The Tathams of County Durham
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Bernard James Vokes (1925-2006)
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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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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
Charles Meaburn Tatham (1828-1924)

Tatham of the Week Charles Meaburn Tatham was born in Bloomsbury 191 years ago, on St Matthew's Day, Sunday 21st September, at 9 o'clock in the morning. Known as "Pubsey" in the family, he was the eldest son of Meaburn Tatham, a solicitor from Co. Durham. Educated, as many other Tathams, at Highgate School and St John's College, Cambridge, he also spent two years at Sedbergh in Yorkshire, and described his schooldays there in his Recollections. He became a barrister, and later a director of the City of London Real Property Company, of which has father had been one of the founders.
His wife was Elizabeth Collingridge, only daughter of a wealthy coachbuilder. They were married for 62 years, celebrating their diamond wedding on 20 Jul 1913.
Pubsey was generous with his money and time, supporting charitable causes and serving on the Committee of King's College Hospital. He retired to a fine seaside house at Torquay, Cary Castle, later transformed into an Anglican convent by his daughter Jessie.
It's a pleasure to think that Pubsey, born in 1828, was fondly remembered until recently by his great-grandson Roden Tatham, who died in Mar 2013 in his 97th year. There's a photo of them together in 1916. What a splendid living link to our Tatham ancestry!