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Joseph Tatham

Male 1771 - 1850  (79 years)



  • Name Joseph Tatham  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 08 Feb 1771  London Wall Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    Baptism 28 Feb 1771  St Alphage, London Wall Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Joseph Tatham (1771-1850)
    Joseph Tatham (1771-1850)
    Baptism register
    Post/Rank/Title abt May 1793  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; Freeman of City (Merchant Taylors' Company)  [5
    Joseph Tatham
    Joseph Tatham
    Admission as Freeman of City of London
    Marriage 15 Sep 1817  St George, Gravesend Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Elizabeth Raven,   b. 1783, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1833, Artillery House, Finsbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation abt 1820 - 1846  Captain, Royal London Militia  [7, 8
    • Royal London Militia: formed by amalgamation of East and West Middlesex Militia in 1820 (both units re-formed in 1794 to defend the City of London); became 4th (Militia) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) in Jul 1881; disbanded in Apr 1953. [Royal Regiment of Fusiliers website accessed 10 Jun 2013]
    • incorrectly described as in the Royal West London Militia in probate affidavit 19 Jul 1850.
    • Militia-General: Letter from Capt. J. Tatham 02 May 1820 concerning the withdrawal of staff from Newgate Gaol.
      Another letter 12 Nov 1822.
    Marriage est 1845    [9
    Matilda Earl,   b. est 1819, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Oct 1846  Ravensbourne Hill, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Residence aft Oct 1846  Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location   [10, 11
    Residence - 1850  Union St, Newport, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Death 02 Apr 1850  Newport, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 10, 12
    • On 2d inst., at Newport, Isle of Wight, Captain Joseph Tatham, late of Jersey [10]
    Probate 19 Jul 1850  London Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Will of Joseph Tatham
      In the name of God Amen.
      I Joseph Tatham of Union Street Newport Isle of Wight do make this my last will & testament The two oil paintings of shipping in gilt frames and my barometer to Mr Lawrence Cree Tatham of Islington fifteen volumes of Buffon Natural History to Mr Henry Tatham his brother for Mr Lawrence Tatham of Stratford upon Avon two leather trunks containing a Yarmouth great coat and sundries, To my dear sister Martha Tatham ten pounds to Mr Thomas Miller and his wife Catherine five pounds To my daughter Matilda Earl Tatham ten pounds and trinkets and gold watch To my dear wife Matilda Tatham all my household furniture piano forte plate china linen etc my Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway shares and money in the bank standing in our names And other property I may possess I leave to my wife I make my wife whole and sole Executrix & fifty pounds left to me after the decease of Mrs John Kinder Tatham of Old Kent Road I also give and devise to my wife Mrs Matilda Tatham
      J Tatham
      Witnesses Hy Baker 9 New Village --- Edwin George Alabone Union Street
      In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
      In the goods of Joseph Tatham deceased
      On the fifteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and fifty
      On which day appeared personally Henry Baker of New Village Newport in the Isle of Wight in the County of Southampton Tailor and made oath that he is one of the subscribed witnesses to the last will and testament of the said Joseph Tatham late of Union Street Newport in the Isle of Wight in the County of Southampton a Captain on Half Pay in the Royal West London Militia deceased the said will bearing date April 2nd 1850 now hereto annexed and he further made oath that on the second day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifty aforesaid the said testator duly executed this said will by signing his name at the foot or end thereof in the presence of this deponent and of Edwin George Alabone the other subscribed witness thereto both of whom were present at the same time and this deponent and the said Edwin George Alabone thereupon attested and subscribed said will in the presence of the said testator and of each other and this deponent having viewed the name "Cree" at the end of the fifth line of the said will which appears to have been altered he lastly made oath that such alteration was made before the execution of the said will by the said testator as aforesaid
      Henry Baker --- same day the said Henry Baker was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit in virtue of the annexed Commission before me Richard Hollings Commissioner
      Proved at London 19th July 1850 before the worshipful John Elliot Paisley Robertson Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of Matilda Tatham widow the relict the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted being first sworn duly to administer
      [TNA Catalogue reference PROB 11/2117]
    Notes 
    • not found in 1841 census
    • Joseph Tatham's bequests set a number of puzzles.

      1st bequest is "The two oil paintings of shipping in gilt frames and my barometer to Mr Lawrence {Cree} Tatham of Islington". The middle name in the PCC transcript appears to read "Cree". The "C" is similar to that in "Court". The last letter seems to be an "e"; it is similar to the letter "e" before it. It is definitely not a "w" although the name "Crew" was the middle name of the testator's brother. This word, originally at the end of end of the 5th line, is the subject of the affidavit sworn by the 1st witness.
      There are just 3 known Lawrence Tathams around this period: (1) Lawrence Tatham (1741-1830), the testator's father; (2) Lawrence Crew[sic] Tatham (b. 1781), the testator's brother, who died at Warwick in 1820 and had no known connection with Islington; (3) Lawrence Mallory Tatham (c.1807-1871), son of the above and thus the testator's nephew; he lived in Stratford, Warwick, Paddington and Hampstead but is not known to have lived in Islington.
      None of the 3 Lawrence fits into the context.

      2nd bequest "fifteen volumes of Buffon Natural History to Mr Henry Tatham his brother" presumably refers to the testator's brother William Henry Tatham (1776-1858), although he is not known to have been referred to as Henry. In 1841 census he is listed as William, living in Islington, with his sister Martha - see below - also in residence. The only other Henry candidate is Henry Edward Tatham (1822-1901), son of the above and so another nephew of the testator, but he again doesn't fit into the context.

      3rd bequest (if we have the phrase divisions right) is "for Mr Lawrence Tatham of Stratford upon Avon two leather trunks containing a Yarmouth great coat and sundries". This should be Lawrence Mallory Tatham referred to above.

      4th bequest "To my dear sister Martha Tatham ten pounds" raises no problems and gives useful information about Martha, not previously traced after 1841.

      5th bequest is "to Mr Thomas Miller and his wife Catherine five pounds"; not identified.

      6th bequest "To my daughter Matilda Earl Tatham ten pounds and trinkets and gold watch". She was previously unknown.

      7th bequest "To my dear wife Matilda Tatham all my household furniture piano forte plate china linen etc my Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway shares and money in the bank standing in our names And other property I may possess I leave to my wife" - this Matilda also was previously unknown. Joseph's 1st wife Elizabeth had died in 1833.

      8th bequest "fifty pounds left to me after the decease of Mrs John Kinder Tatham of Old Kent Road I also give and devise to my wife Mrs Matilda Tatham" must refer to Mary Bord, second wife of the testator's younger brother John Kinder Tatham (1783-1839). Mary died nearly 20 years after Joseph on 06 Dec 1869.
    Person ID I0811  Tatham | Crew branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2013 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Martha Crew,   b. abt Jul 1740, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1822, Sion College, London Wall Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Marriage 26 Jul 1768  St Alphage, London Wall Find all individuals with events at this location   [13, 14
    • Witnesses: Joseph Kinder, Thomas Tatham
    Lawrence Tatham & Martha Crew
    Lawrence Tatham & Martha Crew
    Marriage register 17 Jul 1768
    Notes 
    • The Marriage Licence, Bishop of London's Registry, is dated 22 Jul 1768, Lawrence being described as Bachelor, 27, and Martha Crew, Spinster, 21, both of St. Alphage parish, London Wall. [Curtis]
    Family ID F0218  Family Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Raven,   b. 1783, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1833, Artillery House, Finsbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Marriage 15 Sep 1817  St George, Gravesend Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • tbc - date seems rather late
    Last Modified 06 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F0164  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Matilda Earl,   b. est 1819, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage est 1845    [9
    • marriage not found in E&W BMD index, IGI, LMA, etc. Possibly in Jersey?
    Children 
     1. Matilda Earl Tatham,   b. 18 Mar 1846, St Helier, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1865, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     2. Frederick Joseph Auger Tatham,   b. 21 Sep 1850, Greenwich Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 06 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F0857  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 08 Feb 1771 - London Wall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 28 Feb 1771 - St Alphage, London Wall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - Freeman of City (Merchant Taylors' Company) - abt May 1793 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 15 Sep 1817 - St George, Gravesend Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 15 Sep 1817 - St George, Gravesend Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Oct 1846 - Ravensbourne Hill, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - aft Oct 1846 - Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1850 - Union St, Newport, Isle of Wight Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 02 Apr 1850 - Newport, Isle of Wight Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 19 Jul 1850 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Alphage, London Wall, 28 Feb 1771.
      b 08 Feb 1771

    2. [S02] BMD Index, death reg IOW, 2Q1850.

    3. [S48] Will, PCC, 02 Apr 1850.
      proved 19 Jul 1850
      TNA ref PROB 11/2117

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

    5. [S07] Other Sources, Freedom of the City of London Admission Papers, Feb-Aug 1793.

    6. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St George, Gravesend (IGI), 15 Sep 1817.

    7. [S07] Other Sources, Court of Lieutenancy, City of London, 02 May 1820.
      CLA/050/03/24/115

    8. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Alfege, Greenwich, 28 Oct 1846.
      dau Matilda

    9. [S09] Estimate.

    10. [S11] Newspaper, The Standard, 12 Apr 1850.
      death notice

    11. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      dau Matilda age 5 b St Helier

    12. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Wilson family.
      ancestry website accessed 13 Oct 2010

    13. [S53] Marriage Licence, Bishop of London's Registry, 22 Jul 1768.
      cit Curtis

    14. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Alphage, London Wall, 26 Jul 1768.