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
March 22, 2020 - 4:39:50 p.m.

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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Gwendoline M WINNWINN,Gwendoline MApril 7, 198933131Death
Jeremy M WEEKSWEEKS,Jeremy MApril 7, 198044040Death
Donald BOOREBOORE,DonaldApril 7, 198054040Death
John Ernest TOLLEMACHETOLLEMACHE,John ErnestApril 7, 196965151Death
Thomas MARNEYMARNEY,ThomasApril 7, 196475656Death
Arthur Henry BLANDFORDBLANDFORD,Arthur HenryApril 7, 196385757Death
Louisa Eliza EALESEALES,Louisa ElizaApril 7, 195796363Death
Harry HOLEHOLE,HarryApril 7, 1947107373Death
Rev Canon Walter Buckland TAYLORTAYLOR,Walter BucklandApril 7, 1946117474Death
Harold George RIVAZRIVAZ,Harold GeorgeApril 7, 1942127878Death
Rhona Warre SLADESLADE,Rhona WarreApril 7, 1938138282Death
Caroline Louisa De Lacy SMARTSMART,Caroline Louisa De LacyApril 7, 1935148585Death
Excelsior EVANSEVANS,ExcelsiorApril 7, 1927159393Death
Robert KETTLINGKETTLING,RobertApril 7, 192016100100Birth
Rachel HAWKINSHAWKINS,RachelApril 7, 191917101101Death
George Henry GETTENSGETTENS,George HenryApril 7, 191518105105Birth
John William Sapte BLAKEBLAKE,John William SapteApril 7, 190719113113Birth
Sir Derrick Hunton CARTERCARTER,Derrick HuntonApril 7, 190620114114Birth
Patience Mary BOURNEBOURNE,Patience MaryApril 7, 190621114114Birth
Horatio Rupert MEALINGMEALING,Horatio RupertApril 7, 190422116116Birth
James VAN SOMMERVAN SOMMER,JamesApril 7, 190123119119Death
Emily Jeanette ASHDOWNASHDOWN,Emily JeanetteApril 7, 189824122122Birth
Mary SECCOMBESECCOMBE,MaryApril 7, 189725123123Death
Harry Bridgeman GRIMLEY MBEGRIMLEY,Harry BridgemanApril 7, 189726123123Birth
Flora Nightingale SANDEMANSANDEMAN,Flora NightingaleApril 7, 189627124124Death
Arthur Charles BURNANDBURNAND,Arthur CharlesApril 7, 189128129129Death
Anna Mildred GAVILLERGAVILLER,Anna MildredApril 7, 188729133133Birth
Beatrice Magdalen OWENOWEN,Beatrice MagdalenApril 7, 188530135135Birth
Anne COTTONCOTTON,AnneApril 7, 188131139139Death
Susan Mary GILLGILL,Susan MaryApril 7, 187832142142Birth
Mabel Margaret EDMESTONEDMESTON,Mabel MargaretApril 7, 187833142142Birth
Frances Lemarchand PAYNEPAYNE,Frances LemarchandApril 7, 187334147147Birth
Albert John CONSTABLECONSTABLE,Albert JohnApril 7, 187035150150Birth
Count Louis Antonin Gaston DRUDRU,Louis Antonin GastonApril 7, 186836152152Birth
Louisa PATEPATE,LouisaApril 7, 186637154154Birth
Joseph Standish LANPHIERLANPHIER,Joseph StandishApril 7, 186438156156Death
Annie Elizabeth HARROPHARROP,Annie ElizabethApril 7, 186239158158Birth
Annie Emmeline BOONBOON,Annie EmmelineApril 7, 186140159159Birth
Capt Walter Cope SHEPPARDSHEPPARD,Walter CopeApril 7, 186141159159Death
John Alexander FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,John AlexanderApril 7, 185642164164Birth
Elijah LOVEDAYLOVEDAY,ElijahApril 7, 185143169169Death
Emily Elizabeth STOKESSTOKES,Emily ElizabethApril 7, 185144169169Birth
Arthur Henry BESTBEST,Arthur HenryApril 7, 185145169169Birth
James Drew FREANFREAN,James DrewApril 7, 185046170170Birth
William SKINNERSKINNER,WilliamApril 7, 184647174174Birth
Lt Col Edmund Sandiland SAVAGESAVAGE,Edmund SandilandApril 7, 183948181181Birth
Selina Mary SHARPSHARP,Selina MaryApril 7, 183649184184Birth
Albinia COLLYERCOLLYER,AlbiniaApril 7, 183250188188Birth
Mary Claridge LATREILLELATREILLE,Mary ClaridgeApril 7, 182551195195Birth
George PIZEY MDPIZEY,GeorgeApril 7, 181952201201Birth
Rev Ridley Haim HERSCHELLHERSCHELL,Ridley HaimApril 7, 180753213213Birth
Esther YARKERYARKER,EstherApril 7, 180454216216Birth
Hugh Ker CANKRIENCANKRIEN,Hugh KerApril 7, 180355217217Birth
Hannah ROBSONROBSON,HannahApril 7, 179756223223Birth
Frederick MANGLESMANGLES,FrederickApril 7, 179557225225Birth
John SHARPSHARP,JohnApril 7, 178258238238Birth
Lt Col Spencer Thomas VASSALLVASSALL,Spencer ThomasApril 7, 176459256256Birth
Clarence Evelyn THOMAS + Alice May WELDONTHOMAS,Clarence Evelyn + WELDON,Alice MayApril 7, 1931608989Marriage
Henry William HASSELL + Daisy Eliza KINGHASSELL,Henry William + KING,Daisy ElizaApril 7, 189061130130Marriage
Charles George Price WINDSOR + Ellen Catherine GILLHAMWINDSOR,Charles George Price + GILLHAM,Ellen CatherineApril 7, 184162179179Marriage
William JENKINS + Sarah THOMASJENKINS,William + THOMAS,SarahApril 7, 183763183183Marriage
William VERRALL + Elizabeth TODMANVERRALL,William + TODMAN,ElizabethApril 7, 183464186186Marriage
Robert MOTHERSILL + Elizabeth SHEPPARDMOTHERSILL,Robert + SHEPPARD,ElizabethApril 7, 181265208208Marriage
Joseph TOULMIN + Maria Carn SAMPSONTOULMIN,Joseph + SAMPSON,Maria CarnApril 7, 180466216216Marriage
Robert Rodwell TOLLISS + Grace CODETOLLISS,Robert Rodwell + CODE,GraceApril 7, 179367227227Marriage
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