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.
Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.
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
|Geoffrey Oram WALTERS||WALTERS,Geoffrey Oram||February 23, 1992||0||28||28||Death|
|Dorothea Violet RAY||RAY,Dorothea Violet||February 23, 1991||1||29||29||Death|
|Gerard Hugh De Burgh WYLLYS||WYLLYS,Gerard Hugh De Burgh||February 23, 1986||2||34||34||Death|
|Herbert Victor Townshend MILLS||MILLS,Herbert Victor Townshend||February 23, 1982||3||38||38||Death|
|Ursula May BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Ursula May||February 23, 1977||4||43||43||Death|
|Air Vice-Marshal Alfred Cotterill KERMODE CBE||KERMODE,Alfred Cotterill||February 23, 1973||5||47||47||Death|
|Gladys Maud FISHER||FISHER,Gladys Maud||February 23, 1972||6||48||48||Death|
|Albert Frank SEAMAN||SEAMAN,Albert Frank||February 23, 1967||7||53||53||Death|
|Ernest Percival STOKES||STOKES,Ernest Percival||February 23, 1966||8||54||54||Death|
|Constance Ida CARDEN||CARDEN,Constance Ida||February 23, 1962||9||58||58||Death|
|Horatio Theophilus MAUGHAM||MAUGHAM,Horatio Theophilus||February 23, 1954||10||66||66||Death|
|Cecil Wotton TOOVEY CB CBE MC||TOOVEY,Cecil Wotton||February 23, 1954||11||66||66||Death|
|Bertha Maud SEIFFERTH||SEIFFERTH,Bertha Maud||February 23, 1949||12||71||71||Death|
|Adela Frances TATHAM||TATHAM,Adela Frances||February 23, 1937||13||83||83||Death|
|Henry LYGON||LYGON,Henry||February 23, 1936||14||84||84||Death|
|Katherine Rachel CHARLES||CHARLES,Katherine Rachel||February 23, 1928||15||92||92||Death|
|Lieut Roger Henry MASSIE||MASSIE,Roger Henry||February 23, 1927||16||93||93||Death|
|Doreen Grace WOOD||WOOD,Doreen Grace||February 23, 1927||17||93||93||Birth|
|Barbara Edna GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Barbara Edna||February 23, 1922||18||98||98||Birth|
|Francis E WILMOT||WILMOT,Francis E||February 23, 1921||19||99||99||Death|
|Herbert Leslie STUBBS||STUBBS,Herbert Leslie||February 23, 1921||20||99||99||Death|
|Judith Charlotte BARRASS||BARRASS,Judith Charlotte||February 23, 1920||21||100||100||Death|
|Maria Bridgeman GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Maria Bridgeman||February 23, 1913||22||107||107||Death|
|Amelia Anne ROBERTS||ROBERTS,Amelia Anne||February 23, 1905||23||115||115||Death|
|Frederick Beardsworth GEORGE||GEORGE,Frederick Beardsworth||February 23, 1904||24||116||116||Death|
|John WATNEY||WATNEY,John||February 23, 1904||25||116||116||Death|
|Frances Mary V PAULL||PAULL,Frances Mary V||February 23, 1902||26||118||118||Birth|
|Maisie Stirling GERVIS||GERVIS,Maisie Stirling||February 23, 1902||27||118||118||Birth|
|Baroness Agnes Adela KINDERSLEY||KINDERSLEY,Agnes Adela||February 23, 1902||28||118||118||Death|
|Alfred Dick PRESTED||PRESTED,Alfred Dick||February 23, 1897||29||123||123||Birth|
|Samuel Thomas Day “Thomas” LOADER||LOADER,Samuel Thomas Day||February 23, 1894||30||126||126||Death|
|Rosamond Marion TATHAM||TATHAM,Rosamond Marion||February 23, 1893||31||127||127||Birth|
|Rev Henry Hugh WAY||WAY,Henry Hugh||February 23, 1890||32||130||130||Death|
|Oliver Herbert LOVEDAY||LOVEDAY,Oliver Herbert||February 23, 1888||33||132||132||Birth|
|Ellen Agnes Annie PEGG||PEGG,Ellen Agnes Annie||February 23, 1878||34||142||142||Birth|
|Letitia BEARDMORE||BEARDMORE,Letitia||February 23, 1877||35||143||143||Death|
|Charlotte EAMES||EAMES,Charlotte||February 23, 1875||36||145||145||Death|
|Rt Hon Cecilia Constance IRBY||IRBY,Cecilia Constance||February 23, 1870||37||150||150||Birth|
|Edwin Joseph BODY||BODY,Edwin Joseph||February 23, 1869||38||151||151||Birth|
|Frances CAMPBELL||CAMPBELL,Frances||February 23, 1867||39||153||153||Death|
|Samuel Ambrose ISELTON||ISELTON,Samuel Ambrose||February 23, 1851||40||169||169||Death|
|Charles Thomas PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Charles Thomas||February 23, 1840||41||180||180||Birth|
|Emilia Louisa PETT||PETT,Emilia Louisa||February 23, 1835||42||185||185||Birth|
|Henry Howard PEEK||PEEK,Henry Howard||February 23, 1831||43||189||189||Birth|
|Frederick Henry Paul METHUEN||METHUEN,Frederick Henry Paul||February 23, 1818||44||202||202||Birth|
|Charity HOLMAN||HOLMAN,Charity||February 23, 1810||45||210||210||Death|
|Amelia AGG||AGG,Amelia||February 23, 1810||46||210||210||Birth|
|Maria Helen RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Maria Helen||February 23, 1805||47||215||215||Birth|
|Anna Priscilla ROBSON||ROBSON,Anna Priscilla||February 23, 1799||48||221||221||Birth|
|Nathaniel BRASSEY||BRASSEY,Nathaniel||February 23, 1777||49||243||243||Birth|
|Thomas STEWART||STEWART,Thomas||February 23, 1754||50||266||266||Death|
|Sydney Phillip JONES + Lilian Elna “Dolly” STEIGENBERGER||JONES,Sydney Phillip + STEIGENBERGER,Lilian Elna||February 23, 1922||51||98||98||Marriage|
|Alfred BAMPTON + Lilian May ARNOLD||BAMPTON,Alfred + ARNOLD,Lilian May||February 23, 1913||52||107||107||Marriage|
|Hon Major General William Windham Augustus LUKIN + Blanche WAKEFIELD||LUKIN,William Windham Augustus + WAKEFIELD,Blanche||February 23, 1856||53||164||164||Marriage|
|Joseph GILLHAM + Mary ROWLAND||GILLHAM,Joseph + ROWLAND,Mary||February 23, 1772||54||248||248||Marriage|
|Robert DASHWOOD + Mary SWEETING||DASHWOOD,Robert + SWEETING,Mary||February 23, 1749||55||271||271||Marriage|
|Edward Stephen HUDSON||February 23, 2020 - 12:48:10 p.m.||jackie||1582462090||HUDSON,Edward Stephen|
|Ellen Alice DENNEY||February 23, 2020 - 12:43:51 p.m.||jackie||1582461831||DENNEY,Ellen Alice|
|Leonard Cyril BOWYER||February 23, 2020 - 12:40:01 p.m.||jackie||1582461601||BOWYER,Leonard Cyril|
|Antonella Carmen Angela LAVELLI||February 23, 2020 - 12:31:56 p.m.||jackie||1582461116||LAVELLI,Antonella Carmen Angela|
|Lily TOLLISS||February 23, 2020 - 12:20:48 p.m.||jackie||1582460448||TOLLISS,Lily|
|Amelia DIXON||February 20, 2020 - 2:16:02 p.m.||jackie||1582208162||DIXON,Amelia|
|Emily Fursman ANDREWS||February 20, 2020 - 2:03:57 p.m.||jackie||1582207437||ANDREWS,Emily Fursman|
|Dorothy Mary GILL||February 20, 2020 - 2:01:30 p.m.||jackie||1582207290||GILL,Dorothy Mary|
|Arthur Leslie JACKSON||February 20, 2020 - 1:54:20 p.m.||jackie||1582206860||JACKSON,Arthur Leslie|
|Arthur Leslie JACKSON + Dorothy Mary GILL||February 20, 2020 - 1:51:14 p.m.||jackie||1582206674||JACKSON,Arthur Leslie + GILL,Dorothy Mary|
|Stanley George HARMAN||February 20, 2020 - 1:42:57 p.m.||jackie||1582206177||HARMAN,Stanley George|