The Tathams of County Durham
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Leicester Mitchell (1902-1990)
Leicester Mitchell (1902-1990)
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 ...

Visitors and users are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Edwin Christopher Lance (1893-1970)

Edwin Christopher Lance Son of a clergyman at Wells Cathedral and a direct Tatham descendant though his mother, Christopher Lance always sought adventure.

In WW1 he won the DSO for his gallantry at Delville Wood, and after 1918 fought in in Russia against the Bolshevik forces. From the 1920s he worked as a civil engineer, first in South America, then in Spain up until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936.

Shocked by the violence, Captain Lance dedicated himself to saving of the lives of those being hunted down by the murder squads. He helped Nationalists and Republicans alike, ready to rescue anyone in danger through being caught up in the war.

Both sides used him as a spy. In the end it was the Republicans who arrested him, as 'Criminal No. 1'. He was imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to death. Then, just before his execution by firing squad, the British Embassy secured his release and repatriation to England.

Until not long ago there was a street in San Miguel de Salinas named 'Calle Capitan C. Lance', in honour of the now almost forgotten 'Spanish Pimpernel'.