News
Skinner Family
September 29, 2019 - 5:55:20 p.m.

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. 

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

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

View archive 
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 October 18, 2019.
Individuals
Males
16,471
51.4%
Females
15,551
48.5%
Total surnames
Families
Sources
Media objects
Repositories
Total events
66,563
Total users
3

Most common surnames

On this day
RecordNAMEDateDATEANNIVEvent
Gladys May BRETTBRETT,Gladys MayOctober 18, 2016033Death
Irene Mary BROMWICHBROMWICH,Irene MaryOctober 18, 198813131Death
Countess Rosemary Irene ALEXANDERALEXANDER,Rosemary IreneOctober 18, 197224747Death
Walter Charles PIERCEYPIERCEY,Walter CharlesOctober 18, 195536464Death
Sir Charles Edward Hastings MEDHURST KCB OBE MCMEDHURST,Charles Edward HastingsOctober 18, 195446565Death
Capt Edward Henry Willoughby GARDNERGARDNER,Edward Henry WilloughbyOctober 18, 194557474Death
Edith Maria PAILTHORPEPAILTHORPE,Edith MariaOctober 18, 194267777Death
Julia Ellen PEDDARPEDDAR,Julia EllenOctober 18, 194077979Death
Mary Emily MACKRELLMACKRELL,Mary EmilyOctober 18, 193488585Death
Mary Susette GABBGABB,Mary SusetteOctober 18, 192799292Death
Millicent Mary NOELNOEL,Millicent MaryOctober 18, 191310106106Death
Reginald Harry Thomas LLOYDLLOYD,Reginald Harry ThomasOctober 18, 191011109109Birth
Adelaide HUDSONHUDSON,AdelaideOctober 18, 190712112112Birth
Robert PHIPPSPHIPPS,RobertOctober 18, 190513114114Birth
Elsa Caroline CARRCARR,Elsa CarolineOctober 18, 190414115115Birth
Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGEBERRIDGE,Thomas JonathanOctober 18, 190415115115Death
Augustus Mogridge SNELLSNELL,Augustus MogridgeOctober 18, 190316116116Death
Mabel Wilson “Mabs” BURGESSBURGESS,Mabel WilsonOctober 18, 190217117117Birth
Norman Hugh MACMEIKANMACMEIKAN,Norman HughOctober 18, 190218117117Death
Nellie May MOBBERLEYMOBBERLEY,Nellie MayOctober 18, 190019119119Birth
Phillip Nevile SIMMONSSIMMONS,Phillip NevileOctober 18, 189320126126Birth
Francis Aveling BAKERBAKER,Francis AvelingOctober 18, 188121138138Birth
Clement Roderic STILESSTILES,Clement RodericOctober 18, 188122138138Birth
Evelyn Jeanie WHEENWHEEN,Evelyn JeanieOctober 18, 187623143143Birth
David MURDOCHMURDOCH,DavidOctober 18, 187024149149Death
Frances Louisa de Broose CROZIERCROZIER,Frances Louisa de BrooseOctober 18, 186825151151Birth
William Hanna HOGGARTHHOGGARTH,William HannaOctober 18, 185026169169Birth
Norna Frances Clementina SMITHSMITH,Norna Frances ClementinaOctober 18, 184527174174Birth
John PAYNTERPAYNTER,JohnOctober 18, 183628183183Birth
Francis Stephen FLOCKTONFLOCKTON,Francis StephenOctober 18, 183529184184Birth
Edward William KIRKMANKIRKMAN,Edward WilliamOctober 18, 183130188188Birth
Amelia HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,AmeliaOctober 18, 182831191191Birth
Gertrude Henrietta SHAWSHAW,Gertrude HenriettaOctober 18, 182732192192Birth
Caroline BALLANCEBALLANCE,CarolineOctober 18, 181833201201Birth
Louisa BELLBELL,LouisaOctober 18, 180734212212Birth
Laura COTTONCOTTON,LauraOctober 18, 180035219219Birth
Richard MARDALLMARDALL,RichardOctober 18, 178136238238Birth
Edward SHARPSHARP,EdwardOctober 18, 177637243243Birth
Madelaine AUBERTINAUBERTIN,MadelaineOctober 18, 177338246246Birth
Hannah GYLESGYLES,HannahOctober 18, 174539274274Birth
James Richard FRIEND + Edith Jane LOVEJOYFRIEND,James Richard + LOVEJOY,Edith JaneOctober 18, 1920409999Marriage
Rev Hugh Frederick Arthur ROTTON + Adelaide Beatrice FRYARROTTON,Hugh Frederick Arthur + FRYAR,Adelaide BeatriceOctober 18, 191341106106Marriage
George Russell Leigh DRYSDALE + Isabel Emily B GATESDRYSDALE,George Russell Leigh + GATES,Isabel Emily BOctober 18, 191142108108Marriage
Maximillian COTTRELL-DORMER + Helen ALLENCOTTRELL-DORMER,Maximillian + ALLEN,HelenOctober 18, 189343126126Marriage
Adam Steinmetz KENNARD + Alice Jane GASKELLKENNARD,Adam Steinmetz + GASKELL,Alice JaneOctober 18, 188344136136Marriage
Rev Henry Phelps Marriott DODINGTON + Ada Mary KENNARDDODINGTON,Henry Phelps Marriott + KENNARD,Ada MaryOctober 18, 188145138138Marriage
James STRACHAN + Clara Ann KENDLESTRACHAN,James + KENDLE,Clara AnnOctober 18, 187746142142Marriage
Richard Southwell George STAPLETON-COTTON + Jane Charlotte METHUENSTAPLETON-COTTON,Richard Southwell George + METHUEN,Jane CharlotteOctober 18, 187047149149Marriage
Ebenezer Charles HAYMES + Maria DICKINSONHAYMES,Ebenezer Charles + DICKINSON,MariaOctober 18, 186648153153Marriage
Major General Charles Edward Dawson HILL + Gertrude Henrietta SHAWHILL,Charles Edward Dawson + SHAW,Gertrude HenriettaOctober 18, 184749172172Marriage
Felix DANIELS + Sarah Kezia GORDONDANIELS,Felix + GORDON,Sarah KeziaOctober 18, 184650173173Marriage
Charles Henry Rogers HARRISON + Grace CRUCKSHANKHARRISON,Charles Henry Rogers + CRUCKSHANK,GraceOctober 18, 183751182182Marriage
Joseph Gerald DONOVAN + Susannah CLARKDONOVAN,Joseph Gerald + CLARK,SusannahOctober 18, 181352206206Marriage
Samuel BARNARD + Sarah DIXONBARNARD,Samuel + DIXON,SarahOctober 18, 179853221221Marriage
Changes in the last 3 days
RecordLast changebyDATESORTNAME
Stewart John BOYCEOctober 18, 2019 - 3:10:12 p.m.jackie1571411412BOYCE,Stewart John
Martin Stewart BOYCEOctober 18, 2019 - 3:06:52 p.m.jackie1571411212BOYCE,Martin Stewart
Edgar LYNEOctober 18, 2019 - 2:03:18 p.m.jackie1571407398LYNE,Edgar
Edgar LYNE + Gladys Mary Muir BONDOctober 18, 2019 - 2:02:56 p.m.jackie1571407376LYNE,Edgar + BOND,Gladys Mary Muir
Gladys Mary Muir BONDOctober 18, 2019 - 2:01:44 p.m.jackie1571407304BOND,Gladys Mary Muir
Amy Edith BONDOctober 18, 2019 - 1:57:02 p.m.jackie1571407022BOND,Amy Edith
Henry Thomas BOND + Mary Annie Elizabeth MUIROctober 18, 2019 - 1:53:41 p.m.jackie1571406821BOND,Henry Thomas + MUIR,Mary Annie Elizabeth
Norman Buller BONDOctober 18, 2019 - 1:51:34 p.m.jackie1571406694BOND,Norman Buller
Henry Thomas BONDOctober 18, 2019 - 1:50:54 p.m.jackie1571406654BOND,Henry Thomas
Mary Annie Elizabeth MUIROctober 18, 2019 - 1:41:24 p.m.jackie1571406084MUIR,Mary Annie Elizabeth
Amy MUIROctober 18, 2019 - 1:32:07 p.m.jackie1571405527MUIR,Amy
Fanny Hargravina MUIROctober 18, 2019 - 1:28:59 p.m.jackie1571405339MUIR,Fanny Hargravina
John Walter (Walter) DORNEYOctober 18, 2019 - 12:48:48 p.m.jackie1571402928DORNEY,John Walter (Walter)
Frederick George COWLEYOctober 18, 2019 - 12:44:40 p.m.jackie1571402680COWLEY,Frederick George
George Arthur BLUNTOctober 18, 2019 - 12:40:59 p.m.jackie1571402459BLUNT,George Arthur
Caroline Freda COWLEYOctober 18, 2019 - 12:36:35 p.m.jackie1571402195COWLEY,Caroline Freda