Re: Stockdale in China?
[This is a slightly edited copy of email sent to the OP]
My most useful document is a set of memoirs written by my great-aunt who was born in 1873 and died in 1970. Her father was born in 1813 and shared many of his memories with her; just about everything in her writing checks out with other sources.
Of the crest and arms, she wrote:
Shield vair – fur, not used after the 11th century
Superimposed shield argent – silver
Impaled three shields purpur – purple, royal colour
Crest eagle azure – blue, I don’t remember if he is rampant or volant, anyway he holds a tiny shield scarlet in his claw
Motto His vincimus armes
When I was 14  I had a woodcut of it in an – in those days – old book of heraldry, as an example of the perfect arms of John FitzSimon. I don’t think I have got the ‘vair’ correct but I haven’t a copy of the arms.
Now I have checked this out. First, the College of Arms has heard nothing of this and has no record. So it's not official. Second, there is nothing to match in books like Burke's General Armory. However, I did find this: Symons, Cornwall Per fess sable and or, a pale countercharged, three trefoils slipped of the second. Crest: On a mount vert an ermine passant proper holding in the mouth a cinquefoil or, slipped of the first. Alternatively, a bear passant argent, armed or. Alternatively, an eagle rising or. Motto: Fuimus; alternatively Cor nobyle, cor immobile. Comment:The Symons crest of an eagle rising matches. See http://www.archive.org/stream/generalarmoryofe00burk#page/992/mode/2uphttp://www.archive.org/stream/generalarmoryofe00burk#page/992/mode/2up
There is a suggestion that our family has at least connections with Cornwall; it might be that they "borrowed" the crest.
Now the family line is this:
Hannah Vazie born 1765 in Hexham, Northumberland married Joseph Simons, born 1761 in Eton, Buckinghamshire, in 1792 in Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham. Joseph was a salt manufacturer, making salt from a brine spring in a coal mine. He died in 1802.
Their firstborn William Vazie Simons (1792-1843) moved to Llanelli in Carmarthenshire and was involved in coal mining. He married Mary Rebecca Langdale. We have some silver with the crest with hallmarks of the 1820s. I have attached images of the crest on a spoon and on fish knives; also a seal (which is not in my possession and which I think may be of mid-20th century).
His firstborn William Vazie Langdale Simons 1813-1893 certainly had a good deal of this silver. What is in the family now is spread between many cousins; the hallmarks suggest that it was made in small batches rather than as a complete set.
The connection with the Stockdale name and the North West of England has made me think a bit. The Vazie family were in Hexham from at least 1720, but not much before that; I believe, but don't have evidence, that the family came from Alston to the west of Hexham and there were Vazies in Penrith, even further west, where they just might have married Stockdales. Is this the connection? I wonder! Like you, I've found the Stockdale family associated with this on line. My copy of Armorial Families of 1902 doesn't list the Stockdales.