The Tathams of County Durham
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Joyce Elizabeth Deppeler (1924-2008)
Joyce Elizabeth Deppeler (1924-2008)
These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Lawrence John Tatham (1883-1961)

Tatham of the Week Lawrence John Tatham was born on 15 Dec 1883 at the Hereford Cathedral School, where his father was headmaster. Six years later his father retired from teaching to become a country clergyman and the family moved to the quiet Buckinghamshire village of Wing. After school at Marlborough, Lawrence went on to Corpus Christi, Oxford, and then to Wells Theological College to study for the priesthood.
He spent six years as a curate in the parish of St John's, Bethnal Green, and then, in 1914, set off for Canada to work in the Railway Mission at Regina, Saskatchewan. He was to remain as a missionary in Canada for the next 30 years.
He retired to Sussex, but often returned to his father's old parish at Wing to visit his two sisters, and even acted as priest-in-charge there for 3 years in the 1950s. There are still some of his parishioners who fondly remember his ministry there.
Lawrence Tatham died 58 years ago on 23 Dec 1961. In his will he left everything to the church, making provision for more than 20 charitable causes.