Many thanks to Liz in Australia for giving me new names for this family.
New details on the Steinmetz Family, grateful thanks to Elizabeth.
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
|Albert Reginald CASTELL||CASTELL,Albert Reginald||23 March 1982||0||35||35||Death|
|Idina Kerr GANDELL||GANDELL,Idina Kerr||23 March 1974||1||43||43||Death|
|Lt Col John Walter Julian RAIKES||RAIKES,John Walter Julian||23 March 1974||2||43||43||Death|
|Rev Harrison OSWELL||OSWELL,Harrison||23 March 1956||3||61||61||Death|
|Evelyn PIZEY||PIZEY,Evelyn||23 March 1951||4||66||66||Death|
|Arthur Leigh BARKER||BARKER,Arthur Leigh||23 March 1950||5||67||67||Death|
|Alice Jean LYDE||LYDE,Alice Jean||23 March 1949||6||68||68||Death|
|Rev William Thomas DUTTON||DUTTON,William Thomas||23 March 1943||7||74||74||Death|
|Reginald Walter MACAN||MACAN,Reginald Walter||23 March 1941||8||76||76||Death|
|George Goodwin KILBURNE Jnr||KILBURNE,George Goodwin Jnr||23 March 1938||9||79||79||Death|
|Gregory K D STONE||STONE,Gregory K D||23 March 1937||10||80||80||Birth|
|John St Clair TAHOURDIN||TAHOURDIN,John St Clair||23 March 1934||11||83||83||Death|
|Ethel Mary GARLAND||GARLAND,Ethel Mary||23 March 1934||12||83||83||Death|
|Eric George WALLIS||WALLIS,Eric George||23 March 1927||13||90||90||Birth|
|Daphne Sheila ‘Sheila’ LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Daphne Sheila||23 March 1925||14||92||92||Birth|
|George Mayton McNamara GATES||GATES,George Mayton McNamara||23 March 1920||15||97||97||Death|
|Capn Reginald Stafford SAUMAREZ||SAUMAREZ,Reginald Stafford||23 March 1918||16||99||99||Death|
|Violet Bessie M GILBERT||GILBERT,Violet Bessie M||23 March 1914||17||103||103||Birth|
|Richard William BEACHEY||BEACHEY,Richard William||23 March 1911||18||106||106||Death|
|Susanna Elizabeth RUTHERFORD||RUTHERFORD,Susanna Elizabeth||23 March 1908||19||109||109||Death|
|Louisa Susannah PARKES||PARKES,Louisa Susannah||23 March 1908||20||109||109||Death|
|Betty Tomlin HAZELL||HAZELL,Betty Tomlin||23 March 1901||21||116||116||Birth|
|Susannah FROGGETT||FROGGETT,Susannah||23 March 1899||22||118||118||Birth|
|Maria CREWDSON||CREWDSON,Maria||23 March 1892||23||125||125||Death|
|Charles Edward SELBY||SELBY,Charles Edward||23 March 1884||24||133||133||Birth|
|Samuel Ernest EVANS||EVANS,Samuel Ernest||23 March 1878||25||139||139||Birth|
|Lucy Selina FORD||FORD,Lucy Selina||23 March 1877||26||140||140||Birth|
|William ESSEX||ESSEX,William||23 March 1877||27||140||140||Death|
|Phoebe MARDALL||MARDALL,Phoebe||23 March 1873||28||144||144||Death|
|Mary Ann CHALLIS||CHALLIS,Mary Ann||23 March 1870||29||147||147||Death|
|Greville COTTRELL-DORMER||COTTRELL-DORMER,Greville||23 March 1864||30||153||153||Birth|
|George Horace MUIR||MUIR,George Horace||23 March 1855||31||162||162||Birth|
|Henry Richard Mitchell TAMPLIN||TAMPLIN,Henry Richard Mitchell||23 March 1839||32||178||178||Death|
|Sir Lt General Thomas Durand BAKER||BAKER,Thomas Durand||23 March 1837||33||180||180||Birth|
|Susanne Jane Elizabeth DE LA CHAUMETTE||CHAUMETTE,Susanne Jane Elizabeth||23 March 1829||34||188||188||Birth|
|Rev Josiah Descarrieres BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Josiah Descarrieres||23 March 1829||35||188||188||Birth|
|William RUTT||RUTT,William||23 March 1828||36||189||189||Birth|
|Frederick Sedgwick ABBOTT||ABBOTT,Frederick Sedgwick||23 March 1825||37||192||192||Birth|
|Frederick IRBY||IRBY,Frederick||23 March 1825||38||192||192||Death|
|Alfred WESTWOOD||WESTWOOD,Alfred||23 March 1823||39||194||194||Birth|
|Joseph Sidney WOOLLETT||WOOLLETT,Joseph Sidney||23 March 1818||40||199||199||Birth|
|Charlotte LEE||LEE,Charlotte||23 March 1817||41||200||200||Birth|
|Edwin Morton ABBOTT||ABBOTT,Edwin Morton||23 March 1816||42||201||201||Birth|
|Thomas GULL||GULL,Thomas||23 March 1809||43||208||208||Birth|
|Thomas COTTON||COTTON,Thomas||23 March 1797||44||220||220||Death|
|Thomas Bayes COTTON||COTTON,Thomas Bayes||23 March 1797||45||220||220||Death|
|Samuel CLOSS||CLOSS,Samuel||23 March 1777||46||240||240||Birth|
|John ISELTON||ISELTON,John||23 March 1777||47||240||240||Birth|
|Archibald FINNIE||FINNIE,Archibald||23 March 1746||48||271||271||Birth|
|Maurice Cecil ALABASTER + Gipsy Belcher STEVENS||ALABASTER,Maurice Cecil + STEVENS,Gipsy Belcher||23 March 1909||49||108||108||Marriage|
|Ernest EWER + Gertrude Ella PAGE||EWER,Ernest + PAGE,Gertrude Ella||23 March 1908||50||109||109||Marriage|
|Leigh Theophilus CLARKE + Ada WARBURTON||CLARKE,Leigh Theophilus + WARBURTON,Ada||23 March 1899||51||118||118||Marriage|
|E S WHITEHOUSE + Eliza Maria LEMARCHAND||WHITEHOUSE,E S + LEMARCHAND,Eliza Maria||23 March 1847||52||170||170||Marriage|
|Janet Benton GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 14:09:20||jackie||1490105360||GRIMLEY,Janet Benton|
|Ethel May HAWLEY||21 March 2017 - 14:07:32||jackie||1490105252||HAWLEY,Ethel May|
|Arthur GRIMLEY + Ethel May HAWLEY||21 March 2017 - 14:05:17||jackie||1490105117||GRIMLEY,Arthur + HAWLEY,Ethel May|
|Arthur GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 14:01:50||jackie||1490104910||GRIMLEY,Arthur|
|John Harold Perry HELE||21 March 2017 - 13:56:42||jackie||1490104602||HELE,John Harold Perry|
|Lucy FORE||21 March 2017 - 13:52:07||jackie||1490104327||FORE,Lucy|
|Edwin GRIMLEY + Lucy FORE||21 March 2017 - 13:51:58||jackie||1490104318||GRIMLEY,Edwin + FORE,Lucy|
|Horace Fore GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 13:49:22||jackie||1490104162||GRIMLEY,Horace Fore|
|Arthur Spencer GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 13:47:53||jackie||1490104073||GRIMLEY,Arthur Spencer|
|Edwin GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 13:43:48||jackie||1490103828||GRIMLEY,Edwin|
|Frederick GRIMLEY + Martha PLANT||21 March 2017 - 13:40:36||jackie||1490103636||GRIMLEY,Frederick + PLANT,Martha|
|Emma GRIMLEY||21 March 2017 - 13:40:36||jackie||1490103636||GRIMLEY,Emma|
|Jenkin William EVANS||21 March 2017 - 13:34:19||jackie||1490103259||EVANS,Jenkin William|
|Harry Walter Grimley EVANS||21 March 2017 - 13:24:55||jackie||1490102695||EVANS,Harry Walter Grimley|
|Violet Prenter WALKER||21 March 2017 - 13:22:37||jackie||1490102557||WALKER,Violet Prenter|
|Harold James FOY + Irene POWER||20 March 2017 - 17:17:56||jackie||1490030276||FOY,Harold James + POWER,Irene|
|Irene POWER||20 March 2017 - 17:17:19||jackie||1490030239||POWER,Irene|
|Harold James FOY||20 March 2017 - 17:12:22||jackie||1490029942||FOY,Harold James|
|Eleanor RYDER||20 March 2017 - 17:02:23||jackie||1490029343||RYDER,Eleanor|
|Winifred Nora WATKINS||20 March 2017 - 16:59:59||jackie||1490029199||WATKINS,Winifred Nora|
|Arthur Stanley LIPPOLD||20 March 2017 - 16:57:04||jackie||1490029024||LIPPOLD,Arthur Stanley|
|Roy Humphrey SIMMONS||20 March 2017 - 16:54:43||jackie||1490028883||SIMMONS,Roy Humphrey|
|Ronald John Horrex DOLAMORE||20 March 2017 - 09:35:57||jackie||1490002557||DOLAMORE,Ronald John Horrex|
|Minnie Gladys VARVEL||20 March 2017 - 09:34:01||jackie||1490002441||VARVEL,Minnie Gladys|
|Edwin KILMISTER||20 March 2017 - 09:04:17||jackie||1490000657||KILMISTER,Edwin|
|Grace Hale KILMISTER||20 March 2017 - 09:00:49||jackie||1490000449||KILMISTER,Grace Hale|
|Beatrice Lilian KILMISTER||20 March 2017 - 08:54:13||jackie||1490000053||KILMISTER,Beatrice Lilian|
|Ellen Isabella LANE||20 March 2017 - 08:49:42||jackie||1489999782||LANE,Ellen Isabella|
|Cpl George Simpson GLASSPOOLE||20 March 2017 - 08:43:57||jackie||1489999437||GLASSPOOLE,George Simpson|
|George Arnold Benjamin GLASSPOOLE||20 March 2017 - 08:40:13||jackie||1489999213||GLASSPOOLE,George Arnold Benjamin|