The Tathams of County Durham
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William Oxenham Cautley (1875-1915)
William Oxenham Cautley (1875-1915)
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.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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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
Georgiana Tatham (1820-1869)

Tatham of the Week Georgiana was the 9th of the 11 children of the architect and designer, Charles Heathcote Tatham. As a child she lived in the beautiful family home in Alpha Road, beside Regent's Park. This came to a sudden end when she was 13: her mother Harriet died, her father got into serious financial difficulties, and the house and contents were put up for public sale.
At the age of 21 she was married to a young curate, Edwin Wheeler. For 8 years they lived in different parishes across England, until, on 04 Oct 1849, they set off with their then 6 children for New Zealand, arriving 3 months later.
Settling first in Nelson, then Wellington, then Hawkes Bay (Te Aute), they had a further 6 children. The Rev. Edwin Wheeler took various positions as a schoolmaster and church minister, but then suddenly, in Dec 1863, resigned from the ministry. deserted his family and absconded from the district.
Georgiana was left to bring up their large family on her own. She changed the family name to Tatham, and has many descendants living in New Zealand today.
Georgiana Tatham was only 48 when she died suddenly of apoplexy, at Te Aute on 24 Feb 1869, 151 years ago this month.