Yes I have read this one as well the most common one posted is as below. My Grandmother was a great story teller on the Oxfords in Suffolk and I have to say I had never heard this one before and found it highly amusing especially the folklaw in UK bit!!! The Oxfords as anybody who has done the research and knows the area will know were poor ag workers and certainly owned no property as far as I know back then in fact even gravestones are an unusual find and are by no means fancy headstones and most were buried in unmarked graves with only the parish records to go by as they just did not have the money. Most of them also could not read and write in fact My Greatgrandmother could not read or write my Grandmother used to have to do it for her. I am actually doing some research for another member over here who is trying to find the real line for Samuel in VA. We have uncovered a marraige in VA for Samuel Oxford brn VA 1700 married to Mary Ann brn VA 1701 they married in 1720 VA. Our opinion is that the Oxfords connected to this came to USA much earlier and there is a pocket of Oxfords in Wiltshire who seem to have been a little wealthier and I have a passage with slave for a John Oxford who came to VA in 1639 and also William Oxford to VA in 1639 I think there is no doubt that the family came from the UK originally but proving the line is no light task and may never be proven and they certainly did not come from Samuel Oxford 1707 Hadleigh or the De Vere Line which is even funnier. As an English person I also have a thing about the use of heraldry which contrary to most peoples believe is not attached to a family namebut to the person it was given too and registered to and unless you have proven line and have registered it with the heraldic soc you are not entitled to use it. It can be used in USA for fun but over here it is seen as very wrong to use sombody elses coat of arms and for the benefit of anybody else reading this they should read the attached article on this written by the American Heraldic Society on the use of English coats of arms. http://www.americancollegeofheraldry.org/body.htmlhttp://www.americancollegeofheraldry.org/body.html
Heraldry is at once both an art and a science. Its origins are rooted in the social and political structure which existed in Europe and the British Isles from about the year 1100 A.D. However, far from being an obsolete relic of a bygone era, heraldry has rather emerged as a vibrant and growing cultural form. Legitimate coats of arms are more widely used throughout the world today than ever before in history.
A large and rapidly growing number of Americans rightfully bear coats of arms. Many of these were granted, certified, registered or otherwise recognized by armorial authorities abroad, and a sizable number of these have been registered by their owners with The American College of Heraldry. In addition, the College has assisted many persons in designing a new coat of arms for their use which is then properly registered and published. An increasing number of corporate bodies have also acquired coats of arms which they display on armorial flags and in place of the less distinctive logo which is so rapidly outdated in terms of artistic style and structure.
While Americans are usually fascinated by the beauty of heraldry, they are rarely familiar with its meaning and traditions and, therefore, often misunderstand and even abuse this rich cultural heritage. They seldom understand that a coat of arms is usually granted, certified, registered or otherwise recognized as belonging to one individual alone, and that only his direct descendants with proven lineage can be recognized as eligible to inherit the arms. Exceptions to this rule are rare. It is highly inappropriate for one to locate the arms of another person sharing the same surname, and to simply adopt and use these arms as one's own. In order to properly claim the right to existing arms, one should approach an office of arms offering genealogical proof of proper kinship, and to receive confirmation of the right to bear the arms and thus to be recognized by the heraldic community as legitimately bearing the arms.
The notorious "Coat of arms for the Name of Jones, Smith, or whatever," purchasable by mail order or in one's local shopping mall, represents no more than improper and illegitimate armorial bearings. To buy and bear these commercially produced arms is to claim for oneself a direct kinship which has only the most remote possibility of validity, and is thereby to deny one's own legitimate and rightful line of descent. Such infraction of armorial regulation and custom constitutes a flagrant abuse of arms which no knowledgeable and honorable person would intentionally commit.
Sadly, most of the heraldic abuse in this country is done by honest, well-meaning persons. They greatly admire the heraldic tradition, but in their desire to participate in that tradition they inadvertently abuse heraldic arms due to their lack of familiarity with heraldic regulations and customs. While such armorial abuse does not apparently violate state or federal statute in this country at this time, still to usurp the use of another person's coat of arms is highly improper and is a dishonest practice. Such conduct disregards the regulations of all recognized heraldry and violates the rights of the legitimate owners of the arms.
"Samuel Oxford and Mary Ann Brown were childhood sweethearts. She being from a lower class and he of a higher, their parents did not approve of this relationship and did everything to break them up. Family lore from Oxford descendants still in England has it that Samuel and Mary ran away to Wales where they married, and where their first child, Edward, was born about 1724. After Edward's birth, the little family moved to the American Colonies, settling in Stafford County, Virginia. It was here that the births of the other children, John, Ann, Elizabeth, and Samuel Jr. were recorded in the St. Paul register."