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.
Cynthia Ethel Tatham (1925-2011)
Cynthia Ethel Tatham was born in Berkshire, England on 15 Aug 1925. During WW2 she worked as a maid, drove a milk truck, and worked in an ammunition factory. In 1943 she met and married Canadian soldier Gerald Taylor. So at 19 she left her family in England and travelled to Canada as a war bride on the 'Andes', with their 16 month old daughter Elaine, to live in South Berwick, Nova Scotia, with her new in-laws Alberta and Frederick Taylor. After WW2 she toiled away on the family farm in Enfield for 12 years, before moving to Elmsdale. There she worked at Cara Operations, the Save Easy, and Hants East Rural High Cafeteria. Cynthia was very active with the Legion's Women's Auxiliary, serving as president, and involved her family in all its activities. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, darts, travelling, sewing, knitting, cooking, reading, singing and swimming. At age 80 she was awarded a certificate for having completed 1700 km of swimming at the Hants East pool. Her passion in life was her family and friends. Everyone who came to her house was offered friendship, laughter, a hug, and something to eat. She died on 03 Aug 2011 with her family by her side.
With thanks and acknowledgements to Cynthia's daughter Normajean.