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
|Leonie Lilian Elizabeth Ellard GOLDSMITH||GOLDSMITH,Leonie Lilian Elizabeth Ellard||20 September 2000||0||18||18||Death|
|George Arthur HOBSON||HOBSON,George Arthur||20 September 1995||1||23||23||Death|
|May POSTLETHWAITE||POSTLETHWAITE,May||20 September 1993||2||25||25||Death|
|Lorna Christine HOME||HOME,Lorna Christine||20 September 1979||3||39||39||Death|
|Peter TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Peter||20 September 1969||4||49||49||Birth|
|Mary Winifred ALDERSON||ALDERSON,Mary Winifred||20 September 1968||5||50||50||Death|
|Rudolf John KAULA||KAULA,Rudolf John||20 September 1962||6||56||56||Death|
|Gladys Alexandra WAGNER||WAGNER,Gladys Alexandra||20 September 1937||7||81||81||Death|
|Albert Edwin DE COURCY||COURCY,Albert Edwin||20 September 1928||8||90||90||Death|
|Doris ‘Dolly’ GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Doris||20 September 1924||9||94||94||Birth|
|Kathleen Alice ‘Kate’ QUILTER||QUILTER,Kathleen Alice||20 September 1921||10||97||97||Death|
|Walter Horace ‘Harry’ VERRALL||VERRALL,Walter Horace||20 September 1921||11||97||97||Birth|
|Harold St Clair HENSTRIDGE||HENSTRIDGE,Harold St Clair||20 September 1917||12||101||101||Death|
|Thomas Henry VADE-WALPOLE||VADE-WALPOLE,Thomas Henry||20 September 1915||13||103||103||Death|
|Charlotte Lavinia HILL||HILL,Charlotte Lavinia||20 September 1910||14||108||108||Death|
|Jack HOLE||HOLE,Jack||20 September 1908||15||110||110||Birth|
|Robert Castell ASHDOWN||ASHDOWN,Robert Castell||20 September 1907||16||111||111||Birth|
|Flora DE COURCY||COURCY,Flora||20 September 1904||17||114||114||Birth|
|Hilda May REEVES||REEVES,Hilda May||20 September 1904||18||114||114||Birth|
|Hugo James PIGOU||PIGOU,Hugo James||20 September 1902||19||116||116||Birth|
|Phebe HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Phebe||20 September 1898||20||120||120||Death|
|Henrietta SPITTLE||SPITTLE,Henrietta||20 September 1892||21||126||126||Death|
|Gordon Freeman SWINGLER||SWINGLER,Gordon Freeman||20 September 1889||22||129||129||Birth|
|Frederick FATT||FATT,Frederick||20 September 1888||23||130||130||Death|
|Walter Graeme Bell WELLS||WELLS,Walter Graeme Bell||20 September 1886||24||132||132||Birth|
|Richard Henry PENGELLY||PENGELLY,Richard Henry||20 September 1884||25||134||134||Birth|
|Robert STEIGENBERGER||STEIGENBERGER,Robert||20 September 1883||26||135||135||Birth|
|Hannah ANDERSON||ANDERSON,Hannah||20 September 1869||27||149||149||Death|
|Beatrice Matilda SIMMONS||SIMMONS,Beatrice Matilda||20 September 1868||28||150||150||Birth|
|Helen Elizabeth OWEN||OWEN,Helen Elizabeth||20 September 1867||29||151||151||Birth|
|Dame Agnes Lily ‘Nesta’ KENNARD||KENNARD,Dame Agnes Lily||20 September 1862||30||156||156||Birth|
|Ellen Watson STOCKER||STOCKER,Ellen Watson||20 September 1851||31||167||167||Birth|
|Harriet Hunt BURNESS||BURNESS,Harriet Hunt||20 September 1838||32||180||180||Birth|
|John Edward William (Edward) BENECKE||BENECKE,John Edward William (Edward)||20 September 1833||33||185||185||Birth|
|Richard John CORBETT||CORBETT,Richard John||20 September 1830||34||188||188||Birth|
|Clement COTTRELL-DORMER||COTTRELL-DORMER,Clement||20 September 1827||35||191||191||Birth|
|Sidney James WOOLLETT||WOOLLETT,Sidney James||20 September 1811||36||207||207||Birth|
|Jane MANGLES||MANGLES,Jane||20 September 1803||37||215||215||Birth|
|John MILES||MILES,John||20 September 1799||38||219||219||Birth|
|Harriot HERON||HERON,Harriot||20 September 1781||39||237||237||Death|
|Jane SHARP||SHARP,Jane||20 September 1753||40||265||265||Death|
|Reginald Arthur COOKE + Wilhelmina Eleanor BAKER||COOKE,Reginald Arthur + BAKER,Wilhelmina Eleanor||20 September 1923||41||95||95||Marriage|
|Thomas Henry RIDES + Jane Elizabeth FERGUSON||RIDES,Thomas Henry + FERGUSON,Jane Elizabeth||20 September 1899||42||119||119||Marriage|
|Frank Conway HILLS + Rosa LARCOME||HILLS,Frank Conway + LARCOME,Rosa||20 September 1894||43||124||124||Marriage|
|William Garibaldi CURRYER + Alice Georgiana DRAKE||CURRYER,William Garibaldi + DRAKE,Alice Georgiana||20 September 1893||44||125||125||Marriage|
|Percy James TROUNCER + Eliza May MITCHELL||TROUNCER,Percy James + MITCHELL,Eliza May||20 September 1888||45||130||130||Marriage|
|Walter ALABASTER + Catherine PANKHURST||ALABASTER,Walter + PANKHURST,Catherine||20 September 1882||46||136||136||Marriage|
|Joseph GATES + Louisa PARSONS||GATES,Joseph + PARSONS,Louisa||20 September 1849||47||169||169||Marriage|
|Alfred STANGER LEATHES + Maria CHISHOLM||STANGER LEATHES,Alfred + CHISHOLM,Maria||20 September 1848||48||170||170||Marriage|
|James BURNESS + Harriet CURTIS||BURNESS,James + CURTIS,Harriet||20 September 1834||49||184||184||Marriage|
|David THOMAS + Sarah Berney MANGAAR||THOMAS,David + MANGAAR,Sarah Berney||20 September 1810||50||208||208||Marriage|
|Peter TAHOURDIN + Georgiana SOMERS||TAHOURDIN,Peter + SOMERS,Georgiana||20 September 1802||51||216||216||Marriage|
|Thomas BUTTON + Elizabeth FOOT||BUTTON,Thomas + FOOT,Elizabeth||20 September 1774||52||244||244||Marriage|
|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|