Jonathan Hazell contacted me with a missing relative, which I have now added to the family, many thanks
Death dates for Ernest and Edith Abbott, many thanks to Shirley for this information.
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
|Annie Kean||Kean,Annie||16 November 1984||0||34||34||Death|
|William KAULA||KAULA,William||16 November 1972||1||46||46||Death|
|Mary May EVERED||EVERED,Mary May||16 November 1962||2||56||56||Death|
|Susan Mary GILL||GILL,Susan Mary||16 November 1961||3||57||57||Death|
|Charles Hubert BURNAND||BURNAND,Charles Hubert||16 November 1938||4||80||80||Death|
|Frederick George Hall SIMMONS||SIMMONS,Frederick George Hall||16 November 1936||5||82||82||Death|
|Marion Campion CROUCH||CROUCH,Marion Campion||16 November 1932||6||86||86||Death|
|Hazel Lilian TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Hazel Lilian||16 November 1930||7||88||88||Birth|
|Rev Andrew James Campbell ALLEN||ALLEN,Andrew James Campbell||16 November 1923||8||95||95||Death|
|George Wallace KENNER||KENNER,George Wallace||16 November 1922||9||96||96||Birth|
|Henry Isaac BELSHAM||BELSHAM,Henry Isaac||16 November 1917||10||101||101||Death|
|Major John Hamon MASSIE RA||MASSIE,John Hamon RA||16 November 1914||11||104||104||Death|
|Julian Mead HARTWELL||HARTWELL,Julian Mead||16 November 1912||12||106||106||Birth|
|Joan Margaret PHIPSON||PHIPSON,Joan Margaret||16 November 1912||13||106||106||Birth|
|William Hoadley GABB||GABB,William Hoadley||16 November 1907||14||111||111||Birth|
|Winifred Evelyn EVENS||EVENS,Winifred Evelyn||16 November 1902||15||116||116||Birth|
|Rear Admiral Frank Arthur BALLANCE CB DSO||BALLANCE,Frank Arthur CB DSO||16 November 1902||16||116||116||Birth|
|Emily Beazley TRIBE||TRIBE,Emily Beazley||16 November 1898||17||120||120||Death|
|Frances Wheen EAGLE||EAGLE,Frances Wheen||16 November 1897||18||121||121||Birth|
|George Frederick TAYLOR||TAYLOR,George Frederick||16 November 1897||19||121||121||Birth|
|George WALMSLEY||WALMSLEY,George||16 November 1895||20||123||123||Death|
|Esther Heudebourck GERVIS||GERVIS,Esther Heudebourck||16 November 1894||21||124||124||Birth|
|Catherine Hyatt BURGE||BURGE,Catherine Hyatt||16 November 1893||22||125||125||Death|
|Margaret Emily TATHAM||TATHAM,Margaret Emily||16 November 1891||23||127||127||Birth|
|Stanley Markham St Joseph LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Stanley Markham St Joseph||16 November 1887||24||131||131||Birth|
|Aimee Julia SANDEMAN||SANDEMAN,Aimee Julia||16 November 1886||25||132||132||Birth|
|Sybil Emma ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Sybil Emma||16 November 1878||26||140||140||Birth|
|Harry Secretan GABB||GABB,Harry Secretan||16 November 1877||27||141||141||Birth|
|Cicely GEORGE||GEORGE,Cicely||16 November 1875||28||143||143||Birth|
|Lt General Daniel THORNDIKE||THORNDIKE,Daniel||16 November 1875||29||143||143||Death|
|Ernest Addington ADAM||ADAM,Ernest Addington||16 November 1874||30||144||144||Birth|
|Jessie Blanshard LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Jessie Blanshard||16 November 1871||31||147||147||Death|
|Florence Henrietta MAGENIS||MAGENIS,Florence Henrietta||16 November 1871||32||147||147||Death|
|Ernest Mortimer BURNAND||BURNAND,Ernest Mortimer||16 November 1867||33||151||151||Birth|
|Arthur Henry BLANDFORD||BLANDFORD,Arthur Henry||16 November 1867||34||151||151||Birth|
|Francis Oke BUCKLAND||BUCKLAND,Francis Oke||16 November 1857||35||161||161||Birth|
|Alfred Browning CARR||CARR,Alfred Browning||16 November 1855||36||163||163||Birth|
|Alfred Cullimore Wilson LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Alfred Cullimore Wilson||16 November 1850||37||168||168||Birth|
|Mary Gertrude BLAINE OBE||BLAINE,Mary Gertrude OBE||16 November 1849||38||169||169||Birth|
|Caroline GUY||GUY,Caroline||16 November 1838||39||180||180||Birth|
|Ellen Louisa BEARD||BEARD,Ellen Louisa||16 November 1827||40||191||191||Birth|
|Henry HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Henry||16 November 1823||41||195||195||Birth|
|Arthur Frederick Marsham POLLOCK||POLLOCK,Arthur Frederick Marsham||16 November 1819||42||199||199||Birth|
|Elizabeth Mary MUSTO||MUSTO,Elizabeth Mary||16 November 1810||43||208||208||Birth|
|Catherine AUBERTIN||AUBERTIN,Catherine||16 November 1770||44||248||248||Birth|
|William Alfred CARDEN + Elizabeth M (Betty) CORDELL||CARDEN,William Alfred + CORDELL,Elizabeth M (Betty)||16 November 1943||45||75||75||Marriage|
|Lt Col Frederick Robert Bridgeman GRIMLEY + Evelyn Phyllis BRIDGE||GRIMLEY,Frederick Robert Bridgeman + BRIDGE,Evelyn Phyllis||16 November 1925||46||93||93||Marriage|
|Fred James Stares PRESTOE + Helena Ada Sophia GOODWINS||PRESTOE,Fred James Stares + GOODWINS,Helena Ada Sophia||16 November 1902||47||116||116||Marriage|
|Horace Hall SIMMONS + Jessie Augusta MEAD||SIMMONS,Horace Hall + MEAD,Jessie Augusta||16 November 1899||48||119||119||Marriage|
|Edward BIRD + Eleanor MUNT||BIRD,Edward + MUNT,Eleanor||16 November 1880||49||138||138||Marriage|
|Thomas PRIVETT + Sarah Eliza GUENIGAULT||PRIVETT,Thomas + GUENIGAULT,Sarah Eliza||16 November 1864||50||154||154||Marriage|
|Rev Philip Charles Soulbieu DESPREZ + Caroline CARDEN||DESPREZ,Philip Charles Soulbieu + CARDEN,Caroline||16 November 1837||51||181||181||Marriage|
|Francis Alexander Sydenham LOCKE JP + Katherine Harriott FELLOWS||LOCKE,Francis Alexander Sydenham JP + FELLOWS,Katherine Harriott||16 November 1835||52||183||183||Marriage|
|Harold Thomas McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:32:59||jackie||1542310379||MacCANN,Harold Thomas|
|Violet Thelma McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:28:51||jackie||1542310131||MacCANN,Violet Thelma|
|Douglas Haig McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:23:15||jackie||1542309795||MacCANN,Douglas Haig|
|Charles Henry McCANN||15 November 2018 - 19:21:01||jackie||1542309661||MacCANN,Charles Henry|
|Emma Rose HUDSON||15 November 2018 - 19:20:15||jackie||1542309615||HUDSON,Emma Rose|
|Lewis Berger William CLARKE||15 November 2018 - 19:07:42||jackie||1542308862||CLARKE,Lewis Berger William|
|Shadrack Thomas MUSTO||15 November 2018 - 19:05:06||jackie||1542308706||MUSTO,Shadrack Thomas|
|William PALETHORPE||15 November 2018 - 18:55:46||jackie||1542308146||PALETHORPE,William|
|Fanny PALETHORPE||15 November 2018 - 18:54:43||jackie||1542308083||PALETHORPE,Fanny|
|William Charles PAIN||15 November 2018 - 07:36:37||jackie||1542267397||PAIN,William Charles|
|William Charles PAIN||15 November 2018 - 07:35:20||jackie||1542267320||PAIN,William Charles|
|Fannie Jane KEMP||15 November 2018 - 07:30:59||jackie||1542267059||KEMP,Fannie Jane|
|Sir William Gosselin TROWER||14 November 2018 - 13:51:35||jackie||1542203495||TROWER,William Gosselin|
|Sir Walter TROWER||14 November 2018 - 13:43:08||jackie||1542202988||TROWER,Walter|
|Sir Walter TROWER + Emma Mabel PHELIPS||14 November 2018 - 13:36:20||jackie||1542202580||TROWER,Walter + PHELIPS,Emma Mabel|
|Emma Mabel PHELIPS||14 November 2018 - 13:35:38||jackie||1542202538||PHELIPS,Emma Mabel|
|Mary Philips ‘May’ TROWER||14 November 2018 - 13:31:01||jackie||1542202261||TROWER,Mary Philips|
|Gerard Alaric BALLANCE MB B Chir||14 November 2018 - 13:23:58||jackie||1542201838||BALLANCE,Gerard Alaric MB B Chir|
|Ursula May BALLANCE||14 November 2018 - 13:09:00||jackie||1542200940||BALLANCE,Ursula May|
|Denis Charles BALLANCE||14 November 2018 - 13:05:37||jackie||1542200737||BALLANCE,Denis Charles|
|Richard Martin LANGLEY||14 November 2018 - 12:41:15||jackie||1542199275||LANGLEY,Richard Martin|
|Frederick Charles PERCIVAL||13 November 2018 - 19:31:10||jackie||1542137470||PERCIVAL,Frederick Charles|
|Eileen Norah GREENWOOD||13 November 2018 - 19:21:30||jackie||1542136890||GREENWOOD,Eileen Norah|