A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family.
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.
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
|George Edward ELLMORE||ELLMORE,George Edward||June 16, 1975||0||44||44||Death|
|Edith Emma ARTER||ARTER,Edith Emma||June 16, 1949||1||70||70||Death|
|Haldane Campbell STEWART||STEWART,Haldane Campbell||June 16, 1942||2||77||77||Death|
|Gerald Le Marchant SAUMAREZ||SAUMAREZ,Gerald Le Marchant||June 16, 1941||3||78||78||Death|
|Elsie Marion BLACKMAN||BLACKMAN,Elsie Marion||June 16, 1935||4||84||84||Death|
|Rev Arthur Lee GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Arthur Lee||June 16, 1933||5||86||86||Death|
|Alfred Charles BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Alfred Charles||June 16, 1932||6||87||87||Death|
|Charles Henry Tomlin TRULOCK||TRULOCK,Charles Henry Tomlin||June 16, 1928||7||91||91||Birth|
|Katherine Anne POWLETT||POWLETT,Katherine Anne||June 16, 1923||8||96||96||Death|
|James FYFE||FYFE,James||June 16, 1920||9||99||99||Death|
|Elizabeth Charlotte MACK||MACK,Elizabeth Charlotte||June 16, 1917||10||102||102||Death|
|Stephen Albert JUDD||JUDD,Stephen Albert||June 16, 1914||11||105||105||Birth|
|Frederick JENNINGS||JENNINGS,Frederick||June 16, 1913||12||106||106||Birth|
|Frederick John L KETT||KETT,Frederick John L||June 16, 1910||13||109||109||Birth|
|Harry Bridgeman GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Harry Bridgeman||June 16, 1909||14||110||110||Death|
|Austin Elliott MASON||MASON,Austin Elliott||June 16, 1904||15||115||115||Birth|
|Rose Mary Ann SETTLE||SETTLE,Rose Mary Ann||June 16, 1902||16||117||117||Birth|
|Thomas Howes PHIPPS||PHIPPS,Thomas Howes||June 16, 1896||17||123||123||Birth|
|Louise Caroline C J …||@N.N.,Louise Caroline C J||June 16, 1894||18||125||125||Birth|
|Gertrude Jessie BYWATER||BYWATER,Gertrude Jessie||June 16, 1892||19||127||127||Birth|
|Kingsley Wassell LEWIS||LEWIS,Kingsley Wassell||June 16, 1890||20||129||129||Birth|
|Henrietta Christiana SCHNEIDER||SCHNEIDER,Henrietta Christiana||June 16, 1889||21||130||130||Death|
|Dorothea KING-PAGE||KING-PAGE,Dorothea||June 16, 1883||22||136||136||Birth|
|Robert JUDD||JUDD,Robert||June 16, 1881||23||138||138||Birth|
|Gerald Lucius FITZGERALD||FITZGERALD,Gerald Lucius||June 16, 1868||24||151||151||Birth|
|John Joseph SILVA||SILVA,John Joseph||June 16, 1867||25||152||152||Death|
|Thomas Fox LEWIN||LEWIN,Thomas Fox||June 16, 1861||26||158||158||Death|
|Edward Breese ROBINSON||ROBINSON,Edward Breese||June 16, 1859||27||160||160||Death|
|Arthur Maitland WILSON||WILSON,Arthur Maitland||June 16, 1857||28||162||162||Birth|
|Emily BERGER (STEIGENBERGER)||BERGER (STEIGENBERGER),Emily||June 16, 1849||29||170||170||Death|
|Helen FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Helen||June 16, 1848||30||171||171||Birth|
|Elizabeth HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Elizabeth||June 16, 1843||31||176||176||Death|
|Benjamin Shaw BLAINE||BLAINE,Benjamin Shaw||June 16, 1842||32||177||177||Birth|
|Elizabeth CANNON||CANNON,Elizabeth||June 16, 1842||33||177||177||Death|
|Augusta BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Augusta||June 16, 1841||34||178||178||Birth|
|Ruth FISHER||FISHER,Ruth||June 16, 1824||35||195||195||Birth|
|Jeanne Lejeune AUBERT||AUBERT,Jeanne Lejeune||June 16, 1804||36||215||215||Birth|
|Henrietta Charlotte Lucy MANGEON||MANGEON,Henrietta Charlotte Lucy||June 16, 1798||37||221||221||Birth|
|James STOKES||STOKES,James||June 16, 1773||38||246||246||Birth|
|Catherine Marie MORIN||MORIN,Catherine Marie||June 16, 1694||39||325||325||Birth|
|William Henry CALE + Nellie COLLARD||CALE,William Henry + COLLARD,Nellie||June 16, 1901||40||118||118||Marriage|
|Benjamin ARMITAGE + Katherine Du Vernet MARTINDALE||ARMITAGE,Benjamin + MARTINDALE,Katherine Du Vernet||June 16, 1887||41||132||132||Marriage|
|John George CLARK + Mary Ann MILLER||CLARK,John George + MILLER,Mary Ann||June 16, 1877||42||142||142||Marriage|
|William Francis PADDON + Kathleen Rebecca ROBINSON||PADDON,William Francis + ROBINSON,Kathleen Rebecca||June 16, 1875||43||144||144||Marriage|
|William FAWCETT + Judith Dixon BLACKWELL||FAWCETT,William + BLACKWELL,Judith Dixon||June 16, 1874||44||145||145||Marriage|
|George Harry POWNALL + Louisa STEINMETZ||POWNALL,George Harry + STEINMETZ,Louisa||June 16, 1866||45||153||153||Marriage|
|Walter SAVILL + Matilda Helen BURNESS||SAVILL,Walter + BURNESS,Matilda Helen||June 16, 1864||46||155||155||Marriage|
|Henry CATCHLOVE + Emma FILMER||CATCHLOVE,Henry + FILMER,Emma||June 16, 1840||47||179||179||Marriage|
|Sir William FAIRBAIRN + Dame Dorothy MAR||FAIRBAIRN,William + MAR,Dorothy||June 16, 1816||48||203||203||Marriage|
|Admiral Robert Merrick FOWLER + Caroline Matilda DASHWOOD||FOWLER,Robert Merrick + DASHWOOD,Caroline Matilda||June 16, 1813||49||206||206||Marriage|
|Richard GUY + Elizabeth FOURD||GUY,Richard + FOURD,Elizabeth||June 16, 1720||50||299||299||Marriage|
|Julia Annie Elizabeth HURLEY||June 15, 2019 - 4:16:32 p.m.||jackie||1560615392||HURLEY,Julia Annie Elizabeth|
|Nathaniel Derry MORRIS||June 15, 2019 - 4:15:02 p.m.||jackie||1560615302||MORRIS,Nathaniel Derry|
|Nathaniel Derry MORRIS + Julia Annie Elizabeth HURLEY||June 15, 2019 - 4:10:49 p.m.||jackie||1560615049||MORRIS,Nathaniel Derry + HURLEY,Julia Annie Elizabeth|
|Charles Thomas MORRIS||June 15, 2019 - 4:06:08 p.m.||jackie||1560614768||MORRIS,Charles Thomas|
|Alice Mary RIVETT||June 15, 2019 - 3:59:11 p.m.||jackie||1560614351||RIVETT,Alice Mary|
|Louisa Alice WEST||June 15, 2019 - 3:56:47 p.m.||jackie||1560614207||WEST,Louisa Alice|
|Henri Louis A DROUIN||June 15, 2019 - 3:49:14 p.m.||jackie||1560613754||DROUIN,Henri Louis A|
|Ethel Adeline RIVETT||June 15, 2019 - 3:48:20 p.m.||jackie||1560613700||RIVETT,Ethel Adeline|
|Mary Louisa RIVETT||June 15, 2019 - 3:46:45 p.m.||jackie||1560613605||RIVETT,Mary Louisa|
|William Henry BATEMAN||June 15, 2019 - 3:44:29 p.m.||jackie||1560613469||BATEMAN,William Henry|
|Ethel Mary SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:53:50 p.m.||jackie||1560516830||SEDDON,Ethel Mary|
|Harold SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:50:44 p.m.||jackie||1560516644||SEDDON,Harold|
|Agnes Louisa SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:47:46 p.m.||jackie||1560516466||SEDDON,Agnes Louisa|
|Rev James SEDDON + Sarah WARD||June 14, 2019 - 12:44:24 p.m.||jackie||1560516264||SEDDON,James + WARD,Sarah|
|James E SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:43:43 p.m.||jackie||1560516223||SEDDON,James E|
|Clara SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:41:39 p.m.||jackie||1560516099||SEDDON,Clara|
|Sarah WARD||June 14, 2019 - 12:40:09 p.m.||jackie||1560516009||WARD,Sarah|
|Rev James SEDDON||June 14, 2019 - 12:40:09 p.m.||jackie||1560516009||SEDDON,James|
|Rev James SEDDON + … …||June 14, 2019 - 12:39:05 p.m.||jackie||1560515945||SEDDON,James + @N.N.|
|James SEDDON + Elizabeth JONES||June 14, 2019 - 12:33:57 p.m.||jackie||1560515637||SEDDON,James + JONES,Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth JONES||June 14, 2019 - 12:25:41 p.m.||jackie||1560515141||JONES,Elizabeth|
|Anna Catherine APPLE||June 14, 2019 - 12:21:25 p.m.||jackie||1560514885||APPLE,Anna Catherine|
|Elizabeth FERCHARSON||June 14, 2019 - 11:57:57 a.m.||jackie||1560513477||FERCHARSON,Elizabeth|
|Richard FERCHARSON||June 14, 2019 - 11:55:43 a.m.||jackie||1560513343||FERCHARSON,Richard|
|Bowden FERCHARSON + Elizabeth YEAMANS||June 14, 2019 - 11:55:15 a.m.||jackie||1560513315||FERCHARSON,Bowden + YEAMANS,Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth YEAMANS||June 14, 2019 - 11:04:57 a.m.||jackie||1560510297||YEAMANS,Elizabeth|
|John Woodbridge ALLEYNE||June 14, 2019 - 10:56:11 a.m.||jackie||1560509771||ALLEYNE,John Woodbridge|
|Bowden FERCHARSON||June 14, 2019 - 10:54:43 a.m.||jackie||1560509683||FERCHARSON,Bowden|
|Frederick Charles BARROW||June 14, 2019 - 10:32:30 a.m.||jackie||1560508350||BARROW,Frederick Charles|