Thanks to Bridgette for sending me details on some of the South African Willmot Family
Many thanks to Gary for giving me a new marriage in this family. More research needed.
In February 2000 after my adopted parents had both died, I decided to try and found out about my natural parents. With the help of the internet and by putting my birth surname of Tolliss into google. Another Tolliss was selling his car at the time so I contacted him with a carefully worded email. This distant cousin told me I had a 1st cousin who lived in Australia and he contacted him on my behalf. Hence I saw the first pictures of my mother. There was no fathers name on the birth certificate and as no-one in the family knew about me, there is little chance of finding out about him. However the information from these 2 people, who welcomed this stranger into their family, fed my desire to find out more about my new family.
The Tolliss name can be spelt with one S or two according to whomever was recording the event at the time. The family in the UK has included occupations ranging from Farm Labourers to Doctors. Where I have the most information is in the 19th century. The Tolliss family inhabited the East London area. Two generations worked in the Silk Industry and Brushmaking . It is in the mid 19th century, when part of the Tolliss family moved from London to Birmingham and diversified into different occupations. I believe I have found more members of the family in Norfolk, spelt with one S. The appearance of Rodwell as a first name occurs in 1749 in New Buckenham.
My Grandfather Frederick was a Grocer. He moved to Brighton from London where he met his wife Florence. They had three children and emigrated to Durban, South Africa, but returned a few years later to London and eventually separated. My Grandfather returned to Durban with his two sons Eric and Guy known as Jack and also his sister in law Emma Guy. My Grandmother and her daughter stayed in London. The daughter Lilian (my mother) was an actress, stage name Zetta Morenta and her greatest claim to fame was acting as a double for Gracie Fields in 3 of her films. Sing as you Go 1934, Look Up and Laugh 1935 and Queen of Hearts 1936. She also appeared on the stage in London and the provinces. Some photos of her appear in the gallery. I have also found online Zettas name mentioned as part of variety acts at the Alhambra, Leicester Sq and the Coliseum Theatres through the years 1925-1930
One of the reasons for them emigrating to South Africa was Ellen Louise (Fredericks sister) marriage to Harry D'Urban Holmes Crozier who was born in Durban. Ellen and Harry divorced in 1900. Harry went on to remarry twice more. Harrys father was a solicitor and grandfather a ship owner/master mariner.
My Great Grandfather James was a traveller, trading in the silk industry. His wife Louisa Sophia Clark was a fourth generation descendant of Lewis Berger the paint manufacturer. Lewis was a subject of a colourful 'biography' written by Jeffrey Farnol in the 1920s called a “Portrait of a Gentleman in Colours”. It tells of Lewis's move to London in 1760 from Frankfurt and his endeavour in making the colour Prussian Blue a marketable commodity. Originally named Louis Steigenberger he simplified his name to Lewis Berger in about 1766. Also marrying Elizabeth Alger shortly afterwards. A more detailed biography was called “A Century and a Half of Berger”, written by Lewis Berger's Gt Gt Grandson Thomas Brereton Berger. A photo of Richmond house that Thomas lived in is in the gallery.
Circa 1780 Lewis & Elizabeth moved from the Shadwell/Ratcliff area of London to nearby Homerton. There they found a house and he built his factory. He made 12 dry colour pigments by 1790, increasing them by 7 more, also selling black lead, sulphur, sealing wax and mustard. In 1785 they opened offices at Well Court in Cheapside. It is believed the Doulton factory in Lambeth also purchased some of his paints for decorating their pottery.
Link to Berger Paint employees reunion page
Thanks to John Cain for sending me the above information.
Link to Bergerpaints website www.bergerpaints.com
Lewis Berger appeared at the Old Bailey as a victim of theft on 3 occasions, below are the links to the relevant pages.1. RICHARD SHARPLIN, THOMAS RICE, theft: simple grand larceny, 03/06/1778. 2. FIDELY MILLARD, ELEANOR SANDERSON, theft: burglary, receiving stolen goods, 13/09/1780. 3. SAMUEL JACKSON, theft: burglary, 11 May 1796.
The family tree contains all the names that I know of with the Berger connection. Also some pictures of the Berger family and the houses etc are in the gallery. Also in the gallery there are pictures of the extended Berger family.
I have tried to find out more on the Guy side of the family that being my Grandmothers maiden name.
I met a 2nd cousin on that side who has furnished me with new photos of my mother, plus some of my grandmother, her siblings and her parents and their extended family. He also met my mother in the 1930s (she had 2 whippets) and backstage in London in 1948, when she was appearing in the West End in The Perfect Woman at the Haymarket theatre.
I have also met a very distant cousin with the Guy surname, our connection goes back 10 generations.
In 2005, I have extended the Clark family as Henry Clark (Gt Gt Gt Grandfather) who married firstly Louisa Berger, who died soon after the birth of her second son, married secondly Mary Stewart and had 11 more children.
I went to Newnham, Kent and found Henry Clarks grave, (picture in the gallery).
I am also working on the Stokes side of the family that married into the Pamphilon and Guenigault family, making new contacts with both Pamphilon and Guenigault members. There is a photo of Adolphus Stokes grave in the gallery. I have also had a great amount of information supplied by the Sharp side of the Berger family.
In 2009 I flew to Australia to meet my first cousin and his wife there. I went back in 2015 and saw them again. They have been pleased that I have contacted them and added information about our family. I also met and stayed with more distant cousins on the Tolliss side.
It has been a rewarding and pleasurable experience that all the new family members I have met are friendly and helpful. A big thank you to all the family, near and extended that have helped the tree to grow.
Grateful thanks to the following members of the Berger, Tolliss, Clark, Guy and related families in helping me with my research
Robert Tolliss, Anthony Tolliss, Dawn Pinfield, Tessa King (SA),Perry Miles, Olive P Sharp, Ian Herbert, Pat Barnes, Margaret Kyle, Deryck Skinner, Chrissie Gee, Philippa Wilks, Penny Morgan, Laraine Hake, Ruth Taylor, Sue Donlea, Derek Lemarchand, John Ablitt and Margaret Scott.
John K Clark, David K Ballance, Peter Guy, Richard Lloyd, Alan Edwards, Jane Hughes, Garry Williams, James Couzens, Richard Pailthorpe, Kimberly McDonnell, Fiona Shaw, Mike Spence, Shirley Rowe, Christopher Thomson, Alastair Honeybun, Charlie Mackie, Adrian Wright, Margaret Castell, Mark Stevens, Margaret Parkes, Jan Ward, David Eustace, Robert Tompsett, Tony Kirkman, Ann Peters, Amanda Kilmister, Robin Griffiths, Valerie Ward, Martin Mitchell, Rob Trulock and Garth Houltham.
Most common surnames
|Ruth Mary CHATTOCK||CHATTOCK,Ruth Mary||November 28, 1996||0||24||24||Death|
|James Alexander FINLAY||FINLAY,James Alexander||November 28, 1994||1||26||26||Death|
|Brian Henry Grosvenor HARRIS||HARRIS,Brian Henry Grosvenor||November 28, 1993||2||27||27||Death|
|Doris May CORNFORD||CORNFORD,Doris May||November 28, 1979||3||41||41||Death|
|John Michael DELL||DELL,John Michael||November 28, 1976||4||44||44||Death|
|George Ollov RISSTROM||RISSTROM,George Ollov||November 28, 1966||5||54||54||Death|
|Georgina Gaviller STYLES||STYLES,Georgina Gaviller||November 28, 1966||6||54||54||Death|
|Georgiana Katherine HODSOLL||HODSOLL,Georgiana Katherine||November 28, 1961||7||59||59||Death|
|Ernest George LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Ernest George||November 28, 1941||8||79||79||Death|
|Colin Granville BIRCH DFC||BIRCH,Colin Granville||November 28, 1940||9||80||80||Death|
|Edward Hugh MONTGOMERY||MONTGOMERY,Edward Hugh||November 28, 1929||10||91||91||Death|
|Christopher Robin METCALFE||METCALFE,Christopher Robin||November 28, 1927||11||93||93||Birth|
|William GOWER||GOWER,William||November 28, 1924||12||96||96||Death|
|Eugenie Lambert BATH||BATH,Eugenie Lambert||November 28, 1921||13||99||99||Death|
|Percy Alfred DORMER||DORMER,Percy Alfred||November 28, 1921||14||99||99||Death|
|Rose VARDY||VARDY,Rose||November 28, 1918||15||102||102||Death|
|Leslie H BARKER||BARKER,Leslie H||November 28, 1912||16||108||108||Birth|
|John Cotton POWELL||POWELL,John Cotton||November 28, 1907||17||113||113||Death|
|Emma RALPH||RALPH,Emma||November 28, 1907||18||113||113||Death|
|Arthur James Francis KINGSMILL||KINGSMILL,Arthur James Francis||November 28, 1906||19||114||114||Birth|
|Edward Marston BROWN||BROWN,Edward Marston||November 28, 1904||20||116||116||Birth|
|George Watson BROWN||BROWN,George Watson||November 28, 1904||21||116||116||Birth|
|Eliza Alice NICHOLLS||NICHOLLS,Eliza Alice||November 28, 1903||22||117||117||Birth|
|William Joseph BAMFORD||BAMFORD,William Joseph||November 28, 1890||23||130||130||Birth|
|George Henry TOLLISS||TOLLISS,George Henry||November 28, 1883||24||137||137||Birth|
|Eva Alice BROMWICH||BROMWICH,Eva Alice||November 28, 1883||25||137||137||Birth|
|Bertram Stanley BOSMAN||BOSMAN,Bertram Stanley||November 28, 1882||26||138||138||Birth|
|Henry Atlantic SADLEIR||SADLEIR,Henry Atlantic||November 28, 1880||27||140||140||Death|
|Francis HALES||HALES,Francis||November 28, 1877||28||143||143||Death|
|Edward Arthur Fulford WALKER||WALKER,Edward Arthur Fulford||November 28, 1877||29||143||143||Birth|
|Frederick M OSIER||OSIER,Frederick M||November 28, 1876||30||144||144||Birth|
|Ernest ABBOTT||ABBOTT,Ernest||November 28, 1875||31||145||145||Birth|
|Florence GUY||GUY,Florence||November 28, 1874||32||146||146||Birth|
|Robert Eugene MEDILL||MEDILL,Robert Eugene||November 28, 1873||33||147||147||Birth|
|Beatrice May ISELTON||ISELTON,Beatrice May||November 28, 1871||34||149||149||Birth|
|George WILLMOT||WILLMOT,George||November 28, 1870||35||150||150||Death|
|D'arcy Victor Thomas Andrews LOCKE||LOCKE,D'arcy Victor Thomas Andrews||November 28, 1867||36||153||153||Birth|
|Mary Ann EICKE||EICKE,Mary Ann||November 28, 1866||37||154||154||Death|
|Stephen FLOCKTON||FLOCKTON,Stephen||November 28, 1865||38||155||155||Death|
|Martha Annie WILLIAMS||WILLIAMS,Martha Annie||November 28, 1862||39||158||158||Birth|
|Henry Cloves Steigen BERGER||BERGER,Henry Cloves Steigen||November 28, 1847||40||173||173||Death|
|Elizabeth Anne COOKE||COOKE,Elizabeth Anne||November 28, 1825||41||195||195||Death|
|Abraham Beasley PARTRIDGE||PARTRIDGE,Abraham Beasley||November 28, 1819||42||201||201||Birth|
|Frederick PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Frederick||November 28, 1817||43||203||203||Birth|
|Mary VAN SOMMER||VAN SOMMER,Mary||November 28, 1814||44||206||206||Birth|
|Carolina STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Carolina||November 28, 1800||45||220||220||Death|
|Harriet Sweetland DEWDNEY||DEWDNEY,Harriet Sweetland||November 28, 1793||46||227||227||Birth|
|William Augustus IRBY||IRBY,William Augustus||November 28, 1783||47||237||237||Birth|
|Nicholas TAMPS||TAMPS,Nicholas||November 28, 1773||48||247||247||Death|
|Lawrence St George RICH + Marjorie Dora GOSCHEN||RICH,Lawrence St George + GOSCHEN,Marjorie Dora||November 28, 1958||49||62||62||Marriage|
|Alfred Hartwell CONDER + Eva Beatrice BURNAND||CONDER,Alfred Hartwell + BURNAND,Eva Beatrice||November 28, 1907||50||113||113||Marriage|
|Major William Du Cane LUARD + Maud BLAINE||LUARD,William Du Cane + BLAINE,Maud||November 28, 1895||51||125||125||Marriage|
|John Henry ACOTT + Nellie Lorrie HUDSON||ACOTT,John Henry + HUDSON,Nellie Lorrie||November 28, 1891||52||129||129||Marriage|
|Albert SHARP + Fanny YEATS||SHARP,Albert + YEATS,Fanny||November 28, 1887||53||133||133||Marriage|
|Earl of Orkney George William Hamilton FITZMAURICE + Amelia||FITZMAURICE,George William Hamilton + ,Amelia||November 28, 1872||54||148||148||Marriage|
|John Lowis LEMARCHAND + Jessie BLANSHARD||LEMARCHAND,John Lowis + BLANSHARD,Jessie||November 28, 1864||55||156||156||Marriage|
|Samuel BERGER + Ann CATHCART||BERGER,Samuel + CATHCART,Ann||November 28, 1839||56||181||181||Marriage|
|Dr George BENNETT MD + Julia Luduvina Da Silva CAMERON||BENNETT,George MD + CAMERON,Julia Luduvina Da Silva||November 28, 1835||57||185||185||Marriage|
|William GUY + Elizabeth Smith DODGE||GUY,William + DODGE,Elizabeth Smith||November 28, 1823||58||197||197||Marriage|
|William COUMBE + Marine Guillelmina Marthe “Wilhelmina” SAPTE||COUMBE,William + SAPTE,Marine Guillelmina Marthe||November 28, 1814||59||206||206||Marriage|
|William Nicholas POWELL||November 28, 2020 - 2:50:48 p.m.||jackie||1606575048||POWELL,William Nicholas|
|Mark Dugald STARK MD + Mary Helene Henriette WIENHOLT||November 28, 2020 - 1:57:25 p.m.||jackie||1606571845||STARK,Mark Dugald MD + WIENHOLT,Mary Helene Henriette|
|Ruth Muriel Marguerite BLAINE||November 28, 2020 - 1:09:47 p.m.||jackie||1606568987||BLAINE,Ruth Muriel Marguerite|
|Dr Charles Snowden PIGGOTT||November 28, 2020 - 1:09:33 p.m.||jackie||1606568973||PIGGOTT,Charles Snowden|
|Peter Edward Blaine REYNOLDS||November 28, 2020 - 12:47:22 p.m.||jackie||1606567642||REYNOLDS,Peter Edward Blaine|
|Edward Charles REYNOLDS + Maude Evelyn CALDECOTT||November 28, 2020 - 12:40:07 p.m.||jackie||1606567207||REYNOLDS,Edward Charles + CALDECOTT,Maude Evelyn|
|Edward Charles REYNOLDS||November 28, 2020 - 12:39:36 p.m.||jackie||1606567176||REYNOLDS,Edward Charles|
|Maude Evelyn CALDECOTT||November 28, 2020 - 12:34:59 p.m.||jackie||1606566899||CALDECOTT,Maude Evelyn|
|John Carr ANDERSON + Mary Ann Beatrice IVES||November 28, 2020 - 12:28:22 p.m.||jackie||1606566502||ANDERSON,John Carr + IVES,Mary Ann Beatrice|
|John Carr ANDERSON||November 28, 2020 - 12:28:02 p.m.||jackie||1606566482||ANDERSON,John Carr|
|John Carr ANDERSON + Margaret Phyllis BLAINE||November 28, 2020 - 12:27:49 p.m.||jackie||1606566469||ANDERSON,John Carr + BLAINE,Margaret Phyllis|
|Mary Ann Beatrice IVES||November 28, 2020 - 12:27:03 p.m.||jackie||1606566423||IVES,Mary Ann Beatrice|
|Garry Marwood NOTLEY + Margaret Phyllis BLAINE||November 28, 2020 - 12:20:05 p.m.||jackie||1606566005||NOTLEY,Garry Marwood + BLAINE,Margaret Phyllis|
|Garry Marwood NOTLEY||November 28, 2020 - 12:16:57 p.m.||jackie||1606565817||NOTLEY,Garry Marwood|
|Margaret Phyllis BLAINE||November 28, 2020 - 12:16:20 p.m.||jackie||1606565780||BLAINE,Margaret Phyllis|
|Charles Herbert BLAINE + Margaretha MYNHARDT||November 27, 2020 - 3:22:40 p.m.||jackie||1606490560||BLAINE,Charles Herbert + MYNHARDT,Margaretha|
|Charles Herbert BLAINE||November 27, 2020 - 3:21:00 p.m.||jackie||1606490460||BLAINE,Charles Herbert|
|Margaretha MYNHARDT||November 27, 2020 - 3:21:00 p.m.||jackie||1606490460||MYNHARDT,Margaretha|
|Alfred Edmund Bousfield BLAINE||November 27, 2020 - 3:17:02 p.m.||jackie||1606490222||BLAINE,Alfred Edmund Bousfield|
|Alfred Edmund Bousfield BLAINE + Hannah Selina PRICE||November 27, 2020 - 3:15:41 p.m.||jackie||1606490141||BLAINE,Alfred Edmund Bousfield + PRICE,Hannah Selina|
|Alfred Edmund Bousfield BLAINE + Florence Rose Julia HIUGHES||November 27, 2020 - 3:14:20 p.m.||jackie||1606490060||BLAINE,Alfred Edmund Bousfield + HIUGHES,Florence Rose Julia|
|Florence Rose Julia HIUGHES||November 27, 2020 - 3:13:16 p.m.||jackie||1606489996||HIUGHES,Florence Rose Julia|
|Hannah Selina PRICE||November 27, 2020 - 3:03:29 p.m.||jackie||1606489409||PRICE,Hannah Selina|
|Robert VIPAN||November 27, 2020 - 12:39:41 p.m.||jackie||1606480781||VIPAN,Robert|
|Julia Ellen VIPAN||November 27, 2020 - 12:36:34 p.m.||jackie||1606480594||VIPAN,Julia Ellen|
|Robert VIPAN + unknown …||November 27, 2020 - 12:28:10 p.m.||jackie||1606480090||VIPAN,Robert + @N.N.,unknown|
|unknown …||November 27, 2020 - 12:28:10 p.m.||jackie||1606480090||@N.N.,unknown|