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Ralph Edward  Tatham

Ralph Edward Tatham

Male 1843 - 1907  (64 years)


  • Name Ralph Edward Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Birth 09 Mar 1843  Merton Lodge, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • 1843 9th March - Ralph Edwd. born at 1/4 past 3 o'clock in the morning. [Family Bible]
    • born 1842 at Merton Lodge, per his brother Charles' Recollections
    • birth reg not found in BMD index
    Baptism 17 Apr 1843  St Michael, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 6
    Ralph Edward Tatham (1843-1907)
    Ralph Edward Tatham (1843-1907)
    Baptism register
    Residence Mar 1851  2 Highgate Hill on the left, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Education Apr 1853 - Dec 1853  Highgate School Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Occupation abt 1861  Stockbroker's Clerk, Lowndes & Co  [9
    Residence Apr 1861  Merton Lodge, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Occupation Apr 1871  Member of Stock Exchange  [3
    Residence Apr 1871  Merton Lane, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation Apr 1881  Stock Exchange Agent  [10
    Residence Apr 1881  5 Portman St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
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    Occupation Mar 1901  Stock Exchange  [7
    • City address in 1901 electoral roll at 30 Throckmorton St. Bet 1885 and 1895 was close by at 1 Shorter's Court; listed in 1895 beside his nephew Edward Ernst Tatham.
    Residence Mar 1901  5 Portman St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
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    • Listed in 1901-1904 electoral rolls at 2 & 3 Portman Chambers, 5 Portman St; at 16 Portman Chambers in 1899 and earlier.
    Residence 1905 - 1907  20 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • That day [Thur 04 May 1905] I went to tea with Uncle Ralph with Aunt Jessie. He is much better now, though he cannot walk alone yet, and still has two nurses. I suppose he may have another fit sometime too. He has got a wonderful collection of pictures, - they are to go to the nation eventually,- 5 Turners, 2 or 3 Alma Tademas, Burne Jones original water colour of "Love among the Ruins", Mason's "The Old Oak", - and the water colour of his "Harbour of Refuge", - is that the right name? A lovely little water-colour of Millais, of a girl at night leaning over her balcony, and many others. He has a flat in 6 York St [sic], and his big room is the one that Richmond used as a studio, and where my great-grandfather, Pubsey's and Uncle Ralph's father, sat for his portrait. [Silvia Tatham, diaries, vol iv, Wed 10 May 1905]
    • Electoral register, Marylebone West, 1906: List of lodgers entitled to vote: Ralph Edward Tatham; 3 rooms, 1st floor front and back, unfurnished; 20 and 22 York Street; landlord Jeremiah Horrell, same address; rent "420 per week" [not credible - can hardly have been > 4].
    Death 16 Sep 1907  20 York St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 5, 11, 12
    • Died unmarried at 20 York St, near Baker St, London W, a meeting place of the earlier generations of the Tatham family [Curtis]
    • On the 16th Sept., at 20, York-street, Portman-square, W., Ralph Edward Tatham, of the Stock Exchange, aged 64. Funeral Golder's-green Crematorium, Friday, at 11.45. Friends, please accept this (the only) intimation. |[The Times, 18 Sep 1907]
    • Ralph Edward Tatham cannot have lived at 20 York St for long - 3 or 4 years at the most - and possibly he only occupied part of the building. It had been the home of his cousin George Richmond until his death in March 1896. At the Mar 1901 census it was occupied by Jason Gurney, wine merchant, with his wife & son, & their 5 servants. At the time of the census in Apr 1911, 3 years after Ralph's death, nos 20 and 22 were listed together as 6 apartments.
    Burial 20 Sep 1907  Golders Green Crematorium Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Probate 24 Oct 1907  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 234,136 9s. 7d.  [14
    • Tatham Ralph Edward of 20 York-street Portman-square Middlesex died 16 September 1907 Probate London 24 October to Charles Edmund Tatham solicitor and Edward Ernst Tatham stockjobber Effects 251153 14s. 4d. Effects 234136 9s. 7d. [NPC]
    • Uncle Ralph left about 250,000 to be divided between his brothers and sisters and their children, - all that is, except Pubsey [his brother Charles Meaburn Tatham] - ?his children - to whom he left nothing. I suppose he thought Pubsey had enough of his own, and so he has. So Aunt Mary, Uncle Meaburn's children, the Tatham-Warters, and Uncle George and his children will each get about 3000 a year. The George Tathams were not very well off, so it will be very nice for them. Cousin William and Cousin Frederick are clergymen, & I believe both Cousin Edith and Cousin Agnes' husbands are clergymen[*], and it is always nice when clergymen have rather more money than what the living is worth! Necessary, sometimes. I believe the living of Radley, for instance, is only worth 60 a year. [Silvia Tatham, diaries, vol vii, 29 Oct 1907]
      [* Agnes Tatham's husband Arthur Langstaff is thought to have been a director of the family's shipping & forwarding agency in Le Havre, not a clergyman] [13]
    Notes 
    • My youngest brother, Ralph Edward, was born at Merton Lodge in the year 1842, about 14 years younger than I was then. He was very delicate, and hardly ever went to school, I think. At the age of about 18 he went on the Stock Exchange, as at first a clerk in the firm of Lowndes and Co. [Charles Tatham Recollections].
    • not found in 1891 census - not at the chambers at 5 Portman St.
    Person ID I0028  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 09 Sep 2013 

    Father Meaburn Tatham,   b. 14 Dec 1784, Barton, Whittingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1875, Merton Lodge, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Parker,   b. 30 Oct 1799, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1872, Merton Lodge, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Marriage 29 Apr 1824  St Katharine-by-the-Tower, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Marriage settlement of Meaburn Tatham of Lincolns Inn, gentleman and Elizabeth Parker of St Catherine's Cloisters near the Tower of London. 27 April 1824. [Durham Diocesan Records, Add.MS. 1632/7]
    • Minister: G F L Nicolay [her guardian]. Witnesses: Thomas Porrett Hayes [1772-1850, solicitor in Bloomsbury], Sarah Jane Mitchell [her sister], Hannah Maria Wells, [...] Parker [unidentified], William Mitchell [her brother-in-law]. [Sarah Jane Parker & William Mitchell were married 2 months earlier on 24 Feb 1824, at the same church, by the same minister and with 2 of the same witnesses]
    Meaburn Tatham & Elizabeth Parker
    Meaburn Tatham & Elizabeth Parker
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • It is curious fact that one day, two or three years it may be before our going to Highgate, my Father and a friend of his, taking a long walk from Town, reached a field on the left of West Hill, Highgate, from which there was a beautiful view, comprising Caen Wood, a large pond, almost like a small lake in the next field between them and the open country as far, I believe, as Dutton Gap in Surrey. Stopping there for a few moments my father said: "This is the spot where I should like to build a house if I was ever to build one". It was the very spot where, two or three years later, he did build his house. It was, I think in the year 1834 that we left London and went into lodgings in Highgate, when the building began. [Charles Tatham, Recollections]
    • (about the cottage on Highgate Hill where the family lived before Merton Lodge was completed). My Father returning home one evening from Town found my Mother in the little front garden shedding tears of despair because she could not get all the furniture - which had been brought from where it had been stored, I suppose - put inside the house. She was sitting in the midst of it, like Marius on the ruins of Carthage. It was all ultimately put in. [Charles Tatham, Recollections]
    • Sunday, August 6th 1837. ... in the evening we took a walk up Milfield Lane & went to look at the new house which young Mr Tatham [sic; then aged 52] is building for himself; it is a very nice one & the situation lovely; ... . [Diary of Parthenia Pardoe, wife of Allen Williams Block. Their daughter Elizabeth (Betha) married Meaburn Tatham's son George at Highgate, 20 years later. ]
    • Merton Lane was cut when Mr Meaburn Tatham built Merton Lodge, now in the possession of Mr John Glover, J.P. It was an ancient footpath leading across the fields in Hampstead; it was a field path in the time of Coleridge and was his favourite and constant walk. [John H Lloyd, History of Highgate, 1888]
    • 1861 census: 3 live-in servants + 3 next door.
    • In Apr 1881 Merton Lodge was the residence of John Glover, shipowner, age 51 b South Shields, his wife Louisa and 5 children.
    Photos
    Merton Lodge, Highgate
    Merton Lodge, Highgate
    Only known image of house in 20th century. Cropped from photo of former Holly Court School, closed 02 Aug 1990. Building then demolished and built over.
    Merton Lodge Coach House, Highgate.
    Merton Lodge Coach House, Highgate.
    Photo abt 1900.
    Part of Merton Lodge, formerly the home of Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875) & family.
    Merton Lodge, Highgate
    Merton Lodge, Highgate
    In about 1888.
    Home of Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875) and family from its construction in 1838; house & contents sold after his death.
    Meaburn Tathams: Family grave
    Meaburn Tathams: Family grave
    Churchyard of St Andrew's, Great Ryburgh
    Meaburn Tathams: Family grave
    Meaburn Tathams: Family grave
    Detail of headstone showing damaged lettering
    Meaburn Tatham Family Vault
    Meaburn Tatham Family Vault
    Plaque set in south wall of St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh
    Meaburn Tathams - Family Grave at Great Ryburgh
    Meaburn Tathams - Family Grave at Great Ryburgh
    Documents
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 3: 1825-1831
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 4: 1832-1872
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams
    Page 6: 1872-1917
    Histories
    The Tatham family and Ryburgh parish, Norfolk
    The Tatham family and Ryburgh parish, Norfolk
    Family ID F0013  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1851 - 2 Highgate Hill on the left, Highgate Link to Google Earth
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    Ralph Edward Tatham (1843-1907)
    Ralph Edward Tatham (1843-1907)

  • Sources 
    1. [S28] Family Bible.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 18 b Highgate

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 28 b St Pancras

    4. [S20] School and College Registers, Highgate.

    5. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    6. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Michael, Highgate, 17 Apr 1843.
      b 09 Mar 1843

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 58 b Highgate

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 8 b St Pancras

    9. [S42] Charles Meaburn Tatham - Recollections.

    10. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 38 b Highgate

    11. [S05] The Times, death notice, 18 Sep 1907.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Marylebone, 3Q1907.
      age 34

    13. [S57] Silvia Tatham - Diaries.

    14. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    15. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Katharine-by-the-Tower, 29 Apr 1824.

    16. [S53] Marriage Licence, Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations, 27 Apr 1824.

    17. [S28] Family Bible, Meaburn Tathams.

    18. [S22] IGI / BVRI, batch M019072.