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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.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh 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.

Tatham of the Week
Ebenezer Stephen Tatham (1818-1831)

Tatham of the Week Ebenezer Stephen Tatham was born 186 years ago on 26 Dec 1818 at Warwick, 9th of the 10 children of Lawrence Crew Tatham, a grocer and tea dealer, and a pillar of the local baptist church.

Shortly before Ebenezer's 2nd birthday, his father died, leaving his mother Maria to bring up her 5 surviving children, with a 6th on the way.

On 30 Jun 1831 Ebenezer, then aged 12, was convicted at Warwick Quarter Sessions of the charge of Larceny by a Servant, having stolen two loaves. He was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.

While awaiting shipment to Australia, he was held at Sheerness in the prison hulk Euryalus, a former warship converted to house boy convicts.

In 1831/1832 England was struck by a nationwide cholera epidemic. One of the many victims among the prisoners on board the Kent prison hulks was Ebenezer Tatham. He died on 03 Jul 1832.