Conner Family
March 25, 2020 - 11:41:58 a.m.

Extra information on the Conner family helped by Winson in Malaysia, many thanks

Clarke/Dammers Family
March 22, 2020 - 4:39:50 p.m.

New information on the above family, many thanks to Alan

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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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Joan Marjorie GUYGUY,Joan MarjorieMarch 31, 199902121Death
Enid Algerine BAGNOLDBAGNOLD,Enid AlgerineMarch 31, 198113939Death
William Hoadley GABBGABB,William HoadleyMarch 31, 197224848Death
Melita Waring BELCHERBELCHER,Melita WaringMarch 31, 197134949Death
Annie Rebecca EDMUNDSEDMUNDS,Annie RebeccaMarch 31, 196545555Death
Florence Gladwyn CHARLESWORTHCHARLESWORTH,Florence GladwynMarch 31, 196355757Death
John Robert HUMPISHHUMPISH,John RobertMarch 31, 196365757Death
Mabel Marriott DODINGTONDODINGTON,Mabel MarriottMarch 31, 194877272Death
Charles William GATESGATES,Charles WilliamMarch 31, 194687474Death
William Herbert GRIMWADEGRIMWADE,William HerbertMarch 31, 194597575Death
Col Douglas SAPTESAPTE,DouglasMarch 31, 1942107878Death
Cdr Douglas Hugh TOLLEMACHETOLLEMACHE,Douglas HughMarch 31, 1941117979Death
Lucy Ethel Clark CHIPPERFIELDCHIPPERFIELD,Lucy Ethel ClarkMarch 31, 1940128080Death
Jessie BEAUMONTBEAUMONT,JessieMarch 31, 1935138585Death
Dorothy Maud QUILTERQUILTER,Dorothy MaudMarch 31, 1929149191Death
Elizabeth Florence TAYLORTAYLOR,Elizabeth FlorenceMarch 31, 1927159393Birth
Gertrude Margaretta GEORGEGEORGE,Gertrude MargarettaMarch 31, 1926169494Death
Jairus Edwin WITHERSWITHERS,Jairus EdwinMarch 31, 1925179595Death
Harry Rose BARROWBARROW,Harry RoseMarch 31, 191818102102Death
Edgar Stuart BRUCE-PAYNEBRUCE-PAYNE,Edgar StuartMarch 31, 191419106106Death
Louisa Sarah MUDGEMUDGE,Louisa SarahMarch 31, 191320107107Death
Reginald Albert COLECOLE,Reginald AlbertMarch 31, 190921111111Birth
Ambrose Richard GATESGATES,Ambrose RichardMarch 31, 190722113113Death
John Walling BROOKSBROOKS,John WallingMarch 31, 190723113113Death
Imogen MATTHEYMATTHEY,ImogenMarch 31, 190624114114Birth
Marjorie Gertrude LEELEE,Marjorie GertrudeMarch 31, 190625114114Birth
Julia Mabel CHARLESCHARLES,Julia MabelMarch 31, 190226118118Birth
Freda Amelia PARSONSPARSONS,Freda AmeliaMarch 31, 189927121121Birth
James HILLSHILLS,JamesMarch 31, 189728123123Death
Charles William GATESGATES,Charles WilliamMarch 31, 189629124124Birth
Joseph ACOTTACOTT,JosephMarch 31, 189330127127Death
Barnard Sidney WELLSWELLS,Barnard SidneyMarch 31, 189331127127Birth
Margaret Elizabeth HYNESHYNES,Margaret ElizabethMarch 31, 189232128128Birth
Ann Dixon GARNERGARNER,Ann DixonMarch 31, 189133129129Birth
Constance Madeleine WELDWELD,Constance MadeleineMarch 31, 188334137137Birth
Amy GUYGUY,AmyMarch 31, 187835142142Birth
Horace Wright BEARDBEARD,Horace WrightMarch 31, 187636144144Birth
Mary Catherine FIVEASHFIVEASH,Mary CatherineMarch 31, 187637144144Birth
Hugh Travers LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Hugh TraversMarch 31, 187538145145Birth
Emma PLUMMERPLUMMER,EmmaMarch 31, 187339147147Death
Lilla Evelyn TAMPLINTAMPLIN,Lilla EvelynMarch 31, 187040150150Birth
Jeremiah ELLARDELLARD,JeremiahMarch 31, 186641154154Birth
Alexandre Hugonin RIVAZRIVAZ,Alexandre HugoninMarch 31, 186442156156Death
Jane MORGANMORGAN,JaneMarch 31, 186043160160Death
Miriam DIXONDIXON,MiriamMarch 31, 185644164164Birth
Caroline Elizabeth WINDSORWINDSOR,Caroline ElizabethMarch 31, 185245168168Birth
Jennings Grinsell FOORDFOORD,Jennings GrinsellMarch 31, 185146169169Birth
John CURWOODCURWOOD,JohnMarch 31, 184747173173Death
William Wellesley HILLHILL,William WellesleyMarch 31, 182948191191Birth
Rev Edward EADEEADE,EdwardMarch 31, 182449196196Birth
Henry John HUGHES-ONSLOWHUGHES-ONSLOW,Henry JohnMarch 31, 181650204204Birth
John LABYLABY,JohnMarch 31, 180951211211Birth
William D'ANGIBAUD'ANGIBAU,WilliamMarch 31, 180652214214Birth
Makepeace FRESHWATERFRESHWATER,MakepeaceMarch 31, 180253218218Birth
Charles Robert SPERLING JPSPERLING,Charles Robert JPMarch 31, 179854222222Birth
Reginald Price PIZEY + Emma Alice GUYPIZEY,Reginald Price + GUY,Emma AliceMarch 31, 190955111111Marriage
George WILLIAMS + Caroline Elizabeth ROAKEWILLIAMS,George + ROAKE,Caroline ElizabethMarch 31, 190756113113Marriage
Gustavus Harding LAPHAM + Esther PICTONLAPHAM,Gustavus Harding + PICTON,EstherMarch 31, 187857142142Marriage
Joseph Staines MOYE + Martha ORANGEMOYE,Joseph Staines + ORANGE,MarthaMarch 31, 186458156156Marriage
Robert Alexander LOVE + Priscilla LABYLOVE,Robert Alexander + LABY,PriscillaMarch 31, 185159169169Marriage
William SMILES + Harriet Ann WAKEFIELDSMILES,William + WAKEFIELD,Harriet AnnMarch 31, 184760173173Marriage
James VAN SOMMER + Mary Maria ARNOTTVAN SOMMER,James + ARNOTT,Mary MariaMarch 31, 184661174174Marriage
Stephen FATT + Sarah FLOCKTONFATT,Stephen + FLOCKTON,SarahMarch 31, 182762193193Marriage
Edward Eustace HILL + Georgiana Charlotte KEPPELHILL,Edward Eustace + KEPPEL,Georgiana CharlotteMarch 31, 182763193193Marriage
Henry DOBBS + Elizabeth CARTWRIGHTDOBBS,Henry + CARTWRIGHT,ElizabethMarch 31, 180164219219Marriage
Benjamin WAY + Mary SMYTHWAY,Benjamin + SMYTH,MaryMarch 31, 179865222222Marriage
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Otto Douglas MINTERMarch 31, 2020 - 11:26:29 a.m.jackie1585653989MINTER,Otto Douglas
Otto Douglas MINTER + Elizabeth Florence TAYLORMarch 31, 2020 - 11:22:24 a.m.jackie1585653744MINTER,Otto Douglas + TAYLOR,Elizabeth Florence
Elizabeth Florence TAYLORMarch 31, 2020 - 11:20:16 a.m.jackie1585653616TAYLOR,Elizabeth Florence
Jack STANSFIELDMarch 30, 2020 - 12:01:30 p.m.jackie1585569690STANSFIELD,Jack
Marguerite Avis JACENTHOMarch 30, 2020 - 11:55:21 a.m.jackie1585569321JACENTHO,Marguerite Avis
Jack STANSFIELD + Marguerite Avis JACENTHOMarch 30, 2020 - 11:54:27 a.m.jackie1585569267STANSFIELD,Jack + JACENTHO,Marguerite Avis
Frederick Charles Theophilus BALLANCEMarch 30, 2020 - 11:51:46 a.m.jackie1585569106BALLANCE,Frederick Charles Theophilus
Alfred Charles BALLANCE + Margaret HAYESMarch 30, 2020 - 11:50:29 a.m.jackie1585569029BALLANCE,Alfred Charles + HAYES,Margaret
Maurice Ronald Lancelot BALLANCEMarch 30, 2020 - 11:50:29 a.m.jackie1585569029BALLANCE,Maurice Ronald Lancelot
Alfred Charles BALLANCE + Margaret Luke POLLARDMarch 30, 2020 - 11:48:05 a.m.jackie1585568885BALLANCE,Alfred Charles + POLLARD,Margaret Luke
Constance Sophia BALLANCEMarch 30, 2020 - 11:42:29 a.m.jackie1585568549BALLANCE,Constance Sophia
Ebenezer Day Hubault BUCHANANMarch 30, 2020 - 11:41:50 a.m.jackie1585568510BUCHANAN,Ebenezer Day Hubault
Gertrude MANNINGMarch 30, 2020 - 11:38:38 a.m.jackie1585568318MANNING,Gertrude
Ebenezer Day Hubault BUCHANAN + Gertrude MANNINGMarch 30, 2020 - 11:38:38 a.m.jackie1585568318BUCHANAN,Ebenezer Day Hubault + MANNING,Gertrude
William Henry COLLINSMarch 30, 2020 - 9:20:38 a.m.jackie1585560038COLLINS,William Henry
Ruth Doreen COLLINSMarch 30, 2020 - 9:15:24 a.m.jackie1585559724COLLINS,Ruth Doreen
Clinton Royal HAINESMarch 30, 2020 - 9:10:38 a.m.jackie1585559438HAINES,Clinton Royal
John Wilfred William Francis JACENTHOMarch 30, 2020 - 8:58:40 a.m.jackie1585558720JACENTHO,John Wilfred William Francis
John Wilfred William Francis JACENTHO + Cicely Helen BALLANCEMarch 30, 2020 - 8:53:38 a.m.jackie1585558418JACENTHO,John Wilfred William Francis + BALLANCE,Cicely Helen
Ebenezer Day Hubault BUCHANAN + Constance Sophia BALLANCEMarch 30, 2020 - 8:42:58 a.m.jackie1585557778BUCHANAN,Ebenezer Day Hubault + BALLANCE,Constance Sophia
Ellen HOSKINSONMarch 28, 2020 - 10:12:24 a.m.jackie1585390344HOSKINSON,Ellen
Robert Slater MACKMarch 28, 2020 - 10:05:59 a.m.jackie1585389959MACK,Robert Slater
Amy MACKMarch 28, 2020 - 10:01:33 a.m.jackie1585389693MACK,Amy
Ernest Alfred FOUNTAINMarch 28, 2020 - 10:00:46 a.m.jackie1585389646FOUNTAIN,Ernest Alfred
Marion FOUNTAINMarch 28, 2020 - 9:55:44 a.m.jackie1585389344FOUNTAIN,Marion
John William SIXSMITHMarch 28, 2020 - 9:54:20 a.m.jackie1585389260SIXSMITH,John William
John William SIXSMITH + Marion FOUNTAINMarch 28, 2020 - 9:52:12 a.m.jackie1585389132SIXSMITH,John William + FOUNTAIN,Marion
Irene Patricia FOUNTAINMarch 28, 2020 - 9:45:22 a.m.jackie1585388722FOUNTAIN,Irene Patricia
Leonard MEXTEDMarch 28, 2020 - 9:44:36 a.m.jackie1585388676MEXTED,Leonard
Laurie Harley ANDRICKSENMarch 28, 2020 - 9:39:36 a.m.jackie1585388376ANDRICKSEN,Laurie Harley