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Burnand Family
May 30, 2019 - 10:04:24 a.m.

A huge thank you to Bob Phillips providing new information on the Burnand Family. 

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May 7, 2019 - 11:34:30 a.m.

I have heard the sad news today that a lovely lady I met years ago, Tessa King has died. We kept in contact via email and facebook since we first met in London. 

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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 August 20, 2019.
Individuals
Males
16,416
51.4%
Females
15,494
48.5%
Total surnames
Families
Sources
Media objects
Repositories
Total events
66,248
Total users
4
Earliest birth year
1540
Latest birth year
2016
This information is private and cannot be shown.
Average age at death
65
Males: 63   Females: 67
Average number of children per family
1.93

Most common surnames

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John Stanley HOLEHOLE,John StanleyAugust 22, 199602323Death
Lilian Beatrice Rose ELLIOTTELLIOTT,Lilian Beatrice RoseAugust 22, 198313636Death
Alan Lincoln McCONNELLMacCONNELL,Alan LincolnAugust 22, 197424545Death
Nellie Gwendoline Hartnell SHARPSHARP,Nellie Gwendoline HartnellAugust 22, 197234747Death
Charles Edward Theodore RESTARICKRESTARICK,Charles Edward TheodoreAugust 22, 196745252Death
Agnes Norah PEDDARPEDDAR,Agnes NorahAugust 22, 194057979Death
Jacquetta Sybilla DEWDNEYDEWDNEY,Jacquetta SybillaAugust 22, 193668383Death
Rev Frederick Edmeston FREESEFREESE,Frederick EdmestonAugust 22, 193578484Death
Sylvia Patricia GUYGUY,Sylvia PatriciaAugust 22, 192789292Birth
Charles Septimus BERTHONBERTHON,Charles SeptimusAugust 22, 192799292Death
William John Bailey TOOLETOOLE,William John BaileyAugust 22, 1926109393Death
Margaret TOLLISSTOLLISS,MargaretAugust 22, 191811101101Birth
Jane MEATONMEATON,JaneAugust 22, 191412105105Death
Prudence Mary HODSOLLHODSOLL,Prudence MaryAugust 22, 191213107107Birth
Roy Charles LEELEE,Roy CharlesAugust 22, 191114108108Birth
John Phillips GENTGENT,John PhillipsAugust 22, 191015109109Death
Emma Augusta CLARKCLARK,Emma AugustaAugust 22, 190916110110Death
Minna Josephine CARYCARY,Minna JosephineAugust 22, 190317116116Death
Olive Mary COOKCOOK,Olive MaryAugust 22, 190318116116Birth
Joan Mary L STEVENSSTEVENS,Joan Mary LAugust 22, 190219117117Birth
Emily BRIANTBRIANT,EmilyAugust 22, 190220117117Death
Charles ASKERASKER,CharlesAugust 22, 190121118118Death
Samuel BROWNBROWN,SamuelAugust 22, 189722122122Death
William GARNERGARNER,WilliamAugust 22, 189723122122Death
Charlotte Hester TOWNSHENDTOWNSHEND,Charlotte HesterAugust 22, 189624123123Death
Rev Edward Boucher JAMESJAMES,Edward BoucherAugust 22, 189225127127Death
Dora Phillis Norburn SEARLESEARLE,Dora Phillis NorburnAugust 22, 189026129129Birth
Arthur RICHARDSONRICHARDSON,ArthurAugust 22, 188927130130Birth
Frederick TUPPENTUPPEN,FrederickAugust 22, 188828131131Death
Cecil William SHARPSHARP,Cecil WilliamAugust 22, 188529134134Birth
Vincent Anderson WELLSWELLS,Vincent AndersonAugust 22, 188430135135Birth
Helen Gladys WELLSWELLS,Helen GladysAugust 22, 188431135135Birth
Lewis Thomas SHARPSHARP,Lewis ThomasAugust 22, 188132138138Death
Adolphus Frederick SLADESLADE,Adolphus FrederickAugust 22, 187533144144Death
Lucy Holden LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Lucy HoldenAugust 22, 187334146146Death
Isobel Mary ROWSELLROWSELL,Isobel MaryAugust 22, 187135148148Birth
Harold George RIVAZRIVAZ,Harold GeorgeAugust 22, 186736152152Birth
Arthur James SPENCESPENCE,Arthur JamesAugust 22, 186437155155Birth
Thomas Manfield HALLIDAYHALLIDAY,Thomas ManfieldAugust 22, 186438155155Death
Alice Maud Mary Ann ACOTTACOTT,Alice Maud Mary AnnAugust 22, 186139158158Birth
Theophilus BURNANDBURNAND,TheophilusAugust 22, 185640163163Birth
Denham SMARTSMART,DenhamAugust 22, 185241167167Death
Thomas Clemens USHERUSHER,Thomas ClemensAugust 22, 184542174174Birth
Alfred WADEWADE,AlfredAugust 22, 183843181181Birth
Mary Ann HALLHALL,Mary AnnAugust 22, 182244197197Birth
Emily Whitbread COLECOLE,Emily WhitbreadAugust 22, 182145198198Birth
Letitia BEARDMOREBEARDMORE,LetitiaAugust 22, 182046199199Birth
Lt Colonel Christopher St Leger CLARGESCLARGES,Christopher St LegerAugust 22, 181147208208Death
Charles Granado SMITHSMITH,Charles GranadoAugust 22, 181048209209Birth
Benjamin WAYWAY,BenjaminAugust 22, 180849211211Death
Henry FITZROYFITZROY,HenryAugust 22, 180650213213Birth
Rev Percy William POWLETTPOWLETT,Percy WilliamAugust 22, 180251217217Birth
Rev Baden POWELLPOWELL,BadenAugust 22, 179652223223Birth
Isaac VANDOMEVANDOME,IsaacAugust 22, 173853281281Birth
Robert Naylor MERRY + Dulcibel Orr MACMEIKANMERRY,Robert Naylor + MACMEIKAN,Dulcibel OrrAugust 22, 191654103103Marriage
Edwin William JESSUP + Mary Anne HARMSWORTHJESSUP,Edwin William + HARMSWORTH,Mary AnneAugust 22, 189255127127Marriage
Dr Benjamin Morgan LEWIS + Marian Jane WASSELLLEWIS,Benjamin Morgan + WASSELL,Marian JaneAugust 22, 188956130130Marriage
Rev William Evan JONES + Jessie Louise STEWARTJONES,William Evan + STEWART,Jessie LouiseAugust 22, 188857131131Marriage
Howard LLOYD + Mariabella HOWARDLLOYD,Howard + HOWARD,MariabellaAugust 22, 186758152152Marriage
Joseph PAINE + Susanna BRIDGERPAINE,Joseph + BRIDGER,SusannaAugust 22, 180859211211Marriage
James GIRDLER + Deborah WRIGHTGIRDLER,James + WRIGHT,DeborahAugust 22, 179360226226Marriage
Changes in the last 3 days
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Vera Edna CHALLONERAugust 20, 2019 - 4:40:25 p.m.jackie1566319225CHALLONER,Vera Edna
Alfred Howard ANSELLAugust 20, 2019 - 3:48:55 p.m.jackie1566316135ANSELL,Alfred Howard
Gordon Lawrence Robert PEACHAMAugust 20, 2019 - 3:16:47 p.m.jackie1566314207PEACHAM,Gordon Lawrence Robert