I have learnt that my distant cousin Perry Miles died in December 2017 in California, his contribution to the Steigenberger name on my tree was invaluable. He will be greatly missed.
Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.
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
|Marjorie Frances QUILTER||QUILTER,Marjorie Frances||February 17, 2002||0||18||18||Death|
|Eileen Agnes Montague JOHNSTONE||JOHNSTONE,Eileen Agnes Montague||February 17, 1991||1||29||29||Death|
|Richard Chamberlain GATES||GATES,Richard Chamberlain||February 17, 1988||2||32||32||Death|
|Edith TIPPER||TIPPER,Edith||February 17, 1984||3||36||36||Death|
|Amelia Eleanor “Minnie” HILDERSLEY||HILDERSLEY,Amelia Eleanor||February 17, 1984||4||36||36||Death|
|Kathleen HOLE||HOLE,Kathleen||February 17, 1975||5||45||45||Death|
|Mary Blanche FREND||FREND,Mary Blanche||February 17, 1975||6||45||45||Death|
|Eric Barry HARRISON||HARRISON,Eric Barry||February 17, 1963||7||57||57||Death|
|Mary Caroline EDMESTON||EDMESTON,Mary Caroline||February 17, 1962||8||58||58||Death|
|John Bruce BALLARD||BALLARD,John Bruce||February 17, 1961||9||59||59||Death|
|Rita Mary CROZIER||CROZIER,Rita Mary||February 17, 1960||10||60||60||Death|
|Richard Marriott DODINGTON||DODINGTON,Richard Marriott||February 17, 1949||11||71||71||Death|
|Thomas Fraser Homer DIXON||DIXON,Thomas Fraser Homer||February 17, 1948||12||72||72||Death|
|Jessie Ann TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Jessie Ann||February 17, 1948||13||72||72||Death|
|Editha Caroline (Edythe) SAUNDERS||SAUNDERS,Editha Caroline (Edythe)||February 17, 1942||14||78||78||Death|
|Amy Ethel NORRIS-JONES||NORRIS-JONES,Amy Ethel||February 17, 1941||15||79||79||Death|
|Isabella Louisa DANIELL||DANIELL,Isabella Louisa||February 17, 1937||16||83||83||Death|
|Louisa Lucy CLEAVE||CLEAVE,Louisa Lucy||February 17, 1934||17||86||86||Death|
|Frank Watts PAICE||PAICE,Frank Watts||February 17, 1932||18||88||88||Death|
|Charles Ross HALL||HALL,Charles Ross||February 17, 1923||19||97||97||Death|
|Walter Osborne GACE||GACE,Walter Osborne||February 17, 1918||20||102||102||Death|
|Jean Elinor STEWART||STEWART,Jean Elinor||February 17, 1914||21||106||106||Birth|
|Canon John Hugh WAY||WAY,John Hugh||February 17, 1912||22||108||108||Death|
|Ulysses LATREILLE||LATREILLE,Ulysses||February 17, 1911||23||109||109||Death|
|Mary Ann HORTON||HORTON,Mary Ann||February 17, 1910||24||110||110||Death|
|Winifred Grace CARR||CARR,Winifred Grace||February 17, 1906||25||114||114||Birth|
|Culliford BARROW||BARROW,Culliford||February 17, 1906||26||114||114||Death|
|Col Lawrence HEYWORTH||HEYWORTH,Lawrence||February 17, 1903||27||117||117||Death|
|Donal O'Sullivan CONNOLLY||CONNOLLY,Donal O'Sullivan||February 17, 1902||28||118||118||Birth|
|Alice Maud GUENIGAULT||GUENIGAULT,Alice Maud||February 17, 1901||29||119||119||Birth|
|Gilbert Janes RAY||RAY,Gilbert Janes||February 17, 1900||30||120||120||Birth|
|Frederick Randall ORAM||ORAM,Frederick Randall||February 17, 1894||31||126||126||Death|
|Annie Catherine HALL||HALL,Annie Catherine||February 17, 1892||32||128||128||Birth|
|Evelyn Hall WELD||WELD,Evelyn Hall||February 17, 1889||33||131||131||Birth|
|Charles Loyd NORMAN||NORMAN,Charles Loyd||February 17, 1889||34||131||131||Death|
|Janet McPhail MUNDELL||MUNDELL,Janet McPhail||February 17, 1886||35||134||134||Birth|
|Hannah BEAVEN||BEAVEN,Hannah||February 17, 1882||36||138||138||Death|
|Arthur Leon MILLS||MILLS,Arthur Leon||February 17, 1882||37||138||138||Birth|
|Frances RIVERS||RIVERS,Frances||February 17, 1877||38||143||143||Death|
|Walter Lionel BLACKMAN||BLACKMAN,Walter Lionel||February 17, 1876||39||144||144||Birth|
|Frederick Hugo FLAMANK||FLAMANK,Frederick Hugo||February 17, 1873||40||147||147||Birth|
|Rev George Dempster MUDIE||MUDIE,George Dempster||February 17, 1871||41||149||149||Death|
|Sylvanus GRIMES||GRIMES,Sylvanus||February 17, 1863||42||157||157||Death|
|Florence Caroline Frances LONG||LONG,Florence Caroline Frances||February 17, 1862||43||158||158||Birth|
|James Harrington NOEL||NOEL,James Harrington||February 17, 1861||44||159||159||Birth|
|Eliza VOKINS||VOKINS,Eliza||February 17, 1849||45||171||171||Birth|
|Irving Frederick DE ROUGEMONT||ROUGEMONT,Irving Frederick||February 17, 1828||46||192||192||Birth|
|George HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,George||February 17, 1818||47||202||202||Birth|
|Alice CLARKE||CLARKE,Alice||February 17, 1807||48||213||213||Birth|
|William Campbell ONSLOW||ONSLOW,William Campbell||February 17, 1806||49||214||214||Birth|
|John Irvine GLENNIE||GLENNIE,John Irvine||February 17, 1796||50||224||224||Birth|
|John EDMESTON||EDMESTON,John||February 17, 1793||51||227||227||Birth|
|Sarah TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Sarah||February 17, 1787||52||233||233||Birth|
|Henry MILES||MILES,Henry||February 17, 1787||53||233||233||Birth|
|Isabella RAYNER||RAYNER,Isabella||February 17, 1770||54||250||250||Birth|
|William Allan Tristram GETHIN + Nancy Ruth MACGEORGE||GETHIN,William Allan Tristram + MACGEORGE,Nancy Ruth||February 17, 1937||55||83||83||Marriage|
|Harvey St John Oscar THOMPSON + Lilian Mary STEINMETZ||THOMPSON,Harvey St John Oscar + STEINMETZ,Lilian Mary||February 17, 1887||56||133||133||Marriage|
|Thomas APPLEYARD + Selina GREEN||APPLEYARD,Thomas + GREEN,Selina||February 17, 1874||57||146||146||Marriage|
|Robert NELSON + Harriet MULLINEUX||NELSON,Robert + MULLINEUX,Harriet||February 17, 1868||58||152||152||Marriage|
|Thomas Fraser SANDEMAN + Laura WAKEFIELD||SANDEMAN,Thomas Fraser + WAKEFIELD,Laura||February 17, 1855||59||165||165||Marriage|
|Sir Claudius Stephen Paul HUNTER + Constance BOSANQUET||HUNTER,Claudius Stephen Paul + BOSANQUET,Constance||February 17, 1852||60||168||168||Marriage|
|John Myrie HOLL + Mary SMART||HOLL,John Myrie + SMART,Mary||February 17, 1816||61||204||204||Marriage|
|Edward MARSH + Mary COOK||MARSH,Edward + COOK,Mary||February 17, 1734||62||286||286||Marriage|
|Percy Alfred DORMER||February 17, 2020 - 11:25:46 a.m.||jackie||1581938746||DORMER,Percy Alfred|
|Norman Walter DORMER||February 17, 2020 - 11:21:07 a.m.||jackie||1581938467||DORMER,Norman Walter|
|Robert FINNIE||February 17, 2020 - 11:16:19 a.m.||jackie||1581938179||FINNIE,Robert|
|Janet FINNIE||February 17, 2020 - 11:14:58 a.m.||jackie||1581938098||FINNIE,Janet|
|Ann FINNIE||February 17, 2020 - 11:13:47 a.m.||jackie||1581938027||FINNIE,Ann|
|John CARSWELL||February 17, 2020 - 11:13:30 a.m.||jackie||1581938010||CARSWELL,John|
|Janet Muir CARSWELL||February 17, 2020 - 11:11:41 a.m.||jackie||1581937901||CARSWELL,Janet Muir|
|Archibald Finnie CARSWELL||February 17, 2020 - 11:10:54 a.m.||jackie||1581937854||CARSWELL,Archibald Finnie|
|Francis Henry SHANKS||February 17, 2020 - 11:09:02 a.m.||jackie||1581937742||SHANKS,Francis Henry|
|Edward ARNOLD||February 16, 2020 - 4:03:03 p.m.||jackie||1581868983||ARNOLD,Edward|
|Hannah ACOTT||February 16, 2020 - 4:01:24 p.m.||jackie||1581868884||ACOTT,Hannah|
|Edward ARNOLD + Hannah ACOTT||February 16, 2020 - 4:00:56 p.m.||jackie||1581868856||ARNOLD,Edward + ACOTT,Hannah|
|Hannah Maria ACOTT||February 16, 2020 - 3:59:37 p.m.||jackie||1581868777||ACOTT,Hannah Maria|
|Mary CHAMBERS||February 16, 2020 - 3:34:11 p.m.||jackie||1581867251||CHAMBERS,Mary|
|William ACOTT + Mary CHAMBERS||February 16, 2020 - 3:32:42 p.m.||jackie||1581867162||ACOTT,William + CHAMBERS,Mary|
|Joseph Acott CHAMBERS||February 16, 2020 - 3:26:14 p.m.||jackie||1581866774||CHAMBERS,Joseph Acott|
|Edmund Ernest LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 4:20:11 p.m.||jackie||1581783611||LEATHAM,Edmund Ernest|
|Priscilla GURNEY||February 15, 2020 - 4:15:09 p.m.||jackie||1581783309||GURNEY,Priscilla|
|William Henry LEATHAM JP||February 15, 2020 - 4:14:28 p.m.||jackie||1581783268||LEATHAM,William Henry|
|Charles Alfred LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 4:11:08 p.m.||jackie||1581783068||LEATHAM,Charles Alfred|
|William Henry LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 4:06:46 p.m.||jackie||1581782806||LEATHAM,William Henry|
|Herbert Barclay LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 4:02:19 p.m.||jackie||1581782539||LEATHAM,Herbert Barclay|
|Samuel Gurney LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 4:01:07 p.m.||jackie||1581782467||LEATHAM,Samuel Gurney|
|Gerald Arthur Buxton LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:57:58 p.m.||jackie||1581782278||LEATHAM,Gerald Arthur Buxton|
|Agnes Georgina LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:50:45 p.m.||jackie||1581781845||LEATHAM,Agnes Georgina|
|Octavius LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:48:13 p.m.||jackie||1581781693||LEATHAM,Octavius|
|Claude LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:46:01 p.m.||jackie||1581781561||LEATHAM,Claude|
|Priscilla Mary LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:34:09 p.m.||jackie||1581780849||LEATHAM,Priscilla Mary|
|William Henry LEATHAM JP + Priscilla GURNEY||February 15, 2020 - 3:32:04 p.m.||jackie||1581780724||LEATHAM,William Henry + GURNEY,Priscilla|
|Samuel GURNEY + Elizabeth …||February 15, 2020 - 3:26:18 p.m.||jackie||1581780378||GURNEY,Samuel + @N.N.,Elizabeth|
|Elizabeth …||February 15, 2020 - 3:26:18 p.m.||jackie||1581780378||@N.N.,Elizabeth|
|Samuel GURNEY||February 15, 2020 - 3:23:32 p.m.||jackie||1581780212||GURNEY,Samuel|
|William LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 3:21:32 p.m.||jackie||1581780092||LEATHAM,William|
|William LEATHAM + Margaret …||February 15, 2020 - 3:08:53 p.m.||jackie||1581779333||LEATHAM,William + @N.N.,Margaret|
|Margaret …||February 15, 2020 - 3:08:53 p.m.||jackie||1581779333||@N.N.,Margaret|
|Arthur William LEATHAM||February 15, 2020 - 2:00:56 p.m.||jackie||1581775256||LEATHAM,Arthur William|
|Mary Elise KENNARD||February 15, 2020 - 1:19:11 p.m.||jackie||1581772751||KENNARD,Mary Elise|
|Frances Charlotte Celestina SPERLING||February 15, 2020 - 11:59:07 a.m.||jackie||1581767947||SPERLING,Frances Charlotte Celestina|
|Emma Sarah STEINMETZ||February 15, 2020 - 11:53:51 a.m.||jackie||1581767631||STEINMETZ,Emma Sarah|
|Lt Col Robert Edward Kennard LEATHAM DSO||February 15, 2020 - 11:51:33 a.m.||jackie||1581767493||LEATHAM,Robert Edward Kennard|
|Martyn Thomas KENNARD||February 15, 2020 - 11:45:59 a.m.||jackie||1581767159||KENNARD,Martyn Thomas|
|Mabel Rose Treglonow FLAMANK||February 14, 2020 - 4:27:24 p.m.||jackie||1581697644||FLAMANK,Mabel Rose Treglonow|
|Geoffrey Robert TAYLOR||February 14, 2020 - 4:26:33 p.m.||jackie||1581697593||TAYLOR,Geoffrey Robert|
|Geoffrey Robert TAYLOR + Mabel Rose Treglonow FLAMANK||February 14, 2020 - 4:25:58 p.m.||jackie||1581697558||TAYLOR,Geoffrey Robert + FLAMANK,Mabel Rose Treglonow|
|Eleanor Mary CARTER||February 14, 2020 - 4:06:50 p.m.||jackie||1581696410||CARTER,Eleanor Mary|
|Mary Joyce Rivaz MOTHERSILL||February 14, 2020 - 4:03:19 p.m.||jackie||1581696199||MOTHERSILL,Mary Joyce Rivaz|
|Margaret Rivaz MOTHERSILL||February 14, 2020 - 4:02:20 p.m.||jackie||1581696140||MOTHERSILL,Margaret Rivaz|
|Gerald Rivaz MOTHERSILL||February 14, 2020 - 4:00:50 p.m.||jackie||1581696050||MOTHERSILL,Gerald Rivaz|
|Kathleen Mary Rivaz HUNT||February 14, 2020 - 2:33:24 p.m.||jackie||1581690804||HUNT,Kathleen Mary Rivaz|
|Lt Robert Scovell RICHARDSON||February 14, 2020 - 11:30:30 a.m.||jackie||1581679830||RICHARDSON,Robert Scovell|
|Lt Col Arthur Alexander RICHARDSON||February 14, 2020 - 11:28:07 a.m.||jackie||1581679687||RICHARDSON,Arthur Alexander|
|Mary Winifred ADAMS||February 14, 2020 - 11:22:38 a.m.||jackie||1581679358||ADAMS,Mary Winifred|
|Robert Lyman RICHARDSON + Mary Winifred ADAMS||February 14, 2020 - 11:18:15 a.m.||jackie||1581679095||RICHARDSON,Robert Lyman + ADAMS,Mary Winifred|
|Robert Lyman RICHARDSON||February 14, 2020 - 11:15:53 a.m.||jackie||1581678953||RICHARDSON,Robert Lyman|
|Emma Agnes ADAMS||February 14, 2020 - 11:03:09 a.m.||jackie||1581678189||ADAMS,Emma Agnes|
|Jane Millicent ADAMS||February 14, 2020 - 11:01:20 a.m.||jackie||1581678080||ADAMS,Jane Millicent|
|Thomas Lowther MATHEWS||February 14, 2020 - 10:53:31 a.m.||jackie||1581677611||MATHEWS,Thomas Lowther|
|Thomas RUTT + Sophia SHEPHEARD||February 14, 2020 - 10:50:49 a.m.||jackie||1581677449||RUTT,Thomas + SHEPHEARD,Sophia|
|Mary Sophia RUTT||February 14, 2020 - 10:50:49 a.m.||jackie||1581677449||RUTT,Mary Sophia|
|Thomas RUTT + Cecilia Henrietta HOLLINGBERY||February 14, 2020 - 10:47:31 a.m.||jackie||1581677251||RUTT,Thomas + HOLLINGBERY,Cecilia Henrietta|
|Sophia SHEPHEARD||February 14, 2020 - 10:45:29 a.m.||jackie||1581677129||SHEPHEARD,Sophia|
|Thomas RUTT||February 14, 2020 - 10:36:37 a.m.||jackie||1581676597||RUTT,Thomas|
|Wilfred Arthur BLANDFORD||February 14, 2020 - 10:27:54 a.m.||jackie||1581676074||BLANDFORD,Wilfred Arthur|
|Herbert Reginald FOYLE||February 14, 2020 - 10:24:00 a.m.||jackie||1581675840||FOYLE,Herbert Reginald|
|Eric Douglas BLANDFORD||February 14, 2020 - 10:21:44 a.m.||jackie||1581675704||BLANDFORD,Eric Douglas|
|Stanley Robert BLANDFORD||February 14, 2020 - 10:14:25 a.m.||jackie||1581675265||BLANDFORD,Stanley Robert|