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
|Godfrey Carrington ROYLE||ROYLE,Godfrey Carrington||14 November 2015||0||3||3||Death|
|Constance Ethel Windsor ‘Connie’ HALL||HALL,Constance Ethel Windsor||14 November 1979||1||39||39||Death|
|Arthur Garnham SCOTCHMER||SCOTCHMER,Arthur Garnham||14 November 1972||2||46||46||Death|
|Sidney Charles CLARK||CLARK,Sidney Charles||14 November 1962||3||56||56||Death|
|Bessie Hilda MOORMAN||MOORMAN,Bessie Hilda||14 November 1961||4||57||57||Death|
|Alfred EVANS||EVANS,Alfred||14 November 1960||5||58||58||Death|
|Caroline BURNAND||BURNAND,Caroline||14 November 1958||6||60||60||Death|
|Winifred Daisy PARR||PARR,Winifred Daisy||14 November 1954||7||64||64||Death|
|Michael ORATIS||ORATIS,Michael||14 November 1947||8||71||71||Birth|
|Caroline Lydia BRIGHTON||BRIGHTON,Caroline Lydia||14 November 1944||9||74||74||Death|
|Victor Ferdinand BECKH||BECKH,Victor Ferdinand||14 November 1943||10||75||75||Death|
|Richard Claude ROSIER||ROSIER,Richard Claude||14 November 1943||11||75||75||Death|
|Elizabeth Barlow EVANS||EVANS,Elizabeth Barlow||14 November 1942||12||76||76||Death|
|Walter Frederick NUTT OBE||NUTT,Walter Frederick||14 November 1940||13||78||78||Death|
|Percival LANE||LANE,Percival||14 November 1935||14||83||83||Death|
|Dr Thomas Brown HUTCHESON||HUTCHESON,Thomas Brown||14 November 1933||15||85||85||Death|
|Margaret Julia DEFTER||DEFTER,Margaret Julia||14 November 1924||16||94||94||Birth|
|Leicester John GATES||GATES,Leicester John||14 November 1923||17||95||95||Birth|
|Frank GUY||GUY,Frank||14 November 1920||18||98||98||Death|
|Jessie BARLOW||BARLOW,Jessie||14 November 1919||19||99||99||Death|
|David Victor WINDSOR||WINDSOR,David Victor||14 November 1918||20||100||100||Birth|
|Arthur Bois PERKS-MORRIS||PERKS-MORRIS,Arthur Bois||14 November 1917||21||101||101||Death|
|Capt Vivian Edward FANNING||FANNING,Vivian Edward||14 November 1916||22||102||102||Death|
|Herbert Burford PRATT||PRATT,Herbert Burford||14 November 1913||23||105||105||Birth|
|Sydney Alfred W COLIN||COLIN,Sydney Alfred W||14 November 1913||24||105||105||Birth|
|Elizabeth Alice ‘Bessie’ ROSSITER||ROSSITER,Elizabeth Alice||14 November 1913||25||105||105||Death|
|Louisa Elizabeth Steigen BERGER||BERGER,Louisa Elizabeth Steigen||14 November 1912||26||106||106||Death|
|Thomas Henry PLANK||PLANK,Thomas Henry||14 November 1910||27||108||108||Birth|
|Dora Amy KEMP||KEMP,Dora Amy||14 November 1907||28||111||111||Birth|
|Alice ‘Freda’ GATES||GATES,Alice||14 November 1902||29||116||116||Birth|
|Lily Bridgeman GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Lily Bridgeman||14 November 1901||30||117||117||Birth|
|Edward Ayshford SANFORD||SANFORD,Edward Ayshford||14 November 1899||31||119||119||Death|
|John Edward TOLLISS||TOLLISS,John Edward||14 November 1898||32||120||120||Death|
|Rev William Gibbs BARKER||BARKER,William Gibbs||14 November 1897||33||121||121||Death|
|Edwin Archibald William GATES||GATES,Edwin Archibald William||14 November 1897||34||121||121||Birth|
|Doris Lilian BARRETT||BARRETT,Doris Lilian||14 November 1892||35||126||126||Birth|
|Anne LOCKE||LOCKE,Anne||14 November 1888||36||130||130||Death|
|Lilly Rose CRAFTS||CRAFTS,Lilly Rose||14 November 1887||37||131||131||Birth|
|Maria Clementine ABELL||ABELL,Maria Clementine||14 November 1887||38||131||131||Birth|
|Samuel Whitty HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Samuel Whitty||14 November 1876||39||142||142||Death|
|Mary FITZGERALD||FITZGERALD,Mary||14 November 1876||40||142||142||Birth|
|Commander Arthur BLOXSOME||BLOXSOME,Arthur||14 November 1875||41||143||143||Death|
|Henry Young CHAPMAN||CHAPMAN,Henry Young||14 November 1867||42||151||151||Death|
|Clement Adelmare COTTRELL-DORMER||COTTRELL-DORMER,Clement Adelmare||14 November 1862||43||156||156||Birth|
|Daniel MILLO||MILLO,Daniel||14 November 1843||44||175||175||Death|
|George Edward SAMPSON||SAMPSON,George Edward||14 November 1835||45||183||183||Birth|
|Lydia PETTITT||PETTITT,Lydia||14 November 1834||46||184||184||Birth|
|Elizabeth Sarah LOCKE||LOCKE,Elizabeth Sarah||14 November 1833||47||185||185||Death|
|Sir Hugh Henry GOUGH VC KCB||GOUGH,Hugh Henry||14 November 1833||48||185||185||Birth|
|Charles LUCAS||LUCAS,Charles||14 November 1831||49||187||187||Death|
|Charles BROMWICH||BROMWICH,Charles||14 November 1829||50||189||189||Birth|
|Emily BRIANT||BRIANT,Emily||14 November 1828||51||190||190||Birth|
|Rev Llewellyn Charles Robert IRBY||IRBY,Llewellyn Charles Robert||14 November 1822||52||196||196||Birth|
|Julia BERGER||BERGER,Julia||14 November 1807||53||211||211||Death|
|Emma Anne SIMPKINSON||SIMPKINSON,Emma Anne||14 November 1807||54||211||211||Birth|
|Mary Burlace FREAN||FREAN,Mary Burlace||14 November 1799||55||219||219||Birth|
|John MILLO||MILLO,John||14 November 1764||56||254||254||Birth|
|Frank KENNETT + Maggie ROBERTSON||KENNETT,Frank + ROBERTSON,Maggie||14 November 1915||57||103||103||Marriage|
|Edward Wright PAILTHORPE + Lily BLACK||PAILTHORPE,Edward Wright + BLACK,Lily||14 November 1907||58||111||111||Marriage|
|Arthur SPOONER + Frances Elizabeth TOMPSETT||SPOONER,Arthur + TOMPSETT,Frances Elizabeth||14 November 1903||59||115||115||Marriage|
|William Henry CURRIN + Ruth Eliza ADAMS||CURRIN,William Henry + ADAMS,Ruth Eliza||14 November 1891||60||127||127||Marriage|
|Sampson Samuel LLOYD JP + Emma REEVE||LLOYD,Sampson Samuel JP + REEVE,Emma||14 November 1844||61||174||174||Marriage|
|John BOWERS + Mary NIGHTENGALE||BOWERS,John + NIGHTENGALE,Mary||14 November 1831||62||187||187||Marriage|
|William CHARLWOOD + Catherine Josephe MOSES||CHARLWOOD,William + MOSES,Catherine Josephe||14 November 1810||63||208||208||Marriage|
|David GUY + Elizabeth VINE||GUY,David + VINE,Elizabeth||14 November 1753||64||265||265||Marriage|
|Frederick Charles PERCIVAL||13 November 2018 - 19:31:10||jackie||1542137470||PERCIVAL,Frederick Charles|
|Eileen Norah GREENWOOD||13 November 2018 - 19:21:30||jackie||1542136890||GREENWOOD,Eileen Norah|
|Arthur Ronald McDONALD||11 November 2018 - 13:40:02||jackie||1541943602||MacDONALD,Arthur Ronald|
|Esme Evangeline PRYOR||11 November 2018 - 13:37:19||jackie||1541943439||PRYOR,Esme Evangeline|
|Cyril Herbert PRYOR||11 November 2018 - 13:16:49||jackie||1541942209||PRYOR,Cyril Herbert|
|Evangeline Gertrude PRYOR||11 November 2018 - 13:08:46||jackie||1541941726||PRYOR,Evangeline Gertrude|
|Eugenie Annie Catherine WILDE||11 November 2018 - 13:08:18||jackie||1541941698||WILDE,Eugenie Annie Catherine|
|William Gilley WILDE + Elizabeth Miller PROSSER||11 November 2018 - 13:06:41||jackie||1541941601||WILDE,William Gilley + PROSSER,Elizabeth Miller|
|Hutchinson STEWART||11 November 2018 - 13:01:10||jackie||1541941270||STEWART,Hutchinson|
|Edward Thomas Rodney WILDE||11 November 2018 - 12:56:21||jackie||1541940981||WILDE,Edward Thomas Rodney|
|Jane JONES||11 November 2018 - 12:47:15||jackie||1541940435||JONES,Jane|
|Peregrine STOCKDALE + Jane JONES||11 November 2018 - 12:46:27||jackie||1541940387||STOCKDALE,Peregrine + JONES,Jane|
|Peregrine STOCKDALE||11 November 2018 - 12:42:59||jackie||1541940179||STOCKDALE,Peregrine|
|Charles MORGAN||11 November 2018 - 12:35:27||jackie||1541939727||MORGAN,Charles|
|Caroline Frances MORGAN||11 November 2018 - 12:24:48||jackie||1541939088||MORGAN,Caroline Frances|
|Sheila FANNING||11 November 2018 - 10:11:37||jackie||1541931097||FANNING,Sheila|
|David Vivian Charles FANNING||11 November 2018 - 10:08:30||jackie||1541930910||FANNING,David Vivian Charles|