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May 30, 2019 - 10:04:24 a.m.

A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family. 

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I have heard the sad news today that a lovely lady I met years ago, Tessa King has died. We kept in contact via email and facebook since we first met in London. 

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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 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.

Acknowledgments
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.

Statistics
Tolliss and Berger
This family tree was last updated on August 19, 2019.
Individuals
Males
16,413
51.4%
Females
15,493
48.5%
Total surnames
Families
Sources
Media objects
Repositories
Total events
66,241
Total users
4
Earliest birth year
1540
Latest birth year
2016
This information is private and cannot be shown.
Average age at death
65
Males: 63   Females: 67
Average number of children per family
1.93

Most common surnames

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RecordNAMEDateDATEANNIVEvent
Alma Gabrielle ADAMSADAMS,Alma GabrielleAugust 20, 200201717Death
Terrance John Leslie STEIGENBERGERSTEIGENBERGER,Terrance John LeslieAugust 20, 198513434Death
Ronald Newcomb James BURGESSBURGESS,Ronald Newcomb JamesAugust 20, 198223737Death
Eugenie Mabel HUGHESHUGHES,Eugenie MabelAugust 20, 197434545Death
John Charles BARKERBARKER,John CharlesAugust 20, 196845151Death
Annie Catherine HALLHALL,Annie CatherineAugust 20, 196855151Death
Vera CHICHESTERCHICHESTER,VeraAugust 20, 196765252Death
Cyril Constantine Luke IONIDESIONIDES,Cyril Constantine LukeAugust 20, 196075959Death
Alice Goodwin MEESONMEESON,Alice GoodwinAugust 20, 195786262Death
Maria Jessie HOUSTONHOUSTON,Maria JessieAugust 20, 195696363Death
Hugo BARING O B EBARING,Hugo O B EAugust 20, 1949107070Death
Thomas Ambrose Steigenberger SKINNERSKINNER,Thomas Ambrose SteigenbergerAugust 20, 1939118080Death
John Leonard Hugh de Burgh SHARPSHARP,John Leonard Hugh de BurghAugust 20, 1931128888Birth
Gertrude May PEDDARPEDDAR,Gertrude MayAugust 20, 1929139090Death
Alice Maud DE LA BEREDE LA BERE,Alice MaudAugust 20, 1929149090Death
Emily TOWERSTOWERS,EmilyAugust 20, 1923159696Death
Vera May NICKLENNICKLEN,Vera MayAugust 20, 191516104104Birth
George Herbert DIMONDDIMOND,George HerbertAugust 20, 191417105105Death
Hay Ingram MATTHEYMATTHEY,Hay IngramAugust 20, 191118108108Birth
Charlotte Bessie STEIGENBERGERSTEIGENBERGER,Charlotte BessieAugust 20, 190919110110Death
Ivy Nellie PRINGPRING,Ivy NellieAugust 20, 190920110110Birth
Maurice W BATCHELORBATCHELOR,Maurice WAugust 20, 190721112112Birth
Keith Philip Kinloch THOMTHOM,Keith Philip KinlochAugust 20, 190422115115Birth
Herbert Markham Clinton LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Herbert Markham ClintonAugust 20, 189923120120Birth
Frederick William ROEROE,Frederick WilliamAugust 20, 189724122122Birth
Charles BROMWICHBROMWICH,CharlesAugust 20, 189625123123Death
Rev Richard William HIGGSHIGGS,Richard WilliamAugust 20, 189126128128Death
Therese Eucharis Elizabeth GACEGACE,Therese Eucharis ElizabethAugust 20, 189027129129Birth
William Arthur BEARDBEARD,William ArthurAugust 20, 188928130130Birth
Robert John CHILDCHILD,Robert JohnAugust 20, 188329136136Death
Marie KERRKERR,MarieAugust 20, 188130138138Death
Gertrude Ella Graham POPPLETONPOPPLETON,Gertrude Ella GrahamAugust 20, 187931140140Birth
Esther Harding LAPHAMLAPHAM,Esther HardingAugust 20, 187932140140Birth
Henry William PAYNEPAYNE,Henry WilliamAugust 20, 187633143143Birth
Lucy Greenwood BROWNBROWN,Lucy GreenwoodAugust 20, 187234147147Birth
Emma Wilhemina IRBYIRBY,Emma WilheminaAugust 20, 187035149149Birth
Jane Peek FREANFREAN,Jane PeekAugust 20, 186636153153Birth
Thomas Ambrose Steigenberger SKINNERSKINNER,Thomas Ambrose SteigenbergerAugust 20, 186037159159Birth
Elizabeth WEBBWEBB,ElizabethAugust 20, 185738162162Death
Samuel PEEKPEEK,SamuelAugust 20, 185739162162Death
George Thomas GATESGATES,George ThomasAugust 20, 185340166166Birth
Henry Tullie RIVAZRIVAZ,Henry TullieAugust 20, 185041169169Birth
Henry James BASHFORDBASHFORD,Henry JamesAugust 20, 182642193193Birth
James CHARLESCHARLES,JamesAugust 20, 182143198198Birth
Louisa Martha STEINMETZSTEINMETZ,Louisa MarthaAugust 20, 180944210210Birth
Susanna THISTLETHWAYTETHISTLETHWAYTE,SusannaAugust 20, 176245257257Death
Henry Chard Bromhead GATES + Nellie WEBBGATES,Henry Chard Bromhead + WEBB,NellieAugust 20, 190346116116Marriage
Samuel DIXON + Mary JOHNSONDIXON,Samuel + JOHNSON,MaryAugust 20, 186047159159Marriage
Francis BATEMAN + Mary Ann BARRYBATEMAN,Francis + BARRY,Mary AnnAugust 20, 184448175175Marriage
Charles CHIPPERFIELD + Hannah STRANGECHIPPERFIELD,Charles + STRANGE,HannahAugust 20, 181549204204Marriage
William Armiger SCRIPPS + Mary DIXIESCRIPPS,William Armiger + DIXIE,MaryAugust 20, 179750222222Marriage
Sir William LANGHAM + Henrietta Elizabeth Frederica VANELANGHAM,William + VANE,Henrietta Elizabeth FredericaAugust 20, 179551224224Marriage
Thomas MAUNDER + Mary JORDONMAUNDER,Thomas + JORDON,MaryAugust 20, 176552254254Marriage
John DESCARRIERES + Mary SNOWDESCARRIERES,John + SNOW,MaryAugust 20, 174953270270Marriage
William IRBY + Albinia SELWYNIRBY,William + SELWYN,AlbiniaAugust 20, 174654273273Marriage
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