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.

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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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Geoffrey Oram WALTERSWALTERS,Geoffrey OramFebruary 23, 199202828Death
Dorothea Violet RAYRAY,Dorothea VioletFebruary 23, 199112929Death
Gerard Hugh De Burgh WYLLYSWYLLYS,Gerard Hugh De BurghFebruary 23, 198623434Death
Herbert Victor Townshend MILLSMILLS,Herbert Victor TownshendFebruary 23, 198233838Death
Ursula May BALLANCEBALLANCE,Ursula MayFebruary 23, 197744343Death
Air Vice-Marshal Alfred Cotterill KERMODE CBEKERMODE,Alfred CotterillFebruary 23, 197354747Death
Gladys Maud FISHERFISHER,Gladys MaudFebruary 23, 197264848Death
Albert Frank SEAMANSEAMAN,Albert FrankFebruary 23, 196775353Death
Ernest Percival STOKESSTOKES,Ernest PercivalFebruary 23, 196685454Death
Constance Ida CARDENCARDEN,Constance IdaFebruary 23, 196295858Death
Horatio Theophilus MAUGHAMMAUGHAM,Horatio TheophilusFebruary 23, 1954106666Death
Cecil Wotton TOOVEY CB CBE MCTOOVEY,Cecil WottonFebruary 23, 1954116666Death
Bertha Maud SEIFFERTHSEIFFERTH,Bertha MaudFebruary 23, 1949127171Death
Adela Frances TATHAMTATHAM,Adela FrancesFebruary 23, 1937138383Death
Henry LYGONLYGON,HenryFebruary 23, 1936148484Death
Katherine Rachel CHARLESCHARLES,Katherine RachelFebruary 23, 1928159292Death
Lieut Roger Henry MASSIEMASSIE,Roger HenryFebruary 23, 1927169393Death
Doreen Grace WOODWOOD,Doreen GraceFebruary 23, 1927179393Birth
Barbara Edna GUENIGAULTGUENIGAULT,Barbara EdnaFebruary 23, 1922189898Birth
Francis E WILMOTWILMOT,Francis EFebruary 23, 1921199999Death
Herbert Leslie STUBBSSTUBBS,Herbert LeslieFebruary 23, 1921209999Death
Judith Charlotte BARRASSBARRASS,Judith CharlotteFebruary 23, 192021100100Death
Maria Bridgeman GRIMLEYGRIMLEY,Maria BridgemanFebruary 23, 191322107107Death
Amelia Anne ROBERTSROBERTS,Amelia AnneFebruary 23, 190523115115Death
Frederick Beardsworth GEORGEGEORGE,Frederick BeardsworthFebruary 23, 190424116116Death
John WATNEYWATNEY,JohnFebruary 23, 190425116116Death
Frances Mary V PAULLPAULL,Frances Mary VFebruary 23, 190226118118Birth
Maisie Stirling GERVISGERVIS,Maisie StirlingFebruary 23, 190227118118Birth
Baroness Agnes Adela KINDERSLEYKINDERSLEY,Agnes AdelaFebruary 23, 190228118118Death
Alfred Dick PRESTEDPRESTED,Alfred DickFebruary 23, 189729123123Birth
Samuel Thomas Day “Thomas” LOADERLOADER,Samuel Thomas DayFebruary 23, 189430126126Death
Rosamond Marion TATHAMTATHAM,Rosamond MarionFebruary 23, 189331127127Birth
Rev Henry Hugh WAYWAY,Henry HughFebruary 23, 189032130130Death
Oliver Herbert LOVEDAYLOVEDAY,Oliver HerbertFebruary 23, 188833132132Birth
Ellen Agnes Annie PEGGPEGG,Ellen Agnes AnnieFebruary 23, 187834142142Birth
Letitia BEARDMOREBEARDMORE,LetitiaFebruary 23, 187735143143Death
Charlotte EAMESEAMES,CharlotteFebruary 23, 187536145145Death
Rt Hon Cecilia Constance IRBYIRBY,Cecilia ConstanceFebruary 23, 187037150150Birth
Edwin Joseph BODYBODY,Edwin JosephFebruary 23, 186938151151Birth
Frances CAMPBELLCAMPBELL,FrancesFebruary 23, 186739153153Death
Samuel Ambrose ISELTONISELTON,Samuel AmbroseFebruary 23, 185140169169Death
Charles Thomas PAILTHORPEPAILTHORPE,Charles ThomasFebruary 23, 184041180180Birth
Emilia Louisa PETTPETT,Emilia LouisaFebruary 23, 183542185185Birth
Henry Howard PEEKPEEK,Henry HowardFebruary 23, 183143189189Birth
Frederick Henry Paul METHUENMETHUEN,Frederick Henry PaulFebruary 23, 181844202202Birth
Charity HOLMANHOLMAN,CharityFebruary 23, 181045210210Death
Amelia AGGAGG,AmeliaFebruary 23, 181046210210Birth
Maria Helen RIVAZRIVAZ,Maria HelenFebruary 23, 180547215215Birth
Anna Priscilla ROBSONROBSON,Anna PriscillaFebruary 23, 179948221221Birth
Nathaniel BRASSEYBRASSEY,NathanielFebruary 23, 177749243243Birth
Thomas STEWARTSTEWART,ThomasFebruary 23, 175450266266Death
Sydney Phillip JONES + Lilian Elna “Dolly” STEIGENBERGERJONES,Sydney Phillip + STEIGENBERGER,Lilian ElnaFebruary 23, 1922519898Marriage
Alfred BAMPTON + Lilian May ARNOLDBAMPTON,Alfred + ARNOLD,Lilian MayFebruary 23, 191352107107Marriage
Hon Major General William Windham Augustus LUKIN + Blanche WAKEFIELDLUKIN,William Windham Augustus + WAKEFIELD,BlancheFebruary 23, 185653164164Marriage
Joseph GILLHAM + Mary ROWLANDGILLHAM,Joseph + ROWLAND,MaryFebruary 23, 177254248248Marriage
Robert DASHWOOD + Mary SWEETINGDASHWOOD,Robert + SWEETING,MaryFebruary 23, 174955271271Marriage
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Edward Stephen HUDSONFebruary 23, 2020 - 12:48:10 p.m.jackie1582462090HUDSON,Edward Stephen
Ellen Alice DENNEYFebruary 23, 2020 - 12:43:51 p.m.jackie1582461831DENNEY,Ellen Alice
Leonard Cyril BOWYERFebruary 23, 2020 - 12:40:01 p.m.jackie1582461601BOWYER,Leonard Cyril
Antonella Carmen Angela LAVELLIFebruary 23, 2020 - 12:31:56 p.m.jackie1582461116LAVELLI,Antonella Carmen Angela
Lily TOLLISSFebruary 23, 2020 - 12:20:48 p.m.jackie1582460448TOLLISS,Lily
Amelia DIXONFebruary 20, 2020 - 2:16:02 p.m.jackie1582208162DIXON,Amelia
Emily Fursman ANDREWSFebruary 20, 2020 - 2:03:57 p.m.jackie1582207437ANDREWS,Emily Fursman
Dorothy Mary GILLFebruary 20, 2020 - 2:01:30 p.m.jackie1582207290GILL,Dorothy Mary
Arthur Leslie JACKSONFebruary 20, 2020 - 1:54:20 p.m.jackie1582206860JACKSON,Arthur Leslie
Arthur Leslie JACKSON + Dorothy Mary GILLFebruary 20, 2020 - 1:51:14 p.m.jackie1582206674JACKSON,Arthur Leslie + GILL,Dorothy Mary
Stanley George HARMANFebruary 20, 2020 - 1:42:57 p.m.jackie1582206177HARMAN,Stanley George