Family History Contact
May 7, 2019 - 11:34:30 a.m.

I have heard the sad news today that a lovely lady I met years ago, Tessa King has died. We kept in contact via email and facebook since we first met in London. 

Tuppen Family
April 29, 2019 - 9:54:15 a.m.

Many thanks to Paul Tuppen for sending me photos of headstone for Frederick and Walter Tuppen. Now attached to their individual entries.

Colquhoun Family
March 19, 2019 - 10:51:11 a.m.

Many thanks to Ian for supplying additional information on the above family. 

Boyd Family
March 6, 2019 - 6:53:26 p.m.

Many thanks to Jim for sending me the details of another daughter for Thomas and Grace Boyd.

Smart Family
February 12, 2019 - 5:13:38 p.m.

Many thanks to John Berry for additional details on this family.

Hazell Family
September 24, 2018 - 8:27:25 a.m.

Jonathan Hazell contacted me with a missing relative, which I have now added to the family, many thanks

Abbott Family
September 18, 2018 - 12:31:41 p.m.

Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.

Ballance Family
August 18, 2018 - 6:31:16 a.m.

Many thanks to Peter Guy for details on the death of Olive Gwendoline Ballance. 

Elijah Dixon
June 16, 2018 - 3:08:46 p.m.

Many thanks to Alan Hampson and Rob Hargreaves for sending me their book titled "Beyond Peterloo" on Elijah Dixon who is in the Tolliss and Berger family tree. 

Panton-Wells Family
May 25, 2018 - 7:07:45 a.m.

New details on the above family from Gary in Canada, Many thanks

McNamara Family
April 23, 2018 - 9:13:39 a.m.

2 photos of this family from my Canadian FH contact, much appreciated.  Plus marriage details, many thanks

Gates Family
February 21, 2018 - 9:18:47 a.m.

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

Castleden Family
January 29, 2018 - 7:26:12 p.m.

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

Lemarchand family
August 26, 2017 - 7:14:20 p.m.

Correction to Joseph Jeremiah details courtesy of Derek Lemarchand, many thanks

Gates Family
August 15, 2017 - 2:37:47 p.m.

New information on the Gates Family, many thanks to FH contact.

Bird Family
August 2, 2017 - 5:45:30 p.m.

New details on the Bird Family , thanks to Susan Allen

Watson and Price Family
July 29, 2017 - 7:40:27 a.m.

Many thanks to John in Australia for photo of this family now in the Album. 

July 9, 2017 - 1:37:56 p.m.

New photos in album of Shelland Church and William and Susanna Peddar's headstone.

Tuzzio Family
May 28, 2017 - 2:43:57 p.m.

Many thanks to Sophie for a photo of Raymond Kitchener Tuzzio.

Roskell/Withers Family
April 23, 2017 - 12:51:25 p.m.

New photos on album of the above supplied by John Roskell, many thanks.

April 21, 2017 - 10:22:29 a.m.

Thanks to Derek for extra details on the above family, much appreciated

April 21, 2017 - 10:21:48 a.m.

Grateful thanks for additional details on the above from Robert

Ward Family
April 17, 2017 - 1:39:05 p.m.

Thanks to Mildred in New Zealand for additional details on the above family.

Ogier Family
April 16, 2017 - 5:39:11 p.m.

Many thanks to Clif for sending me a link for this family.

Photos added to individuals
March 26, 2017 - 4:45:47 p.m.

Thanks to Chris Moorman and Rosalind Bloor for photos of some of the Postlethwaite Family.

Pollard Family
March 16, 2017 - 12:41:19 p.m.

Many thanks to Liz in Australia for giving me new names for this family.

Steinmetz Family
February 22, 2017 - 10:42:15 a.m.

New details on the Steinmetz Family, grateful thanks to Elizabeth.

Steigenberger/Stanhope family
February 11, 2017 - 7:18:51 p.m.

A breakthrough in the above connection thanks to David Clay, many thanks.

Green family
February 11, 2017 - 7:16:26 p.m.

Many thanks to Stephenie for additional information on the Green Family.

Eales Family
February 6, 2017 - 8:28:28 a.m.

Many thanks to Martha in Canada for information on this family and photo of Annie Clark.

Pont Family
January 13, 2017 - 4:23:31 p.m.

Link between the Tolliss tree and Blott & Brimson tree with Daisy Hider nee Pont .1897-1941

December 3, 2016 - 3:00:55 p.m.

Many thanks to Pamela for updates on the Guenigault Family.

Withers Family
November 8, 2016 - 4:43:20 p.m.

Thanks to Angela for information on the Withers family.

November 8, 2016 - 4:41:46 p.m.

Many thanks to Sylvia for updates on the Wyllys family.

Latest Update
October 17, 2016 - 9:58:41 a.m.

Thanks to Simon Duckworth with new information on the Medill/Duckworth Family.

Family Updates and Corrections
March 7, 2015 - 6:25:04 p.m.

Corrections to dates on the Ainger Family from Thomas, many thanks

Additional details on the Crozier family in Australia grateful thanks to John Major

Extra information on the Burns family of Seaton Carew, many thanks to Grenville

New details for the Nelson and Vidler family from Peter, many thanks

Additional information on the Death family thanks to Collin

Extra family details on the Bird family thanks to Mark in New Zealand

New details on the Wyllys family thanks to Heather

Photo of Willian Van Sommer and Wimbledon Old Centrals Football Team in Album, many thanks to Rob Dale.

New details on the McConnell family thanks to Marilyn in Australia. Photo of McConnell family in Album

Photo of  Mary Elizabeth Pailthorpe's headstone, many thanks to Bob Davenport.

New details on Corbin family many thanks to Bill

In my possession book belonging to Robert Vardy Strange kindly sent by Jean Hardwick if you are a Strange descendant and would like this book, please contact me.

In my possession Prayer book belonging to Eliza Josephine AUBERT dated 1863, many thanks to Rosemary Burnby for giving me the book in the hope that I can find a descendant. Picture of Eliza's home in the gallery.

Access to Website
March 7, 2015 - 6:24:26 p.m.

If you need to know if I have living people attached to your line, please contact me and I can advise you, many thanks.

Abbreviations, Definitions and Notes in the Family Tree
March 7, 2015 - 6:23:36 p.m.

Where I have in the Date eg Dec 1878 this means the birth, marriage or death was registered in that qtr. 

In the notes I put census information and other details. In the female notes you may also find witnesses names at the time of the marriage. On the Will line you will find the probate date and location. In previous tree updates years these details may be found in the notes as the will line was not available as a separate line.

To protect from identity theft, you will be unable to see details of people who are less than 99 years old where I do not have an actual death date.

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.

Tolliss and Berger
This family tree was last updated on May 21, 2019.
Total surnames
Media objects
Total events
Total users

Most common surnames

On this day
Vera Emily TOBUTTTOBUTT,Vera EmilyMay 22, 200301616Death
Sophia (Sally) BUTTONOWBUTTONOW,Sophia (Sally)May 22, 199812121Death
Sophie Mary GATESGATES,Sophie MaryMay 22, 199822121Death
Ella Gertrude STEVENSONSTEVENSON,Ella GertrudeMay 22, 198933030Death
Grace Kathleen COLLIERCOLLIER,Grace KathleenMay 22, 198443535Death
Stella Embleton CROSSCROSS,Stella EmbletonMay 22, 198053939Death
Elsie Eveline Edith “Eveline Edith” @N.N.,Elsie Eveline EdithMay 22, 197664343Death
Edwin GERRARDGERRARD,EdwinMay 22, 197174848Death
Alice HUGHESHUGHES,AliceMay 22, 196185858Death
Sir Everard Charles Lindley MEYNELL OBE MCMEYNELL,Everard Charles LindleyMay 22, 195696363Death
Clara Marianne DORMERDORMER,Clara MarianneMay 22, 1948107171Death
Christabel Rose CLARKECLARKE,Christabel RoseMay 22, 1943117676Death
Albert Rogers LEELEE,Albert RogersMay 22, 1941127878Death
Teresa Mary RUSSELLRUSSELL,Teresa MaryMay 22, 1931138888Death
Agnes Steinmetz ADAMADAM,Agnes SteinmetzMay 22, 1929149090Death
Aloysia Anastasia CONRONCONRON,Aloysia AnastasiaMay 22, 1928159191Death
Walter MOOREMOORE,WalterMay 22, 1923169696Birth
Gwyneth MATTICKMATTICK,GwynethMay 22, 191817101101Birth
Ivor Montague SPENCESPENCE,Ivor MontagueMay 22, 191318106106Birth
Charles Irvine Conyngham BAILEYBAILEY,Charles Irvine ConynghamMay 22, 191219107107Death
Katharine MANGLESMANGLES,KatharineMay 22, 191220107107Death
Joan Ethel Judith HAZELLHAZELL,Joan Ethel JudithMay 22, 190921110110Birth
Ada M DEEREDEERE,Ada MMay 22, 190222117117Birth
Col John Randle FORD JPFORD,John Randle JPMay 22, 190123118118Death
Arthur LONGFORDLONGFORD,ArthurMay 22, 190024119119Death
George Henry LUNGELUNGE,George HenryMay 22, 190025119119Birth
John Baden HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,John BadenMay 22, 190026119119Birth
Beatrice Mary “Binnie” HALE-MONROHALE-MONRO,Beatrice MaryMay 22, 189927120120Birth
James SPITTLESPITTLE,JamesMay 22, 189528124124Death
Edith May BUTLERBUTLER,Edith MayMay 22, 189529124124Birth
Arthur WORDINGHAMWORDINGHAM,ArthurMay 22, 188530134134Birth
Daniel SIMSSIMS,DanielMay 22, 188531134134Death
George Henry VANNERVANNER,George HenryMay 22, 188432135135Birth
Dr Charles Alexander Fox GAVILLERGAVILLER,Charles Alexander FoxMay 22, 188433135135Birth
Frank Oswald PEDDARPEDDAR,Frank OswaldMay 22, 188334136136Birth
John Colquhoun WALFORDWALFORD,John ColquhounMay 22, 188235137137Birth
Anne TOMESTOMES,AnneMay 22, 188136138138Death
Daisy Alice EDMESTONEDMESTON,Daisy AliceMay 22, 187937140140Birth
Ann KNIGHTKNIGHT,AnnMay 22, 187838141141Death
Mary Agnes LIKEMANLIKEMAN,Mary AgnesMay 22, 187839141141Birth
Edward Albert NORTONNORTON,Edward AlbertMay 22, 187640143143Birth
William Nathan CHIPPERFIELDCHIPPERFIELD,William NathanMay 22, 187341146146Death
Rev William Grenville BOYDBOYD,William GrenvilleMay 22, 186742152152Birth
Arthur John LOVEDAYLOVEDAY,Arthur JohnMay 22, 186543154154Birth
Admiral Robert Merrick FOWLERFOWLER,Robert MerrickMay 22, 186044159159Death
Rev Rene Pierssene FATTFATT,Rene PiersseneMay 22, 185645163163Birth
Sir David POLLOCKPOLLOCK,DavidMay 22, 184746172172Death
Edward Brewster STAINBANKSTAINBANK,Edward BrewsterMay 22, 184347176176Birth
Thomas Henry WITHERSWITHERS,Thomas HenryMay 22, 184048179179Birth
Piers Egerton WARBURTON MP JPWARBURTON,Piers EgertonMay 22, 183949180180Birth
Harriet Porter Rhodes WOODWOOD,Harriet Porter RhodesMay 22, 183950180180Birth
Helen Augusta COLQUHOUNCOLQUHOUN,Helen AugustaMay 22, 183751182182Birth
Francis BACONBACON,FrancisMay 22, 182852191191Birth
Anna Sarah WESTWEST,Anna SarahMay 22, 182853191191Birth
William Nathan CHIPPERFIELDCHIPPERFIELD,William NathanMay 22, 182254197197Birth
Wilhelm Richard WAGNERWAGNER,Wilhelm RichardMay 22, 181355206206Birth
Arthur KINSEYKINSEY,ArthurMay 22, 181256207207Birth
Arthur Pooley ONSLOWONSLOW,Arthur PooleyMay 22, 180457215215Birth
Mary MOSESMOSES,MaryMay 22, 177258247247Death
Dr John Storey Barwick BRAY + Elise Soulbieu DESPREZBRAY,John Storey Barwick + DESPREZ,Elise SoulbieuMay 22, 1939598080Marriage
Joseph Henry BARRY + Constance Caroline CULLIFORDBARRY,Joseph Henry + CULLIFORD,Constance CarolineMay 22, 190660113113Marriage
Edward Sprague ORAM + Kate BARRATTORAM,Edward Sprague + BARRATT,KateMay 22, 190261117117Marriage
Charles Henry ASHDOWN + Rebecca Jane FOSTERASHDOWN,Charles Henry + FOSTER,Rebecca JaneMay 22, 189662123123Marriage
Edward James ORGAN + Norah WELCHORGAN,Edward James + WELCH,NorahMay 22, 189363126126Marriage
Augustus Anthony Frederick IRBY + Hon Jessie Augusta CUNNINGHAMEIRBY,Augustus Anthony Frederick + CUNNINGHAME,Jessie AugustaMay 22, 186664153153Marriage
Alfred Filmer PAILTHORPE + Harriett HOYPAILTHORPE,Alfred Filmer + HOY,HarriettMay 22, 186465155155Marriage
Samuel Daniel HINE + Elizabeth PETTYHINE,Samuel Daniel + PETTY,ElizabethMay 22, 182366196196Marriage
Thomas WISDEN + Lucy HASELGROVEWISDEN,Thomas + HASELGROVE,LucyMay 22, 181567204204Marriage
Rev Thomas Baden POWELL + Sarah Louisa COTTONPOWELL,Thomas Baden + COTTON,Sarah LouisaMay 22, 181168208208Marriage
Charles STANHOPE + Jane Seymour FLEMINGSTANHOPE,Charles + FLEMING,Jane SeymourMay 22, 177969240240Marriage
Thomas KILPIN + Elizabeth WELLSKILPIN,Thomas + WELLS,ElizabethMay 22, 176970250250Marriage
Changes in the last 3 days
RecordLast changebyDATESORTNAME
Augusta Matilda IRBYMay 21, 2019 - 7:00:28 a.m.jackie1558422028IRBY,Augusta Matilda
Hon. Rev Paul Anthony IRBYMay 21, 2019 - 6:59:36 a.m.jackie1558421976IRBY,Paul Anthony
Isabel Kate THORNTONMay 21, 2019 - 6:59:07 a.m.jackie1558421947THORNTON,Isabel Kate
Reverend George Powell IRBYMay 21, 2019 - 6:58:33 a.m.jackie1558421913IRBY,George Powell
Maj Claude Frederick IRBYMay 21, 2019 - 6:56:10 a.m.jackie1558421770IRBY,Claude Frederick
Lt. Lewis Michael Aubert IRBY B AMay 21, 2019 - 6:48:35 a.m.jackie1558421315IRBY,Lewis Michael Aubert B A
Sophia Louisa AUBERTMay 21, 2019 - 6:46:19 a.m.jackie1558421179AUBERT,Sophia Louisa
Alfred Norman Reginald AUBERTMay 21, 2019 - 6:41:56 a.m.jackie1558420916AUBERT,Alfred Norman Reginald