Many thanks to Jim for additional information on this family.
Many thanks for additional details on the Bellamy Family from Fiona.
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
|Gillian Anne BALLANCE||BALLANCE,Gillian Anne||January 24, 2019||0||1||1||Death|
|Amelia Rose GATES||GATES,Amelia Rose||January 24, 2011||1||9||9||Death|
|Eric Arthur ROWLEY||ROWLEY,Eric Arthur||January 24, 2007||2||13||13||Death|
|Mary Geraldine LIPPOLD||LIPPOLD,Mary Geraldine||January 24, 2007||3||13||13||Death|
|Marjorie TOLLISS||TOLLISS,Marjorie||January 24, 2005||4||15||15||Death|
|Maev Maurya MCVITTIE TAYLOR||MacVITTIE TAYLOR,Maev Maurya||January 24, 1991||5||29||29||Death|
|Paul Alexander STENGER||STENGER,Paul Alexander||January 24, 1981||6||39||39||Death|
|Daisy Monica WOOD||WOOD,Daisy Monica||January 24, 1977||7||43||43||Death|
|Maud Alice Louisa NEVILL||NEVILL,Maud Alice Louisa||January 24, 1969||8||51||51||Death|
|Harold Eric Peel GRAY||GRAY,Harold Eric Peel||January 24, 1967||9||53||53||Death|
|Reginald Augustus AUBERT||AUBERT,Reginald Augustus||January 24, 1964||10||56||56||Death|
|Richard Roy WALLACE CBE||WALLACE,Richard Roy||January 24, 1963||11||57||57||Death|
|Ethel Elizabeth Sparks COPPEN||COPPEN,Ethel Elizabeth Sparks||January 24, 1960||12||60||60||Death|
|Christopher Archibald STAMMERS||STAMMERS,Christopher Archibald||January 24, 1959||13||61||61||Death|
|Caroline Turquand BROWN||BROWN,Caroline Turquand||January 24, 1954||14||66||66||Death|
|Charles Robert KILBURNE||KILBURNE,Charles Robert||January 24, 1954||15||66||66||Death|
|Harry Secretan GABB||GABB,Harry Secretan||January 24, 1954||16||66||66||Death|
|Walter Graeme Bell WELLS||WELLS,Walter Graeme Bell||January 24, 1952||17||68||68||Death|
|Amicie Maud IRBY||IRBY,Amicie Maud||January 24, 1949||18||71||71||Death|
|Isabella Augusta E CRAFTS||CRAFTS,Isabella Augusta E||January 24, 1949||19||71||71||Death|
|Dr Reginald William CLARK||CLARK,Reginald William||January 24, 1945||20||75||75||Death|
|Auriol Stephen Nutcombe GOULD||GOULD,Auriol Stephen Nutcombe||January 24, 1943||21||77||77||Death|
|Hilda Geraldine MOBERLY||MOBERLY,Hilda Geraldine||January 24, 1942||22||78||78||Death|
|Clara Emily RICHARDS||RICHARDS,Clara Emily||January 24, 1939||23||81||81||Death|
|George Wilmot RIVAZ RCS||RIVAZ,George Wilmot RCS||January 24, 1935||24||85||85||Death|
|Beatrice Margaret RUTHERFORD||RUTHERFORD,Beatrice Margaret||January 24, 1934||25||86||86||Death|
|Rev Percy W P CALHOUN||CALHOUN,Percy W P||January 24, 1933||26||87||87||Death|
|Jane Susan LLOYD||LLOYD,Jane Susan||January 24, 1930||27||90||90||Death|
|John Herbert HARRISON||HARRISON,John Herbert||January 24, 1930||28||90||90||Death|
|John Herbert WINDSOR||WINDSOR,John Herbert||January 24, 1928||29||92||92||Birth|
|Richard Anthony FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,Richard Anthony||January 24, 1919||30||101||101||Death|
|Annie Rose “Rose” CARRUTHERS||CARRUTHERS,Annie Rose||January 24, 1918||31||102||102||Death|
|Henry GILES||GILES,Henry||January 24, 1909||32||111||111||Death|
|William Harry HART||HART,William Harry||January 24, 1909||33||111||111||Birth|
|Letitia SCOTT||SCOTT,Letitia||January 24, 1906||34||114||114||Death|
|Rosetta Mary BAKER||BAKER,Rosetta Mary||January 24, 1905||35||115||115||Death|
|Margaret E …||@N.N.,Margaret E||January 24, 1905||36||115||115||Birth|
|Cecil Charles CARR||CARR,Cecil Charles||January 24, 1903||37||117||117||Birth|
|Albert Oliver BARBER||BARBER,Albert Oliver||January 24, 1902||38||118||118||Birth|
|William Henry Marlow SIDNEY||SIDNEY,William Henry Marlow||January 24, 1900||39||120||120||Death|
|Lydia Charlotte DRAPER||DRAPER,Lydia Charlotte||January 24, 1895||40||125||125||Birth|
|Annie Maude Pamela WILLSHER||WILLSHER,Annie Maude Pamela||January 24, 1893||41||127||127||Birth|
|Richard Stephen BRETT||BRETT,Richard Stephen||January 24, 1888||42||132||132||Birth|
|John PRENTIS||PRENTIS,John||January 24, 1882||43||138||138||Death|
|Evelyn Maude MEDILL||MEDILL,Evelyn Maude||January 24, 1877||44||143||143||Birth|
|Jemson Millichamp DAVIES||DAVIES,Jemson Millichamp||January 24, 1869||45||151||151||Birth|
|George SIMPSON||SIMPSON,George||January 24, 1866||46||154||154||Death|
|Lionel Martin Pearce ROSIER||ROSIER,Lionel Martin Pearce||January 24, 1864||47||156||156||Birth|
|Alice Capel HIGGS||HIGGS,Alice Capel||January 24, 1859||48||161||161||Death|
|Frank LEMARCHAND||LEMARCHAND,Frank||January 24, 1859||49||161||161||Birth|
|Rose HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Rose||January 24, 1840||50||180||180||Birth|
|Joseph LABY||LABY,Joseph||January 24, 1830||51||190||190||Death|
|Rev Septimus STOCKDALE||STOCKDALE,Septimus||January 24, 1824||52||196||196||Birth|
|Henry SHIPTON||SHIPTON,Henry||January 24, 1819||53||201||201||Birth|
|Stephen Ponder KENNARD||KENNARD,Stephen Ponder||January 24, 1810||54||210||210||Birth|
|William FULLER-MAITLAND||FULLER-MAITLAND,William||January 24, 1808||55||212||212||Death|
|Ann ESSEX||ESSEX,Ann||January 24, 1803||56||217||217||Birth|
|Mary ALLCOCK||ALLCOCK,Mary||January 24, 1789||57||231||231||Birth|
|Aurore Mathilde Charlotte SAPTE||SAPTE,Aurore Mathilde Charlotte||January 24, 1788||58||232||232||Death|
|Jean Daniel “John” AUBERT||AUBERT,Jean Daniel||January 24, 1779||59||241||241||Birth|
|Thomas Martin HEUDEBOURCK||HEUDEBOURCK,Thomas Martin||January 24, 1762||60||258||258||Birth|
|Francis CREUZE||CREUZE,Francis||January 24, 1758||61||262||262||Death|
|William HAINS + Caroline HADDOCK||HAINS,William + HADDOCK,Caroline||January 24, 1818||62||202||202||Marriage|
|Alexander HARPER + Grace MALYN||HARPER,Alexander + MALYN,Grace||January 24, 1791||63||229||229||Marriage|
|Henry GERVIS + Elizabeth ADAMS||GERVIS,Henry + ADAMS,Elizabeth||January 24, 1781||64||239||239||Marriage|
|Nicholas TAMPS + Mary DESCARRIERES||TAMPS,Nicholas + DESCARRIERES,Mary||January 24, 1760||65||260||260||Marriage|
|Walter Tregoning PAMPHILON||January 23, 2020 - 4:22:40 p.m.||jackie||1579796560||PAMPHILON,Walter Tregoning|
|Dorothy Janet WRIGHT||January 23, 2020 - 4:17:29 p.m.||jackie||1579796249||WRIGHT,Dorothy Janet|
|Eunice Moira MILLER||January 23, 2020 - 4:09:10 p.m.||jackie||1579795750||MILLER,Eunice Moira|
|Richard Pamphilon BARNES + Eunice Moira MILLER||January 23, 2020 - 4:06:52 p.m.||jackie||1579795612||BARNES,Richard Pamphilon + MILLER,Eunice Moira|
|Richard Pamphilon BARNES||January 23, 2020 - 4:05:05 p.m.||jackie||1579795505||BARNES,Richard Pamphilon|
|Joan Ellen BEAMISH||January 23, 2020 - 2:56:22 p.m.||jackie||1579791382||BEAMISH,Joan Ellen|
|Mary AYTON||January 23, 2020 - 1:48:58 p.m.||jackie||1579787338||AYTON,Mary|
|Thomas AYTON + Susanna …||January 23, 2020 - 1:48:32 p.m.||jackie||1579787312||AYTON,Thomas + @N.N.,Susanna|
|John AYTON||January 23, 2020 - 1:47:50 p.m.||jackie||1579787270||AYTON,John|
|Hannah THORNLEY||January 23, 2020 - 1:41:25 p.m.||jackie||1579786885||THORNLEY,Hannah|
|Richard AYTON-LEE + Hannah THORNLEY||January 23, 2020 - 1:40:44 p.m.||jackie||1579786844||AYTON-LEE,Richard + THORNLEY,Hannah|
|Thomas AYTON||January 23, 2020 - 1:38:59 p.m.||jackie||1579786739||AYTON,Thomas|
|Susanna …||January 23, 2020 - 1:35:52 p.m.||jackie||1579786552||@N.N.,Susanna|
|Thomas AYTON||January 23, 2020 - 1:35:38 p.m.||jackie||1579786538||AYTON,Thomas|
|Richard AYTON-LEE||January 23, 2020 - 1:35:38 p.m.||jackie||1579786538||AYTON-LEE,Richard|
|William George PETO||January 23, 2020 - 1:16:04 p.m.||jackie||1579785364||PETO,William George|
|Alfred PETO||January 23, 2020 - 1:14:47 p.m.||jackie||1579785287||PETO,Alfred|
|George PETO||January 22, 2020 - 4:30:57 p.m.||jackie||1579710657||PETO,George|
|Emily PETO||January 22, 2020 - 4:30:36 p.m.||jackie||1579710636||PETO,Emily|
|Priscilla Elizabeth PETO||January 22, 2020 - 4:15:36 p.m.||jackie||1579709736||PETO,Priscilla Elizabeth|
|Charles I W PETO + Priscilla BEASLEY||January 22, 2020 - 4:00:52 p.m.||jackie||1579708852||PETO,Charles I W + BEASLEY,Priscilla|
|Alice PETO||January 22, 2020 - 3:59:50 p.m.||jackie||1579708790||PETO,Alice|
|Robert PETO||January 22, 2020 - 3:58:50 p.m.||jackie||1579708730||PETO,Robert|
|Emily May HUDSON||January 22, 2020 - 3:44:08 p.m.||jackie||1579707848||HUDSON,Emily May|
|Alexander HUDSON + Priscilla Elizabeth PETO||January 22, 2020 - 3:42:53 p.m.||jackie||1579707773||HUDSON,Alexander + PETO,Priscilla Elizabeth|