My source for this is a drawing made by Rev. Zenas Leonard, the father-in-law of Rev. Francis Whitfield Emmons, drawn about 1850.
In 1849, the Emmons family decided to "do something" about several notices they had recieved stating that there was an "Emmons Estate" in England and there was an English solicitor searching for "the American Heirs". The family clan held a genalogical convention in CT. to determine who would be considered an "heir" and to choose an Agent to go to England on behalf of the family and research said estate. The family also elected a standing committee to manage these affairs and audit the accounts of expense paid for the trip. The Emmons clan was very cautious of jumping to conclusions, but also held some hope of finding something in England since their cousins the Leonards had indeed proven to be related to the Barons Dacre of Herstmonceux.
Rev. Francis W. Emmons (my X3 great grandfather)was chosen as the agent and sent to England. Rev. Emmons did not find an "estate", but did return with information re: a Sir Carolus Emmons who was said to have led men in battle for King William and Queen Mary.
He also came back with a description and crude sketch of an Achievement of Arms that he had found which he described as follows:
"...with a pensill, and on the back of my card made a memorandum which I will copy for you. The center of the picture contains five half moons, a spear between them, the barrels of two cannons project out each side, over them hangs four colors on spears, over them and midst them projects an arm and hand holds a dagger and under it is this inscription: He beareth Gules, five incresants Argent by the name of EMMONS, on the back side of the picture frame is written "these arms were granted by King William and Queen Mary to Carolus Emmons in consequence of five victorious battles in the field of blood." Now for my memorandum. Carolus Emmons led the united forces of William and Mary as a Major General of Militia against James II the Usurper and by his victories secured to them the Crown of England for which he was Knighted and granted these arms. These arms now in possession of the English in their archives for deposit have been examined and said to compare with his patron even to ribbons and string..."
Upon returning from the trip to England, Rev. Emmons had Rev. Leonard make a drawing from his description and memory. This drawing is of a red shield with 5 silver crescents. All of the mentioned spears, flags, cannons etc are drawn as a background to the shield and not as charges upon it. This particular drawing displays a gentleman's helm with a wreath and the crest (arm with dagger) issuing from it. I must assume that Rev. Emmons approved the drawing as a reasonable reproduction as he was known to be an extremely meticulous man.
I have since seen several other versions of these arms some which show a spear between the two rows of crescents (the crescents facing the wrong way) as a charge, and some which do not display the helm and crest. Some show the crest but no helm. All of them show a red shield, but several show the cresents as gold or bronze in color.
I have been given the job of trying to determine for the family which version if any of them is "correct".
Any help or direction you can provide is most appreciated :-)