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Family Group Sheet : John Murray Tatham/Elsie Hawthornthwaite (F0493)

m. 29 Jun 1946



  • John Murray  TathamFather | Male
    John Murray Tatham

    Birth  03 May 1922  Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  04 Jun 2002  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Marriage  29 Jun 1946  [1]  Warner Beach, Natal  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Edmund Murray Tatham | F0483 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Rose Collier | F0483 Family Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Elsie Hawthornthwaite

    Birth  15 Jan 1923  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  Dec 2009  Camperdown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Father  James Hawthornthwaite | F1870 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Annie Blackburn | F1870 Family Group Sheet 

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    Spouse  Living | F0862 
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    Child 4 | Female
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  • Notes 
    • John Murray - always "Tats" to his wife - lived and worked in Lesotho for a number of years until about 1956, land surveying in the roughest mountain conditions. He and Elsie lived under canvas for a long time (imagine the cold) and later in traditional huts. They rode Basuto ponies for surveying, for shopping excursions and for visiting. The only roads in their area were no more than steep pony pathways. Elsie would ride many miles unaccompanied to the local trading store for provisions, leading a pack mule, with Dawn as pillion behind her and little Shirley in front. Quite something for the ultimate 'townie'. By the time their third daughter Carole was born they'd developed a road and enjoyed a modicum more comfort.

    Marriage:
    • married in the the church of the Province of South Africa

  • Sources 
    1. [S03] Family Members, MA.