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Edmund Tatham

Male 1822 - 1880  (57 years)


  • Name Edmund Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 01 May 1822  Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    • born Surrey per 1841 census
    Residence Jul 1831  34 Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Baptism 19 Jul 1831  Christ Church, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Heathcote Tatham baptisms 19 Jul 1831
    Heathcote Tatham baptisms 19 Jul 1831
    Occupation Jun 1841  Clerk  [3
    Residence Jun 1841  Union Place, New Kent Rd, Newington Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation Dec 1841  Clerk in Excise  [7
    Residence Dec 1841  Royal Mint, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Marriage 30 Dec 1841  St Mark, Whitechapel Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7, 8
    Letitia Maria Roth,   b. abt Mar 1816, King St, St James, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1900, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence abt 1843 - 1846  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • children born Campbeltown & Edinburgh
    Occupation Sep 1848  Artist  [9
    Residence Sep 1848  3 Cochrane Terrace, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • now Cochrane St, St John's Wood
    Emigration Mar 1850  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 10
    • Byrne setlers
    • Arrived March, 24th - the Sovereign. Among passengers: Edmund Fatham [Tatham], builder and family. [Natal Witness 29 March 1850]
    • Passengers arrived at Port Natal on the "Sovereign": Letitia Tatham, 33 years; Maria E Tatham, 8 years; Lillias [transcr as Silas] Tatham, 6 years; Edmund Tatham, 3 years; George Tatham, 2 years. [Edmund Tatham senior not transcribed]. [Natal Immigration Board, Passenger lists 1850, transcr GSSA]
    Occupation Mar 1850  Surveyor / Builder  [10
    Occupation 1851 - 1858  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Civil Servant, Natal Government  [11
    Occupation Jun 1855  Chief Clerk, Office of the Government Secretary for Native Affairs.  [12
    Occupation Nov 1855  Clerk, Audit Office, Natal  [13
    • In Nov 1855 the chief clerk in the Natal audit office was suspended for endeavouring to provoke a fellow clerk, Edmund Tatham, to a duel. [Hatterley, Alan F., "The Natalians"; Pietermaritzburg, 1940; p 139]
    Occupation 1859 - 1860  Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Secretary, Surveyor in Charge, and Resident Engineer, Durban Point Railway Company  [14
    • The fact that the building of railways was being seriously considered in Natal first emerged on 20th January, 1859, when Mr. Albert Robinson, an eminent Civil Engineer from England, announced that he had completed a plan for a proposed line from the Point, near the Custom House, to the Market Square Ordnance Reserve in Durban, and for the line to be worked with steam locomotive power. The Natal Railway Company was formed on 1st March, 1859, with capital amounting to £10,000. The Natal Legislative Council passed the Natal Railway Company Law without much delay, giving powers to the new company to construct and maintain a railway between the Point and Durban. The progress of laying the railway lines was described in the Natal Mercury of 12th April, 1860, as follows: "Under the energetic superintendence of Mr. Latham [sic], Secretary and Manager, this work is rapidly progressing towards completion. The line is already laid for half the distance, and in a fortnight, if circumstances continue favourable, the rails will have been laid up to the final termination near St. Paul's Church. Six or eight trucks and two traveling cranes are already mounted and in use. The locomotive is in the Cadiz, so that all the materials will soon be received." [TJ Espitalier, 1943, quoted on http://steam-locomotives-south-africa.blogspot.co.uk/]
    Durban - Point Railway opening in 1860
    Durban - Point Railway opening in 1860
    Painting by Robert Bristow Tatham
    Occupation 1860 - 1864  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Indian Immigration Agent  [14
    • In 1860, shortly before the arrival of the Truro and the Belvidere, an official post of coolie agent was created, with Edmund Tatham as the first incumbent. His main task was to see to the accommodation of the immigrants and then to allocate them to the colonists­ who had applied for them. Added to these duties was the financial responsibility for collecting the money due from employers. This was originally set at £7, but later increased to £12.10s and then £15 for each immigrant who landed. This was to cause endless problems until eventually the colonial secretary agreed, very reluctantly, to allow employers to pay by instalments. Throughout his years in office, Tatham had difficulty satisfying the colonial officials about his accounting methods and in the end this was to lead to his dismissal. [Natalia 15 (1985). (c) Natal Society Foundation]
    Residence 1867  Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [15
    • daughter Lillias Tatham married to Robert Edmonstone at residence of E Tatham esquire in D'Urban on 30 Apr 1867
    Residence abt 1868 - 1880  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 14
    Death Jan 1880  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [11, 14, 16
    • died 27 Jan 1881 per some sources
    Burial 26 Jan 1880  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [14, 16
    Edmund Tatham (1822-1880)
    Edmund Tatham (1822-1880)
    Burial register
    Notes 
    • Arrival of the Sovereign
      The Sovereign's 120-day voyage was fraught with crises: she was dismasted once and caught fire on a couple of occasions. There had been at least four deaths, one of them a man of 98, Thomas YOUNG. On her arrival at Port Natal, the Bar was found to be impassable, and an attempt to land the passengers in open boats failed.
      Travelling in the cabin (on a free passage provided by Byrne) was James METHLEY, who wrote 'The New Colony of Port Natal' and had done some public relations work among prospective emigrants in England. Among the steerage passengers were Philip DYKES (incorrectly given in the Natal Witness as DYKER), John BYRNE (given as BRYNE), no relation of J C BYRNE, Samuel THRING (Thring's Post bears his name), Edmund TATHAM (spelled FATHAM in the Witness), a surveyor, and William HARTLEY, who later had the foresight to buy a cargo of pepper washed up after a wreck, knowing that this commodity could be dried out and sold at a profit.
      John BAXTER, also on board Sovereign, mentions in his diary that provisions were low by the time Natal was reached: "15 March ... Mess day, the first without tea, coffee, sugar, second without pork, third without suet". But he was heartened by the vessel being "favoured with a fair wind ... we have been enabled to sail along the coast ... the most magnificent natural scenery the eye can behold corresponding exactly with Byrne Prospectus as far as the resemblance of a Nobleman's Park ... The Ina from Glasgow was fourteen days before us, without a death. The King William seven weeks before us and had seventeen deaths on board. Byrne's statement of 8 or 9 weeks voyage cannot be relied on, an average passage is 12 or 13 weeks at least." While the Sovereign continued to languish in the outer anchorage, on 26 March "a large boat came alongside ... and brought us some fresh beef, it is of good quality and is a decided treat after living so long on salt junk and hard tack." Though earlier in the voyage, BAXTER reported that "10 or 12 weeks on board a ship is of great service to break a person in for a new Colony, it teaches economy on cooking and a variety of other useful arts previously unknown to the generality of male passengers. We have a cook ... but his business is only to superintend the coppers and oven, the preparation devolves upon ourselves ... Only fancy you see me making a plumb pudding ... we have first rate puddings made of flour, biscuit suet, raisins and currants etc. boiled in salt water." On 30 March 1850, he writes "I came on shore today making 16 weeks from leaving Old England to settling my foot on African soil. Staying on board six days after our arrival."
    • Edmund Tatham, a land surveyor born in London in 1822, arrived in Natal with his wife Letitia (née Roth) as Byrne settlers on the sailing ship "Sovereign. [TFSA]
    • Edmund Tatham was the third son of Charles Heathcote Tatham. He was born in 1822. He had held an appointment in the Excise Office in Broad Street, London, and had married Letitia Roth in England in 1841. He and his wife emigrated to Natal as Byrne Settlers on the "Sovereign" arriving on 24th March 1850, with four children. Five children were born in Natal. He was then 27 years of age. The unfortunate vessel "Sovereign" encountered more disasters that are recorded than any other emigrant ship of those times. There were two fires on "board, and the ship was badly damaged by a hurricane. Edmund Tatham was a Surveyor, and immediately upon arrival he was employed to assist John Moreland in the original survey of the Verulam area. Most of this work was done in thick bush under very difficult conditions, and he was paid twelve shillings per allotment! Edmund had inherited some of his father's gifts in architecture and designed the Masonic Hall in Durban and the second Dutch Reformed Church in Pietermaritzburg, "both buildings of some dignity, though the Church might have been better still without the somewhat overpowering weathercock!" He painted a watercolour of early Maritzburg, which is in the possession of Mr. Errol Tatham of Maritzburg. He was employed in the Civil Service in Pietermaritzburg in various capacities, from 1851 to 1858. It was extremely arduous work for very little remuneration, and he often worked far into the night. At this time he lived in Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, opposite the Royal Hotel. He acted as Chief Clerk to the Colonial Secretary's Office, and also as Private Secretary to the Governor. The result of overwork was a serious illness, and after two month's leave, he was appointed Acting Magistrate of the Upper Umkomaas Division, and then Postmaster in Pietermaritzburg. In 1859 Edmund became Secretary, Surveyor in Charge, and Resident Engineer of the Railway Company which undertook to build a railroad from the Point to Durban - the first railway in South Africa. When this was completed satisfactorily in 1860, he resigned from the Railway Company, and was appointed Indian Immigration Agent, and held that office until 1864. He then retired, after a stroke, and moved to Ladysmith, where he spent his last years with his son, George. He died in 1880, and is buried in Ladysmith.
      [TFSA]
    • Tatham, Edmund. Born: 1826. Died: 1880 01 27. Was a surveyor; his father, Charles Heathcote Tatham, was architect to King William IV. His brother was Robert Tatham. He arrived in Natal with British Immigrants in 1850. He lived in Ladysmith at the time of his death, and was listed as a surveyor on his death certificate. (NAD MSCE 11/152; Kearney 1973). [www.artefacts.co.za: entry extracted from electronic document lodged by Joanna Walker in the archives of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria]
    Person ID I0800  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2015 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Harriet Williams,   b. 18 Jan 1780, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1834, Montpelier Square, Brompton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Marriage 23 Oct 1801  St Martin in the Fields, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 17, 18
    Charles Heathcote Tatham & Harriet Williams
    Charles Heathcote Tatham & Harriet Williams
    Marriage register
    Association Family: Henry Tatham/Mary Ann Williams (F0285) (Relationship: 2 bro = 2 sis ) 
    Notes 
    • youngest 6 children all baptized at Christ Church, Marylebone, on 19 Jul 1831, aged 7 to 18.
    Photos
    Charles Heathcote Tatham & Harriet Williams
    Charles Heathcote Tatham & Harriet Williams
    "Charles Heathcote Tatham, Architect, aged 43 and his wife Harriet aged 35. Picture was painted by Thomas Heaphy Esq in 1815. My dearest Mother died Jan 17th 1834 [in fact Jan 13th] aged 54. Arthur Tatham."
    Family ID F0252  Family Group Sheet

    Family Letitia Maria Roth,   b. abt Mar 1816, King St, St James, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1900, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Marriage 30 Dec 1841  St Mark, Whitechapel Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7, 8
    • Marriage solemnized at the District Church of St Mark's in the Parish of Whitechapel in the County of Middlesex.
      Page 5. No. 9. 1841. Dec 30th.
      Edmund Tatham, of full age, Bachelor, Clerk in Excise. Residence: Royal Mint. Father: Charles Heathcote Tatham, Gentleman.
      Letitia Maria Roth, of full age, Spinster. Father: Gaspard Roth, Gentleman.
      Married in the District Church of St Mark's, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England, by Licence, by me, N Jones, Minister.
      This Marriage was solemnized between us, Edmd. Tatham, Letitia Maria Roth,
      in the presence of us, Richd. Moleson, Mary Ann Pearson.
    Edmund Tatham & Letitia Roth
    Edmund Tatham & Letitia Roth
    Marriage 30 Dec 1841
    Notes 
    • Passenger Arrivals: Edmund Tatham, Builder, + wife Letitia + children Marie E, Edmund, Lillias & George F; per "Sovereign" dep London/Plymouth 24 Nov 1849; arr Port Natal, Durban 24 Mar 1850. [Natal Witness]
    Children 
    +1. Marie Emilie Tatham,   b. 26 Jan 1843, Campbeltown Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1922, Bromley, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Lillias Eliza Tatham,   b. 21 Mar 1844, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1897, Dundee, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     3. Edmund Roth Tatham,   b. 30 Jun 1846, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1874, Howick Falls, Howick, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    +4. George Frederick Tatham,   b. 03 Jun 1848, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1908, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +5. Alice Mary Tatham,   b. 14 Feb 1851, Cottonlands, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Nov 1903, Maphumulo, Zululand, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +6. Allen Harding Tatham,   b. 27 Jul 1853, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1913, Newcastle, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +7. Augustus Gould Turner Tatham,   b. 29 Apr 1855, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1926, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +8. William Henry Tatham,   b. 20 Mar 1857, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1910, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +9. Sidney Eustace Tatham,   b. 28 Jan 1860, Lower Umgeni, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1909, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F0256  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 01 May 1822 - Alpha Rd, Regents Park Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jul 1831 - 34 Alpha Rd, Regents Park Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 19 Jul 1831 - Christ Church, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1841 - Union Place, New Kent Rd, Newington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1841 - Royal Mint, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 30 Dec 1841 - St Mark, Whitechapel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 30 Dec 1841 - St Mark, Whitechapel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1843 - 1846 - Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Sep 1848 - 3 Cochrane Terrace, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Mar 1850 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Civil Servant, Natal Government - 1851 - 1858 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Secretary, Surveyor in Charge, and Resident Engineer, Durban Point Railway Company - 1859 - 1860 - Durban, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Indian Immigration Agent - 1860 - 1864 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1867 - Durban, Natal Link to Google Earth
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    Edmund Tatham (1822-1880)
    Edmund Tatham (1822-1880)

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

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

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1841.
      age abt 20 b Surrey

    4. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Falconer tree.
      accessed on Genes Reunited 03 May 2009

    5. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Christ Church, Marylebone, 19 Jul 1831.

    6. [S63] Gill Tatham.

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Mark, Whitechapel, 30 Dec 1841.

    8. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Whitechapel, 4Q1841.

    9. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Marylebone, 03 Sep 1848.
      son George Frederick

    10. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, Mar 1850.

    11. [S41] Death Certificate.
      cited by http://www.artefacts.co.za

    12. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 03 Jun 1855.
      son Augustus

    13. [S07] Other Sources, Hatterley, Alan F., "The Natalians", p 139.

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

    15. [S45] Civil Registration, marriage reg Durban, 30 Apr 1867.

    16. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, Ladysmith parish, 26 Jan 1880.

    17. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Martin-in-the-Fields, 23 Oct 1801.

    18. [S53] Marriage Licence, 16 Oct 1801.