Lemarchand family
26 August 2017 - 19:14:20

Correction to Joseph Jeremiah details courtesy of Derek Lemarchand, many thanks

Gates Family
15 August 2017 - 14:37:47

New information on the Gates Family, many thanks to FH contact.

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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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Leonard MEXTEDMEXTED,Leonard14 December 200311414Death
Michael ORATISORATIS,Michael14 December 200121616Death
Peter Leonard HAYMANHAYMAN,Peter Leonard14 December 200031717Death
John David Coulson FELLOWESFELLOWES,John David Coulson14 December 199841919Death
Inez Isabel PRYORPRYOR,Inez Isabel14 December 199252525Death
Harry Walter Grimley EVANSEVANS,Harry Walter Grimley14 December 197164646Death
Edward James Crawford WRAITHWRAITH,Edward James Crawford14 December 194277575Death
Peter Raymond LATCHAMLATCHAM,Peter Raymond14 December 19168101101Birth
Leslie TOLLISSTOLLISS,Leslie14 December 19039114114Birth
Joseph ROUTHANROUTHAN,Joseph14 December 190210115115Death
Maria BLICKBLICK,Maria14 December 190011117117Death
Lilian Jessica TOLLISSTOLLISS,Lilian Jessica14 December 190012117117Birth
Daniel George WALLISWALLIS,Daniel George14 December 189513122122Birth
George Edward JAMESJAMES,George Edward14 December 189314124124Death
Kate WESTONWESTON,Kate14 December 188815129129Death
Leslie William MUDIEMUDIE,Leslie William14 December 188716130130Birth
Rev Charles Page EDENEDEN,Charles Page14 December 188517132132Death
Percy Theodore CARDENCARDEN,Percy Theodore14 December 188418133133Birth
Rev Matthias BARKERBARKER,Matthias14 December 188319134134Death
Celia PACKHAMPACKHAM,Celia14 December 188120136136Birth
Jane Millicent ADAMSADAMS,Jane Millicent14 December 187321144144Birth
Frank Sherwill LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Frank Sherwill14 December 187222145145Death
Ernest Bruce KENNARDKENNARD,Ernest Bruce14 December 186423153153Death
Charlotte Esther JACOBJACOB,Charlotte Esther14 December 186424153153Birth
Emilie Jane MARCHMARCH,Emilie Jane14 December 186025157157Birth
George Nelson STENHOUSESTENHOUSE,George Nelson14 December 185826159159Birth
Thomas Archibald FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,Thomas Archibald14 December 184927168168Birth
Harry Edwin ABBOTTABBOTT,Harry Edwin14 December 184628171171Birth
Augustus TOULMINTOULMIN,Augustus14 December 184029177177Birth
Alexander Maclean BARROWBARROW,Alexander Maclean14 December 183130186186Birth
Luise WAGNERWAGNER,Luise14 December 180531212212Birth
Susanna FRESHWATERFRESHWATER,Susanna14 December 179932218218Birth
George MUSTOMUSTO,George14 December 177133246246Birth
Joseph GILLHAMGILLHAM,Joseph14 December 174434273273Birth
Paul TURQUANDTURQUAND,Paul14 December 166735350350Birth
George GARROOD + Eva Louise PLUMMERGARROOD,George + PLUMMER,Eva Louise14 December 1918369999Marriage
James Scovell ADAMS + Nora GODDARDADAMS,James Scovell + GODDARD,Nora14 December 189537122122Marriage
Robert NELSON + Mary Louisa HALLNELSON,Robert + HALL,Mary Louisa14 December 188138136136Marriage
Arthur Kent WALKER + Mary Fulford WATSONWALKER,Arthur Kent + WATSON,Mary Fulford14 December 187639141141Marriage
Hopton Babette SCOTT + Alice Jane BLAINESCOTT,Hopton Babette + BLAINE,Alice Jane14 December 186540152152Marriage
Delabere BARKER + Catherine ROLLASONBARKER,Delabere + ROLLASON,Catherine14 December 184841169169Marriage
Antony LEJEUNE + Lucy HICKSLEJEUNE,Antony + HICKS,Lucy14 December 184742170170Marriage
William Humphery SMITH + Mary Ann HALLSMITH,William Humphery + HALL,Mary Ann14 December 184443173173Marriage
John LOWTHER + Lucy WINGLOWTHER,John + WING,Lucy14 December 182444193193Marriage
George VAN SOMMER + Barnardiston Catherine Reading FALKNERVAN SOMMER,George + FALKNER,Barnardiston Catherine Reading14 December 181145206206Marriage
Robert FELTON + Amy PAMPHILONFELTON,Robert + PAMPHILON,Amy14 December 175846259259Marriage
James MAYOR + Mary CORNTHWAITEMAYOR,James + CORNTHWAITE,Mary14 December 175247265265Marriage
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Doreen PARSONS12 December 2017 - 16:36:29jackie1513096589PARSONS,Doreen
Alfred Norman R AUBERT12 December 2017 - 16:33:16jackie1513096396AUBERT,Alfred Norman R
Ethel Lilian LEWIS12 December 2017 - 15:41:21jackie1513093281LEWIS,Ethel Lilian
Frank Albert R AUBERT12 December 2017 - 15:28:57jackie1513092537AUBERT,Frank Albert R
Helen Clara AUBERT12 December 2017 - 15:22:34jackie1513092154AUBERT,Helen Clara
William GREENFIELD12 December 2017 - 15:14:01jackie1513091641GREENFIELD,William
William GREENFIELD + Harriett MARTIN12 December 2017 - 15:10:39jackie1513091439GREENFIELD,William + MARTIN,Harriett
Carrie GREENFIELD12 December 2017 - 15:04:07jackie1513091047GREENFIELD,Carrie
Harriet DALE12 December 2017 - 14:52:05jackie1513090325DALE,Harriet
Marian Louise BERRIDGE12 December 2017 - 14:51:30jackie1513090290BERRIDGE,Marian Louise
Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE12 December 2017 - 14:41:07jackie1513089667BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan
Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE + Harriet DALE12 December 2017 - 14:33:57jackie1513089237BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan + DALE,Harriet
Letitia Amy ANDERSON12 December 2017 - 14:23:05jackie1513088585ANDERSON,Letitia Amy
George Edwin PLAYLE + Letitia Amy ANDERSON12 December 2017 - 14:22:43jackie1513088563PLAYLE,George Edwin + ANDERSON,Letitia Amy
Clara Doris ‘Doris’ CHAPMAN12 December 2017 - 13:17:57jackie1513084677CHAPMAN,Clara Doris
George Ernest POSTLETHWAITE12 December 2017 - 13:15:27jackie1513084527POSTLETHWAITE,George Ernest
William Burton BAKER12 December 2017 - 13:11:31jackie1513084291BAKER,William Burton
Matilda CLARKE12 December 2017 - 12:56:24jackie1513083384CLARKE,Matilda
Samuel GEE + Matilda CLARKE12 December 2017 - 12:56:05jackie1513083365GEE,Samuel + CLARKE,Matilda
Samuel GEE12 December 2017 - 12:53:57jackie1513083237GEE,Samuel
Alfred Henry GEE12 December 2017 - 12:52:20jackie1513083140GEE,Alfred Henry
Florence Annie NURSE12 December 2017 - 11:53:14jackie1513079594NURSE,Florence Annie
Nelson Victor KILMISTER12 December 2017 - 11:51:39jackie1513079499KILMISTER,Nelson Victor