Bellamy / Willmot Family of Durban, South Africa
December 27, 2020 - 1:18:31 p.m.

Looking for living relatives of this family that lived at Bluff, Durban for a lady researching this area for a book. 

Willmot Family
November 17, 2020 - 3:14:41 p.m.

Thanks to Bridgette for sending me details on some of the South African Willmot 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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Peter Vere BURNANDBURNAND,Peter VereApril 14, 2015066Death
Barbara BOWENBOWEN,BarbaraApril 14, 200211919Death
Phyllis May D'ANGIBAUD'ANGIBAU,Phyllis MayApril 14, 199322828Death
Walter Frederick BEAMISHBEAMISH,Walter FrederickApril 14, 198433737Death
Henry Anthony Walter WESTCOTTWESTCOTT,Henry Anthony WalterApril 14, 197344848Death
Albert STODDERNSTODDERN,AlbertApril 14, 197055151Death
Nellie Elizabeth BURFIELDBURFIELD,Nellie ElizabethApril 14, 196865353Death
Mabel Lily CHAMPIONCHAMPION,Mabel LilyApril 14, 196675555Death
Helen DRAPERDRAPER,HelenApril 14, 196285959Death
Evelyn Jeanie WHEENWHEEN,Evelyn JeanieApril 14, 195896363Death
Pattie MOYEMOYE,PattieApril 14, 1955106666Death
Alphonse James DEEDEE,Alphonse JamesApril 14, 1951117070Death
Alayne Lindsey COLLYERCOLLYER,Alayne LindseyApril 14, 1950127171Death
Alan Douglas BODGERBODGER,Alan DouglasApril 14, 1945137676Death
Charles Frederick LLOYDLLOYD,Charles FrederickApril 14, 1942147979Death
Augustus Horatio IRBYIRBY,Augustus HoratioApril 14, 1940158181Death
Sir Stanley BOISBOIS,StanleyApril 14, 1938168383Death
Daisy Ruth HOLLINGDALEHOLLINGDALE,Daisy RuthApril 14, 1937178484Death
Albert Victor TURVILLETURVILLE,Albert VictorApril 14, 1935188686Death
Edward Richard MASSIEMASSIE,Edward RichardApril 14, 1935198686Death
Peter Ashton THOMPSONTHOMPSON,Peter AshtonApril 14, 1931209090Birth
Arthur Percy HAYNESHAYNES,Arthur PercyApril 14, 1928219393Death
Amy Rose PRICEPRICE,Amy RoseApril 14, 1928229393Birth
Mabel Ruby LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Mabel RubyApril 14, 1923239898Death
Edith ABBOTTABBOTT,EdithApril 14, 192124100100Death
William Clemens ABELLABELL,William ClemensApril 14, 191425107107Death
Harriet Agnes BLOXAMBLOXAM,Harriet AgnesApril 14, 191226109109Death
Sir John Saye Wingfield TWISLETON-WYKEHAM-FIENNESTWISLETON-WYKEHAM-FIENNES,John Saye WingfieldApril 14, 191127110110Birth
Helen Beryl MALEMALE,Helen BerylApril 14, 190928112112Birth
Amelia Mary Florentia “Amy” SPILLERSPILLER,Amelia Mary FlorentiaApril 14, 190929112112Death
Frederick SEYDESEYDE,FrederickApril 14, 190730114114Death
Maria Catherine RIVAZRIVAZ,Maria CatherineApril 14, 190531116116Death
Louisa GIRDLERGIRDLER,LouisaApril 14, 190132120120Death
Hilda Annie GUYGUY,Hilda AnnieApril 14, 190033121121Birth
Mary Cherrill KERMODEKERMODE,Mary CherrillApril 14, 189934122122Birth
Emma Maria BECKWITHBECKWITH,Emma MariaApril 14, 189535126126Death
Minnie ROSIERROSIER,MinnieApril 14, 189436127127Birth
Isabella STEPHENSONSTEPHENSON,IsabellaApril 14, 189137130130Death
Joseph BENTBENT,JosephApril 14, 189038131131Birth
Rev Henry LINTONLINTON,HenryApril 14, 188739134134Death
Lilian @N.N.,LilianApril 14, 188440137137Birth
Robert Howson MURRAY CMGMURRAY,Robert HowsonApril 14, 188241139139Birth
Millicent Stephens LETTS (LOVEDAY)LETTS (LOVEDAY),Millicent StephensApril 14, 188042141141Birth
Mary Anne SCOTCHMERSCOTCHMER,Mary AnneApril 14, 187143150150Birth
James Frederic Nugent DANIELLDANIELL,James Frederic NugentApril 14, 187144150150Death
Edward Walter Alger PETTSPETTS,Edward Walter AlgerApril 14, 186845153153Birth
Rev Ridley Haim HERSCHELLHERSCHELL,Ridley HaimApril 14, 186446157157Death
Harry Grimley EVANSEVANS,Harry GrimleyApril 14, 186247159159Birth
Fanny Elizabeth HOPKINS-NORTHEYHOPKINS-NORTHEY,Fanny ElizabethApril 14, 186048161161Death
Margaret Adelaide FIVEASHFIVEASH,Margaret AdelaideApril 14, 185449167167Death
Walter Robert PEDDARPEDDAR,Walter RobertApril 14, 185050171171Death
Leonard Howard Lloyd IRBYIRBY,Leonard Howard LloydApril 14, 183651185185Birth
Maria Editha BURNETBURNET,Maria EdithaApril 14, 181052211211Birth
William Samuel Herne MUGFORDMUGFORD,William Samuel HerneApril 14, 180353218218Birth
Jane,JaneApril 14, 177954242242Death
Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth MITSCHKE + Lois Edith GUYMITSCHKE,Frederick Gottliebe Wentworth + GUY,Lois EdithApril 14, 1924559797Marriage
Harry Wakefield SMITH + Gertrude Ashton HOWESMITH,Harry Wakefield + HOWE,Gertrude AshtonApril 14, 190456117117Marriage
Edward Freeland TYACKE + Ethel Cicely PHELPSTYACKE,Edward Freeland + PHELPS,Ethel CicelyApril 14, 189657125125Marriage
Rev Ernest Augustus MORGAN + Julia Sarah CHARLESMORGAN,Ernest Augustus + CHARLES,Julia SarahApril 14, 188558136136Marriage
Frederick William WELLOCK + Mary Ann JONESWELLOCK,Frederick William + JONES,Mary AnnApril 14, 188459137137Marriage
Lieut Frederick Charles CALDWELL + Amy GREENWELLCALDWELL,Frederick Charles + GREENWELL,AmyApril 14, 187760144144Marriage
George Henry DOO + Emily KELLINGDOO,George Henry + KELLING,EmilyApril 14, 186761154154Marriage
John LAKE + Esther Surrey TOOVEYLAKE,John + TOOVEY,Esther SurreyApril 14, 184762174174Marriage
William BOURNE + Lydia MAKEHAMBOURNE,William + MAKEHAM,LydiaApril 14, 181663205205Marriage
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