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Miles Family
January 26, 2020 - 9:44:24 a.m.

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.

Austin / Boyd Family
January 12, 2020 - 10:01:03 a.m.

Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this 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 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.

Acknowledgments
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.

Statistics
Tolliss and Berger
This family tree was last updated on February 17, 2020.
Individuals
Males
16,640
51.4%
Females
15,689
48.5%
Total surnames
Families
Sources
Media objects
Repositories
Total events
67,487
Total users
3
Earliest birth year
1540
Latest birth year
2016
This information is private and cannot be shown.
Average age at death
64
Males: 63   Females: 67
Average number of children per family
1.93

Most common surnames

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Marjorie Frances QUILTERQUILTER,Marjorie FrancesFebruary 17, 200201818Death
Eileen Agnes Montague JOHNSTONEJOHNSTONE,Eileen Agnes MontagueFebruary 17, 199112929Death
Richard Chamberlain GATESGATES,Richard ChamberlainFebruary 17, 198823232Death
Edith TIPPERTIPPER,EdithFebruary 17, 198433636Death
Amelia Eleanor “Minnie” HILDERSLEYHILDERSLEY,Amelia EleanorFebruary 17, 198443636Death
Kathleen HOLEHOLE,KathleenFebruary 17, 197554545Death
Mary Blanche FRENDFREND,Mary BlancheFebruary 17, 197564545Death
Eric Barry HARRISONHARRISON,Eric BarryFebruary 17, 196375757Death
Mary Caroline EDMESTONEDMESTON,Mary CarolineFebruary 17, 196285858Death
John Bruce BALLARDBALLARD,John BruceFebruary 17, 196195959Death
Rita Mary CROZIERCROZIER,Rita MaryFebruary 17, 1960106060Death
Richard Marriott DODINGTONDODINGTON,Richard MarriottFebruary 17, 1949117171Death
Thomas Fraser Homer DIXONDIXON,Thomas Fraser HomerFebruary 17, 1948127272Death
Jessie Ann TOLLISSTOLLISS,Jessie AnnFebruary 17, 1948137272Death
Editha Caroline (Edythe) SAUNDERSSAUNDERS,Editha Caroline (Edythe)February 17, 1942147878Death
Amy Ethel NORRIS-JONESNORRIS-JONES,Amy EthelFebruary 17, 1941157979Death
Isabella Louisa DANIELLDANIELL,Isabella LouisaFebruary 17, 1937168383Death
Louisa Lucy CLEAVECLEAVE,Louisa LucyFebruary 17, 1934178686Death
Frank Watts PAICEPAICE,Frank WattsFebruary 17, 1932188888Death
Charles Ross HALLHALL,Charles RossFebruary 17, 1923199797Death
Walter Osborne GACEGACE,Walter OsborneFebruary 17, 191820102102Death
Jean Elinor STEWARTSTEWART,Jean ElinorFebruary 17, 191421106106Birth
Canon John Hugh WAYWAY,John HughFebruary 17, 191222108108Death
Ulysses LATREILLELATREILLE,UlyssesFebruary 17, 191123109109Death
Mary Ann HORTONHORTON,Mary AnnFebruary 17, 191024110110Death
Winifred Grace CARRCARR,Winifred GraceFebruary 17, 190625114114Birth
Culliford BARROWBARROW,CullifordFebruary 17, 190626114114Death
Col Lawrence HEYWORTHHEYWORTH,LawrenceFebruary 17, 190327117117Death
Donal O'Sullivan CONNOLLYCONNOLLY,Donal O'SullivanFebruary 17, 190228118118Birth
Alice Maud GUENIGAULTGUENIGAULT,Alice MaudFebruary 17, 190129119119Birth
Gilbert Janes RAYRAY,Gilbert JanesFebruary 17, 190030120120Birth
Frederick Randall ORAMORAM,Frederick RandallFebruary 17, 189431126126Death
Annie Catherine HALLHALL,Annie CatherineFebruary 17, 189232128128Birth
Evelyn Hall WELDWELD,Evelyn HallFebruary 17, 188933131131Birth
Charles Loyd NORMANNORMAN,Charles LoydFebruary 17, 188934131131Death
Janet McPhail MUNDELLMUNDELL,Janet McPhailFebruary 17, 188635134134Birth
Hannah BEAVENBEAVEN,HannahFebruary 17, 188236138138Death
Arthur Leon MILLSMILLS,Arthur LeonFebruary 17, 188237138138Birth
Frances RIVERSRIVERS,FrancesFebruary 17, 187738143143Death
Walter Lionel BLACKMANBLACKMAN,Walter LionelFebruary 17, 187639144144Birth
Frederick Hugo FLAMANKFLAMANK,Frederick HugoFebruary 17, 187340147147Birth
Rev George Dempster MUDIEMUDIE,George DempsterFebruary 17, 187141149149Death
Sylvanus GRIMESGRIMES,SylvanusFebruary 17, 186342157157Death
Florence Caroline Frances LONGLONG,Florence Caroline FrancesFebruary 17, 186243158158Birth
James Harrington NOELNOEL,James HarringtonFebruary 17, 186144159159Birth
Eliza VOKINSVOKINS,ElizaFebruary 17, 184945171171Birth
Irving Frederick DE ROUGEMONTROUGEMONT,Irving FrederickFebruary 17, 182846192192Birth
George HEUDEBOURCKHEUDEBOURCK,GeorgeFebruary 17, 181847202202Birth
Alice CLARKECLARKE,AliceFebruary 17, 180748213213Birth
William Campbell ONSLOWONSLOW,William CampbellFebruary 17, 180649214214Birth
John Irvine GLENNIEGLENNIE,John IrvineFebruary 17, 179650224224Birth
John EDMESTONEDMESTON,JohnFebruary 17, 179351227227Birth
Sarah TOLLISSTOLLISS,SarahFebruary 17, 178752233233Birth
Henry MILESMILES,HenryFebruary 17, 178753233233Birth
Isabella RAYNERRAYNER,IsabellaFebruary 17, 177054250250Birth
William Allan Tristram GETHIN + Nancy Ruth MACGEORGEGETHIN,William Allan Tristram + MACGEORGE,Nancy RuthFebruary 17, 1937558383Marriage
Harvey St John Oscar THOMPSON + Lilian Mary STEINMETZTHOMPSON,Harvey St John Oscar + STEINMETZ,Lilian MaryFebruary 17, 188756133133Marriage
Thomas APPLEYARD + Selina GREENAPPLEYARD,Thomas + GREEN,SelinaFebruary 17, 187457146146Marriage
Robert NELSON + Harriet MULLINEUXNELSON,Robert + MULLINEUX,HarrietFebruary 17, 186858152152Marriage
Thomas Fraser SANDEMAN + Laura WAKEFIELDSANDEMAN,Thomas Fraser + WAKEFIELD,LauraFebruary 17, 185559165165Marriage
Sir Claudius Stephen Paul HUNTER + Constance BOSANQUETHUNTER,Claudius Stephen Paul + BOSANQUET,ConstanceFebruary 17, 185260168168Marriage
John Myrie HOLL + Mary SMARTHOLL,John Myrie + SMART,MaryFebruary 17, 181661204204Marriage
Edward MARSH + Mary COOKMARSH,Edward + COOK,MaryFebruary 17, 173462286286Marriage
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Percy Alfred DORMERFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:25:46 a.m.jackie1581938746DORMER,Percy Alfred
Norman Walter DORMERFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:21:07 a.m.jackie1581938467DORMER,Norman Walter
Robert FINNIEFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:16:19 a.m.jackie1581938179FINNIE,Robert
Janet FINNIEFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:14:58 a.m.jackie1581938098FINNIE,Janet
Ann FINNIEFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:13:47 a.m.jackie1581938027FINNIE,Ann
John CARSWELLFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:13:30 a.m.jackie1581938010CARSWELL,John
Janet Muir CARSWELLFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:11:41 a.m.jackie1581937901CARSWELL,Janet Muir
Archibald Finnie CARSWELLFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:10:54 a.m.jackie1581937854CARSWELL,Archibald Finnie
Francis Henry SHANKSFebruary 17, 2020 - 11:09:02 a.m.jackie1581937742SHANKS,Francis Henry
Edward ARNOLDFebruary 16, 2020 - 4:03:03 p.m.jackie1581868983ARNOLD,Edward
Hannah ACOTTFebruary 16, 2020 - 4:01:24 p.m.jackie1581868884ACOTT,Hannah
Edward ARNOLD + Hannah ACOTTFebruary 16, 2020 - 4:00:56 p.m.jackie1581868856ARNOLD,Edward + ACOTT,Hannah
Hannah Maria ACOTTFebruary 16, 2020 - 3:59:37 p.m.jackie1581868777ACOTT,Hannah Maria
Mary CHAMBERSFebruary 16, 2020 - 3:34:11 p.m.jackie1581867251CHAMBERS,Mary
William ACOTT + Mary CHAMBERSFebruary 16, 2020 - 3:32:42 p.m.jackie1581867162ACOTT,William + CHAMBERS,Mary
Joseph Acott CHAMBERSFebruary 16, 2020 - 3:26:14 p.m.jackie1581866774CHAMBERS,Joseph Acott
Edmund Ernest LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:20:11 p.m.jackie1581783611LEATHAM,Edmund Ernest
Priscilla GURNEYFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:15:09 p.m.jackie1581783309GURNEY,Priscilla
William Henry LEATHAM JPFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:14:28 p.m.jackie1581783268LEATHAM,William Henry
Charles Alfred LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:11:08 p.m.jackie1581783068LEATHAM,Charles Alfred
William Henry LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:06:46 p.m.jackie1581782806LEATHAM,William Henry
Herbert Barclay LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:02:19 p.m.jackie1581782539LEATHAM,Herbert Barclay
Samuel Gurney LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 4:01:07 p.m.jackie1581782467LEATHAM,Samuel Gurney
Gerald Arthur Buxton LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:57:58 p.m.jackie1581782278LEATHAM,Gerald Arthur Buxton
Agnes Georgina LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:50:45 p.m.jackie1581781845LEATHAM,Agnes Georgina
Octavius LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:48:13 p.m.jackie1581781693LEATHAM,Octavius
Claude LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:46:01 p.m.jackie1581781561LEATHAM,Claude
Priscilla Mary LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:34:09 p.m.jackie1581780849LEATHAM,Priscilla Mary
William Henry LEATHAM JP + Priscilla GURNEYFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:32:04 p.m.jackie1581780724LEATHAM,William Henry + GURNEY,Priscilla
Samuel GURNEY + Elizabeth February 15, 2020 - 3:26:18 p.m.jackie1581780378GURNEY,Samuel + @N.N.,Elizabeth
Elizabeth February 15, 2020 - 3:26:18 p.m.jackie1581780378@N.N.,Elizabeth
Samuel GURNEYFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:23:32 p.m.jackie1581780212GURNEY,Samuel
William LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 3:21:32 p.m.jackie1581780092LEATHAM,William
William LEATHAM + Margaret February 15, 2020 - 3:08:53 p.m.jackie1581779333LEATHAM,William + @N.N.,Margaret
Margaret February 15, 2020 - 3:08:53 p.m.jackie1581779333@N.N.,Margaret
Arthur William LEATHAMFebruary 15, 2020 - 2:00:56 p.m.jackie1581775256LEATHAM,Arthur William
Mary Elise KENNARDFebruary 15, 2020 - 1:19:11 p.m.jackie1581772751KENNARD,Mary Elise
Frances Charlotte Celestina SPERLINGFebruary 15, 2020 - 11:59:07 a.m.jackie1581767947SPERLING,Frances Charlotte Celestina
Emma Sarah STEINMETZFebruary 15, 2020 - 11:53:51 a.m.jackie1581767631STEINMETZ,Emma Sarah
Lt Col Robert Edward Kennard LEATHAM DSOFebruary 15, 2020 - 11:51:33 a.m.jackie1581767493LEATHAM,Robert Edward Kennard
Martyn Thomas KENNARDFebruary 15, 2020 - 11:45:59 a.m.jackie1581767159KENNARD,Martyn Thomas
Mabel Rose Treglonow FLAMANKFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:27:24 p.m.jackie1581697644FLAMANK,Mabel Rose Treglonow
Geoffrey Robert TAYLORFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:26:33 p.m.jackie1581697593TAYLOR,Geoffrey Robert
Geoffrey Robert TAYLOR + Mabel Rose Treglonow FLAMANKFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:25:58 p.m.jackie1581697558TAYLOR,Geoffrey Robert + FLAMANK,Mabel Rose Treglonow
Eleanor Mary CARTERFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:06:50 p.m.jackie1581696410CARTER,Eleanor Mary
Mary Joyce Rivaz MOTHERSILLFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:03:19 p.m.jackie1581696199MOTHERSILL,Mary Joyce Rivaz
Margaret Rivaz MOTHERSILLFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:02:20 p.m.jackie1581696140MOTHERSILL,Margaret Rivaz
Gerald Rivaz MOTHERSILLFebruary 14, 2020 - 4:00:50 p.m.jackie1581696050MOTHERSILL,Gerald Rivaz
Kathleen Mary Rivaz HUNTFebruary 14, 2020 - 2:33:24 p.m.jackie1581690804HUNT,Kathleen Mary Rivaz
Lt Robert Scovell RICHARDSONFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:30:30 a.m.jackie1581679830RICHARDSON,Robert Scovell
Lt Col Arthur Alexander RICHARDSONFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:28:07 a.m.jackie1581679687RICHARDSON,Arthur Alexander
Mary Winifred ADAMSFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:22:38 a.m.jackie1581679358ADAMS,Mary Winifred
Robert Lyman RICHARDSON + Mary Winifred ADAMSFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:18:15 a.m.jackie1581679095RICHARDSON,Robert Lyman + ADAMS,Mary Winifred
Robert Lyman RICHARDSONFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:15:53 a.m.jackie1581678953RICHARDSON,Robert Lyman
Emma Agnes ADAMSFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:03:09 a.m.jackie1581678189ADAMS,Emma Agnes
Jane Millicent ADAMSFebruary 14, 2020 - 11:01:20 a.m.jackie1581678080ADAMS,Jane Millicent
Thomas Lowther MATHEWSFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:53:31 a.m.jackie1581677611MATHEWS,Thomas Lowther
Thomas RUTT + Sophia SHEPHEARDFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:50:49 a.m.jackie1581677449RUTT,Thomas + SHEPHEARD,Sophia
Mary Sophia RUTTFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:50:49 a.m.jackie1581677449RUTT,Mary Sophia
Thomas RUTT + Cecilia Henrietta HOLLINGBERYFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:47:31 a.m.jackie1581677251RUTT,Thomas + HOLLINGBERY,Cecilia Henrietta
Sophia SHEPHEARDFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:45:29 a.m.jackie1581677129SHEPHEARD,Sophia
Thomas RUTTFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:36:37 a.m.jackie1581676597RUTT,Thomas
Wilfred Arthur BLANDFORDFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:27:54 a.m.jackie1581676074BLANDFORD,Wilfred Arthur
Herbert Reginald FOYLEFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:24:00 a.m.jackie1581675840FOYLE,Herbert Reginald
Eric Douglas BLANDFORDFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:21:44 a.m.jackie1581675704BLANDFORD,Eric Douglas
Stanley Robert BLANDFORDFebruary 14, 2020 - 10:14:25 a.m.jackie1581675265BLANDFORD,Stanley Robert