Bellamy / Willmot Family of Durban, South Africa
December 27, 2020 - 1:18:31 p.m.

Looking for living relatives of this family that lived at Bluff, Durban for a lady researching this area for a book. 

Willmot Family
November 17, 2020 - 3:14:41 p.m.

Thanks to Bridgette for sending me details on some of the South African Willmot Family

Stokes Family
October 25, 2020 - 7:55:59 a.m.

Many thanks to Gary for giving me a new marriage in this family. More research needed.

August 28, 2020 - 9:25:33 a.m.

Many thanks to Sue for sending me corrections for this family.

Kennaird Family
August 28, 2020 - 9:24:45 a.m.

Thank you Alejandro for additional details on this family

Willmot Family
August 16, 2020 - 6:16:06 p.m.

Many thanks to Janet in Melbourne, Australia for new information on the above family.

Photo of Zetta
July 31, 2020 - 1:47:39 p.m.

Many thanks to Susan in Lancashire for sending this signed photo dated 16th February 1930 of my mother to me. Greatly appreciated. Attached to her tree record

Flower Family
June 29, 2020 - 5:13:37 p.m.

Many thanks to Fiona for extra details on the above family.

Poston Family
June 15, 2020 - 11:06:27 a.m.

Photo and details for Poston family provided by Shirley in Essex, many thanks

Kilmister Family
June 13, 2020 - 3:08:53 p.m.

New details on the above family from Christine in South Africa. Much appreciated.

Conner Family
March 25, 2020 - 11:41:58 a.m.

Extra information on the Conner family helped by Winson in Malaysia, many thanks

Clarke/Dammers Family
March 22, 2020 - 4:39:50 p.m.

New information on the above family, many thanks to Alan

Carden Family
March 10, 2020 - 1:36:06 p.m.

Many thanks to Lauren for additional details on the Carden descendants in Canada.

Miles Family
January 26, 2020 - 9:44:24 a.m.

I have learnt that my distant cousin Perry Miles died in December 2017 in California, his contribution to the Steigenberger name on my tree was invaluable. He will be greatly missed.

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.

Skinner Family
September 29, 2019 - 5:55:20 p.m.

My contact Deryck has died in Australia after a long illness, we never spoke but had regular contact via email over the years. He will be sadly missed. 

Burnand Family
May 30, 2019 - 10:04:24 a.m.

A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family. 

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
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Amelia Rose GATESGATES,Amelia RoseJanuary 24, 201111010Death
Eric Arthur ROWLEYROWLEY,Eric ArthurJanuary 24, 200721414Death
Mary Geraldine LIPPOLDLIPPOLD,Mary GeraldineJanuary 24, 200731414Death
Marjorie TOLLISSTOLLISS,MarjorieJanuary 24, 200541616Death
Maev Maurya MCVITTIE TAYLORMacVITTIE TAYLOR,Maev MauryaJanuary 24, 199153030Death
Kenneth Roy DAVYDAVY,Kenneth RoyJanuary 24, 198363838Death
Paul Alexander STENGERSTENGER,Paul AlexanderJanuary 24, 198174040Death
Daisy Monica WOODWOOD,Daisy MonicaJanuary 24, 197784444Death
Maud Alice Louisa NEVILLNEVILL,Maud Alice LouisaJanuary 24, 196995252Death
Harold Eric Peel GRAYGRAY,Harold Eric PeelJanuary 24, 1967105454Death
Reginald Augustus AUBERTAUBERT,Reginald AugustusJanuary 24, 1964115757Death
Richard Roy WALLACE CBEWALLACE,Richard RoyJanuary 24, 1963125858Death
Ethel Elizabeth Sparks COPPENCOPPEN,Ethel Elizabeth SparksJanuary 24, 1960136161Death
Christopher Archibald STAMMERSSTAMMERS,Christopher ArchibaldJanuary 24, 1959146262Death
Charles Robert KILBURNEKILBURNE,Charles RobertJanuary 24, 1954156767Death
Harry Secretan GABBGABB,Harry SecretanJanuary 24, 1954166767Death
Caroline Turquand BROWNBROWN,Caroline TurquandJanuary 24, 1954176767Death
Walter Graeme Bell WELLSWELLS,Walter Graeme BellJanuary 24, 1952186969Death
Amicie Maud IRBYIRBY,Amicie MaudJanuary 24, 1949197272Death
Isabella Augusta E CRAFTSCRAFTS,Isabella Augusta EJanuary 24, 1949207272Death
Dr Reginald William CLARKCLARK,Reginald WilliamJanuary 24, 1945217676Death
Auriol Stephen Nutcombe GOULDGOULD,Auriol Stephen NutcombeJanuary 24, 1943227878Death
Hilda Geraldine MOBERLYMOBERLY,Hilda GeraldineJanuary 24, 1942237979Death
Clara Emily RICHARDSRICHARDS,Clara EmilyJanuary 24, 1939248282Death
George Wilmot RIVAZ RCSRIVAZ,George Wilmot RCSJanuary 24, 1935258686Death
Beatrice Margaret RUTHERFORDRUTHERFORD,Beatrice MargaretJanuary 24, 1934268787Death
Rev Percy W P CALHOUNCALHOUN,Percy W PJanuary 24, 1933278888Death
Jane Susan LLOYDLLOYD,Jane SusanJanuary 24, 1930289191Death
John Herbert HARRISONHARRISON,John HerbertJanuary 24, 1930299191Death
John Herbert WINDSORWINDSOR,John HerbertJanuary 24, 1928309393Birth
Richard Anthony FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,Richard AnthonyJanuary 24, 191931102102Death
Annie Rose “Rose” CARRUTHERSCARRUTHERS,Annie RoseJanuary 24, 191832103103Death
Henry GILESGILES,HenryJanuary 24, 190933112112Death
William Harry HARTHART,William HarryJanuary 24, 190934112112Birth
Letitia SCOTTSCOTT,LetitiaJanuary 24, 190635115115Death
Rosetta Mary BAKERBAKER,Rosetta MaryJanuary 24, 190536116116Death
Margaret E @N.N.,Margaret EJanuary 24, 190537116116Birth
Cecil Charles CARRCARR,Cecil CharlesJanuary 24, 190338118118Birth
Albert Oliver BARBERBARBER,Albert OliverJanuary 24, 190239119119Birth
William Henry Marlow SIDNEYSIDNEY,William Henry MarlowJanuary 24, 190040121121Death
Lydia Charlotte DRAPERDRAPER,Lydia CharlotteJanuary 24, 189541126126Birth
Annie Maude Pamela WILLSHERWILLSHER,Annie Maude PamelaJanuary 24, 189342128128Birth
Richard Stephen BRETTBRETT,Richard StephenJanuary 24, 188843133133Birth
John PRENTISPRENTIS,JohnJanuary 24, 188244139139Death
Evelyn Maude MEDILLMEDILL,Evelyn MaudeJanuary 24, 187745144144Birth
Jemson Millichamp DAVIESDAVIES,Jemson MillichampJanuary 24, 186946152152Birth
George SIMPSONSIMPSON,GeorgeJanuary 24, 186647155155Death
Lionel Martin Pearce ROSIERROSIER,Lionel Martin PearceJanuary 24, 186448157157Birth
Alice Capel HIGGSHIGGS,Alice CapelJanuary 24, 185949162162Death
Frank LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,FrankJanuary 24, 185950162162Birth
Rose HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,RoseJanuary 24, 184051181181Birth
Joseph LABYLABY,JosephJanuary 24, 183052191191Death
Rev Septimus STOCKDALESTOCKDALE,SeptimusJanuary 24, 182453197197Birth
Henry SHIPTONSHIPTON,HenryJanuary 24, 181954202202Birth
Stephen Ponder KENNARDKENNARD,Stephen PonderJanuary 24, 181055211211Birth
William FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,WilliamJanuary 24, 180856213213Death
Ann ESSEXESSEX,AnnJanuary 24, 180357218218Birth
Mary ALLCOCKALLCOCK,MaryJanuary 24, 178958232232Birth
Aurore Mathilde Charlotte SAPTESAPTE,Aurore Mathilde CharlotteJanuary 24, 178859233233Death
Jean Daniel “John” AUBERTAUBERT,Jean DanielJanuary 24, 177960242242Birth
Thomas Martin HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,Thomas MartinJanuary 24, 176261259259Birth
Francis CREUZECREUZE,FrancisJanuary 24, 175862263263Death
William HAINS + Caroline HADDOCKHAINS,William + HADDOCK,CarolineJanuary 24, 181863203203Marriage
Alexander HARPER + Grace MALYNHARPER,Alexander + MALYN,GraceJanuary 24, 179164230230Marriage
Henry GERVIS + Elizabeth ADAMSGERVIS,Henry + ADAMS,ElizabethJanuary 24, 178165240240Marriage
Nicholas TAMPS + Mary DESCARRIERESTAMPS,Nicholas + DESCARRIERES,MaryJanuary 24, 176066261261Marriage
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