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.
Enjoy your visit!
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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.
Delphine Florence Hallings Tatham (1910-1998)
Delphine was born 106 years ago, the only child of Horace Hallings Tatham, R.N. Her parents divorced soon after, and she was brought up by her mother. Delphine is unlikely to have known much of her father; he remarried in 1921 and died when she was twelve. He too was the only child of an unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. So it is not surprising that Delphine longed to know more about her family. She wrote to several Tathams but with little success. She was already in her 70s when she found her fourth cousin Eva, another only child who had hardly known her father. After Eva died in 1985, Delphine believed she had no surviving Tatham relatives. Sadly, she never knew of the family of her father's first cousin Berrisford, nor of the 260 other Durham Tathams then living.
This website will have achieved something if it helps others not to pass their whole lives in ignorance of our extensive Tatham family!