The Personal Website of Robert Heston

Heston coat of arms

At a public hearing held in Washington, D.C. on December 22, 1845, in commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, Daniel Webster made a speach, in which he said: "Men who are regardless of their ancestors and of their posterity are apt to be regardlesss of themselves. Our ancestors belong to us by affectionate retrospect. Our descendents by affectionate anticipation. Another man once said that "he who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth."(Descendants of Zebulon Heston)

The coat of arms: Granted 16th April 1932. Motto 'UNITATE FORTIOR' = Stronger by union. The silver wings on blue refer to Heston Airport. The gold cross bottony is from the seal of the Monastery of St. Saviour and St. Brigit of Syon, founded in 1416 at Twickenham by Henry V and moved to the site on which Syon House now stands circa 1431. The gold and silver lion is from the arms of Hounslow Priory, founded in the thirteenth century by the Trinitarian Brothers of Redemption, on the site now occupied by Holy Trinity Church. The motto refers to the union of the two formerly seperate parishes of Heston and Isleworth. Source | British History Online | The Village of Heston


Historic Village of Hestonville (West Philadelphia)

Published: "West Philadelphia Illustrated" 1903

Closely associated with the history of Hestonville is the family of the Hestons, after whom the district was named. This family came from a village also named after themselves, partly located in the parish of Heston and partly in the parish of Isleworth, in Middlesex, England. This district still exist and to-day bears the same name. It is about twelve miles west of London and the same east of Windsor Castle. Until about the fifteenth century each person was distinguished only by his Christian name, with his occupation or the like added, as for example, "John, the smith." This afterwards became John Smith, and in the same way, John of Heston grew into John Heston. The name of Heston is Anglo-Saxon and signifies village or town. It is very old, dating back to the fifth century, when the three Teutonic tribes, the Jutes, the Angles and the Saxons, under Hengist and Horsa, invaded Britain, and after defeating the Celts. established themselves permanently in the island, at first along the coast and later in the interior. It was near the villa or parish of Heston at Kingston-on-Thames that the coronation of the Saxon kings was held. The stone on which they were crowned is preserved with religious care in its principal thoroughfare. This locality also has most interesting traditions of the wars of the Roses and of the Civil War. It was in the vicinity of Heston that Edmund Ironsides defeated the Danes under Canute, in 1016, and it was here that six martyrs were burned at the stake in 1558. In 1642 the Royalists under Prince Rupert defeated the Parliamentarians under Hollis on the green between Heston and Isleworth. Such is the history and such are the surroundings of the place in Old England whence came the family name of Heston. There still remain near the banks of the Thames not far from London the ruins of a castle known as "Heston's Castle." Among those who voluntarily left England during the last half of the seventeenth century to seek a home in the wilds of America was Zebulon Heston, primogenitor of the family in America. The time of his arrival here has never been definitely ascertained, although it is generally believed to be about 1684, one year previous to the death of Charles II. He first settled at Barnstable Bay, Mass. This is attested in the town records of Eastham, in

the Province of Massachusetts, by the Town Clerk, John Paine, under date of May 31, 1815. In this document it is stated that he arrived there in 1684. He did not remain long in Massachusetts, but shortly removed to Hopewell, in what is now Mercer County, New Jersey. According to Raum's "History of New Jersey," he had attained prominence as a freeholder in that district before 1703 and was one of the four trustees of the first meeting house. In 1707 he sold his property in Philadelphia. Four years later he moved to Wrightstown, in Bucks County, as is indicated in Davis' "History of Bucks County." Here he changed from the Episcopal Church and became a Friend. Zebulon Heston died in 1720, and his widow, eight years later, married Thomas Stackhouse. One of her children by her first marriage was Jacob Heston, who was born May 20, 1713. He married Mary Warner and was the father of three sons, Thomas, Edward and Jesse. Of these, Thomas, who was a colonel during the Revolution, was born April 4, 1753, and married Hannah Clayton, June 25, 1775. Together with Thomas Carpenter, grandfather of Judge Thomas P. Carpenter, he purchased the Senger Brothers' glassworks, in New Jersey. These became afterwards the Heston Glassworks, and the place afterward was named Glassboro. Edward W. Heston, a brother of Thomas, was a Revolutionary patriot, holding a lieutenant-colonel's commission. He founded the village of Hestonville, now included within the corporate limits of the city. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature, and for eight years a State Senator. The original town plot of Hestonville comprised about one hundred acres, and previous to its consolidation with Philadelphia, formed part of Blockley township. The ground in course of years has almost entirely passed out of the possession of the Heston family and is now almost entirely built up. Edward W. Heston died in 1824, aged seventy-eight years. He was father of fourteen children, eleven of whom were living at his death. Of these, only one is now alive, Mrs. Louisa Paxson, in her eighty-first year. She has, however, about twenty-five grandchildren living. Another of the city's historic landmarks vanished in 1901 before the inexorable encroachment of

commerce. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company demolished, in its march of improvement, the house near the Fifty-Second Street Station, known as the Heston Mansion, and rails are now laid on the site of one of the earliest and most picturesque residential structures of West Philadelphia. The dwelling was erected in 1800 by Colonel Edward W. Heston. The logs that made the massive walls were from a house built more than two hundred years ago by John Warner on the site now occupied by Sweetbriar Mansion, in Fairmount Park. The Warner house was the first house built west of the Schuylkill, and the land on which it was located formed part of a tract of 1,500 acres granted the owner by William Penn. A transcript of the transfer may be seen on the county records. In 1799 Colonel Heston, a grandson of Warner, tore down the original structure. The timbers were found in such an excellent state of preservation that they were utilized in the construction of another house the following year. The mansion was a fine structure of spacious dimensions, colonial in style and severely simple. Many famous persons were entertained within its hospitable walls. Its novel nooks were replete with romance and the shadows that lingered in its many rambling recesses were mellow with old memories. The personal history of Colonel Heston is of unusual interest. He served on the staff of General Washington during the Revolution and saved the Continental Army from surprise by the British forces at Valley Forge. He had been a Quaker, but his martial spirit caused him to secede from that peaceful sect and, with others, to found the Society of Free Quakers. They built a church at Fifth and Arch streets, which still stands and has more recently been used by the Apprentices' Library. He was Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1785. The Heston property was purchased by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in 1872, from the estate of Isaac Heston. The price paid was $300 an acre. The last member of the Heston family to occupy the premises was W. D. Heston, of 750 North Forty-first street. When torn down the timbers were in a fair state of preservation, and the plaster which encased the walls, applied in 1800, was nearly intact.

The Heston Mansion

The Warner House

Edward Warner Heston Grave Stone

I am Warner Roberts Heston III. I have managed to track my bloodline all the way back to Zebulon Heston who was the first Heston to come to America from England. This is a screenshot of what I have begun setting up at I should be able to fill in some of the blanks whenever I manage to find the time. Many of the answers to who goes where are within my reach. I have three grandchildren, Ariel, Kaley, and Noah, and I have two greatgrandchildren, Kaylee and Jayden. I also have a sister, Cynthia Ann Heston-Rice. Click to enlarge.

Below are the results of my DNA test through Considering what I know about my origins, it looks like it must be correct. At first, I was a little surprised to see “Eastern North Carolina Settlers” on there, but there is my mother’s side of the family. Her maiden name was Rouse and they did indeed come from Eastern North Carolina. Her predecessors had two plantations in Eastern North Carolina prior to the Civil War. The name Rouse sounds German to me. Some Germans did come to the Southeast to manufacture munitions for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Heston England is the origin of Zebulon Heston who migrated to America in the 1600's and of whom I am a direct decendant. Chances are that he did not have a proper last name until he migrated. The name of his home village became his last name. DNA Results for
Warner R. Heston III

Eastern North Carolina Settlers

Areas of Origin

The person who really stands out form the crowd is Lt. Col. Edward Warner Heston. I took a photograph of his obituary that was copied from the Saturday Evening Post. I do not know where this document came from or if it is a page from the Post. It is obviously very old and has been in the family since long before I was born. I urge you to read this story of one of the original patriots who played a very significant part in the founding of this country. Click the link to open an enlargement.

obituary of Edward Warner Heston

Below are pictures that we have from the latter part of the 1700’s. They are of Zebulon Heston and his wife Dorothy Hutchinson-Heston. They are faded and there’s not much you can do for them in Photoshop. I am not aware of any other people coming from Heston, England. Perhaps these two are the source of all Heston’s in the country now.

Zebulon Heston Picture

Zebulon Heston Sr (1670 - 1720)
Born 1670 in Heston, Middlesex, England
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
Husband of Dorothy (Hutchinson) Stackhouse - married 3 Dec 1697
Father of Rachel (Heston) Lacey, Hannah Heston, Zebulon Heston Jr., John Heston, Jemima Heston, Stephen Heston, Jacob Heston, Isaac Heston and Thomas Heston
Zebulon Heston Sr was a Quaker.
Died 1720 in Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Record of the family of Zebulon Heston and his wife Dorothy Heston - by Alfred M. Heston - Published 1883

Zebulon Heston Picture

Dorothy (Hutchinson) Stackhouse (1677 - abt. 1744)
Born 1677 in Hull, Yorkshire, England
Daughter of Thomas Hutchinson and Dorothy (Storr) Hutchinson
Sister of John Hutchinson, Ebenezer Hutchinson, Thomas Hutchinson and Hannah Hutchinson
Wife of Zebulon Heston Sr — married 3 Dec 1697
Wife of Thomas Stackhouse — married Aug 1725
Mother of Rachel (Heston) Lacey, Hannah Heston, Zebulon Heston Jr., John Heston, Jemima Heston, Stephen Heston, Jacob Heston, Isaac Heston and Thomas Heston
Died about 1744 in Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, British America

Alfred Heston Photo

Alfred Miller Heston (1854 – 1937) also stands out in history and is another favorite of mine. Alfred played a significant part in the history of Atlantic City, New Jersey. He got into the printing business right out of high school. He had much success through several newspapers as editor, part owner and owner. He moved on to public service in Atlantic City. There was a lot of corruption in the government around there back then. You could say that Alfred is comparable to Bernie Sanders of today. Alfred was a moral and ethical man intent on representing the people while refusing to comply with his corrupt associates. He was eventually forced out of public office in favor of that corruption. His contribution to Atlantic City did not end there. Read his story below.
Jersey ‘Waggon’ Jaunts, Beach Parties and Quaker Dances | June 9, 2016
ALFRED M. HESTON - article from the Atlantic City Free Public Library
Digitized Copies of Publications by Alfred Heston Viewable Online
Heston's Hand-Book of Atlantic City | 1896 | at

Making History: Atlantic City's Alfred M. Heston

Atlantic City has seen generations of public officials and interested citizens, but few residents have left a legacy as monumental as Alfred Miller Heston, a newspaper publisher, historian and city official. Heston descended from Zebulon Heston, a conscientious Quaker who fled England in 1684 to avoid persecution. Isaiah Heston, Zebulon’s grandson and Alfred’s great-grandfather, fought for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was killed at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. Another ancestor, Edward, survived the conflict and founded Hestonville, a small village that has since been incorporated into Philadelphia. Alfred was born in Hestonville on April 30, 1854, the same year Atlantic City was incorporated. He attended Central High in Philadelphia, then began learning the newspaper business. At age 20, he became editor of the West Jersey Press, a Camden-based paper. It was a busy time for Heston. In 1875, he married Abbie Mitchell. The two ultimately had three daughters. Yet he was soon on the move, becoming the editor and manager of the Salem Standard in 1878, then buying the Bridgeton Chronicle. But Heston’s destiny wasn’t in the western part of South Jersey. He moved to Atlantic City in 1884, bought a share in the Atlantic City Review, and went to work as an editor. Three years later, he sold his interest in the Review, and while waiting to get back into the newspaper business decided to write a guidebook for his new home town. Heston’s Handbook: Atlantic City Illustrated, a 250-page guide to Atlantic City, went through numerous editions, and was even sold in Europe. Packed with statistics both useful and trivial (the Boardwalk is 3.5 miles long; there are 600,000 bricks in the Lighthouse Tower), the book was a compendium of photographs of then-current and

historic Atlantic City, with detailed information about the Native Americans who once lived on Absecon Island. While the Handbook itself earns Heston a mention in the Atlantic City hall of fame, he wrote several other books, including an account of slavery in New Jersey and a biography of Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, who lived in New Jersey for a time. Heston also bought an interest in the Atlantic Journal, another local newspaper, and edited it from 1888 to 1891. In addition to his passion for history (Heston researched his own lineage back to 1277, and his Handbook is peppered with historical and literary references), Heston had a commitment to his community. In 1895, he was elected first comptroller of the city, and faithfully discharged his duties as a fiscal conservative opposed to corruption. The following year he was appointed commissioner of the Sinking Fund, and also served as clerk of the House of Representatives during the 51st Congress. Heston worked tirelessly to promote the city, both through his Handbook and by the creation of a press bureau. Heston’s insistence on running the city’s business on a strictly square basis ruffled feathers; Atlantic City even then was known for its political corruption. It was estimated that he saved the city hundreds of thousands of dollars by rejecting bogus bills and claims during his tenure in office. That fortune should have ended up in the pockets of friends of the city’s political bosses, and those bosses resolved to get rid of Heston. In 1912, City Council refused to allow him to run for re-election. When asked the reason for his ouster, Heston said that over the past two months, he’d rejected $100,000 worth of bills that “the boss” wanted paid. Paying those bills would have been a condition of his re-election. “I would rather go out of office with

a clean record,” Heston declared, “than have it said I was the tool of a political boss.” Later that year, Heston ran for the city commission, but alleged voting irregularities kept him from claiming office. Without the assistance of one or another of the factions that dominated local politics, he had little chance of winning public office again. His 1914 election as city treasurer was ultimately subverted by his political enemies. Yet his reputation was secure. Heston made his greatest impact, however, by founding and supporting public organizations. In 1898, he was instrumental in raising money to open Atlantic City Hospital (which became today’s AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center). And he served as secretary of the hospital’s board of governors for the next 25 years. Heston also parlayed his personal interest in history into an institution that would benefit the public. When Atlantic City received a $71,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie to build a library, Heston was one of the founding members of the board of trustees that opened the library in 1905. He donated his private collection of books and notes on Atlantic City’s history to the fledgling institution. This provided a core of material on local history that has been an invaluable aid to researchers for more than a century. Heston died on November 10, 1937, at the age of 83. He had been an Atlantic City resident for more than a half century, and left an impact on the city that few could rival. In his honor, the Atlantic City Free Public Library has named its extensive collection of unique and rare materials documenting the cultural, economic, social and historical development of Atlantic City the Alfred M. Heston Collection—a fitting tribute to a public-minded man who never ceased to be fascinated by history.

Zebulon Heston Picture

Watson Heston - (September 25, 1846 – January 27, 1905) – I don’t know where Watson sprouts on the Heston family tree. Chances are that one of the many descendants from my ancestral line went west with the Quakers after the Revolutionary War and settled in Ohio where Watson was born. I feel sure he is a very distant relation to me, but he is one of my favorites. Watson was an illustrator, editorial cartoonist, and writer. He was a free thinker in the “Golden Age of Freethought.” A large collection of his work can be viewed in The Freethinkers' Pictorial Text-Book at There are hundreds of his illustrations from the Free Thinker publication in there and they are hilarious. One of his fans has made him a website, He even has a Facebook page. He can also be found at Wikipedia.

Zebulon Heston Picture

The fellow pictured here on the left is Bartholomew Roberts. He was famously known as the pirate Black Bart. The reason I have him here is that my full name is a collection of three last names, Warner Roberts Heston. Of course, Heston is the surname and must have originated from the name of the village in England that Zebulon Heston came from… Heston. The name, “Warner” obviously comes from the family of Mary Warner (1717-1782), wife of Jacob Heston. I see no direct connection to a Roberts family and cannot recall how the name Roberts came into the picture, though there was a reason for it. Black Bart was born in Wales which includes part of the west coast of the British isle. It is entirely possible that Black Bart is one of my ancestors. Wikipedia | Bartholomew Roberts: Welsh Pirate at | 10 Facts About Pirate "Black Bart" Roberts at | Famous Pirate: Bartholomew Roberts at | The Greatest Pirate of the Caribbean - Black Bart Roberts – 7 Min. Video

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