New photos on album of the above supplied by John Roskell, many thanks.
Thanks to Derek for extra details on the above family, much appreciated
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
|Florence Gwendoline TALLACK||TALLACK,Florence Gwendoline||28 April 1981||0||36||36||Death|
|Geoffrey Roland BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Geoffrey Roland||28 April 1954||1||63||63||Death|
|Burleigh Dunbar KILBURN||KILBURN,Burleigh Dunbar||28 April 1940||2||77||77||Death|
|Edith HOLMAN||HOLMAN,Edith||28 April 1938||3||79||79||Death|
|Alice Maria Rebecca PAGE||PAGE,Alice Maria Rebecca||28 April 1935||4||82||82||Death|
|Evelyn HESELTINE||HESELTINE,Evelyn||28 April 1930||5||87||87||Death|
|Thomas Crawshay RALSTON||RALSTON,Thomas Crawshay||28 April 1929||6||88||88||Death|
|Louisa Esther DE SAMUEL||SAMUEL,Louisa Esther||28 April 1924||7||93||93||Death|
|Charles Fletcher POSTON||POSTON,Charles Fletcher||28 April 1923||8||94||94||Death|
|Emily Marian BOYD||BOYD,Emily Marian||28 April 1923||9||94||94||Death|
|Douglas Haig McCANN||MacCANN,Douglas Haig||28 April 1918||10||99||99||Birth|
|Sheila Constance Margaret COBLEY||COBLEY,Sheila Constance Margaret||28 April 1917||11||100||100||Birth|
|John Nigel INNES||INNES,John Nigel||28 April 1914||12||103||103||Birth|
|Blanche WAKEFIELD||WAKEFIELD,Blanche||28 April 1908||13||109||109||Death|
|Joseph Harris DYER||DYER,Joseph Harris||28 April 1903||14||114||114||Death|
|Mary Ursula MACK||MACK,Mary Ursula||28 April 1899||15||118||118||Birth|
|Caroline HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Caroline||28 April 1898||16||119||119||Death|
|Frederick John OAKES||OAKES,Frederick John||28 April 1894||17||123||123||Birth|
|Hannah YOUNGS||YOUNGS,Hannah||28 April 1893||18||124||124||Death|
|Catherine Florence Emily STYLES||STYLES,Catherine Florence Emily||28 April 1884||19||133||133||Birth|
|Florence Emma Ellen HAINES||HAINES,Florence Emma Ellen||28 April 1880||20||137||137||Birth|
|Rev Arthur Lumley TEMPLE||TEMPLE,Arthur Lumley||28 April 1871||21||146||146||Birth|
|Charles Robert KILBURNE||KILBURNE,Charles Robert||28 April 1868||22||149||149||Birth|
|Selina Mary SHARP||SHARP,Selina Mary||28 April 1865||23||152||152||Death|
|Emily Antoinette BECKH||BECKH,Emily Antoinette||28 April 1862||24||155||155||Birth|
|Annie Frances BRASSEY||BRASSEY,Annie Frances||28 April 1857||25||160||160||Birth|
|Andrew Hamilton Digby LIGHTON||LIGHTON,Andrew Hamilton Digby||28 April 1850||26||167||167||Birth|
|Samuel COTTON||COTTON,Samuel||28 April 1788||27||229||229||Birth|
|Victor James Eric BRACKEN + Beatrice GUY||BRACKEN,Victor James Eric + GUY,Beatrice||28 April 1934||28||83||83||Marriage|
|Sir William Cameron GULL MP + Annie Clayton LINDLEY||GULL,William Cameron MP + LINDLEY,Annie Clayton||28 April 1886||29||131||131||Marriage|
|Henry Mayelston MUDIE + Rose Pell MARTIN||MUDIE,Henry Mayelston + MARTIN,Rose Pell||28 April 1885||30||132||132||Marriage|
|William Crawshay RALSTON + Henrietta Louise CRAWSHAY||RALSTON,William Crawshay + CRAWSHAY,Henrietta Louise||28 April 1871||31||146||146||Marriage|
|Henry Steinmetz KENNARD + Frances Charlotte Celestine SPERLING||KENNARD,Henry Steinmetz + SPERLING,Frances Charlotte Celestine||28 April 1868||32||149||149||Marriage|
|Charles Arthur William CHAUNCY + Kate POWNALL||CHAUNCY,Charles Arthur William + POWNALL,Kate||28 April 1864||33||153||153||Marriage|
|John Charles BOWRING + Isabella TOULMIN||BOWRING,John Charles + TOULMIN,Isabella||28 April 1863||34||154||154||Marriage|
|Arthur John BAKER + Fanny VIDLER||BAKER,Arthur John + VIDLER,Fanny||28 April 1859||35||158||158||Marriage|
|Robert DALZIEL + Sarah SANDERSON||DALZIEL,Robert + SANDERSON,Sarah||28 April 1836||36||181||181||Marriage|
|James HEDGER + Mercy DEEPROSE||HEDGER,James + DEEPROSE,Mercy||28 April 1822||37||195||195||Marriage|
|George YEATS + Jean PATERSON||YEATS,George + PATERSON,Jean||28 April 1822||38||195||195||Marriage|
|George EVANS + Martha Maria PARTON||EVANS,George + PARTON,Martha Maria||28 April 1806||39||211||211||Marriage|
|Stephen SPURLING + Frances Batteridge LANGLEY||SPURLING,Stephen + LANGLEY,Frances Batteridge||28 April 1783||40||234||234||Marriage|
|Richard ROBERTS + Hannah DINE||ROBERTS,Richard + DINE,Hannah||28 April 1775||41||242||242||Marriage|
|Thomas WHITING + Elizabeth GUNSON||WHITING,Thomas + GUNSON,Elizabeth||28 April 1774||42||243||243||Marriage|
|John CAM + Dorothy TIPPETTS||CAM,John + TIPPETTS,Dorothy||28 April 1772||43||245||245||Marriage|
|Thomas William GADSTON||27 April 2017 - 15:02:54||jackie||1493305374||GADSTON,Thomas William|
|Emily Louise GADSTON||27 April 2017 - 15:01:38||jackie||1493305298||GADSTON,Emily Louise|
|William BRIDGER||27 April 2017 - 14:59:15||jackie||1493305155||BRIDGER,William|
|William BRIDGER + Emily Louise GADSTON||27 April 2017 - 14:58:53||jackie||1493305133||BRIDGER,William + GADSTON,Emily Louise|
|Joseph J GADSTON + Louisa PARISH||27 April 2017 - 14:54:40||jackie||1493304880||GADSTON,Joseph J + PARISH,Louisa|
|Edith Kate GADSTON||27 April 2017 - 14:52:07||jackie||1493304727||GADSTON,Edith Kate|
|Joseph J GADSTON||27 April 2017 - 14:45:13||jackie||1493304313||GADSTON,Joseph J|
|Norman Frederick ST PIER||27 April 2017 - 14:29:33||jackie||1493303373||ST PIER,Norman Frederick|
|Edward Albert NORTON||27 April 2017 - 14:25:38||jackie||1493303138||NORTON,Edward Albert|
|Emily …||27 April 2017 - 14:13:17||jackie||1493302397||@N.N.,Emily|
|Edward Albert NORTON + Emily …||27 April 2017 - 14:13:17||jackie||1493302397||NORTON,Edward Albert + @N.N.,Emily|
|John ALLEYNE + Elizabeth FERCHARSON||27 April 2017 - 13:04:34||jackie||1493298274||ALLEYNE,John + FERCHARSON,Elizabeth|
|Anna Maria ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:26:38||jackie||1493299598||ALLEYNE,Anna Maria|
|John ALLEYNE + Elizabeth HOLDER||27 April 2017 - 13:26:17||jackie||1493299577||ALLEYNE,John + HOLDER,Elizabeth|
|Richard William ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:25:10||jackie||1493299510||ALLEYNE,Richard William|
|Henry ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:23:43||jackie||1493299423||ALLEYNE,Henry|
|Catharina Isabella ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:06:52||jackie||1493298412||ALLEYNE,Catharina Isabella|
|Abel Dudley ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:06:22||jackie||1493298382||ALLEYNE,Abel Dudley|
|Elizabeth Murray ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:05:32||jackie||1493298332||ALLEYNE,Elizabeth Murray|
|John ALLEYNE||27 April 2017 - 13:04:01||jackie||1493298241||ALLEYNE,John|
|Elizabeth HOLDER||27 April 2017 - 13:04:01||jackie||1493298241||HOLDER,Elizabeth|
|Gerald Edward STANBRIDGE||25 April 2017 - 15:58:12||jackie||1493135892||STANBRIDGE,Gerald Edward|
|Edward Sparling STANBRIDGE||25 April 2017 - 15:56:16||jackie||1493135776||STANBRIDGE,Edward Sparling|
|Eleanor FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:54:52||jackie||1493135692||FELTON,Eleanor|
|Edward Sparling STANBRIDGE + Eleanor FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:52:44||jackie||1493135564||STANBRIDGE,Edward Sparling + FELTON,Eleanor|
|Elizabeth Sophia FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:46:44||jackie||1493135204||FELTON,Elizabeth Sophia|
|Serena FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:40:55||jackie||1493134855||FELTON,Serena|
|Ida FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:38:18||jackie||1493134698||FELTON,Ida|
|Frank FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:37:25||jackie||1493134645||FELTON,Frank|
|Elizabeth Ann BULL||25 April 2017 - 15:25:20||jackie||1493133920||BULL,Elizabeth Ann|
|Ebenezer FELTON||25 April 2017 - 15:24:34||jackie||1493133874||FELTON,Ebenezer|
|Beatrice FELTON||25 April 2017 - 14:24:58||jackie||1493130298||FELTON,Beatrice|
|Ebenezer FELTON + Elizabeth Ann BULL||25 April 2017 - 14:21:39||jackie||1493130099||FELTON,Ebenezer + BULL,Elizabeth Ann|
|Rose FELTON||25 April 2017 - 14:10:42||jackie||1493129442||FELTON,Rose|
|Frances Annie FELTON||25 April 2017 - 14:09:57||jackie||1493129397||FELTON,Frances Annie|
|Eliza FELTON||25 April 2017 - 14:02:07||jackie||1493128927||FELTON,Eliza|
|Francis Henry DORMAN||25 April 2017 - 13:42:06||jackie||1493127726||DORMAN,Francis Henry|
|Constance Caroline CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 13:40:24||jackie||1493127624||CULLIFORD,Constance Caroline|
|Joseph Henry BARRY||25 April 2017 - 13:34:01||jackie||1493127241||BARRY,Joseph Henry|
|Eunice Winifred BARRY||25 April 2017 - 13:25:15||jackie||1493126715||BARRY,Eunice Winifred|
|Charles John CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 13:10:04||jackie||1493125804||CULLIFORD,Charles John|
|Annie HAINES||25 April 2017 - 13:09:09||jackie||1493125749||HAINES,Annie|
|John Robert CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 13:04:56||jackie||1493125496||CULLIFORD,John Robert|
|Arthur Raymond CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 13:01:18||jackie||1493125278||CULLIFORD,Arthur Raymond|
|Thomas CULLIFORD + Mary GOLDSWORTH||25 April 2017 - 12:57:52||jackie||1493125072||CULLIFORD,Thomas + GOLDSWORTH,Mary|
|Mary GOLDSWORTH||25 April 2017 - 12:53:35||jackie||1493124815||GOLDSWORTH,Mary|
|Mary CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 12:48:49||jackie||1493124529||CULLIFORD,Mary|
|Charles BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:47:44||jackie||1493124464||BARROW,Charles|
|Charles BARROW + Mary CULLIFORD||25 April 2017 - 12:45:21||jackie||1493124321||BARROW,Charles + CULLIFORD,Mary|
|Mary Frances Margaret BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:40:56||jackie||1493124056||BARROW,Mary Frances Margaret|
|Archibald Lapslie BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:36:26||jackie||1493123786||BARROW,Archibald Lapslie|
|Harry Rose BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:34:47||jackie||1493123687||BARROW,Harry Rose|
|Thomas Culliford BARROW + Harriet MACLEAN||25 April 2017 - 12:30:45||jackie||1493123445||BARROW,Thomas Culliford + MACLEAN,Harriet|
|Culliford BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:24:07||jackie||1493123047||BARROW,Culliford|
|John Wylie BARROW||25 April 2017 - 12:16:56||jackie||1493122616||BARROW,John Wylie|
|Sarah Constance MALLETT||25 April 2017 - 12:12:00||jackie||1493122320||MALLETT,Sarah Constance|
|Alexander Maclean BARROW + Sarah Constance MALLETT||25 April 2017 - 11:03:00||jackie||1493118180||BARROW,Alexander Maclean + MALLETT,Sarah Constance|
|Alexander Maclean BARROW||25 April 2017 - 11:01:48||jackie||1493118108||BARROW,Alexander Maclean|
|Elizabeth A BARROW||25 April 2017 - 10:53:24||jackie||1493117604||BARROW,Elizabeth A|
|Harriet MACLEAN||25 April 2017 - 10:50:16||jackie||1493117416||MACLEAN,Harriet|
|Thomas Culliford BARROW||25 April 2017 - 10:46:28||jackie||1493117188||BARROW,Thomas Culliford|
|Harriet Ann BARROW||25 April 2017 - 10:40:09||jackie||1493116809||BARROW,Harriet Ann|
|Thomas Paris BARROW||25 April 2017 - 10:38:10||jackie||1493116690||BARROW,Thomas Paris|