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Ralph Tatham

Male abt 1732 - 1779  (~ 47 years)


  • Name Ralph Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth abt Nov 1732  Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 5
    Baptism 14 Nov 1732  St Thomas, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    • Ralph Tatham, eldest son of William Tatham and Alice Raisbeck, was bp. 14 Nov., 1732, at Stockton Parish Church. [Curtis]
    Occupation abt 1755 - 1765  Spanish Merchant  [3, 4
    Residence abt 1755 -  Cooper's Row, Crutched Friars Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • In early life he was of Cowper's Row, Crutched Friars, Spanish Merchant. [Curtis]
    • cf The Universal Pocket Companion. 3rd edn., 1760. London
    Residence abt 1761 - 1765  Paternoster Row, Cheapside, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 6
    • resid in parish of St Augustine, Cheapside, at marriage Mar 1761 [2]
    Marriage 14 Mar 1761  St Augustine, Watling St, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 7
    Elizabeth Bloxham,   b. 02 Jan 1739/40, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1809, 11 Mount St, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Financial Nov 1765    [8
    • Bankrupts. Ralph Tatham, of London, Merchant, to surrender of the 8th and 15th instant, and 17th December at five in the afternoon, at Guildhall. [Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, Wednesday, November 6, 1765; Issue 11436]
    • To be sold by auction by Mr. Saunders. By order of the assignees. On Wednesday the 18 December, and the following day, at the late dwelling house of Mr. Ralph Tatham, merchant, the corner of Queen's-head-court, Paternoster-row.The lease of the said house, of which there are about ten years unexpired; and likewise the household furniture, consisting of damask, moreen and check; a harpsichord and a spinet; linen, china and books; a small quantity of rum and other liquors; and good kitchen furniture. The goods to be viewed and house seen on Monday next, and to the time of sale; when catalogues may be had at Mr. Saunders' in Cateaton-street, near Colman-street, and at the place of sale.
      N.B. The lease to be put up at one o'clock on Wednesday, precisely. [Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 12 Dec 1765; Issue 11468]
    • Sales by auction. To be sold at auction by Mr. Saunders. By orders of the assignees. On Friday the 10th instant, on the premises, at three o'clock in the afternoon, The remainder of the term in the lease of the late dwelling house of Mr. Ralph Tatham, merchant, the corner of Queen's-head-court, Paternoster-row, at the yearly rent of 42 l, per annum, of which there were 10 years unexpired at Christmas last. The house to be seen to the time of sale. For further particulars, enquire on the premises; or of Mr. Saunders, in Cateaton-street, near Coleman-street. [Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 3 Jan 1766; Issue 11 486]
    • Certificates to be granted clearing Bankrupt status. Aug. 20, Ralph Tatham, of London, Merchant. [Public Advertiser, 01 Aug 1768; Issue 10530]
    Occupation abt 1773 - 1778  Horse Breeder  [3, 4
    • Later he lived at Havering Park, Havering-atte-Bower, about 8 miles N. of Romford, Co, Essex, and took to horse-breeding, G. H. Tatham [Gerald Hamilton Tatham] says. [Curtis]
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Black-­and-­white photograph of equestrian portrait of Ralph Tatham, reputedly painted by one of Sartorius family (possibly Francis Sartorius (1734–1804); 160mm x 190mm. (Medium, size and present location of original painting unknown).
    Residence abt 1773 - 1778  Havering-atte-Bower Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4, 5
    • As "Ralph Tatham, Esq." he is mentioned as Overseer of Havering, 1773, and Chapel Warden, 1775 and 1776; ex inform., 1922, Rev. Harold Smith, D.D., who resides at Havering, and is an authority on its History. These records, and the baptisms to be quoted, indicate that Ralph was living, at Havering at least as early as 1775, and probably earlier. [Curtis]
    • On the back of a pastel portrait is written, in pencil, by George Richmond, R.A., "Ralph Tatham, Esq., Millbourne [Park?][Place?], 1772." The Rev. Dr. Smith knows of no name such as Millbourne Park, or Place, anywhere near Havering. There is a Bourne Bridge, a mile and a half off, on the other side of the Havering Park property, where, in the old days, there may have been a mill and a house. Perhaps some member of the Tatham family has information as to the whereabouts of Millbourne Park or Place, where Ralph was living 1772, and will state whether this was in Havering, or was Ralph's residence before he moved there. [Curtis]
    Occupation 1778  Scrivener, Dealer and Chapman  [9
    Residence 1778  Duke St, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Financial Nov 1778    [10
    • Bankrupts. Ralph Tatham, of Havering-Park, in Essex, Scrivener, to Surrender, Nov. 25th, Dec 2, 29, at Guildhall, London. Attorney, Mr. Rickman, Took's-court, Cursitor-street, Chancelery-lane. [Public Advertiser, 18 Nov 1778, Issue 13763]
    • The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued against Ralph Tatham, of Haveringham Park, in the Parish of Hornchurch, in the County of Essex, but now of Duke-street in the City of Westminster, Scrivener, Dealer and Chapman, intended to meet on the 10 Day of December next, at Ten in the Forenoon, (not on the 2d of December as before advertised) at Guildhall, London, in order to chuse an Assignee or Assignees of the said Bankrupt's Estate and Effects; when and where the Creditors, who have not already proved their debts, vote in the choice of an Assignee or Assignees accordingly. [London Gazette, 24 Nov 1778; Issue 11930]
    • By order of the assignees, on Tuesday next, and the following day at twelve o'clock. The genuine Household Furniture, Plate, China, linen, books, a spring clock, a hansom crane-necked coach, two hogsheads of claret, four quarter casks of sherry, a chamber organ and other valuable effects of Mr. Ralph Tatham, a Bankrupt at his house in Duke-street, Westminster. Also the improved lease of the premises.
      To be viewed on Monday, and till the sale. Catalogues to be had on the premises, and of Mr. Whitcomb, in Princes-street, Soho. N.B. The lease will be put up at one o'clock, in the first day's sale. [Morning Post and Daily Advertiser, 6 Jan 1779; Issue 1943]
    Occupation - 1779  Secretary to Admiral Rodney  [3, 4, 5
    Death Dec 1779  Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate St, London Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Cholera  [3, 4
    • died Oct/Dec 1779 per Curtis
    Burial 19 Dec 1779  St Botolph, Aldersgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    • He was bur 1779, at Havering-atte-Bower, it was believed. Recent enquiry, however shows that there is no record of his burial either at Havering-atte-Bower, or at Romford, and no Memorial or Stone, etc. in the Church or Churchyard at Havering. It is possible that, having died in London, he was bur. at Kensal Green Cemetery, where - perhaps for that reason - his widow was afterwards interred. [Curtis] [but Kensal Green Cemetery did not open till Jan 1833]
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Burial register, St Botolph, Aldersgate
    Notes 
    • Found written like this on a slip of-paper at Clevelands, Eastbourne, in a Vol. of Lodge's Portraits, by me, John Richmond, Nov. 30, 1890:-
      "Lord Rodney. Before his elevation to the peerage, when, he was Sir George, he lived a great deal of his time during his embarrassments and hidden from his creditors, with my father and mother at their house, Havering Park, Essex. When Sir George was appointed to the command which raised him to the pinnacle of glory afterwards, he fixed upon my father, (Ralph Tatham), for his secretary, who in going to join the Admiral's ship at Portsmouth, in 1779, fell suddenly ill, and died at the Castle and Falcon in Aldersgate Street, at the age of 47, when I was 6 years old. He took my brother William, when he was 12 years old, and he died in early life at the rank of Lieutenant! Signed [Charles Heathcote Tatham]. Warden, 1840." [4]
    • Ralph Tatham was a "private Gentleman in Essex who imprudently exhausted his fortune by involving himself in the party politics of his day".
      "He left a widow lady with five sons having most restricted means." [12]
    • My father was a private Gentleman of a good family from Stockton in Durham, he had received a Liberal Education, from Dr. Tatham, a rich paternal Uncle, a Physician. My father had a taste for poetry -- he wrote several pieces for the amusement of his friends. He came to London having offended his Uncle in search of his Fortunes, & met with my Mother at a Ball at the Mansion House. With [her] Fortune my Father embarked in a large House and Farm called Havering Park in Essex as a Gentleman Farmer, but not succeeding, he engaged himself as private Secretary to his friend, Capt. afterwards, Lord Rodney, but died suddenly at the age of 50 of Cholera Morbus, at the Castle & Falcon in Aldersgate St. in his way to join the Ship at Portsmouth. [5]
    • Ralph Tatham (1732-1779) of Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, [married] Elizabeth Bloxham (1739-1809), daughter of Jabez Bloxham, a wealthy wholesale hosier and property owner in Cateaton Street, Cheapside. On her marriage on 14 March 1761 Elizabeth brought her husband a considerable dowry with which, from 1772, he farmed and bred horses, unsuccessfully, at Havering Park, Havering atte Bower, Essex. He then became private secretary to Captain (later Admiral Lord) Rodney, a family friend, but died suddenly in London, of cholera, aged forty-seven, while on his way to join ship at Portsmouth. [3]
    Person ID I0243  Tatham | Bloxham branch, Durham roots | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2013 

    Father William Tatham,   b. 1708, Bishopton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1758  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother 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   [4
    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
    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
    Family ID F0049  Family Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Bloxham,   b. 02 Jan 1739/40, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1809, 11 Mount St, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Marriage 14 Mar 1761  St Augustine, Watling St, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 7
    • The Marriage License,- Bishop of London's Registry, dated 12 March, 1761, describes Ralph Tatham as a Bachelor, aged 27, of St. Augustine, London, and Elizabeth Bloxham, as Spr., aged 21, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, to be married in either Church. [Curtis]
    • Marriage reg not found in IGI or LMA/Guildhall indices.
      Parish registers for St Augustine Watling St do not appear to include marriages for the period.
    • Saturday, was married at St. Austin's church, Mr. Ralph Tatham, a Spanish Merchant, to Miss Betsey Bloxham, of Little Queen-Street. [Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Issue 2340, Sat 14 Mar 1761]
    • Ralph Tatham m., 14 of March, 1761, Elizabeth, dau. and co-heiress of Jabez Bloxham, a hosier in Cateaton Street, Cheapside, with considerable property in the neighbourhood of St. Paul's, Paternoster Row, and Westminster. Each of his daus. inherited £30,000. [Curtis]
    Notes 
    • 12 children of whom 7 died young. [Curtis]
    • Of the children who died young, two sons named George, probably after Sir George, later Lord Rodney, appear in the Havering Registers:
      * George Ramsey Tatham, bp 18 Oct., 1773, at Havering; bur. there, 6 Jan. 1774.
      * George Tatham, bp. 31 Jan 1775, at Havering; bur there, 4 Feb., 1775. [Curtis]
    • 5 boys out of 13 children, of whom I was the youngest. [Charles Heathcote Tatham].
      [Note: the 5 boys were Thomas (upholsterer), William (naval officer), John (solicitor), Henry (gunmaker), Charles (architect)]
    • No baptisms yet found between Elizabeth 19 Sep 1764 and John 10 May 1768.
      Gaps indicating possible missing children in 1767 and 1769.
    Children 
     1. Samuel Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1761, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Infant, London Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Thomas Tatham,   b. 22 Sep 1762, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1818, Marlborough Place, Brighton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     3. Charles Henry Tatham,   b. 25 Sep 1763, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Infant
     4. Elizabeth Tatham,   b. 29 Aug 1764, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Infant
     5. William Tatham,   b. est 1765, London? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. est 1790, At sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    +6. John Tatham,   b. 05 May 1768, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1829, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +7. Henry Tatham,   b. 31 Dec 1770, 61 Frith St, Soho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1835, Charing Cross, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +8. Charles Heathcote Tatham,   b. 08 Feb 1772, Duke St, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1842, Trinity Hospital, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. George Ramsey Tatham,   b. abt Oct 1773, Havering-atte-Bower Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Jan 1774, Havering-atte-Bower Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     10. George Tatham,   b. abt Jan 1775, Havering-atte-Bower Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1775, Havering-atte-Bower Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 06 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F0251  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt Nov 1732 - Stockton-on-Tees Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 14 Nov 1732 - St Thomas, Stockton-on-Tees Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1755 - - Cooper's Row, Crutched Friars Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1761 - 1765 - Paternoster Row, Cheapside, London Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1778 - Duke St, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Cholera - Dec 1779 - Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate St, London Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Pastel 12 x 10 inches
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    Ralph Tatham (1732-1779)
    There is a portrait of this Ralph Tatham, in powdered wig, and dress of the period, now in the possession of Ralph Perceval Tatham, of 36, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, whose father "always said that the Portrait was unfinished, as the Artist went to the gallows for some trivial offence." If this tradition be correct, the portrait is evidently not by George Engleheart - b, 1752, d. 21 Mar.,1839, - to whom it has by some been attributed. The Hon. Mr. Justice Tatham, D.S.O., possesses a photograph of this portrait. [Curtis]

  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Thomas, Stockton, 14 Nov 1732.

    2. [S53] Marriage Licence, Bishop of London's Registry, 12 Mar 1761.

    3. [S21] Dictionary of National Biography.
      sv Charles Heathcote Tatham

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

    5. [S07] Other Sources, Charles Heathcote Tatham, autobiography.

    6. [S38] City & County Directories, Kent's Directory for the Year, 1765.

    7. [S11] Newspaper, Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Issue 2340, 14 Mar 1761.
      marriage notice

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 06 Nov 1765.
      Issue 11436

    9. [S35] London Gazette, issue 11930, 24 Nov 1778.

    10. [S11] Newspaper, Public Advertiser, 18 Nov 1778.
      Issue 13763

    11. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, St Botolph, Aldersgate, 19 Dec 1779.

    12. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.