abt 1751 - 1825 (~ 73 years)
||Ralph Tatham [1, 2, 3] |
||abt Aug 1751
[3, 4] |
||07 Aug 1751
||Holy Trinity, Sunderland
[1, 3] |
||abt 1771 - 1776
||St John's College, Cambridge
[1, 2] |
||Appleby School, Appleby-in-Westmorland
; BA  |
||25 Sep 1776
||St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring
[1, 5] |
|Anne Smith, b. abt Aug 1758, Co Durham , d. 09 Oct 1847, Rectory, Colkirk |
||abt 1778 - 1795
||St Michael, Ingram
; Curate  |
||abt 1778 - 1784
- presumed from baptisms of his children
||20 Sep 1778
; Priest, Church of England [1, 2] |
- Believed to be the first Tatham descendant to be ordained
||abt 1787 - 1789
[7, 8] |
- believed to have been curate at Easington for a time - needs to be verified in parish registers.
- Association for the prosecutions of Felons, &c. We whose names are hereunto set and subscribed, being Inhabitants within the parish of Easington, in the county of Durham, do hereby undertake, promise, and agree to and with each other, to prosecute with effect, at our joint expence, all and every person or persons who shall at any time within the space of seven years, from the day and date hereof, commit, or attempt to commit, any Felony, Burglary, Theft or Larceny, either from or against the persons or property of us, or any of us, together with his, her, or their accessaries or accomplices. And we do hereby constitute and appoint the Rev. Ralph Tatham, Treasurer to this Association. As witness our hands, this 2d day of May, in the year of out Lord, 1787. Samuel Dickens, Ralph Tatham [+ 17 more names]. [Newcastle Courant, 03 Nov 1787]
||abt 1792 - 1809
||Sherburn Hospital, Durham
; Chaplain  |
- Sherburn Hospital was founded to the east of Durham city by Bishop Hugh le Puiset in 1181. The institution has survived a long and chequered history, characteristic of such ancient establishments, including periods of mismanagement and the fortuitous loss of legal documents. [British Library note, 09 Mar 2009]
- For further information, see Dr. Clifton W. Gibby's 1982 History of Sherburn Hospital, online at the hospital's website.
- Hospital Regulations (1725), No. 24: "The Chaplain of the said Hospital should be constant in reading the morning and evening service, according to the Liturgy of the Church of England, and preach every Lord's Day, and administer the Holy Sacrament four times in the year at least, and should be diligent in visiting the sick."
Annual expenses (1809-1829) included Chaplain's salary £120.
[Mackenzie & Ross, "An historical, topographical and descriptive view of the county palatine of Durham", 1834, Newcastle, vol ii, p. 339]
- Duration of his chaplaincy not yet ascertained. It includes baptism of son Charles 28 Jun 1792 & burial of daughter Anne 24 Jul 1798. He is "of Sherburn House" in the articles of clerkship of his son Meaburn dated 08 Feb 1803; his son Thomas is "of Sherbourne House" in 1809.
- It is not established what were the duties of Ralph Tatham's position as Chaplain to the Hospital 1792-1798. Virtually no records survive from the period apart from the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials [which have not yet been examined, Jul 2010]
||St Michael & All Angels, Addingham
; Vicar [1, 9] |
- The Church of St Michael and All Angels at Addingham is situated about a mile south of the village of Glassonbury. Although Addingham is an Anglo-Saxon settlement, there hasn't been a village here since the 14th Century, when the River Eden changed its course and washed the village away. [http://www.visitcumbria.com]
- At Addingham, he was inst. 1 July, 1795, suc. the Rev. William Paley, famous for his Evidences of Christianity,1794. Confusion has arisen because the above Ralph Tatham having resigned Addingham 23 June,1806, was again instd. 18 July,1806, to the Living vacant by his own resignation. On his death, he was suc. at Addingham by the Rev. David Fredk. Markham, inst.10.March, 1825; ex inform. A.N.Bowman,Esq., Bishop's Secretary, Carlisle, 23 June, 1926. [Curtis]
- It is not known whether Ralph Tatham & family ever resided in the parish. During his time of office as the Vicar of Addingham he was also Chaplain of the Sherburn Hospital and, later, from 1806, Vicar of Bishopton.
- Preferred: The Rev. Mr. Tatham, of Sherborne Hospital, to the vicarage of Addingham, in Cumberland. [Reading Mercury, 29 Jun 1795]
||abt 1806 - 1825
||St Peter, Bishopton
; Vicar  |
- Bishopton: A spacious school-house was built by subscription in 1813, and opened the following year. The late Bishop of Durham subscribed £20; the trustees of Lord Crewe's Charities, £30; M J Davison, Esq, and family, £30; the Rev John Bright, £25; J G Lambton, Esq (Lord Durham), £10; the late Rev Christopher Anstey, of Norton, £10; the late Rev Ralph Tatham, £10; Mr Thomas Sowerby, £10; besides several smaller sums.
[An historical, topographical and descriptive view of the County Palatine of Durham, volume II, by E Mackenzie and M Ross, publ Mackenzie & Dent, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1834; p.56]
- The church was almost completely rebuilt in 1846-7 by the Rev. Thomas Burton Holgate, vicar, the only portions of the old church now remaining being parts of the chancel walls and of the south wall of the nave. The building formerly consisted of 'a long, narrow chancel and nave,' the aisle and tower being additions at the time of rebuilding, and was apparently of late 13th-century date, part of a window of c. 1280-90, consisting of a single trefoil light with internal shouldered arch, still remaining on the north side of the chancel arch. No other original architectural features, however, have been preserved.
Advowson: about 1180 the church was granted by Roger de Conyers to the Hospital of Sherburn. The *rectory* and advowson remained with the hospital down to 1860. The date of the ordination of the *vicarage* is not known.
[Victoria County History; Volume 3 (1928), pp. 213-216]
- Bishopton: ... The church is but a mean edifice: the chancel is long and disproportioned, and the nave is sixteen paces in length and only six in width. (Bishopton, otherwise Bishopton vicarage.--Dedicated to St. Peter.--A discharged living, Master and brethren of Sherburn hospital propr. and patrons. There are seventy acres of glebe land belonging to this church.--Val. in sit. Mans. cum ter. gleb. ibid. 2l. foen. &c. King's books 4l. 5s. 10d.--Tenths, 8s. 7d.--Proc. ep. 7s.--Arch. Syn. and prox. 11s.--Proc. arch. 4s. Clear yearly val. 37l. 11s. ...
Vicars. Adam de Yersey, 1290 ... Ralph Tatham 2d July, 1806.
Bishopton Parish (incl Newbiggin & Little Stainton): Value of lands £1354 13s 4d. ...
According to the census taken in 1821, the entire parish of Bishopton contained 453 inhabitants.
[The history and antiquities of the county palatine of Durham, by Willm. Hutchinson, Vol. III, 1823, pp. 197/8]
- Letter testimonial 16 June 1806: Ralph Tatham, to Bishopton vicarage [Durham Diocesan Records: Durham University Library DDR/EA/CLI/2/1806/2]
||abt 1809 - 1825
- Royal visit to Cambridge in 1818. The absence of the public orator [Ralph Tatham 1778-1857], who was detained in the north by the dangerous illness of his father, was most unfortunate; no man, we are assured, regretted the circumstance more sincerely than the orator himself. [The Times 12 Sep 1818]
- For a long period the venerable old Vicar of Bishopton was blind, but might be seen riding out every day on a sure-footed steed in the beautiful green lanes of that fine rural district, attended by a faithful servant, the group presenting a characteristic and interesting appearance. [from obituary of his son Ralph; Gentleman's Magazine, vol 202, Jan-Jun 1857, p. 240]
||06 Jan 1825
[1, 11] |
- after a very long illness [Curtis]
- Died - Last week, at Bishopton, Durham, at an advanced age, the Rev. Ralph Tatham, formerly of St. John's College, Cambridge, and father of the Public Orator of that University. [Newcastle Courant, Sat 22 Jan 1825]
||St Peter, Bishopton, Brass Memorial Tablet
The orginal stone monument was subsequently replaced by a brass tablet, now rather worn, 4 ft. x 2 ft., let into the lower end of the Chancel floor, forming the landing from the Sacrarium on to the Chancel floor, which has inscribed on it the following epitaphs, the date of the Vicar's death and the duration of his incumbency being here incorrectly stated.
In memory of the Rev. Ralph Tatham, B.A., xxiii years Vicar of this Parish, who died Jan. xi. mdcccxxii, aged lxxiv years;
and of Charles Tatham, his son, who died Sept. iv, mdcccxxvii, aged xxxv years.
Also of Ralph Tatham his Grand father who died May ix, mdccxlii, aged lxiv years. [Curtis]
||13 Jan 1825
||St Peter, Bishopton
[1, 4] |
- Former MI on a flat stone on the south side of the Chancel in Bishopton old Church: To the memory of the Reverend Ralph Tatham, B.A., son of Ralph Tatham, Esqre, formerly of this place, and of Sunderland, M.D.; Vicar of this parish, who departed this life on the vith day of January, A.D. MCDDDXXV, in the 74th year of his age. "Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God."
The flat stone was subsequently replaced by a brass tablet, now rather worn, 4 ft. x 2 ft., let into the lower end of the Chancel floor, forming the landing from the Sacrarium on to the Chancel floor, which has inscribed on it the following epitaphs, the date of the Vicar's death and the duration of his incumbency being here incorrectly stated. In memory of the Rev. Ralph Tatham, B.A., xxiii [recte xviii] years Vicar of this Parish, who died Jan. xi. [recte vi] MDCCCXXII, aged LXXIV years;
and of Charles Tatham, his son, who died Sept. iv, MDCCCXXVII, aged XXXV years.
Also of Ralph Tatham his grandfather who died May ix, MDCCXLII, aged LXIV years.
[Curtis citing Mackenzie & Ross]
- Bishopton Church: Monumental Inscriptions: On a flat stone on the south side of the chancel: To the memory of the Reverend Ralph Tatham BA son of Ralph Tatham Esqre formerly of this place and of Sunderland MD vicar of this parish who departed this life on the VIth day of January AD MDCCCXXV in the 74th year of his age Do justly love mercy and walk humbly with thy God. [Mackenzie & Ross, op. cit. NB text differs from Curtis]
- In the chancel floor is a brass in the form of a foliated cross, as a memorial to the Rev Ralph Tatham ( d. 1822[sic]) and his son Charles (d.1827). [St Peter's Church, Bishopton; website accessed 20 Feb 2010]
- Ralph Tatham. Admitted 5 June 1771, pensioner; first day of residence 10 October 1771; admitted Foundress Scholar 6 November 1771. B.A. 1776. Ralph Taham, the father, was a member of the College (Part III, p. 32, No. 23, p. 348). The Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Sunderland, has the following entry: "1751, August 7. Ralph, son of Ralph and Elizabeth Tatham, baptized." And the entry of the marriage of his parents: "1748, May 3. Ralph Tatham and Elizabeth Yellowlee, married." (Notes from Mr. H. M. Wood). Ralph Tatham was ordained Deacon 16 June 1776 by the Bishop of Peterborough in Trinity College Chapel, with letters dimissory (dated 16 May 1776) from the Bishop of Durham, he was ordained Priest 20 September 1778 by the Bishop of Durham. He was instituted Vicar of Addingham, Cumberland, 1 July 1795 and again 23 June 1806 and Vicar of Bishopton, Durham, 2 July 1806, holding these until his death. His name occurs several times as Chaplain of Sherburn Hospital in connexion with the baptism and burial of some of his children. There is a tablet to his memory at Bishopton with the inscription: "The Revd Ralph Tatham, Vicar of this parish, son of Ralph Tatham M.D., late of Sunderland, departed this life on 6th day of January 1825 in the 74th year of his age." And another with the inscription: "Also near this place lieth the body of Ralph Tatham, grandfather of the above named Revd Ralph Tatham, who departed this life, May 9th 1742, aged 64 years." Ralph Tatham married 25 September 1776, at Houghton, Anne, daughter of Meaborne Smith, of Morton House, Durham. She was baptized 15 August 1758 and died 9 October 1847 at Colkirk Rctory, Norfolk (Cambridge Chonicle, 16 October. Three of their sons were members of the College: Ralph afterwards Master (q.v.); Thomas (q.v.) and William, B.A. 1810, who became Rector of Great Oakley in Essex and died 29 August 1834 in the College. [Scott (R.F.) ed.; Admission to the College of St John ... ; Pt IV. 1767-1802; Cambridge 1931]
- My Grandfather, in order to pay the expense of sending his three eldest sons to Cambridge proposed to sell some land he had in Sunderland, but his friend Mr. Lambton of the Durham family advised him not to sell, as the land, being building land, would probably much increase in value, and kindly offered to lend my Grandfather a sufficient sum, I believe about £1500, for the purpose. This offer was accepted. My Grandfather afterwards, during the famous Mutiny, purchased some of the National Debt at £45 per cent, afterwards when the funds went up, he sold what he had bought, and paid Mr. Lambton what he owed him. [Charles Tatham Recollections]
- Ralph Tatham: Adm. pens. at St John's, June 5, 1771. S. of Ralph (1722), M.D., late of Sunderland (and Elizabeth Yellowlee). B. at Sunderland. [Bapt. Aug. 7, 1751.] School, Appleby. Matric. Michs. 1771; Scholar, 1771; B.A. 1776. Ord. deacon (Peterb., Litt. dim. from Durham) June 16, 1776; priest (Durham) Sept. 20, 1778; C. of Ingram, Northumberland. V. of Addingham, Cumberland, 1795-1825. V. of Bishopton, Durham, 1806-25. Chaplain of Sherburn Hospital. Married, Sept. 25, 1776, Anne, dau. of Meaborne Smith, of Morton House, Durham. Died Jan. 6, 1825, at Bishopton. Father of Ralph (1796), of William (1806) and Thomas (1802). (St John's Coll. Adm., IV. 505; Durham Ord. Book; G. Mag., 1825, I. 378.) [Cambridge University Alumni]
- Meaburn & Eileen Tatham called on the then Vicar of Bishopton in about 1960, while visiting their daughter Barbara & her family who were living nearby. The Vicar showed them a portrait of Ralph Tatham which was still in the vicarage. He offered it to them but they declined. [RCC]
- Deed dated 04 Jun 1766: Surrender by Ralph Tatham of Murton House, Co Durham, gentleman to James Dennison of Sunderland, Esq. at the court of the manor of Houghton le Spring of land called Scurfields Close as a mortgage to secure a £1000 loan. [Documents relating to property in East Field, Sunderland. Durham Diocesan Records; Durham University Library Add.MS. 1632/4]
Puzzle: This Ralph Tatham is presumed to be son of Dr Ralph Tatham, physician, 1702-1752. But he was born abt Aug 1751 and so would be only 14 yrs old at the date of this document. And Murton House was not then the home of the Tatham family but of that of his future wife, Anne Meaburn Smith, marr. 25 Sep 1776, 10 years later. The date of the document needs to be checked.
||Tatham | Durham roots, Meaburn branch | Descendant - male line|
||15 Aug 2013 |
||Ralph Tatham, b. 1702, Little Stainton? , d. 18 Sep 1752, Sunderland (Age 50 years) |
||Elizabeth Yellowley, b. est 1728, Co Durham , d. abt Jul 1753, Sunderland (Age ~ 25 years) |
||03 May 1748
||Holy Trinity, Sunderland
[1, 12] |
- 1748 Apr 29.
Tatham, Ra, widr, Sund, 21, gent.
Yellowley, Elizabeth, Sund, 21, spr. (Sund
Yellowley, Joseph, Mkw.
1748 May 3 Ralph Tatham & Elizabeth Yellowlee L. Sunderland.
[Durham Diocese, Calendar of Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1746-1754, Marriage extracts, ref DMB CAL 4B, pg 89; as transcribed]
- Proctors' cause papers for 1755:
- Akenhead (et al.) v Yellowley; Promoters: Robert Akenhead and Dorothy Mary Akenhead (his wife) of Sunderland, County Durham, stationer; Defendant: Joseph Yellowley, guardian of the children of Ralph Tatham of Sunderland, County Durham, physician, esq, deceased;
- Re: confirmation of pew in Sunderland; Proctors: Bowlby - prosecuting; Hutchinson - defending.
[Durham diocesan records: Proctors' papers for individual consistory court causes. Durham University Library GB-0033-DDR/EJ/PRC/2]
- York Diocesan Consistory Court: Appeal case, 1754. Disputed tuition of Elizabeth and Ralph Tatham, minors. Appellant: Anne Tatham, widow, of Bishopton. Appellate: Joseph Yellowley, yeoman, of Monkwearmouth. [Borthwick Institute, GB 193; ref TRANS.CP.1754/1; 43 pieces].
Note: Documents not yet examined.
||Holy Trinity, Sunderland|
Built 1719. Parish Church of Ralph Tatham, MD, and family.
||Family Group Sheet|
||Anne Smith, b. abt Aug 1758, Co Durham , d. 09 Oct 1847, Rectory, Colkirk (Age ~ 89 years) |
||25 Sep 1776
||St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring
[1, 5] |
- Residence after 1784 not clear. Baptism registers of their children indicate that Ralph & Ann Tatham were living at or near Easington, Co. Durham 1787-1789, and at Sherburn in 1792. At some point after 1806 they moved to Bishopton following Ralph's appointment as Vicar. He died there in 1825.
- My Grandfather, the above named Ralph Tatham, was Vicar of Bishopton, Durham, and left surviving him his wife Anne (née Smith) and his six children, five sons: Ralph, [Thomas], William, Charles and Meaburn (my Father), and one daughter, my Aunt Mary. [Charles Tatham, Recollections]
| ||1. Ann Tatham, b. 27 Aug 1777, Berwick-upon-Tweed , d. 21 Jul 1798, Sherburn Hospital, Durham (Age 20 years)|
| ||2. Ralph Tatham, b. 26 Oct 1778, Barton, Whittingham , d. 19 Jan 1857, Master's Lodge, St John's College, Cambridge (Age 78 years)|
| ||3. Elizabeth Tatham, b. 28 Aug 1780, Barton, Whittingham , d. 27 Jan 1797, Sherburn House, Durham (Age 16 years)|
| ||4. Thomas Tatham, b. 04 May 1783, Barton, Whittingham , d. 24 Mar 1850, Rectory, Colkirk (Age 66 years)|
|+||5. Meaburn Tatham, b. 14 Dec 1784, Barton, Whittingham , d. 02 Apr 1875, Merton Lodge, Highgate (Age 90 years)|
| ||6. William Tatham, b. 08 Jun 1787, Easington, Durham , d. 29 Aug 1834, St John's College, Cambridge (Age 47 years)|
| ||7. Mary Tatham, b. 13 Apr 1789, Easington, Durham , d. 15 Jan 1871, Merton Lodge, Highgate (Age 81 years)|
| ||8. Charles Tatham, b. 13 Feb 1792, Sherburn House, Durham , d. 04 Sep 1827, Madeira (Age 35 years)|
||St Michael, Ingram|
Ralph Tatham, Curate, abt 1778-1795.
Church largely rebuilt in 1870s
||Sherburn Hospital, Durham|
Ralph Tatham, Chaplain, abt 1792-1809
Drawing by Samuel Grim, early 19th cent
||St Michael & All Angels, Addingham|
Ralph Tatham, Vicar, 1795-1825
||St Peter, Bishopton|
Ralph Tatham, Vicar, 1806-1825
Church almost completely rebuilt in 1846-7
||Family Bible - Meaburn Tathams|
Page 9: Copy from earlier family bible (Ralph Tatham), covering 1776-1798
||15 Aug 2013 |
||Family Group Sheet|
||Click to display
|Birth - abt Aug 1751 - Sunderland
|Baptism - 07 Aug 1751 - Holy Trinity, Sunderland
|Education - abt 1771 - 1776 - St John's College, Cambridge
|Education - bef 1771 - Appleby School, Appleby-in-Westmorland
|Degree/Qualif. - BA - 1776 - Cambridge University
|Marriage - < - 25 Sep 1776 - St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring
|Marriage - 25 Sep 1776 - St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring
|Occupation - Curate - abt 1778 - 1795 - St Michael, Ingram
|Residence - abt 1778 - 1784 - Barton, Whittingham
|Ordination - Priest, Church of England - 20 Sep 1778 - Durham
|Residence - abt 1787 - 1789 - Easington, Durham
|Occupation - Chaplain - abt 1792 - 1809 - Sherburn Hospital, Durham
|Occupation - Vicar - 1795 - - St Michael & All Angels, Addingham
|Occupation - Vicar - abt 1806 - 1825 - St Peter, Bishopton
|Residence - abt 1809 - 1825 - Bishopton
|Death - 06 Jan 1825 - Bishopton
|Burial - 13 Jan 1825 - St Peter, Bishopton
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- [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.
- [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.
- [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Sunderland and various other parishes in Durham and Northumberland, transcripts 1719-1879 (IGI), 07 Aug 1751.
- [S47] Burial Record, National Burial Index, 13 Jan 1825.
transcr Cleveland Family History Society
- [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Michael, Houghton-le-Spring, 25 Sep 1776.
Joiner marriage index
- [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Bartholomew, Whittingham (IGI), 1778-1784.
children Ralph, Elizabeth, Thomas, Meaburn
- [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Easington 1570-1812, transcr H W Wood [IGI].
children William and Mary
- [S11] Newspaper, Newcastle Courant, 03 Nov 1787.
- [S11] Newspaper, Reading Mercury, 29 Jun 1795.
- [S50] Gentleman's Magazine, vol 202, p 240, Jun 1857.
- [S07] Other Sources, Thos Baker, History of St John's College, Cambridge.
ed. John E. B. Mayor
- [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Sunderland and various other parishes in Durham and Northumberland, transcripts 1719-1879 (IGI), 03 May 1748.