There are a variety of spellings for this name including "Slocomb", "Slocumb",
"Slocum", "Slocombe" and others. The name is a place name loosly meaning "Valley where the Sloe Plum grows".
many family names a common spelling does not necessarly mean a common relationship. As an example: Joshua Slocum and I have
a common male ancestor despite the spelling variation. To confuse things a bit Joshua's father spelled his name "Slocombe"
The best starting place for any genealogical research is with your living relatives. You will need this information
to get back to the Slocum/Slocumb/Slocomb family line in volumes I and II of A Short History of the Slocums, Slocumbs
and Slocombs of America: Genealogical and Biographical: Embracing Eleven Generations of the First-named Family, From 1637
to 1881: With Their Alliances and the Descendants in the Female Lines as far as Ascertained by Charles Elihu Slocum.
The books can be found in many genealogical or historical libraries, but they are also available on line thanks to Google
Books. Links to the two volumes are on the Family Tree Outline page above). Te first volume was published about 1885.
The second volume (with corrections and new information) was published around 1908. Because of the 1885 and 1908 publishing
dates the latest several generations (including anyone reading this) are not included in the volumes; this is why it is critical
to start with your living relataves and work backwards until you can find a link in the books.
The "Slocomb" section
in Volume 1 has focus on the "northern US" branch of the "Slocomb" family tree. Volume 2, in addition to updates to volume
1 has major sections on the "southern US" branch of the tree(George and Robert Slocomb). There are references to the Anthony
Slocombe (also spelled Slocumb) family (pg 9-36) of Massaachusetts and North Carolina.
There are also several Slocomb lines in each of the volumes that just end; probably because of a lack of family information
at the time the book was published. If anyone has information about these, or other lines and would like it listed here just
send me the information. There are "Slocomb" and "Slocum" families spread across the world including all with a common ancestor
I have read that books are currently being written or are ready for publication and at least one book will, they say,
trace Simons' ancestory back several generations, I don't know if any of the other proposed books are updating who's who in
the Slocomb family.
COAT OF ARMS
A silver field on a heater shield,
with a raised Chief,
and raised Dexter
and Sinister Chiefs.
A red fess with
three gold eagle wings in a horizontal pattern.
Three Griffins heads on the
in a 'two over one' pattern,
facing the dexter side.
The Crest is
Although not supporting the shield,
there are branches of the
Sloe, or Blackthorn, (prunus spinosa)
leaves and fruit
in the supporting position.
a red Griffin's head
between two eagle wings.
A modern stylised version of the coat of arms.
* The top of the shield is flat.
* The crest is replaced with
an Esquire helmet, which is topped with a griffin.
* A two color mantle,
red on one side and gold on the other, rises around the helmet and drapes along
the sides of the shield.
* The edges and ends of the mantel are cut in a pattern evocative
of oak leafs.
* The supporting Sloe branches are missing
* Banners would not be part of the Coat of Arms.
SLOCOMB FAMILY LINKS
are on the
"Slocomb Links and Researching Your Family History"
Joshua Slocum Society International