pendleton Pool, Eccles Parish, Lancashire, England and his wife, Ellen
Pemberton. Their son, Soloman Allred immigrated to Pennsylvania sometime
in the late 1600's or early 1700's. In addition to documents that have
been discovered in the past few years, DNA tests have confirmed that we
have roots in Lancashire, England and that the Allred and Aldridge family
do not originate from a common source. (Pages V-VI)
Early church records of the Eccles Parish
in Lancashire, England provide us with glimpses into the lives of our
ancestors who were mostly landless tenant farmers and weavers. (Page VII)
According to the above 2015 book, the
Allred lineage extends from England to Utah as follows:
Allred (1680-after 1754), christened in Eccles, Lancashire, England;
Ann York; left England and arrived in Pennsylvania in about 1718.
Allred (1724-1810), born in Pennsylvania;
Elizabeth Twigg (1732-1769).
Allred (1750-1827), born in North Carolina;
Elizabeth Thrasher (1754-1842).
(1784-1876), born in North Carolina;
Elizabeth Warren (1786-1879);
couple crossed the Plains of the United States and settled in Spring City,
couple and six of their children died in Utah.
A book about James
and Elizabeth Allred was
published in 1995 and enlarged
early 2016 the Research Committee of the Brough Family Organization
(BFO) received a request from related Brough and Allred family members
to research, document and publish all Allred-surnamed individuals listed
in the parish records of Eccles, Lancashire, England, who were christened,
married and/or buried in Eccles from 1564 to 1700.
This BFO research project eventually resulted in
the production of a publication entitled The
Allred's of Eccles, Lancashire, England, From the 1500's to 1700. Today the genealogical information contained within this publication
is available as a seperate database. This publication lists the ancestors of Solomon Alred (Allred)
Alrede (b.abt.1500), listed in a 1526 tax record; of Eccles, Lancashire,
Alred (b.abt.1525), married his second wife in 1567 in Eccles, Lancashire,
Alred (b.abt.1548-d.1594) , buried in 1594 in Eccles, Lancashire,
John Alred (the
Elder, 1571-1633), christened and buried in Eccles, Lancashire, England;
Alred (1594-1661), christened and buried in Eccles, Lancashire, England;
Alred (1637-1701), christened and buried in Eccles, Lancashire, England;
Alred (Allred, 1680-after 1754), christened in Eccles, Lancashire,
Ann York; left England and arrived in Pennsylvania in about 1718.
Use and Meaning of a Coat of Arms
The following information comes from the
World Book Encyclopedia and was quoted in the 1981 RBFO book
The Ancestors of Richard Brough and Mary Horleston, pp.43-44:
A "Coat of Arms" is a heraldic
design, used to distinguish individual families and to authenticate official
documents. The Coat of Arms comes from the custom of embroidering the
emblem of a knight on the surcoat which he wore over his armor.
Heraldic symbols as we know them today developed
with the use of armor in the Middle Ages. The suit of armor made it difficult
to distinguish friend from foe during violent hand-to-hand combat, and
knights developed heraldic symbols so they could identify each other.
The symbols usually commemorated an event in the knight's life, or some
During the Middle Ages, heraldic symbols
were also used in everyday life. Most persons did not know how to write,
so they had to develop some way of proving the authenticity of various
documents. It became common practice to use a seal with a person's heraldic
design as a signature. The introduction of gunpowder into warfare made
armor obsolete. As a result, heraldic symbols were no longer needed as
a means of recognition on the battlefield. These symbols became more useful
as an emblem distinguishing a particular family than as a mark of an individual
knight. [Similarly, the College of Arms has stated: "With the introduction
of gunpowder and artillery the use of arms on the jousting field and in
battle eventually decreased, while the use of arms in civilian activities
and social endeavors increased."]
In England, Richard III established the
Herald's College (College
of Arms) in 1484 AD. The Herald's College decided(s) who is entitled
to wear coats of arms. Also, in such [areas] as Great Britain, heraldic
symbols usually depict the ancestry of a particular individual, rather
than an element of his life.
A complete coat of arms consists of a shield,
crest, and motto. The shield, or escutcheon, is the basic element. A helmet,
or supporters, or both may be added. Accessories include the wreath, mantling
and scroll. The wreath represents a device used to cover the point where
the crest was attached to the knight's helmet. The mantling originally
protected the knight from the direct rays of the sun and also protected
the helmet from stains and rust.
College of Arms in London, England
January 2016, the College
of Arms website stated the following:
"There is no such thing as a 'coat of arms for a surname'. Many people
of the same surname will often be entitled to completely different coats
of arms, and many of that surname will be entitled to no coat of arms.
Coats of arms belong to individuals. For any person to have a right to
a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended
in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or
confirmed in the past."
of Arms: "Coats of arms belong to specific individuals and families
and there is no such thing as a coat of arms for a family name. From their
origins in the twelfth century to the present day arms have been borne
by individuals, and by corporate bodies, as marks of identification. They
have also been used to denote other characteristics, which have changed
over the centuries as society and culture have evolved. New coats of arms
have since the fifteenth century been granted both to individuals and
corporate bodies by the senior heralds in Royal service, the Kings of
of Arms: "As of 1 January 2016 the fees payable [to the College
of Arms] upon a personal grant of arms and crest are £5,750 [about
$8,117], a similar grant to an impersonal but non-profit making body,
£12,100 [about $17,080], and to a commercial company, £17,950
of Allred Coat of Arms
Allred Coat of Arms has been used by members of the Allred family
for hundreds of years. Family members have used and displayed different
heraldic designs of the Allred arms due to family traditions and varying
descriptions of the arms in heraldic publications. For example, two well-known
and respected heraldic publications described the Allred (Alred, Aldred
or Alured) arms and crest as follows:
General Armory Two, edited
and augmented by Cecil R. Humphery-Smith, 1974. This book contains Alfred
Morant's additions and corrections to the 1842 book General Armory
of England, Scotland, Ireland, And Wales, by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster
King of Arms, London, England. First Edition: 1842. General Armory
Two, on page two, gives the following description of the Aldred arms:
"Aldred. Gu. a chev. engr. betw. 3 griffin's heads erased or.
Cady." This statement translates as: "A shield of red (Gu.)
containing a chevron design (chev.) with a line of partition (engr.) between
3 yellow or gold (or.) griffin's heads that appear jagged and severed
(erased) from their bodies." The word "Cady" refers to
"A manuscript [entitled] 'Alphabet of Arms' apparently compiled by
William Cady, a clerk in the Herald Office, c.1630. The chief part of
the work seems temp Henry VIII & the additions made by Cady. The volume
also contains copies of Grants of Arms & it is in the possession of
A.W.M." Also, General Armory Two, on page three, gives the
following description of the Alured arms: "Alured (Hull, co. York).
Gu. a chev. engr. betw. 3 griffins' heads erased arg." This statement
translates as: "A shield of red (Gu.) containing a chevron design
(chev.) with a line of partition (engr.) between 3 white or silver (arg.)
griffin's heads that appear jagged and severed (erased) from their bodies."
Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the
Families of Great Britain and Ireland, by James Fairbairn, and
later revised by Lawrence Butters), London, England. First Edition: 1859;
Used Edition: Reprint of the Fourth Edition Revised and Enlarged [containing]
Two Volumes in One, Vol. 1, 1968. Fairbairn's book, on page eight, gives
the following description of the Aldred crest: "Aldred, an arm
in armour embowed, holding a cross crosslet fitched in pale. [This crest
is pictured in the book as number] 198.5." Also, Fairbairn's
book, on page eleven, gives the following description of the Alred crest:
"Alred, Holderness, Yorks, a griffin's head ppr." [This crest
is pictured in the book as number] 66.1."
In 1992, the Allred Family
Organization published an article about the Allred
Coat of Arms of Yorkshire, England.
Allred Coat of Arms, 2016
early 2016, related Brough and Allred family members asked the Brough
Family Organization (BFO) to produce a new Allred Coat of Arms. In May
2016, the BFO commissioned Julie Rebecca Thorup, a graphic-artist living
in Utah, to create a professional looking Allred Coat of Arms.
Using well-known Allred-related documents
and heraldic symbols, Julie Thorup incorporated historic Allred family
art and designs into her drawing, which resulted in an Allred Coat of
Arms that was true to its heraldic past while presenting a new and vibrant
display of Allred family heritage and tradition.
The BFO has now made Julie Thorups
2016 artistic drawing of the Allred Coat of Arms freely available to all
Allred family members who wish to use it.
The above Allred Coat of Arms can be viewed and freely
printed from the following links:
Coat of Arms with large surname text, PDF file, 2016
Coat of Arms with surname on scroll, PDF file, 2016