News
Austin / Boyd Family
January 12, 2020 - 10:01:03 a.m.

Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.

Bellamy Family
November 19, 2019 - 9:11:27 a.m.

Many thanks for additional details on the Bellamy Family from Fiona.

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 January 19, 2020.
Individuals
Males
16,577
51.4%
Females
15,636
48.5%
Total surnames
Families
Sources
Media objects
Repositories
Total events
67,117
Total users
3
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
1.92

Most common surnames

On this day
RecordNAMEDateDATEANNIVEvent
John Spencer RIVAZRIVAZ,John SpencerJanuary 20, 2013077Death
Annette Sylvia DICKSONDICKSON,Annette SylviaJanuary 20, 200611414Death
Florence Norah GUYGUY,Florence NorahJanuary 20, 199722323Death
George Raymond Wilbraham CARDENCARDEN,George Raymond WilbrahamJanuary 20, 199332727Death
Thomas Burnand ROLLSROLLS,Thomas BurnandJanuary 20, 198543535Death
Harry SMITHSMITH,HarryJanuary 20, 197354747Death
Gwendolen GISBORNEGISBORNE,GwendolenJanuary 20, 196865252Death
Raymond Ralph Horwood HAZELLHAZELL,Raymond Ralph HorwoodJanuary 20, 196575555Death
Lizzie HAYNESHAYNES,LizzieJanuary 20, 196185959Death
Elizabeth Jane MOOREMOORE,Elizabeth JaneJanuary 20, 195796363Death
Charles DEANEDEANE,CharlesJanuary 20, 1957106363Death
Edward Neil BAYNESBAYNES,Edward NeilJanuary 20, 1951116969Death
Henry Patrick SURTEESSURTEES,Henry PatrickJanuary 20, 1939128181Death
Laura Crichton MARCHMARCH,Laura CrichtonJanuary 20, 1935138585Death
Sir Edmond John Warre SLADE KCIE KCVOSLADE,Edmond John WarreJanuary 20, 1928149292Death
Alfred D'ANGIBAUD'ANGIBAU,AlfredJanuary 20, 1926159494Death
Duncan Arthur Newton ALLEN MCALLEN,Duncan Arthur NewtonJanuary 20, 1922169898Birth
Robert Handcock TEMPLETEMPLE,Robert HandcockJanuary 20, 192017100100Death
Nancy Ruth MACGEORGEMACGEORGE,Nancy RuthJanuary 20, 191618104104Birth
Jesse GUYGUY,JesseJanuary 20, 191519105105Death
Algernon Marsham POLLOCKPOLLOCK,Algernon MarshamJanuary 20, 191020110110Death
Sarah @N.N.,SarahJanuary 20, 191021110110Death
Doris Ethel MEEKMEEK,Doris EthelJanuary 20, 190622114114Birth
Rev Dr Alfred GATTYGATTY,AlfredJanuary 20, 190323117117Death
Lucy Emily STONNELLSTONNELL,Lucy EmilyJanuary 20, 190224118118Birth
Caroline Lucy Jane LAMBERTLAMBERT,Caroline Lucy JaneJanuary 20, 190225118118Death
William Hugh Stockley CURRYERCURRYER,William Hugh StockleyJanuary 20, 189526125125Birth
James W BALDWINBALDWIN,James WJanuary 20, 189427126126Birth
Lt Col Basil John Montfort BEBBBEBB,Basil John MontfortJanuary 20, 189228128128Birth
Kate POWNALLPOWNALL,KateJanuary 20, 189029130130Death
Charles Reuben PACKHAMPACKHAM,Charles ReubenJanuary 20, 188630134134Birth
Alice BANTHORPEBANTHORPE,AliceJanuary 20, 188231138138Birth
James Frederick William BURNESSBURNESS,James Frederick WilliamJanuary 20, 187932141141Birth
Wilhelmina Anne “Minnie” RIVAZRIVAZ,Wilhelmina AnneJanuary 20, 187633144144Death
Jane KEMPKEMP,JaneJanuary 20, 186734153153Death
Ellen Amelia RIVAZRIVAZ,Ellen AmeliaJanuary 20, 186235158158Birth
Annie Sophia COLDWELLSCOLDWELLS,Annie SophiaJanuary 20, 186036160160Birth
Emmaline Frances MATTHEYMATTHEY,Emmaline FrancesJanuary 20, 185537165165Birth
Jane Frances FISKEFISKE,Jane FrancesJanuary 20, 184838172172Birth
Florence FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,FlorenceJanuary 20, 184739173173Birth
Elizabeth Mary VIDLERVIDLER,Elizabeth MaryJanuary 20, 184740173173Death
Susan Mary PENNEFATHERPENNEFATHER,Susan MaryJanuary 20, 184241178178Birth
Frances Ivey FLAMANKFLAMANK,Frances IveyJanuary 20, 183042190190Birth
Henry James Davison HORNE M.AHORNE,Henry James Davison M.AJanuary 20, 182943191191Birth
Archibald FINNIEFINNIE,ArchibaldJanuary 20, 182644194194Death
George VANSITTART M PVANSITTART,George M PJanuary 20, 182545195195Death
Sarah TOLLISSTOLLISS,SarahJanuary 20, 182546195195Birth
Frances Sarah FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,Frances SarahJanuary 20, 180947211211Birth
Bethia FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,BethiaJanuary 20, 180548215215Birth
Susanne AUBERTAUBERT,SusanneJanuary 20, 177249248248Birth
Paul TURQUANDTURQUAND,PaulJanuary 20, 171550305305Birth
Paul TURQUANDTURQUAND,PaulJanuary 20, 168951331331Birth
Capt Keith W R O'REILLY + Christabel Anne Lorraine CHARLESWORTHO'REILLY,Keith W R + CHARLESWORTH,Christabel Anne LorraineJanuary 20, 1923529797Marriage
Harold GREENWOOD + Cordelia Rose Harriet LEEGREENWOOD,Harold + LEE,Cordelia Rose HarrietJanuary 20, 190953111111Marriage
Thomas Barthrop “Tom” SCOTCHMER + Ellen BANTHORPESCOTCHMER,Thomas Barthrop + BANTHORPE,EllenJanuary 20, 190454116116Marriage
Edward Henry WEBB + Elizabeth Ann HILLIERWEBB,Edward Henry + HILLIER,Elizabeth AnnJanuary 20, 190255118118Marriage
Rev William HOLDSWORTH + Augusta Matilda IRBYHOLDSWORTH,William + IRBY,Augusta MatildaJanuary 20, 185356167167Marriage
Charles CROXHALL + Ann Maria GLADWELLCROXHALL,Charles + GLADWELL,Ann MariaJanuary 20, 184557175175Marriage
Francis Dominick ELSOM + Susanna SCOTTELSOM,Francis Dominick + SCOTT,SusannaJanuary 20, 182058200200Marriage
George ABELL + Elizabeth CLEMENSABELL,George + CLEMENS,ElizabethJanuary 20, 181059210210Marriage
Changes in the last 3 days
RecordLast changebyDATESORTNAME
Edna Jean January 19, 2020 - 5:11:19 p.m.jackie1579453879@N.N.,Edna Jean
Leslie Linton JUDGESJanuary 19, 2020 - 5:01:56 p.m.jackie1579453316JUDGES,Leslie Linton
Hubert Leslie JUDGESJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:55:33 p.m.jackie1579452933JUDGES,Hubert Leslie
William Harold OLIVEJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:53:20 p.m.jackie1579452800OLIVE,William Harold
Amy Helen JUDGESJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:52:31 p.m.jackie1579452751JUDGES,Amy Helen
William Harold OLIVE + Amy Helen JUDGESJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:52:31 p.m.jackie1579452751OLIVE,William Harold + JUDGES,Amy Helen
Henry Edward JUDGESJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:48:51 p.m.jackie1579452531JUDGES,Henry Edward
John HADDOCK + Sarah TAYLORJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:38:12 p.m.jackie1579451892HADDOCK,John + TAYLOR,Sarah
Sarah TAYLORJanuary 19, 2020 - 4:37:16 p.m.jackie1579451836TAYLOR,Sarah
James FRAILJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:35:35 p.m.jackie1579365335FRAIL,James
James FRAIL + Elizabeth OWENJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:26:44 p.m.jackie1579364804FRAIL,James + OWEN,Elizabeth
Elizabeth OWENJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:23:58 p.m.jackie1579364638OWEN,Elizabeth
Emily Hannah GLOVERJanuary 18, 2020 - 4:12:09 p.m.jackie1579363929GLOVER,Emily Hannah
Theophila Clare RIVAZJanuary 18, 2020 - 3:40:38 p.m.jackie1579362038RIVAZ,Theophila Clare
Louisa Helen RIVAZJanuary 18, 2020 - 2:04:17 p.m.jackie1579356257RIVAZ,Louisa Helen
Deborah Katharine Rosamund CLAPHAMJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:54:22 p.m.jackie1579355662CLAPHAM,Deborah Katharine Rosamund
Capt Ernest Rivaz HUNT MDJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:53:50 p.m.jackie1579355630HUNT,Ernest Rivaz MD
Mabel Evelyn Rivaz HUNTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:52:02 p.m.jackie1579355522HUNT,Mabel Evelyn Rivaz
Ethel Mary Rivaz HUNTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:50:55 p.m.jackie1579355455HUNT,Ethel Mary Rivaz
Edith Katherine SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:42:13 p.m.jackie1579354933SMART,Edith Katherine
Mary SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 1:38:59 p.m.jackie1579354739SMART,Mary
Eliza Walsh HANDYSIDEJanuary 18, 2020 - 12:07:03 p.m.jackie1579349223HANDYSIDE,Eliza Walsh
Dame Sophia Annie SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:56:13 a.m.jackie1579348573SMART,Sophia Annie
Sir Charles Alfred BALLANCEJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:55:20 a.m.jackie1579348520BALLANCE,Charles Alfred
Alfred SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:53:47 a.m.jackie1579348427SMART,Alfred
Anne Elizabeth BROOKSJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:52:53 a.m.jackie1579348373BROOKS,Anne Elizabeth
Faith E SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:38:34 a.m.jackie1579347514SMART,Faith E
William Edward John SMARTJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:31:19 a.m.jackie1579347079SMART,William Edward John
Joseph Harris DYER + Amy “Fanny”January 18, 2020 - 11:27:11 a.m.jackie1579346831DYER,Joseph Harris + ,Amy
George Thomas BERNARDJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:11:47 a.m.jackie1579345907BERNARD,George Thomas
George Henry Etienne BERNARD + Margaret DAVISONJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:02:19 a.m.jackie1579345339BERNARD,George Henry Etienne + DAVISON,Margaret
Margaret DAVISONJanuary 18, 2020 - 11:00:56 a.m.jackie1579345256DAVISON,Margaret
George Henry Etienne BERNARDJanuary 18, 2020 - 10:59:11 a.m.jackie1579345151BERNARD,George Henry Etienne
Benjamin STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:41:39 p.m.jackie1579272099STEINMETZ,Benjamin
Josephine Marie Apollonie STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:35:54 p.m.jackie1579271754STEINMETZ,Josephine Marie Apollonie
John STEINMETZ + Maria Sophie Vander Ghote January 17, 2020 - 2:34:19 p.m.jackie1579271659STEINMETZ,John + @N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote
John STEINMETZJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.jackie1579271520STEINMETZ,John
Maria Sophie Vander Ghote January 17, 2020 - 2:32:00 p.m.jackie1579271520@N.N.,Maria Sophie Vander Ghote
Walker HOWLETTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:22:19 p.m.jackie1579270939HOWLETT,Walker
Julia FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:11:04 p.m.jackie1579270264FROST,Julia
Harriet Clements HELLINGSJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:07:25 p.m.jackie1579270045HELLINGS,Harriet Clements
Frederick Spencer FROST + Harriet Clements HELLINGSJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:04:57 p.m.jackie1579269897FROST,Frederick Spencer + HELLINGS,Harriet Clements
Frederick Spencer FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:02:50 p.m.jackie1579269770FROST,Frederick Spencer
Dr Sidney Spencer Farwell BLACKMANJanuary 17, 2020 - 2:02:23 p.m.jackie1579269743BLACKMAN,Sidney Spencer Farwell
Dr Frederick BLACKMAN + Catherine Elizabeth FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 1:58:03 p.m.jackie1579269483BLACKMAN,Frederick + FROST,Catherine Elizabeth
Walker HOWLETT + Julia FROSTJanuary 17, 2020 - 1:50:38 p.m.jackie1579269038HOWLETT,Walker + FROST,Julia