52 bar falls 30.02 1mph ENE dew-point 48 sunrise 6:38 set 7:44
Waxing Crescent of the Harvest Moon rise 12:00 set 9:27
Escallop Shell – One who has made long journeys or voyages to far countries, who had
borne considerable naval command or who had gained great victories.
“The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The family has no political allegiance, rather families constitute the body politic in all its divisions and factions. This does not mean that all members of each family agree, no; it means that without families no tribe, clan or nation can exist. All citizens first owe some degree of allegiance to a family. Adoption and the orphan may seem exceptions, but they only serve to emphasize the critical importance of families by defining individuals in relation to a family.
The Ellis family crest may or may not relate to the branch of the family from which I come, but the symbolic significance of the scallop shell as indicating a family of wanderers fits. We travel, uproot, go. We do know that the first Ellis we have some information about was a Welsh captain in the army of William and Mary stationed in Dublin. On his death his wife sent our earliest American relative, Richard, on a boat to his uncle in Virginia where he was to become that uncle’s heir, a common practice in that time for persons who had no children.
Richard did not make it to Virginia. The ship’s captain, in an 18th century scam familiar to snakeheads or coyotes of our era, sold Richard into indentured servitude in Massachusetts and pocketed the ticket money. He later served in the Revolutionary war as did a relative in the Spitler branch of our family, who came here as a Hessian mercenary fighting for the British.
Somewhere in the mix since then have been civil war soldiers, a Unitarian and several Presbyterian ministers, a few doctors, but mostly just folks moving and traveling, on the go.
The current members of the Ellis clan, at least our branch, are, in other words, neither the first, nor the last. We exist in and as a stream of DNA, traceable back to mitochondrial Eve in Africa for sure, and beyond her somewhere into Europe, then Great Britain.
Contrary to their rhetoric the Grand Old Partisans have no lock on family values, or families. We are many and vast, beholden in the end more to our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, cousins and aunts and uncles than to the machinations of states or ideologies. The politician who forgets this does so at their peril.