Jonathan Hazell contacted me with a missing relative, which I have now added to the family, many thanks
Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.
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
|Lt Comm Jack Connell ALEXANDER||ALEXANDER,Jack Connell||18 November 1987||0||31||31||Death|
|Charles GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Charles||18 November 1970||1||48||48||Death|
|Ronald Aubrey PARIS||PARIS,Ronald Aubrey||18 November 1967||2||51||51||Death|
|Marie Poppleton Holmes CROZIER||CROZIER,Marie Poppleton Holmes||18 November 1965||3||53||53||Death|
|Lady Eleanor Katherine LYELL||LYELL,Eleanor Katherine||18 November 1963||4||55||55||Death|
|George Frederick Sapte BLAKE||BLAKE,George Frederick Sapte||18 November 1963||5||55||55||Death|
|Laura Ann HALL||HALL,Laura Ann||18 November 1954||6||64||64||Death|
|Thomas William KEMP||KEMP,Thomas William||18 November 1951||7||67||67||Death|
|Charles Thomas LOVEDAY||LOVEDAY,Charles Thomas||18 November 1948||8||70||70||Death|
|Blanche Jane DRAKE||DRAKE,Blanche Jane||18 November 1944||9||74||74||Death|
|Dora Louisa GERVIS||GERVIS,Dora Louisa||18 November 1943||10||75||75||Death|
|Charles Ayling TURNER||TURNER,Charles Ayling||18 November 1932||11||86||86||Death|
|Gordon Ibbetson BRASSEY||BRASSEY,Gordon Ibbetson||18 November 1929||12||89||89||Death|
|Herbert Harry EVENS||EVENS,Herbert Harry||18 November 1926||13||92||92||Death|
|Alex Forbes WILKINSON||WILKINSON,Alex Forbes||18 November 1925||14||93||93||Death|
|William Frederick Ballance SHARP||SHARP,William Frederick Ballance||18 November 1922||15||96||96||Death|
|Wilfred David Powell JONES||JONES,Wilfred David Powell||18 November 1916||16||102||102||Death|
|Lee OLDING||OLDING,Lee||18 November 1909||17||109||109||Death|
|Leslie Alfred Francis PREYE||PREYE,Leslie Alfred Francis||18 November 1901||18||117||117||Birth|
|Ambrose Lethbridge GODDARD||GODDARD,Ambrose Lethbridge||18 November 1898||19||120||120||Death|
|Howard Joseph TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Howard Joseph||18 November 1889||20||129||129||Birth|
|Arthur Stanley LIPPOLD||LIPPOLD,Arthur Stanley||18 November 1889||21||129||129||Birth|
|Walter STEIGENBERGER||STEIGENBERGER,Walter||18 November 1885||22||133||133||Birth|
|Charles PERRY||PERRY,Charles||18 November 1875||23||143||143||Birth|
|Henry Kett KETT-TOMPSON||KETT-TOMPSON,Henry Kett||18 November 1872||24||146||146||Death|
|Lilian Maud CLARK||CLARK,Lilian Maud||18 November 1871||25||147||147||Birth|
|Rosa Maria Margaret EDWARDS||EDWARDS,Rosa Maria Margaret||18 November 1870||26||148||148||Birth|
|Capt James MANGLES||MANGLES,James||18 November 1867||27||151||151||Death|
|Sir Charles Alban YOUNG 9th Baronet||YOUNG,Charles Alban 9th Baronet||18 November 1865||28||153||153||Birth|
|Mary Jane SMITH||SMITH,Mary Jane||18 November 1858||29||160||160||Birth|
|Florence BROMLEY||BROMLEY,Florence||18 November 1857||30||161||161||Birth|
|Rosa Neeld TOOLE||TOOLE,Rosa Neeld||18 November 1855||31||163||163||Birth|
|John Henry Richard WHINFIELD||WHINFIELD,John Henry Richard||18 November 1855||32||163||163||Birth|
|Ada Maria CARR||CARR,Ada Maria||18 November 1843||33||175||175||Birth|
|Ellen Elizabeth GRELLIER||GRELLIER,Ellen Elizabeth||18 November 1842||34||176||176||Birth|
|James FULLER||FULLER,James||18 November 1840||35||178||178||Death|
|Constance ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Constance||18 November 1838||36||180||180||Birth|
|John GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,John||18 November 1838||37||180||180||Birth|
|William GOODWINS||GOODWINS,William||18 November 1837||38||181||181||Birth|
|William ASKER||ASKER,William||18 November 1833||39||185||185||Birth|
|Sophia Gillender WALTER||WALTER,Sophia Gillender||18 November 1825||40||193||193||Birth|
|Matilda POLLARD||POLLARD,Matilda||18 November 1822||41||196||196||Birth|
|Arthur Frederick Marsham POLLOCK||POLLOCK,Arthur Frederick Marsham||18 November 1820||42||198||198||Death|
|George BISCHOFF||BISCHOFF,George||18 November 1812||43||206||206||Birth|
|Sir William Henry STEPHENSON||STEPHENSON,William Henry||18 November 1811||44||207||207||Birth|
|William Clemens ABELL||ABELL,William Clemens||18 November 1810||45||208||208||Birth|
|George Nicholas CHEEK||CHEEK,George Nicholas||18 November 1793||46||225||225||Birth|
|Mary BOWERS||BOWERS,Mary||18 November 1758||47||260||260||Death|
|Edward MARSH||MARSH,Edward||18 November 1734||48||284||284||Birth|
|Paul TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Paul||18 November 1726||49||292||292||Birth|
|Sydney HILL + Beatrice Agnes BLAKE||HILL,Sydney + BLAKE,Beatrice Agnes||18 November 1921||50||97||97||Marriage|
|Sydney HILL + Beatrice Agnes BLAKE||HILL,Sydney + BLAKE,Beatrice Agnes||18 November 1921||51||97||97||Marriage|
|Leonard STUBBS + Florence Ethel SODER||STUBBS,Leonard + SODER,Florence Ethel||18 November 1900||52||118||118||Marriage|
|Norton Jesse GUY + Margaret Emma KLISSNER||GUY,Norton Jesse + KLISSNER,Margaret Emma||18 November 1888||53||130||130||Marriage|
|Thomas Edwin SPENCE + Ellen HALES||SPENCE,Thomas Edwin + HALES,Ellen||18 November 1876||54||142||142||Marriage|
|Charles John ABLITT + Sophia BOURNE||ABLITT,Charles John + BOURNE,Sophia||18 November 1856||55||162||162||Marriage|
|Rev William Gibbs BARKER + Sophia BACON||BARKER,William Gibbs + BACON,Sophia||18 November 1835||56||183||183||Marriage|
|Thomas GODDARD + Emma WARD||GODDARD,Thomas + WARD,Emma||18 November 1834||57||184||184||Marriage|
|Stephen SPURLING + Jessy PARKINSON||SPURLING,Stephen + PARKINSON,Jessy||18 November 1815||58||203||203||Marriage|
|John GUY + Abigail ROBERTS||GUY,John + ROBERTS,Abigail||18 November 1809||59||209||209||Marriage|
|Rev Sir James STONHOUSE + Sarah EKINS||STONHOUSE,James + EKINS,Sarah||18 November 1754||60||264||264||Marriage|
|Stephen Richard WALLER||16 November 2018 - 14:24:44||jackie||1542378284||WALLER,Stephen Richard|
|Lawrence WALLER||16 November 2018 - 14:22:23||jackie||1542378143||WALLER,Lawrence|
|Stephen Richard WALLER + Marion Kathleen MUNT||16 November 2018 - 14:19:16||jackie||1542377956||WALLER,Stephen Richard + MUNT,Marion Kathleen|
|Marion Kathleen MUNT||16 November 2018 - 14:08:03||jackie||1542377283||MUNT,Marion Kathleen|
|2nd Lt Henry Percy Gormanston STEEDMAN||16 November 2018 - 13:59:38||jackie||1542376778||STEEDMAN,Henry Percy Gormanston|
|Violet Isabel MUNT||16 November 2018 - 13:53:14||jackie||1542376394||MUNT,Violet Isabel|
|2nd Lt Henry Percy Gormanston STEEDMAN + Violet Isabel MUNT||16 November 2018 - 13:49:12||jackie||1542376152||STEEDMAN,Henry Percy Gormanston + MUNT,Violet Isabel|
|Christine BIRD||16 November 2018 - 13:45:05||jackie||1542375905||BIRD,Christine|
|Richard MUNT||16 November 2018 - 13:43:32||jackie||1542375812||MUNT,Richard|
|Henry Richard TOMPSETT||16 November 2018 - 13:26:49||jackie||1542374809||TOMPSETT,Henry Richard|
|Harold Thomas McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:32:59||jackie||1542310379||MacCANN,Harold Thomas|
|Violet Thelma McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:28:51||jackie||1542310131||MacCANN,Violet Thelma|
|Douglas Haig McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:23:15||jackie||1542309795||MacCANN,Douglas Haig|
|Charles Henry McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:21:01||jackie||1542309661||MacCANN,Charles Henry|
|Emma Rose HUDSON||15 November 2018 - 19:20:15||jackie||1542309615||HUDSON,Emma Rose|
|Lewis Berger William CLARKE||15 November 2018 - 19:07:42||jackie||1542308862||CLARKE,Lewis Berger William|
|Shadrack Thomas MUSTO||15 November 2018 - 19:05:06||jackie||1542308706||MUSTO,Shadrack Thomas|
|William PALETHORPE||15 November 2018 - 18:55:46||jackie||1542308146||PALETHORPE,William|
|Fanny PALETHORPE||15 November 2018 - 18:54:43||jackie||1542308083||PALETHORPE,Fanny|
|William Charles PAIN||15 November 2018 - 07:36:37||jackie||1542267397||PAIN,William Charles|
|William Charles PAIN||15 November 2018 - 07:35:20||jackie||1542267320||PAIN,William Charles|
|Fannie Jane KEMP||15 November 2018 - 07:30:59||jackie||1542267059||KEMP,Fannie Jane|