Many thanks to Alan Hampson and Rob Hargreaves for sending me their book titled "Beyond Peterloo" on Elijah Dixon who is in the Tolliss and Berger family tree.
New details on the above family from Gary in Canada, Many thanks
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
|Florence Elizabeth BUNN||BUNN,Florence Elizabeth||22 July 1983||0||35||35||Death|
|Nora Helen WHITELOCKS||WHITELOCKS,Nora Helen||22 July 1980||1||38||38||Death|
|Wilfred Victor GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Wilfred Victor||22 July 1974||2||44||44||Death|
|John Leslie Featherstone FENWICK||FENWICK,John Leslie Featherstone||22 July 1964||3||54||54||Death|
|Margaret Dora Mendelssohn BENECKE||BENECKE,Margaret Dora Mendelssohn||22 July 1962||4||56||56||Death|
|Gwendoline Ethel DAVEY||DAVEY,Gwendoline Ethel||22 July 1961||5||57||57||Death|
|Jessie Muriel EVANS||EVANS,Jessie Muriel||22 July 1948||6||70||70||Death|
|Diana Ellen ALGER||ALGER,Diana Ellen||22 July 1944||7||74||74||Death|
|George Frederick BARBER||BARBER,George Frederick||22 July 1940||8||78||78||Death|
|Thomas Edwin SPENCE||SPENCE,Thomas Edwin||22 July 1938||9||80||80||Death|
|Bryan John CULLIFORD||CULLIFORD,Bryan John||22 July 1929||10||89||89||Birth|
|Mary Ann COX||COX,Mary Ann||22 July 1923||11||95||95||Death|
|Robert Leonard SHARP||SHARP,Robert Leonard||22 July 1922||12||96||96||Death|
|Walter BIRD||BIRD,Walter||22 July 1921||13||97||97||Death|
|Jeffrey Arnold LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Jeffrey Arnold||22 July 1921||14||97||97||Birth|
|Margarette Elizabeth SKINNER||SKINNER,Margarette Elizabeth||22 July 1920||15||98||98||Birth|
|Thomas William RELPH||RELPH,Thomas William||22 July 1916||16||102||102||Birth|
|James ROWLEY||ROWLEY,James||22 July 1916||17||102||102||Death|
|George Mayton McNamara GATES||GATES,George Mayton McNamara||22 July 1914||18||104||104||Birth|
|Phyllis Dorothy APPLETON||APPLETON,Phyllis Dorothy||22 July 1911||19||107||107||Birth|
|Joan Helen INNES||INNES,Joan Helen||22 July 1909||20||109||109||Birth|
|Ruth Lilian O'DONNELL||O'DONNELL,Ruth Lilian||22 July 1909||21||109||109||Birth|
|Dorothy LEVETT SCRIVENER||LEVETT SCRIVENER,Dorothy||22 July 1889||22||129||129||Birth|
|Augustus Camillus MARZETTI||MARZETTI,Augustus Camillus||22 July 1888||23||130||130||Death|
|Charles Frederick KING||KING,Charles Frederick||22 July 1888||24||130||130||Birth|
|Walter Jesse BLISS||BLISS,Walter Jesse||22 July 1887||25||131||131||Birth|
|Robert Hugh Neville BAXTER||BAXTER,Robert Hugh Neville||22 July 1886||26||132||132||Birth|
|Eveline Maud TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Eveline Maud||22 July 1884||27||134||134||Birth|
|George Atkinson VAN SOMMER||VAN SOMMER,George Atkinson||22 July 1880||28||138||138||Death|
|Henry Lincoln TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Henry Lincoln||22 July 1865||29||153||153||Birth|
|Rosa Catherine FIVEASH||FIVEASH,Rosa Catherine||22 July 1854||30||164||164||Birth|
|Walter BIRD||BIRD,Walter||22 July 1845||31||173||173||Birth|
|Catherine Brandeth Backhouse EVANS||EVANS,Catherine Brandeth Backhouse||22 July 1842||32||176||176||Death|
|Richard Thomas MILLO||MILLO,Richard Thomas||22 July 1833||33||185||185||Birth|
|Ezekiel HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Ezekiel||22 July 1823||34||195||195||Birth|
|Charles STAMMERS||STAMMERS,Charles||22 July 1809||35||209||209||Birth|
|Rev John Augustus BARRON||BARRON,John Augustus||22 July 1797||36||221||221||Birth|
|Hannah CLOSS||CLOSS,Hannah||22 July 1796||37||222||222||Birth|
|Sarah GUY||GUY,Sarah||22 July 1788||38||230||230||Birth|
|Elizabeth Alice Porter CLOSS||CLOSS,Elizabeth Alice Porter||22 July 1783||39||235||235||Birth|
|Elizabeth Susanna VANDOME||VANDOME,Elizabeth Susanna||22 July 1763||40||255||255||Birth|
|John Austin GRICE + Alice FRANCK||GRICE,John Austin + FRANCK,Alice||22 July 1885||41||133||133||Marriage|
|Frederick James LLOYD + Mabel Caroline KENDLE||LLOYD,Frederick James + KENDLE,Mabel Caroline||22 July 1882||42||136||136||Marriage|
|Richard Dicken POPPLETON + Mary Ann LABY||POPPLETON,Richard Dicken + LABY,Mary Ann||22 July 1863||43||155||155||Marriage|
|George Samuel EVENS + Harriett Emily BROWNLOW||EVENS,George Samuel + BROWNLOW,Harriett Emily||22 July 1862||44||156||156||Marriage|
|James Briscoe CAVALIER + Emma PUGH||CAVALIER,James Briscoe + PUGH,Emma||22 July 1848||45||170||170||Marriage|
|Newton CROSLAND + Camilla Dufour TOULMIN||CROSLAND,Newton + TOULMIN,Camilla Dufour||22 July 1848||46||170||170||Marriage|
|Thomas NICHOLLS + Helen Henriette Catherine RIVAZ||NICHOLLS,Thomas + RIVAZ,Helen Henriette Catherine||22 July 1809||47||209||209||Marriage|
|James (Grant) COLQUHOUN + Mary FALCONER||COLQUHOUN,James (Grant) + FALCONER,Mary||22 July 1773||48||245||245||Marriage|
|William TARGETT + Jane EVANS||TARGETT,William + EVANS,Jane||22 July 1772||49||246||246||Marriage|
|Nathaniel SARGEANT + Sarah TOULMIN||SARGEANT,Nathaniel + TOULMIN,Sarah||22 July 1760||50||258||258||Marriage|
|Mary Agnes FORBES||20 July 2018 - 09:10:48||jackie||1532077848||FORBES,Mary Agnes|
|William James Berriman TIPPETTS||20 July 2018 - 09:07:19||jackie||1532077639||TIPPETTS,William James Berriman|
|William James Berriman TIPPETTS + Mary Agnes FORBES||20 July 2018 - 09:06:20||jackie||1532077580||TIPPETTS,William James Berriman + FORBES,Mary Agnes|
|Charles Henri Maurice BOSMAN||20 July 2018 - 08:55:35||jackie||1532076935||BOSMAN,Charles Henri Maurice|
|Bertram Stanley BOSMAN + May …||20 July 2018 - 08:51:41||jackie||1532076701||BOSMAN,Bertram Stanley + @N.N.,May|
|Bertram Stanley BOSMAN||20 July 2018 - 08:50:54||jackie||1532076654||BOSMAN,Bertram Stanley|
|May …||20 July 2018 - 08:50:54||jackie||1532076654||@N.N.,May|
|Robert Brander INGLIS||20 July 2018 - 08:44:20||jackie||1532076260||INGLIS,Robert Brander|
|Annie Rosina LESTER||19 July 2018 - 13:46:22||jackie||1532007982||LESTER,Annie Rosina|