I have leant that my distant cousin Perry Miles died in December 2017 in California, his contribution to the Steigenberger name on my tree was invaluable. He will be greatly missed.
Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.
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
|Dorothy May TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Dorothy May||January 27, 1999||0||21||21||Death|
|Nathaniel Thomas WINKWORTH||WINKWORTH,Nathaniel Thomas||January 27, 1999||1||21||21||Death|
|Phyllis Geraldine MATHESON||MATHESON,Phyllis Geraldine||January 27, 1994||2||26||26||Death|
|Violet Esme HOLL||HOLL,Violet Esme||January 27, 1994||3||26||26||Death|
|Henry Edward JUDGES||JUDGES,Henry Edward||January 27, 1982||4||38||38||Death|
|Leonard Wilfred Ernest TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Leonard Wilfred Ernest||January 27, 1981||5||39||39||Death|
|Muriel FENWICK||FENWICK,Muriel||January 27, 1980||6||40||40||Death|
|George Anthony STEWART||STEWART,George Anthony||January 27, 1979||7||41||41||Death|
|Annie “Doss” SHEAF||SHEAF,Annie||January 27, 1966||8||54||54||Death|
|Cecil Florian CARTWRIGHT||CARTWRIGHT,Cecil Florian||January 27, 1962||9||58||58||Death|
|Blanche Eva WEBLIN||WEBLIN,Blanche Eva||January 27, 1961||10||59||59||Death|
|Mary Gertrude SPENCER||SPENCER,Mary Gertrude||January 27, 1956||11||64||64||Death|
|Laura Augusta CROWHURST||CROWHURST,Laura Augusta||January 27, 1952||12||68||68||Death|
|Joseph Algernon Dawson ROLLS JP||ROLLS,Joseph Algernon Dawson JP||January 27, 1947||13||73||73||Death|
|Alexander Vaughan Leipsic WOOD||WOOD,Alexander Vaughan Leipsic||January 27, 1933||14||87||87||Death|
|Ada May ARMSTRONG||ARMSTRONG,Ada May||January 27, 1932||15||88||88||Death|
|John Francis COLLINS||COLLINS,John Francis||January 27, 1930||16||90||90||Birth|
|Sarah MORGAN||MORGAN,Sarah||January 27, 1930||17||90||90||Death|
|Ronald Fleming BURNAND||BURNAND,Ronald Fleming||January 27, 1930||18||90||90||Death|
|Francis de Havilland HALL||HALL,Francis de Havilland||January 27, 1929||19||91||91||Death|
|George Thomas GOODWINS||GOODWINS,George Thomas||January 27, 1929||20||91||91||Death|
|Colin Taylor WILKINSON||WILKINSON,Colin Taylor||January 27, 1922||21||98||98||Death|
|Emilia Louisa PETT||PETT,Emilia Louisa||January 27, 1920||22||100||100||Death|
|Caroline Maria Elizabeth HAINS||HAINS,Caroline Maria Elizabeth||January 27, 1920||23||100||100||Death|
|Alicia Fielding LEWIS||LEWIS,Alicia Fielding||January 27, 1919||24||101||101||Death|
|William Pleasants EAGLE||EAGLE,William Pleasants||January 27, 1912||25||108||108||Death|
|Edwin BATEMAN||BATEMAN,Edwin||January 27, 1912||26||108||108||Birth|
|Frederick George SIMPSON||SIMPSON,Frederick George||January 27, 1911||27||109||109||Birth|
|Frederick Joseph CREWE||CREWE,Frederick Joseph||January 27, 1908||28||112||112||Birth|
|Kathleen Mary Rivaz HUNT||HUNT,Kathleen Mary Rivaz||January 27, 1908||29||112||112||Birth|
|Ellinor PHILLIPS||PHILLIPS,Ellinor||January 27, 1908||30||112||112||Death|
|Rev Francis James HOLLAND||HOLLAND,Francis James||January 27, 1907||31||113||113||Death|
|Charlotte BONNER||BONNER,Charlotte||January 27, 1902||32||118||118||Death|
|James Coleman VIDLER||VIDLER,James Coleman||January 27, 1898||33||122||122||Death|
|Amelia Eleanor “Minnie” HILDERSLEY||HILDERSLEY,Amelia Eleanor||January 27, 1898||34||122||122||Birth|
|Dorothy POUCHER||POUCHER,Dorothy||January 27, 1896||35||124||124||Birth|
|Harriet CURTIS||CURTIS,Harriet||January 27, 1894||36||126||126||Death|
|Sophia AUBERT||AUBERT,Sophia||January 27, 1893||37||127||127||Death|
|Sophia Ann LEE||LEE,Sophia Ann||January 27, 1892||38||128||128||Death|
|Gladys Elizabeth JONES||JONES,Gladys Elizabeth||January 27, 1891||39||129||129||Birth|
|Ella Longford CAUDWELL||CAUDWELL,Ella Longford||January 27, 1883||40||137||137||Birth|
|Francis John L ATTERBURY||ATTERBURY,Francis John L||January 27, 1882||41||138||138||Birth|
|John James MYRES JP||MYRES,John James||January 27, 1881||42||139||139||Death|
|Harry Marsden Jones LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Harry Marsden Jones||January 27, 1878||43||142||142||Birth|
|Jessica YORKE||YORKE,Jessica||January 27, 1878||44||142||142||Birth|
|Arthur John NEVILL||NEVILL,Arthur John||January 27, 1872||45||148||148||Birth|
|Mary APPLEYARD||APPLEYARD,Mary||January 27, 1870||46||150||150||Birth|
|Alice Mary SEAMAN||SEAMAN,Alice Mary||January 27, 1870||47||150||150||Birth|
|Alfred Edward LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Alfred Edward||January 27, 1862||48||158||158||Birth|
|Percy George Calvert BURNAND||BURNAND,Percy George Calvert||January 27, 1858||49||162||162||Birth|
|Alfred BENNETT||BENNETT,Alfred||January 27, 1850||50||170||170||Birth|
|Jessie BLANSHARD||BLANSHARD,Jessie||January 27, 1841||51||179||179||Birth|
|William HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,William||January 27, 1837||52||183||183||Death|
|Sophia Mary STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Sophia Mary||January 27, 1834||53||186||186||Birth|
|Ann Maria PARTRIDGE||PARTRIDGE,Ann Maria||January 27, 1833||54||187||187||Birth|
|Frances PETTITT||PETTITT,Frances||January 27, 1826||55||194||194||Birth|
|Henry MATTHEY||MATTHEY,Henry||January 27, 1825||56||195||195||Birth|
|Sophia BACON||BACON,Sophia||January 27, 1814||57||206||206||Birth|
|Thomas BUSHER||BUSHER,Thomas||January 27, 1811||58||209||209||Birth|
|Sarah EDMESTON||EDMESTON,Sarah||January 27, 1800||59||220||220||Birth|
|John PRYOR||PRYOR,John||January 27, 1800||60||220||220||Birth|
|Charlotte Elizabeth GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Charlotte Elizabeth||January 27, 1787||61||233||233||Birth|
|Mary Needham BURDER||BURDER,Mary Needham||January 27, 1785||62||235||235||Birth|
|David POWELL||POWELL,David||January 27, 1695||63||325||325||Birth|
|Hugh Ernest TOLLEMACHE + Caroline Mary PAYNE||TOLLEMACHE,Hugh Ernest + PAYNE,Caroline Mary||January 27, 1898||64||122||122||Marriage|
|Arthur Kennedy TRAVERS + Helen Josephine STEPHENSON||TRAVERS,Arthur Kennedy + STEPHENSON,Helen Josephine||January 27, 1885||65||135||135||Marriage|
|Joshua ROWLEY + Jessie Alice WHOWALL||ROWLEY,Joshua + WHOWALL,Jessie Alice||January 27, 1884||66||136||136||Marriage|
|Lt John Farnell WALTON + Dame Elizabeth Anne YEO||WALTON,John Farnell + YEO,Elizabeth Anne||January 27, 1880||67||140||140||Marriage|
|Francis WHEEN + Jeanie THORNEYCROFT||WHEEN,Francis + THORNEYCROFT,Jeanie||January 27, 1876||68||144||144||Marriage|
|John Fisher BEXFIELD + Rosetta Louisa WOMACK||BEXFIELD,John Fisher + WOMACK,Rosetta Louisa||January 27, 1870||69||150||150||Marriage|
|Francis Frederick ROUGEMONT + Marianne GLENNIE||ROUGEMONT,Francis Frederick + GLENNIE,Marianne||January 27, 1825||70||195||195||Marriage|
|Richard WEYMOUTH + Ann SPRAGUE||WEYMOUTH,Richard + SPRAGUE,Ann||January 27, 1818||71||202||202||Marriage|
|Nathaniel GUY + Mary WOODHAMS||GUY,Nathaniel + WOODHAMS,Mary||January 27, 1813||72||207||207||Marriage|
|Charles BARROW + Mary CULLIFORD||BARROW,Charles + CULLIFORD,Mary||January 27, 1788||73||232||232||Marriage|
|Samuel Hawtayn LEWIN||January 27, 2020 - 7:45:28 a.m.||jackie||1580111128||LEWIN,Samuel Hawtayn|
|Sarah UDALL||January 26, 2020 - 4:25:59 p.m.||jackie||1580055959||UDALL,Sarah|
|William PEENE + Sarah UDALL||January 26, 2020 - 4:18:55 p.m.||jackie||1580055535||PEENE,William + UDALL,Sarah|
|William PEENE||January 26, 2020 - 4:11:28 p.m.||jackie||1580055088||PEENE,William|
|Mary PEENE||January 26, 2020 - 4:11:18 p.m.||jackie||1580055078||PEENE,Mary|
|Leslie Albert CHRISTMAS||January 26, 2020 - 4:02:43 p.m.||jackie||1580054563||CHRISTMAS,Leslie Albert|
|Rose Winifred CORNFORD||January 26, 2020 - 3:56:35 p.m.||jackie||1580054195||CORNFORD,Rose Winifred|
|Elsie Winifred CHRISTMAS||January 26, 2020 - 3:56:14 p.m.||jackie||1580054174||CHRISTMAS,Elsie Winifred|
|Frederick Albert CHRISTMAS||January 26, 2020 - 3:53:08 p.m.||jackie||1580053988||CHRISTMAS,Frederick Albert|
|Frederick Albert CHRISTMAS + Rose Winifred CORNFORD||January 26, 2020 - 3:50:09 p.m.||jackie||1580053809||CHRISTMAS,Frederick Albert + CORNFORD,Rose Winifred|
|Ellen Sophia PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:41:09 p.m.||jackie||1580053269||PEDDAR,Ellen Sophia|
|Ernestine Annie PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:38:29 p.m.||jackie||1580053109||PEDDAR,Ernestine Annie|
|Lilian Rosalie PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:36:39 p.m.||jackie||1580052999||PEDDAR,Lilian Rosalie|
|Percy Montague PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:34:55 p.m.||jackie||1580052895||PEDDAR,Percy Montague|
|William Nottidge PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:34:12 p.m.||jackie||1580052852||PEDDAR,William Nottidge|
|Horace Granville PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:30:36 p.m.||jackie||1580052636||PEDDAR,Horace Granville|
|Kenneth Sydney PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 3:27:19 p.m.||jackie||1580052439||PEDDAR,Kenneth Sydney|
|Dorothy BARKWAY||January 26, 2020 - 3:26:06 p.m.||jackie||1580052366||BARKWAY,Dorothy|
|Geoffrey VINER + Edith Monica DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 2:10:49 p.m.||jackie||1580047849||VINER,Geoffrey + DE LA MARE,Edith Monica|
|Edith Monica DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 2:09:48 p.m.||jackie||1580047788||DE LA MARE,Edith Monica|
|Geoffrey VINER||January 26, 2020 - 2:08:10 p.m.||jackie||1580047690||VINER,Geoffrey|
|Margaret Irene PEDDAR||January 26, 2020 - 1:55:19 p.m.||jackie||1580046919||PEDDAR,Margaret Irene|
|John Peter DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 1:48:56 p.m.||jackie||1580046536||DE LA MARE,John Peter|
|Andrew Guy DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 1:47:00 p.m.||jackie||1580046420||DE LA MARE,Andrew Guy|
|Andrew James DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 1:39:18 p.m.||jackie||1580045958||MARE,Andrew James|
|Andrew James DE LA MARE + Edith GUY||January 26, 2020 - 1:36:28 p.m.||jackie||1580045788||MARE,Andrew James + GUY,Edith|
|Edith GUY||January 26, 2020 - 1:26:38 p.m.||jackie||1580045198||GUY,Edith|
|Evelyn Rebecca DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 1:23:48 p.m.||jackie||1580045028||DE LA MARE,Evelyn Rebecca|
|Mary Judith DE LA MARE||January 26, 2020 - 1:19:50 p.m.||jackie||1580044790||DE LA MARE,Mary Judith|
|unknown …||January 26, 2020 - 1:05:50 p.m.||jackie||1580043950||@N.N.,unknown|
|Carrie Mary EDMESTON||January 26, 2020 - 11:38:11 a.m.||jackie||1580038691||EDMESTON,Carrie Mary|
|Alfred EDMESTON||January 26, 2020 - 11:12:29 a.m.||jackie||1580037149||EDMESTON,Alfred|
|Henry Arthur HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:42:03 a.m.||jackie||1580035323||HOLL,Henry Arthur|
|Anne Sophia HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:39:00 a.m.||jackie||1580035140||HOLL,Anne Sophia|
|Eliza Matilda HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:34:16 a.m.||jackie||1580034856||HOLL,Eliza Matilda|
|Francis William HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:30:42 a.m.||jackie||1580034642||HOLL,Francis William|
|Elizabeth Jane MOORE||January 26, 2020 - 10:29:28 a.m.||jackie||1580034568||MOORE,Elizabeth Jane|
|John Myrie HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:24:48 a.m.||jackie||1580034288||HOLL,John Myrie|
|Francis William HOLL + Elizabeth Jane MOORE||January 26, 2020 - 10:19:49 a.m.||jackie||1580033989||HOLL,Francis William + MOORE,Elizabeth Jane|
|Valerie Joyce BALLANCE||January 26, 2020 - 10:12:14 a.m.||jackie||1580033534||BALLANCE,Valerie Joyce|
|Gladys Elizabeth HOLL||January 26, 2020 - 10:10:48 a.m.||jackie||1580033448||HOLL,Gladys Elizabeth|
|Marguerite Elaine “Elaine” BALLANCE||January 26, 2020 - 10:08:07 a.m.||jackie||1580033287||BALLANCE,Marguerite Elaine|
|Mary Caroline EDMESTON||January 26, 2020 - 10:00:17 a.m.||jackie||1580032817||EDMESTON,Mary Caroline|
|Perry Ambrose MILES||January 26, 2020 - 9:42:12 a.m.||jackie||1580031732||MILES,Perry Ambrose|
|James Richard CORBETT||January 25, 2020 - 10:55:23 a.m.||jackie||1579949723||CORBETT,James Richard|
|Julia BALLANCE||January 25, 2020 - 10:48:39 a.m.||jackie||1579949319||BALLANCE,Julia|