2 photos of this family from my Canadian FH contact, much appreciated.
Additional details on the Gates Family from my Canadian FH Contact, 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
|Violet Theresa Mary WYLLYS||WYLLYS,Violet Theresa Mary||24 April 1976||0||42||42||Death|
|Ada Sophia BURNAND||BURNAND,Ada Sophia||24 April 1965||1||53||53||Death|
|Basil Septimus MATTHEWS||MATTHEWS,Basil Septimus||24 April 1963||2||55||55||Death|
|Violet Annie Douglas COLQUHOUN||COLQUHOUN,Violet Annie Douglas||24 April 1950||3||68||68||Death|
|Cecil William SHARP||SHARP,Cecil William||24 April 1943||4||75||75||Death|
|Donald Forbes STUART||STUART,Donald Forbes||24 April 1943||5||75||75||Death|
|Letitia DUDLEY||DUDLEY,Letitia||24 April 1938||6||80||80||Death|
|Edith Anne PRINSEP||PRINSEP,Edith Anne||24 April 1925||7||93||93||Death|
|William Winn ‘Bill’ THRELFALL||THRELFALL,William Winn||24 April 1924||8||94||94||Birth|
|Norris BRETHERTON||BRETHERTON,Norris||24 April 1924||9||94||94||Death|
|Benjamin Shaw BLAINE||BLAINE,Benjamin Shaw||24 April 1923||10||95||95||Death|
|Lt Comm Francis Everard MEYNELL||MEYNELL,Francis Everard||24 April 1917||11||101||101||Birth|
|Rev George Slatyer BARRETT||BARRETT,George Slatyer||24 April 1916||12||102||102||Death|
|Mark Michael ‘Michael’ LOVEDAY||LOVEDAY,Mark Michael||24 April 1911||13||107||107||Death|
|Rev Humphrey William BRETHERTON||BRETHERTON,Humphrey William||24 April 1911||14||107||107||Death|
|Richard James PINER||PINER,Richard James||24 April 1910||15||108||108||Birth|
|Muriel Florence AMOTT||AMOTT,Muriel Florence||24 April 1906||16||112||112||Birth|
|George Alexander Napier CROZIER||CROZIER,George Alexander Napier||24 April 1903||17||115||115||Birth|
|Florence Henrietta IRVINE||IRVINE,Florence Henrietta||24 April 1900||18||118||118||Birth|
|Leslie Adolphus Albert SALTER||SALTER,Leslie Adolphus Albert||24 April 1898||19||120||120||Birth|
|Enid Marcella DIXON||DIXON,Enid Marcella||24 April 1897||20||121||121||Birth|
|Leonard Charles HAYMAN||HAYMAN,Leonard Charles||24 April 1896||21||122||122||Birth|
|Cyril Robert ALDOUS||ALDOUS,Cyril Robert||24 April 1894||22||124||124||Birth|
|Eleanor Ellis de VESIAN||VESIAN,Eleanor Ellis||24 April 1893||23||125||125||Birth|
|Prudence SMITH||SMITH,Prudence||24 April 1887||24||131||131||Death|
|Robert Howard LLOYD||LLOYD,Robert Howard||24 April 1879||25||139||139||Birth|
|Lewis Berger William CLARKE||CLARKE,Lewis Berger William||24 April 1856||26||162||162||Birth|
|Frederick Paul IRBY||IRBY,Frederick Paul||24 April 1854||27||164||164||Death|
|Colin Augustus LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Colin Augustus||24 April 1852||28||166||166||Birth|
|Sarah FISHER||FISHER,Sarah||24 April 1849||29||169||169||Death|
|Sarah DOWN||DOWN,Sarah||24 April 1845||30||173||173||Death|
|Matilda Eliza STANGER||STANGER,Matilda Eliza||24 April 1841||31||177||177||Birth|
|Alfred Reginald PRYOR||PRYOR,Alfred Reginald||24 April 1839||32||179||179||Birth|
|Frederick Randall ALGER||ALGER,Frederick Randall||24 April 1832||33||186||186||Birth|
|Sarah BERGER (STEIGENBERGER)||BERGER (STEIGENBERGER),Sarah||24 April 1826||34||192||192||Death|
|Edward BUDD||BUDD,Edward||24 April 1815||35||203||203||Birth|
|Mary PEEK||PEEK,Mary||24 April 1809||36||209||209||Birth|
|Richard ONSLOW||ONSLOW,Richard||24 April 1808||37||210||210||Birth|
|William LAMBERT||LAMBERT,William||24 April 1788||38||230||230||Birth|
|Francis WRIGHT||WRIGHT,Francis||24 April 1786||39||232||232||Birth|
|Lewis BERGER (STEIGENBERGER)||BERGER (STEIGENBERGER),Lewis||24 April 1770||40||248||248||Birth|
|William Samuel INMAN + Olive Ballance SHARP||INMAN,William Samuel + SHARP,Olive Ballance||24 April 1952||41||66||66||Marriage|
|Frederick HODGSON + Emily Homera Homer DIXON||HODGSON,Frederick + DIXON,Emily Homera Homer||24 April 1923||42||95||95||Marriage|
|Rev George Herbert ENSOR + Florence Stella ROTTON||ENSOR,George Herbert + ROTTON,Florence Stella||24 April 1906||43||112||112||Marriage|
|Henry Wilfred GATES + Isabella CHAMBERLAIN||GATES,Henry Wilfred + CHAMBERLAIN,Isabella||24 April 1905||44||113||113||Marriage|
|Sir John Henry Greville SMYTH-UPTON + Emily Frances WAY||SMYTH-UPTON,John Henry Greville + WAY,Emily Frances||24 April 1884||45||134||134||Marriage|
|Sir Charles Alfred BALLANCE + Dame Sophia Annie SMART||BALLANCE,Charles Alfred + SMART,Sophia Annie||24 April 1883||46||135||135||Marriage|
|George ANDREW + Susanna Margaret FERGUSSON||ANDREW,George + FERGUSSON,Susanna Margaret||24 April 1883||47||135||135||Marriage|
|John Berkley BARTON + Fanny Woodham TOULMIN||BARTON,John Berkley + TOULMIN,Fanny Woodham||24 April 1879||48||139||139||Marriage|
|Walter GUY + Leah GREGORY||GUY,Walter + GREGORY,Leah||24 April 1849||49||169||169||Marriage|
|George Freeland BARBOUR + Margaret Fraser SANDEMAN||BARBOUR,George Freeland + SANDEMAN,Margaret Fraser||24 April 1845||50||173||173||Marriage|
|Samuel Frederick ROLLASON + Sarah Oakes HOLT||ROLLASON,Samuel Frederick + HOLT,Sarah Oakes||24 April 1842||51||176||176||Marriage|
|John DRYSDALE + Marianne CARSTAIRS||DRYSDALE,John + CARSTAIRS,Marianne||24 April 1837||52||181||181||Marriage|
|Hon & Rev Francis James NOEL + Cecilia Penelope METHUEN||NOEL,Francis James + METHUEN,Cecilia Penelope||24 April 1822||53||196||196||Marriage|
|Joseph Tullie CORNTHWAITE + Agnes WOLLASTON||CORNTHWAITE,Joseph Tullie + WOLLASTON,Agnes||24 April 1806||54||212||212||Marriage|
|John VAUX + Sarah HAGGARD||VAUX,John + HAGGARD,Sarah||24 April 1739||55||279||279||Marriage|
|Ann GOODWIN||23 April 2018 - 09:31:26||jackie||1524475886||GOODWIN,Ann|
|Albert William CARRICK||23 April 2018 - 09:28:34||jackie||1524475714||CARRICK,Albert William|
|Alberta J CARRICK||23 April 2018 - 09:26:13||jackie||1524475573||CARRICK,Alberta J|
|William James GATES||23 April 2018 - 09:12:41||jackie||1524474761||GATES,William James|
|William McNAMARA||23 April 2018 - 09:11:55||jackie||1524474715||MacNAMARA,William|
|Margaret Louise HARVEY||21 April 2018 - 13:31:06||jackie||1524317466||HARVEY,Margaret Louise|
|Rosemary Margaret BARKER||21 April 2018 - 13:27:07||jackie||1524317227||BARKER,Rosemary Margaret|
|John Gower A SMALL||21 April 2018 - 13:24:55||jackie||1524317095||SMALL,John Gower A|
|John Gower A SMALL + Rosemary Margaret BARKER||21 April 2018 - 13:20:55||jackie||1524316855||SMALL,John Gower A + BARKER,Rosemary Margaret|
|Rowland Vernon BARKER||21 April 2018 - 13:19:21||jackie||1524316761||BARKER,Rowland Vernon|
|Cecil Vernon BARKER + Margaret Louise HARVEY||21 April 2018 - 13:11:15||jackie||1524316275||BARKER,Cecil Vernon + HARVEY,Margaret Louise|
|Rev Thomas HARVEY + Margaret HOAR||21 April 2018 - 13:09:41||jackie||1524316181||HARVEY,Thomas + HOAR,Margaret|
|Margaret HOAR||21 April 2018 - 13:09:41||jackie||1524316181||HOAR,Margaret|
|Rev Thomas HARVEY||21 April 2018 - 13:05:15||jackie||1524315915||HARVEY,Thomas|
|Cecil Vernon BARKER||21 April 2018 - 13:04:16||jackie||1524315856||BARKER,Cecil Vernon|
|Arthur CECIL||21 April 2018 - 13:01:35||jackie||1524315695||CECIL,Arthur|
|Arthur Rowland BARKER||21 April 2018 - 12:58:55||jackie||1524315535||BARKER,Arthur Rowland|
|Ada PAPPS TURNER||21 April 2018 - 12:58:22||jackie||1524315502||PAPPS TURNER,Ada|
|Ann GODLY||21 April 2018 - 07:04:56||jackie||1524294296||GODLY,Ann|
|Elizabeth ARNOLD||21 April 2018 - 07:04:35||jackie||1524294275||ARNOLD,Elizabeth|
|Phildelphia GODLY||21 April 2018 - 07:04:02||jackie||1524294242||GODLY,Phildelphia|