Lemarchand family
26 August 2017 - 19:14:20

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

Gates Family
15 August 2017 - 14:37:47

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

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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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Phyllis Flockton CLARKECLARKE,Phyllis Flockton13 December 198902828Death
Joseph Lewis (Joe) WILSONWILSON,Joseph Lewis (Joe)13 December 196515252Death
Elizabeth Anne RATTRAYRATTRAY,Elizabeth Anne13 December 196025757Death
Lucy Emma LYNAMLYNAM,Lucy Emma13 December 194936868Death
Claude MARZETTIMARZETTI,Claude13 December 194946868Death
George Collis MUNNSMUNNS,George Collis13 December 194257575Death
Eunice STANHOPESTANHOPE,Eunice13 December 193668181Birth
Annabella Sinclair GRANTGRANT,Annabella Sinclair13 December 193578282Death
Rev Ernest Augustus Eardley WILMOTWILMOT,Ernest Augustus Eardley13 December 193288585Death
John Stuart MORRISMORRIS,John Stuart13 December 192898989Death
Sophia Louisa AUBERTAUBERT,Sophia Louisa13 December 1928108989Death
Frances Elizabeth IRBYIRBY,Frances Elizabeth13 December 1921119696Death
James Yelverton Maurice HICKSHICKS,James Yelverton Maurice13 December 191712100100Death
Alfred Ernest COPPOCKCOPPOCK,Alfred Ernest13 December 190813109109Birth
Henry Thomas DE LA BEREDE LA BERE,Henry Thomas13 December 190714110110Death
Emily Elizabeth POWNALLPOWNALL,Emily Elizabeth13 December 190215115115Death
Sophia Maria van VLAARDINGENvan VLAARDINGEN,Sophia Maria13 December 190216115115Birth
Catherine RUSSELLRUSSELL,Catherine13 December 190117116116Birth
Ellen Laura GILLGILL,Ellen Laura13 December 190018117117Birth
Marjorie Edith Ellen Mary PAILTHORPEPAILTHORPE,Marjorie Edith Ellen Mary13 December 189819119119Birth
Mabel Hannah GUENIGAULTGUENIGAULT,Mabel Hannah13 December 189720120120Birth
Minnie Eliza HINTONHINTON,Minnie Eliza13 December 189521122122Birth
Helena Louise HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,Helena Louise13 December 189122126126Birth
Col Anthony STEWARTSTEWART,Anthony13 December 188623131131Death
Hannah Charlotte WEIGHTWEIGHT,Hannah Charlotte13 December 188524132132Birth
George HUGHESHUGHES,George13 December 188325134134Death
Frederick Austin VERNONVERNON,Frederick Austin13 December 188226135135Birth
Lt Wyllys Harvey WYLLYSWYLLYS,Wyllys Harvey13 December 187327144144Death
Emily CONNERCONNER,Emily13 December 187028147147Birth
Alice Kate DANIELLSDANIELLS,Alice Kate13 December 186029157157Birth
Isabella ROWLEYROWLEY,Isabella13 December 186030157157Birth
Hannah DIXONDIXON,Hannah13 December 184531172172Birth
John William JANSONJANSON,John William13 December 183132186186Birth
Ruth BASHFORDBASHFORD,Ruth13 December 182933188188Birth
Joseph EADEEADE,Joseph13 December 182834189189Death
Emma Johanna FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,Emma Johanna13 December 181535202202Birth
David POWELLPOWELL,David13 December 172536292292Birth
Ernest John TOLLISS + Lily Emily GRIGGTOLLISS,Ernest John + GRIGG,Lily Emily13 December 1939377878Marriage
Edward David CARDEN OBE + Millicent REYNOLDSCARDEN,Edward David OBE + REYNOLDS,Millicent13 December 1934388383Marriage
Arthur Ernest PEEK + Anna Margaretta BETTRIDGEPEEK,Arthur Ernest + BETTRIDGE,Anna Margaretta13 December 1919399898Marriage
Edwin Archibald William GATES + Olive May SMITHGATES,Edwin Archibald William + SMITH,Olive May13 December 1918409999Marriage
Charles Thomas CLARKE + Harriet BOONCLARKE,Charles Thomas + BOON,Harriet13 December 186941148148Marriage
William HUMPHRIS + Emma Ann GARRETTHUMPHRIS,William + GARRETT,Emma Ann13 December 184942168168Marriage
William Henry Weston KIDD + Barbara Jane KINLOCHKIDD,William Henry Weston + KINLOCH,Barbara Jane13 December 183843179179Marriage
Rev Percy William POWLETT + Isabella Penelope WHELERPOWLETT,Percy William + WHELER,Isabella Penelope13 December 183344184184Marriage
Charles GRIMLEY + Mary COLEMANGRIMLEY,Charles + COLEMAN,Mary13 December 183045187187Marriage
Charles Richard PRITCHETT + Elizabeth WOLLASTONPRITCHETT,Charles Richard + WOLLASTON,Elizabeth13 December 180946208208Marriage
John PARKIN + Jane ALLISONPARKIN,John + ALLISON,Jane13 December 179547222222Marriage
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Doreen PARSONS12 December 2017 - 16:36:29jackie1513096589PARSONS,Doreen
Alfred Norman R AUBERT12 December 2017 - 16:33:16jackie1513096396AUBERT,Alfred Norman R
Ethel Lilian LEWIS12 December 2017 - 15:41:21jackie1513093281LEWIS,Ethel Lilian
Frank Albert R AUBERT12 December 2017 - 15:28:57jackie1513092537AUBERT,Frank Albert R
Helen Clara AUBERT12 December 2017 - 15:22:34jackie1513092154AUBERT,Helen Clara
William GREENFIELD12 December 2017 - 15:14:01jackie1513091641GREENFIELD,William
William GREENFIELD + Harriett MARTIN12 December 2017 - 15:10:39jackie1513091439GREENFIELD,William + MARTIN,Harriett
Carrie GREENFIELD12 December 2017 - 15:04:07jackie1513091047GREENFIELD,Carrie
Harriet DALE12 December 2017 - 14:52:05jackie1513090325DALE,Harriet
Marian Louise BERRIDGE12 December 2017 - 14:51:30jackie1513090290BERRIDGE,Marian Louise
Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE12 December 2017 - 14:41:07jackie1513089667BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan
Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE + Harriet DALE12 December 2017 - 14:33:57jackie1513089237BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan + DALE,Harriet
Letitia Amy ANDERSON12 December 2017 - 14:23:05jackie1513088585ANDERSON,Letitia Amy
George Edwin PLAYLE + Letitia Amy ANDERSON12 December 2017 - 14:22:43jackie1513088563PLAYLE,George Edwin + ANDERSON,Letitia Amy
Clara Doris ‘Doris’ CHAPMAN12 December 2017 - 13:17:57jackie1513084677CHAPMAN,Clara Doris
George Ernest POSTLETHWAITE12 December 2017 - 13:15:27jackie1513084527POSTLETHWAITE,George Ernest
William Burton BAKER12 December 2017 - 13:11:31jackie1513084291BAKER,William Burton
Matilda CLARKE12 December 2017 - 12:56:24jackie1513083384CLARKE,Matilda
Samuel GEE + Matilda CLARKE12 December 2017 - 12:56:05jackie1513083365GEE,Samuel + CLARKE,Matilda
Samuel GEE12 December 2017 - 12:53:57jackie1513083237GEE,Samuel
Alfred Henry GEE12 December 2017 - 12:52:20jackie1513083140GEE,Alfred Henry
Florence Annie NURSE12 December 2017 - 11:53:14jackie1513079594NURSE,Florence Annie
Nelson Victor KILMISTER12 December 2017 - 11:51:39jackie1513079499KILMISTER,Nelson Victor
Charles Eric John LOVEDAY10 December 2017 - 16:47:27jackie1512924447LOVEDAY,Charles Eric John
Herbert Noel Brighton LOVEDAY10 December 2017 - 16:39:27jackie1512923967LOVEDAY,Herbert Noel Brighton
Oliver Herbert LOVEDAY + Ethel SIMMONS10 December 2017 - 16:38:15jackie1512923895LOVEDAY,Oliver Herbert + SIMMONS,Ethel
Oliver Herbert LOVEDAY10 December 2017 - 16:31:05jackie1512923465LOVEDAY,Oliver Herbert
Ethel SIMMONS10 December 2017 - 16:31:05jackie1512923465SIMMONS,Ethel
Herbert Elisha LOVEDAY10 December 2017 - 16:25:32jackie1512923132LOVEDAY,Herbert Elisha
Doris Alexandra LOVEDAY10 December 2017 - 16:19:08jackie1512922748LOVEDAY,Doris Alexandra
Peirson CROSS10 December 2017 - 16:11:14jackie1512922274CROSS,Peirson
Caroline Lydia BRIGHTON10 December 2017 - 16:08:35jackie1512922115BRIGHTON,Caroline Lydia
Ronald Henry FEW10 December 2017 - 16:05:03jackie1512921903FEW,Ronald Henry
Richard Reginald LOVEYS10 December 2017 - 15:59:26jackie1512921566LOVEYS,Richard Reginald
Kathleen Mary GARMAN10 December 2017 - 15:58:02jackie1512921482GARMAN,Kathleen Mary