Correction to Joseph Jeremiah details courtesy of Derek Lemarchand, many thanks
New information on the Gates Family, many thanks to FH contact.
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
|Etheldreda Mary Josephine CONRON||CONRON,Etheldreda Mary Josephine||21 October 1970||0||47||47||Death|
|Daisy Elizabeth AUMONIER||AUMONIER,Daisy Elizabeth||21 October 1956||1||61||61||Death|
|Sir Charles BONHAM-CARTER||BONHAM-CARTER,Charles||21 October 1955||2||62||62||Death|
|Eric Henry Falk DAMMERS||DAMMERS,Eric Henry Falk||21 October 1952||3||65||65||Death|
|Phoebe Katherine DUTTON||DUTTON,Phoebe Katherine||21 October 1951||4||66||66||Death|
|Beryl Kathleen BARRAND||BARRAND,Beryl Kathleen||21 October 1929||5||88||88||Birth|
|Major George Adrian PORTER||PORTER,George Adrian||21 October 1925||6||92||92||Death|
|James David POWELL||POWELL,James David||21 October 1919||7||98||98||Death|
|Vera Ruth SCOTCHMER||SCOTCHMER,Vera Ruth||21 October 1919||8||98||98||Birth|
|Robert STEIGENBERGER||STEIGENBERGER,Robert||21 October 1918||9||99||99||Death|
|Edward MATTHEY||MATTHEY,Edward||21 October 1918||10||99||99||Death|
|George Christopher MOTHERSILL||MOTHERSILL,George Christopher||21 October 1913||11||104||104||Death|
|George Frederick COY||COY,George Frederick||21 October 1912||12||105||105||Birth|
|Fanny Louise Jenkin GATES||GATES,Fanny Louise Jenkin||21 October 1898||13||119||119||Birth|
|Earl of Orkney George William Hamilton FITZMAURICE||FITZMAURICE,George William Hamilton||21 October 1889||14||128||128||Death|
|Helen Elizabeth IRBY||IRBY,Helen Elizabeth||21 October 1874||15||143||143||Birth|
|Georgiana Katherine HODSOLL||HODSOLL,Georgiana Katherine||21 October 1871||16||146||146||Birth|
|Herbert Sartorius KIRKMAN||KIRKMAN,Herbert Sartorius||21 October 1870||17||147||147||Birth|
|Harriet Gertrude Styles GAVILLER||GAVILLER,Harriet Gertrude Styles||21 October 1868||18||149||149||Birth|
|Major Ernest Lewis Corbett BERGER||BERGER,Ernest Lewis Corbett||21 October 1867||19||150||150||Birth|
|Edward William LOTON||LOTON,Edward William||21 October 1867||20||150||150||Birth|
|Horace Hall SIMMONS||SIMMONS,Horace Hall||21 October 1865||21||152||152||Birth|
|Thomas WOLFE||WOLFE,Thomas||21 October 1861||22||156||156||Death|
|John George CLARK||CLARK,John George||21 October 1851||23||166||166||Birth|
|Catherine VAN SOMMER||VAN SOMMER,Catherine||21 October 1850||24||167||167||Birth|
|James Cook WINDSOR||WINDSOR,James Cook||21 October 1850||25||167||167||Birth|
|Janet SINCLAIR||SINCLAIR,Janet||21 October 1846||26||171||171||Death|
|Agnes Anne BROWNING||BROWNING,Agnes Anne||21 October 1846||27||171||171||Birth|
|William AINGER||AINGER,William||21 October 1840||28||177||177||Death|
|Julia Mary Ann STOKES||STOKES,Julia Mary Ann||21 October 1840||29||177||177||Birth|
|Susannah CLARK||CLARK,Susannah||21 October 1835||30||182||182||Death|
|Wadham LOCKE M.P.||LOCKE,Wadham M.P.||21 October 1835||31||182||182||Death|
|Charles James CLARK||CLARK,Charles James||21 October 1835||32||182||182||Birth|
|Caroline Susan Augusta BARRINGTON||BARRINGTON,Caroline Susan Augusta||21 October 1834||33||183||183||Birth|
|Louisa Elizabeth LABY||LABY,Louisa Elizabeth||21 October 1833||34||184||184||Birth|
|James LABY||LABY,James||21 October 1832||35||185||185||Birth|
|Sarah SAYERS||SAYERS,Sarah||21 October 1830||36||187||187||Death|
|Esther Maria CORBETT||CORBETT,Esther Maria||21 October 1827||37||190||190||Birth|
|Ellen Jane LAMBERT||LAMBERT,Ellen Jane||21 October 1824||38||193||193||Birth|
|Mary GAMAGE||GAMAGE,Mary||21 October 1819||39||198||198||Death|
|Joseph BALL||BALL,Joseph||21 October 1818||40||199||199||Death|
|George FITZROY||FITZROY,George||21 October 1812||41||205||205||Birth|
|Charles CLARKE||CLARKE,Charles||21 October 1805||42||212||212||Birth|
|Henry Charles GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Henry Charles||21 October 1796||43||221||221||Birth|
|Mary Martin HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Mary Martin||21 October 1758||44||259||259||Birth|
|Brigadier General Harry Dudley Ossulston WARD CB CMG + Mary MILNES-GASKELL||WARD,Harry Dudley Ossulston + MILNES-GASKELL,Mary||21 October 1919||45||98||98||Marriage|
|Arthur Maxfield Pollock HODSOLL + Millicent Mary BERGER||HODSOLL,Arthur Maxfield Pollock + BERGER,Millicent Mary||21 October 1909||46||108||108||Marriage|
|Rev William Harrington McCann CLARKE + Emily Thyra DAMMERS||CLARKE,William Harrington McCann + DAMMERS,Emily Thyra||21 October 1902||47||115||115||Marriage|
|Edward Thomas Rodney WILDE + Evangeline Gertrude PRYOR||WILDE,Edward Thomas Rodney + PRYOR,Evangeline Gertrude||21 October 1891||48||126||126||Marriage|
|James Roger POSTON + Inez Gargrave HORNCASTLE||POSTON,James Roger + HORNCASTLE,Inez Gargrave||21 October 1858||49||159||159||Marriage|
|John HART + Rebecca BURGESS||HART,John + BURGESS,Rebecca||21 October 1855||50||162||162||Marriage|
|William AVERY + Mary Ann KNIGHT||AVERY,William + KNIGHT,Mary Ann||21 October 1827||51||190||190||Marriage|
|John PATRICKSON + Helena CLARGES||PATRICKSON,John + CLARGES,Helena||21 October 1777||52||240||240||Marriage|
|William CRISPE + Hannah BUCKSHAW||CRISPE,William + BUCKSHAW,Hannah||21 October 1767||53||250||250||Marriage|
|Harvey BERROW + Margaret COOKE||BERROW,Harvey + COOKE,Margaret||21 October 1748||54||269||269||Marriage|
|Harold Edward Pollock HODSOLL||20 October 2017 - 13:35:12||jackie||1508506512||HODSOLL,Harold Edward Pollock|
|Ruth Mary KURTZ||18 October 2017 - 12:27:03||jackie||1508329623||KURTZ,Ruth Mary|
|Rev Hubert Edward Richard ‘Edward’ CHARLES||18 October 2017 - 12:23:55||jackie||1508329435||CHARLES,Hubert Edward Richard|
|Thomas ‘Tom’ CLARK||18 October 2017 - 12:22:40||jackie||1508329360||CLARK,Thomas|
|Jane ‘Fanny’ BRACKEN||18 October 2017 - 12:21:11||jackie||1508329271||BRACKEN,Jane|
|Charles James HEATH||18 October 2017 - 12:20:00||jackie||1508329200||HEATH,Charles James|
|Doris Ethel ‘Dolly’ HEATH||18 October 2017 - 12:11:45||jackie||1508328705||HEATH,Doris Ethel|
|Frances Jane ‘Fanny’ BLAINE||18 October 2017 - 12:09:54||jackie||1508328594||BLAINE,Frances Jane|
|Helen Georgina BLAINE||18 October 2017 - 12:09:35||jackie||1508328575||BLAINE,Helen Georgina|
|Grace ‘Dimps’ BLAINE||18 October 2017 - 12:08:49||jackie||1508328529||BLAINE,Grace|
|Millicent ‘Milly’ BLAINE||18 October 2017 - 12:08:30||jackie||1508328510||BLAINE,Millicent|
|Meyrick Hinton ‘Mike’ BEDDOES||18 October 2017 - 11:00:49||jackie||1508324449||BEDDOES,Meyrick Hinton|
|Joseph Meyrick ‘Joe’ BEDDOES||18 October 2017 - 10:57:25||jackie||1508324245||BEDDOES,Joseph Meyrick|
|Elizabeth Margaret Heudebourck ‘Betty’ BALLANCE||18 October 2017 - 10:54:20||jackie||1508324060||BALLANCE,Elizabeth Margaret Heudebourck|
|Kathleen Muriel ‘Cathy’ BALLANCE||18 October 2017 - 10:53:41||jackie||1508324021||BALLANCE,Kathleen Muriel|
|Enid Aline ‘Aline’ BALLANCE||18 October 2017 - 10:53:17||jackie||1508323997||BALLANCE,Enid Aline|
|Caroline Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ BAMPTON||18 October 2017 - 10:52:30||jackie||1508323950||BAMPTON,Caroline Elizabeth|
|Jean Daniel ‘John’ AUBERT||18 October 2017 - 10:51:42||jackie||1508323902||AUBERT,Jean Daniel|
|Pierre ‘Peter’ AUBERT||18 October 2017 - 10:51:23||jackie||1508323883||AUBERT,Pierre|
|Marie ‘Mary’ AUBERT||18 October 2017 - 10:51:01||jackie||1508323861||AUBERT,Marie|
|Alexander Benjamin ‘Alex’ ALDRED||18 October 2017 - 10:46:55||jackie||1508323615||ALDRED,Alexander Benjamin|
|Elsie BANNISTER||18 October 2017 - 10:45:55||jackie||1508323555||BANNISTER,Elsie|
|Alexander Benjamin ‘Alex’ ALDRED + Elsie BANNISTER||18 October 2017 - 10:45:55||jackie||1508323555||ALDRED,Alexander Benjamin + BANNISTER,Elsie|
|Margaret Doreen Leonard ‘Mary’ PAILTHORPE||18 October 2017 - 10:42:59||jackie||1508323379||PAILTHORPE,Margaret Doreen Leonard|
|Lorna Emily ‘Bobby’ ANDREWS||18 October 2017 - 10:37:31||jackie||1508323051||ANDREWS,Lorna Emily|
|Ada BRADSTOCK||18 October 2017 - 10:35:58||jackie||1508322958||BRADSTOCK,Ada|
|Harriet HAWKES||18 October 2017 - 10:32:06||jackie||1508322726||HAWKES,Harriet|
|Rev Rowland Thomas BRADSTOCK + Harriet HAWKES||18 October 2017 - 10:31:10||jackie||1508322670||BRADSTOCK,Rowland Thomas + HAWKES,Harriet|
|Rev Rowland Thomas BRADSTOCK||18 October 2017 - 10:30:01||jackie||1508322601||BRADSTOCK,Rowland Thomas|