Conner Family
March 25, 2020 - 11:41:58 a.m.

Extra information on the Conner family helped by Winson in Malaysia, many thanks

Clarke/Dammers Family
March 22, 2020 - 4:39:50 p.m.

New information on the above family, many thanks to Alan

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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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Edward Selby PHIPSONPHIPSON,Edward SelbyMay 25, 197344747Death
Percy SALVAGESALVAGE,PercyMay 25, 197254848Death
Victor Herbert William BULMER-JONESBULMER-JONES,Victor Herbert WilliamMay 25, 196365757Death
Lily Winifred Postlethwaite PARKINPARKIN,Lily Winifred PostlethwaiteMay 25, 195576565Death
Mary MEDLINGMEDLING,Maryafter May 25, 195186969Death
Anne LANEYLANEY,Anneafter May 25, 195196969Death
Laura Arthur Elliott READREAD,Laura Arthur ElliottMay 25, 1951106969Death
Emma LOELOE,EmmaMay 25, 1951116969Death
Edward Arthur BIRDBIRD,Edward ArthurMay 25, 1940128080Death
Hartwell CONDERCONDER,HartwellMay 25, 1937138383Death
Justina Emily Ann FIVEASHFIVEASH,Justina Emily AnnMay 25, 1936148484Death
Ralph William SWAFFIELDSWAFFIELD,Ralph WilliamMay 25, 1935158585Birth
Hans KLOHKLOH,HansMay 25, 1922169898Birth
Ann LOUGHTONLOUGHTON,AnnMay 25, 1922179898Death
Arthur Hoare ROLLSROLLS,Arthur HoareMay 25, 1921189999Death
George William ANDREWANDREW,George WilliamMay 25, 192019100100Birth
Stella Iris ACTONACTON,Stella IrisMay 25, 191520105105Birth
John Reginald STAMMERSSTAMMERS,John ReginaldMay 25, 191321107107Birth
Arthur Kennedy TRAVERSTRAVERS,Arthur KennedyMay 25, 190922111111Death
Sylvia Marguerite CASTLEDENCASTLEDEN,Sylvia MargueriteMay 25, 190923111111Birth
Kathleen Monica TASKERTASKER,Kathleen MonicaMay 25, 190624114114Birth
Violet Elizabeth BEACHBEACH,Violet ElizabethMay 25, 190525115115Birth
Jane Elizabeth BEVERLYBEVERLY,Jane ElizabethMay 25, 190426116116Death
William Thomas GUYGUY,William ThomasMay 25, 190427116116Birth
Nellie Rosalyn WESTWEST,Nellie RosalynMay 25, 190328117117Birth
Frederic Ernest TOLLISSTOLLISS,Frederic ErnestMay 25, 190329117117Birth
Minnie Ann NOTLEYNOTLEY,Minnie AnnMay 25, 189830122122Death
Isabel BARBERBARBER,IsabelMay 25, 189731123123Birth
Henry GRIGGGRIGG,HenryMay 25, 189232128128Birth
Ernest Dudley Leslie TRAVERSTRAVERS,Ernest Dudley LeslieMay 25, 189033130130Death
Herbert Dilnot STEWARTSTEWART,Herbert DilnotMay 25, 189034130130Birth
Duncan STEWARTSTEWART,DuncanMay 25, 189035130130Birth
Isobel Ruby Jean FIVEASHFIVEASH,Isobel Ruby JeanMay 25, 189036130130Birth
Henry French VARTYVARTY,Henry FrenchMay 25, 189037130130Death
Dame Agnes Esme “Esme” RIVAZRIVAZ,Agnes EsmeMay 25, 188438136136Birth
Ann FINCHFINCH,AnnMay 25, 187939141141Death
Frederick George CASTLEDENCASTLEDEN,Frederick GeorgeMay 25, 187940141141Death
Amy Blanche NOTTIDGENOTTIDGE,Amy BlancheMay 25, 187841142142Birth
Mary POSTONPOSTON,MaryMay 25, 187542145145Birth
Eliza Ann EVANSEVANS,Eliza AnnMay 25, 187443146146Birth
Ethel Marion McDONALDMacDONALD,Ethel MarionMay 25, 186344157157Birth
William Henry ADDICOTTADDICOTT,William HenryMay 25, 186345157157Birth
Edith Mary McGAREL-HOGGMacGAREL-HOGG,Edith MaryMay 25, 185946161161Birth
Howson Rutherfoord FOULGERFOULGER,Howson RutherfoordMay 25, 185847162162Birth
George Benjamin THORNEYCROFTTHORNEYCROFT,George BenjaminMay 25, 184948171171Birth
Edward VAUXVAUX,EdwardMay 25, 184549175175Death
Emma Sophia WOOLFREYWOOLFREY,Emma SophiaMay 25, 184450176176Birth
Harriette Wilkinson FINDENFINDEN,Harriette WilkinsonMay 25, 184251178178Birth
James PEEKPEEK,JamesMay 25, 182552195195Birth
Elizabeth WROTTESLEYWROTTESLEY,ElizabethMay 25, 182253198198Death
Michael LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,MichaelMay 25, 181854202202Death
Frances DENNEDENNE,FrancesMay 25, 179955221221Birth
John George MARZETTIMARZETTI,John GeorgeMay 25, 179056230230Birth
Bertram Frank BARDEN + Joan Marjorie GUYBARDEN,Bertram Frank + GUY,Joan MarjorieMay 25, 1968575252Marriage
Edward William BALDOCK + Emma Louisa BURFIELDBALDOCK,Edward William + BURFIELD,Emma LouisaMay 25, 189658124124Marriage
William Thomas TIPPER + Lizzie HAYNESTIPPER,William Thomas + HAYNES,LizzieMay 25, 189059130130Marriage
William STAGG + Jane GUYSTAGG,William + GUY,JaneMay 25, 188560135135Marriage
Jennings Grinsell FOORD + Alice Catherine CLOSSFOORD,Jennings Grinsell + CLOSS,Alice CatherineMay 25, 187861142142Marriage
Hayward George Edward PERRY + Marian GAMEPERRY,Hayward George Edward + GAME,MarianMay 25, 187462146146Marriage
Herbert de ROUGEMONT + Isabella Louisa DANIELLROUGEMONT,Herbert de + DANIELL,Isabella LouisaMay 25, 186963151151Marriage
Abraham Chapman ROAKE + Maria Wilhelmina HUMMELLROAKE,Abraham Chapman + HUMMELL,Maria WilhelminaMay 25, 184564175175Marriage
Henry BOIS + Frances Elizabeth WHIFFINBOIS,Henry + WHIFFIN,Frances ElizabethMay 25, 183765183183Marriage
John Myrie HOLL + Ann SMARTHOLL,John Myrie + SMART,AnnMay 25, 182566195195Marriage
Edward Henry JONES + Mary Emma COLLIERJONES,Edward Henry + COLLIER,Mary EmmaMay 25, 181867202202Marriage
Peter RENVOIZE + Mary COUVENTRENVOIZE,Peter + COUVENT,MaryMay 25, 175568265265Marriage
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William MAUNDERMay 24, 2020 - 12:43:11 p.m.jackie1590324191MAUNDER,William
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