Conner Family
March 25, 2020 - 11:41:58 a.m.

Extra information on the Conner family helped by Winson in Malaysia, many thanks

Clarke/Dammers Family
March 22, 2020 - 4:39:50 p.m.

New information on the above family, many thanks to Alan

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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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Clara Louisa DIPPLEDIPPLE,Clara LouisaApril 3, 195386767Death
William Francis BAMPTONBAMPTON,William FrancisApril 3, 194597575Death
John Henry DANIELLDANIELL,John HenryApril 3, 1944107676Death
Ethel Marion McDONALDMacDONALD,Ethel MarionApril 3, 1938118282Death
John Jervis READREAD,John JervisApril 3, 1931128989Death
John Money COLLUMCOLLUM,John MoneyApril 3, 1925139595Death
Frank GUYGUY,FrankApril 3, 1922149898Birth
Ursula May BALLANCEBALLANCE,Ursula MayApril 3, 1921159999Birth
Frank Leonard COOKECOOKE,Frank LeonardApril 3, 191816102102Birth
Harry Edwin ABBOTTABBOTT,Harry EdwinApril 3, 191517105105Death
Robert STRACHANSTRACHAN,RobertApril 3, 191318107107Death
Leonard William CLARKECLARKE,Leonard WilliamApril 3, 191219108108Birth
William Evans Sprague ORAMORAM,William Evans SpragueApril 3, 191120109109Death
William Steggall PEDDARPEDDAR,William SteggallApril 3, 190821112112Death
Louisa Katherine Sarah ADAMSADAMS,Louisa Katherine SarahApril 3, 190422116116Birth
Graham Steinmetz POWNALLPOWNALL,Graham SteinmetzApril 3, 190323117117Death
Frederick ROCKELLROCKELL,FrederickApril 3, 189524125125Birth
Mary Kathleen GILESGILES,Mary KathleenApril 3, 189325127127Birth
Alfred PETTPETT,AlfredApril 3, 188626134134Death
George James JESSUPJESSUP,George JamesApril 3, 187127149149Birth
Charles James GENTGENT,Charles JamesApril 3, 186628154154Death
John Hill ALGERALGER,John HillApril 3, 186129159159Death
Rev George WEIGHTWEIGHT,GeorgeApril 3, 186030160160Death
Albinia Selina Johanna LOCKELOCKE,Albinia Selina JohannaApril 3, 185931161161Birth
Ellen Green PARKPARK,Ellen GreenApril 3, 185432166166Death
Arthur George Hanbury BLAINEBLAINE,Arthur George HanburyApril 3, 185333167167Birth
Alfred Edmund Bousfield BLAINEBLAINE,Alfred Edmund BousfieldApril 3, 185334167167Birth
Jane BERGERBERGER,JaneApril 3, 184635174174Death
Emily Jane GREENWOODGREENWOOD,Emily JaneApril 3, 184336177177Birth
Ellen ROUGEMONTROUGEMONT,EllenApril 3, 184237178178Death
Henry BOURNEBOURNE,HenryApril 3, 182538195195Birth
Alexander GAVILLERGAVILLER,AlexanderApril 3, 181439206206Birth
Susanna ALGERALGER,SusannaApril 3, 179841222222Birth
William Henry Marlow SIDNEYSIDNEY,William Henry MarlowApril 3, 177642244244Birth
Victor Celian KILMISTER + Florence Annie NURSEKILMISTER,Victor Celian + NURSE,Florence AnnieApril 3, 1935438585Marriage
Capn John Walter HOCKNEY + Dorothy ELLIOTTHOCKNEY,John Walter + ELLIOTT,DorothyApril 3, 191844102102Marriage
Richard Thomas ROBBINS + Sarah Emma NEATEROBBINS,Richard Thomas + NEATE,Sarah EmmaApril 3, 185945161161Marriage
Henry STOKES + Susannah DUFFSTOKES,Henry + DUFF,SusannahApril 3, 185646164164Marriage
Charles CAUDWELL + Ann FREWINCAUDWELL,Charles + FREWIN,AnnApril 3, 184447176176Marriage
John SLATE + Catherine Wilhelmina ATKINSONSLATE,John + ATKINSON,Catherine WilhelminaApril 3, 181548205205Marriage
Charles GATES + Emmeline MILESGATES,Charles + MILES,EmmelineApril 3, 178749233233Marriage
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Algernon Laurence SIDNEYApril 3, 2020 - 9:39:19 a.m.jackie1585906759SIDNEY,Algernon Laurence
Margaret WAUGHApril 3, 2020 - 9:38:06 a.m.jackie1585906686WAUGH,Margaret
Charles Guildford SIDNEYApril 3, 2020 - 9:37:13 a.m.jackie1585906633SIDNEY,Charles Guildford
Catherine COMBERApril 2, 2020 - 9:42:25 a.m.jackie1585820545COMBER,Catherine
George YOUNGMAN + Catherine COMBERApril 2, 2020 - 9:38:26 a.m.jackie1585820306YOUNGMAN,George + COMBER,Catherine
George YOUNGMANApril 2, 2020 - 9:37:50 a.m.jackie1585820270YOUNGMAN,George
Nicholas Doran MAILLARDApril 2, 2020 - 9:24:44 a.m.jackie1585819484MAILLARD,Nicholas Doran
Theophilus Augustus Doran MAILLARDApril 2, 2020 - 9:23:18 a.m.jackie1585819398MAILLARD,Theophilus Augustus Doran
Nicholas Doran MAILLARD + Annette RADCLIFFEApril 2, 2020 - 9:19:07 a.m.jackie1585819147MAILLARD,Nicholas Doran + RADCLIFFE,Annette
Annette RADCLIFFEApril 2, 2020 - 9:19:06 a.m.jackie1585819146RADCLIFFE,Annette
Theophilus Augustus Doran MAILLARD + Mary Ann BOWERSApril 2, 2020 - 9:15:57 a.m.jackie1585818957MAILLARD,Theophilus Augustus Doran + BOWERS,Mary Ann
Fl Lt Herman George Richard “Richard” MARCHApril 2, 2020 - 9:04:07 a.m.jackie1585818247MARCH,Herman George Richard
Clara Ann KENDLEApril 1, 2020 - 3:20:25 p.m.jackie1585754425KENDLE,Clara Ann
John KENDLE + Clara Eliza JONESApril 1, 2020 - 3:11:52 p.m.jackie1585753912KENDLE,John + JONES,Clara Eliza
Clara Eliza JONESApril 1, 2020 - 3:10:51 p.m.jackie1585753851JONES,Clara Eliza
John KENDLEApril 1, 2020 - 3:05:10 p.m.jackie1585753510KENDLE,John
Harriet HALESApril 1, 2020 - 3:04:37 p.m.jackie1585753477HALES,Harriet
John KENDLE + Harriet HALESApril 1, 2020 - 3:04:37 p.m.jackie1585753477KENDLE,John + HALES,Harriet
Elizabeth Adelaide KENDLEApril 1, 2020 - 2:49:53 p.m.jackie1585752593KENDLE,Elizabeth Adelaide
John Henry KENDLEApril 1, 2020 - 2:44:37 p.m.jackie1585752277KENDLE,John Henry
Sarah KEEBLEApril 1, 2020 - 1:00:24 p.m.jackie1585746024KEEBLE,Sarah
Richard SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:55:31 p.m.jackie1585745731SKINNER,Richard
Thomas SKINNER + Sarah KEEBLEApril 1, 2020 - 12:55:12 p.m.jackie1585745712SKINNER,Thomas + KEEBLE,Sarah
William SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:54:39 p.m.jackie1585745679SKINNER,William
Ambrose SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:53:27 p.m.jackie1585745607SKINNER,Ambrose
Thomas SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:48:41 p.m.jackie1585745321SKINNER,Thomas
Thomas SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:42:22 p.m.jackie1585744942SKINNER,Thomas
Keeble SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:40:13 p.m.jackie1585744813SKINNER,Keeble
Martha or Patty SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:33:13 p.m.jackie1585744393SKINNER,Martha or Patty
Ambrose SKINNER + Mary STEVENSApril 1, 2020 - 12:28:32 p.m.jackie1585744112SKINNER,Ambrose + STEVENS,Mary
Mary SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:20:46 p.m.jackie1585743646SKINNER,Mary
George SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:14:35 p.m.jackie1585743275SKINNER,George
Sarah SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 12:11:09 p.m.jackie1585743069SKINNER,Sarah
Edward BROWNApril 1, 2020 - 12:01:31 p.m.jackie1585742491BROWN,Edward
Catharine LENTONApril 1, 2020 - 12:00:18 p.m.jackie1585742418LENTON,Catharine
Edward BROWN + Catharine LENTONApril 1, 2020 - 12:00:18 p.m.jackie1585742418BROWN,Edward + LENTON,Catharine
Edward BROWN + Martha or Patty SKINNERApril 1, 2020 - 11:47:17 a.m.jackie1585741637BROWN,Edward + SKINNER,Martha or Patty
Henry CHESTERApril 1, 2020 - 11:43:54 a.m.jackie1585741434CHESTER,Henry
Dilys Grace BARTHOLOMEWApril 1, 2020 - 9:21:02 a.m.jackie1585732862BARTHOLOMEW,Dilys Grace
Otto Douglas MINTERMarch 31, 2020 - 11:26:29 a.m.jackie1585653989MINTER,Otto Douglas
Otto Douglas MINTER + Elizabeth Florence TAYLORMarch 31, 2020 - 11:22:24 a.m.jackie1585653744MINTER,Otto Douglas + TAYLOR,Elizabeth Florence
Elizabeth Florence TAYLORMarch 31, 2020 - 11:20:16 a.m.jackie1585653616TAYLOR,Elizabeth Florence