Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.
Many thanks for additional details on the Bellamy Family from Fiona.
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
|Roy HARRIS||HARRIS,Roy||January 19, 1996||0||24||24||Death|
|Gwynneth Elvira HARPER||HARPER,Gwynneth Elvira||January 19, 1994||1||26||26||Death|
|Joan Plumbe SMITH||SMITH,Joan Plumbe||January 19, 1992||2||28||28||Death|
|Percy SAVORY||SAVORY,Percy||January 19, 1989||3||31||31||Death|
|Lt Col Norman George BURNAND DSO||BURNAND,Norman George||January 19, 1958||4||62||62||Death|
|Brian William IZZARD||IZZARD,Brian William||January 19, 1953||5||67||67||Death|
|Basil GUY||GUY,Basil||January 19, 1952||6||68||68||Death|
|John Emilius Ernest Steigenberger SHARP C S O||SHARP,John Emilius Ernest Steigenberger C S O||January 19, 1951||7||69||69||Death|
|Joseph Boyle COGHLAN||COGHLAN,Joseph Boyle||January 19, 1949||8||71||71||Death|
|Edith Sophia Inkerman JAMESON||JAMESON,Edith Sophia Inkerman||January 19, 1947||9||73||73||Death|
|Rosa Maria Margaret EDWARDS||EDWARDS,Rosa Maria Margaret||January 19, 1947||10||73||73||Death|
|Caroline Penkivil WEEKES||WEEKES,Caroline Penkivil||January 19, 1942||11||78||78||Death|
|Edith Aine Madeleine CARY||CARY,Edith Aine Madeleine||January 19, 1940||12||80||80||Death|
|David Gerald Aubert EVANS||EVANS,David Gerald Aubert||January 19, 1935||13||85||85||Death|
|Arthur Wilfred HINE||HINE,Arthur Wilfred||January 19, 1933||14||87||87||Death|
|Maurice GAVILLER||GAVILLER,Maurice||January 19, 1928||15||92||92||Death|
|Edward Brewster STAINBANK||STAINBANK,Edward Brewster||January 19, 1927||16||93||93||Death|
|Rev James John COUZENS||COUZENS,James John||January 19, 1921||17||99||99||Death|
|Donald Alan COLQUHOUN||COLQUHOUN,Donald Alan||January 19, 1920||18||100||100||Birth|
|Alfred Sanderson WALFORD||WALFORD,Alfred Sanderson||January 19, 1919||19||101||101||Death|
|Capt John Newman KIDD||KIDD,John Newman||January 19, 1916||20||104||104||Death|
|Dorothy Louise MOREY||MOREY,Dorothy Louise||January 19, 1914||21||106||106||Birth|
|Albert William BASHFORD||BASHFORD,Albert William||January 19, 1914||22||106||106||Birth|
|Valerie Josephine DOMVILLE||DOMVILLE,Valerie Josephine||January 19, 1914||23||106||106||Birth|
|Joseph HODSON||HODSON,Joseph||January 19, 1913||24||107||107||Birth|
|Winifred Frances STEEL||STEEL,Winifred Frances||January 19, 1912||25||108||108||Birth|
|Christopher Edward TOWN||TOWN,Christopher Edward||January 19, 1910||26||110||110||Birth|
|Daniel STONNELL||STONNELL,Daniel||January 19, 1906||27||114||114||Birth|
|Johanna Octavia Dorothea Calverta TOULMIN||TOULMIN,Johanna Octavia Dorothea Calverta||January 19, 1906||28||114||114||Birth|
|Edna Rose KENNETT||KENNETT,Edna Rose||January 19, 1906||29||114||114||Birth|
|William SAVORY||SAVORY,William||January 19, 1900||30||120||120||Birth|
|Victor Herbert William BULMER-JONES||BULMER-JONES,Victor Herbert William||January 19, 1899||31||121||121||Birth|
|Eugenie LAMBERT||LAMBERT,Eugenie||January 19, 1896||32||124||124||Death|
|Wilhelmina BURNAND||BURNAND,Wilhelmina||January 19, 1892||33||128||128||Death|
|Lt Col Henry DUBERLY||DUBERLY,Henry||January 19, 1890||34||130||130||Death|
|Rosa GRICE||GRICE,Rosa||January 19, 1884||35||136||136||Death|
|Jessie KIDD||KIDD,Jessie||January 19, 1883||36||137||137||Birth|
|Rev Brenchley KINGSFORD||KINGSFORD,Brenchley||January 19, 1882||37||138||138||Death|
|Percy Augustus HOWE||HOWE,Percy Augustus||January 19, 1881||38||139||139||Birth|
|Ethel Frances GERVIS||GERVIS,Ethel Frances||January 19, 1877||39||143||143||Birth|
|Ida Muriel WALKINGTON||WALKINGTON,Ida Muriel||January 19, 1876||40||144||144||Birth|
|Ann Eliza PETTS||PETTS,Ann Eliza||January 19, 1873||41||147||147||Birth|
|Eliza Ann EVERETT||EVERETT,Eliza Ann||January 19, 1873||42||147||147||Birth|
|Rev John Herbert FIRMINGER||FIRMINGER,John Herbert||January 19, 1866||43||154||154||Birth|
|Alexander Whitelaw THORNEYCROFT||THORNEYCROFT,Alexander Whitelaw||January 19, 1859||44||161||161||Birth|
|Emily Elizabeth LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Emily Elizabeth||January 19, 1857||45||163||163||Birth|
|Wilford Lawrence CHILD||CHILD,Wilford Lawrence||January 19, 1855||46||165||165||Birth|
|John TOLLISS||TOLLISS,John||January 19, 1852||47||168||168||Birth|
|Agnes BOON||BOON,Agnes||January 19, 1852||48||168||168||Birth|
|Emily Matilda STOKES||STOKES,Emily Matilda||January 19, 1838||49||182||182||Birth|
|Eliza Jane STOKES||STOKES,Eliza Jane||January 19, 1838||50||182||182||Birth|
|John Petty DEARMAN||DEARMAN,John Petty||January 19, 1808||51||212||212||Death|
|Louisa AUBERT||AUBERT,Louisa||January 19, 1806||52||214||214||Birth|
|Mary FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Mary||January 19, 1802||53||218||218||Birth|
|Charles Edward MANGLES||MANGLES,Charles Edward||January 19, 1798||54||222||222||Birth|
|John STRANGE||STRANGE,John||January 19, 1780||55||240||240||Birth|
|John VAUGHAN||VAUGHAN,John||January 19, 1766||56||254||254||Death|
|Abigail TISDELL||TISDELL,Abigail||January 19, 1756||57||264||264||Death|
|Martha TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Martha||January 19, 1723||58||297||297||Birth|
|Percy Theodore CARDEN + Marjorie Ruth SCOTT||CARDEN,Percy Theodore + SCOTT,Marjorie Ruth||January 19, 1930||59||90||90||Marriage|
|Leslie Conway HILLS + Eleanor WHEELER||HILLS,Leslie Conway + WHEELER,Eleanor||January 19, 1924||60||96||96||Marriage|
|Joseph John FOX + Alice Bertha BARKER||FOX,Joseph John + BARKER,Alice Bertha||January 19, 1903||61||117||117||Marriage|
|St John Frederick Charles METHUEN + Louise Elizabeth CHAMPION||METHUEN,St John Frederick Charles + CHAMPION,Louise Elizabeth||January 19, 1892||62||128||128||Marriage|
|Edwin Henry WEST + Elizabeth Ann BARKER||WEST,Edwin Henry + BARKER,Elizabeth Ann||January 19, 1862||63||158||158||Marriage|
|John Edward SMITH + Matilda Gibson CROZIER||SMITH,John Edward + CROZIER,Matilda Gibson||January 19, 1854||64||166||166||Marriage|
|James WILSON + Rose Ellen Rogers HARRISON||WILSON,James + HARRISON,Rose Ellen Rogers||January 19, 1843||65||177||177||Marriage|
|Major William PAYNE + Sarah Rebecca LEMARCHAND||PAYNE,William + LEMARCHAND,Sarah Rebecca||January 19, 1831||66||189||189||Marriage|
|John Martin MILES + Elizabeth HOWELL||MILES,John Martin + HOWELL,Elizabeth||January 19, 1817||67||203||203||Marriage|
|General John Gustavus CROSBIE + Frances White THOMAS||CROSBIE,John Gustavus + THOMAS,Frances White||January 19, 1802||68||218||218||Marriage|
|Joseph EYLES + Mary DUDLEY||EYLES,Joseph + DUDLEY,Mary||January 19, 1768||69||252||252||Marriage|
|James FRAIL||January 18, 2020 - 4:35:35 p.m.||jackie||1579365335||FRAIL,James|
|James FRAIL + Elizabeth OWEN||January 18, 2020 - 4:26:44 p.m.||jackie||1579364804||FRAIL,James + OWEN,Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth OWEN||January 18, 2020 - 4:23:58 p.m.||jackie||1579364638||OWEN,Elizabeth|
|Emily Hannah GLOVER||January 18, 2020 - 4:12:09 p.m.||jackie||1579363929||GLOVER,Emily Hannah|
|Theophila Clare RIVAZ||January 18, 2020 - 3:40:38 p.m.||jackie||1579362038||RIVAZ,Theophila Clare|
|Louisa Helen RIVAZ||January 18, 2020 - 2:04:17 p.m.||jackie||1579356257||RIVAZ,Louisa Helen|
|Deborah Katharine Rosamund CLAPHAM||January 18, 2020 - 1:54:22 p.m.||jackie||1579355662||CLAPHAM,Deborah Katharine Rosamund|
|Capt Ernest Rivaz HUNT MD||January 18, 2020 - 1:53:50 p.m.||jackie||1579355630||HUNT,Ernest Rivaz MD|
|Mabel Evelyn Rivaz HUNT||January 18, 2020 - 1:52:02 p.m.||jackie||1579355522||HUNT,Mabel Evelyn Rivaz|
|Ethel Mary Rivaz HUNT||January 18, 2020 - 1:50:55 p.m.||jackie||1579355455||HUNT,Ethel Mary Rivaz|
|Edith Katherine SMART||January 18, 2020 - 1:42:13 p.m.||jackie||1579354933||SMART,Edith Katherine|
|Mary SMART||January 18, 2020 - 1:38:59 p.m.||jackie||1579354739||SMART,Mary|
|Eliza Walsh HANDYSIDE||January 18, 2020 - 12:07:03 p.m.||jackie||1579349223||HANDYSIDE,Eliza Walsh|
|Dame Sophia Annie SMART||January 18, 2020 - 11:56:13 a.m.||jackie||1579348573||SMART,Sophia Annie|
|Sir Charles Alfred BALLANCE||January 18, 2020 - 11:55:20 a.m.||jackie||1579348520||BALLANCE,Charles Alfred|
|Alfred SMART||January 18, 2020 - 11:53:47 a.m.||jackie||1579348427||SMART,Alfred|
|Anne Elizabeth BROOKS||January 18, 2020 - 11:52:53 a.m.||jackie||1579348373||BROOKS,Anne Elizabeth|
|Faith E SMART||January 18, 2020 - 11:38:34 a.m.||jackie||1579347514||SMART,Faith E|
|William Edward John SMART||January 18, 2020 - 11:31:19 a.m.||jackie||1579347079||SMART,William Edward John|
|Joseph Harris DYER + Amy “Fanny”||January 18, 2020 - 11:27:11 a.m.||jackie||1579346831||DYER,Joseph Harris + ,Amy|
|George Thomas BERNARD||January 18, 2020 - 11:11:47 a.m.||jackie||1579345907||BERNARD,George Thomas|
|George Henry Etienne BERNARD + Margaret DAVISON||January 18, 2020 - 11:02:19 a.m.||jackie||1579345339||BERNARD,George Henry Etienne + DAVISON,Margaret|
|Margaret DAVISON||January 18, 2020 - 11:00:56 a.m.||jackie||1579345256||DAVISON,Margaret|
|George Henry Etienne BERNARD||January 18, 2020 - 10:59:11 a.m.||jackie||1579345151||BERNARD,George Henry Etienne|
|Benjamin STEINMETZ||January 17, 2020 - 2:41:39 p.m.||jackie||1579272099||STEINMETZ,Benjamin|
|Josephine Marie Apollonie STEINMETZ||January 17, 2020 - 2:35:54 p.m.||jackie||1579271754||STEINMETZ,Josephine Marie Apollonie|
|John STEINMETZ + Maria Sophie Vander Ghote …||January 17, 2020 - 2:34:19 p.m.||jackie||1579271659||STEINMETZ,John + @N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote|
|John STEINMETZ||January 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.||jackie||1579271520||STEINMETZ,John|
|Maria Sophie Vander Ghote …||January 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.||jackie||1579271520||@N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote|
|Walker HOWLETT||January 17, 2020 - 2:22:19 p.m.||jackie||1579270939||HOWLETT,Walker|
|Julia FROST||January 17, 2020 - 2:11:04 p.m.||jackie||1579270264||FROST,Julia|
|Harriet Clements HELLINGS||January 17, 2020 - 2:07:25 p.m.||jackie||1579270045||HELLINGS,Harriet Clements|
|Frederick Spencer FROST + Harriet Clements HELLINGS||January 17, 2020 - 2:04:57 p.m.||jackie||1579269897||FROST,Frederick Spencer + HELLINGS,Harriet Clements|
|Frederick Spencer FROST||January 17, 2020 - 2:02:50 p.m.||jackie||1579269770||FROST,Frederick Spencer|
|Dr Sidney Spencer Farwell BLACKMAN||January 17, 2020 - 2:02:23 p.m.||jackie||1579269743||BLACKMAN,Sidney Spencer Farwell|
|Dr Frederick BLACKMAN + Catherine Elizabeth FROST||January 17, 2020 - 1:58:03 p.m.||jackie||1579269483||BLACKMAN,Frederick + FROST,Catherine Elizabeth|
|Walker HOWLETT + Julia FROST||January 17, 2020 - 1:50:38 p.m.||jackie||1579269038||HOWLETT,Walker + FROST,Julia|