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.
Many thanks to Paul Tuppen for sending me photos of headstone for Frederick and Walter Tuppen. Now attached to their individual entries.
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
|Noel Cyril Douglas PIZEY||PIZEY,Noel Cyril Douglas||May 20, 2003||0||16||16||Death|
|Lyall Reginald Windsor HALL||HALL,Lyall Reginald Windsor||May 20, 1994||1||25||25||Death|
|Grace Hilda ANDERS||ANDERS,Grace Hilda||May 20, 1989||2||30||30||Death|
|Susanna Rosina PERSCHEID||PERSCHEID,Susanna Rosina||May 20, 1966||3||53||53||Death|
|Amy Maud Tindal ATKINSON||ATKINSON,Amy Maud Tindal||May 20, 1954||4||65||65||Death|
|Edith Olive BOXWELL||BOXWELL,Edith Olive||May 20, 1953||5||66||66||Death|
|Herman Whitaker GUY||GUY,Herman Whitaker||May 20, 1942||6||77||77||Death|
|Ernest Barnard TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Ernest Barnard||May 20, 1939||7||80||80||Death|
|Brian MOORE||MOORE,Brian||May 20, 1938||8||81||81||Birth|
|Magnus VOLK||VOLK,Magnus||May 20, 1937||9||82||82||Death|
|Edward Melville BRUCE-PAYNE||BRUCE-PAYNE,Edward Melville||May 20, 1933||10||86||86||Death|
|Frank Carden Heudebourck SHARP||SHARP,Frank Carden Heudebourck||May 20, 1932||11||87||87||Birth|
|Edmund Charles Percy BOYLE||BOYLE,Edmund Charles Percy||May 20, 1932||12||87||87||Birth|
|William Hardy CHARLESWORTH||CHARLESWORTH,William Hardy||May 20, 1925||13||94||94||Death|
|Joseph Henry TRINDER||TRINDER,Joseph Henry||May 20, 1914||14||105||105||Birth|
|Anstace Morwenna THOMPSON||THOMPSON,Anstace Morwenna||May 20, 1913||15||106||106||Birth|
|Marjorie Louise RALSTON||RALSTON,Marjorie Louise||May 20, 1909||16||110||110||Birth|
|Edward Philip COWLEY||COWLEY,Edward Philip||May 20, 1906||17||113||113||Birth|
|Charles Edward W JOHNSON||JOHNSON,Charles Edward W||May 20, 1905||18||114||114||Birth|
|Kenneth Charles WALTERS||WALTERS,Kenneth Charles||May 20, 1904||19||115||115||Birth|
|Ann Eunice GARDINER||GARDINER,Ann Eunice||May 20, 1904||20||115||115||Death|
|William Boyd VARTY||VARTY,William Boyd||May 20, 1902||21||117||117||Death|
|Samuel Antony Rowsell CHADWICK||CHADWICK,Samuel Antony Rowsell||May 20, 1900||22||119||119||Birth|
|Mabel CHATWIN||CHATWIN,Mabel||May 20, 1900||23||119||119||Birth|
|Major John James Charles IRBY||IRBY,John James Charles||May 20, 1895||24||124||124||Death|
|John Vincent Claud RIVAZ||RIVAZ,John Vincent Claud||May 20, 1893||25||126||126||Death|
|John EVANS-FREKE Baron Carbery||EVANS-FREKE,John Baron Carbery||May 20, 1892||26||127||127||Birth|
|Geoffrey Lambert BATH||BATH,Geoffrey Lambert||May 20, 1880||27||139||139||Death|
|James BURNESS||BURNESS,James||May 20, 1879||28||140||140||Death|
|Charles HEMMINGS||HEMMINGS,Charles||May 20, 1879||29||140||140||Death|
|Commander Philip Sydney Ronayne CONRON||CONRON,Philip Sydney Ronayne||May 20, 1878||30||141||141||Birth|
|Alfred WHITEHEAD||WHITEHEAD,Alfred||May 20, 1876||31||143||143||Birth|
|Emmeline Louisa DORNEY||DORNEY,Emmeline Louisa||May 20, 1873||32||146||146||Birth|
|Rose Rhoda TAYLOR||TAYLOR,Rose Rhoda||May 20, 1867||33||152||152||Birth|
|William Betham CLARK||CLARK,William Betham||May 20, 1863||34||156||156||Birth|
|Catherine AUBERTIN||AUBERTIN,Catherine||May 20, 1861||35||158||158||Death|
|Sophia Matilda BURNAND||BURNAND,Sophia Matilda||May 20, 1859||36||160||160||Death|
|Herbert Francis BLAINE||BLAINE,Herbert Francis||May 20, 1857||37||162||162||Birth|
|Thomas Samuel FRYER||FRYER,Thomas Samuel||May 20, 1851||38||168||168||Birth|
|Ann Eliza TRIBE||TRIBE,Ann Eliza||May 20, 1848||39||171||171||Birth|
|John RATTRAY||RATTRAY,John||May 20, 1847||40||172||172||Birth|
|William AINGER||AINGER,William||May 20, 1841||41||178||178||Death|
|Sir William James CUNNINGHAME||CUNNINGHAME,William James||May 20, 1834||42||185||185||Birth|
|Rev Lewis HENSLEY||HENSLEY,Lewis||May 20, 1824||43||195||195||Birth|
|Harriet BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Harriet||May 20, 1820||44||199||199||Birth|
|Agnes Marianna HENDREN||HENDREN,Agnes Marianna||May 20, 1820||45||199||199||Birth|
|Helen Farquhar GLENNIE||GLENNIE,Helen Farquhar||May 20, 1818||46||201||201||Death|
|Joseph BERGER||BERGER,Joseph||May 20, 1786||47||233||233||Birth|
|Marianne Brigide Philippine RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Marianne Brigide Philippine||May 20, 1777||48||242||242||Birth|
|William Green HUDSON + Louisa Emma RACINE||HUDSON,William Green + RACINE,Louisa Emma||May 20, 1920||49||99||99||Marriage|
|William Kimin BURMAN + Amelia Anne ROBERTS||BURMAN,William Kimin + ROBERTS,Amelia Anne||May 20, 1854||50||165||165||Marriage|
|Thomas SCOTCHMER + Mary GARNHAM||SCOTCHMER,Thomas + GARNHAM,Mary||May 20, 1833||51||186||186||Marriage|
|William SHARP + Elizabeth Ann NOON||SHARP,William + NOON,Elizabeth Ann||May 20, 1812||52||207||207||Marriage|
|Thomas LABY + Elizabeth DUNN||LABY,Thomas + DUNN,Elizabeth||May 20, 1763||53||256||256||Marriage|
|Samuel TOULMIN + Sarah DAVENHILL||TOULMIN,Samuel + DAVENHILL,Sarah||May 20, 1762||54||257||257||Marriage|
|John RICH + Elizabeth STEER||RICH,John + STEER,Elizabeth||May 20, 1746||55||273||273||Marriage|
|Rev Sir James STONHOUSE + Anne NEALE||STONHOUSE,James + NEALE,Anne||May 20, 1742||56||277||277||Marriage|
|Edward PARKES + Mary PATCHETT||PARKES,Edward + PATCHETT,Mary||May 20, 1695||57||324||324||Marriage|
|Frances Alice Cecilia SANDBACH||May 18, 2019 - 6:22:41 p.m.||jackie||1558203761||SANDBACH,Frances Alice Cecilia|
|Harry Marshall KEEN||May 18, 2019 - 6:16:36 p.m.||jackie||1558203396||KEEN,Harry Marshall|
|Harry Marshall KEEN + Frances Alice Cecilia SANDBACH||May 18, 2019 - 6:11:47 p.m.||jackie||1558203107||KEEN,Harry Marshall + SANDBACH,Frances Alice Cecilia|
|Isabella Maud KEEN||May 18, 2019 - 6:04:21 p.m.||jackie||1558202661||KEEN,Isabella Maud|
|George BUCK||May 18, 2019 - 5:58:36 p.m.||jackie||1558202316||BUCK,George|
|Sarah BUCK||May 18, 2019 - 5:47:44 p.m.||jackie||1558201664||BUCK,Sarah|
|William BIRD + Sarah BUCK||May 18, 2019 - 3:48:28 p.m.||jackie||1558194508||BIRD,William + BUCK,Sarah|
|George BUCK + Sarah BOOTE||May 18, 2019 - 3:42:53 p.m.||jackie||1558194173||BUCK,George + BOOTE,Sarah|
|Thomas Gordon KIRKPATRICK||May 17, 2019 - 4:11:35 p.m.||jackie||1558109495||KIRKPATRICK,Thomas Gordon|
|Angela Eileen Barry KINGSMILL||May 17, 2019 - 4:09:13 p.m.||jackie||1558109353||KINGSMILL,Angela Eileen Barry|
|Thomas Gordon KIRKPATRICK + Angela Eileen Barry KINGSMILL||May 17, 2019 - 4:09:13 p.m.||jackie||1558109353||KIRKPATRICK,Thomas Gordon + KINGSMILL,Angela Eileen Barry|
|Arthur McArthur KINGSMILL + Constance BARRY||May 17, 2019 - 4:06:25 p.m.||jackie||1558109185||KINGSMILL,Arthur McArthur + BARRY,Constance|
|Constance BARRY||May 17, 2019 - 4:03:36 p.m.||jackie||1558109016||BARRY,Constance|
|Lionel Berger BURNAND||May 17, 2019 - 4:02:03 p.m.||jackie||1558108923||BURNAND,Lionel Berger|
|Lewis Whitmore BURNAND||May 17, 2019 - 4:00:23 p.m.||jackie||1558108823||BURNAND,Lewis Whitmore|
|Henrietta MURRAY||May 17, 2019 - 3:25:10 p.m.||jackie||1558106710||MURRAY,Henrietta|
|Rev Canon James Arthur MURRAY||May 17, 2019 - 3:19:07 p.m.||jackie||1558106347||MURRAY,James Arthur|
|Arthur Browne BLAKISTON||May 17, 2019 - 3:13:34 p.m.||jackie||1558106014||BLAKISTON,Arthur Browne|
|Peter Vere BURNAND||May 17, 2019 - 10:22:07 a.m.||jackie||1558088527||BURNAND,Peter Vere|
|Major Douglas McKenzie GORDON MC||May 17, 2019 - 10:20:24 a.m.||jackie||1558088424||GORDON,Douglas McKenzie|
|Susan Elizabeth McKenzie GORDON||May 17, 2019 - 10:03:40 a.m.||jackie||1558087420||GORDON,Susan Elizabeth McKenzie|
|Richard GOLDSMITH + Jane MOORE||May 17, 2019 - 9:55:14 a.m.||jackie||1558086914||GOLDSMITH,Richard + MOORE,Jane|
|Jane MOORE||May 17, 2019 - 9:55:14 a.m.||jackie||1558086914||MOORE,Jane|
|Richard GOLDSMITH||May 17, 2019 - 9:53:24 a.m.||jackie||1558086804||GOLDSMITH,Richard|
|Jane GOLDSMITH||May 17, 2019 - 9:53:24 a.m.||jackie||1558086804||GOLDSMITH,Jane|
|Victor Gordon RATTLEY||May 17, 2019 - 9:09:19 a.m.||jackie||1558084159||RATTLEY,Victor Gordon|
|Daphne Anne GRIGG||May 17, 2019 - 9:07:56 a.m.||jackie||1558084076||GRIGG,Daphne Anne|
|Victor Gordon RATTLEY + Daphne Anne GRIGG||May 17, 2019 - 9:04:21 a.m.||jackie||1558083861||RATTLEY,Victor Gordon + GRIGG,Daphne Anne|
|Trevor Tony GRIGG||May 17, 2019 - 9:02:04 a.m.||jackie||1558083724||GRIGG,Trevor Tony|
|Henry GRIGG||May 17, 2019 - 9:00:50 a.m.||jackie||1558083650||GRIGG,Henry|
|Henry GRIGG + Ida A YEOMAN||May 17, 2019 - 9:00:29 a.m.||jackie||1558083629||GRIGG,Henry + YEOMAN,Ida A|
|Ida A YEOMAN||May 17, 2019 - 8:59:11 a.m.||jackie||1558083551||YEOMAN,Ida A|
|Eleanor Selbourne WILKINSON||May 17, 2019 - 8:44:41 a.m.||jackie||1558082681||WILKINSON,Eleanor Selbourne|
|Colin Taylor WILKINSON||May 17, 2019 - 8:32:54 a.m.||jackie||1558081974||WILKINSON,Colin Taylor|