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
|Phyllis Flockton CLARKE||CLARKE,Phyllis Flockton||13 December 1989||0||28||28||Death|
|Joseph Lewis (Joe) WILSON||WILSON,Joseph Lewis (Joe)||13 December 1965||1||52||52||Death|
|Elizabeth Anne RATTRAY||RATTRAY,Elizabeth Anne||13 December 1960||2||57||57||Death|
|Lucy Emma LYNAM||LYNAM,Lucy Emma||13 December 1949||3||68||68||Death|
|Claude MARZETTI||MARZETTI,Claude||13 December 1949||4||68||68||Death|
|George Collis MUNNS||MUNNS,George Collis||13 December 1942||5||75||75||Death|
|Eunice STANHOPE||STANHOPE,Eunice||13 December 1936||6||81||81||Birth|
|Annabella Sinclair GRANT||GRANT,Annabella Sinclair||13 December 1935||7||82||82||Death|
|Rev Ernest Augustus Eardley WILMOT||WILMOT,Ernest Augustus Eardley||13 December 1932||8||85||85||Death|
|John Stuart MORRIS||MORRIS,John Stuart||13 December 1928||9||89||89||Death|
|Sophia Louisa AUBERT||AUBERT,Sophia Louisa||13 December 1928||10||89||89||Death|
|Frances Elizabeth IRBY||IRBY,Frances Elizabeth||13 December 1921||11||96||96||Death|
|James Yelverton Maurice HICKS||HICKS,James Yelverton Maurice||13 December 1917||12||100||100||Death|
|Alfred Ernest COPPOCK||COPPOCK,Alfred Ernest||13 December 1908||13||109||109||Birth|
|Henry Thomas DE LA BERE||DE LA BERE,Henry Thomas||13 December 1907||14||110||110||Death|
|Emily Elizabeth POWNALL||POWNALL,Emily Elizabeth||13 December 1902||15||115||115||Death|
|Sophia Maria van VLAARDINGEN||van VLAARDINGEN,Sophia Maria||13 December 1902||16||115||115||Birth|
|Catherine RUSSELL||RUSSELL,Catherine||13 December 1901||17||116||116||Birth|
|Ellen Laura GILL||GILL,Ellen Laura||13 December 1900||18||117||117||Birth|
|Marjorie Edith Ellen Mary PAILTHORPE||PAILTHORPE,Marjorie Edith Ellen Mary||13 December 1898||19||119||119||Birth|
|Mabel Hannah GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Mabel Hannah||13 December 1897||20||120||120||Birth|
|Minnie Eliza HINTON||HINTON,Minnie Eliza||13 December 1895||21||122||122||Birth|
|Helena Louise HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Helena Louise||13 December 1891||22||126||126||Birth|
|Col Anthony STEWART||STEWART,Anthony||13 December 1886||23||131||131||Death|
|Hannah Charlotte WEIGHT||WEIGHT,Hannah Charlotte||13 December 1885||24||132||132||Birth|
|George HUGHES||HUGHES,George||13 December 1883||25||134||134||Death|
|Frederick Austin VERNON||VERNON,Frederick Austin||13 December 1882||26||135||135||Birth|
|Lt Wyllys Harvey WYLLYS||WYLLYS,Wyllys Harvey||13 December 1873||27||144||144||Death|
|Emily CONNER||CONNER,Emily||13 December 1870||28||147||147||Birth|
|Alice Kate DANIELLS||DANIELLS,Alice Kate||13 December 1860||29||157||157||Birth|
|Isabella ROWLEY||ROWLEY,Isabella||13 December 1860||30||157||157||Birth|
|Hannah DIXON||DIXON,Hannah||13 December 1845||31||172||172||Birth|
|John William JANSON||JANSON,John William||13 December 1831||32||186||186||Birth|
|Ruth BASHFORD||BASHFORD,Ruth||13 December 1829||33||188||188||Birth|
|Joseph EADE||EADE,Joseph||13 December 1828||34||189||189||Death|
|Emma Johanna FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Emma Johanna||13 December 1815||35||202||202||Birth|
|David POWELL||POWELL,David||13 December 1725||36||292||292||Birth|
|Ernest John TOLLISS + Lily Emily GRIGG||TOLLISS,Ernest John + GRIGG,Lily Emily||13 December 1939||37||78||78||Marriage|
|Edward David CARDEN OBE + Millicent REYNOLDS||CARDEN,Edward David OBE + REYNOLDS,Millicent||13 December 1934||38||83||83||Marriage|
|Arthur Ernest PEEK + Anna Margaretta BETTRIDGE||PEEK,Arthur Ernest + BETTRIDGE,Anna Margaretta||13 December 1919||39||98||98||Marriage|
|Edwin Archibald William GATES + Olive May SMITH||GATES,Edwin Archibald William + SMITH,Olive May||13 December 1918||40||99||99||Marriage|
|Charles Thomas CLARKE + Harriet BOON||CLARKE,Charles Thomas + BOON,Harriet||13 December 1869||41||148||148||Marriage|
|William HUMPHRIS + Emma Ann GARRETT||HUMPHRIS,William + GARRETT,Emma Ann||13 December 1849||42||168||168||Marriage|
|William Henry Weston KIDD + Barbara Jane KINLOCH||KIDD,William Henry Weston + KINLOCH,Barbara Jane||13 December 1838||43||179||179||Marriage|
|Rev Percy William POWLETT + Isabella Penelope WHELER||POWLETT,Percy William + WHELER,Isabella Penelope||13 December 1833||44||184||184||Marriage|
|Charles GRIMLEY + Mary COLEMAN||GRIMLEY,Charles + COLEMAN,Mary||13 December 1830||45||187||187||Marriage|
|Charles Richard PRITCHETT + Elizabeth WOLLASTON||PRITCHETT,Charles Richard + WOLLASTON,Elizabeth||13 December 1809||46||208||208||Marriage|
|John PARKIN + Jane ALLISON||PARKIN,John + ALLISON,Jane||13 December 1795||47||222||222||Marriage|
|Doreen PARSONS||12 December 2017 - 16:36:29||jackie||1513096589||PARSONS,Doreen|
|Alfred Norman R AUBERT||12 December 2017 - 16:33:16||jackie||1513096396||AUBERT,Alfred Norman R|
|Ethel Lilian LEWIS||12 December 2017 - 15:41:21||jackie||1513093281||LEWIS,Ethel Lilian|
|Frank Albert R AUBERT||12 December 2017 - 15:28:57||jackie||1513092537||AUBERT,Frank Albert R|
|Helen Clara AUBERT||12 December 2017 - 15:22:34||jackie||1513092154||AUBERT,Helen Clara|
|William GREENFIELD||12 December 2017 - 15:14:01||jackie||1513091641||GREENFIELD,William|
|William GREENFIELD + Harriett MARTIN||12 December 2017 - 15:10:39||jackie||1513091439||GREENFIELD,William + MARTIN,Harriett|
|Carrie GREENFIELD||12 December 2017 - 15:04:07||jackie||1513091047||GREENFIELD,Carrie|
|Harriet DALE||12 December 2017 - 14:52:05||jackie||1513090325||DALE,Harriet|
|Marian Louise BERRIDGE||12 December 2017 - 14:51:30||jackie||1513090290||BERRIDGE,Marian Louise|
|Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE||12 December 2017 - 14:41:07||jackie||1513089667||BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan|
|Thomas Jonathan BERRIDGE + Harriet DALE||12 December 2017 - 14:33:57||jackie||1513089237||BERRIDGE,Thomas Jonathan + DALE,Harriet|
|Letitia Amy ANDERSON||12 December 2017 - 14:23:05||jackie||1513088585||ANDERSON,Letitia Amy|
|George Edwin PLAYLE + Letitia Amy ANDERSON||12 December 2017 - 14:22:43||jackie||1513088563||PLAYLE,George Edwin + ANDERSON,Letitia Amy|
|Clara Doris ‘Doris’ CHAPMAN||12 December 2017 - 13:17:57||jackie||1513084677||CHAPMAN,Clara Doris|
|George Ernest POSTLETHWAITE||12 December 2017 - 13:15:27||jackie||1513084527||POSTLETHWAITE,George Ernest|
|William Burton BAKER||12 December 2017 - 13:11:31||jackie||1513084291||BAKER,William Burton|
|Matilda CLARKE||12 December 2017 - 12:56:24||jackie||1513083384||CLARKE,Matilda|
|Samuel GEE + Matilda CLARKE||12 December 2017 - 12:56:05||jackie||1513083365||GEE,Samuel + CLARKE,Matilda|
|Samuel GEE||12 December 2017 - 12:53:57||jackie||1513083237||GEE,Samuel|
|Alfred Henry GEE||12 December 2017 - 12:52:20||jackie||1513083140||GEE,Alfred Henry|
|Florence Annie NURSE||12 December 2017 - 11:53:14||jackie||1513079594||NURSE,Florence Annie|
|Nelson Victor KILMISTER||12 December 2017 - 11:51:39||jackie||1513079499||KILMISTER,Nelson Victor|
|Charles Eric John LOVEDAY||10 December 2017 - 16:47:27||jackie||1512924447||LOVEDAY,Charles Eric John|
|Herbert Noel Brighton LOVEDAY||10 December 2017 - 16:39:27||jackie||1512923967||LOVEDAY,Herbert Noel Brighton|
|Oliver Herbert LOVEDAY + Ethel SIMMONS||10 December 2017 - 16:38:15||jackie||1512923895||LOVEDAY,Oliver Herbert + SIMMONS,Ethel|
|Oliver Herbert LOVEDAY||10 December 2017 - 16:31:05||jackie||1512923465||LOVEDAY,Oliver Herbert|
|Ethel SIMMONS||10 December 2017 - 16:31:05||jackie||1512923465||SIMMONS,Ethel|
|Herbert Elisha LOVEDAY||10 December 2017 - 16:25:32||jackie||1512923132||LOVEDAY,Herbert Elisha|
|Doris Alexandra LOVEDAY||10 December 2017 - 16:19:08||jackie||1512922748||LOVEDAY,Doris Alexandra|
|Peirson CROSS||10 December 2017 - 16:11:14||jackie||1512922274||CROSS,Peirson|
|Caroline Lydia BRIGHTON||10 December 2017 - 16:08:35||jackie||1512922115||BRIGHTON,Caroline Lydia|
|Ronald Henry FEW||10 December 2017 - 16:05:03||jackie||1512921903||FEW,Ronald Henry|
|Richard Reginald LOVEYS||10 December 2017 - 15:59:26||jackie||1512921566||LOVEYS,Richard Reginald|
|Kathleen Mary GARMAN||10 December 2017 - 15:58:02||jackie||1512921482||GARMAN,Kathleen Mary|