Many thanks to Sue for sending me corrections for this family.
Thank you Alejandro for additional details on this 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
|Betty Edith HUCKLE||HUCKLE,Betty Edith||September 24, 2004||0||16||16||Death|
|Jessie Ethel ALFREY||ALFREY,Jessie Ethel||September 24, 1997||1||23||23||Death|
|Dorothy Winifred JONES||JONES,Dorothy Winifred||September 24, 1984||2||36||36||Death|
|Nancy Estelle Claudine HARDY||HARDY,Nancy Estelle Claudine||September 24, 1971||3||49||49||Death|
|Henry Other WINDSOR||WINDSOR,Henry Other||September 24, 1971||4||49||49||Death|
|Eva Mary WRAITH||WRAITH,Eva Mary||September 24, 1970||5||50||50||Death|
|Ida Louise RISHWORTH||RISHWORTH,Ida Louise||September 24, 1965||6||55||55||Death|
|Minna WITCHELL||WITCHELL,Minna||September 24, 1963||7||57||57||Death|
|Evelyn Maude MEDILL||MEDILL,Evelyn Maude||September 24, 1962||8||58||58||Death|
|Millicent Mary BERGER||BERGER,Millicent Mary||September 24, 1956||9||64||64||Death|
|Millicent Stephens LETTS (LOVEDAY)||LETTS (LOVEDAY),Millicent Stephens||September 24, 1956||10||64||64||Death|
|Lt Col Robert Dyson BRIERCLIFFE CBE||BRIERCLIFFE,Robert Dyson||September 24, 1955||11||65||65||Death|
|Ernest Mark HARPER||HARPER,Ernest Mark||September 24, 1952||12||68||68||Death|
|Kate ELVY||ELVY,Kate||September 24, 1948||13||72||72||Death|
|Charles Henry Van BREDA||BREDA,Charles Henry||September 24, 1941||14||79||79||Death|
|Robert Reeves MARZETTI||MARZETTI,Robert Reeves||September 24, 1937||15||83||83||Death|
|Cathleen Joyce TIPPER||TIPPER,Cathleen Joyce||September 24, 1927||16||93||93||Birth|
|Lennox Ellicott SIMMONDS||SIMMONDS,Lennox Ellicott||September 24, 1921||17||99||99||Birth|
|Gwendoline BURDEN||BURDEN,Gwendoline||September 24, 1921||18||99||99||Birth|
|Hon Antoinette Elizabeth SAUMAREZ||SAUMAREZ,Antoinette Elizabeth||September 24, 1918||19||102||102||Death|
|Harry Frank GATES||GATES,Harry Frank||September 24, 1912||20||108||108||Birth|
|Edward Lonsdale BECKWITH||BECKWITH,Edward Lonsdale||September 24, 1909||21||111||111||Death|
|Helen Bayne GEIKIE||GEIKIE,Helen Bayne||September 24, 1907||22||113||113||Death|
|William Henry CARDEN MRCS||CARDEN,William Henry MRCS||September 24, 1907||23||113||113||Death|
|Ronald Tom MAUNDER||MAUNDER,Ronald Tom||September 24, 1905||24||115||115||Birth|
|Charles Arthur PERRY||PERRY,Charles Arthur||September 24, 1905||25||115||115||Birth|
|Alan Heseltine PETCH||PETCH,Alan Heseltine||September 24, 1899||26||121||121||Birth|
|Harold Walter BRYANT||BRYANT,Harold Walter||September 24, 1894||27||126||126||Birth|
|Emily Louise GADSTON||GADSTON,Emily Louise||September 24, 1894||28||126||126||Birth|
|Arthur Northcote Lemarchand CLARK||CLARK,Arthur Northcote Lemarchand||September 24, 1893||29||127||127||Birth|
|Mary Dorothea LEWIN||LEWIN,Mary Dorothea||September 24, 1893||30||127||127||Birth|
|Ernest Harry GRIGG||GRIGG,Ernest Harry||September 24, 1888||31||132||132||Birth|
|Spencer PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Spencer||September 24, 1887||32||133||133||Death|
|Bernard PAUNCEFOTE||PAUNCEFOTE,Bernard||September 24, 1882||33||138||138||Death|
|Bernard PAUNCEFOTE||PAUNCEFOTE,Bernard||September 24, 1882||34||138||138||Death|
|Maggie ROBERTSON||ROBERTSON,Maggie||September 24, 1881||35||139||139||Birth|
|Constance Mary PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Constance Mary||September 24, 1879||36||141||141||Birth|
|Maud Florence SHARP||SHARP,Maud Florence||September 24, 1878||37||142||142||Birth|
|Cecil Vernon BARKER||BARKER,Cecil Vernon||September 24, 1876||38||144||144||Birth|
|Maud Alice MATTEN||MATTEN,Maud Alice||September 24, 1875||39||145||145||Birth|
|Evelyn Rose PITMAN||PITMAN,Evelyn Rose||September 24, 1873||40||147||147||Birth|
|Richard Claude ROSIER||ROSIER,Richard Claude||September 24, 1873||41||147||147||Birth|
|Alice Maud YORKE||YORKE,Alice Maud||September 24, 1873||42||147||147||Birth|
|Amy Eliza JESSUP||JESSUP,Amy Eliza||September 24, 1869||43||151||151||Birth|
|Caroline Mary Janetta BIRCH||BIRCH,Caroline Mary Janetta||September 24, 1868||44||152||152||Birth|
|Elizabeth PALLISER||PALLISER,Elizabeth||September 24, 1865||45||155||155||Death|
|Florence Caroline ROLLS||ROLLS,Florence Caroline||September 24, 1863||46||157||157||Birth|
|George Alexander TULLOCH||TULLOCH,George Alexander||September 24, 1859||47||161||161||Death|
|Hannah Sarah BERGER||BERGER,Hannah Sarah||September 24, 1854||48||166||166||Death|
|Philadelphia GOSFORD||GOSFORD,Philadelphia||September 24, 1852||49||168||168||Death|
|Margaret Selina HASTINGS||HASTINGS,Margaret Selina||September 24, 1851||50||169||169||Birth|
|Caroline Mary PAYNE||PAYNE,Caroline Mary||September 24, 1847||51||173||173||Birth|
|Henry Beal HIGGS||HIGGS,Henry Beal||September 24, 1823||52||197||197||Birth|
|Godfrey POWNALL||POWNALL,Godfrey||September 24, 1810||53||210||210||Birth|
|John Edlin TUACH||TUACH,John Edlin||September 24, 1803||54||217||217||Birth|
|Jane Strangman MEAD||MEAD,Jane Strangman||September 24, 1803||55||217||217||Birth|
|William BIRD||BIRD,William||September 24, 1790||56||230||230||Birth|
|Daniel ALGER||ALGER,Daniel||September 24, 1789||57||231||231||Birth|
|Jane Antoinette Louisa SAPTE||SAPTE,Jane Antoinette Louisa||September 24, 1779||58||241||241||Birth|
|Samuel PETT||PETT,Samuel||September 24, 1765||59||255||255||Birth|
|Lydia BUSHER||BUSHER,Lydia||September 24, 1758||60||262||262||Birth|
|William James PARISH + Beatrice Florence WOLFE||PARISH,William James + WOLFE,Beatrice Florence||September 24, 1928||61||92||92||Marriage|
|Francis Henry “Frank” AUBERT + Mary JONES||AUBERT,Francis Henry + JONES,Mary||September 24, 1898||62||122||122||Marriage|
|Richard Arthur BUSH + Maude Mary SIMMONS||BUSH,Richard Arthur + SIMMONS,Maude Mary||September 24, 1885||63||135||135||Marriage|
|Earl Beauchamp Frederick LYGON + Emily Annora Charlotte PIERREPONT||LYGON,Frederick + PIERREPONT,Emily Annora Charlotte||September 24, 1878||64||142||142||Marriage|
|Dr William Allin THOMPSON + Laura Catherine NICHOLLS||THOMPSON,William Allin + NICHOLLS,Laura Catherine||September 24, 1874||65||146||146||Marriage|
|Edward Stephen HUDSON + Elizabeth FRAZER||HUDSON,Edward Stephen + FRAZER,Elizabeth||September 24, 1865||66||155||155||Marriage|
|Felix W GUY + Martha HAFFENDEN||GUY,Felix W + HAFFENDEN,Martha||September 24, 1854||67||166||166||Marriage|
|Walter GUY + Elizabeth VINE||GUY,Walter + VINE,Elizabeth||September 24, 1792||68||228||228||Marriage|
|Bertie George GRIMSEY||September 23, 2020 - 1:55:17 p.m.||jackie||1600869317||GRIMSEY,Bertie George|
|Bertie George GRIMSEY + Ellen Matilda HARVEY||September 23, 2020 - 1:52:55 p.m.||jackie||1600869175||GRIMSEY,Bertie George + HARVEY,Ellen Matilda|
|Ellen Matilda HARVEY||September 23, 2020 - 1:52:22 p.m.||jackie||1600869142||HARVEY,Ellen Matilda|
|Arthur Garnham SCOTCHMER||September 23, 2020 - 1:46:05 p.m.||jackie||1600868765||SCOTCHMER,Arthur Garnham|
|Arthur Garnham SCOTCHMER + Ellen Matilda HARVEY||September 23, 2020 - 1:46:05 p.m.||jackie||1600868765||SCOTCHMER,Arthur Garnham + HARVEY,Ellen Matilda|
|Denham BERRY||September 23, 2020 - 1:35:34 p.m.||jackie||1600868134||BERRY,Denham|
|Denham BERRY + Mary JOAD||September 23, 2020 - 1:32:19 p.m.||jackie||1600867939||BERRY,Denham + JOAD,Mary|
|Denham BERRY||September 23, 2020 - 1:30:54 p.m.||jackie||1600867854||BERRY,Denham|
|Mary JOAD||September 23, 2020 - 1:28:39 p.m.||jackie||1600867719||JOAD,Mary|
|Mary BERRY||September 23, 2020 - 1:26:30 p.m.||jackie||1600867590||BERRY,Mary|
|William Harold (Harold) THOMSON + Helen Irene BALLANCE||September 23, 2020 - 1:02:07 p.m.||jackie||1600866127||THOMSON,William Harold (Harold) + BALLANCE,Helen Irene|
|Helen Irene BALLANCE||September 23, 2020 - 1:00:44 p.m.||jackie||1600866044||BALLANCE,Helen Irene|
|James Buckley RUTHERFORD + Jemima SWORD||September 23, 2020 - 12:53:51 p.m.||jackie||1600865631||RUTHERFORD,James Buckley + SWORD,Jemima|
|Jemima SWORD||September 23, 2020 - 12:51:54 p.m.||jackie||1600865514||SWORD,Jemima|
|Alexander Willis SCRUTTON||September 23, 2020 - 8:40:02 a.m.||jackie||1600850402||SCRUTTON,Alexander Willis|
|Alice Maud HOWE||September 23, 2020 - 8:35:51 a.m.||jackie||1600850151||HOWE,Alice Maud|
|Olive Eileen YARDLEY||September 23, 2020 - 8:32:34 a.m.||jackie||1600849954||YARDLEY,Olive Eileen|
|John YARDLEY||September 23, 2020 - 8:14:01 a.m.||jackie||1600848841||YARDLEY,John|
|Mary Mabel Annie CLAW||September 22, 2020 - 4:08:03 p.m.||jackie||1600790883||CLAW,Mary Mabel Annie|
|John YARDLEY + Alice Maud HOWE||September 22, 2020 - 4:00:12 p.m.||jackie||1600790412||YARDLEY,John + HOWE,Alice Maud|
|John YARDLEY + Mary Mabel Annie CLAW||September 22, 2020 - 3:55:11 p.m.||jackie||1600790111||YARDLEY,John + CLAW,Mary Mabel Annie|