2 photos of this family from my Canadian FH contact, much appreciated.
Additional details on the Gates Family from my Canadian FH Contact, many thanks
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
|Frederick George CRAIG||CRAIG,Frederick George||25 April 2005||0||13||13||Death|
|Ethel May STEIGENBERGER||STEIGENBERGER,Ethel May||25 April 1985||1||33||33||Death|
|Blanche Kate NEEDELL||NEEDELL,Blanche Kate||25 April 1971||2||47||47||Death|
|Arthur Gordon ORAM||ORAM,Arthur Gordon||25 April 1965||3||53||53||Death|
|Capn Francis Attwater LEWIS MC||LEWIS,Francis Attwater||25 April 1961||4||57||57||Death|
|Gwendolen Cave SHIPTON||SHIPTON,Gwendolen Cave||25 April 1957||5||61||61||Death|
|Philip Victor DESPREZ||DESPREZ,Philip Victor||25 April 1950||6||68||68||Death|
|Hubert William HOCKNEY||HOCKNEY,Hubert William||25 April 1948||7||70||70||Death|
|Raymond John TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Raymond John||25 April 1948||8||70||70||Birth|
|Harriett WINKWORTH||WINKWORTH,Harriett||25 April 1947||9||71||71||Death|
|James St Vincent SAUMAREZ||SAUMAREZ,James St Vincent||25 April 1937||10||81||81||Death|
|Arthur Francis DE ROUGEMONT||DE ROUGEMONT,Arthur Francis||25 April 1936||11||82||82||Death|
|Amy Margaret SMITH||SMITH,Amy Margaret||25 April 1935||12||83||83||Death|
|Lionel Berger BURNAND||BURNAND,Lionel Berger||25 April 1934||13||84||84||Death|
|George Arbouin BURNETT||BURNETT,George Arbouin||25 April 1931||14||87||87||Death|
|Joan Evelyn DIXON||DIXON,Joan Evelyn||25 April 1928||15||90||90||Birth|
|Thomas WACHER JP||WACHER,Thomas JP||25 April 1926||16||92||92||Death|
|Alan Michael GOODHAND||GOODHAND,Alan Michael||25 April 1925||17||93||93||Birth|
|Lady Fiona Marjorie STEWART||STEWART,Fiona Marjorie||25 April 1924||18||94||94||Birth|
|Lt Comm George Harley POWNALL||POWNALL,George Harley||25 April 1915||19||103||103||Death|
|James COLLYER M D||COLLYER,James M D||25 April 1915||20||103||103||Death|
|Sampson Zachary LLOYD||LLOYD,Sampson Zachary||25 April 1914||21||104||104||Death|
|Edith L BIDGOOD||BIDGOOD,Edith L||25 April 1911||22||107||107||Birth|
|Laura Mary KENNARD||KENNARD,Laura Mary||25 April 1909||23||109||109||Death|
|John Mensley HUMPISH||HUMPISH,John Mensley||25 April 1907||24||111||111||Birth|
|May Louisa COWLEY||COWLEY,May Louisa||25 April 1906||25||112||112||Birth|
|Eleanor Marchant GROOME||GROOME,Eleanor Marchant||25 April 1906||26||112||112||Death|
|Leslie Ivan Mark CASTLEDEN||CASTLEDEN,Leslie Ivan Mark||25 April 1899||27||119||119||Birth|
|William Charles Victor APPS||APPS,William Charles Victor||25 April 1897||28||121||121||Birth|
|George Fred JULL||JULL,George Fred||25 April 1896||29||122||122||Birth|
|Flora Squires GILES||GILES,Flora Squires||25 April 1892||30||126||126||Death|
|Robert HUMBLE||HUMBLE,Robert||25 April 1887||31||131||131||Birth|
|Constance Caroline CULLIFORD||CULLIFORD,Constance Caroline||25 April 1887||32||131||131||Birth|
|Henry Augustus Bernard AGAR||AGAR,Henry Augustus Bernard||25 April 1885||33||133||133||Death|
|Thomas Hutchins PINDER||PINDER,Thomas Hutchins||25 April 1885||34||133||133||Death|
|John Wylie BARROW||BARROW,John Wylie||25 April 1885||35||133||133||Death|
|Emmeline Frances MENSLEY||MENSLEY,Emmeline Frances||25 April 1881||36||137||137||Birth|
|Frederick Lewis RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Frederick Lewis||25 April 1869||37||149||149||Death|
|Rev Thomas Baden POWELL||POWELL,Thomas Baden||25 April 1868||38||150||150||Death|
|Egbert Jenner FRYMAN||FRYMAN,Egbert Jenner||25 April 1867||39||151||151||Birth|
|Edith Aine Madeleine CARY||CARY,Edith Aine Madeleine||25 April 1867||40||151||151||Birth|
|Emma DAVIS||DAVIS,Emma||25 April 1866||41||152||152||Death|
|Constance Maitland VALPY||VALPY,Constance Maitland||25 April 1857||42||161||161||Birth|
|Robert TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Robert||25 April 1841||43||177||177||Birth|
|Capt John CARDEN||CARDEN,John||25 April 1835||44||183||183||Birth|
|Fanny Marianne ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Fanny Marianne||25 April 1829||45||189||189||Birth|
|William BATEMAN||BATEMAN,William||25 April 1812||46||206||206||Birth|
|Morris PRYOR JP||PRYOR,Morris JP||25 April 1804||47||214||214||Birth|
|Sophie TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Sophie||25 April 1785||48||233||233||Birth|
|William SMART||SMART,William||25 April 1778||49||240||240||Birth|
|Wilfred Stanley STOKES + Amy Beatrice MAUGHAM||STOKES,Wilfred Stanley + MAUGHAM,Amy Beatrice||25 April 1914||50||104||104||Marriage|
|Gilbert BALLANCE + Olwyn Marion LLOYD||BALLANCE,Gilbert + LLOYD,Olwyn Marion||25 April 1914||51||104||104||Marriage|
|Thomas BARNES + Edith Beatrice NEVILL||BARNES,Thomas + NEVILL,Edith Beatrice||25 April 1903||52||115||115||Marriage|
|Henry Lewis CLARK + Hannah Finch WILLIAMS||CLARK,Henry Lewis + WILLIAMS,Hannah Finch||25 April 1867||53||151||151||Marriage|
|Frederick Giesler LLOYD + Elizabeth BARCLAY||LLOYD,Frederick Giesler + BARCLAY,Elizabeth||25 April 1862||54||156||156||Marriage|
|William Alfred Hyde NEATE + Charlotte JACQUES||NEATE,William Alfred Hyde + JACQUES,Charlotte||25 April 1837||55||181||181||Marriage|
|Richard MULLINER + Dorothy SUTTON||MULLINER,Richard + SUTTON,Dorothy||25 April 1814||56||204||204||Marriage|
|Leny Deighton SMITH + Harriet SPEDDING||SMITH,Leny Deighton + SPEDDING,Harriet||25 April 1814||57||204||204||Marriage|
|George DAY + Anne DAY||DAY,George + DAY,Anne||25 April 1810||58||208||208||Marriage|
|Ann GOODWIN||23 April 2018 - 09:31:26||jackie||1524475886||GOODWIN,Ann|
|Albert William CARRICK||23 April 2018 - 09:28:34||jackie||1524475714||CARRICK,Albert William|
|Alberta J CARRICK||23 April 2018 - 09:26:13||jackie||1524475573||CARRICK,Alberta J|
|William James GATES||23 April 2018 - 09:12:41||jackie||1524474761||GATES,William James|
|William McNAMARA||23 April 2018 - 09:11:55||jackie||1524474715||MacNAMARA,William|