Registration number 20080828C
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Warren Eugene Taylor which honor his second great-grandparents Henry Thomas and Mary "Polly" Thomas are registered and described by the blazon below
The background or heraldic field is divided into green and gold lozenges representing the orderly pattern of settlement on flat, Midwestern prairie land. The view of farmland from above also evokes Warren's nearly twenty-one-year career in the U.S. Air Force. The barry bendy field also recalls the Green River and West Bureau Creek, one draining westward into the Rock River, the other draining southeastward into the Illinois River.The white rectangle is a heraldic billet representing a sheet of paper folded as a letter, evoking Henry's service as postmaster. Warren was postmaster of Seatonville for fifteen years. The black hawk's feather refers to Henry's presence among the militia at Stillman's Run, the opening engagement of the Blackhawk War. In some Native American traditions a feather is the mark of a warrior, and on a white rectangle it could be seen as representing a soldier on a litter. Warren spent much of his military career as an air evacuation medic. The feather could also be regarded as a symbol of flight or as a writing utensil."Bureau" is the French word for a writing desk, and the motto "Lives Written Upon the Land" is a play on the County's name, involving all of the coat of arms' elements. The image of a feather writing on the land is also reminiscent of Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
These arms were designed by Jonathan David Makepeace for all descendants of Henry Thomas and Mary "Polly" Thomas, regardless of sex or surname, including adoptive and step descendants, in memory of Henry and Polly and in honor of J. D.'s father Warren Eugene Taylor, who assumed them shorty before his death. The arms were originally depicted on a heraldic lozenge meant to evoke the rectangular shape of a desktop. The shape also recalls Polly, since in British heraldic traditions only women bear their arms on a lozenge–-though men do in others. However, the shape is technically not important, and it would be equally correct to draw the design on a shield of another shape.