Many thanks to Ian for supplying additional information on the above family.
Many thanks to Jim for sending me the details of another daughter for Thomas and Grace Boyd.
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
|Joyce Irene BURNS||BURNS,Joyce Irene||22 March 2009||0||10||10||Death|
|Walter Marsden Jones LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Walter Marsden Jones||22 March 1978||1||41||41||Death|
|Annie Fursman ANDREWS||ANDREWS,Annie Fursman||22 March 1975||2||44||44||Death|
|Lillian Beatrice (Betty) JOHNSON||JOHNSON,Lillian Beatrice (Betty)||22 March 1974||3||45||45||Death|
|Cyril Ray BURFIELD||BURFIELD,Cyril Ray||22 March 1970||4||49||49||Death|
|Hedley Jeffreys THOMSON||THOMSON,Hedley Jeffreys||22 March 1955||5||64||64||Death|
|Claude Francis Conyngham BAILEY||BAILEY,Claude Francis Conyngham||22 March 1950||6||69||69||Death|
|Caroline Mary Janetta BIRCH||BIRCH,Caroline Mary Janetta||22 March 1949||7||70||70||Death|
|Roy Gordon PARKES||PARKES,Roy Gordon||22 March 1948||8||71||71||Death|
|Howson Rutherfoord FOULGER||FOULGER,Howson Rutherfoord||22 March 1946||9||73||73||Death|
|Charlotte Esther JACOB||JACOB,Charlotte Esther||22 March 1946||10||73||73||Death|
|Frank BRYANT||BRYANT,Frank||22 March 1939||11||80||80||Death|
|George Fraser HANDCOCK||HANDCOCK,George Fraser||22 March 1928||12||91||91||Death|
|Robert Fursman ANDREWS||ANDREWS,Robert Fursman||22 March 1927||13||92||92||Death|
|Mabel Alice CLARK||CLARK,Mabel Alice||22 March 1924||14||95||95||Death|
|Ross BROWNLEE-WALKER||BROWNLEE-WALKER,Ross||22 March 1915||15||104||104||Birth|
|Eleanor Isabella Eliza WAY||WAY,Eleanor Isabella Eliza||22 March 1913||16||106||106||Death|
|Arthur Alexander BROWN||BROWN,Arthur Alexander||22 March 1910||17||109||109||Birth|
|Charlotte PIZEY||PIZEY,Charlotte||22 March 1909||18||110||110||Death|
|Theophilus SANDEMAN||SANDEMAN,Theophilus||22 March 1905||19||114||114||Death|
|James Andrew Paton CHARLES||CHARLES,James Andrew Paton||22 March 1905||20||114||114||Birth|
|Mary Anne Elizabeth STOPFORD RAM||STOPFORD RAM,Mary Anne Elizabeth||22 March 1902||21||117||117||Death|
|Harry CHURM||CHURM,Harry||22 March 1902||22||117||117||Birth|
|Christopher Aubert CHARLESWORTH||CHARLESWORTH,Christopher Aubert||22 March 1900||23||119||119||Birth|
|Kathleen Edith NEVILL||NEVILL,Kathleen Edith||22 March 1900||24||119||119||Birth|
|Theodora Marianna||,Theodora Marianna||22 March 1897||25||122||122||Death|
|Sarah Ann SWAIN||SWAIN,Sarah Ann||22 March 1897||26||122||122||Death|
|Julie Marie LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Julie Marie||22 March 1894||27||125||125||Birth|
|Hedley Francis NICHOLLS||NICHOLLS,Hedley Francis||22 March 1891||28||128||128||Birth|
|Arthur Gordon ORAM||ORAM,Arthur Gordon||22 March 1889||29||130||130||Birth|
|James ZALA||ZALA,James||22 March 1887||30||132||132||Birth|
|Hugh Stanley PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Hugh Stanley||22 March 1886||31||133||133||Birth|
|Elizabeth JENNER||JENNER,Elizabeth||22 March 1882||32||137||137||Death|
|Norman GREENWOOD||GREENWOOD,Norman||22 March 1880||33||139||139||Birth|
|Phyllis PAYNE||PAYNE,Phyllis||22 March 1878||34||141||141||Birth|
|Agnes BRADLEY||BRADLEY,Agnes||22 March 1876||35||143||143||Birth|
|William THOM||THOM,William||22 March 1872||36||147||147||Birth|
|Emma Ann GILLHAM||GILLHAM,Emma Ann||22 March 1868||37||151||151||Death|
|William Hall FENWICK||FENWICK,William Hall||22 March 1866||38||153||153||Birth|
|Bertha CHARLESWORTH||CHARLESWORTH,Bertha||22 March 1865||39||154||154||Birth|
|Hugh Paston MACK||MACK,Hugh Paston||22 March 1858||40||161||161||Birth|
|Philip Moore Callow KERMODE||KERMODE,Philip Moore Callow||22 March 1855||41||164||164||Birth|
|Beatrice Margaret RUTHERFORD||RUTHERFORD,Beatrice Margaret||22 March 1855||42||164||164||Birth|
|Martha Frances HALL||HALL,Martha Frances||22 March 1849||43||170||170||Birth|
|Robert Henry FIVEASH||FIVEASH,Robert Henry||22 March 1846||44||173||173||Birth|
|Henrietta Maria BAGOT||BAGOT,Henrietta Maria||22 March 1844||45||175||175||Death|
|Henrietta Matilda ‘Matilda’ BENECKE||BENECKE,Henrietta Matilda||22 March 1841||46||178||178||Birth|
|Judge Henry Tindal ATKINSON||ATKINSON,Henry Tindal||22 March 1841||47||178||178||Birth|
|Patience Ann Champion De CRESPIGNY||CRESPIGNY,Patience Ann Champion De||22 March 1831||48||188||188||Death|
|James HARVEY||HARVEY,James||22 March 1824||49||195||195||Death|
|John Grimsdale ANDERSON||ANDERSON,John Grimsdale||22 March 1821||50||198||198||Birth|
|Edward Ayshford SANFORD||SANFORD,Edward Ayshford||22 March 1820||51||199||199||Birth|
|Rev Paul SAUMAREZ||SAUMAREZ,Paul||22 March 1798||52||221||221||Birth|
|Elizabeth STOKES||STOKES,Elizabeth||22 March 1788||53||231||231||Birth|
|Richard GUY||GUY,Richard||22 March 1787||54||232||232||Birth|
|Mary CARTER||CARTER,Mary||22 March 1771||55||248||248||Birth|
|Mary STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Mary||22 March 1767||56||252||252||Birth|
|Thomas STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Thomas||22 March 1765||57||254||254||Birth|
|Mary MARSH||MARSH,Mary||22 March 1740||58||279||279||Birth|
|Sir Jacob William BARTH + Dame Ida Russell BURNAND||BARTH,Jacob William + BURNAND,Ida Russell||22 March 1906||59||113||113||Marriage|
|William Walling BROOKS + Phyllis PAYNE||BROOKS,William Walling + PAYNE,Phyllis||22 March 1899||60||120||120||Marriage|
|George Russell DRYSDALE + Mary Drysdale RUSSELL||DRYSDALE,George Russell + RUSSELL,Mary Drysdale||22 March 1888||61||131||131||Marriage|
|Thomas John BRIGDEN + Maria MEAD||BRIGDEN,Thomas John + MEAD,Maria||22 March 1886||62||133||133||Marriage|
|William George BUCKLAND + Hannah Sophia HILL||BUCKLAND,William George + HILL,Hannah Sophia||22 March 1855||63||164||164||Marriage|
|Charles Edward MANGLES + Rose NEWCOME||MANGLES,Charles Edward + NEWCOME,Rose||22 March 1831||64||188||188||Marriage|
|Richard KIPLING + Isabella Mary BARNETT||KIPLING,Richard + BARNETT,Isabella Mary||22 March 1825||65||194||194||Marriage|
|John DICKSON + Sarah TOULMIN||DICKSON,John + TOULMIN,Sarah||22 March 1788||66||231||231||Marriage|
|Jane AUBERTIN||22 March 2019 - 19:00:17||jackie||1553281217||AUBERTIN,Jane|
|Rev Pierre AUBERTIN + Henrietta LAMBERT||22 March 2019 - 18:59:46||jackie||1553281186||AUBERTIN,Pierre + LAMBERT,Henrietta|
|Lady Kathleen Nimmo DUNCAN||19 March 2019 - 10:49:53||jackie||1552992593||DUNCAN,Kathleen Nimmo|
|Geraldine Bryde ‘Dinah’ TENNANT||19 March 2019 - 10:34:36||jackie||1552991676||TENNANT,Geraldine Bryde|
|Sir Alan John COLQUHOUN||19 March 2019 - 10:32:08||jackie||1552991528||COLQUHOUN,Alan John|
|Mary FULLER-MAITLAND||19 March 2019 - 10:30:28||jackie||1552991428||FULLER-MAITLAND,Mary|
|Helen Sutherland WALFORD||19 March 2019 - 10:25:33||jackie||1552991133||WALFORD,Helen Sutherland|
|Frances E J WALFORD||19 March 2019 - 10:22:36||jackie||1552990956||WALFORD,Frances E J|
|Lucy Bethia COLQUHOUN||19 March 2019 - 10:18:12||jackie||1552990692||COLQUHOUN,Lucy Bethia|
|Alfred Saunders WALFORD||19 March 2019 - 10:12:19||jackie||1552990339||WALFORD,Alfred Saunders|
|Marjory WALFORD||19 March 2019 - 10:08:15||jackie||1552990095||WALFORD,Marjory|