Looking for living relatives of this family that lived at Bluff, Durban for a lady researching this area for a book.
Thanks to Bridgette for sending me details on some of the South African Willmot Family
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
|Denys Alexander FINDLAY||FINDLAY,Denys Alexander||January 26, 2007||0||14||14||Death|
|Harold William DAUNCEY||DAUNCEY,Harold William||January 26, 1982||1||39||39||Death|
|Philip Griffith JONAS||JONAS,Philip Griffith||January 26, 1982||2||39||39||Death|
|Bernard Cecil Hamilton NICHOLLS||NICHOLLS,Bernard Cecil Hamilton||January 26, 1969||3||52||52||Death|
|William Edmund WORDINGHAM||WORDINGHAM,William Edmund||January 26, 1960||4||61||61||Death|
|Gilbert Augustus ELLIOT||ELLIOT,Gilbert Augustus||January 26, 1959||5||62||62||Death|
|Eva Maude PADDON||PADDON,Eva Maude||January 26, 1958||6||63||63||Death|
|Enid Katherine Tindal ATKINSON||ATKINSON,Enid Katherine Tindal||January 26, 1958||7||63||63||Death|
|Emily Elizabeth LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Emily Elizabeth||January 26, 1950||8||71||71||Death|
|Gertrude Emily HART||HART,Gertrude Emily||January 26, 1946||9||75||75||Death|
|Grace Ellen ANDREW||ANDREW,Grace Ellen||January 26, 1945||10||76||76||Death|
|Laura Constance DIMOND||DIMOND,Laura Constance||January 26, 1935||11||86||86||Death|
|Frances Jane “Fanny” BLAINE||BLAINE,Frances Jane||January 26, 1931||12||90||90||Death|
|Major General David George Levinge SHAW||SHAW,David George Levinge||January 26, 1930||13||91||91||Death|
|Marion BATTERSBY||BATTERSBY,Marion||January 26, 1926||14||95||95||Birth|
|Caroline Freda COWLEY||COWLEY,Caroline Freda||January 26, 1923||15||98||98||Birth|
|James Adrian Coleridge KENNARD||KENNARD,James Adrian Coleridge||January 26, 1922||16||99||99||Birth|
|Frank POWNALL||POWNALL,Frank||January 26, 1916||17||105||105||Death|
|Norman Tom BELLAMY||BELLAMY,Norman Tom||January 26, 1916||18||105||105||Birth|
|Herbert Colin GATES||GATES,Herbert Colin||January 26, 1910||19||111||111||Birth|
|Robert Ernest WACHER||WACHER,Robert Ernest||January 26, 1906||20||115||115||Birth|
|Marjorie Ethel VAILE||VAILE,Marjorie Ethel||January 26, 1906||21||115||115||Birth|
|Clotilde Marie PARSONS||PARSONS,Clotilde Marie||January 26, 1904||22||117||117||Birth|
|Captain Desmond Harry ADAIR OBE||ADAIR,Desmond Harry OBE||January 26, 1897||23||124||124||Birth|
|Doris Evelyn CAUDWELL||CAUDWELL,Doris Evelyn||January 26, 1895||24||126||126||Birth|
|Mary Blanche FREND||FREND,Mary Blanche||January 26, 1895||25||126||126||Birth|
|Florence Hamilton LIGHTON||LIGHTON,Florence Hamilton||January 26, 1894||26||127||127||Birth|
|Henriette Elizabeth SOUCHAY||SOUCHAY,Henriette Elizabeth||January 26, 1893||27||128||128||Death|
|Jessie HOLTOM||HOLTOM,Jessie||January 26, 1893||28||128||128||Birth|
|Mary Doris DRYSDALE||DRYSDALE,Mary Doris||January 26, 1893||29||128||128||Birth|
|Emily Ellen TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Emily Ellen||January 26, 1886||30||135||135||Birth|
|Stephen LIVING||LIVING,Stephen||January 26, 1886||31||135||135||Death|
|Mary Rivett BATEMAN||BATEMAN,Mary Rivett||January 26, 1885||32||136||136||Death|
|Robert McNAMARA||MacNAMARA,Robert||January 26, 1884||33||137||137||Birth|
|Ethel Ruby HILL||HILL,Ethel Ruby||January 26, 1883||34||138||138||Birth|
|Henrietta Louise CRAWSHAY||CRAWSHAY,Henrietta Louise||January 26, 1883||35||138||138||Death|
|Joseph Cleaver RIXON||RIXON,Joseph Cleaver||January 26, 1878||36||143||143||Birth|
|Walter Henry WINSLADE||WINSLADE,Walter Henry||January 26, 1877||37||144||144||Birth|
|Peter GUY||GUY,Peter||January 26, 1876||38||145||145||Death|
|Kathleen Eliza DIXON||DIXON,Kathleen Eliza||January 26, 1876||39||145||145||Birth|
|James ASKER||ASKER,James||January 26, 1875||40||146||146||Death|
|Ella Elizabeth RANDLE||RANDLE,Ella Elizabeth||January 26, 1873||41||148||148||Birth|
|Alice Mary LOTON||LOTON,Alice Mary||January 26, 1870||42||151||151||Birth|
|Ellen APPLEYARD||APPLEYARD,Ellen||January 26, 1868||43||153||153||Birth|
|Harvey Berrow TYMBS||TYMBS,Harvey Berrow||January 26, 1867||44||154||154||Death|
|Anna Maud GAVILLER||GAVILLER,Anna Maud||January 26, 1865||45||156||156||Birth|
|Frederick Walter BURNAND||BURNAND,Frederick Walter||January 26, 1860||46||161||161||Birth|
|John Charles BOIS||BOIS,John Charles||January 26, 1848||47||173||173||Birth|
|Jane SETTLE||SETTLE,Jane||January 26, 1840||48||181||181||Birth|
|Vincent Havilland RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Vincent Havilland||January 26, 1831||49||190||190||Death|
|Richard Pritchett BACON||BACON,Richard Pritchett||January 26, 1826||50||195||195||Birth|
|Charles Nicholas COLE||COLE,Charles Nicholas||January 26, 1811||51||210||210||Birth|
|Henry MIDLANE||MIDLANE,Henry||January 26, 1811||52||210||210||Birth|
|Sir Timothy Vansittart STONHOUSE||STONHOUSE,Timothy Vansittart||January 26, 1799||53||222||222||Birth|
|Maria THOMAS||THOMAS,Maria||January 26, 1782||54||239||239||Birth|
|Charles POWLETT||POWLETT,Charles||January 26, 1776||55||245||245||Death|
|John Carr ANDERSON + Mary Ann Beatrice IVES||ANDERSON,John Carr + IVES,Mary Ann Beatrice||January 26, 1916||56||105||105||Marriage|
|Rev William Richardson LINTON + Alice SHIRLEY||LINTON,William Richardson + SHIRLEY,Alice||January 26, 1887||57||134||134||Marriage|
|Lt Col Sir James COLQUHOUN + Anna Maria ELLIOT||COLQUHOUN,James + ELLIOT,Anna Maria||January 26, 1876||58||145||145||Marriage|
|Jonas Hamilton TRAVERS + Rosamund St Leger Shirley HILL||TRAVERS,Jonas Hamilton + HILL,Rosamund St Leger Shirley||January 26, 1850||59||171||171||Marriage|
|Richard DUDNEY + Martha BEST||DUDNEY,Richard + BEST,Martha||January 26, 1848||60||173||173||Marriage|
|William JONES + Abigail HEUDEBOURCK||JONES,William + HEUDEBOURCK,Abigail||January 26, 1840||61||181||181||Marriage|
|George POLLARD + Mary KNIGHT||POLLARD,George + KNIGHT,Mary||January 26, 1804||62||217||217||Marriage|
|Charles CARPENTER + Jane PARRIS||CARPENTER,Charles + PARRIS,Jane||January 26, 1785||63||236||236||Marriage|
|Paul TURQUAND + Marie Catherine TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Paul + TURQUAND,Marie Catherine||January 26, 1739||64||282||282||Marriage|
|William ELVY + Margaret SOUTHERS||ELVY,William + SOUTHERS,Margaret||January 26, 1734||65||287||287||Marriage|
|Thomas TOLLISS + Rebecca VAUGHAN||TOLLISS,Thomas + VAUGHAN,Rebecca||January 26, 1718||66||303||303||Marriage|
|Ellen Bertha THOMPSON||January 26, 2021 - 4:17:57 p.m.||jackie||1611677877||THOMPSON,Ellen Bertha|
|Harry Percy HARRISON||January 26, 2021 - 4:16:39 p.m.||jackie||1611677799||HARRISON,Harry Percy|
|Frances Mary Christine THOMPSON||January 26, 2021 - 4:15:25 p.m.||jackie||1611677725||THOMPSON,Frances Mary Christine|
|Harry Percy HARRISON + Frances Mary Christine THOMPSON||January 26, 2021 - 4:11:05 p.m.||jackie||1611677465||HARRISON,Harry Percy + THOMPSON,Frances Mary Christine|
|Alfred Llewelyn Vining BAKER + Frances Mary Christine THOMPSON||January 26, 2021 - 4:03:39 p.m.||jackie||1611677019||BAKER,Alfred Llewelyn Vining + THOMPSON,Frances Mary Christine|
|Alfred Llewelyn Vining BAKER||January 26, 2021 - 4:02:25 p.m.||jackie||1611676945||BAKER,Alfred Llewelyn Vining|
|Mary Vining BAKER||January 26, 2021 - 3:44:40 p.m.||jackie||1611675880||BAKER,Mary Vining|
|Archibald Henry James THOMPSON||January 26, 2021 - 1:51:46 p.m.||jackie||1611669106||THOMPSON,Archibald Henry James|
|Archibald Henry James THOMPSON + Mary Vining BAKER||January 26, 2021 - 1:50:24 p.m.||jackie||1611669024||THOMPSON,Archibald Henry James + BAKER,Mary Vining|
|John Cecil BERGER||January 26, 2021 - 1:41:05 p.m.||jackie||1611668465||BERGER,John Cecil|
|Rev Arthur Hastings BERGER||January 26, 2021 - 1:40:10 p.m.||jackie||1611668410||BERGER,Arthur Hastings|
|Capel Henry BERGER||January 26, 2021 - 1:39:20 p.m.||jackie||1611668360||BERGER,Capel Henry|
|Louisa Jane BERGER||January 26, 2021 - 1:37:58 p.m.||jackie||1611668278||BERGER,Louisa Jane|
|Marie Antoinette ZANNETTINI||January 26, 2021 - 1:29:47 p.m.||jackie||1611667787||ZANNETTINI,Marie Antoinette|
|John Dobbs BERGER||January 26, 2021 - 1:26:34 p.m.||jackie||1611667594||BERGER,John Dobbs|