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George Frederick  Tatham

George Frederick Tatham

Male 1848 - 1908  (60 years)


  • Name George Frederick Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 03 Jun 1848  Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4
    Residence Sep 1848  3 Cochrane Terrace, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Baptism 03 Sep 1848  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    George Frederick Tatham
    George Frederick Tatham
    Baptism 03 Sep 1848
    Emigration Mar 1850  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • 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]
    Marriage 12 Feb 1877  Umzinto, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Dora Emma Barker,   b. 15 Jun 1857, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1878, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service 1879  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Zulu War  [4
    Occupation 1880 -  King St, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Land Surveyor  [4, 6, 7
    • Partner in Walton and Tatham, Conveyancers, Law, Land and Estate Agents and Surveyors.
    Walton & Tatham - office in Ladysmith
    Walton & Tatham - office in Ladysmith
    around 1890?
    Marriage 19 Sep 1880  St John, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 9
    Frances Wright,   b. 18 Aug 1843, Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1922, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Post/Rank/Title 1897  JP, Klip River County  [6
    Post/Rank/Title 1897 - 1903  Member, Natal Legislative Assembly  [4
    Military Service Oct 1899 - Feb 1900  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Siege  [4
    • Listed as Lieutenant (seniority 06 Apr 1889), Natal Carbineers, as at 16 Oct 1896 [Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register, 1897]
    • The Roslin Castle left for England Nov. 1, with invalids. The following were listed: Natal Carbineers - Maj. G.F. Tatham. [The Times, 07 Nov 1901]
    Natal Carbineers
    Natal Carbineers
    Group photo, Ladysmith, abt 1900
    Residence bef 1908  Vine Lodge, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Death 18 Aug 1908  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Following a stroke in 1905  [3, 4, 10
    Burial 19 Aug 1908  Main Cemetery, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [10, 11
    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    Gravestone, Ladysmith Main Cemetery
    Notes 
    • George Frederick was the second son of Edmund Tatham. Born in 1848 in England, he came to Natal with his parents when he was two years old. He was a Land Surveyor in Ladysmith, founder and senior partner in the firm Walton and Tatham, Conveyancers, Law, Land and Estate Agents and Surveyors. The name survives in Christopher, Walton & Tatham, Attorneys, of Ladysmith. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly 1897 to 1903. He served in the Zulu War 1879. He and his wife were in Ladysmith during the Siege, he serving as a Major in the Natal Carbineers, and his wife took in sick and wounded and nursed them at their residence, Vine Lodge, Ladysmith. He took a decisive part in the action of 6th January 1900 at the battle of Platrand, when General White sent him up several times in a reconnaissance balloon, using his knowledge of the area to direct the artillery and troops and to act as a guide. He also took part in the successful attack on Gun Hill on 8 December. He wrote a diary of every day of the siege which was published by the Ladysmith Historical Society. George Frederick Tatham died in Ladysmith in 1908, having had a stroke in 1905 He was noted far and wide for his kindness of heart, and never refused to help anyone in time of trouble. [TFSA, rev]
    • Surveyor and founder of Waltham and Tatham Solrs., Agents and Surveyors. JP. Member of Natal Assembly 1897-1903. Major in the Natal Carabineers. Served with distinction in the Boer War and in particular during the Siege of Ladysmith. Took key part in the "Waggon Hill Fight" on 6.1.1900, saving key defensive position from being captured by the Boers. [Falconer tree; Kennedy tree]
    • Positions in 1897: Vice-President, Ladysmith Railway Rifle Association; Vice-President, Klip River Rifle Association; President, Ladysmith Gymkhana Club. [Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register]
    Person ID I0801  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2015 

    Father Edmund Tatham,   b. 01 May 1822, Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1880, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother 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   [3, 12, 13
    • 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]
    Family ID F0256  Family Group Sheet

    Family 1 Dora Emma Barker,   b. 15 Jun 1857, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1878, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years) 
    Marriage 12 Feb 1877  Umzinto, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Last Modified 02 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F0475  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Frances Wright,   b. 18 Aug 1843, Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1922, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 19 Sep 1880  St John, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 9
    • Tatham-Anderson, 19-Sept-1880, at Ladysmith, by the Rev H E Carlyon Incumbent [his brother-in-law]: George Frederick Tatham to Frances Anderson [Natal Witness]
    Notes 
    • Falconer tree lists also son William, b Ladysmith abt 1882.
      Kennedy tree lists also son Arthur, nd.
    Children 
    +1. Dora Emilie Tatham,   b. 28 Feb 1882, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1942, Evelyn Nursing Home, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +2. George Edmund Tatham,   b. 03 Oct 1883, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1956, Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Frances Tatham,   b. 16 Jun 1885, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 04 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F0257  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 03 Jun 1848 - Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Sep 1848 - 3 Cochrane Terrace, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 03 Sep 1848 - St Marylebone, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Mar 1850 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 12 Feb 1877 - Umzinto, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 12 Feb 1877 - Umzinto, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Zulu War - 1879 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Land Surveyor - 1880 - - King St, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 19 Sep 1880 - St John, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 19 Sep 1880 - St John, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Siege - Oct 1899 - Feb 1900 - Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - bef 1908 - Vine Lodge, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Following a stroke in 1905 - 18 Aug 1908 - Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 19 Aug 1908 - Main Cemetery, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
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    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    George Frederick Tatham
1848-1908
    George Frederick Tatham 1848-1908
    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    George Frederick Tatham (1848-1908)
    at siege of Ladysmith

    Documents
    Walton & Tatham, Ladysmith
    Walton & Tatham, Ladysmith
    Advert. from Natal Almanac, 1897

  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Marylebone Church, 03 Sep 1848.
      b 03 Jun 1848

    2. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

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

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

    5. [S63] Gill Tatham.

    6. [S38] City & County Directories, Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register, 1897.

    7. [S07] Other Sources, Ladysmith History website.

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, 07 Oct 1880.

    9. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St John, Ladysmith (index), 19 Sep 1880.

    10. [S23] Monumental Inscription, Ladysmith Main Cemetery.

    11. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, All Saints, Ladysmith, 19 Aug 1908.
      register index

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

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