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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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.
Georgiana Tatham (1820-1869)
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, 148 years ago this month.