Conner Family
March 25, 2020 - 11:41:58 a.m.

Extra information on the Conner family helped by Winson in Malaysia, many thanks

Clarke/Dammers Family
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New information on the above family, many thanks to Alan

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My Tolliss and Berger Family History Journey

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

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.

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Winifred LIVINGLIVING,WinifredJune 3, 197944141Death
Vera Mildred RIVAZRIVAZ,Vera MildredJune 3, 196855252Death
Harry GUYGUY,HarryJune 3, 196665454Death
Jessie Cecile CHARLESWORTHCHARLESWORTH,Jessie CecileJune 3, 195876262Death
Lawrence Frederick PEMBERTONPEMBERTON,Lawrence FrederickJune 3, 195486666Death
Francis Aveling BAKERBAKER,Francis AvelingJune 3, 195296868Death
Rev Herbert Lavallin PUXLEYPUXLEY,Herbert LavallinJune 3, 1950107070Death
Robert Wynn Hunton CARTERCARTER,Robert Wynn HuntonJune 3, 1943117777Death
Henry Pollock HOPEHOPE,Henry PollockJune 3, 1937128383Death
Rosina Kate MORTIMERMORTIMER,Rosina KateJune 3, 1936138484Death
George Peter GATESGATES,George PeterJune 3, 1930149090Birth
Lt. Reginald James Beresford PARKINSONPARKINSON,Reginald James BeresfordJune 3, 1929159191Death
Rev Frederick Harris VALPYVALPY,Frederick HarrisJune 3, 1928169292Death
Maria Blanche D'ANGIBAUD'ANGIBAU,Maria BlancheJune 3, 1925179595Death
Robert Windsor TAYLORTAYLOR,Robert WindsorJune 3, 1922189898Birth
Jane KILMISTERKILMISTER,JaneJune 3, 192019100100Death
Laurence Stewart PAILTHORPEPAILTHORPE,Laurence StewartJune 3, 191820102102Death
Donald Henry HOWCROFTHOWCROFT,Donald HenryJune 3, 191721103103Birth
Florence Amelia ATKINSONATKINSON,Florence AmeliaJune 3, 191222108108Death
Henry CRAFTSCRAFTS,HenryJune 3, 191223108108Death
Marjorie Phyllis PALMERPALMER,Marjorie PhyllisJune 3, 191024110110Birth
Hebe Miranda HAWORTHHAWORTH,Hebe MirandaJune 3, 190525115115Birth
Sydney Victor TOLLISSTOLLISS,Sydney VictorJune 3, 190326117117Birth
Vera Margery PAMPHILONPAMPHILON,Vera MargeryJune 3, 190227118118Birth
Evelyn Jean BLANDFORDBLANDFORD,Evelyn JeanJune 3, 189828122122Birth
Lady Frances Doris KENNARDKENNARD,Frances DorisJune 3, 189729123123Birth
Gladys Maude PAMPHILONPAMPHILON,Gladys MaudeJune 3, 189630124124Birth
Margaret Elsie GRIMLEYGRIMLEY,Margaret ElsieJune 3, 189531125125Birth
Sylvia Bathe BURNANDBURNAND,Sylvia BatheJune 3, 189532125125Birth
Father Clement Henry PARSONSPARSONS,Clement HenryJune 3, 189233128128Birth
Vere Eric Llewelyn GENTGENT,Vere Eric LlewelynJune 3, 188534135135Birth
William Arnold ROBARTSROBARTS,William ArnoldJune 3, 188435136136Birth
Juliet Emily BENECKEBENECKE,Juliet EmilyJune 3, 188036140140Death
Emily Louisa SPENCESPENCE,Emily LouisaJune 3, 187937141141Birth
Mary Harwood RICHARDSONRICHARDSON,Mary HarwoodJune 3, 187838142142Death
Gertrude Eliza STYLESSTYLES,Gertrude ElizaJune 3, 187139149149Birth
Eliza Jane VAUXVAUX,Eliza JaneJune 3, 186940151151Death
Percy Allen SAMPSONSAMPSON,Percy AllenJune 3, 186941151151Birth
Amelia Marianne GACEGACE,Amelia MarianneJune 3, 186042160160Birth
Kathleen Rebecca ROBINSONROBINSON,Kathleen RebeccaJune 3, 185243168168Birth
John HOLEHOLE,JohnJune 3, 184144179179Death
James Alexander BURNESSBURNESS,James AlexanderJune 3, 183745183183Birth
Emma Maria BECKWITHBECKWITH,Emma MariaJune 3, 183346187187Birth
James MATHEWSMATHEWS,JamesJune 3, 183247188188Birth
Anthony Meeke SAPTESAPTE,Anthony MeekeJune 3, 182648194194Birth
Edward Samuel Beazley TRIBETRIBE,Edward Samuel BeazleyJune 3, 181649204204Birth
John Richard JENNERJENNER,John RichardJune 3, 181050210210Death
Emma AYTONAYTON,EmmaJune 3, 178951231231Birth
Sarah PAGDENPAGDEN,SarahJune 3, 178652234234Birth
William TOLLISSTOLLISS,WilliamJune 3, 177853242242Birth
Lt Col Ronald Adolphus LYALL DSO + Catherine Broadwood RIVAZLYALL,Ronald Adolphus + RIVAZ,Catherine BroadwoodJune 3, 1924549696Marriage
Cleon DENNIS + Dorothea Margaret BOULTONDENNIS,Cleon + BOULTON,Dorothea MargaretJune 3, 191655104104Marriage
Thomas Staines CLARK + Clare Marie FOTTRELLCLARK,Thomas Staines + FOTTRELL,Clare MarieJune 3, 191356107107Marriage
Edward Samuel HEUDEBOURCK + Alice Elizabeth ANDERSONHEUDEBOURCK,Edward Samuel + ANDERSON,Alice ElizabethJune 3, 190657114114Marriage
Augustus Horatio IRBY + Florence Annie BAKERIRBY,Augustus Horatio + BAKER,Florence AnnieJune 3, 189958121121Marriage
Alfred Aubert CHARLESWORTH + Christabel Rose CLARKECHARLESWORTH,Alfred Aubert + CLARKE,Christabel RoseJune 3, 189959121121Marriage
Henry Evett FOWKES + Alice Maud DE LA BEREFOWKES,Henry Evett + DE LA BERE,Alice MaudJune 3, 189360127127Marriage
John Alexander MACMEIKAN + Helena Ruddiman McCONNELLMACMEIKAN,John Alexander + MacCONNELL,Helena RuddimanJune 3, 187461146146Marriage
Walter John CARTWRIGHT + Eliza Isabel McCONNELLCARTWRIGHT,Walter John + MacCONNELL,Eliza IsabelJune 3, 187462146146Marriage
James Albert FREEMAN + Agnes Alice VALLANCEFREEMAN,James Albert + VALLANCE,Agnes AliceJune 3, 186863152152Marriage
Frederick WEEDON + Catherine SETTLEWEEDON,Frederick + SETTLE,CatherineJune 3, 186764153153Marriage
Jasper GUY + Mary STEVENSGUY,Jasper + STEVENS,MaryJune 3, 186165159159Marriage
Sir William Thomas MAKINS + Elizabeth SIMPSONMAKINS,William Thomas + SIMPSON,ElizabethJune 3, 186166159159Marriage
Rev William Cambourne PAYNTER + Helen Mary TOULMINPAYNTER,William Cambourne + TOULMIN,Helen MaryJune 3, 185667164164Marriage
Henry (Harry) WILLMOT + Elizabeth GUESTWILLMOT,Henry (Harry) + GUEST,ElizabethJune 3, 185568165165Marriage
William Fifield HOLTOM + Juliana TOMESHOLTOM,William Fifield + TOMES,JulianaJune 3, 185469166166Marriage
Henry BURNAND + Eleanor Mary WOODLEYBURNAND,Henry + WOODLEY,Eleanor MaryJune 3, 184170179179Marriage
Rev William Henry BLOXSOME J P + Sarah DAVIESBLOXSOME,William Henry J P + DAVIES,SarahJune 3, 183471186186Marriage
Francis BURNAND + Emma COWLEYBURNAND,Francis + COWLEY,EmmaJune 3, 183472186186Marriage
Charles ALLIX + Mary Elizabeth HAMMONDALLIX,Charles + HAMMOND,Mary ElizabethJune 3, 180873212212Marriage
John KENNARD + Harriet Elizabeth PIERSEKENNARD,John + PIERSE,Harriet ElizabethJune 3, 179774223223Marriage
William CORNTHWAITE + Anne TULLIECORNTHWAITE,William + TULLIE,AnneJune 3, 172075300300Marriage
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Elizabeth Susanna VANDOMEMay 31, 2020 - 2:56:10 p.m.jackie1590936970VANDOME,Elizabeth Susanna
Francis POUGETMay 31, 2020 - 2:53:26 p.m.jackie1590936806POUGET,Francis
William Henry POUGETMay 31, 2020 - 2:53:14 p.m.jackie1590936794POUGET,William Henry
Francis POUGETMay 31, 2020 - 2:48:19 p.m.jackie1590936499POUGET,Francis
Elizabeth Mary POUGETMay 31, 2020 - 2:45:34 p.m.jackie1590936334POUGET,Elizabeth Mary
Francis POUGET + Ann CLARKEMay 31, 2020 - 2:41:44 p.m.jackie1590936104POUGET,Francis + CLARKE,Ann
Ann CLARKEMay 31, 2020 - 2:40:44 p.m.jackie1590936044CLARKE,Ann
Nicholas KENDALLMay 31, 2020 - 2:17:18 p.m.jackie1590934638KENDALL,Nicholas
Nicholas KENDALL + Frances Mary Vivian PAULLMay 31, 2020 - 2:12:35 p.m.jackie1590934355KENDALL,Nicholas + PAULL,Frances Mary Vivian
Frances Mary Vivian PAULLMay 31, 2020 - 2:11:04 p.m.jackie1590934264PAULL,Frances Mary Vivian