Re: Clairssa barwis
I was born Roger Barton Barwis, no "e", changed it later. My father, Emil Barton Barwis, was born in Benavides, Texas in 1915. His father was Isaac Griffith Barwis, born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1888. I do know that there was a Robert Solomon married into the Barwis clan in North Texas. I used to have the family tree, but over the years, it was misplaced. I will talk to my father and uncle about Clarissa Artie Barwis, I remember the name from the family tree.
I researched our family name in England. All people named Barwis and Barwise derive from the same Norman volunteer that came to England in 1066 with William of Normandy in the invasion. That persons name was de Berewese and came from Flanders. As was the customary reward to his soldiers, de Berewese was given land in northern England (Westmoreland county now, formerly Cumbria) and it was there in the year 1068 that he built Barwise Hall which IS STILL STANDING and inhabited (not by Barwises though). Anyone named Barwis used to be a Barwise, but the "e" got dropped along the way in some lineages. I often wondered at the odd, rather cropped sound to my name. The Barwise clan sold off Barwise Hall a long time ago.
So the derivation of the name is Flemish, ultimately, by way of the Norman French. I hope that I have enlightened you somewhat and will definitely get on the trail of Clarissa Artie Barwis. If you are related to her, then you are related to me.Please, I urge any Barwises who read this to now disturb the current tenants of Barwise Hall. The place name "Barwise Hall" CAN be found on the most detailed Ordance Survey map of the Appleby area of Westmoreland. A long search of the Flanders area failed to turn up any likely sounding place name reflective of de Berewese. But in northern France there exists a place name Ber d' Huis, or close if my memory serves me (this was 25 years ago). Ber d' Huis is pronounced BAIR-dWEE and there might be a connection or that may be reaching.