My contact Deryck has died in Australia after a long illness, we never spoke but had regular contact via email over the years. He will be sadly missed.
A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand 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
|Alice HUNSAKER||HUNSAKER,Alice||October 22, 2015||0||4||4||Death|
|Dorothy Gertrude BEARD||BEARD,Dorothy Gertrude||October 22, 2003||1||16||16||Death|
|Edward Wright PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Edward Wright||October 22, 2000||2||19||19||Death|
|Kathleen Mary COBLEY||COBLEY,Kathleen Mary||October 22, 1981||3||38||38||Death|
|Frank John CUTHBERT||CUTHBERT,Frank John||October 22, 1971||4||48||48||Death|
|Norah Vernon MACAN||MACAN,Norah Vernon||October 22, 1970||5||49||49||Death|
|Beatrice Fanny Elizabeth BOYD||BOYD,Beatrice Fanny Elizabeth||October 22, 1966||6||53||53||Death|
|Josephine Imelda FOTTRELL||FOTTRELL,Josephine Imelda||October 22, 1965||7||54||54||Death|
|Eric Gerard FANNING||FANNING,Eric Gerard||October 22, 1963||8||56||56||Death|
|Victoria Wicks CADWELL||CADWELL,Victoria Wicks||October 22, 1963||9||56||56||Death|
|Francis Brabazon (Frank) HALLOWES||HALLOWES,Francis Brabazon (Frank)||October 22, 1960||10||59||59||Death|
|Gertrude Emily GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Gertrude Emily||October 22, 1958||11||61||61||Death|
|Ernest Harold CASSON||CASSON,Ernest Harold||October 22, 1947||12||72||72||Death|
|Annette CASSON||CASSON,Annette||October 22, 1931||13||88||88||Death|
|James Thomas MIDLANE||MIDLANE,James Thomas||October 22, 1929||14||90||90||Death|
|Isabel Soulbieu DESPREZ||DESPREZ,Isabel Soulbieu||October 22, 1927||15||92||92||Death|
|Barbara BOWEN||BOWEN,Barbara||October 22, 1920||16||99||99||Birth|
|Barbara Leveson-Gower ABLITT||ABLITT,Barbara Leveson-Gower||October 22, 1920||17||99||99||Birth|
|Albert Walter HART||HART,Albert Walter||October 22, 1919||18||100||100||Birth|
|Edna May SLAYFORD||SLAYFORD,Edna May||October 22, 1918||19||101||101||Birth|
|Grace RICHINGS||RICHINGS,Grace||October 22, 1918||20||101||101||Birth|
|Sylvia Adeline Mary PRICE||PRICE,Sylvia Adeline Mary||October 22, 1916||21||103||103||Birth|
|Edgar Harold GARDNER||GARDNER,Edgar Harold||October 22, 1916||22||103||103||Death|
|Mary Myrie MORRIS||MORRIS,Mary Myrie||October 22, 1914||23||105||105||Death|
|Walter Frederick BLISS||BLISS,Walter Frederick||October 22, 1912||24||107||107||Death|
|Charles Walter WHEEN||WHEEN,Charles Walter||October 22, 1909||25||110||110||Death|
|Doris RINGWOOD||RINGWOOD,Doris||October 22, 1904||26||115||115||Birth|
|Florence Lilian WEBB||WEBB,Florence Lilian||October 22, 1904||27||115||115||Birth|
|Mary Blanche PONDER||PONDER,Mary Blanche||October 22, 1899||28||120||120||Death|
|Capt John CARDEN||CARDEN,John||October 22, 1898||29||121||121||Death|
|Henry Berthon PRESTON||PRESTON,Henry Berthon||October 22, 1896||30||123||123||Death|
|Elizabeth Adeline Harriet MYATT||MYATT,Elizabeth Adeline Harriet||October 22, 1894||31||125||125||Birth|
|Henry Lomax GASKELL||GASKELL,Henry Lomax||October 22, 1889||32||130||130||Death|
|Amy PEARCE||PEARCE,Amy||October 22, 1884||33||135||135||Birth|
|Henry SMART||SMART,Henry||October 22, 1883||34||136||136||Death|
|Ernest Arthur WINDSOR||WINDSOR,Ernest Arthur||October 22, 1880||35||139||139||Birth|
|Sir Richard Torin KINDERSLEY||KINDERSLEY,Richard Torin||October 22, 1879||36||140||140||Death|
|Herbert Victor BRACKEN||BRACKEN,Herbert Victor||October 22, 1877||37||142||142||Birth|
|Evelyn Maud Mary IRBY||IRBY,Evelyn Maud Mary||October 22, 1875||38||144||144||Birth|
|Brig Gen Ralph Maximilian YORKE||YORKE,Ralph Maximilian||October 22, 1874||39||145||145||Birth|
|Edward Henry WEBB||WEBB,Edward Henry||October 22, 1871||40||148||148||Birth|
|Charlotte Augusta IRBY||IRBY,Charlotte Augusta||October 22, 1868||41||151||151||Birth|
|Geraldine FOWLE||FOWLE,Geraldine||October 22, 1866||42||153||153||Birth|
|Emilia Macdonald CLARKE||CLARKE,Emilia Macdonald||October 22, 1863||43||156||156||Birth|
|James William MATHEWS||MATHEWS,James William||October 22, 1860||44||159||159||Birth|
|Arthur Llewellyn LLOYD||LLOYD,Arthur Llewellyn||October 22, 1855||45||164||164||Birth|
|Herbert Henry STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Herbert Henry||October 22, 1855||46||164||164||Birth|
|George Collis MUNNS||MUNNS,George Collis||October 22, 1853||47||166||166||Birth|
|Wharton Markham LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Wharton Markham||October 22, 1843||48||176||176||Birth|
|Adelina Anne BAYLEY||BAYLEY,Adelina Anne||October 22, 1842||49||177||177||Birth|
|Thomas SADLEIR||SADLEIR,Thomas||October 22, 1842||50||177||177||Death|
|Lt Col Henry Wadham Locke PADDON||PADDON,Henry Wadham Locke||October 22, 1839||51||180||180||Birth|
|John Warren CORBOULD||CORBOULD,John Warren||October 22, 1794||52||225||225||Birth|
|Claude TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Claude||October 22, 1703||53||316||316||Birth|
|Frank George BRYANT + Mabel Alice LE RAY||BRYANT,Frank George + RAY,Mabel Alice||October 22, 1919||54||100||100||Marriage|
|Lt Colonel Norman BURNAND + Amy PEARCE||BURNAND,Norman + PEARCE,Amy||October 22, 1917||55||102||102||Marriage|
|Edwin Heyman LEMARCHAND + Jessie JAMIESON||LEMARCHAND,Edwin Heyman + JAMIESON,Jessie||October 22, 1881||56||138||138||Marriage|
|John Macintosh MACINTOSH + Catherine BING||MACINTOSH,John Macintosh + BING,Catherine||October 22, 1881||57||138||138||Marriage|
|Francis DAVIS + Jane SETTLE||DAVIS,Francis + SETTLE,Jane||October 22, 1869||58||150||150||Marriage|
|William John CROSSFIELD + Ann MILLINGTON||CROSSFIELD,William John + MILLINGTON,Ann||October 22, 1859||59||160||160||Marriage|
|Joseph William BRANSTON + Elizabeth GILSTRAP||BRANSTON,Joseph William + GILSTRAP,Elizabeth||October 22, 1835||60||184||184||Marriage|
|Rev Henry Hugh WAY + Susanna DANIEL||WAY,Henry Hugh + DANIEL,Susanna||October 22, 1833||61||186||186||Marriage|
|George William LOTON + Rebecca NEWMAN||LOTON,George William + NEWMAN,Rebecca||October 22, 1826||62||193||193||Marriage|
|Thomas Samuel RAWSON + Sarah Colbeck HOLDSWORTH||RAWSON,Thomas Samuel + HOLDSWORTH,Sarah Colbeck||October 22, 1814||63||205||205||Marriage|
|William WOODLEY + Charlotte EAMES||WOODLEY,William + EAMES,Charlotte||October 22, 1805||64||214||214||Marriage|
|Edward Venables TOWNSHEND + Cornelia Anne Du PRE||TOWNSHEND,Edward Venables + Du PRE,Cornelia Anne||October 22, 1801||65||218||218||Marriage|
|William HEMMINGS + Phoebe JONES||HEMMINGS,William + JONES,Phoebe||October 22, 1799||66||220||220||Marriage|
|William PLANE + Ann BERRY||PLANE,William + BERRY,Ann||October 22, 1733||67||286||286||Marriage|