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Robert Bristow Tatham

Male 1824 - 1881  (56 years)


  • Name Robert Bristow Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Known as "Bob" 
    Birth 30 May 1824  Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • birth recorded in 2 different registers
    Residence Jul 1831  34 Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Baptism 19 Jul 1831  Christ Church, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Heathcote Tatham baptisms 19 Jul 1831
    Heathcote Tatham baptisms 19 Jul 1831
    Residence Nov 1833  Montpelier Square, Brompton Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Education 16 Nov 1833 -  St Paul's School, Cheapside, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    • 1833: Admitted Nov. 16: Robert Bristow Tatham, aged 9, son of Charles H. T., architect, Montpelier Square, Brompton. [Scholars of St. Paul's School]
    Occupation Jun 1841  Clerk  [5
    Residence Jun 1841  Union Place, New Kent Rd, Newington Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Occupation Mar 1843  Clerk  [2
    Residence Mar 1843  Old Brentford Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Marriage 18 Mar 1843  St George's Chapel, Old Brentford Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 9
    Eliza Emma Carey,   b. 04 Nov 1823, Newhaven Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1858, 4 Bayham Terrace, Camden Town Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Nov 1845  Clerk  [10
    Residence Nov 1845  5 Lyncombe Place, Widcombe Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Occupation Nov 1846  Private, 1st Dragoon Guards  [11
    Emigration 1850  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13
    • Shipping & Commercial Intelligence. List of Passengers.
      Per Ship Justina, T R Brown, master, from London.
      ... Robert Fatham [sic] ... E. Morewood, Agent.
      Arrived. Nov. 11. -- Justina, Barque, Captain Brown, from London with emigrants. [Natal Witness]
    • Justina was not one of Byrne's ships, but carried the second party of immigrants under a copy-cat scheme privately arranged by George P Murdoch (who worked for Byrne's solicitors) and Capt. Richard W Pelly. Edmund Morewood acted as agent in Natal. The first group of settlers sent out by Murdoch had arrived earlier in the Ballengeich. [Genealogy World website]
    Barque 'Justina' passenger list
    Barque "Justina" passenger list
    arrived Port Natal Nov 1850 with Robert Bristow Tatham
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Self-portrait, 1850
    Occupation 1851 - 1860  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Trooper, Cape Mounted Rifles  [1
    Marriage 09 Feb 1861  Isipingo, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3
    Susan Noon,   b. 1840, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1927, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Mar 1861 -  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Manager, Durban-Point Railway  [1, 14
    • On 26 June 1860, the first steam train in South Africa made its first official journey between Durban and the Point. The distance of the railway line was only 3.2 km, and the journey is said to have taken only five minutes. However, this short journey was the beginning of a widespread South African railway service. The Durban Station that was built to accommodate travellers on the Durban-Point line still stands today, the main building of which has been declared a national monument. [SA history website]
    • Mr. Robert Tatham has been appointed Manager and Secretary of the Natal Railway Company. [Natal Witness, 08 Mar 1861]
    Durban - Point Railway opening in 1860
    Durban - Point Railway opening in 1860
    Painting by Robert Bristow Tatham
    Occupation aft 1862  East Griqualand, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Surveyor General  [1, 3
    Occupation May 1865  Surveyor  [15
    Residence May 1865  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [15
    Occupation 1871 -  Kimberley, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Diamond Prospector  [1
    Occupation abt 1874 - 1881  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Government Surveyor  [13, 16, 17
    Residence abt 1874 - 1881  25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13, 17
    • in Loop St in Oct 1874 [bapt of son Robert Benjamin]
    Death 06 Apr 1881  25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 13
    • Tatham, Robert Bristow. 56y + 10 mnt, 06 April 1881, at his Residence, 25 Berg Street PMBurg, Government Surveyor. [Natal Witness, 11 Apr 1881]
    Burial 10 Apr 1881  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [18
    • We learn that the gentleman whose remains were consigned to the grave on Sunday afternoon was born on the 30th May 1824, the youngest son of Charles Heathcoat Tatham, architect to King William the Fourth. Mr. Tatham was educated at Saint Paul's School, London, and received an appointment on leaving school in the Stamps and Taxes office, Somerset House, where he remained until 1851 in which year he came to Natal. In the Kafer Wars 1851/1853 he was adjutant to the Durban Rangers. In 1860 he was Manager of the Durban Railway. Three years later he passed the exam for Government Surveyor. In 1864 he was Surveyor General and first English Justice of the Peace in the Transvaal. A few weeks back he was admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court. [Natal Witness, 04 Dec 1881; reproduced with thanks to Tom Montgomery.]
    Robert Bristow Tatham
    Robert Bristow Tatham
    Burial register
    Notes 
    • Robert Bristow Tatham was born May 1824, and entered St. Paul's School, London, 16 Nov., 1833, aged 9, when his father was living at Montpelier Square, Brompton [J.] He went to Natal, S. Africa, arriving there on the sailing ship, "Justina", Nov., 1850; see A Century of Progress in Natal, p.49, quoted in footnote in present typescript, p.36. He was Manager of the Durban Point Railway, and in the early years of married life, accompanied by his wife, he went to the Transvaal on land survey work, meeting there, among others, President Pretorius. In 1873, Mr. Tatham went to Kimberley, then known as Du Toit's Pan, his wife, who had again accompanied him, sharing the privations and hard life of the early diamond diggers. In 1874, Mr. Tatham settled down at Maritzburg, dying in 1881. [Curtis]
    • Robert Bristow Tatham was the fourth son of Charles Heathcote Tatham. He was born in 1824. He was presumably named after Robert Bristow, Esq. who was associated with Charles Heathcote Tatham. At the age of 13 Robert Bristow went on an experimental voyage on the "Volusia", which was a ship of 450 tons and belonged to a friend of his father. They went to trade in Jamaica and the Volusia was wrecked on the Florida Coast. He came to Natal in the "Justina" and arrived on 10th November 1850. In 1852 he served in the 7th Kaffir War as a trooper in the Cape Mounted Rifles. For nine years he roved about South Africa as a soldier, winning his Sergeant's stripes five times, and five times being demoted! In 1860 he became Manager of the Railway Company for which his brother Edmund had built the Point to Durban line. He was a Government Surveyor and was Surveyor General of East Griqualand, He later turned his attention to sugar. In 1861 he saw Susan Whittaker Noon at a Ball in D'Urban and decided to marry her. She was sister-in-law to Dick King of the famous ride. There were objections to the marriage, but she was willing, and he obtained a Special Licence and rode out to Dick King's farm at Isipingo with an extra horse and a lady's saddle, and they rode away to the nearest Church to be married. Robert Bristow wrote "This I have found was the *one* bright, amongst the many foolish things I have been guilty of." In 1871 Robert Bristow and his wife went to the diamond diggings at Kimberley and stayed there for a year. They had with them their four elder sons, all of them under 10 years old. They trekked the 470 miles in an oxwaggon. At least one diamond was found, which is now in the engagement ring of Mrs. Neish Tatham of Greytown! He painted a watercolour of the first train in Durban, which is in the Durban Historical Museum. In 1874 he settled in Pietermaritzburg, where he died in 1881, leaving eight children, the eldest 19 years old, and no money. [TFSA]
    Person ID I0805  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 03 Nov 2014 

    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   [3, 19, 20
    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 1 Eliza Emma Carey,   b. 04 Nov 1823, Newhaven Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1858, 4 Bayham Terrace, Camden Town Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Marriage 18 Mar 1843  St George's Chapel, Old Brentford Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 9
    • witnesses: Robert Jurd Carey, John Mills
    Notes 
    • No other births / baptisms found, name Tatham, father Robert, mother Eliza, 1843-1850 timeframe [LMA, IGI etc]
    Children 
     1. Robert Edmund Tatham,   b. 09 Nov 1845, 5 Lyncombe Place, Widcombe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1846, Ashted Row, Aston Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 30 May 2010 
    Family ID F0590  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Susan Noon,   b. 1840, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1927, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Marriage 09 Feb 1861  Isipingo, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3
    • Then I fell in love with my dear wife who I met at a Ball. She was very pretty and the sister in law of a Sugar Planter here (her brothers were also planters) - The family objected for which I cared nothing. I had her consent, and as I did not want anything more, I obtained a licence, took out to their farm a led horse with a ladies saddle, put my dear girl on the horse, mounted my own, took off my hat to the brothers etc. and rode off to the nearest church (where by the bye I had taken the clergyman) and was married! - This I have found was the one bright, amongst the many foolish things I have been guilty of. [Robert Bristow Tatham, letter 20 Oct 1879]
    • Witnesses: Adolphus Noon, C A Noon, Clara Jane King (her brothers and her sister?)
    Robert Bristow Tatham & Susan Noon
    Robert Bristow Tatham & Susan Noon
    Marriage register
    Children 
    +1. Charles William Adolphus Tatham,   b. Mar 1862, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1948, Greytown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)
    +2. Frederick Spence Tatham,   b. 15 Apr 1865, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1934, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Ralph Heathcote Tatham,   b. Jun 1867, Isipingo, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927, Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     4. Clara Augusta Tatham,   b. 22 Jul 1869, Griqualand, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1896, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +5. Georgina Alice Tatham,   b. 05 Aug 1871, No 2 Estate, Umhlanga Valley Company, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1935, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     6. Robert Benjamin Tatham,   b. 01 Sept 1874, Loop St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1878, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +7. Basil St John Tatham,   b. 27 Dec 1876, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961, Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     8. Oates Richmond Tatham,   b. 31 May 1879, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1946, Sonoma Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 02 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F0260  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 30 May 1824 - 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 - Nov 1833 - Montpelier Square, Brompton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 16 Nov 1833 - - St Paul's School, Cheapside, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1841 - Union Place, New Kent Rd, Newington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1843 - Old Brentford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 18 Mar 1843 - St George's Chapel, Old Brentford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 18 Mar 1843 - St George's Chapel, Old Brentford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Nov 1845 - 5 Lyncombe Place, Widcombe Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1850 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Trooper, Cape Mounted Rifles - 1851 - 1860 - South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 09 Feb 1861 - Isipingo, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 09 Feb 1861 - Isipingo, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager, Durban-Point Railway - Mar 1861 - - South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Surveyor General - aft 1862 - East Griqualand, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - May 1865 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Diamond Prospector - 1871 - - Kimberley, South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Government Surveyor - abt 1874 - 1881 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1874 - 1881 - 25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 06 Apr 1881 - 25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 10 Apr 1881 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Undated portrait

    Histories
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Note regarding his family connections
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)
    Letter to his nephew Herbert Tatham (1838-1900)
    Frederick Tatham (1805-1878)
    Frederick Tatham (1805-1878)
    Letter to his brother Robert Bristow Tatham (1824-1881)

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.

    2. [S36] Marriage Certificate.

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

    4. [S06] Parish Registers, Dissenting deputies registers, Dr. Williams's Library, 30 May 1824.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1841.
      age abt 15 b Surrey

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

    7. [S03] Family Members, WRK.

    8. [S20] School and College Registers, St Paul's.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Brentford, 1Q1843.
      vol 3 page 13 [indexed as page 3]

    10. [S32] Birth Certificate, son Robert Edmund, 09 Dec 1845.

    11. [S41] Death Certificate, son Robert Edmund, 21 Nov 1846.

    12. [S03] Family Members, MRT.

    13. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness.

    14. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, 08 Mar 1861.

    15. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 17 May 1865.
      son Frederick

    16. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 31 Mar 1877.
      son Basil

    17. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 02 Oct 1874.
      son Robert Benjamin

    18. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, Pietermaritzburg parish, 10 Apr 1881.

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

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