John Berriman [1888 - 1962]

[1888 - 1962] MFF

Born: 21 December 1888, Whitstone

Birth Certificate:

Registration DistrictStratton
in the Sub-District ofWeek St Mary
in the County ofCornwall
When and where born21 December 1888, Stratchley Cottage Whitstone
Name of FatherJohn Berriman
Name of MotherMary Ann Berriman formerly Webb
Profession of FatherFarmer
InformantJohn Berriman, father, Widemouth Poundstock
When Registered20 December 1889

Father: John Berriman

Mother: Mary Ann Webb

1957 The Berriman family, circa 1957

5-generation pedigree

Baptism Certificate:

ReligionBible Christian Connexion (Halesworth Circuit)
Christian NameJohn
Parents Names John and Mary Ann Berriman
Father's OccBlacksmith
Date and Place27 January 1889, Parents home

Siblings: (For dates, etc, see the extended family)

  1. Elizabeth Berriman
  2. Jane Berriman
    Jane Coles was found dead on the morning of 30 December 1954. Colchester Coroner's Court heard that death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a leaking gas pipe, and returned a verdict of Accidental Death. See Colchester Gazette 4 January 1955.
  3. William Berriman
  4. Mary Berriman
    Mary Berriman was married to Philip Metherel Sloman, who farmed Salary Brook Farm in Colchester (also known as Solway Brook Farm), which is now part of the campus of the University of Essex. By coincidence, Albert Edward Sloman, nephew of Mary and Philip, became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1962.
  5. Emily Berriman
  6.   John Berriman

1905 The Berriman family, circa 1905

Married: Mabel Hall, 11 April 1917, Gamlingay Baptist Church (photograph)

Marriage Certificate:

Registration DistrictCaxton
Solemnized atThe Old Baptist Meeting House
in the District ofCaxton
in the Counties ofCambridge and Huntingdon
When Married11 April 1917
Name and Surname John Berriman
Rank or ProfessionFarmer
ResidenceElsworth CAM
Father's NameJohn Berriman
Father's ProfessionFarmer (deceased)
WitnessesLouisa Hall, Doris Ingle, William Berriman, Mark Walter Hall
bride's mother or aunt, bride's cousin, groom's brother, bride's brother?


  1. John Hall Berriman
  2. Luke Clifford Berriman
  3. Myrtle Elizabeth Berriman
  4. Joy Rosemary Berriman

1919 Two photographs with John Hall Berriman, circa 1919

1941 The Berriman family, circa 1941

Died: 17 September 1962, 168 Maldon Road Colchester

Death Certificate:

Registration DistrictColchester
in the Sub-District ofColchester
in the County ofEssex
When and where died17 September 1962, 168 Maldon Road, Colchester
Name and SurnameJohn Berriman
Age73 years
OccupationRetired Farmer
Cause of deathIa Coronary Thrombosis
b Chronic Myocarditis
InformantJ H Berriman, son, 134 Collingwood Road, Colchester
When Registered18 September

Newspaper: Essex County Standard, Friday 21 September 1962:

Death of Mr. J. Berriman

Mr. John Berriman (73), of 168 Maldon Road, Colchester, died on Monday. A native of Cornwall, Mr. Berriman came to Colchester from Cambridgeshire 40 years ago to farm. He was a well known member of the Colchester Brotherhood, and was also a local preacher. Until a few months before his death he had been an employee at H. J. Last and Sons.

Mr. Berriman leaves two sons, and two daughters, all well known in Colchester sporting circles. The funeral is at Eld Lane Baptist Church today, followed by cremation at Colchester Crematorium.


OfJohn Berriman of 168 Maldon Road Colchester retired farmer
Dated21 March 1962
ExecutorsJohn Hall Berriman, Luke Clifford Berriman (sons)
WitnessesB C Gentley solicitor, J O Howe clerk
LegaciesOutside effects and tools left to two sons.
Household effects to two daughters, Myrtle Elizabeth Fisher and Joy Rosemary Berriman.
Remainder to be equally divided between the four, with provision for those dying leaving issue.

Probate: 14 November 1962

Newspaper: Essex County Standard, Saturday 8 November 1930:

Cowman admits adding Water to Milk

Adding water to milk intended for sale, to the extent of 8.24 per cent, on October 7, was the charge against Ernest Sadler, of Shaws Farm Cottage, while John Berryman, Shaws Farm, was charged with selling to William Digby Blyth eleven and a half gallons of milk to which had been added 4.7 per cent of water.

Sadler pleaded guilty, while Berryman, who was represented by Mr. F. J. Collinge, pleaded not guilty.

Mr. O. Thompson Smith, prosecuting on behalf of the Watch Committee, stated that Inspector Ball took a sample of milk from Kenneth Blyth, a dairyman, the milk being taken from a hand-can containing six pints.

Inspector Geo. H. Ball spoke to taking the first sample from Mr. Blyth, which was certified to contain added water. In consequence he saw Berryman and took another sample. Berryman said, "I was not present at yesterday afternoon's milking. I went and brought the milk in." Subsequently witness witnessed the milking of the cows and took a sample which was certified to be genuine milk. Sadler, who was present, was asked if he could account for the presence of the water in the milk from which the first sample was taken. He replied, "Yes, I did water Tuesday afternoon's milk. I was down in milk. I thought it the best and easiest way out f it. I don't want to see Mr. Blyth or his son punished." He also said he knew nothing about water being added to the Wednesday's milk.

William D. Blyth, of Winsley Farm, Colchester, corroborated the last witness's evidence as to the interviews with Berryman and Sadler.

Sadler pleaded he had no wilful intent and that he was very sorry.

Berryman, in the box, said he had no idea that water had been added to the milk on either day. If water had been added it was entirely without his knowledge.

Mr. Collinge said it was not the first case which had arisen through the action of an over zealous cowman adding water in order to maintain the quantity of milk from cows and through anxiety to please his employer. Mr. Berryman had no knowledge that water had been added, and he asked the Bench in their decision to preserve the business reputation he had held for eight years.

The Bench found both the cases proved and fined Sadler £3 with £2 2s costs. In the case of Berryman, the Chairman said they would not proceed to a conviction, but defendant would have to pay £2 costs.

The Magistrates were: Brig-Gen F. W. Towsey (in the chair), R. P. Blyth and C. T. Gale, Esqrs.

Report of a case in Colchester Police Court, Friday 31 October 1930

Electoral Roll:

Shaws Farm, Harwich Road, Colchester 1923-36: Parsons Heath Ward, Colchester
1937-9: St Johns Ward, Colchester
The Downs, Harwich Road, Colchester 1945-6: St Johns Ward, Colchester
168 Maldon Road, Colchester 1950-62: Abbey Ward, Colchester


1891Higher Widemouth, Poundstock
1901Mill Farm, Great Munden HRT
1911Church Farm, Hatley St George CAM
1923 - 1939Shaws Farm, Harwich Rd, Colchester [TM030270]
1945 - 1946The Downs, Harwich Rd, Colchester [TM030270]
The farm house at Shaws Farm was renamed "The Downs"
1947 - 1962168 Maldon Rd, Colchester

1905 1919 1941 1950

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