Burnand Family
May 30, 2019 - 10:04:24 a.m.

A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family. 

Family History Contact
May 7, 2019 - 11:34:30 a.m.

I have heard the sad news today that a lovely lady I met years ago, Tessa King has died. We kept in contact via email and facebook since we first met in London. 

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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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Leonard William CLARKECLARKE,Leonard WilliamSeptember 18, 199402525Death
Rowland McIntyre HARTHART,Rowland McIntyreSeptember 18, 199112828Death
Harry Augustus COWLEYCOWLEY,Harry AugustusSeptember 18, 199022929Death
Beatrice Mary FIRTHFIRTH,Beatrice MarySeptember 18, 197034949Death
Ronald Blanchett BARNESBARNES,Ronald BlanchettSeptember 18, 196145858Death
Mary Margaret AUBERTAUBERT,Mary MargaretSeptember 18, 195256767Death
Mark HARPERHARPER,MarkSeptember 18, 195166868Death
Lady Florence Kate KINGSFORDKINGSFORD,Florence KateSeptember 18, 194977070Death
Sarah Jane HOWARDHOWARD,Sarah JaneSeptember 18, 193888181Death
Eric CHEESEMANCHEESEMAN,EricSeptember 18, 193298787Birth
George Newcomb SPOKESSPOKES,George NewcombSeptember 18, 1929109090Death
Roderick Francis CHALMERSCHALMERS,Roderick FrancisSeptember 18, 1928119191Birth
Percy William BUSHBUSH,Percy WilliamSeptember 18, 191812101101Birth
Gerald Edward BIRDBIRD,Gerald EdwardSeptember 18, 191613103103Death
Eric Milton PONDERPONDER,Eric MiltonSeptember 18, 191614103103Death
Lilian Margaret PAMPHILONPAMPHILON,Lilian MargaretSeptember 18, 191515104104Birth
Louisa Harriet ILSLEYILSLEY,Louisa HarrietSeptember 18, 191416105105Death
Eleanor Elizabeth HUNTONHUNTON,Eleanor ElizabethSeptember 18, 191317106106Death
William Christopher BOYDBOYD,William ChristopherSeptember 18, 190618113113Death
Georgina Louisa VAN BUSKIRKVAN BUSKIRK,Georgina LouisaSeptember 18, 190319116116Death
Lawrence Holme TWENTYMANTWENTYMAN,Lawrence HolmeSeptember 18, 190320116116Death
Edward Charles LOADERLOADER,Edward CharlesSeptember 18, 190321116116Birth
Sarah PENTLANDPENTLAND,SarahSeptember 18, 190222117117Death
Ann Molesworth KINDERSLEYKINDERSLEY,Ann MolesworthSeptember 18, 189923120120Birth
Laurence Paul METHUEN-CAMPBELLMETHUEN-CAMPBELL,Laurence PaulSeptember 18, 189824121121Birth
John Stuart Crosbie MORRISMORRIS,John Stuart CrosbieSeptember 18, 189725122122Death
Henry Tullie RIVAZRIVAZ,Henry TullieSeptember 18, 189626123123Death
Ellen KENNARDKENNARD,EllenSeptember 18, 189127128128Death
Lilian Zoe SHARPSHARP,Lilian ZoeSeptember 18, 189128128128Birth
Theophilus BURNANDBURNAND,TheophilusSeptember 18, 188729132132Death
Robert William DAMMERSDAMMERS,Robert WilliamSeptember 18, 188630133133Birth
Matthew Edward BAMBROUGHBAMBROUGH,Matthew EdwardSeptember 18, 188531134134Birth
Beryl Dora BLACKMANBLACKMAN,Beryl DoraSeptember 18, 188132138138Birth
Sarah HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,SarahSeptember 18, 187933140140Death
Violet Astley KENNARDKENNARD,Violet AstleySeptember 18, 186934150150Birth
Mary Agnes YOUNGYOUNG,Mary AgnesSeptember 18, 186835151151Birth
John William PEACHEYPEACHEY,John WilliamSeptember 18, 185736162162Birth
Louisa AUBERTAUBERT,LouisaSeptember 18, 184937170170Death
James ALABASTERALABASTER,JamesSeptember 18, 184938170170Death
Nina Maria KINGKING,Nina MariaSeptember 18, 184839171171Birth
Ebenezer MAITLANDMAITLAND,EbenezerSeptember 18, 183440185185Death
Col James Le Geyt DANIELLDANIELL,James Le GeytSeptember 18, 183141188188Birth
Maria LATREILLELATREILLE,MariaSeptember 18, 182642193193Birth
Robert PEDDARPEDDAR,RobertSeptember 18, 181443205205Birth
Henry Lomax GASKELLGASKELL,Henry LomaxSeptember 18, 181344206206Birth
John QUILTERQUILTER,JohnSeptember 18, 181145208208Birth
William Drake IRBYIRBY,William DrakeSeptember 18, 180846211211Birth
Nathaniel BRASSEYBRASSEY,NathanielSeptember 18, 179847221221Death
Leonard TURQUANDTURQUAND,LeonardSeptember 18, 174748272272Birth
Benjamin WAYWAY,BenjaminSeptember 18, 174049279279Birth
Andrew Wood WILKINSON + Joan Longair SHARPWILKINSON,Andrew Wood + SHARP,Joan LongairSeptember 18, 1941507878Marriage
Henry Joseph ACOTT + Gladys Elizabeth JONESACOTT,Henry Joseph + JONES,Gladys ElizabethSeptember 18, 1920519999Marriage
Major Ronald Sidney Panton WELLS + Ida Thelma Gordon BLOXSOMEWELLS,Ronald Sidney Panton + BLOXSOME,Ida Thelma GordonSeptember 18, 191852101101Marriage
William James MILES + Susan STACEYMILES,William James + STACEY,SusanSeptember 18, 188953130130Marriage
Rev Philip HYNE + Ellen Watson STOCKERHYNE,Philip + STOCKER,Ellen WatsonSeptember 18, 188354136136Marriage
George Somers BELLAMY + Fanny Hargravina MUIRBELLAMY,George Somers + MUIR,Fanny HargravinaSeptember 18, 187955140140Marriage
Albert BARBER + Sarah COXBARBER,Albert + COX,SarahSeptember 18, 186456155155Marriage
Richard BUTLER + Catherine Ann GRELLIERBUTLER,Richard + GRELLIER,Catherine AnnSeptember 18, 186157158158Marriage
Francis Wharton LEMARCHAND + Clara Maria BRADSTOCKLEMARCHAND,Francis Wharton + BRADSTOCK,Clara MariaSeptember 18, 186158158158Marriage
Charles LOVEDAY + Susannah Elizabeth CLERKELOVEDAY,Charles + CLERKE,Susannah ElizabethSeptember 18, 185959160160Marriage
John Edward TOLLISS + Sarah Ann GOODWINSTOLLISS,John Edward + GOODWINS,Sarah AnnSeptember 18, 184460175175Marriage
Isaac LLOYD + Mary RIGGELLOYD,Isaac + RIGGE,MarySeptember 18, 182861191191Marriage
James Frederic Nugent DANIELL + Jane Anna Le GEYTDANIELL,James Frederic Nugent + Le GEYT,Jane AnnaSeptember 18, 182462195195Marriage
Thomas William ELAM + Ann VALLANCEELAM,Thomas William + VALLANCE,AnnSeptember 18, 182263197197Marriage
Glas SANDEMAN + Margaret STEWARTSANDEMAN,Glas + STEWART,MargaretSeptember 18, 182064199199Marriage
Jonathan PARRIS + Philadelphia PAGEPARRIS,Jonathan + PAGE,PhiladelphiaSeptember 18, 181565204204Marriage
John DIGGINGS + Gift GUYDIGGINGS,John + GUY,GiftSeptember 18, 181066209209Marriage
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Hilda Price KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:37:41 p.m.jackie1568749061KILMISTER,Hilda Price
Alfred Edgar KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:31:04 p.m.jackie1568748664KILMISTER,Alfred Edgar
Harry KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:26:42 p.m.jackie1568748402KILMISTER,Harry
Florence Martha PRICESeptember 17, 2019 - 7:25:45 p.m.jackie1568748345PRICE,Florence Martha
Harry KILMISTER + Florence Martha PRICESeptember 17, 2019 - 7:22:20 p.m.jackie1568748140KILMISTER,Harry + PRICE,Florence Martha
Sarah SHAWSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:17:35 p.m.jackie1568747855SHAW,Sarah
John KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:13:11 p.m.jackie1568747591KILMISTER,John
John KILMISTER + Sarah SHAWSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:12:17 p.m.jackie1568747537KILMISTER,John + SHAW,Sarah
Caroline CHAPMANSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:09:42 p.m.jackie1568747382CHAPMAN,Caroline
John KILMISTER + Caroline CHAPMANSeptember 17, 2019 - 7:09:12 p.m.jackie1568747352KILMISTER,John + CHAPMAN,Caroline
John KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:57:52 p.m.jackie1568746672KILMISTER,John
John KILMISTER + Mary LLOYDSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:54:44 p.m.jackie1568746484KILMISTER,John + LLOYD,Mary
Benjamin Lloyd KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:54:44 p.m.jackie1568746484KILMISTER,Benjamin Lloyd
Emma KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:54:01 p.m.jackie1568746441KILMISTER,Emma
Sarah KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:53:23 p.m.jackie1568746403KILMISTER,Sarah
Miriam KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:52:14 p.m.jackie1568746334KILMISTER,Miriam
William KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:50:22 p.m.jackie1568746222KILMISTER,William
Eliza KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:49:38 p.m.jackie1568746178KILMISTER,Eliza
Cornelius KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:48:54 p.m.jackie1568746134KILMISTER,Cornelius
Mary KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:48:05 p.m.jackie1568746085KILMISTER,Mary
Mary LLOYDSeptember 17, 2019 - 6:42:29 p.m.jackie1568745749LLOYD,Mary
Matthew KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 1:07:21 p.m.jackie1568725641KILMISTER,Matthew
Ann KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 12:53:25 p.m.jackie1568724805KILMISTER,Ann
William KILMISTERSeptember 17, 2019 - 12:48:12 p.m.jackie1568724492KILMISTER,William
Thomas KILMISTER + Jane BAKERSeptember 17, 2019 - 12:44:52 p.m.jackie1568724292KILMISTER,Thomas + BAKER,Jane
Jane BAKERSeptember 17, 2019 - 12:37:37 p.m.jackie1568723857BAKER,Jane