Austin / Boyd Family
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November 19, 2019 - 9:11:27 a.m.

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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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Gwynneth Elvira HARPERHARPER,Gwynneth ElviraJanuary 19, 199412626Death
Joan Plumbe SMITHSMITH,Joan PlumbeJanuary 19, 199222828Death
Percy SAVORYSAVORY,PercyJanuary 19, 198933131Death
Lt Col Norman George BURNAND DSOBURNAND,Norman GeorgeJanuary 19, 195846262Death
Brian William IZZARDIZZARD,Brian WilliamJanuary 19, 195356767Death
Basil GUYGUY,BasilJanuary 19, 195266868Death
John Emilius Ernest Steigenberger SHARP C S OSHARP,John Emilius Ernest Steigenberger C S OJanuary 19, 195176969Death
Joseph Boyle COGHLANCOGHLAN,Joseph BoyleJanuary 19, 194987171Death
Edith Sophia Inkerman JAMESONJAMESON,Edith Sophia InkermanJanuary 19, 194797373Death
Rosa Maria Margaret EDWARDSEDWARDS,Rosa Maria MargaretJanuary 19, 1947107373Death
Caroline Penkivil WEEKESWEEKES,Caroline PenkivilJanuary 19, 1942117878Death
Edith Aine Madeleine CARYCARY,Edith Aine MadeleineJanuary 19, 1940128080Death
David Gerald Aubert EVANSEVANS,David Gerald AubertJanuary 19, 1935138585Death
Arthur Wilfred HINEHINE,Arthur WilfredJanuary 19, 1933148787Death
Maurice GAVILLERGAVILLER,MauriceJanuary 19, 1928159292Death
Edward Brewster STAINBANKSTAINBANK,Edward BrewsterJanuary 19, 1927169393Death
Rev James John COUZENSCOUZENS,James JohnJanuary 19, 1921179999Death
Donald Alan COLQUHOUNCOLQUHOUN,Donald AlanJanuary 19, 192018100100Birth
Alfred Sanderson WALFORDWALFORD,Alfred SandersonJanuary 19, 191919101101Death
Capt John Newman KIDDKIDD,John NewmanJanuary 19, 191620104104Death
Dorothy Louise MOREYMOREY,Dorothy LouiseJanuary 19, 191421106106Birth
Albert William BASHFORDBASHFORD,Albert WilliamJanuary 19, 191422106106Birth
Valerie Josephine DOMVILLEDOMVILLE,Valerie JosephineJanuary 19, 191423106106Birth
Joseph HODSONHODSON,JosephJanuary 19, 191324107107Birth
Winifred Frances STEELSTEEL,Winifred FrancesJanuary 19, 191225108108Birth
Christopher Edward TOWNTOWN,Christopher EdwardJanuary 19, 191026110110Birth
Daniel STONNELLSTONNELL,DanielJanuary 19, 190627114114Birth
Johanna Octavia Dorothea Calverta TOULMINTOULMIN,Johanna Octavia Dorothea CalvertaJanuary 19, 190628114114Birth
Edna Rose KENNETTKENNETT,Edna RoseJanuary 19, 190629114114Birth
William SAVORYSAVORY,WilliamJanuary 19, 190030120120Birth
Victor Herbert William BULMER-JONESBULMER-JONES,Victor Herbert WilliamJanuary 19, 189931121121Birth
Eugenie LAMBERTLAMBERT,EugenieJanuary 19, 189632124124Death
Wilhelmina BURNANDBURNAND,WilhelminaJanuary 19, 189233128128Death
Lt Col Henry DUBERLYDUBERLY,HenryJanuary 19, 189034130130Death
Rosa GRICEGRICE,RosaJanuary 19, 188435136136Death
Jessie KIDDKIDD,JessieJanuary 19, 188336137137Birth
Rev Brenchley KINGSFORDKINGSFORD,BrenchleyJanuary 19, 188237138138Death
Percy Augustus HOWEHOWE,Percy AugustusJanuary 19, 188138139139Birth
Ethel Frances GERVISGERVIS,Ethel FrancesJanuary 19, 187739143143Birth
Ida Muriel WALKINGTONWALKINGTON,Ida MurielJanuary 19, 187640144144Birth
Ann Eliza PETTSPETTS,Ann ElizaJanuary 19, 187341147147Birth
Eliza Ann EVERETTEVERETT,Eliza AnnJanuary 19, 187342147147Birth
Rev John Herbert FIRMINGERFIRMINGER,John HerbertJanuary 19, 186643154154Birth
Alexander Whitelaw THORNEYCROFTTHORNEYCROFT,Alexander WhitelawJanuary 19, 185944161161Birth
Emily Elizabeth LONGFORDLONGFORD,Emily ElizabethJanuary 19, 185745163163Birth
Wilford Lawrence CHILDCHILD,Wilford LawrenceJanuary 19, 185546165165Birth
John TOLLISSTOLLISS,JohnJanuary 19, 185247168168Birth
Agnes BOONBOON,AgnesJanuary 19, 185248168168Birth
Emily Matilda STOKESSTOKES,Emily MatildaJanuary 19, 183849182182Birth
Eliza Jane STOKESSTOKES,Eliza JaneJanuary 19, 183850182182Birth
John Petty DEARMANDEARMAN,John PettyJanuary 19, 180851212212Death
Louisa AUBERTAUBERT,LouisaJanuary 19, 180652214214Birth
Mary FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,MaryJanuary 19, 180253218218Birth
Charles Edward MANGLESMANGLES,Charles EdwardJanuary 19, 179854222222Birth
John STRANGESTRANGE,JohnJanuary 19, 178055240240Birth
John VAUGHANVAUGHAN,JohnJanuary 19, 176656254254Death
Abigail TISDELLTISDELL,AbigailJanuary 19, 175657264264Death
Martha TURQUANDTURQUAND,MarthaJanuary 19, 172358297297Birth
Percy Theodore CARDEN + Marjorie Ruth SCOTTCARDEN,Percy Theodore + SCOTT,Marjorie RuthJanuary 19, 1930599090Marriage
Leslie Conway HILLS + Eleanor WHEELERHILLS,Leslie Conway + WHEELER,EleanorJanuary 19, 1924609696Marriage
Joseph John FOX + Alice Bertha BARKERFOX,Joseph John + BARKER,Alice BerthaJanuary 19, 190361117117Marriage
St John Frederick Charles METHUEN + Louise Elizabeth CHAMPIONMETHUEN,St John Frederick Charles + CHAMPION,Louise ElizabethJanuary 19, 189262128128Marriage
Edwin Henry WEST + Elizabeth Ann BARKERWEST,Edwin Henry + BARKER,Elizabeth AnnJanuary 19, 186263158158Marriage
John Edward SMITH + Matilda Gibson CROZIERSMITH,John Edward + CROZIER,Matilda GibsonJanuary 19, 185464166166Marriage
James WILSON + Rose Ellen Rogers HARRISONWILSON,James + HARRISON,Rose Ellen RogersJanuary 19, 184365177177Marriage
Major William PAYNE + Sarah Rebecca LEMARCHANDPAYNE,William + LEMARCHAND,Sarah RebeccaJanuary 19, 183166189189Marriage
John Martin MILES + Elizabeth HOWELLMILES,John Martin + HOWELL,ElizabethJanuary 19, 181767203203Marriage
General John Gustavus CROSBIE + Frances White THOMASCROSBIE,John Gustavus + THOMAS,Frances WhiteJanuary 19, 180268218218Marriage
Joseph EYLES + Mary DUDLEYEYLES,Joseph + DUDLEY,MaryJanuary 19, 176869252252Marriage
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James FRAILJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:35:35 p.m.jackie1579365335FRAIL,James
James FRAIL + Elizabeth OWENJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:26:44 p.m.jackie1579364804FRAIL,James + OWEN,Elizabeth
Elizabeth OWENJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:23:58 p.m.jackie1579364638OWEN,Elizabeth
Emily Hannah GLOVERJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:12:09 p.m.jackie1579363929GLOVER,Emily Hannah
Theophila Clare RIVAZJanuary 18, 2020 - 3:40:38 p.m.jackie1579362038RIVAZ,Theophila Clare
Louisa Helen RIVAZJanuary 18, 2020 - 2:04:17 p.m.jackie1579356257RIVAZ,Louisa Helen
Deborah Katharine Rosamund CLAPHAMJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:54:22 p.m.jackie1579355662CLAPHAM,Deborah Katharine Rosamund
Capt Ernest Rivaz HUNT MDJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:53:50 p.m.jackie1579355630HUNT,Ernest Rivaz MD
Mabel Evelyn Rivaz HUNTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:52:02 p.m.jackie1579355522HUNT,Mabel Evelyn Rivaz
Ethel Mary Rivaz HUNTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:50:55 p.m.jackie1579355455HUNT,Ethel Mary Rivaz
Edith Katherine SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:42:13 p.m.jackie1579354933SMART,Edith Katherine
Mary SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:38:59 p.m.jackie1579354739SMART,Mary
Eliza Walsh HANDYSIDEJanuary 18, 2020 - 12:07:03 p.m.jackie1579349223HANDYSIDE,Eliza Walsh
Dame Sophia Annie SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:56:13 a.m.jackie1579348573SMART,Sophia Annie
Sir Charles Alfred BALLANCEJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:55:20 a.m.jackie1579348520BALLANCE,Charles Alfred
Alfred SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:53:47 a.m.jackie1579348427SMART,Alfred
Anne Elizabeth BROOKSJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:52:53 a.m.jackie1579348373BROOKS,Anne Elizabeth
Faith E SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:38:34 a.m.jackie1579347514SMART,Faith E
William Edward John SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:31:19 a.m.jackie1579347079SMART,William Edward John
Joseph Harris DYER + Amy “Fanny”January 18, 2020 - 11:27:11 a.m.jackie1579346831DYER,Joseph Harris + ,Amy
George Thomas BERNARDJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:11:47 a.m.jackie1579345907BERNARD,George Thomas
George Henry Etienne BERNARD + Margaret DAVISONJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:02:19 a.m.jackie1579345339BERNARD,George Henry Etienne + DAVISON,Margaret
Margaret DAVISONJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:00:56 a.m.jackie1579345256DAVISON,Margaret
George Henry Etienne BERNARDJanuary 18, 2020 - 10:59:11 a.m.jackie1579345151BERNARD,George Henry Etienne
Benjamin STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:41:39 p.m.jackie1579272099STEINMETZ,Benjamin
Josephine Marie Apollonie STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:35:54 p.m.jackie1579271754STEINMETZ,Josephine Marie Apollonie
John STEINMETZ + Maria Sophie Vander Ghote January 17, 2020 - 2:34:19 p.m.jackie1579271659STEINMETZ,John + @N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote
John STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.jackie1579271520STEINMETZ,John
Maria Sophie Vander Ghote January 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.jackie1579271520@N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote
Walker HOWLETTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:22:19 p.m.jackie1579270939HOWLETT,Walker
Julia FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:11:04 p.m.jackie1579270264FROST,Julia
Harriet Clements HELLINGSJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:07:25 p.m.jackie1579270045HELLINGS,Harriet Clements
Frederick Spencer FROST + Harriet Clements HELLINGSJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:04:57 p.m.jackie1579269897FROST,Frederick Spencer + HELLINGS,Harriet Clements
Frederick Spencer FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:02:50 p.m.jackie1579269770FROST,Frederick Spencer
Dr Sidney Spencer Farwell BLACKMANJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:02:23 p.m.jackie1579269743BLACKMAN,Sidney Spencer Farwell
Dr Frederick BLACKMAN + Catherine Elizabeth FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 1:58:03 p.m.jackie1579269483BLACKMAN,Frederick + FROST,Catherine Elizabeth
Walker HOWLETT + Julia FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 1:50:38 p.m.jackie1579269038HOWLETT,Walker + FROST,Julia