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.

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
Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)

Tatham of the Week Meaburn Tatham, the 6th of the name, was born in Aug 1886 at Cromer. After following his father to Eton and Balliol, he worked for a time as a journalist and editor on a new weekly review. He was then invited to be an attaché with the Colonial Office in the West Indies, where he met his wife Eileen, daughter of the St Vincent judge. Found medically unfit for military service in WW1, he joined the Red Cross in France as a volunteer. He helped set up the Friends' Ambulance Unit, and in 1917 was made its Commanding Officer, later writing the official history.

After the war he was asked by the Cadbury family to be their Company Secretary. He worked at Bournville for the next 30 years, ending his career on the Board as Overseas Director.

Meaburn was a man of talents: footballer and distance runner in his youth, tennis player, county standard at bridge and chess, violin and piano performer, author ... but his lifelong passion was mountaineering, above all in the Swiss Alps and the Dolomites.

A loved and admired father, grandfather and great grandfather, he died in his home at Arkley in his 90th year, 44 years ago this week.