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
|John Spencer RIVAZ||RIVAZ,John Spencer||20 January 2013||0||6||6||Death|
|Annette Sylvia DICKSON||DICKSON,Annette Sylvia||20 January 2006||1||13||13||Death|
|Florence Norah GUY||GUY,Florence Norah||20 January 1997||2||22||22||Death|
|George Raymond Wilbraham CARDEN||CARDEN,George Raymond Wilbraham||20 January 1993||3||26||26||Death|
|Thomas Burnand ROLLS||ROLLS,Thomas Burnand||20 January 1985||4||34||34||Death|
|Harry SMITH||SMITH,Harry||20 January 1973||5||46||46||Death|
|Gwendolen GISBORNE||GISBORNE,Gwendolen||20 January 1968||6||51||51||Death|
|Lizzie HAYNES||HAYNES,Lizzie||20 January 1961||7||58||58||Death|
|Elizabeth Jane MOORE||MOORE,Elizabeth Jane||20 January 1957||8||62||62||Death|
|Charles DEANE||DEANE,Charles||20 January 1957||9||62||62||Death|
|Edward Neil BAYNES||BAYNES,Edward Neil||20 January 1951||10||68||68||Death|
|Henry Patrick SURTEES||SURTEES,Henry Patrick||20 January 1939||11||80||80||Death|
|Sir Edmond John Warre SLADE KCIE KCVO||SLADE,Edmond John Warre||20 January 1928||12||91||91||Death|
|Alfred D'ANGIBAU||D'ANGIBAU,Alfred||20 January 1926||13||93||93||Death|
|Duncan Arthur Newton ALLEN MC||ALLEN,Duncan Arthur Newton||20 January 1922||14||97||97||Birth|
|Robert Handcock TEMPLE||TEMPLE,Robert Handcock||20 January 1920||15||99||99||Death|
|Nancy Ruth MACGEORGE||MACGEORGE,Nancy Ruth||20 January 1916||16||103||103||Birth|
|Jesse GUY||GUY,Jesse||20 January 1915||17||104||104||Death|
|Algernon Marsham POLLOCK||POLLOCK,Algernon Marsham||20 January 1910||18||109||109||Death|
|Sarah …||@N.N.,Sarah||20 January 1910||19||109||109||Death|
|Doris Ethel MEEK||MEEK,Doris Ethel||20 January 1906||20||113||113||Birth|
|Rev Dr Alfred GATTY||GATTY,Alfred||20 January 1903||21||116||116||Death|
|Lucy Emily STONNELL||STONNELL,Lucy Emily||20 January 1902||22||117||117||Birth|
|Caroline Lucy Jane LAMBERT||LAMBERT,Caroline Lucy Jane||20 January 1902||23||117||117||Death|
|William Hugh Stockley CURRYER||CURRYER,William Hugh Stockley||20 January 1895||24||124||124||Birth|
|James W BALDWIN||BALDWIN,James W||20 January 1894||25||125||125||Birth|
|Kate POWNALL||POWNALL,Kate||20 January 1890||26||129||129||Death|
|Charles Reuben PACKHAM||PACKHAM,Charles Reuben||20 January 1886||27||133||133||Birth|
|Alice BANTHORPE||BANTHORPE,Alice||20 January 1882||28||137||137||Birth|
|James Frederick William BURNESS||BURNESS,James Frederick William||20 January 1879||29||140||140||Birth|
|Wilhelmina Anne ‘Minnie’ RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Wilhelmina Anne||20 January 1876||30||143||143||Death|
|Jane KEMP||KEMP,Jane||20 January 1867||31||152||152||Death|
|Ellen Amelia RIVAZ||RIVAZ,Ellen Amelia||20 January 1862||32||157||157||Birth|
|Annie Sophia COLDWELLS||COLDWELLS,Annie Sophia||20 January 1860||33||159||159||Birth|
|Emmaline Frances MATTHEY||MATTHEY,Emmaline Frances||20 January 1855||34||164||164||Birth|
|Jane Frances FISKE||FISKE,Jane Frances||20 January 1848||35||171||171||Birth|
|Florence FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Florence||20 January 1847||36||172||172||Birth|
|Elizabeth Mary VIDLER||VIDLER,Elizabeth Mary||20 January 1847||37||172||172||Death|
|Susan Mary PENNEFATHER||PENNEFATHER,Susan Mary||20 January 1842||38||177||177||Birth|
|Frances Ivey FLAMANK||FLAMANK,Frances Ivey||20 January 1830||39||189||189||Birth|
|Henry James Davison HORNE M.A||HORNE,Henry James Davison M.A||20 January 1829||40||190||190||Birth|
|Archibald FINNIE||FINNIE,Archibald||20 January 1826||41||193||193||Death|
|George VANSITTART M P||VANSITTART,George M P||20 January 1825||42||194||194||Death|
|Sarah TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Sarah||20 January 1825||43||194||194||Birth|
|Frances Sarah FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Frances Sarah||20 January 1809||44||210||210||Birth|
|Bethia FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Bethia||20 January 1805||45||214||214||Birth|
|Susanne AUBERT||AUBERT,Susanne||20 January 1772||46||247||247||Birth|
|Paul TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Paul||20 January 1715||47||304||304||Birth|
|Paul TURQUAND||TURQUAND,Paul||20 January 1689||48||330||330||Birth|
|Capt Keith W R O'REILLY + Christabel Anne Lorraine CHARLESWORTH||O'REILLY,Keith W R + CHARLESWORTH,Christabel Anne Lorraine||20 January 1923||49||96||96||Marriage|
|Harold GREENWOOD + Cordelia Rose Harriet LEE||GREENWOOD,Harold + LEE,Cordelia Rose Harriet||20 January 1909||50||110||110||Marriage|
|Thomas Barthrop ‘Tom’ SCOTCHMER + Ellen BANTHORPE||SCOTCHMER,Thomas Barthrop + BANTHORPE,Ellen||20 January 1904||51||115||115||Marriage|
|Edward Henry WEBB + Elizabeth Ann HILLIER||WEBB,Edward Henry + HILLIER,Elizabeth Ann||20 January 1902||52||117||117||Marriage|
|Rev William HOLDSWORTH + Augusta Matilda IRBY||HOLDSWORTH,William + IRBY,Augusta Matilda||20 January 1853||53||166||166||Marriage|
|Charles CROXHALL + Ann Maria GLADWELL||CROXHALL,Charles + GLADWELL,Ann Maria||20 January 1845||54||174||174||Marriage|
|Francis Dominick ELSOM + Susanna SCOTT||ELSOM,Francis Dominick + SCOTT,Susanna||20 January 1820||55||199||199||Marriage|
|George ABELL + Elizabeth CLEMENS||ABELL,George + CLEMENS,Elizabeth||20 January 1810||56||209||209||Marriage|
|William Walter HAY||19 January 2019 - 12:20:31||jackie||1547900431||HAY,William Walter|
|Myrtle Jane ‘Myra’ ROBINSON||19 January 2019 - 12:14:34||jackie||1547900074||ROBINSON,Myrtle Jane|
|Arthur Alfred HAY||19 January 2019 - 12:12:03||jackie||1547899923||HAY,Arthur Alfred|
|Arthur Alfred HAY + Myrtle Jane ‘Myra’ ROBINSON||19 January 2019 - 12:10:05||jackie||1547899805||HAY,Arthur Alfred + ROBINSON,Myrtle Jane|
|George STRAWBRIDGE||19 January 2019 - 12:07:12||jackie||1547899632||STRAWBRIDGE,George|
|Florrie Christina HAY||19 January 2019 - 11:54:21||jackie||1547898861||HAY,Florrie Christina|
|William Samuel HAY||19 January 2019 - 11:57:44||jackie||1547899064||HAY,William Samuel|
|George STRAWBRIDGE + Florrie Christina HAY||19 January 2019 - 11:48:49||jackie||1547898529||STRAWBRIDGE,George + HAY,Florrie Christina|
|Elizabeth Jane HAY||19 January 2019 - 11:46:00||jackie||1547898360||HAY,Elizabeth Jane|
|Christiana Annie HAY||19 January 2019 - 11:44:10||jackie||1547898250||HAY,Christiana Annie|
|Christianna Elizabeth STEIGENBERGER||19 January 2019 - 11:41:43||jackie||1547898103||STEIGENBERGER,Christianna Elizabeth|
|Margaret Jane BENBOW||19 January 2019 - 10:51:43||jackie||1547895103||BENBOW,Margaret Jane|
|Alfred Williamson GILLENDER||18 January 2019 - 16:04:17||jackie||1547827457||GILLENDER,Alfred Williamson|