Many thanks to Sue for sending me corrections for this family.
Thank you Alejandro for additional details on this family
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
|Rosamund Mary POMEROY||POMEROY,Rosamund Mary||September 18, 2004||0||16||16||Death|
|Leonard William CLARKE||CLARKE,Leonard William||September 18, 1994||1||26||26||Death|
|Rowland McIntyre HART||HART,Rowland McIntyre||September 18, 1991||2||29||29||Death|
|Harry Augustus COWLEY||COWLEY,Harry Augustus||September 18, 1990||3||30||30||Death|
|Beatrice Mary FIRTH||FIRTH,Beatrice Mary||September 18, 1970||4||50||50||Death|
|Ronald Blanchett BARNES||BARNES,Ronald Blanchett||September 18, 1961||5||59||59||Death|
|Mary Margaret AUBERT||AUBERT,Mary Margaret||September 18, 1952||6||68||68||Death|
|Mark HARPER||HARPER,Mark||September 18, 1951||7||69||69||Death|
|Lady Florence Kate KINGSFORD||KINGSFORD,Florence Kate||September 18, 1949||8||71||71||Death|
|Frances Ann GRAVETT||GRAVETT,Frances Ann||September 18, 1945||9||75||75||Death|
|Sarah Jane HOWARD||HOWARD,Sarah Jane||September 18, 1938||10||82||82||Death|
|Eric CHEESEMAN||CHEESEMAN,Eric||September 18, 1932||11||88||88||Birth|
|George Newcomb SPOKES||SPOKES,George Newcomb||September 18, 1929||12||91||91||Death|
|Roderick Francis CHALMERS||CHALMERS,Roderick Francis||September 18, 1928||13||92||92||Birth|
|Percy William BUSH||BUSH,Percy William||September 18, 1918||14||102||102||Birth|
|Sir Cyril Stanley PICKARD||PICKARD,Cyril Stanley||September 18, 1917||15||103||103||Birth|
|Gerald Edward BIRD||BIRD,Gerald Edward||September 18, 1916||16||104||104||Death|
|Eric Milton PONDER||PONDER,Eric Milton||September 18, 1916||17||104||104||Death|
|Lilian Margaret PAMPHILON||PAMPHILON,Lilian Margaret||September 18, 1915||18||105||105||Birth|
|Louisa Harriet ILSLEY||ILSLEY,Louisa Harriet||September 18, 1914||19||106||106||Death|
|Eleanor Elizabeth HUNTON||HUNTON,Eleanor Elizabeth||September 18, 1913||20||107||107||Death|
|William Christopher BOYD||BOYD,William Christopher||September 18, 1906||21||114||114||Death|
|Georgina Louisa VAN BUSKIRK||VAN BUSKIRK,Georgina Louisa||September 18, 1903||22||117||117||Death|
|Lawrence Holme TWENTYMAN||TWENTYMAN,Lawrence Holme||September 18, 1903||23||117||117||Death|
|Edward Charles LOADER||LOADER,Edward Charles||September 18, 1903||24||117||117||Birth|
|Sarah PENTLAND||PENTLAND,Sarah||September 18, 1902||25||118||118||Death|
|Ann Molesworth KINDERSLEY||KINDERSLEY,Ann Molesworth||September 18, 1899||26||121||121||Birth|
|Lt Col Arthur Alexander RICHARDSON||RICHARDSON,Arthur Alexander||September 18, 1899||27||121||121||Birth|
|Laurence Paul METHUEN-CAMPBELL||METHUEN-CAMPBELL,Laurence Paul||September 18, 1898||28||122||122||Birth|
|John Stuart Crosbie MORRIS||MORRIS,John Stuart Crosbie||September 18, 1897||29||123||123||Death|
|Henry Tullie RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Henry Tullie||September 18, 1896||30||124||124||Death|
|Ellen KENNARD||KENNARD,Ellen||September 18, 1891||31||129||129||Death|
|Lilian Zoe SHARP||SHARP,Lilian Zoe||September 18, 1891||32||129||129||Birth|
|Theophilus BURNAND||BURNAND,Theophilus||September 18, 1887||33||133||133||Death|
|Robert William DAMMERS||DAMMERS,Robert William||September 18, 1886||34||134||134||Birth|
|Matthew Edward BAMBROUGH||BAMBROUGH,Matthew Edward||September 18, 1885||35||135||135||Birth|
|Clement VARDON||VARDON,Clement||September 18, 1885||36||135||135||Birth|
|Beryl Dora BLACKMAN||BLACKMAN,Beryl Dora||September 18, 1881||37||139||139||Birth|
|Sarah HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Sarah||September 18, 1879||38||141||141||Death|
|Violet Astley KENNARD||KENNARD,Violet Astley||September 18, 1869||39||151||151||Birth|
|William GOWER||GOWER,William||September 18, 1869||40||151||151||Birth|
|Mary Agnes YOUNG||YOUNG,Mary Agnes||September 18, 1868||41||152||152||Birth|
|John William PEACHEY||PEACHEY,John William||September 18, 1857||42||163||163||Birth|
|Louisa AUBERT||AUBERT,Louisa||September 18, 1849||43||171||171||Death|
|James ALABASTER||ALABASTER,James||September 18, 1849||44||171||171||Death|
|Nina Maria KING||KING,Nina Maria||September 18, 1848||45||172||172||Birth|
|Ebenezer MAITLAND||MAITLAND,Ebenezer||September 18, 1834||46||186||186||Death|
|Col James Le Geyt DANIELL||DANIELL,James Le Geyt||September 18, 1831||47||189||189||Birth|
|Maria LATREILLE||LATREILLE,Maria||September 18, 1826||48||194||194||Birth|
|Robert PEDDAR||PEDDAR,Robert||September 18, 1814||49||206||206||Birth|
|Henry Lomax GASKELL||GASKELL,Henry Lomax||September 18, 1813||50||207||207||Birth|
|John QUILTER||QUILTER,John||September 18, 1811||51||209||209||Birth|
|William Drake IRBY||IRBY,William Drake||September 18, 1808||52||212||212||Birth|
|Nathaniel BRASSEY||BRASSEY,Nathaniel||September 18, 1798||53||222||222||Death|
|Leonard TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Leonard||September 18, 1747||54||273||273||Birth|
|Benjamin WAY||WAY,Benjamin||September 18, 1740||55||280||280||Birth|
|Andrew Wood WILKINSON + Joan Longair SHARP||WILKINSON,Andrew Wood + SHARP,Joan Longair||September 18, 1941||56||79||79||Marriage|
|Stanley Clifford CORNISH + Dorothy Zoe ANKER||CORNISH,Stanley Clifford + ANKER,Dorothy Zoe||September 18, 1937||57||83||83||Marriage|
|Henry Joseph ACOTT + Gladys Elizabeth JONES||ACOTT,Henry Joseph + JONES,Gladys Elizabeth||September 18, 1920||58||100||100||Marriage|
|Major Ronald Sidney Panton WELLS + Ida Thelma Gordon BLOXSOME||WELLS,Ronald Sidney Panton + BLOXSOME,Ida Thelma Gordon||September 18, 1918||59||102||102||Marriage|
|William James MILES + Susan STACEY||MILES,William James + STACEY,Susan||September 18, 1889||60||131||131||Marriage|
|Rev Philip HYNE + Ellen Watson STOCKER||HYNE,Philip + STOCKER,Ellen Watson||September 18, 1883||61||137||137||Marriage|
|George Somers BELLAMY + Fanny Hargravina MUIR||BELLAMY,George Somers + MUIR,Fanny Hargravina||September 18, 1879||62||141||141||Marriage|
|Albert BARBER + Sarah COX||BARBER,Albert + COX,Sarah||September 18, 1864||63||156||156||Marriage|
|Richard BUTLER + Catherine Ann GRELLIER||BUTLER,Richard + GRELLIER,Catherine Ann||September 18, 1861||64||159||159||Marriage|
|Francis Wharton LEMARCHAND + Clara Maria BRADSTOCK||LEMARCHAND,Francis Wharton + BRADSTOCK,Clara Maria||September 18, 1861||65||159||159||Marriage|
|Charles LOVEDAY + Susannah Elizabeth CLERKE||LOVEDAY,Charles + CLERKE,Susannah Elizabeth||September 18, 1859||66||161||161||Marriage|
|John Edward TOLLISS + Sarah Ann GOODWINS||TOLLISS,John Edward + GOODWINS,Sarah Ann||September 18, 1844||67||176||176||Marriage|
|Isaac LLOYD + Mary RIGGE||LLOYD,Isaac + RIGGE,Mary||September 18, 1828||68||192||192||Marriage|
|James Frederic Nugent DANIELL + Jane Anna Le GEYT||DANIELL,James Frederic Nugent + Le GEYT,Jane Anna||September 18, 1824||69||196||196||Marriage|
|Thomas William ELAM + Ann VALLANCE||ELAM,Thomas William + VALLANCE,Ann||September 18, 1822||70||198||198||Marriage|
|Glas SANDEMAN + Margaret STEWART||SANDEMAN,Glas + STEWART,Margaret||September 18, 1820||71||200||200||Marriage|
|Jonathan PARRIS + Philadelphia PAGE||PARRIS,Jonathan + PAGE,Philadelphia||September 18, 1815||72||205||205||Marriage|
|John DIGGINGS + Gift GUY||DIGGINGS,John + GUY,Gift||September 18, 1810||73||210||210||Marriage|
|Margaret TOLLIS||September 18, 2020 - 10:22:20 a.m.||jackie||1600424540||TOLLIS,Margaret|
|Francis TOLLIS||September 18, 2020 - 10:20:52 a.m.||jackie||1600424452||TOLLIS,Francis|
|Francis TOLLIS||September 18, 2020 - 10:18:49 a.m.||jackie||1600424329||TOLLIS,Francis|
|John TOLLIS||September 17, 2020 - 11:00:17 a.m.||jackie||1600340417||TOLLIS,John|
|Richard TOLLIS + Margaret WATTLING||September 17, 2020 - 10:58:18 a.m.||jackie||1600340298||TOLLIS,Richard + WATTLING,Margaret|
|Margaret WATTLING||September 17, 2020 - 10:30:04 a.m.||jackie||1600338604||WATTLING,Margaret|
|Richard TOLLIS||September 17, 2020 - 10:29:14 a.m.||jackie||1600338554||TOLLIS,Richard|
|Muriall TOLLIS||September 17, 2020 - 10:27:37 a.m.||jackie||1600338457||TOLLIS,Muriall|
|Margaret TOLLIS||September 17, 2020 - 10:25:41 a.m.||jackie||1600338341||TOLLIS,Margaret|
|Thomas FUNNELL||September 17, 2020 - 10:06:34 a.m.||jackie||1600337194||FUNNELL,Thomas|
|Mary HOAD||September 17, 2020 - 10:06:03 a.m.||jackie||1600337163||HOAD,Mary|
|Thomas FUNNELL + Mary HOAD||September 17, 2020 - 10:05:36 a.m.||jackie||1600337136||FUNNELL,Thomas + HOAD,Mary|
|Mary FUNNELL||September 17, 2020 - 10:03:16 a.m.||jackie||1600336996||FUNNELL,Mary|