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.
Many thanks to Paul Tuppen for sending me photos of headstone for Frederick and Walter Tuppen. Now attached to their individual entries.
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
|Vera Emily TOBUTT||TOBUTT,Vera Emily||May 22, 2003||0||16||16||Death|
|Sophia (Sally) BUTTONOW||BUTTONOW,Sophia (Sally)||May 22, 1998||1||21||21||Death|
|Sophie Mary GATES||GATES,Sophie Mary||May 22, 1998||2||21||21||Death|
|Ella Gertrude STEVENSON||STEVENSON,Ella Gertrude||May 22, 1989||3||30||30||Death|
|Grace Kathleen COLLIER||COLLIER,Grace Kathleen||May 22, 1984||4||35||35||Death|
|Stella Embleton CROSS||CROSS,Stella Embleton||May 22, 1980||5||39||39||Death|
|Elsie Eveline Edith “Eveline Edith” …||@N.N.,Elsie Eveline Edith||May 22, 1976||6||43||43||Death|
|Edwin GERRARD||GERRARD,Edwin||May 22, 1971||7||48||48||Death|
|Alice HUGHES||HUGHES,Alice||May 22, 1961||8||58||58||Death|
|Sir Everard Charles Lindley MEYNELL OBE MC||MEYNELL,Everard Charles Lindley||May 22, 1956||9||63||63||Death|
|Clara Marianne DORMER||DORMER,Clara Marianne||May 22, 1948||10||71||71||Death|
|Christabel Rose CLARKE||CLARKE,Christabel Rose||May 22, 1943||11||76||76||Death|
|Albert Rogers LEE||LEE,Albert Rogers||May 22, 1941||12||78||78||Death|
|Teresa Mary RUSSELL||RUSSELL,Teresa Mary||May 22, 1931||13||88||88||Death|
|Agnes Steinmetz ADAM||ADAM,Agnes Steinmetz||May 22, 1929||14||90||90||Death|
|Aloysia Anastasia CONRON||CONRON,Aloysia Anastasia||May 22, 1928||15||91||91||Death|
|Walter MOORE||MOORE,Walter||May 22, 1923||16||96||96||Birth|
|Gwyneth MATTICK||MATTICK,Gwyneth||May 22, 1918||17||101||101||Birth|
|Ivor Montague SPENCE||SPENCE,Ivor Montague||May 22, 1913||18||106||106||Birth|
|Charles Irvine Conyngham BAILEY||BAILEY,Charles Irvine Conyngham||May 22, 1912||19||107||107||Death|
|Katharine MANGLES||MANGLES,Katharine||May 22, 1912||20||107||107||Death|
|Joan Ethel Judith HAZELL||HAZELL,Joan Ethel Judith||May 22, 1909||21||110||110||Birth|
|Ada M DEERE||DEERE,Ada M||May 22, 1902||22||117||117||Birth|
|Col John Randle FORD JP||FORD,John Randle JP||May 22, 1901||23||118||118||Death|
|Arthur LONGFORD||LONGFORD,Arthur||May 22, 1900||24||119||119||Death|
|George Henry LUNGE||LUNGE,George Henry||May 22, 1900||25||119||119||Birth|
|John Baden HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,John Baden||May 22, 1900||26||119||119||Birth|
|Beatrice Mary “Binnie” HALE-MONRO||HALE-MONRO,Beatrice Mary||May 22, 1899||27||120||120||Birth|
|James SPITTLE||SPITTLE,James||May 22, 1895||28||124||124||Death|
|Edith May BUTLER||BUTLER,Edith May||May 22, 1895||29||124||124||Birth|
|Arthur WORDINGHAM||WORDINGHAM,Arthur||May 22, 1885||30||134||134||Birth|
|Daniel SIMS||SIMS,Daniel||May 22, 1885||31||134||134||Death|
|George Henry VANNER||VANNER,George Henry||May 22, 1884||32||135||135||Birth|
|Dr Charles Alexander Fox GAVILLER||GAVILLER,Charles Alexander Fox||May 22, 1884||33||135||135||Birth|
|Frank Oswald PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Frank Oswald||May 22, 1883||34||136||136||Birth|
|John Colquhoun WALFORD||WALFORD,John Colquhoun||May 22, 1882||35||137||137||Birth|
|Anne TOMES||TOMES,Anne||May 22, 1881||36||138||138||Death|
|Daisy Alice EDMESTON||EDMESTON,Daisy Alice||May 22, 1879||37||140||140||Birth|
|Ann KNIGHT||KNIGHT,Ann||May 22, 1878||38||141||141||Death|
|Mary Agnes LIKEMAN||LIKEMAN,Mary Agnes||May 22, 1878||39||141||141||Birth|
|Edward Albert NORTON||NORTON,Edward Albert||May 22, 1876||40||143||143||Birth|
|William Nathan CHIPPERFIELD||CHIPPERFIELD,William Nathan||May 22, 1873||41||146||146||Death|
|Rev William Grenville BOYD||BOYD,William Grenville||May 22, 1867||42||152||152||Birth|
|Arthur John LOVEDAY||LOVEDAY,Arthur John||May 22, 1865||43||154||154||Birth|
|Admiral Robert Merrick FOWLER||FOWLER,Robert Merrick||May 22, 1860||44||159||159||Death|
|Rev Rene Pierssene FATT||FATT,Rene Pierssene||May 22, 1856||45||163||163||Birth|
|Sir David POLLOCK||POLLOCK,David||May 22, 1847||46||172||172||Death|
|Edward Brewster STAINBANK||STAINBANK,Edward Brewster||May 22, 1843||47||176||176||Birth|
|Thomas Henry WITHERS||WITHERS,Thomas Henry||May 22, 1840||48||179||179||Birth|
|Piers Egerton WARBURTON MP JP||WARBURTON,Piers Egerton||May 22, 1839||49||180||180||Birth|
|Harriet Porter Rhodes WOOD||WOOD,Harriet Porter Rhodes||May 22, 1839||50||180||180||Birth|
|Helen Augusta COLQUHOUN||COLQUHOUN,Helen Augusta||May 22, 1837||51||182||182||Birth|
|Francis BACON||BACON,Francis||May 22, 1828||52||191||191||Birth|
|Anna Sarah WEST||WEST,Anna Sarah||May 22, 1828||53||191||191||Birth|
|William Nathan CHIPPERFIELD||CHIPPERFIELD,William Nathan||May 22, 1822||54||197||197||Birth|
|Wilhelm Richard WAGNER||WAGNER,Wilhelm Richard||May 22, 1813||55||206||206||Birth|
|Arthur KINSEY||KINSEY,Arthur||May 22, 1812||56||207||207||Birth|
|Arthur Pooley ONSLOW||ONSLOW,Arthur Pooley||May 22, 1804||57||215||215||Birth|
|Mary MOSES||MOSES,Mary||May 22, 1772||58||247||247||Death|
|Dr John Storey Barwick BRAY + Elise Soulbieu DESPREZ||BRAY,John Storey Barwick + DESPREZ,Elise Soulbieu||May 22, 1939||59||80||80||Marriage|
|Joseph Henry BARRY + Constance Caroline CULLIFORD||BARRY,Joseph Henry + CULLIFORD,Constance Caroline||May 22, 1906||60||113||113||Marriage|
|Edward Sprague ORAM + Kate BARRATT||ORAM,Edward Sprague + BARRATT,Kate||May 22, 1902||61||117||117||Marriage|
|Charles Henry ASHDOWN + Rebecca Jane FOSTER||ASHDOWN,Charles Henry + FOSTER,Rebecca Jane||May 22, 1896||62||123||123||Marriage|
|Edward James ORGAN + Norah WELCH||ORGAN,Edward James + WELCH,Norah||May 22, 1893||63||126||126||Marriage|
|Augustus Anthony Frederick IRBY + Hon Jessie Augusta CUNNINGHAME||IRBY,Augustus Anthony Frederick + CUNNINGHAME,Jessie Augusta||May 22, 1866||64||153||153||Marriage|
|Alfred Filmer PAILTHORPE + Harriett HOY||PAILTHORPE,Alfred Filmer + HOY,Harriett||May 22, 1864||65||155||155||Marriage|
|Samuel Daniel HINE + Elizabeth PETTY||HINE,Samuel Daniel + PETTY,Elizabeth||May 22, 1823||66||196||196||Marriage|
|Thomas WISDEN + Lucy HASELGROVE||WISDEN,Thomas + HASELGROVE,Lucy||May 22, 1815||67||204||204||Marriage|
|Rev Thomas Baden POWELL + Sarah Louisa COTTON||POWELL,Thomas Baden + COTTON,Sarah Louisa||May 22, 1811||68||208||208||Marriage|
|Charles STANHOPE + Jane Seymour FLEMING||STANHOPE,Charles + FLEMING,Jane Seymour||May 22, 1779||69||240||240||Marriage|
|Thomas KILPIN + Elizabeth WELLS||KILPIN,Thomas + WELLS,Elizabeth||May 22, 1769||70||250||250||Marriage|
|Augusta Matilda IRBY||May 21, 2019 - 7:00:28 a.m.||jackie||1558422028||IRBY,Augusta Matilda|
|Hon. Rev Paul Anthony IRBY||May 21, 2019 - 6:59:36 a.m.||jackie||1558421976||IRBY,Paul Anthony|
|Isabel Kate THORNTON||May 21, 2019 - 6:59:07 a.m.||jackie||1558421947||THORNTON,Isabel Kate|
|Reverend George Powell IRBY||May 21, 2019 - 6:58:33 a.m.||jackie||1558421913||IRBY,George Powell|
|Maj Claude Frederick IRBY||May 21, 2019 - 6:56:10 a.m.||jackie||1558421770||IRBY,Claude Frederick|
|Lt. Lewis Michael Aubert IRBY B A||May 21, 2019 - 6:48:35 a.m.||jackie||1558421315||IRBY,Lewis Michael Aubert B A|
|Sophia Louisa AUBERT||May 21, 2019 - 6:46:19 a.m.||jackie||1558421179||AUBERT,Sophia Louisa|
|Alfred Norman Reginald AUBERT||May 21, 2019 - 6:41:56 a.m.||jackie||1558420916||AUBERT,Alfred Norman Reginald|