The Tathams of County Durham
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Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)
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 Apr 2020

Meaburn Tathams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been regularly maintained for some considerable tine, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This is taking 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, 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 period.

Update March 2020: It looks as if the coronavirus restrictions announced by the British Government will keep the author of this website under effective house arrest for a period of at least 12 weeks. That should provide a welcome opportunity to bring the project back up to date.

Tatham of the Week
Iva Clare Marion Molony (1896-1980)

Iva Clare Marion Molony Iva Molony was born in Ilford, Essex, the 3rd of the 9 children of the vicar, Harry Molony, and his wife Edith Tatham, herself 7th of the 10 children of clergyman George Edmund Tatham, Rector of Great Ryburgh, Norfolk.

She studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor in 1922. Two years later she learned that her sister Mollie in Canada had contracted tuberculosis and was in the large TB sanatorium Fort San, near Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.

Iva left England to be with Mollie, taking a job as a surgeon in the same sanatorium. After Mollie's recovery Iva remained at Fort San for 12 years altogether, then transferred to the newer TB sanatorium at Prince Albert. Meanwhile Mollie's marriage had failed, and Iva took on and brought up her son.

Iva retired in the early 1950s, after a battle with cancer, and moved west to Vancouver. Then for a time she went back to England, to assist her brother Basil in his bookstore. After a few years she returned to Canada where she, by this time, had stature, many friends, and an extended Canadian family that was missing her. Devoted to her family to the last, Iva died in Vancouver 40 years ago this week.