Many thanks to Ian for supplying additional information on the above family.
Many thanks to Jim for sending me the details of another daughter for Thomas and Grace Boyd.
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
|Capt James Francis Thorneycroft WHEEN||WHEEN,James Francis Thorneycroft||April 26, 2017||0||2||2||Death|
|Geoffrey Victor LOVEDAY||LOVEDAY,Geoffrey Victor||April 26, 1984||1||35||35||Death|
|Isobel Marguerite (Bluebell) TOULMIN||TOULMIN,Isobel Marguerite (Bluebell)||April 26, 1977||2||42||42||Death|
|Margaret Elizabeth HYNES||HYNES,Margaret Elizabeth||April 26, 1974||3||45||45||Death|
|Wallace THORNEYCROFT||THORNEYCROFT,Wallace||April 26, 1954||4||65||65||Death|
|Ida Mary BLAINE||BLAINE,Ida Mary||April 26, 1953||5||66||66||Death|
|Robert Flemyng PRIDEAUX||PRIDEAUX,Robert Flemyng||April 26, 1952||6||67||67||Death|
|Sophia Dawson ROLLS||ROLLS,Sophia Dawson||April 26, 1951||7||68||68||Death|
|Louisa Sarah PONT||PONT,Louisa Sarah||April 26, 1951||8||68||68||Death|
|Brice Harley GRELLIER||GRELLIER,Brice Harley||April 26, 1946||9||73||73||Death|
|Frances Jeanette PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Frances Jeanette||April 26, 1941||10||78||78||Death|
|Evangeline SAMPSON||SAMPSON,Evangeline||April 26, 1936||11||83||83||Death|
|Rebecca LATREILLE||LATREILLE,Rebecca||April 26, 1931||12||88||88||Death|
|Beatrice Howard Jackson LOWE||LOWE,Beatrice Howard Jackson||April 26, 1929||13||90||90||Death|
|Arthur Brooke JONES||JONES,Arthur Brooke||April 26, 1928||14||91||91||Death|
|Julia Anna SHARP||SHARP,Julia Anna||April 26, 1926||15||93||93||Death|
|Doreen May CRUISE||CRUISE,Doreen May||April 26, 1920||16||99||99||Birth|
|Charles Vivian KAULA||KAULA,Charles Vivian||April 26, 1920||17||99||99||Birth|
|Ursula Thorneycroft WHEEN||WHEEN,Ursula Thorneycroft||April 26, 1918||18||101||101||Birth|
|Ethel M KENNEDY||KENNEDY,Ethel M||April 26, 1917||19||102||102||Birth|
|Leonard Alwyn Thomas DENNIS||DENNIS,Leonard Alwyn Thomas||April 26, 1914||20||105||105||Birth|
|Nora Georgina BEXFIELD||BEXFIELD,Nora Georgina||April 26, 1909||21||110||110||Birth|
|Kenneth William ANDREW||ANDREW,Kenneth William||April 26, 1903||22||116||116||Birth|
|Sarah BOYD||BOYD,Sarah||April 26, 1897||23||122||122||Death|
|Herbert Victor Townshend MILLS||MILLS,Herbert Victor Townshend||April 26, 1896||24||123||123||Birth|
|Elsie Margaret HARRISON||HARRISON,Elsie Margaret||April 26, 1892||25||127||127||Birth|
|Millicent REYNOLDS||REYNOLDS,Millicent||April 26, 1890||26||129||129||Birth|
|Ellen J STANDEN||STANDEN,Ellen J||April 26, 1890||27||129||129||Birth|
|Ody GUY||GUY,Ody||April 26, 1889||28||130||130||Death|
|Henry Jesse STOKES||STOKES,Henry Jesse||April 26, 1885||29||134||134||Birth|
|Holdsworth HUNT||HUNT,Holdsworth||April 26, 1883||30||136||136||Death|
|Edwin MARCH||MARCH,Edwin||April 26, 1883||31||136||136||Death|
|Lt Col John Henry BLANSHARD||BLANSHARD,John Henry||April 26, 1881||32||138||138||Death|
|Dudley Clarges HILL||HILL,Dudley Clarges||April 26, 1873||33||146||146||Death|
|Harry JACOB||JACOB,Harry||April 26, 1872||34||147||147||Birth|
|Sidney Frank Anthony Hill MOTTLEY||MOTTLEY,Sidney Frank Anthony Hill||April 26, 1869||35||150||150||Birth|
|Harry Oscar BECKH MA||BECKH,Harry Oscar MA||April 26, 1864||36||155||155||Birth|
|Kate FIVEASH||FIVEASH,Kate||April 26, 1855||37||164||164||Birth|
|Sir Alfred Scott GATTY KCVO||GATTY,Alfred Scott KCVO||April 26, 1847||38||172||172||Birth|
|Otto August BENECKE||BENECKE,Otto August||April 26, 1837||39||182||182||Birth|
|Esther GUY||GUY,Esther||April 26, 1836||40||183||183||Birth|
|Matilda METHUEN||METHUEN,Matilda||April 26, 1831||41||188||188||Death|
|George DE GREY Baron Walsingham||DE GREY,George Baron Walsingham||April 26, 1831||42||188||188||Death|
|Caroline ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Caroline||April 26, 1822||43||197||197||Birth|
|Harriett Alice PETT||PETT,Harriett Alice||April 26, 1814||44||205||205||Birth|
|Richard Frederick CLARKE||CLARKE,Richard Frederick||April 26, 1802||45||217||217||Birth|
|Daniel MILLO||MILLO,Daniel||April 26, 1796||46||223||223||Birth|
|John SHARP||SHARP,John||April 26, 1783||47||236||236||Death|
|William WILLMOT||WILLMOT,William||April 26, 1767||48||252||252||Birth|
|Montague Gerrard DRAKE||DRAKE,Montague Gerrard||April 26, 1728||49||291||291||Death|
|Jules Augustus WEBB + Emma Snow CRUMP||WEBB,Jules Augustus + CRUMP,Emma Snow||April 26, 1926||50||93||93||Marriage|
|Henry Maxwell BATHURST + Evelyn Verna MARZETTI||BATHURST,Henry Maxwell + MARZETTI,Evelyn Verna||April 26, 1911||51||108||108||Marriage|
|Reginald Augustus AUBERT + Sarah Jane EVANS||AUBERT,Reginald Augustus + EVANS,Sarah Jane||April 26, 1909||52||110||110||Marriage|
|Henry George Hilliar Morgan PHILLIPS + Maud Alice Louisa NEVILL||PHILLIPS,Henry George Hilliar Morgan + NEVILL,Maud Alice Louisa||April 26, 1902||53||117||117||Marriage|
|Arthur James SPENCE + Clara Georgina AYERS||SPENCE,Arthur James + AYERS,Clara Georgina||April 26, 1886||54||133||133||Marriage|
|William FENWICK + Elizabeth Skipsey HALL||FENWICK,William + HALL,Elizabeth Skipsey||April 26, 1862||55||157||157||Marriage|
|Rev George Dempster MUDIE + Catherine REED||MUDIE,George Dempster + REED,Catherine||April 26, 1862||56||157||157||Marriage|
|Rev Richard William HIGGS + Catherine Day POPE||HIGGS,Richard William + POPE,Catherine Day||April 26, 1855||57||164||164||Marriage|
|Henry BAKER + Charlotte Sophia LEEKE||BAKER,Henry + LEEKE,Charlotte Sophia||April 26, 1848||58||171||171||Marriage|
|Rev Robert BAKER + Emily de Courcy LEEKE||BAKER,Robert + LEEKE,Emily de Courcy||April 26, 1848||59||171||171||Marriage|
|John MEEK + Jane GOODALL||MEEK,John + GOODALL,Jane||April 26, 1840||60||179||179||Marriage|
|Christopher BOYD + Mary Ann Harriot GAVILLER||BOYD,Christopher + GAVILLER,Mary Ann Harriot||April 26, 1838||61||181||181||Marriage|
|Charles WALKER + Henrietta Charlotte Lucy MANGEON||WALKER,Charles + MANGEON,Henrietta Charlotte Lucy||April 26, 1832||62||187||187||Marriage|
|Robert PARRIS + Barbara BARKISS||PARRIS,Robert + BARKISS,Barbara||April 26, 1790||63||229||229||Marriage|
|Robert GATES + Sarah PATTINGER||GATES,Robert + PATTINGER,Sarah||April 26, 1698||64||321||321||Marriage|
|Muriel Alexandra HOLTOM||April 26, 2019 - 7:19:35 a.m.||jackie||1556263175||HOLTOM,Muriel Alexandra|
|Rose Hannah LAKIN||April 26, 2019 - 7:04:29 a.m.||jackie||1556262269||LAKIN,Rose Hannah|
|John LAKIN||April 26, 2019 - 6:58:23 a.m.||jackie||1556261903||LAKIN,John|
|William LAKIN||April 26, 2019 - 6:58:10 a.m.||jackie||1556261890||LAKIN,William|
|William LAKIN + Sarah WEBB||April 26, 2019 - 6:47:35 a.m.||jackie||1556261255||LAKIN,William + WEBB,Sarah|
|Sarah WEBB||April 26, 2019 - 6:45:23 a.m.||jackie||1556261123||WEBB,Sarah|
|Enoch LAKIN||April 26, 2019 - 6:42:04 a.m.||jackie||1556260924||LAKIN,Enoch|
|Harriet Shaw Bethia FLAMANK||April 26, 2019 - 6:30:59 a.m.||jackie||1556260259||FLAMANK,Harriet Shaw Bethia|
|John LAKIN + Harriet Shaw Bethia FLAMANK||April 26, 2019 - 6:27:26 a.m.||jackie||1556260046||LAKIN,John + FLAMANK,Harriet Shaw Bethia|
|Frederic Nix LATHAM||April 24, 2019 - 4:01:00 p.m.||jackie||1556121660||LATHAM,Frederic Nix|
|Violet Beryl BURNAND||April 24, 2019 - 3:53:55 p.m.||jackie||1556121235||BURNAND,Violet Beryl|
|George Henry DAY||April 24, 2019 - 3:21:16 p.m.||jackie||1556119276||DAY,George Henry|
|Jane Antoinette Louisa SAPTE||April 24, 2019 - 3:08:09 p.m.||jackie||1556118489||SAPTE,Jane Antoinette Louisa|
|Lewis BURNAND + Jane Antoinette Louisa SAPTE||April 24, 2019 - 3:07:37 p.m.||jackie||1556118457||BURNAND,Lewis + SAPTE,Jane Antoinette Louisa|
|Ellen J STANDEN||April 24, 2019 - 12:37:34 p.m.||jackie||1556109454||STANDEN,Ellen J|
|William Henry PONT + Ellen J STANDEN||April 24, 2019 - 12:37:23 p.m.||jackie||1556109443||PONT,William Henry + STANDEN,Ellen J|
|William Henry PONT||April 24, 2019 - 12:33:56 p.m.||jackie||1556109236||PONT,William Henry|
|Charles William HIDER||April 24, 2019 - 12:25:04 p.m.||jackie||1556108704||HIDER,Charles William|
|Maisie Winifred HIDER||April 24, 2019 - 12:23:38 p.m.||jackie||1556108618||HIDER,Maisie Winifred|