Jonathan Hazell contacted me with a missing relative, which I have now added to the family, many thanks
Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.
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
|Michael Conway VINICOMBE||VINICOMBE,Michael Conway||17 December 1996||0||22||22||Death|
|Robert Francis TYER||TYER,Robert Francis||17 December 1985||1||33||33||Death|
|Marjorie Ruth SCOTT||SCOTT,Marjorie Ruth||17 December 1977||2||41||41||Death|
|Brenda Amy CARTER||CARTER,Brenda Amy||17 December 1946||3||72||72||Death|
|Catherine MAILLARD||MAILLARD,Catherine||17 December 1943||4||75||75||Death|
|Sir Harley Hugh DALRYMPLE-HAY||DALRYMPLE-HAY,Harley Hugh||17 December 1940||5||78||78||Death|
|Charles Aubrey WADE||WADE,Charles Aubrey||17 December 1929||6||89||89||Death|
|Lyona Violet Ann TOLLEMACHE||TOLLEMACHE,Lyona Violet Ann||17 December 1929||7||89||89||Birth|
|Rev William Roffe Tindal ATKINSON||ATKINSON,William Roffe Tindal||17 December 1928||8||90||90||Death|
|Frederick SHARP||SHARP,Frederick||17 December 1928||9||90||90||Death|
|John Veale WILLIAMS||WILLIAMS,John Veale||17 December 1921||10||97||97||Death|
|Elizabeth Paston MACK||MACK,Elizabeth Paston||17 December 1920||11||98||98||Birth|
|Jane Eliza COOKE||COOKE,Jane Eliza||17 December 1916||12||102||102||Death|
|Alice Mary Ann PROBYN||PROBYN,Alice Mary Ann||17 December 1903||13||115||115||Birth|
|Ernest Joseph ELLARD||ELLARD,Ernest Joseph||17 December 1898||14||120||120||Birth|
|Alfred TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Alfred||17 December 1894||15||124||124||Birth|
|Jessie Kathleen GULL||GULL,Jessie Kathleen||17 December 1892||16||126||126||Birth|
|John Henry STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,John Henry||17 December 1890||17||128||128||Death|
|Cyril Kenneth BIRD CBE||BIRD,Cyril Kenneth||17 December 1887||18||131||131||Birth|
|Alfred AUBERT||AUBERT,Alfred||17 December 1883||19||135||135||Death|
|Charles John DIMOND||DIMOND,Charles John||17 December 1882||20||136||136||Death|
|Joseph Pearman VANNER||VANNER,Joseph Pearman||17 December 1882||21||136||136||Birth|
|Mary Winifred EVANS||EVANS,Mary Winifred||17 December 1882||22||136||136||Birth|
|Mary JONES||JONES,Mary||17 December 1881||23||137||137||Birth|
|Elsie Katherine DAWES||DAWES,Elsie Katherine||17 December 1878||24||140||140||Birth|
|Caroline POWELL||POWELL,Caroline||17 December 1875||25||143||143||Death|
|Maria SADLEIR||SADLEIR,Maria||17 December 1874||26||144||144||Death|
|Annie Emma WINDSOR||WINDSOR,Annie Emma||17 December 1871||27||147||147||Birth|
|Florence Adelaide Maria DORNEY||DORNEY,Florence Adelaide Maria||17 December 1870||28||148||148||Birth|
|Gertrude Matilda O'BRIEN||O'BRIEN,Gertrude Matilda||17 December 1869||29||149||149||Death|
|Margaret BENBOW||BENBOW,Margaret||17 December 1868||30||150||150||Birth|
|Ellen Elizabeth ‘Nellie’ DANIELLS||DANIELLS,Ellen Elizabeth||17 December 1867||31||151||151||Birth|
|Eliza Harrietta Adelina SHARP||SHARP,Eliza Harrietta Adelina||17 December 1848||32||170||170||Birth|
|Mary Ann SALMON||SALMON,Mary Ann||17 December 1846||33||172||172||Death|
|Mary RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Mary||17 December 1838||34||180||180||Birth|
|Frederick William FREESE||FREESE,Frederick William||17 December 1837||35||181||181||Birth|
|Laura Elizabeth FINDEN||FINDEN,Laura Elizabeth||17 December 1826||36||192||192||Birth|
|Charles Osmer RISING||RISING,Charles Osmer||17 December 1825||37||193||193||Birth|
|William Nicholson LEE||LEE,William Nicholson||17 December 1821||38||197||197||Death|
|William GAVILLER||GAVILLER,William||17 December 1821||39||197||197||Death|
|Louisa Margaret ALLIX||ALLIX,Louisa Margaret||17 December 1818||40||200||200||Birth|
|Frederica Maria Louisa IRBY||IRBY,Frederica Maria Louisa||17 December 1814||41||204||204||Birth|
|Mary Hope KINSEY||KINSEY,Mary Hope||17 December 1803||42||215||215||Birth|
|Samuel Huttiball CUFFLEY||CUFFLEY,Samuel Huttiball||17 December 1776||43||242||242||Birth|
|LT Col Cecil Henry ‘Roger’ DE ROUGEMONT JP MVO DSO||ROUGEMONT,Cecil Henry||17 December||44||0||Birth|
|Cyril Constantine Luke IONIDES + Mary Isabel PIGOU||IONIDES,Cyril Constantine Luke + PIGOU,Mary Isabel||17 December 1898||45||120||120||Marriage|
|George Charles SAWTELL + Emily Jane YORKE||SAWTELL,George Charles + YORKE,Emily Jane||17 December 1893||46||125||125||Marriage|
|Alexander Sherwood RUSSELL + Ellen Amelia RIVAZ||RUSSELL,Alexander Sherwood + RIVAZ,Ellen Amelia||17 December 1891||47||127||127||Marriage|
|Herbert BOYS + Jessy SPURLING||BOYS,Herbert + SPURLING,Jessy||17 December 1856||48||162||162||Marriage|
|Edward Horatio HUSSEY + Frederica Maria Louisa IRBY||HUSSEY,Edward Horatio + IRBY,Frederica Maria Louisa||17 December 1840||49||178||178||Marriage|
|George Kennet POLLOCK + Julia WOOD||POLLOCK,George Kennet + WOOD,Julia||17 December 1836||50||182||182||Marriage|
|William Knight DEHANY + Elizabeth Favell SCOTT||DEHANY,William Knight + SCOTT,Elizabeth Favell||17 December 1825||51||193||193||Marriage|
|Nicholas HOLTOM + Mary GODSON||HOLTOM,Nicholas + GODSON,Mary||17 December 1789||52||229||229||Marriage|
|Stephen HARVEY + Mary RICH||HARVEY,Stephen + RICH,Mary||17 December 1772||53||246||246||Marriage|
|Peter NADAL + Sarah HILL||NADAL,Peter + HILL,Sarah||17 December 1770||54||248||248||Marriage|
|Ann HILLBOURN||15 December 2018 - 16:15:47||jackie||1544890547||HILLBOURN,Ann|
|Thomas CRICK + Ann HILLBOURN||15 December 2018 - 16:15:30||jackie||1544890530||CRICK,Thomas + HILLBOURN,Ann|
|Sarah Jane CRICK||15 December 2018 - 16:14:02||jackie||1544890442||CRICK,Sarah Jane|
|Thomas CRICK||15 December 2018 - 16:13:11||jackie||1544890391||CRICK,Thomas|
|Ruby Doris E PARKES||15 December 2018 - 16:10:52||jackie||1544890252||PARKES,Ruby Doris E|
|Harry WOODWARD||15 December 2018 - 16:08:15||jackie||1544890095||WOODWARD,Harry|
|Harriett MARTIN||15 December 2018 - 16:05:55||jackie||1544889955||MARTIN,Harriett|
|Charles James BANHAM||15 December 2018 - 15:48:59||jackie||1544888939||BANHAM,Charles James|
|Nellie Violet TURNER||15 December 2018 - 15:45:13||jackie||1544888713||TURNER,Nellie Violet|
|Charles James BANHAM + Nellie Violet TURNER||15 December 2018 - 15:32:18||jackie||1544887938||BANHAM,Charles James + TURNER,Nellie Violet|
|Walter Percy TURNER||15 December 2018 - 14:26:48||jackie||1544884008||TURNER,Walter Percy|
|Nellie Henrietta TRULOCK||15 December 2018 - 14:25:27||jackie||1544883927||TRULOCK,Nellie Henrietta|
|Walter Percy TURNER + Nellie Henrietta TRULOCK||15 December 2018 - 14:23:31||jackie||1544883811||TURNER,Walter Percy + TRULOCK,Nellie Henrietta|