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William Tatham

Male 1708 - 1758  (50 years)



  • Name William Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 1708  Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3
    Baptism 29 Jun 1708  St Peter, Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Occupation Aug 1723  Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location ; Grocer's Apprentice  [3, 4
    • As "William Tatham, son of Ralph Tatham, of Bishopton, Durham," he was apprenticed 1 Aug 1723 to William Lownsdale, of Stockton, Durham, Grocer, the fee being 40. [3]
    Occupation Dec 1731  Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location ; Merchant  [3
    Marriage 25 Dec 1731  St Thomas, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Alice Raisbeck,   b. 1708, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. aft Sep 1779 
    Occupation - 1758  Sunderland Find all individuals with events at this location ; Salt Officer  [3
    • William Tatham, who was born in 1708, was a salt officer in Sunderland. This meant collecting taxes on an essential commodity. Because salt was so important, especially for preserving food into the winter, it was always a tempting thing for the government to tax. William III had reintroduced the tax for his French wars. The great economist Adam Smith thought it must be the right job for no less a person than the great poet Robert Burns, but it never came about. A letter to Burns read: 'Indeed, first when your Book reached Edr. [Edinburgh], Mr Smith. Commissioner of the Customs, suggested a thing which he thought might be procured, and which he said was just what he would have wished for himself had he been in narrow circumstances - being a Salt Officer. Their income is from 30 to 40, their duty easie, independent, and free from that odium or oppression attached to the Excise." [CGC]
    Death Jun 1758    [3
    Burial 25 Jun 1758  Bishopwearmouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Probate 12 Jan 1764    [3
    • Admon of his estate was granted on 12 Jan 1764 to Alice his widow [grant document at Borthwick Institute; cf Raine's Test. Ebor. V.105; quoted by Wood; quoted by Curtis]
    Person ID I0140  Tatham | Durham roots | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 08 Jun 2015 

    Father Ralph Tatham,   b. abt 1677, Co Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1742, Bishopton? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Ann Mawer,   b. 1679, Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Jun 1759, Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage 1701  Bishopton? Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Family ID F0046  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Raisbeck,   b. 1708, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. aft Sep 1779  (Age 71 years) 
    Marriage 25 Dec 1731  St Thomas, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    William Tatham & Alice Raisbeck
    William Tatham & Alice Raisbeck
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • Curtis states that there were 12 children, of whom 7 died young. However he elsewhere records that 7 of them were married, and that 2 others (John, Charles) lived beyond childhood.
    • NZ family tree shows 3 more daughters, died in infancy
    Children 
    +1. Ralph Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1732, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1779, Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate St, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
    +2. Thomas Tatham,   b. 1734, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt 1780, At sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     3. Esther Tatham,   b. 1736, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. William Tatham,   b. abt Mar 1738/39, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Lawrence Tatham,   b. abt Jul 1741, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1830, London Wall Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
    +6. Ann Tatham,   b. 17 Sep 1743, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1784, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     7. John Tatham,   b. abt Feb 1746/47, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. est 1775, Lisbon, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
     8. Alice Tatham,   b. 1748, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Charles Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1751, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. est 1776, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
    Photos
    Stockton-on-Tees, 1790
    Stockton-on-Tees, 1790
    High St, from N.
    St Thomas' Church on L.
    Documents
    Children of William Tatham & Alice Raisbeck
    Children of William Tatham & Alice Raisbeck
    Baptisms at St Thomas, Stockton, from 1732
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F0049  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Bishopton, 29 Jun 1708.
      William Tatham, son Ralph

    2. [S48] Will, Admon, PC York, 12 Jan 1764.

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

    4. [S07] Other Sources, Apprentice Registers 1710-1808.

    5. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, NZ family.