The Tathams of County Durham
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Basil Clement Molony (1922- )
Basil Clement Molony (1922- )
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.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Iva Clare Marion Molony (1896-1980)

Iva Clare Marion Molony Iva Molony was born in Ilford, Essex, the 3rd of the 9 children of the vicar, Harry Molony, and his wife Edith Tatham, herself 7th of the 10 children of clergyman George Edmund Tatham, Rector of Great Ryburgh, Norfolk.

She studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor in 1922. Two years later she learned that her sister Mollie in Canada had contracted tuberculosis and was in the large TB sanatorium Fort San, near Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.

Iva left England to be with Mollie, taking a job as a surgeon in the same sanatorium. After Mollie's recovery Iva remained at Fort San for 12 years altogether, then transferred to the newer TB sanatorium at Prince Albert. Meanwhile Mollie's marriage had failed, and Iva took on and brought up her son.

Iva retired in the early 1950s, after a battle with cancer, and moved west to Vancouver. Then for a time she went back to England, to assist her brother Basil in his bookstore. After a few years she returned to Canada where she, by this time, had stature, many friends, and an extended Canadian family that was missing her. Devoted to her family to the last, Iva died in Vancouver 38 years ago this week.