Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.
Many thanks to Peter Guy for details on the death of Olive Gwendoline Ballance.
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
|Ronald Henry PEACH||PEACH,Ronald Henry||21 September 1998||0||20||20||Death|
|Clotilde Marie PARSONS||PARSONS,Clotilde Marie||21 September 1998||1||20||20||Death|
|Frank HOOK||HOOK,Frank||21 September 1986||2||32||32||Death|
|Robert Arthur Hogben WEIGHT||WEIGHT,Robert Arthur Hogben||21 September 1976||3||42||42||Death|
|Peter TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Peter||21 September 1969||4||49||49||Death|
|Walter Roland GATES||GATES,Walter Roland||21 September 1967||5||51||51||Death|
|Olive Amelia DUGMORE||DUGMORE,Olive Amelia||21 September 1958||6||60||60||Death|
|Frank HIPWELL||HIPWELL,Frank||21 September 1939||7||79||79||Death|
|Alice Maud Amy DIXON||DIXON,Alice Maud Amy||21 September 1935||8||83||83||Death|
|Edith SADLER||SADLER,Edith||21 September 1935||9||83||83||Death|
|Rev Charles Austin Lawrance WOOLLEY||WOOLLEY,Charles Austin Lawrance||21 September 1930||10||88||88||Death|
|Edna Mary NEWMAN||NEWMAN,Edna Mary||21 September 1927||11||91||91||Birth|
|Henry MUNT||MUNT,Henry||21 September 1926||12||92||92||Death|
|Rev Sidney Alfred Pizey KERMODE||KERMODE,Sidney Alfred Pizey||21 September 1925||13||93||93||Death|
|George Impey RICHARDS||RICHARDS,George Impey||21 September 1925||14||93||93||Death|
|Frederick George Edward CLARK||CLARK,Frederick George Edward||21 September 1918||15||100||100||Death|
|William Janson POTTS||POTTS,William Janson||21 September 1917||16||101||101||Death|
|Horatia Edith POWLETT||POWLETT,Horatia Edith||21 September 1916||17||102||102||Birth|
|Anne Margery POWLETT||POWLETT,Anne Margery||21 September 1914||18||104||104||Birth|
|Arthur Daniel ORGAN||ORGAN,Arthur Daniel||21 September 1914||19||104||104||Birth|
|Ralph Francis N SWINGLER||SWINGLER,Ralph Francis N||21 September 1912||20||106||106||Birth|
|Joyce Isabel NEWTON||NEWTON,Joyce Isabel||21 September 1911||21||107||107||Birth|
|Hannah PARKIN||PARKIN,Hannah||21 September 1909||22||109||109||Death|
|William John BRYANT||BRYANT,William John||21 September 1905||23||113||113||Birth|
|Henry Steinmetz KENNARD||KENNARD,Henry Steinmetz||21 September 1902||24||116||116||Death|
|Sylvia TOWNEND||TOWNEND,Sylvia||21 September 1900||25||118||118||Birth|
|Florence May BLISS||BLISS,Florence May||21 September 1897||26||121||121||Birth|
|Elizabeth BAKER||BAKER,Elizabeth||21 September 1897||27||121||121||Death|
|Joseph William Campbell POWTON||POWTON,Joseph William Campbell||21 September 1895||28||123||123||Birth|
|Ethel PAGE||PAGE,Ethel||21 September 1893||29||125||125||Birth|
|Gladys Mary Addenbrooke CRESSWELL||CRESSWELL,Gladys Mary Addenbrooke||21 September 1885||30||133||133||Birth|
|James William ANSCOMBE||ANSCOMBE,James William||21 September 1879||31||139||139||Death|
|Winifred Mary CARDEN||CARDEN,Winifred Mary||21 September 1875||32||143||143||Birth|
|Henrietta Mabel KING||KING,Henrietta Mabel||21 September 1872||33||146||146||Birth|
|Hannah ROBSON||ROBSON,Hannah||21 September 1871||34||147||147||Death|
|Sarah HERON||HERON,Sarah||21 September 1870||35||148||148||Birth|
|Blanche Jane DRAKE||DRAKE,Blanche Jane||21 September 1870||36||148||148||Birth|
|Clara Frances Mary GENT||GENT,Clara Frances Mary||21 September 1867||37||151||151||Birth|
|Archibald Campbell McGAREL-HOGG||MacGAREL-HOGG,Archibald Campbell||21 September 1866||38||152||152||Birth|
|Leonard John GUY||GUY,Leonard John||21 September 1864||39||154||154||Death|
|Minnie ABLITT||ABLITT,Minnie||21 September 1864||40||154||154||Birth|
|Edward de Crespigny IRBY JP||IRBY,Edward de Crespigny JP||21 September 1851||41||167||167||Birth|
|Edward Richard MASSIE||MASSIE,Edward Richard||21 September 1845||42||173||173||Birth|
|William Francis PADDON||PADDON,William Francis||21 September 1844||43||174||174||Birth|
|Ann BACK||BACK,Ann||21 September 1841||44||177||177||Death|
|Philip Henry GOUGH||GOUGH,Philip Henry||21 September 1836||45||182||182||Birth|
|Thomas Collins HINE||HINE,Thomas Collins||21 September 1824||46||194||194||Birth|
|William CLARK||CLARK,William||21 September 1776||47||242||242||Birth|
|Henry COLLARD||COLLARD,Henry||21 September 1775||48||243||243||Death|
|Sarah HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Sarah||21 September 1766||49||252||252||Birth|
|Richard Stephen BRETT + Nellie GUENIGAULT||BRETT,Richard Stephen + GUENIGAULT,Nellie||21 September 1918||50||100||100||Marriage|
|Ernest Alfred FOUNTAIN + Amy MACK||FOUNTAIN,Ernest Alfred + MACK,Amy||21 September 1912||51||106||106||Marriage|
|Philip MACER-WRIGHT + Olive TUPPEN||MACER-WRIGHT,Philip + TUPPEN,Olive||21 September 1908||52||110||110||Marriage|
|George Arthur WEBB + Edith Mary PEARCE||WEBB,George Arthur + PEARCE,Edith Mary||21 September 1908||53||110||110||Marriage|
|Herbert Walter CLARK + Dorothea KING-PAGE||CLARK,Herbert Walter + KING-PAGE,Dorothea||21 September 1905||54||113||113||Marriage|
|Richard Harry ‘Harry’ RISING + Ada BOWDEN||RISING,Richard Harry + BOWDEN,Ada||21 September 1896||55||122||122||Marriage|
|William John STANLEY + Emma Frances BROOMFIELD||STANLEY,William John + BROOMFIELD,Emma Frances||21 September 1884||56||134||134||Marriage|
|Henry Finden SMART + Jessie Harris DYER||SMART,Henry Finden + DYER,Jessie Harris||21 September 1882||57||136||136||Marriage|
|Henry Tullie RIVAZ + Fanny Cecilia TYACKE||RIVAZ,Henry Tullie + TYACKE,Fanny Cecilia||21 September 1876||58||142||142||Marriage|
|Henry EDGE + Mary Ann PIERMAN||EDGE,Henry + PIERMAN,Mary Ann||21 September 1874||59||144||144||Marriage|
|Henry HEUDEBOURCK + Susannah Eliza CROSS||HEUDEBOURCK,Henry + CROSS,Susannah Eliza||21 September 1863||60||155||155||Marriage|
|Augustus TOULMIN + Frances Ann ‘Fanny’ WOODHAM||TOULMIN,Augustus + WOODHAM,Frances Ann||21 September 1838||61||180||180||Marriage|
|George KENNEDY + Amelia AGG||KENNEDY,George + AGG,Amelia||21 September 1835||62||183||183||Marriage|
|Ralph Clarke NOTTIDGE + Anne TURNER||NOTTIDGE,Ralph Clarke + TURNER,Anne||21 September 1829||63||189||189||Marriage|
|John Henry SPURLING + Emma Hull PARKINSON||SPURLING,John Henry + PARKINSON,Emma Hull||21 September 1811||64||207||207||Marriage|
|Wilfred Lawrence PARIS||20 September 2018 - 18:12:16||jackie||1537467136||PARIS,Wilfred Lawrence|
|Clifford Edward PARIS||20 September 2018 - 18:10:01||jackie||1537467001||PARIS,Clifford Edward|
|Mildred Grace PARIS||20 September 2018 - 18:05:36||jackie||1537466736||PARIS,Mildred Grace|
|Aubrey Harold PARIS + Grace Mary BOORE||20 September 2018 - 18:01:00||jackie||1537466460||PARIS,Aubrey Harold + BOORE,Grace Mary|
|William Alfred BOORE||20 September 2018 - 17:55:07||jackie||1537466107||BOORE,William Alfred|
|Aubrey Harold PARIS||20 September 2018 - 17:53:29||jackie||1537466009||PARIS,Aubrey Harold|
|Ronald Aubrey PARIS||20 September 2018 - 17:52:49||jackie||1537465969||PARIS,Ronald Aubrey|
|Grace Mary BOORE||20 September 2018 - 17:50:09||jackie||1537465809||BOORE,Grace Mary|
|Dorothy HEAVER||20 September 2018 - 17:48:02||jackie||1537465682||HEAVER,Dorothy|
|Donald BOORE||20 September 2018 - 17:46:49||jackie||1537465609||BOORE,Donald|
|Gladys Adelaide BOORE||20 September 2018 - 17:45:12||jackie||1537465512||BOORE,Gladys Adelaide|
|Henry Hastings HORNE OBE + Gladys May TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 17:42:36||jackie||1537465356||HORNE,Henry Hastings + TOULMIN,Gladys May|
|Gladys May TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 17:39:51||jackie||1537465191||TOULMIN,Gladys May|
|Edward Macgregor DUNCAN + Evelyn Angela TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 17:37:59||jackie||1537465079||DUNCAN,Edward Macgregor + TOULMIN,Evelyn Angela|
|Evelyn Angela TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 17:36:05||jackie||1537464965||TOULMIN,Evelyn Angela|
|Edward Macgregor DUNCAN||20 September 2018 - 17:32:01||jackie||1537464721||DUNCAN,Edward Macgregor|
|Florence Josephine TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 17:29:56||jackie||1537464596||TOULMIN,Florence Josephine|
|Herbert Legard FIFE JP||20 September 2018 - 17:29:32||jackie||1537464572||FIFE,Herbert Legard|
|Herbert Legard FIFE JP + Florence Josephine TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 16:22:03||jackie||1537460523||FIFE,Herbert Legard + TOULMIN,Florence Josephine|
|Henry Wroughton TOULMIN + Alice S LARKIN||20 September 2018 - 16:20:05||jackie||1537460405||TOULMIN,Henry Wroughton + LARKIN,Alice S|
|Henry Wroughton TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 16:18:46||jackie||1537460326||TOULMIN,Henry Wroughton|
|Alice S LARKIN||20 September 2018 - 16:18:20||jackie||1537460300||LARKIN,Alice S|
|Philip Musgrave TOULMIN||20 September 2018 - 16:11:24||jackie||1537459884||TOULMIN,Philip Musgrave|
|Ellen ACUTT||20 September 2018 - 14:02:14||jackie||1537452134||ACUTT,Ellen|
|Susan BROCK||18 September 2018 - 18:39:32||jackie||1537295972||BROCK,Susan|
|Lt Col Joseph Dacre LACY||18 September 2018 - 18:36:52||jackie||1537295812||LACY,Joseph Dacre|
|Lt Col Joseph Dacre LACY + Susan BROCK||18 September 2018 - 18:34:01||jackie||1537295641||LACY,Joseph Dacre + BROCK,Susan|
|Richard LACY + … …||18 September 2018 - 18:30:56||jackie||1537295456||LACY,Richard + @N.N.|
|Richard LACY||18 September 2018 - 18:30:56||jackie||1537295456||LACY,Richard|
|Edith ABBOTT||18 September 2018 - 12:23:57||jackie||1537273437||ABBOTT,Edith|
|Ernest ABBOTT||18 September 2018 - 12:22:43||jackie||1537273363||ABBOTT,Ernest|