I recently attended my Great Aunt's funeral where the mystery of the names was discussed.
My Great Aunt Sybil, and her siblings my Grandmother Violet Annie and Great Uncle Robert (Bob) were the children of Joseph and Annie (nee Winter) Faux, who in turn was the son of Burrell and Susanah Faux.
It was always known by my mother and her cousins that at the turn of the 20th century my Great Great Grandfather's family seemed to have two surnames - some were Faux and some were Foulger - for example my Great Grandfather ( Joseph) was known as Faux but his two unmarried sisters ( known as the maiden aunts) were known as Foulger.
With the death of my Great Aunt - the last of her siblings -there was no link left to ask so I decided to do some detective work using the Census records.
I decided to start with Joseph – Great Grandfather Joseph – since I knew he lived and was bought up in St Johns Road Leatherhead.
My first problem was that I couldn’t find any record of him in 1901 – so went back to 1891 – and there he was.
1891 – the starting point
There were two household of Faux living in St John’s Road:
First, Thomas, age 26 (born in Leatherhead) – carpenter/builder – and his wife Amy , 23 (born in Fetcham)
Secondly, Burrell Faux, 48 (born Pakenham, Suffolk) – carpenter/builder - and his wife Susan, 43 (born Southampton) plus their children :
William, 21, bricklayer
Stephen, 14 – carriadge?
I then hit my first hurdle. Moving forward to 1901 I could find Thomas and Amy, now living in Ashtead, but no trace of Burrell and family.
Through using some of their neighbours and hoping they still lived there I found out that by 1901 Burrell and Susan had changed their name to Foulger, and Burrell Faux had become William Foulger!
Thomas and Amy are now living in Gladstone Road, Ashtead as Faux with their children Thomas H, age 6, Dorothy H, age 5, and Margaret A, age 1.
The Burrell Faux family have now become the William Foulger family consisting of William and his wife Susan and their children:
William now 32 – bricklayer
Stephen, 24 – bricklayer
Rose, 23 – housemaid/domestic
Joseph, 20 – carpenter
Nellie, 18 – dressmaker
I then tried to go back further. 1881 was a complete blank as far as anything in Surrey was concerned. The only Burrell Faux I could find was born in Pakenham Suffolk (near Bury St Edmunds) but was 55 (born ca 1826) living in Bradwell, Bucks with his wife Emma (4 Harwood St) and was a carpenter in a railway Carriage Company. At first I thought this may be the father of Burrell Faux in Leatherhead but later ruled this out – just another branch, I think.
I tried 1871 and found nothing.
Then I struck lucky on the 1861 Census.
Burrell Faux age 19 , a carpenter, born in Pakenham, Suffolk was living with his parents John, age 36, - a carpenter- and Anna, age 42 – a shopkeeper in Chigwell Essex.
Also living with them were:
Joseph, 15 – a carpenter
The age, birthplace, name and occupation seem too close a fit to be wrong
I then went back to 1851 and 1841 and followed the links
Burrell Faux, age 8, was living in Puttocks Hill, Pakenham, Suffolk with his parents John and Anna.
Elizabeth P, 10
John G, 2
John and Anna are living at Puttocks Hall, Essex with Elizabeth, age 11 months:
This still left me with the problem of 1871 and 1881, because they could not have just disappeared!
Eventually I found the following:
The name on the census was using the spelling Fawkes. Burrell and Susanah Fawkes were living in Fairfield, Leatherhead with:
Burrell, age 7
Thomas, age 4
John, age 2
Wiilliam, age 11 months
I could not find any of the family as Faux or Fawkes in the 1881 census. As a long shot I tried looking for a Rose Foulger and struck gold!
In St John’s Road the family is known as William and Susan Foulger! Living with their children:
Robert, age 16 – railway clerk ( for some reason he isn’t on 1871 or 1861 lists, but could have been away from home, or could be Burrell using another name!)
Thomas, age 14
James, age 13 – could this be John using a different name?
William, age 11
Mary, age 9
Stephen, age 4
Rose, age 2
From Burrell Faux/William Foulger point of view I think I have peiced together the following:
1842/3: Born in Pakenham, Suffolk to John and Anna
1851: age 9, living in Puttocks hall with parents
1861: age 19, still living at home but in Chigwell Essex, now a carpenter
1871: age 29, living in Fairfield, Leatherhead with wife Susanah – spelt name as Fawkes – and 4 children
1881: age 39, now known as William Foulger for the first time. Living in St John’s Road with Susan and 7 children
1891: age 49, now back to Burrell Faux (!) in St John’s Road with Susan and 6 children at home
1901: age 59, William Foulger again (!) in St John’s Road with Susan 6 children still at home.
Post 1901.. appears that some of the family – Joseph reverted back to Faux ( Nan, Sybil and Bob for example) but some stayed as Foulger ( Iunderstand that Nellie and Jane were known as Foulger)
Explains some of the what happened but no nearer knowing the why? Perhaps Burrell had the name William as well – its not recorded anywhere in the census and I can’t find a birth record for a Burrell faux in Pakenham ca 1842/3 – but where did the Faux/Folger switch come from and why?
I have ordered the marriage certificate for Burrell and Susan to see what that brings!!
I have also established that Burrell Faux died in 1910 - I found the BMD record - but cannot find any death record of Susan/Susanah Faux/Foulger, even though I am told she died in 1932. My Great Aunt, who was born in 1912, always claimed that she never knew her Grandparents ( Burrel and susanah) - Burrell would have died before she was born but Susan/Susanah didn't die until she was 20!
Is anyone else researching this line because there must be quite a few descendents from Burrell Faux/William Foulger around!!
I would be willing to exchange any information by eMail if you leave a message here...