Many thanks to Sophie for a photo of Raymond Kitchener Tuzzio.
New photos on album of the above supplied by John Roskell, 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
|Alfred CARR||CARR,Alfred||27 June 1961||0||56||56||Death|
|Julia Henrietta HODSOLL||HODSOLL,Julia Henrietta||27 June 1960||1||57||57||Death|
|Nora Impey CROZIER||CROZIER,Nora Impey||27 June 1960||2||57||57||Death|
|Ida Gertrude RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Ida Gertrude||27 June 1953||3||64||64||Death|
|Albert Percy CASTELL||CASTELL,Albert Percy||27 June 1939||4||78||78||Death|
|Rev Francis Hamilton NICHOLLS||NICHOLLS,Francis Hamilton||27 June 1934||5||83||83||Death|
|Claude Reginald POWELL||POWELL,Claude Reginald||27 June 1932||6||85||85||Death|
|Jane Anne MITCHELL||MITCHELL,Jane Anne||27 June 1930||7||87||87||Death|
|Eleanor Anne Pemberton LIGHTON||LIGHTON,Eleanor Anne Pemberton||27 June 1929||8||88||88||Death|
|Rowland McIntyre HART||HART,Rowland McIntyre||27 June 1924||9||93||93||Birth|
|Walter Leslie FIRTH||FIRTH,Walter Leslie||27 June 1915||10||102||102||Death|
|Desborough WALFORD||WALFORD,Desborough||27 June 1903||11||114||114||Death|
|Doris Mary LEWIS||LEWIS,Doris Mary||27 June 1902||12||115||115||Birth|
|Capt Edmund May PIZEY||PIZEY,Edmund May||27 June 1893||13||124||124||Birth|
|Sir James Macnaghten McGAREL-HOGG 1st Baron Magheramorne||MacGAREL-HOGG,James Macnaghten 1st Baron Magheramorne||27 June 1890||14||127||127||Death|
|Cecilia Penelope METHUEN||METHUEN,Cecilia Penelope||27 June 1885||15||132||132||Death|
|Violet Mary Beard DOLAN||DOLAN,Violet Mary Beard||27 June 1879||16||138||138||Birth|
|Algernon Patrick SIDNEY||SIDNEY,Algernon Patrick||27 June 1875||17||142||142||Birth|
|Catherine Elizabeth ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Catherine Elizabeth||27 June 1870||18||147||147||Death|
|Dorothy Mary UPTON-COTTRELL-DORMER||UPTON-COTTRELL-DORMER,Dorothy Mary||27 June 1868||19||149||149||Birth|
|Ann Frances SIMMONS||SIMMONS,Ann Frances||27 June 1861||20||156||156||Birth|
|Helen Georgina (Nellie) BLAINE||BLAINE,Helen Georgina (Nellie)||27 June 1860||21||157||157||Birth|
|… AUBERT||AUBERT,@P.N.||27 June 1853||22||164||164||Birth|
|… AUBERT||AUBERT,@P.N.||27 June 1853||23||164||164||Death|
|Charlotte Augusta SUTTOR||SUTTOR,Charlotte Augusta||27 June 1848||24||169||169||Birth|
|Major General Pelham James MAITLAND CB||MAITLAND,Pelham James CB||27 June 1847||25||170||170||Birth|
|Mary Ann PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Mary Ann||27 June 1833||26||184||184||Death|
|John Lewis SIDNEY||SIDNEY,John Lewis||27 June 1824||27||193||193||Birth|
|John FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,John||27 June 1814||28||203||203||Birth|
|Robert MARRIS||MARRIS,Robert||27 June 1805||29||212||212||Birth|
|Henry John MANGLES||MANGLES,Henry John||27 June 1805||30||212||212||Birth|
|George VALLANCE||VALLANCE,George||27 June 1800||31||217||217||Birth|
|Joseph James HEGAN||HEGAN,Joseph James||27 June 1795||32||222||222||Birth|
|William TURQUAND||TURQUAND,William||27 June 1779||33||238||238||Birth|
|Alfred Edward BROWNE + Florence Sarah Hales GOODCHILD||BROWNE,Alfred Edward + GOODCHILD,Florence Sarah Hales||27 June 1914||34||103||103||Marriage|
|Ernest William STAMMERS + Annie Elizabeth WALMSLEY||STAMMERS,Ernest William + WALMSLEY,Annie Elizabeth||27 June 1912||35||105||105||Marriage|
|Robert Kevern Clarke NUTT + Dorothy STEPHENS||NUTT,Robert Kevern Clarke + STEPHENS,Dorothy||27 June 1908||36||109||109||Marriage|
|Harold Athelstan MIALL-GREEN + Irene Lynette MAKEHAM||MIALL-GREEN,Harold Athelstan + MAKEHAM,Irene Lynette||27 June 1906||37||111||111||Marriage|
|John Veale WILLIAMS + Deborah BANFIELD||WILLIAMS,John Veale + BANFIELD,Deborah||27 June 1894||38||123||123||Marriage|
|Benjamin Bird BEDINGFIELD + Eliza Shallcross TURQUAND||BEDINGFIELD,Benjamin Bird + TURQUAND,Eliza Shallcross||27 June 1892||39||125||125||Marriage|
|Ernest Joseph HART + Emily Caroline SIMMONS||HART,Ernest Joseph + SIMMONS,Emily Caroline||27 June 1889||40||128||128||Marriage|
|Arthur Blaney CODDINGTON + Ellen Bertha BLOXSOME||CODDINGTON,Arthur Blaney + BLOXSOME,Ellen Bertha||27 June 1872||41||145||145||Marriage|
|Benjamin SPEDDING + Charlotte Ellen SMITH||SPEDDING,Benjamin + SMITH,Charlotte Ellen||27 June 1816||42||201||201||Marriage|
|John Colclough HILL + Bridget EVANS||HILL,John Colclough + EVANS,Bridget||27 June 1775||43||242||242||Marriage|
|Markham Eeles SHERWILL + Mary COLLET||SHERWILL,Markham Eeles + COLLET,Mary||27 June 1758||44||259||259||Marriage|
|Lt Cdr Richard Milford Power CARNE||27 June 2017 - 14:13:30||jackie||1498572810||CARNE,Richard Milford Power|
|Lyona Violet Ann TOLLEMACHE||27 June 2017 - 14:12:06||jackie||1498572726||TOLLEMACHE,Lyona Violet Ann|
|Lt Cdr Richard Milford Power CARNE + Lyona Violet Ann TOLLEMACHE||27 June 2017 - 14:10:41||jackie||1498572641||CARNE,Richard Milford Power + TOLLEMACHE,Lyona Violet Ann|
|Violet Edith Gertrude RAE SANDS||27 June 2017 - 14:08:37||jackie||1498572517||RAE SANDS,Violet Edith Gertrude|
|May Winifred PAYNE||27 June 2017 - 13:54:03||jackie||1498571643||PAYNE,May Winifred|
|William ABIGAIL||27 June 2017 - 10:42:56||jackie||1498560176||ABIGAIL,William|
|Mary Emily GOODMAN||26 June 2017 - 18:14:38||jackie||1498500878||GOODMAN,Mary Emily|
|Mary Martin BUCK||26 June 2017 - 18:11:30||jackie||1498500690||BUCK,Mary Martin|
|John Dent GOODMAN + Mary Martin BUCK||26 June 2017 - 18:09:58||jackie||1498500598||GOODMAN,John Dent + BUCK,Mary Martin|
|John Dent GOODMAN||26 June 2017 - 18:07:25||jackie||1498500445||GOODMAN,John Dent|
|Edwin Arthur Brassey CROCKETT + Mary Emily GOODMAN||26 June 2017 - 18:01:59||jackie||1498500119||CROCKETT,Edwin Arthur Brassey + GOODMAN,Mary Emily|
|Edwin Arthur Brassey CROCKETT||26 June 2017 - 17:59:59||jackie||1498499999||CROCKETT,Edwin Arthur Brassey|
|Rev Arthur Walcott CROCKETT||26 June 2017 - 17:56:27||jackie||1498499787||CROCKETT,Arthur Walcott|
|Elizabeth Isabel WALCOTT||26 June 2017 - 17:53:41||jackie||1498499621||WALCOTT,Elizabeth Isabel|
|Edwin Arthur Brassey CROCKETT + Elizabeth Isabel WALCOTT||26 June 2017 - 17:51:05||jackie||1498499465||CROCKETT,Edwin Arthur Brassey + WALCOTT,Elizabeth Isabel|
|Joyce Emma MORRIS||26 June 2017 - 17:43:07||jackie||1498498987||MORRIS,Joyce Emma|
|Violet Pearl VREDENBURG||24 June 2017 - 10:40:18||jackie||1498300818||VREDENBURG,Violet Pearl|
|Leslie Gordon VREDENBURG||24 June 2017 - 10:38:33||jackie||1498300713||VREDENBURG,Leslie Gordon|
|Vivian Francis De Wilton VREDENBURG||24 June 2017 - 10:37:07||jackie||1498300627||VREDENBURG,Vivian Francis De Wilton|
|Edric Walcott VREDENBURG + Pearl Ada De WILTON||24 June 2017 - 10:34:07||jackie||1498300447||VREDENBURG,Edric Walcott + De WILTON,Pearl Ada|
|Pearl Ada De WILTON||24 June 2017 - 10:33:08||jackie||1498300388||De WILTON,Pearl Ada|
|Edric Walcott VREDENBURG||24 June 2017 - 10:31:09||jackie||1498300269||VREDENBURG,Edric Walcott|
|unknown FIRTH||24 June 2017 - 10:22:42||jackie||1498299762||FIRTH,unknown|
|Gideon Henry SCOTT||24 June 2017 - 10:18:25||jackie||1498299505||SCOTT,Gideon Henry|
|Nellie Amelia ‘May’ CRITCHLOW||24 June 2017 - 10:15:39||jackie||1498299339||CRITCHLOW,Nellie Amelia|
|Eleanor Underhill GREEN-GATES||24 June 2017 - 10:11:45||jackie||1498299105||GREEN-GATES,Eleanor Underhill|
|Hannah TAYLOR||24 June 2017 - 10:08:20||jackie||1498298900||TAYLOR,Hannah|
|Gideon Henry SCOTT + Hannah TAYLOR||24 June 2017 - 10:08:20||jackie||1498298900||SCOTT,Gideon Henry + TAYLOR,Hannah|
|Gideon Henry SCOTT + Eleanor Underhill GREEN-GATES||24 June 2017 - 10:05:25||jackie||1498298725||SCOTT,Gideon Henry + GREEN-GATES,Eleanor Underhill|
|Joseph Thomas GATES||24 June 2017 - 10:02:38||jackie||1498298558||GATES,Joseph Thomas|
|Edwin GATES + Caroline Lydia GREEN||24 June 2017 - 09:50:26||jackie||1498297826||GATES,Edwin + GREEN,Caroline Lydia|
|George Frank SCHOLES + Daisy B WARDEN||24 June 2017 - 09:39:14||jackie||1498297154||SCHOLES,George Frank + WARDEN,Daisy B|
|George Frank SCHOLES||24 June 2017 - 09:38:50||jackie||1498297130||SCHOLES,George Frank|
|Daisy B WARDEN||24 June 2017 - 09:38:50||jackie||1498297130||WARDEN,Daisy B|