Bellamy / Willmot Family of Durban, South Africa
December 27, 2020 - 1:18:31 p.m.

Looking for living relatives of this family that lived at Bluff, Durban for a lady researching this area for a book. 

Willmot Family
November 17, 2020 - 3:14:41 p.m.

Thanks to Bridgette for sending me details on some of the South African Willmot Family

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My Tolliss and Berger Family History Journey

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

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.

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John Spencer RIVAZRIVAZ,John SpencerJanuary 20, 2013088Death
Annette Sylvia DICKSONDICKSON,Annette SylviaJanuary 20, 200611515Death
Florence Norah GUYGUY,Florence NorahJanuary 20, 199722424Death
George Raymond Wilbraham CARDENCARDEN,George Raymond WilbrahamJanuary 20, 199332828Death
Thomas Burnand ROLLSROLLS,Thomas BurnandJanuary 20, 198543636Death
Harry SMITHSMITH,HarryJanuary 20, 197354848Death
Avis Lucy Alison ALSTONALSTON,Avis Lucy AlisonJanuary 20, 196965252Death
Gwendolen GISBORNEGISBORNE,GwendolenJanuary 20, 196875353Death
Raymond Ralph Horwood HAZELLHAZELL,Raymond Ralph HorwoodJanuary 20, 196585656Death
Lizzie HAYNESHAYNES,LizzieJanuary 20, 196196060Death
Charles DEANEDEANE,CharlesJanuary 20, 1957106464Death
Elizabeth Jane MOOREMOORE,Elizabeth JaneJanuary 20, 1957116464Death
Edward Neil BAYNESBAYNES,Edward NeilJanuary 20, 1951127070Death
Henry Patrick SURTEESSURTEES,Henry PatrickJanuary 20, 1939138282Death
Laura Crichton MARCHMARCH,Laura CrichtonJanuary 20, 1935148686Death
Sir Edmond John Warre SLADE KCIE KCVOSLADE,Edmond John WarreJanuary 20, 1928159393Death
Alfred D'ANGIBAUD'ANGIBAU,AlfredJanuary 20, 1926169595Death
Duncan Arthur Newton ALLEN MCALLEN,Duncan Arthur NewtonJanuary 20, 1922179999Birth
Robert Handcock TEMPLETEMPLE,Robert HandcockJanuary 20, 192018101101Death
Nancy Ruth MACGEORGEMACGEORGE,Nancy RuthJanuary 20, 191619105105Birth
Jesse GUYGUY,JesseJanuary 20, 191520106106Death
Algernon Marsham POLLOCKPOLLOCK,Algernon MarshamJanuary 20, 191021111111Death
Sarah @N.N.,SarahJanuary 20, 191022111111Death
Doris Ethel MEEKMEEK,Doris EthelJanuary 20, 190623115115Birth
Rev Dr Alfred GATTYGATTY,AlfredJanuary 20, 190324118118Death
Lucy Emily STONNELLSTONNELL,Lucy EmilyJanuary 20, 190225119119Birth
Caroline Lucy Jane LAMBERTLAMBERT,Caroline Lucy JaneJanuary 20, 190226119119Death
William Hugh Stockley CURRYERCURRYER,William Hugh StockleyJanuary 20, 189527126126Birth
James W BALDWINBALDWIN,James WJanuary 20, 189428127127Birth
Josiah ROBERTSROBERTS,JosiahJanuary 20, 189329128128Death
Lt Col Basil John Montfort BEBBBEBB,Basil John MontfortJanuary 20, 189230129129Birth
Kate POWNALLPOWNALL,KateJanuary 20, 189031131131Death
Charles Reuben PACKHAMPACKHAM,Charles ReubenJanuary 20, 188632135135Birth
Alice BANTHORPEBANTHORPE,AliceJanuary 20, 188233139139Birth
James Frederick William BURNESSBURNESS,James Frederick WilliamJanuary 20, 187934142142Birth
Wilhelmina Anne “Minnie” RIVAZRIVAZ,Wilhelmina AnneJanuary 20, 187635145145Death
Jane KEMPKEMP,JaneJanuary 20, 186736154154Death
Ellen Amelia RIVAZRIVAZ,Ellen AmeliaJanuary 20, 186237159159Birth
Annie Sophia COLDWELLSCOLDWELLS,Annie SophiaJanuary 20, 186038161161Birth
Emmaline Frances MATTHEYMATTHEY,Emmaline FrancesJanuary 20, 185539166166Birth
Jane Frances FISKEFISKE,Jane FrancesJanuary 20, 184840173173Birth
Florence FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,FlorenceJanuary 20, 184741174174Birth
Elizabeth Mary VIDLERVIDLER,Elizabeth MaryJanuary 20, 184742174174Death
Susan Mary PENNEFATHERPENNEFATHER,Susan MaryJanuary 20, 184243179179Birth
Frances Ivey FLAMANKFLAMANK,Frances IveyJanuary 20, 183044191191Birth
Henry James Davison HORNE M.AHORNE,Henry James Davison M.AJanuary 20, 182945192192Birth
Archibald FINNIEFINNIE,ArchibaldJanuary 20, 182646195195Death
George VANSITTART M PVANSITTART,George M PJanuary 20, 182547196196Death
Sarah TOLLISSTOLLISS,SarahJanuary 20, 182548196196Birth
Frances Sarah FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,Frances SarahJanuary 20, 180949212212Birth
Bethia FULLER-MAITLANDFULLER-MAITLAND,BethiaJanuary 20, 180550216216Birth
Susanne AUBERTAUBERT,SusanneJanuary 20, 177251249249Birth
Paul TURQUANDTURQUAND,PaulJanuary 20, 171552306306Birth
Paul TURQUANDTURQUAND,PaulJanuary 20, 168953332332Birth
Capt Keith W R O'REILLY + Christabel Anne Lorraine CHARLESWORTHO'REILLY,Keith W R + CHARLESWORTH,Christabel Anne LorraineJanuary 20, 1923549898Marriage
Harold GREENWOOD + Cordelia Rose Harriet LEEGREENWOOD,Harold + LEE,Cordelia Rose HarrietJanuary 20, 190955112112Marriage
Thomas Barthrop “Tom” SCOTCHMER + Ellen BANTHORPESCOTCHMER,Thomas Barthrop + BANTHORPE,EllenJanuary 20, 190456117117Marriage
Edward Henry WEBB + Elizabeth Ann HILLIERWEBB,Edward Henry + HILLIER,Elizabeth AnnJanuary 20, 190257119119Marriage
Rev William HOLDSWORTH + Augusta Matilda IRBYHOLDSWORTH,William + IRBY,Augusta MatildaJanuary 20, 185358168168Marriage
Charles CROXHALL + Ann Maria GLADWELLCROXHALL,Charles + GLADWELL,Ann MariaJanuary 20, 184559176176Marriage
Francis Dominick ELSOM + Susanna SCOTTELSOM,Francis Dominick + SCOTT,SusannaJanuary 20, 182060201201Marriage
George ABELL + Elizabeth CLEMENSABELL,George + CLEMENS,ElizabethJanuary 20, 181061211211Marriage
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Frank William CARRJanuary 20, 2021 - 12:05:31 p.m.jackie1611144331CARR,Frank William
Ada WARBURTONJanuary 20, 2021 - 12:00:54 p.m.jackie1611144054WARBURTON,Ada
Florence Frances CARRJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:58:12 a.m.jackie1611143892CARR,Florence Frances
James John CARRJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:55:41 a.m.jackie1611143741CARR,James John
WARBURTON + Frances January 20, 2021 - 11:50:07 a.m.jackie1611143407WARBURTON,@P.N. + @N.N.,Frances
Frances January 20, 2021 - 11:50:07 a.m.jackie1611143407@N.N.,Frances
WARBURTONJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:49:36 a.m.jackie1611143376WARBURTON,@P.N.
James John CARR + Ada WARBURTONJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:48:52 a.m.jackie1611143332CARR,James John + WARBURTON,Ada
Edna Jean ALLARDYCEJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:27:31 a.m.jackie1611142051ALLARDYCE,Edna Jean
Terence Edwin Frederick CARRJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:25:03 a.m.jackie1611141903CARR,Terence Edwin Frederick
Eric Wilfred STOKESJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:04:31 a.m.jackie1611140671STOKES,Eric Wilfred
Wilfred Stanley STOKESJanuary 20, 2021 - 11:00:16 a.m.jackie1611140416STOKES,Wilfred Stanley
Henry STOKESJanuary 19, 2021 - 6:11:00 p.m.jackie1611079860STOKES,Henry
Elaine Reynolds January 19, 2021 - 4:19:11 p.m.jackie1611073151@N.N.,Elaine Reynolds
William Hector BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:17:53 p.m.jackie1611073073BRERETON,William Hector
William Hector BRERETON + Elaine Reynolds January 19, 2021 - 4:17:53 p.m.jackie1611073073BRERETON,William Hector + @N.N.,Elaine Reynolds
Terence Bridge “Terry” BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:13:12 p.m.jackie1611072792BRERETON,Terence Bridge
Catherine Davina COTTRELLJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:06:55 p.m.jackie1611072415COTTRELL,Catherine Davina
Thomas BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:05:28 p.m.jackie1611072328BRERETON,Thomas
Thomas BRERETON + Catherine Davina COTTRELLJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:05:28 p.m.jackie1611072328BRERETON,Thomas + COTTRELL,Catherine Davina
Helen GRIFFINJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:01:54 p.m.jackie1611072114GRIFFIN,Helen
Helen BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 4:01:15 p.m.jackie1611072075BRERETON,Helen
John Guthrie BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:56:53 p.m.jackie1611071813BEATSON,John Guthrie
Charles Herbert BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:53:59 p.m.jackie1611071639BEATSON,Charles Herbert
William BEATSON + Maria WALLENJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:29:48 p.m.jackie1611070188BEATSON,William + WALLEN,Maria
Maria WALLENJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:29:16 p.m.jackie1611070156WALLEN,Maria
David Guthrie BEATSON + Helen GRIFFINJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:27:05 p.m.jackie1611070025BEATSON,David Guthrie + GRIFFIN,Helen
William BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:24:11 p.m.jackie1611069851BEATSON,William
David Guthrie BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:22:52 p.m.jackie1611069772BEATSON,David Guthrie
Charles Edward BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:17:45 p.m.jackie1611069465BEATSON,Charles Edward
John Guthrie BEATSON + Helen BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:11:53 p.m.jackie1611069113BEATSON,John Guthrie + BRERETON,Helen
William BRERETON + Anna BRIDGEJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:04:06 p.m.jackie1611068646BRERETON,William + BRIDGE,Anna
Mary Leech BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 3:02:54 p.m.jackie1611068574BRERETON,Mary Leech
Mona Florence PUCKEYJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:53:21 p.m.jackie1611068001PUCKEY,Mona Florence
Beatrice Pauline HOLDERJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:52:21 p.m.jackie1611067941HOLDER,Beatrice Pauline
Reginald de Courey PEPPINJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:48:22 p.m.jackie1611067702PEPPIN,Reginald de Courey
Mary Catherine Hilda BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:47:34 p.m.jackie1611067654BEATSON,Mary Catherine Hilda
John William Godfrey BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:45:29 p.m.jackie1611067529BEATSON,John William Godfrey
John William Godfrey BEATSON + Mona Florence PUCKEYJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:45:29 p.m.jackie1611067529BEATSON,John William Godfrey + PUCKEY,Mona Florence
John William Godfrey BEATSON + Beatrice Pauline HOLDERJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:44:52 p.m.jackie1611067492BEATSON,John William Godfrey + HOLDER,Beatrice Pauline
Charles Edward Guy BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:44:12 p.m.jackie1611067452BEATSON,Charles Edward Guy
Charles Edward Guy BEATSON + Mary Leech BRERETONJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:44:12 p.m.jackie1611067452BEATSON,Charles Edward Guy + BRERETON,Mary Leech
Reginald de Courey PEPPIN + Mary Catherine Hilda BEATSONJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:39:36 p.m.jackie1611067176PEPPIN,Reginald de Courey + BEATSON,Mary Catherine Hilda
Charles Edward BEATSON + Mary Alice GUYJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:34:32 p.m.jackie1611066872BEATSON,Charles Edward + GUY,Mary Alice
William Cardall WEBBJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:28:57 p.m.jackie1611066537WEBB,William Cardall
Joan Ellett PAGEJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:18:08 p.m.jackie1611065888PAGE,Joan Ellett
Noel Thorpe MIRAMSJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:16:27 p.m.jackie1611065787MIRAMS,Noel Thorpe
Noel Thorpe MIRAMS + Joan Ellett PAGEJanuary 19, 2021 - 2:16:27 p.m.jackie1611065787MIRAMS,Noel Thorpe + PAGE,Joan Ellett
Gwendoline Thorpe MIRAMSJanuary 19, 2021 - 1:07:01 p.m.jackie1611061621MIRAMS,Gwendoline Thorpe
Thomas Guy HONYWOODJanuary 19, 2021 - 1:06:02 p.m.jackie1611061562HONYWOOD,Thomas Guy
Thomas Guy HONYWOOD + Gwendoline Thorpe MIRAMSJanuary 19, 2021 - 1:02:53 p.m.jackie1611061373HONYWOOD,Thomas Guy + MIRAMS,Gwendoline Thorpe
Sidney Thorpe MIRAMS + Beatrice Annie Georgina GUYJanuary 19, 2021 - 1:01:11 p.m.jackie1611061271MIRAMS,Sidney Thorpe + GUY,Beatrice Annie Georgina
Edith Amy HAGGITJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:58:08 p.m.jackie1611061088HAGGIT,Edith Amy
Robert Guy SINCLAIRJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:54:38 p.m.jackie1611060878SINCLAIR,Robert Guy
Robert Guy SINCLAIR + Edith Amy HAGGITJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:54:37 p.m.jackie1611060877SINCLAIR,Robert Guy + HAGGIT,Edith Amy
Roy MacKenzie SINCLAIRJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:51:38 p.m.jackie1611060698SINCLAIR,Roy MacKenzie
William McKenzie SINCLAIR + Florence Felicia GUYJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:48:00 p.m.jackie1611060480SINCLAIR,William McKenzie + GUY,Florence Felicia
Florence Felicia GUYJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:41:19 p.m.jackie1611060079GUY,Florence Felicia
William McKenzie SINCLAIRJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:39:18 p.m.jackie1611059958SINCLAIR,William McKenzie
Robert SINCLAIR + … …January 19, 2021 - 12:38:59 p.m.jackie1611059939SINCLAIR,Robert + @N.N.
Robert SINCLAIRJanuary 19, 2021 - 12:38:59 p.m.jackie1611059939SINCLAIR,Robert
Francis Thomas LAWRANCEJanuary 18, 2021 - 11:03:21 a.m.jackie1610967801LAWRANCE,Francis Thomas
Nellie Henrietta CARRJanuary 18, 2021 - 11:00:54 a.m.jackie1610967654CARR,Nellie Henrietta
Emma CARRJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:59:27 a.m.jackie1610967567CARR,Emma
Alfred CARR + Henrietta SAVAGEJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:58:54 a.m.jackie1610967534CARR,Alfred + SAVAGE,Henrietta
Francis Burdett LAWRANCE + Nellie Henrietta CARRJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:58:06 a.m.jackie1610967486LAWRANCE,Francis Burdett + CARR,Nellie Henrietta
Henrietta SAVAGEJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:48:33 a.m.jackie1610966913SAVAGE,Henrietta
Alfred CARRJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:48:18 a.m.jackie1610966898CARR,Alfred
Edwin Burdett LAWRANCEJanuary 18, 2021 - 10:11:48 a.m.jackie1610964708LAWRANCE,Edwin Burdett