A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family.
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.
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
|Emily Margaret SETTLE||SETTLE,Emily Margaret||August 18, 1976||0||43||43||Death|
|Nora Kathleen NURSE||NURSE,Nora Kathleen||August 18, 1970||1||49||49||Death|
|Daniel STONNELL||STONNELL,Daniel||August 18, 1967||2||52||52||Death|
|Hugh Stanley PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Hugh Stanley||August 18, 1966||3||53||53||Death|
|William Clark LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,William Clark||August 18, 1953||4||66||66||Death|
|LT Col Cecil Henry “Roger” DE ROUGEMONT JP MVO DSO||ROUGEMONT,Cecil Henry||August 18, 1951||5||68||68||Death|
|Samuel Alfred PELTERET||PELTERET,Samuel Alfred||August 18, 1948||6||71||71||Death|
|Cyril Charles LEACH||LEACH,Cyril Charles||August 18, 1947||7||72||72||Death|
|Hon Francis William Arthur AGAR||AGAR,Francis William Arthur||August 18, 1936||8||83||83||Death|
|Constance Irene LOVELL||LOVELL,Constance Irene||August 18, 1916||9||103||103||Birth|
|Eileen Christina BURNAND-SMYTHE||BURNAND-SMYTHE,Eileen Christina||August 18, 1905||10||114||114||Birth|
|Major Jefford Frederick WARD||WARD,Jefford Frederick||August 18, 1904||11||115||115||Birth|
|Eva BAILEY||BAILEY,Eva||August 18, 1904||12||115||115||Birth|
|Harriet Frances Wharton LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Harriet Frances Wharton||August 18, 1900||13||119||119||Death|
|Rev Henry Kirby FLAMANK||FLAMANK,Henry Kirby||August 18, 1898||14||121||121||Birth|
|Edward Percy BRACKEN||BRACKEN,Edward Percy||August 18, 1895||15||124||124||Birth|
|Kenneth TIPPER||TIPPER,Kenneth||August 18, 1892||16||127||127||Birth|
|Amy Beatrice GULL||GULL,Amy Beatrice||August 18, 1888||17||131||131||Birth|
|Blanche Kate NEEDELL||NEEDELL,Blanche Kate||August 18, 1884||18||135||135||Birth|
|Gladys Ethel DUNWELL||DUNWELL,Gladys Ethel||August 18, 1881||19||138||138||Birth|
|Henry Archibald Lodowich FIVEASH||FIVEASH,Henry Archibald Lodowich||August 18, 1879||20||140||140||Birth|
|John Mints PAYNE||PAYNE,John Mints||August 18, 1876||21||143||143||Death|
|Emelia BERGER (STEIGENBERGER)||BERGER (STEIGENBERGER),Emelia||August 18, 1876||22||143||143||Death|
|Sir William FAIRBAIRN||FAIRBAIRN,William||August 18, 1874||23||145||145||Death|
|Maj Stuart CUNYNGHAME||CUNYNGHAME,Stuart||August 18, 1874||24||145||145||Birth|
|Edmund Philip GATES||GATES,Edmund Philip||August 18, 1872||25||147||147||Birth|
|William CLARK||CLARK,William||August 18, 1868||26||151||151||Death|
|David Henry Hamilton COOPER||COOPER,David Henry Hamilton||August 18, 1852||27||167||167||Birth|
|Thomas Ramsay WHARTON||WHARTON,Thomas Ramsay||August 18, 1849||28||170||170||Death|
|Sir George Gough ARBUTHNOT||ARBUTHNOT,George Gough||August 18, 1847||29||172||172||Birth|
|Mary Fleure LE RAY||LE RAY,Mary Fleure||August 18, 1844||30||175||175||Birth|
|Sarah PURNELL||PURNELL,Sarah||August 18, 1844||31||175||175||Death|
|Rev Frederick Bransby TOULMIN||TOULMIN,Frederick Bransby||August 18, 1840||32||179||179||Birth|
|Wensley HUNTON||HUNTON,Wensley||August 18, 1835||33||184||184||Birth|
|Culliford BARROW||BARROW,Culliford||August 18, 1834||34||185||185||Birth|
|Mary Anne PIPER||PIPER,Mary Anne||August 18, 1820||35||199||199||Birth|
|George LUCAS||LUCAS,George||August 18, 1806||36||213||213||Birth|
|John HARRIS||HARRIS,John||August 18, 1796||37||223||223||Birth|
|William TOLLISS||TOLLISS,William||August 18, 1778||38||241||241||Death|
|Peter AUBERT||AUBERT,Peter||August 18, 1736||39||283||283||Death|
|William Marsh DIXON + Rebecca TOMLINSON||DIXON,William Marsh + TOMLINSON,Rebecca||August 18, 1870||40||149||149||Marriage|
|Charles HOLTOM + Mary Jane DAY||HOLTOM,Charles + DAY,Mary Jane||August 18, 1858||41||161||161||Marriage|
|Samuel FLAMANK + Maria BIRD||FLAMANK,Samuel + BIRD,Maria||August 18, 1853||42||166||166||Marriage|
|Charles William GATES + Elizabeth AKEHURST||GATES,Charles William + AKEHURST,Elizabeth||August 18, 1845||43||174||174||Marriage|
|John Hamilton FITZMAURICE + Anna Maria BLAQUIERE||FITZMAURICE,John Hamilton + BLAQUIERE,Anna Maria||August 18, 1802||44||217||217||Marriage|
|Thomas LACON + Elizabeth ROSEWELL||LACON,Thomas + ROSEWELL,Elizabeth||August 18, 1777||45||242||242||Marriage|
|Laura Ann HALL||August 17, 2019 - 1:09:49 p.m.||jackie||1566047389||HALL,Laura Ann|
|Charles Stewart CULLIFORD||August 16, 2019 - 5:35:38 p.m.||jackie||1565976938||CULLIFORD,Charles Stewart|
|Norman Leslie Sewell BURGIS||August 16, 2019 - 3:23:52 p.m.||jackie||1565969032||BURGIS,Norman Leslie Sewell|
|Sewell BURGIS + Annie DOWNS||August 16, 2019 - 3:21:54 p.m.||jackie||1565968914||BURGIS,Sewell + DOWNS,Annie|
|Winifred Edythe CULLIFORD||August 16, 2019 - 3:19:33 p.m.||jackie||1565968773||CULLIFORD,Winifred Edythe|
|Frederick Mark William BURGIS||August 16, 2019 - 3:17:16 p.m.||jackie||1565968636||BURGIS,Frederick Mark William|
|Reginald James CASTELL||August 16, 2019 - 1:23:54 p.m.||jackie||1565961834||CASTELL,Reginald James|
|Margaret Ethel TWEEDY||August 16, 2019 - 1:19:33 p.m.||jackie||1565961573||TWEEDY,Margaret Ethel|
|Reginald James CASTELL + Margaret Ethel TWEEDY||August 16, 2019 - 1:17:56 p.m.||jackie||1565961476||CASTELL,Reginald James + TWEEDY,Margaret Ethel|
|John TWEEDY||August 16, 2019 - 1:10:09 p.m.||jackie||1565961009||TWEEDY,John|
|Bertha MITSCHKE||August 16, 2019 - 1:06:38 p.m.||jackie||1565960798||MITSCHKE,Bertha|
|Ethel MITSCHKE||August 16, 2019 - 1:04:23 p.m.||jackie||1565960663||MITSCHKE,Ethel|
|Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth MITSCHKE||August 16, 2019 - 12:58:49 p.m.||jackie||1565960329||MITSCHKE,Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth|
|Charles Derek Frederick PEACH||August 16, 2019 - 12:30:26 p.m.||jackie||1565958626||PEACH,Charles Derek Frederick|
|Caroline Penkivil WEEKES||August 15, 2019 - 5:49:15 p.m.||jackie||1565891355||WEEKES,Caroline Penkivil|
|Arthur Gordon ORAM + Marjorie Mary BUCK||August 15, 2019 - 5:45:55 p.m.||jackie||1565891155||ORAM,Arthur Gordon + BUCK,Marjorie Mary|
|Arthur Gordon ORAM||August 15, 2019 - 5:45:24 p.m.||jackie||1565891124||ORAM,Arthur Gordon|
|Marjorie Mary BUCK||August 15, 2019 - 5:45:24 p.m.||jackie||1565891124||BUCK,Marjorie Mary|
|Eric Edward Millard ORAM||August 15, 2019 - 5:42:17 p.m.||jackie||1565890937||ORAM,Eric Edward Millard|
|Charlotte Louisa STEADMAN||August 15, 2019 - 5:32:49 p.m.||jackie||1565890369||STEADMAN,Charlotte Louisa|
|William Joseph STEADMAN||August 15, 2019 - 5:30:16 p.m.||jackie||1565890216||STEADMAN,William Joseph|
|Marian COLIN||August 15, 2019 - 5:20:32 p.m.||jackie||1565889632||COLIN,Marian|
|William H WOOD||August 15, 2019 - 5:20:17 p.m.||jackie||1565889617||WOOD,William H|
|William H WOOD + Marian COLIN||August 15, 2019 - 5:16:42 p.m.||jackie||1565889402||WOOD,William H + COLIN,Marian|