2 photos of this family from my Canadian FH contact, much appreciated. Plus marriage details, many thanks
Additional details on the Gates Family from my Canadian FH Contact, many thanks
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
|Lawrence St George RICH||RICH,Lawrence St George||21 May 1990||0||28||28||Death|
|Gwendoline D'ANGIBAU||D'ANGIBAU,Gwendoline||21 May 1985||1||33||33||Death|
|Lelgarde Edith Eleanor EDEN||EDEN,Lelgarde Edith Eleanor||21 May 1983||2||35||35||Death|
|Nellie BURNAND||BURNAND,Nellie||21 May 1970||3||48||48||Death|
|Ernest Daniel CRAIG||CRAIG,Ernest Daniel||21 May 1969||4||49||49||Death|
|Mary Elizabeth REDWOOD||REDWOOD,Mary Elizabeth||21 May 1965||5||53||53||Death|
|Catherine Elizabeth Henrietta ELDER||ELDER,Catherine Elizabeth Henrietta||21 May 1963||6||55||55||Death|
|Frances Elizabeth ALSTON||ALSTON,Frances Elizabeth||21 May 1945||7||73||73||Death|
|Charles Thomas MORRIS||MORRIS,Charles Thomas||21 May 1937||8||81||81||Death|
|Bertha Ibbetson BRASSEY||BRASSEY,Bertha Ibbetson||21 May 1933||9||85||85||Death|
|James Watkins WALTER||WALTER,James Watkins||21 May 1930||10||88||88||Death|
|Agnes Fanny GIBBINGS||GIBBINGS,Agnes Fanny||21 May 1926||11||92||92||Death|
|Caroline Elizabeth WINDSOR||WINDSOR,Caroline Elizabeth||21 May 1925||12||93||93||Death|
|Lewis Berger William CLARKE||CLARKE,Lewis Berger William||21 May 1920||13||98||98||Death|
|John Douglas JOHNSTON||JOHNSTON,John Douglas||21 May 1916||14||102||102||Death|
|Edward Calvert TOULMIN||TOULMIN,Edward Calvert||21 May 1916||15||102||102||Death|
|Robert Cyril Montgomery MEDILL||MEDILL,Robert Cyril Montgomery||21 May 1915||16||103||103||Birth|
|Grace F SIMMONS||SIMMONS,Grace F||21 May 1915||17||103||103||Birth|
|Laurence Hercy Spelman MARRIOTT||MARRIOTT,Laurence Hercy Spelman||21 May 1914||18||104||104||Birth|
|Susanna Joanna Marlow SIDNEY||SIDNEY,Susanna Joanna Marlow||21 May 1909||19||109||109||Death|
|Alfred William P TRINDER||TRINDER,Alfred William P||21 May 1909||20||109||109||Birth|
|Annie Aldridge BIDGOOD||BIDGOOD,Annie Aldridge||21 May 1904||21||114||114||Birth|
|Cedric Cyril Cleveland HARRIES||HARRIES,Cedric Cyril Cleveland||21 May 1903||22||115||115||Birth|
|William Arthur Benjamin CREES||CREES,William Arthur Benjamin||21 May 1901||23||117||117||Birth|
|Edith May KILBURNE||KILBURNE,Edith May||21 May 1900||24||118||118||Birth|
|Harriet Hunt BURNESS||BURNESS,Harriet Hunt||21 May 1900||25||118||118||Death|
|Thomas MARTIN||MARTIN,Thomas||21 May 1898||26||120||120||Death|
|Marie Therese MCALLISTER||MacALLISTER,Marie Therese||21 May 1893||27||125||125||Birth|
|Zilpah MONTAGUE-HUGGINS||MONTAGUE-HUGGINS,Zilpah||21 May 1887||28||131||131||Birth|
|Capn Alan Spencer Gaskell KENNARD||KENNARD,Alan Spencer Gaskell||21 May 1886||29||132||132||Birth|
|William BATEMAN||BATEMAN,William||21 May 1883||30||135||135||Death|
|Benjamin HARRIS||HARRIS,Benjamin||21 May 1882||31||136||136||Birth|
|Elizabeth Ann HILLIER||HILLIER,Elizabeth Ann||21 May 1880||32||138||138||Birth|
|Augusta Adele Maude MCCULLOCH||MacCULLOCH,Augusta Adele Maude||21 May 1877||33||141||141||Birth|
|Thomas William KEMP||KEMP,Thomas William||21 May 1874||34||144||144||Birth|
|Walter Rhys Jones LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Walter Rhys Jones||21 May 1872||35||146||146||Death|
|Clara Louise TOOLE||TOOLE,Clara Louise||21 May 1872||36||146||146||Birth|
|Linda Lynch SANDEMAN||SANDEMAN,Linda Lynch||21 May 1867||37||151||151||Birth|
|Annie Clayton LINDLEY||LINDLEY,Annie Clayton||21 May 1865||38||153||153||Birth|
|Frances Ursula MACK||MACK,Frances Ursula||21 May 1865||39||153||153||Birth|
|Rev Hugh GUY||GUY,Hugh||21 May 1865||40||153||153||Birth|
|Charles Stanley CLARKE||CLARKE,Charles Stanley||21 May 1863||41||155||155||Birth|
|Charles Walter COTTRELL-DORMER||COTTRELL-DORMER,Charles Walter||21 May 1860||42||158||158||Birth|
|Joseph Henry WILLMOT||WILLMOT,Joseph Henry||21 May 1858||43||160||160||Birth|
|Arthur Kennedy TRAVERS||TRAVERS,Arthur Kennedy||21 May 1857||44||161||161||Birth|
|Amy Hodgson ABBOTT||ABBOTT,Amy Hodgson||21 May 1855||45||163||163||Birth|
|Ralph COLLYER||COLLYER,Ralph||21 May 1855||46||163||163||Death|
|Eliza Elizabeth Mingay FEAKS||FEAKS,Eliza Elizabeth Mingay||21 May 1842||47||176||176||Birth|
|Blanche Eliza KENNAWAY||KENNAWAY,Blanche Eliza||21 May 1841||48||177||177||Birth|
|Mary STEINMETZ||STEINMETZ,Mary||21 May 1837||49||181||181||Birth|
|Lt Col Toovey Archibald CORBETT||CORBETT,Toovey Archibald||21 May 1826||50||192||192||Birth|
|Samuel Thomas GILL||GILL,Samuel Thomas||21 May 1818||51||200||200||Birth|
|William Dacie HAINES||HAINES,William Dacie||21 May 1817||52||201||201||Birth|
|Eliza BERGER||BERGER,Eliza||21 May 1804||53||214||214||Birth|
|Mary HUGHES||HUGHES,Mary||21 May 1773||54||245||245||Birth|
|Samuel HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Samuel||21 May 1723||55||295||295||Birth|
|Herbert Colin GATES + Eveline Mabel HOLTON||GATES,Herbert Colin + HOLTON,Eveline Mabel||21 May 1949||56||69||69||Marriage|
|Oswald Eric VENABLES + Laura Carol FREND||VENABLES,Oswald Eric + FREND,Laura Carol||21 May 1927||57||91||91||Marriage|
|Charles Montague Burnand WARD + Winnifred HUTCHINGS||WARD,Charles Montague Burnand + HUTCHINGS,Winnifred||21 May 1921||58||97||97||Marriage|
|John HUMPHREY + Matilda Hannah Cordelia KEEMAR||HUMPHREY,John + KEEMAR,Matilda Hannah Cordelia||21 May 1904||59||114||114||Marriage|
|Sewell BURGIS + Annie DOWNS||BURGIS,Sewell + DOWNS,Annie||21 May 1893||60||125||125||Marriage|
|Charles Thomas BRIGHTON + Amelia Ann Catherine ANDREWS||BRIGHTON,Charles Thomas + ANDREWS,Amelia Ann Catherine||21 May 1888||61||130||130||Marriage|
|John James HEUDEBOURCK + Elizabeth GROVES||HEUDEBOURCK,John James + GROVES,Elizabeth||21 May 1843||62||175||175||Marriage|
|Christopher ARDEN + Amelia AGG||ARDEN,Christopher + AGG,Amelia||21 May 1840||63||178||178||Marriage|
|George CARR + Hannah FLOWER||CARR,George + FLOWER,Hannah||21 May 1833||64||185||185||Marriage|
|William HEUDEBOURCK + Ann Mary …||HEUDEBOURCK,William + @N.N.,Ann Mary||21 May 1826||65||192||192||Marriage|
|Bransby Blake COOPER + Mary Ann KEELING||COOPER,Bransby Blake + KEELING,Mary Ann||21 May 1816||66||202||202||Marriage|
|John NAPPER + Elizabeth STANFORD||NAPPER,John + STANFORD,Elizabeth||21 May 1737||67||281||281||Marriage|