Gates Family
21 February 2018 - 09:18:47

Additional details on the Gates Family from my Canadian FH Contact, many thanks

Castleden Family
29 January 2018 - 19:26:12

Many thanks to David Castleden for new details on the above family.

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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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Harvey STEIGENBERGERSTEIGENBERGER,Harvey24 February 197754141Death
Sarah Jane TOLLISSTOLLISS,Sarah Jane24 February 196765151Death
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Maj General Nigel Maitland WILSONWILSON,Nigel Maitland24 February 195086868Death
Ethel Annie LLOYDLLOYD,Ethel Annie24 February 194797171Death
Charles Edmund ABELLABELL,Charles Edmund24 February 1943107575Death
Emily Mary ANDREWANDREW,Emily Mary24 February 1933118585Death
Eccles CARTERCARTER,Eccles24 February 1930128888Death
William Thomas WEBLINWEBLIN,William Thomas24 February 1921139797Death
Beatrice Esther WARWICKWARWICK,Beatrice Esther24 February 1919149999Death
Col James Le Geyt DANIELLDANIELL,James Le Geyt24 February 1919159999Death
Sheila COLLUMCOLLUM,Sheila24 February 191416104104Birth
George Edward PRITCHETTPRITCHETT,George Edward24 February 191217106106Death
Henry (Curly) TOLLISSTOLLISS,Henry (Curly)24 February 191018108108Birth
Joseph Barber HARTWELLHARTWELL,Joseph Barber24 February 190719111111Birth
Esme Frances Sylvia IRBYIRBY,Esme Frances Sylvia24 February 190120117117Birth
Irene POWERPOWER,Irene24 February 189921119119Birth
Frederick Herbert STONNELLSTONNELL,Frederick Herbert24 February 189722121121Birth
Jessie Mary ‘Jessica’ GODFREYGODFREY,Jessie Mary24 February 189623122122Birth
Alfred William GABBGABB,Alfred William24 February 189424124124Death
Cady BYFORDBYFORD,Cady24 February 189125127127Birth
Alice Mercy ADAMSADAMS,Alice Mercy24 February 188026138138Birth
Jesse William GLOVERGLOVER,Jesse William24 February 187927139139Death
William PEGGPEGG,William24 February 187428144144Death
Rose WICKHAMWICKHAM,Rose24 February 187029148148Birth
Margaret GATEHOUSEGATEHOUSE,Margaret24 February 186730151151Birth
Sydney BURNANDBURNAND,Sydney24 February 186731151151Birth
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Wallace THORNEYCROFTTHORNEYCROFT,Wallace24 February 186133157157Birth
Florence Amy DAVISDAVIS,Florence Amy24 February 186134157157Birth
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Louisa Ann Litchfield WILKINSONWILKINSON,Louisa Ann Litchfield24 February 184636172172Birth
Theodore BARKERBARKER,Theodore24 February 184437174174Birth
Rachel HOWARDHOWARD,Rachel24 February 183738181181Death
Susannah Elizabeth CLERKECLERKE,Susannah Elizabeth24 February 183639182182Birth
Frederick Charles BARROWBARROW,Frederick Charles24 February 182640192192Death
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Hon. Georgina Albinia IRBYIRBY,Georgina Albinia24 February 181642202202Birth
Henry HOLLHOLL,Henry24 February 180943209209Birth
Rev Adolphus Frederick IRBYIRBY,Adolphus Frederick24 February 179744221221Birth
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Alfred CAMPION + Florence Alice Marian SALTERCAMPION,Alfred + SALTER,Florence Alice Marian24 February 190847110110Marriage
Alfred NURSE + Elizabeth SHAWNURSE,Alfred + SHAW,Elizabeth24 February 188048138138Marriage
George Dashwood BAKER + Constance Sarah PARKINSONBAKER,George Dashwood + PARKINSON,Constance Sarah24 February 187649142142Marriage
William Conway HINE + Amy Jane DAVIDSONHINE,William Conway + DAVIDSON,Amy Jane24 February 186350155155Marriage
Henry GUY + Maria PARSONSGUY,Henry + PARSONS,Maria24 February 185951159159Marriage
Frederick William IRBY + Isabella Harriet BRUCEIRBY,Frederick William + BRUCE,Isabella Harriet24 February 184652172172Marriage
George Henry BRACKEN + Elizabeth Ann CANNELLBRACKEN,George Henry + CANNELL,Elizabeth Ann24 February 184453174174Marriage
John TOLLIS + Susana ANDUMSTOLLIS,John + ANDUMS,Susana24 February 167954339339Marriage
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Claud Harrop INGHAM22 February 2018 - 15:00:37jackie1519311637INGHAM,Claud Harrop
Edith SYKES22 February 2018 - 14:57:06jackie1519311426SYKES,Edith
Richard Anthony FULLER-MAITLAND22 February 2018 - 14:46:15jackie1519310775FULLER-MAITLAND,Richard Anthony
Hon Adelaide Laura CUBITT22 February 2018 - 14:43:03jackie1519310583CUBITT,Adelaide Laura
Thomas Archibald FULLER-MAITLAND22 February 2018 - 14:39:02jackie1519310342FULLER-MAITLAND,Thomas Archibald
Alexander FULLER-MAITLAND22 February 2018 - 14:37:18jackie1519310238FULLER-MAITLAND,Alexander
Katherine Mary FULLER-MAITLAND22 February 2018 - 14:35:57jackie1519310157FULLER-MAITLAND,Katherine Mary
Charles Wilfred Pollock HODSOLL22 February 2018 - 14:29:01jackie1519309741HODSOLL,Charles Wilfred Pollock
John Nigel INNES22 February 2018 - 14:27:29jackie1519309649INNES,John Nigel
Audrey Julia BROADWOOD22 February 2018 - 14:24:33jackie1519309473BROADWOOD,Audrey Julia
Walter Lionel BICKNELL22 February 2018 - 14:15:42jackie1519308942BICKNELL,Walter Lionel
Hart Philip SPARLING22 February 2018 - 14:11:35jackie1519308695SPARLING,Hart Philip
Lilian Jessica TOLLISS21 February 2018 - 19:07:13jackie1519240033TOLLISS,Lilian Jessica
Florence GUY21 February 2018 - 19:06:49jackie1519240009GUY,Florence
Marjory Charlotte Mary SPARLING21 February 2018 - 19:01:39jackie1519239699SPARLING,Marjory Charlotte Mary
Hart Theobald SPARLING + Frances Mary BICKNELL21 February 2018 - 18:58:58jackie1519239538SPARLING,Hart Theobald + BICKNELL,Frances Mary
Frances Mary BICKNELL21 February 2018 - 18:52:51jackie1519239171BICKNELL,Frances Mary
Hart Theobald SPARLING21 February 2018 - 18:45:11jackie1519238711SPARLING,Hart Theobald
Rev John BICKNELL21 February 2018 - 18:38:40jackie1519238320BICKNELL,John
Elsie Bergliot REED21 February 2018 - 18:35:10jackie1519238110REED,Elsie Bergliot
Ronald Douglas CARTWRIGHT21 February 2018 - 18:20:08jackie1519237208CARTWRIGHT,Ronald Douglas
Cecil Florian CARTWRIGHT21 February 2018 - 18:18:24jackie1519237104CARTWRIGHT,Cecil Florian
Louisa 21 February 2018 - 17:32:58jackie1519234378@N.N.,Louisa
Cecil Florian CARTWRIGHT + Louisa 21 February 2018 - 17:32:58jackie1519234378CARTWRIGHT,Cecil Florian + @N.N.,Louisa
Dorothy Elsie HAGEN21 February 2018 - 17:08:17jackie1519232897HAGEN,Dorothy Elsie
unknown 21 February 2018 - 17:05:56jackie1519232756@N.N.,unknown
Ronald Douglas CARTWRIGHT + unknown 21 February 2018 - 17:05:56jackie1519232756CARTWRIGHT,Ronald Douglas + @N.N.,unknown
Ronald Douglas CARTWRIGHT + Dorothy Elsie HAGEN21 February 2018 - 17:05:23jackie1519232723CARTWRIGHT,Ronald Douglas + HAGEN,Dorothy Elsie
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Roderic Alastair MACMEIKAN21 February 2018 - 16:43:32jackie1519231412MACMEIKAN,Roderic Alastair
Caroline E HATTON21 February 2018 - 16:40:40jackie1519231240HATTON,Caroline E
Thomas CARTWRIGHT21 February 2018 - 16:39:59jackie1519231199CARTWRIGHT,Thomas
… … + Caroline E HATTON21 February 2018 - 16:39:26jackie1519231166@N.N. + HATTON,Caroline E
Walter John CARTWRIGHT21 February 2018 - 16:30:58jackie1519230658CARTWRIGHT,Walter John
Walter John CARTWRIGHT + Eliza Isabel McCONNELL21 February 2018 - 16:30:24jackie1519230624CARTWRIGHT,Walter John + MacCONNELL,Eliza Isabel
Charles Walter CARTWRIGHT21 February 2018 - 14:50:12jackie1519224612CARTWRIGHT,Charles Walter
Virginia ROBINSON21 February 2018 - 14:43:28jackie1519224208ROBINSON,Virginia
Quentin Addison McCONNELL21 February 2018 - 14:43:00jackie1519224180MacCONNELL,Quentin Addison
Quentin Addison McCONNELL + Virginia ROBINSON21 February 2018 - 14:42:47jackie1519224167MacCONNELL,Quentin Addison + ROBINSON,Virginia
… … + Georgiana 21 February 2018 - 14:36:58jackie1519223818@N.N. + @N.N.,Georgiana
Harry 21 February 2018 - 14:36:57jackie1519223817@N.N.,Harry
Georgiana 21 February 2018 - 14:36:16jackie1519223776@N.N.,Georgiana
Raymond NIAS21 February 2018 - 14:36:16jackie1519223776NIAS,Raymond
Raymond NIAS + Elizabeth GILMAN21 February 2018 - 14:31:29jackie1519223489NIAS,Raymond + GILMAN,Elizabeth
Elizabeth GILMAN21 February 2018 - 14:31:14jackie1519223474GILMAN,Elizabeth
Georgiana NIAS21 February 2018 - 14:21:44jackie1519222904NIAS,Georgiana
Quentin Addison McCONNELL + Georgiana NIAS21 February 2018 - 14:21:13jackie1519222873MacCONNELL,Quentin Addison + NIAS,Georgiana
Joan HOLDING21 February 2018 - 14:05:24jackie1519221924HOLDING,Joan
Gordon Henry T CHURM21 February 2018 - 13:59:50jackie1519221590CHURM,Gordon Henry T
Rosemary Angela CASTLEDEN21 February 2018 - 12:40:11jackie1519216811CASTLEDEN,Rosemary Angela
George Lyn Ashby PRITT21 February 2018 - 12:31:09jackie1519216269PRITT,George Lyn Ashby
Sylvia Marguerite CASTLEDEN21 February 2018 - 12:25:19jackie1519215919CASTLEDEN,Sylvia Marguerite
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