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

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

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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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Emily Margaret SETTLESETTLE,Emily MargaretAugust 18, 197604343Death
Nora Kathleen NURSENURSE,Nora KathleenAugust 18, 197014949Death
Daniel STONNELLSTONNELL,DanielAugust 18, 196725252Death
Hugh Stanley PAILTHORPEPAILTHORPE,Hugh StanleyAugust 18, 196635353Death
William Clark LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,William ClarkAugust 18, 195346666Death
LT Col Cecil Henry “Roger” DE ROUGEMONT JP MVO DSOROUGEMONT,Cecil HenryAugust 18, 195156868Death
Samuel Alfred PELTERETPELTERET,Samuel AlfredAugust 18, 194867171Death
Cyril Charles LEACHLEACH,Cyril CharlesAugust 18, 194777272Death
Hon Francis William Arthur AGARAGAR,Francis William ArthurAugust 18, 193688383Death
Constance Irene LOVELLLOVELL,Constance IreneAugust 18, 19169103103Birth
Eileen Christina BURNAND-SMYTHEBURNAND-SMYTHE,Eileen ChristinaAugust 18, 190510114114Birth
Major Jefford Frederick WARDWARD,Jefford FrederickAugust 18, 190411115115Birth
Eva BAILEYBAILEY,EvaAugust 18, 190412115115Birth
Harriet Frances Wharton LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Harriet Frances WhartonAugust 18, 190013119119Death
Rev Henry Kirby FLAMANKFLAMANK,Henry KirbyAugust 18, 189814121121Birth
Edward Percy BRACKENBRACKEN,Edward PercyAugust 18, 189515124124Birth
Kenneth TIPPERTIPPER,KennethAugust 18, 189216127127Birth
Amy Beatrice GULLGULL,Amy BeatriceAugust 18, 188817131131Birth
Blanche Kate NEEDELLNEEDELL,Blanche KateAugust 18, 188418135135Birth
Gladys Ethel DUNWELLDUNWELL,Gladys EthelAugust 18, 188119138138Birth
Henry Archibald Lodowich FIVEASHFIVEASH,Henry Archibald LodowichAugust 18, 187920140140Birth
John Mints PAYNEPAYNE,John MintsAugust 18, 187621143143Death
Emelia BERGER (STEIGENBERGER)BERGER (STEIGENBERGER),EmeliaAugust 18, 187622143143Death
Sir William FAIRBAIRNFAIRBAIRN,WilliamAugust 18, 187423145145Death
Maj Stuart CUNYNGHAMECUNYNGHAME,StuartAugust 18, 187424145145Birth
Edmund Philip GATESGATES,Edmund PhilipAugust 18, 187225147147Birth
William CLARKCLARK,WilliamAugust 18, 186826151151Death
David Henry Hamilton COOPERCOOPER,David Henry HamiltonAugust 18, 185227167167Birth
Thomas Ramsay WHARTONWHARTON,Thomas RamsayAugust 18, 184928170170Death
Sir George Gough ARBUTHNOTARBUTHNOT,George GoughAugust 18, 184729172172Birth
Mary Fleure LE RAYLE RAY,Mary FleureAugust 18, 184430175175Birth
Sarah PURNELLPURNELL,SarahAugust 18, 184431175175Death
Rev Frederick Bransby TOULMINTOULMIN,Frederick BransbyAugust 18, 184032179179Birth
Wensley HUNTONHUNTON,WensleyAugust 18, 183533184184Birth
Culliford BARROWBARROW,CullifordAugust 18, 183434185185Birth
Mary Anne PIPERPIPER,Mary AnneAugust 18, 182035199199Birth
George LUCASLUCAS,GeorgeAugust 18, 180636213213Birth
John HARRISHARRIS,JohnAugust 18, 179637223223Birth
William TOLLISSTOLLISS,WilliamAugust 18, 177838241241Death
Peter AUBERTAUBERT,PeterAugust 18, 173639283283Death
William Marsh DIXON + Rebecca TOMLINSONDIXON,William Marsh + TOMLINSON,RebeccaAugust 18, 187040149149Marriage
Charles HOLTOM + Mary Jane DAYHOLTOM,Charles + DAY,Mary JaneAugust 18, 185841161161Marriage
Samuel FLAMANK + Maria BIRDFLAMANK,Samuel + BIRD,MariaAugust 18, 185342166166Marriage
Charles William GATES + Elizabeth AKEHURSTGATES,Charles William + AKEHURST,ElizabethAugust 18, 184543174174Marriage
John Hamilton FITZMAURICE + Anna Maria BLAQUIEREFITZMAURICE,John Hamilton + BLAQUIERE,Anna MariaAugust 18, 180244217217Marriage
Thomas LACON + Elizabeth ROSEWELLLACON,Thomas + ROSEWELL,ElizabethAugust 18, 177745242242Marriage
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Laura Ann HALLAugust 17, 2019 - 1:09:49 p.m.jackie1566047389HALL,Laura Ann
Charles Stewart CULLIFORDAugust 16, 2019 - 5:35:38 p.m.jackie1565976938CULLIFORD,Charles Stewart
Norman Leslie Sewell BURGISAugust 16, 2019 - 3:23:52 p.m.jackie1565969032BURGIS,Norman Leslie Sewell
Sewell BURGIS + Annie DOWNSAugust 16, 2019 - 3:21:54 p.m.jackie1565968914BURGIS,Sewell + DOWNS,Annie
Winifred Edythe CULLIFORDAugust 16, 2019 - 3:19:33 p.m.jackie1565968773CULLIFORD,Winifred Edythe
Frederick Mark William BURGISAugust 16, 2019 - 3:17:16 p.m.jackie1565968636BURGIS,Frederick Mark William
Reginald James CASTELLAugust 16, 2019 - 1:23:54 p.m.jackie1565961834CASTELL,Reginald James
Margaret Ethel TWEEDYAugust 16, 2019 - 1:19:33 p.m.jackie1565961573TWEEDY,Margaret Ethel
Reginald James CASTELL + Margaret Ethel TWEEDYAugust 16, 2019 - 1:17:56 p.m.jackie1565961476CASTELL,Reginald James + TWEEDY,Margaret Ethel
John TWEEDYAugust 16, 2019 - 1:10:09 p.m.jackie1565961009TWEEDY,John
Bertha MITSCHKEAugust 16, 2019 - 1:06:38 p.m.jackie1565960798MITSCHKE,Bertha
Ethel MITSCHKEAugust 16, 2019 - 1:04:23 p.m.jackie1565960663MITSCHKE,Ethel
Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth MITSCHKEAugust 16, 2019 - 12:58:49 p.m.jackie1565960329MITSCHKE,Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth
Charles Derek Frederick PEACHAugust 16, 2019 - 12:30:26 p.m.jackie1565958626PEACH,Charles Derek Frederick
Caroline Penkivil WEEKESAugust 15, 2019 - 5:49:15 p.m.jackie1565891355WEEKES,Caroline Penkivil
Arthur Gordon ORAM + Marjorie Mary BUCKAugust 15, 2019 - 5:45:55 p.m.jackie1565891155ORAM,Arthur Gordon + BUCK,Marjorie Mary
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Marjorie Mary BUCKAugust 15, 2019 - 5:45:24 p.m.jackie1565891124BUCK,Marjorie Mary
Eric Edward Millard ORAMAugust 15, 2019 - 5:42:17 p.m.jackie1565890937ORAM,Eric Edward Millard
Charlotte Louisa STEADMANAugust 15, 2019 - 5:32:49 p.m.jackie1565890369STEADMAN,Charlotte Louisa
William Joseph STEADMANAugust 15, 2019 - 5:30:16 p.m.jackie1565890216STEADMAN,William Joseph
Marian COLINAugust 15, 2019 - 5:20:32 p.m.jackie1565889632COLIN,Marian
William H WOODAugust 15, 2019 - 5:20:17 p.m.jackie1565889617WOOD,William H
William H WOOD + Marian COLINAugust 15, 2019 - 5:16:42 p.m.jackie1565889402WOOD,William H + COLIN,Marian