McNamara Family
23 April 2018 - 09:13:39

2 photos of this family from my Canadian FH contact, much appreciated. 

Gates Family
21 February 2018 - 09:18:47

Additional details on the Gates Family from my Canadian FH Contact, many thanks

Castleden Family
29 January 2018 - 19:26:12

Many thanks to David Castleden for new details on the above family.

Lemarchand family
26 August 2017 - 19:14:20

Correction to Joseph Jeremiah details courtesy of Derek Lemarchand, many thanks

Gates Family
15 August 2017 - 14:37:47

New information on the Gates Family, many thanks to FH contact.

Bird Family
2 August 2017 - 17:45:30

New details on the Bird Family , thanks to Susan Allen

Watson and Price Family
29 July 2017 - 07:40:27

Many thanks to John in Australia for photo of this family now in the Album. 

9 July 2017 - 13:37:56

New photos in album of Shelland Church and William and Susanna Peddar's headstone.

Tuzzio Family
28 May 2017 - 14:43:57

Many thanks to Sophie for a photo of Raymond Kitchener Tuzzio.

Roskell/Withers Family
23 April 2017 - 12:51:25

New photos on album of the above supplied by John Roskell, many thanks.

21 April 2017 - 10:22:29

Thanks to Derek for extra details on the above family, much appreciated

21 April 2017 - 10:21:48

Grateful thanks for additional details on the above from Robert

Ward Family
17 April 2017 - 13:39:05

Thanks to Mildred in New Zealand for additional details on the above family.

Ogier Family
16 April 2017 - 17:39:11

Many thanks to Clif for sending me a link for this family.

Photos added to individuals
26 March 2017 - 16:45:47

Thanks to Chris Moorman and Rosalind Bloor for photos of some of the Postlethwaite Family.

Pollard Family
16 March 2017 - 12:41:19

Many thanks to Liz in Australia for giving me new names for this family.

Steinmetz Family
22 February 2017 - 10:42:15

New details on the Steinmetz Family, grateful thanks to Elizabeth.

Steigenberger/Stanhope family
11 February 2017 - 19:18:51

A breakthrough in the above connection thanks to David Clay, many thanks.

Green family
11 February 2017 - 19:16:26

Many thanks to Stephenie for additional information on the Green Family.

Eales Family
6 February 2017 - 08:28:28

Many thanks to Martha in Canada for information on this family and photo of Annie Clark.

Pont Family
13 January 2017 - 16:23:31

Link between the Tolliss tree and Blott & Brimson tree with Daisy Hider nee Pont .1897-1941

3 December 2016 - 15:00:55

Many thanks to Pamela for updates on the Guenigault Family.

Withers Family
8 November 2016 - 16:43:20

Thanks to Angela for information on the Withers family.

8 November 2016 - 16:41:46

Many thanks to Sylvia for updates on the Wyllys family.

Latest Update
17 October 2016 - 09:58:41

Thanks to Simon Duckworth with new information on the Medill/Duckworth Family.

Family Updates and Corrections
7 March 2015 - 18:25:04

Corrections to dates on the Ainger Family from Thomas, many thanks

Additional details on the Crozier family in Australia grateful thanks to John Major

Extra information on the Burns family of Seaton Carew, many thanks to Grenville

New details for the Nelson and Vidler family from Peter, many thanks

Additional information on the Death family thanks to Collin

Extra family details on the Bird family thanks to Mark in New Zealand

New details on the Wyllys family thanks to Heather

Photo of Willian Van Sommer and Wimbledon Old Centrals Football Team in Album, many thanks to Rob Dale.

New details on the McConnell family thanks to Marilyn in Australia. Photo of McConnell family in Album

Photo of  Mary Elizabeth Pailthorpe's headstone, many thanks to Bob Davenport.

New details on Corbin family many thanks to Bill

In my possession book belonging to Robert Vardy Strange kindly sent by Jean Hardwick if you are a Strange descendant and would like this book, please contact me.

In my possession Prayer book belonging to Eliza Josephine AUBERT dated 1863, many thanks to Rosemary Burnby for giving me the book in the hope that I can find a descendant. Picture of Eliza's home in the gallery.

Access to Website
7 March 2015 - 18:24:26

If you need to know if I have living people attached to your line, please contact me and I can advise you, many thanks.

Abbreviations, Definitions and Notes in the Family Tree
7 March 2015 - 18:23:36

Where I have in the Date eg Dec 1878 this means the birth, marriage or death was registered in that qtr. 

In the notes I put census information and other details. In the female notes you may also find witnesses names at the time of the marriage. On the Will line you will find the probate date and location. In previous tree updates years these details may be found in the notes as the will line was not available as a separate line.

To protect from identity theft, you will be unable to see details of people who are less than 99 years old where I do not have an actual death date.

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

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.

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Violet Theresa Mary WYLLYSWYLLYS,Violet Theresa Mary24 April 197604242Death
Ada Sophia BURNANDBURNAND,Ada Sophia24 April 196515353Death
Basil Septimus MATTHEWSMATTHEWS,Basil Septimus24 April 196325555Death
Violet Annie Douglas COLQUHOUNCOLQUHOUN,Violet Annie Douglas24 April 195036868Death
Cecil William SHARPSHARP,Cecil William24 April 194347575Death
Donald Forbes STUARTSTUART,Donald Forbes24 April 194357575Death
Letitia DUDLEYDUDLEY,Letitia24 April 193868080Death
Edith Anne PRINSEPPRINSEP,Edith Anne24 April 192579393Death
William Winn ‘Bill’ THRELFALLTHRELFALL,William Winn24 April 192489494Birth
Norris BRETHERTONBRETHERTON,Norris24 April 192499494Death
Benjamin Shaw BLAINEBLAINE,Benjamin Shaw24 April 1923109595Death
Lt Comm Francis Everard MEYNELLMEYNELL,Francis Everard24 April 191711101101Birth
Rev George Slatyer BARRETTBARRETT,George Slatyer24 April 191612102102Death
Mark Michael ‘Michael’ LOVEDAYLOVEDAY,Mark Michael24 April 191113107107Death
Rev Humphrey William BRETHERTONBRETHERTON,Humphrey William24 April 191114107107Death
Richard James PINERPINER,Richard James24 April 191015108108Birth
Muriel Florence AMOTTAMOTT,Muriel Florence24 April 190616112112Birth
George Alexander Napier CROZIERCROZIER,George Alexander Napier24 April 190317115115Birth
Florence Henrietta IRVINEIRVINE,Florence Henrietta24 April 190018118118Birth
Leslie Adolphus Albert SALTERSALTER,Leslie Adolphus Albert24 April 189819120120Birth
Enid Marcella DIXONDIXON,Enid Marcella24 April 189720121121Birth
Leonard Charles HAYMANHAYMAN,Leonard Charles24 April 189621122122Birth
Cyril Robert ALDOUSALDOUS,Cyril Robert24 April 189422124124Birth
Eleanor Ellis de VESIANVESIAN,Eleanor Ellis24 April 189323125125Birth
Prudence SMITHSMITH,Prudence24 April 188724131131Death
Robert Howard LLOYDLLOYD,Robert Howard24 April 187925139139Birth
Lewis Berger William CLARKECLARKE,Lewis Berger William24 April 185626162162Birth
Frederick Paul IRBYIRBY,Frederick Paul24 April 185427164164Death
Colin Augustus LEMARCHANDLEMARCHAND,Colin Augustus24 April 185228166166Birth
Sarah FISHERFISHER,Sarah24 April 184929169169Death
Sarah DOWNDOWN,Sarah24 April 184530173173Death
Matilda Eliza STANGERSTANGER,Matilda Eliza24 April 184131177177Birth
Alfred Reginald PRYORPRYOR,Alfred Reginald24 April 183932179179Birth
Frederick Randall ALGERALGER,Frederick Randall24 April 183233186186Birth
Edward BUDDBUDD,Edward24 April 181535203203Birth
Mary PEEKPEEK,Mary24 April 180936209209Birth
Richard ONSLOWONSLOW,Richard24 April 180837210210Birth
William LAMBERTLAMBERT,William24 April 178838230230Birth
Francis WRIGHTWRIGHT,Francis24 April 178639232232Birth
William Samuel INMAN + Olive Ballance SHARPINMAN,William Samuel + SHARP,Olive Ballance24 April 1952416666Marriage
Frederick HODGSON + Emily Homera Homer DIXONHODGSON,Frederick + DIXON,Emily Homera Homer24 April 1923429595Marriage
Rev George Herbert ENSOR + Florence Stella ROTTONENSOR,George Herbert + ROTTON,Florence Stella24 April 190643112112Marriage
Henry Wilfred GATES + Isabella CHAMBERLAINGATES,Henry Wilfred + CHAMBERLAIN,Isabella24 April 190544113113Marriage
Sir John Henry Greville SMYTH-UPTON + Emily Frances WAYSMYTH-UPTON,John Henry Greville + WAY,Emily Frances24 April 188445134134Marriage
Sir Charles Alfred BALLANCE + Dame Sophia Annie SMARTBALLANCE,Charles Alfred + SMART,Sophia Annie24 April 188346135135Marriage
George ANDREW + Susanna Margaret FERGUSSONANDREW,George + FERGUSSON,Susanna Margaret24 April 188347135135Marriage
John Berkley BARTON + Fanny Woodham TOULMINBARTON,John Berkley + TOULMIN,Fanny Woodham24 April 187948139139Marriage
Walter GUY + Leah GREGORYGUY,Walter + GREGORY,Leah24 April 184949169169Marriage
George Freeland BARBOUR + Margaret Fraser SANDEMANBARBOUR,George Freeland + SANDEMAN,Margaret Fraser24 April 184550173173Marriage
Samuel Frederick ROLLASON + Sarah Oakes HOLTROLLASON,Samuel Frederick + HOLT,Sarah Oakes24 April 184251176176Marriage
John DRYSDALE + Marianne CARSTAIRSDRYSDALE,John + CARSTAIRS,Marianne24 April 183752181181Marriage
Hon & Rev Francis James NOEL + Cecilia Penelope METHUENNOEL,Francis James + METHUEN,Cecilia Penelope24 April 182253196196Marriage
Joseph Tullie CORNTHWAITE + Agnes WOLLASTONCORNTHWAITE,Joseph Tullie + WOLLASTON,Agnes24 April 180654212212Marriage
John VAUX + Sarah HAGGARDVAUX,John + HAGGARD,Sarah24 April 173955279279Marriage
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Ann GOODWIN23 April 2018 - 09:31:26jackie1524475886GOODWIN,Ann
Albert William CARRICK23 April 2018 - 09:28:34jackie1524475714CARRICK,Albert William
Alberta J CARRICK23 April 2018 - 09:26:13jackie1524475573CARRICK,Alberta J
William James GATES23 April 2018 - 09:12:41jackie1524474761GATES,William James
William McNAMARA23 April 2018 - 09:11:55jackie1524474715MacNAMARA,William
Margaret Louise HARVEY21 April 2018 - 13:31:06jackie1524317466HARVEY,Margaret Louise
Rosemary Margaret BARKER21 April 2018 - 13:27:07jackie1524317227BARKER,Rosemary Margaret
John Gower A SMALL21 April 2018 - 13:24:55jackie1524317095SMALL,John Gower A
John Gower A SMALL + Rosemary Margaret BARKER21 April 2018 - 13:20:55jackie1524316855SMALL,John Gower A + BARKER,Rosemary Margaret
Rowland Vernon BARKER21 April 2018 - 13:19:21jackie1524316761BARKER,Rowland Vernon
Cecil Vernon BARKER + Margaret Louise HARVEY21 April 2018 - 13:11:15jackie1524316275BARKER,Cecil Vernon + HARVEY,Margaret Louise
Rev Thomas HARVEY + Margaret HOAR21 April 2018 - 13:09:41jackie1524316181HARVEY,Thomas + HOAR,Margaret
Margaret HOAR21 April 2018 - 13:09:41jackie1524316181HOAR,Margaret
Rev Thomas HARVEY21 April 2018 - 13:05:15jackie1524315915HARVEY,Thomas
Cecil Vernon BARKER21 April 2018 - 13:04:16jackie1524315856BARKER,Cecil Vernon
Arthur CECIL21 April 2018 - 13:01:35jackie1524315695CECIL,Arthur
Arthur Rowland BARKER21 April 2018 - 12:58:55jackie1524315535BARKER,Arthur Rowland
Ada PAPPS TURNER21 April 2018 - 12:58:22jackie1524315502PAPPS TURNER,Ada
Ann GODLY21 April 2018 - 07:04:56jackie1524294296GODLY,Ann
Elizabeth ARNOLD21 April 2018 - 07:04:35jackie1524294275ARNOLD,Elizabeth
Phildelphia GODLY21 April 2018 - 07:04:02jackie1524294242GODLY,Phildelphia