Miles Family
January 26, 2020 - 9:44:24 a.m.

I have leant that my distant cousin Perry Miles died in December 2017 in California, his contribution to the Steigenberger name on my tree was invaluable. He will be greatly missed.

Austin / Boyd Family
January 12, 2020 - 10:01:03 a.m.

Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.

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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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Dorothy May TOLLISSTOLLISS,Dorothy MayJanuary 27, 199902121Death
Nathaniel Thomas WINKWORTHWINKWORTH,Nathaniel ThomasJanuary 27, 199912121Death
Phyllis Geraldine MATHESONMATHESON,Phyllis GeraldineJanuary 27, 199422626Death
Violet Esme HOLLHOLL,Violet EsmeJanuary 27, 199432626Death
Henry Edward JUDGESJUDGES,Henry EdwardJanuary 27, 198243838Death
Leonard Wilfred Ernest TURQUANDTURQUAND,Leonard Wilfred ErnestJanuary 27, 198153939Death
Muriel FENWICKFENWICK,MurielJanuary 27, 198064040Death
George Anthony STEWARTSTEWART,George AnthonyJanuary 27, 197974141Death
Annie “Doss” SHEAFSHEAF,AnnieJanuary 27, 196685454Death
Cecil Florian CARTWRIGHTCARTWRIGHT,Cecil FlorianJanuary 27, 196295858Death
Blanche Eva WEBLINWEBLIN,Blanche EvaJanuary 27, 1961105959Death
Mary Gertrude SPENCERSPENCER,Mary GertrudeJanuary 27, 1956116464Death
Laura Augusta CROWHURSTCROWHURST,Laura AugustaJanuary 27, 1952126868Death
Joseph Algernon Dawson ROLLS JPROLLS,Joseph Algernon Dawson JPJanuary 27, 1947137373Death
Alexander Vaughan Leipsic WOODWOOD,Alexander Vaughan LeipsicJanuary 27, 1933148787Death
Ada May ARMSTRONGARMSTRONG,Ada MayJanuary 27, 1932158888Death
John Francis COLLINSCOLLINS,John FrancisJanuary 27, 1930169090Birth
Sarah MORGANMORGAN,SarahJanuary 27, 1930179090Death
Ronald Fleming BURNANDBURNAND,Ronald FlemingJanuary 27, 1930189090Death
Francis de Havilland HALLHALL,Francis de HavillandJanuary 27, 1929199191Death
George Thomas GOODWINSGOODWINS,George ThomasJanuary 27, 1929209191Death
Colin Taylor WILKINSONWILKINSON,Colin TaylorJanuary 27, 1922219898Death
Emilia Louisa PETTPETT,Emilia LouisaJanuary 27, 192022100100Death
Caroline Maria Elizabeth HAINSHAINS,Caroline Maria ElizabethJanuary 27, 192023100100Death
Alicia Fielding LEWISLEWIS,Alicia FieldingJanuary 27, 191924101101Death
William Pleasants EAGLEEAGLE,William PleasantsJanuary 27, 191225108108Death
Edwin BATEMANBATEMAN,EdwinJanuary 27, 191226108108Birth
Frederick George SIMPSONSIMPSON,Frederick GeorgeJanuary 27, 191127109109Birth
Frederick Joseph CREWECREWE,Frederick JosephJanuary 27, 190828112112Birth
Kathleen Mary Rivaz HUNTHUNT,Kathleen Mary RivazJanuary 27, 190829112112Birth
Ellinor PHILLIPSPHILLIPS,EllinorJanuary 27, 190830112112Death
Rev Francis James HOLLANDHOLLAND,Francis JamesJanuary 27, 190731113113Death
Charlotte BONNERBONNER,CharlotteJanuary 27, 190232118118Death
James Coleman VIDLERVIDLER,James ColemanJanuary 27, 189833122122Death
Amelia Eleanor “Minnie” HILDERSLEYHILDERSLEY,Amelia EleanorJanuary 27, 189834122122Birth
Dorothy POUCHERPOUCHER,DorothyJanuary 27, 189635124124Birth
Harriet CURTISCURTIS,HarrietJanuary 27, 189436126126Death
Sophia AUBERTAUBERT,SophiaJanuary 27, 189337127127Death
Sophia Ann LEELEE,Sophia AnnJanuary 27, 189238128128Death
Gladys Elizabeth JONESJONES,Gladys ElizabethJanuary 27, 189139129129Birth
Ella Longford CAUDWELLCAUDWELL,Ella LongfordJanuary 27, 188340137137Birth
Francis John L ATTERBURYATTERBURY,Francis John LJanuary 27, 188241138138Birth
John James MYRES JPMYRES,John JamesJanuary 27, 188142139139Death
Harry Marsden Jones LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Harry Marsden JonesJanuary 27, 187843142142Birth
Jessica YORKEYORKE,JessicaJanuary 27, 187844142142Birth
Arthur John NEVILLNEVILL,Arthur JohnJanuary 27, 187245148148Birth
Mary APPLEYARDAPPLEYARD,MaryJanuary 27, 187046150150Birth
Alice Mary SEAMANSEAMAN,Alice MaryJanuary 27, 187047150150Birth
Alfred Edward LONGFORDLONGFORD,Alfred EdwardJanuary 27, 186248158158Birth
Percy George Calvert BURNANDBURNAND,Percy George CalvertJanuary 27, 185849162162Birth
Alfred BENNETTBENNETT,AlfredJanuary 27, 185050170170Birth
Jessie BLANSHARDBLANSHARD,JessieJanuary 27, 184151179179Birth
William HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,WilliamJanuary 27, 183752183183Death
Sophia Mary STEINMETZSTEINMETZ,Sophia MaryJanuary 27, 183453186186Birth
Ann Maria PARTRIDGEPARTRIDGE,Ann MariaJanuary 27, 183354187187Birth
Frances PETTITTPETTITT,FrancesJanuary 27, 182655194194Birth
Henry MATTHEYMATTHEY,HenryJanuary 27, 182556195195Birth
Sophia BACONBACON,SophiaJanuary 27, 181457206206Birth
Thomas BUSHERBUSHER,ThomasJanuary 27, 181158209209Birth
Sarah EDMESTONEDMESTON,SarahJanuary 27, 180059220220Birth
John PRYORPRYOR,JohnJanuary 27, 180060220220Birth
Charlotte Elizabeth GUENIGAULTGUENIGAULT,Charlotte ElizabethJanuary 27, 178761233233Birth
Mary Needham BURDERBURDER,Mary NeedhamJanuary 27, 178562235235Birth
David POWELLPOWELL,DavidJanuary 27, 169563325325Birth
Hugh Ernest TOLLEMACHE + Caroline Mary PAYNETOLLEMACHE,Hugh Ernest + PAYNE,Caroline MaryJanuary 27, 189864122122Marriage
Arthur Kennedy TRAVERS + Helen Josephine STEPHENSONTRAVERS,Arthur Kennedy + STEPHENSON,Helen JosephineJanuary 27, 188565135135Marriage
Joshua ROWLEY + Jessie Alice WHOWALLROWLEY,Joshua + WHOWALL,Jessie AliceJanuary 27, 188466136136Marriage
Lt John Farnell WALTON + Dame Elizabeth Anne YEOWALTON,John Farnell + YEO,Elizabeth AnneJanuary 27, 188067140140Marriage
Francis WHEEN + Jeanie THORNEYCROFTWHEEN,Francis + THORNEYCROFT,JeanieJanuary 27, 187668144144Marriage
John Fisher BEXFIELD + Rosetta Louisa WOMACKBEXFIELD,John Fisher + WOMACK,Rosetta LouisaJanuary 27, 187069150150Marriage
Francis Frederick ROUGEMONT + Marianne GLENNIEROUGEMONT,Francis Frederick + GLENNIE,MarianneJanuary 27, 182570195195Marriage
Richard WEYMOUTH + Ann SPRAGUEWEYMOUTH,Richard + SPRAGUE,AnnJanuary 27, 181871202202Marriage
Nathaniel GUY + Mary WOODHAMSGUY,Nathaniel + WOODHAMS,MaryJanuary 27, 181372207207Marriage
Charles BARROW + Mary CULLIFORDBARROW,Charles + CULLIFORD,MaryJanuary 27, 178873232232Marriage
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Samuel Hawtayn LEWINJanuary 27, 2020 - 7:45:28 a.m.jackie1580111128LEWIN,Samuel Hawtayn
Sarah UDALLJanuary 26, 2020 - 4:25:59 p.m.jackie1580055959UDALL,Sarah
William PEENE + Sarah UDALLJanuary 26, 2020 - 4:18:55 p.m.jackie1580055535PEENE,William + UDALL,Sarah
William PEENEJanuary 26, 2020 - 4:11:28 p.m.jackie1580055088PEENE,William
Mary PEENEJanuary 26, 2020 - 4:11:18 p.m.jackie1580055078PEENE,Mary
Leslie Albert CHRISTMASJanuary 26, 2020 - 4:02:43 p.m.jackie1580054563CHRISTMAS,Leslie Albert
Rose Winifred CORNFORDJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:56:35 p.m.jackie1580054195CORNFORD,Rose Winifred
Elsie Winifred CHRISTMASJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:56:14 p.m.jackie1580054174CHRISTMAS,Elsie Winifred
Frederick Albert CHRISTMASJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:53:08 p.m.jackie1580053988CHRISTMAS,Frederick Albert
Frederick Albert CHRISTMAS + Rose Winifred CORNFORDJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:50:09 p.m.jackie1580053809CHRISTMAS,Frederick Albert + CORNFORD,Rose Winifred
Ellen Sophia PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:41:09 p.m.jackie1580053269PEDDAR,Ellen Sophia
Ernestine Annie PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:38:29 p.m.jackie1580053109PEDDAR,Ernestine Annie
Lilian Rosalie PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:36:39 p.m.jackie1580052999PEDDAR,Lilian Rosalie
Percy Montague PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:34:55 p.m.jackie1580052895PEDDAR,Percy Montague
William Nottidge PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:34:12 p.m.jackie1580052852PEDDAR,William Nottidge
Horace Granville PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:30:36 p.m.jackie1580052636PEDDAR,Horace Granville
Kenneth Sydney PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:27:19 p.m.jackie1580052439PEDDAR,Kenneth Sydney
Dorothy BARKWAYJanuary 26, 2020 - 3:26:06 p.m.jackie1580052366BARKWAY,Dorothy
Geoffrey VINER + Edith Monica DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 2:10:49 p.m.jackie1580047849VINER,Geoffrey + DE LA MARE,Edith Monica
Edith Monica DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 2:09:48 p.m.jackie1580047788DE LA MARE,Edith Monica
Geoffrey VINERJanuary 26, 2020 - 2:08:10 p.m.jackie1580047690VINER,Geoffrey
Margaret Irene PEDDARJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:55:19 p.m.jackie1580046919PEDDAR,Margaret Irene
John Peter DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:48:56 p.m.jackie1580046536DE LA MARE,John Peter
Andrew Guy DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:47:00 p.m.jackie1580046420DE LA MARE,Andrew Guy
Andrew James DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:39:18 p.m.jackie1580045958MARE,Andrew James
Andrew James DE LA MARE + Edith GUYJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:36:28 p.m.jackie1580045788MARE,Andrew James + GUY,Edith
Edith GUYJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:26:38 p.m.jackie1580045198GUY,Edith
Evelyn Rebecca DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:23:48 p.m.jackie1580045028DE LA MARE,Evelyn Rebecca
Mary Judith DE LA MAREJanuary 26, 2020 - 1:19:50 p.m.jackie1580044790DE LA MARE,Mary Judith
unknown January 26, 2020 - 1:05:50 p.m.jackie1580043950@N.N.,unknown
Carrie Mary EDMESTONJanuary 26, 2020 - 11:38:11 a.m.jackie1580038691EDMESTON,Carrie Mary
Alfred EDMESTONJanuary 26, 2020 - 11:12:29 a.m.jackie1580037149EDMESTON,Alfred
Henry Arthur HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:42:03 a.m.jackie1580035323HOLL,Henry Arthur
Anne Sophia HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:39:00 a.m.jackie1580035140HOLL,Anne Sophia
Eliza Matilda HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:34:16 a.m.jackie1580034856HOLL,Eliza Matilda
Francis William HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:30:42 a.m.jackie1580034642HOLL,Francis William
Elizabeth Jane MOOREJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:29:28 a.m.jackie1580034568MOORE,Elizabeth Jane
John Myrie HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:24:48 a.m.jackie1580034288HOLL,John Myrie
Francis William HOLL + Elizabeth Jane MOOREJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:19:49 a.m.jackie1580033989HOLL,Francis William + MOORE,Elizabeth Jane
Valerie Joyce BALLANCEJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:12:14 a.m.jackie1580033534BALLANCE,Valerie Joyce
Gladys Elizabeth HOLLJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:10:48 a.m.jackie1580033448HOLL,Gladys Elizabeth
Marguerite Elaine “Elaine” BALLANCEJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:08:07 a.m.jackie1580033287BALLANCE,Marguerite Elaine
Mary Caroline EDMESTONJanuary 26, 2020 - 10:00:17 a.m.jackie1580032817EDMESTON,Mary Caroline
Perry Ambrose MILESJanuary 26, 2020 - 9:42:12 a.m.jackie1580031732MILES,Perry Ambrose
James Richard CORBETTJanuary 25, 2020 - 10:55:23 a.m.jackie1579949723CORBETT,James Richard
Julia BALLANCEJanuary 25, 2020 - 10:48:39 a.m.jackie1579949319BALLANCE,Julia