Jonathan Hazell contacted me with a missing relative, which I have now added to the family, many thanks
Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.
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
|Valerie Constance ROE||ROE,Valerie Constance||16 October 2003||0||15||15||Death|
|Marjorie Kathleen HUNT||HUNT,Marjorie Kathleen||16 October 1997||1||21||21||Death|
|Richard Tressilian GABB||GABB,Richard Tressilian||16 October 1986||2||32||32||Death|
|Norah Allanson LINTON||LINTON,Norah Allanson||16 October 1986||3||32||32||Death|
|Eleanor Ellis de VESIAN||VESIAN,Eleanor Ellis||16 October 1980||4||38||38||Death|
|George Francis AINGER||AINGER,George Francis||16 October 1975||5||43||43||Death|
|Frederick Robert WILLIAMS||WILLIAMS,Frederick Robert||16 October 1969||6||49||49||Death|
|Annie Jessica (Nance) GUY||GUY,Annie Jessica (Nance)||16 October 1966||7||52||52||Death|
|John Leonard Hugh de Burgh SHARP||SHARP,John Leonard Hugh de Burgh||16 October 1966||8||52||52||Death|
|Commander Charles Montagu DAMMERS||DAMMERS,Charles Montagu||16 October 1956||9||62||62||Death|
|Clara Annie DRAKE||DRAKE,Clara Annie||16 October 1956||10||62||62||Death|
|Therese Eucharis WOOLHOUSE||WOOLHOUSE,Therese Eucharis||16 October 1953||11||65||65||Death|
|Marianne Louise GINGRAS||GINGRAS,Marianne Louise||16 October 1943||12||75||75||Birth|
|Florence Charlotte HILLS||HILLS,Florence Charlotte||16 October 1940||13||78||78||Death|
|Eliza BURNAND||BURNAND,Eliza||16 October 1935||14||83||83||Death|
|Nellie Amelia ‘May’ CRITCHLOW||CRITCHLOW,Nellie Amelia||16 October 1927||15||91||91||Death|
|George Robert CHURM||CHURM,George Robert||16 October 1924||16||94||94||Birth|
|William Henry DUKE||DUKE,William Henry||16 October 1923||17||95||95||Birth|
|James Harris ALABASTER||ALABASTER,James Harris||16 October 1920||18||98||98||Death|
|Winifred May CLOSE||CLOSE,Winifred May||16 October 1919||19||99||99||Birth|
|George James HUDSON||HUDSON,George James||16 October 1911||20||107||107||Birth|
|Rev Raymond Percy PELLY||PELLY,Raymond Percy||16 October 1911||21||107||107||Death|
|Edward Frederick BLAKE||BLAKE,Edward Frederick||16 October 1908||22||110||110||Death|
|William James David POWELL||POWELL,William James David||16 October 1906||23||112||112||Birth|
|Ena Eugenie MALE||MALE,Ena Eugenie||16 October 1906||24||112||112||Birth|
|Leslie Percival CALE||CALE,Leslie Percival||16 October 1905||25||113||113||Birth|
|George Hender FREAN||FREAN,George Hender||16 October 1903||26||115||115||Death|
|Richard George EAGLING||EAGLING,Richard George||16 October 1901||27||117||117||Birth|
|Hettie Rose WEATHERHEAD||WEATHERHEAD,Hettie Rose||16 October 1899||28||119||119||Birth|
|George Raymond Wilbraham CARDEN||CARDEN,George Raymond Wilbraham||16 October 1898||29||120||120||Birth|
|Violet TIPPER||TIPPER,Violet||16 October 1894||30||124||124||Birth|
|Anne THOMPSON||THOMPSON,Anne||16 October 1893||31||125||125||Death|
|William FIVEASH||FIVEASH,William||16 October 1892||32||126||126||Death|
|Kathleen STAGG||STAGG,Kathleen||16 October 1890||33||128||128||Birth|
|Margery Mary DUTTON||DUTTON,Margery Mary||16 October 1884||34||134||134||Birth|
|Edith Mabel NOTTIDGE||NOTTIDGE,Edith Mabel||16 October 1883||35||135||135||Birth|
|Dame Charlotte HORNSBY||HORNSBY,Charlotte||16 October 1880||36||138||138||Death|
|Sarah Jane KEEDLE||KEEDLE,Sarah Jane||16 October 1880||37||138||138||Death|
|Henry Hewitt KENNARD||KENNARD,Henry Hewitt||16 October 1878||38||140||140||Death|
|Julia DAINES||DAINES,Julia||16 October 1874||39||144||144||Birth|
|Edith Ida ‘Ida’ ABLITT||ABLITT,Edith Ida||16 October 1866||40||152||152||Birth|
|Rev Canon James Arthur MURRAY||MURRAY,James Arthur||16 October 1865||41||153||153||Birth|
|Rev Adam Henderson FAIRBAIRN||FAIRBAIRN,Adam Henderson||16 October 1836||42||182||182||Birth|
|James Scovell ADAMS||ADAMS,James Scovell||16 October 1836||43||182||182||Birth|
|Juliet Emily BENECKE||BENECKE,Juliet Emily||16 October 1829||44||189||189||Birth|
|Thomas Benning BLAINE||BLAINE,Thomas Benning||16 October 1822||45||196||196||Birth|
|Edward Methuen IRBY||IRBY,Edward Methuen||16 October 1812||46||206||206||Death|
|Ralph COLLYER||COLLYER,Ralph||16 October 1796||47||222||222||Birth|
|William Marsh SHARP||SHARP,William Marsh||16 October 1782||48||236||236||Death|
|Jane PARRIS||PARRIS,Jane||16 October 1757||49||261||261||Birth|
|Jacob DESCARRIERES||DESCARRIERES,Jacob||16 October 1725||50||293||293||Birth|
|Frances WROTTESLEY||WROTTESLEY,Frances||16 October 1711||51||307||307||Birth|
|Major Guy Elland Carne RASCH DSO + Phyllis Dorothy Lindsay GREVILLE||RASCH,Guy Elland Carne DSO + GREVILLE,Phyllis Dorothy Lindsay||16 October 1917||52||101||101||Marriage|
|John Rutherfoord Parkin POSTLETHWAITE CBE + Anna Ellen CADDELL||POSTLETHWAITE,John Rutherfoord Parkin + CADDELL,Anna Ellen||16 October 1917||53||101||101||Marriage|
|James RINGWOOD + Rose Edith HOWE||RINGWOOD,James + HOWE,Rose Edith||16 October 1901||54||117||117||Marriage|
|Charles Ernest OATHAM + Elizabeth Sarah HEUDEBOURCK||OATHAM,Charles Ernest + HEUDEBOURCK,Elizabeth Sarah||16 October 1897||55||121||121||Marriage|
|John B STEWART + Mary Ellen BAIRD||STEWART,John B + BAIRD,Mary Ellen||16 October 1890||56||128||128||Marriage|
|George Royle FREND + Eliza Laura KINGSFORD||FREND,George Royle + KINGSFORD,Eliza Laura||16 October 1861||57||157||157||Marriage|
|Charles BROMWICH + Mary Ann GIBBINS||BROMWICH,Charles + GIBBINS,Mary Ann||16 October 1848||58||170||170||Marriage|
|Thomas ROGERS + Albinia COLLYER||ROGERS,Thomas + COLLYER,Albinia||16 October 1836||59||182||182||Marriage|
|Robert STEGGALL + Mary TURNER||STEGGALL,Robert + TURNER,Mary||16 October 1827||60||191||191||Marriage|
|James Charles MARZETTI + Elizabeth WILLIAMS||MARZETTI,James Charles + WILLIAMS,Elizabeth||16 October 1820||61||198||198||Marriage|
|James SAYERS + Elizabeth PENNICOT||SAYERS,James + PENNICOT,Elizabeth||16 October 1786||62||232||232||Marriage|
|Madeline WAGHORN||16 October 2018 - 17:05:09||jackie||1539709509||WAGHORN,Madeline|
|Louisa Elizabeth ‘Lucy’ GUENIGAULT||16 October 2018 - 16:57:12||jackie||1539709032||GUENIGAULT,Louisa Elizabeth|
|Richard Joseph FRYATT||16 October 2018 - 16:53:16||jackie||1539708796||FRYATT,Richard Joseph|
|Grace Kathleen GUENIGAULT||16 October 2018 - 16:47:34||jackie||1539708454||GUENIGAULT,Grace Kathleen|
|Martin Richard FRYATT||16 October 2018 - 16:45:45||jackie||1539708345||FRYATT,Martin Richard|
|Richard Joseph FRYATT + Grace Kathleen GUENIGAULT||16 October 2018 - 16:44:34||jackie||1539708274||FRYATT,Richard Joseph + GUENIGAULT,Grace Kathleen|
|Maud Llewellyn LOCKE||15 October 2018 - 10:10:40||jackie||1539598240||LOCKE,Maud Llewellyn|
|Alexander BROWN||15 October 2018 - 10:10:26||jackie||1539598226||BROWN,Alexander|
|William WALLER||15 October 2018 - 10:03:06||jackie||1539597786||WALLER,William|
|Christiana Charlotte PAICE||15 October 2018 - 09:50:33||jackie||1539597033||PAICE,Christiana Charlotte|
|Augustus Frederick PAICE + Clara Matilda Ann BILLINGE||15 October 2018 - 09:48:35||jackie||1539596915||PAICE,Augustus Frederick + BILLINGE,Clara Matilda Ann|
|Clara Matilda Ann BILLINGE||15 October 2018 - 09:46:17||jackie||1539596777||BILLINGE,Clara Matilda Ann|
|Augustus Frederick PAICE||15 October 2018 - 09:41:02||jackie||1539596462||PAICE,Augustus Frederick|
|Clara M A …||15 October 2018 - 09:36:14||jackie||1539596174||@N.N.,Clara M A|
|Augustus Frederick PAICE + Clara M A …||15 October 2018 - 09:36:12||jackie||1539596172||PAICE,Augustus Frederick + @N.N.,Clara M A|
|Brigadier Martyn William CLARK||15 October 2018 - 09:29:13||jackie||1539595753||CLARK,Martyn William|