Thanks to Chris Moorman and Rosalind Bloor for photos of some of the Postlethwaite Family.
Many thanks to Liz in Australia for giving me new names for 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
|Eleanor Beryl COOKE||COOKE,Eleanor Beryl||29 March 2012||0||5||5||Death|
|Ralph William SWAFFIELD||SWAFFIELD,Ralph William||29 March 1997||1||20||20||Death|
|William LINDON-TRAVERS||LINDON-TRAVERS,William||29 March 1994||2||23||23||Death|
|Kenneth Francis Ralph BARROW||BARROW,Kenneth Francis Ralph||29 March 1986||3||31||31||Death|
|Emmie Kathleen (Kathleen) WAGNER||WAGNER,Emmie Kathleen (Kathleen)||29 March 1985||4||32||32||Death|
|Comm Lancelot William Henville KING||KING,Lancelot William Henville||29 March 1979||5||38||38||Death|
|Olga Gertrude Hartnell SHARP||SHARP,Olga Gertrude Hartnell||29 March 1971||6||46||46||Death|
|Leslie Alfred JUDD||JUDD,Leslie Alfred||29 March 1970||7||47||47||Death|
|Edward David CARDEN OBE||CARDEN,Edward David OBE||29 March 1962||8||55||55||Death|
|Catherine Amelia OSWELL||OSWELL,Catherine Amelia||29 March 1950||9||67||67||Death|
|Mildred Susannah GACE||GACE,Mildred Susannah||29 March 1947||10||70||70||Death|
|James Napoleon FOY||FOY,James Napoleon||29 March 1943||11||74||74||Death|
|Gertrude Emily BARTH||BARTH,Gertrude Emily||29 March 1940||12||77||77||Death|
|Elizabeth Anna AUBERT||AUBERT,Elizabeth Anna||29 March 1935||13||82||82||Death|
|Annie JONES||JONES,Annie||29 March 1934||14||83||83||Death|
|Patricia Mary RAINE||RAINE,Patricia Mary||29 March 1928||15||89||89||Birth|
|Bryan Alger PAMPHILON||PAMPHILON,Bryan Alger||29 March 1928||16||89||89||Birth|
|Vivien Ethel HERSEE||HERSEE,Vivien Ethel||29 March 1927||17||90||90||Birth|
|Sir Stephen Herbert GATTY KC||GATTY,Stephen Herbert KC||29 March 1922||18||95||95||Death|
|Lt Colonel Norman BURNAND||BURNAND,Norman||29 March 1921||19||96||96||Death|
|Gilbert Fullerton BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Gilbert Fullerton||29 March 1914||20||103||103||Birth|
|Samuel ROWLEY||ROWLEY,Samuel||29 March 1909||21||108||108||Death|
|Nellie Amelia ‘May’ CRITCHLOW||CRITCHLOW,Nellie Amelia||29 March 1909||22||108||108||Birth|
|Kathleen Elsie CHATTOCK||CHATTOCK,Kathleen Elsie||29 March 1906||23||111||111||Birth|
|Kathleen Gladys HICKMAN||HICKMAN,Kathleen Gladys||29 March 1904||24||113||113||Birth|
|William Ricketts POWNALL||POWNALL,William Ricketts||29 March 1891||25||126||126||Death|
|John GEORGE||GEORGE,John||29 March 1886||26||131||131||Death|
|Frank Stafford HEMMINGS||HEMMINGS,Frank Stafford||29 March 1884||27||133||133||Birth|
|Armand Temple POWLETT||POWLETT,Armand Temple||29 March 1884||28||133||133||Birth|
|Robert George KIRKMAN||KIRKMAN,Robert George||29 March 1883||29||134||134||Death|
|Victor Evelyn TODD||TODD,Victor Evelyn||29 March 1881||30||136||136||Birth|
|William TAYLOR||TAYLOR,William||29 March 1878||31||139||139||Death|
|Arthur Robert CHALK||CHALK,Arthur Robert||29 March 1876||32||141||141||Death|
|Alice Maud Sherwill LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Alice Maud Sherwill||29 March 1876||33||141||141||Birth|
|Nellie Henrietta CARR||CARR,Nellie Henrietta||29 March 1876||34||141||141||Birth|
|Alfred Browning CARR||CARR,Alfred Browning||29 March 1871||35||146||146||Death|
|Barberina …||@N.N.,Barberina||29 March 1868||36||149||149||Death|
|George Impey RICHARDS||RICHARDS,George Impey||29 March 1864||37||153||153||Birth|
|Herbert LEIGH||LEIGH,Herbert||29 March 1863||38||154||154||Death|
|Walter BLAINE||BLAINE,Walter||29 March 1862||39||155||155||Death|
|Carl Julius WAGNER||WAGNER,Carl Julius||29 March 1862||40||155||155||Death|
|Alfred Spedding KIRKMAN||KIRKMAN,Alfred Spedding||29 March 1860||41||157||157||Birth|
|James Humphery SMITH||SMITH,James Humphery||29 March 1850||42||167||167||Birth|
|Charles GOODWINS||GOODWINS,Charles||29 March 1839||43||178||178||Birth|
|Sarah Fellows NICHOLSON||NICHOLSON,Sarah Fellows||29 March 1825||44||192||192||Birth|
|James GRELLIER||GRELLIER,James||29 March 1808||45||209||209||Birth|
|Ann GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Ann||29 March 1808||46||209||209||Death|
|Emma GRIMLEY||GRIMLEY,Emma||29 March 1806||47||211||211||Birth|
|Sibella Mary HUNTER||HUNTER,Sibella Mary||29 March 1796||48||221||221||Birth|
|Robert STRACHAN + Minna Jane KENDLE||STRACHAN,Robert + KENDLE,Minna Jane||29 March 1877||49||140||140||Marriage|
|Jairus Edwin WITHERS + Jessie GILLIES||WITHERS,Jairus Edwin + GILLIES,Jessie||29 March 1876||50||141||141||Marriage|
|Edward Lewis CLARKE + Katherine Alice Musto STAMMERS||CLARKE,Edward Lewis + STAMMERS,Katherine Alice Musto||29 March 1851||51||166||166||Marriage|
|James Warren ELLIOTT + Rosetta Lydia BOURNE||ELLIOTT,James Warren + BOURNE,Rosetta Lydia||29 March 1850||52||167||167||Marriage|
|Robert MARRIS + Elizabeth BROOKS||MARRIS,Robert + BROOKS,Elizabeth||29 March 1832||53||185||185||Marriage|
|William Clark BOYD + Mary STEINMETZ||BOYD,William Clark + STEINMETZ,Mary||29 March 1827||54||190||190||Marriage|
|Charlotte Ann PARKES||28 March 2017 - 08:20:19||jackie||1490689219||PARKES,Charlotte Ann|
|Edward PARKES + Mary PATCHETT||28 March 2017 - 08:12:14||jackie||1490688734||PARKES,Edward + PATCHETT,Mary|
|Edward PARKES||28 March 2017 - 08:09:58||jackie||1490688598||PARKES,Edward|
|Mary PATCHETT||28 March 2017 - 08:07:24||jackie||1490688444||PATCHETT,Mary|
|Thomas PARKES||28 March 2017 - 08:04:25||jackie||1490688265||PARKES,Thomas|
|Thomas PARKES||28 March 2017 - 08:03:21||jackie||1490688201||PARKES,Thomas|
|Elizabeth HORTLE||28 March 2017 - 07:59:13||jackie||1490687953||HORTLE,Elizabeth|
|Thomas PARKES + Elizabeth HORTLE||28 March 2017 - 07:58:59||jackie||1490687939||PARKES,Thomas + HORTLE,Elizabeth|
|Joseph PARKES||28 March 2017 - 07:45:44||jackie||1490687144||PARKES,Joseph|
|Mary GILL||28 March 2017 - 07:44:06||jackie||1490687046||GILL,Mary|
|Benjamin PARKES||28 March 2017 - 07:41:31||jackie||1490686891||PARKES,Benjamin|
|Benjamin PARKES + Mary GILL||28 March 2017 - 06:39:36||jackie||1490683176||PARKES,Benjamin + GILL,Mary|
|Henry Richard PARKES||28 March 2017 - 06:35:35||jackie||1490682935||PARKES,Henry Richard|
|Joseph PARKES||28 March 2017 - 06:32:32||jackie||1490682752||PARKES,Joseph|
|Joseph WHITTLE||26 March 2017 - 17:42:09||jackie||1490550129||WHITTLE,Joseph|
|Charles WHITTLE||26 March 2017 - 17:39:26||jackie||1490549966||WHITTLE,Charles|
|Joseph Lidgold WHITTLE||26 March 2017 - 17:30:54||jackie||1490549454||WHITTLE,Joseph Lidgold|
|John Harris HALL||26 March 2017 - 17:26:14||jackie||1490549174||HALL,John Harris|
|Alfred Browning CARR||26 March 2017 - 17:06:29||jackie||1490547989||CARR,Alfred Browning|
|Robert Ashbury DUKA||26 March 2017 - 16:56:53||jackie||1490547413||DUKA,Robert Ashbury|
|Kathleen B LENNOX||26 March 2017 - 16:56:32||jackie||1490547392||LENNOX,Kathleen B|
|Laurence Seymour Cary PICKERING||26 March 2017 - 13:12:20||jackie||1490533940||PICKERING,Laurence Seymour Cary|
|Ernest D CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:06:45||jackie||1490533605||CADDELL,Ernest D|
|Elizabeth Mary Teresa CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:06:34||jackie||1490533594||CADDELL,Elizabeth Mary Teresa|
|William P CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:06:13||jackie||1490533573||CADDELL,William P|
|Anna Matilda …||26 March 2017 - 13:05:59||jackie||1490533559||@N.N.,Anna Matilda|
|Kathleen Eva CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:05:48||jackie||1490533548||CADDELL,Kathleen Eva|
|Anna Ellen CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:05:03||jackie||1490533503||CADDELL,Anna Ellen|
|Lt Col Henry CADDELL||26 March 2017 - 13:04:49||jackie||1490533489||CADDELL,Henry|
|Lt Col Henry CADDELL + Anna Matilda …||26 March 2017 - 12:59:30||jackie||1490533170||CADDELL,Henry + @N.N.,Anna Matilda|
|Francis Charles Slade MOORMAN||26 March 2017 - 12:44:55||jackie||1490532295||MOORMAN,Francis Charles Slade|
|Helena Amy ‘Nellie’ MOORMAN||26 March 2017 - 12:42:08||jackie||1490532128||MOORMAN,Helena Amy|
|Violet Alice POSTLETHWAITE||26 March 2017 - 12:41:29||jackie||1490532089||POSTLETHWAITE,Violet Alice|