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John Tatham

Male 1768 - 1829  (61 years)



  • Name John Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Birth 05 May 1768  London Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4, 5
    Baptism 10 May 1768  St Martin in the Fields, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    Baptism register
    Occupation 29 Jan 1784 -  Articled Clerk  [3
    • Articled to Henry Harpur, attorney, of St Margaret's Westminster; articles also signed by his mother Elizabeth, and witnessed by his brother William.
    Degree/Qualif. 19 May 1795  Solicitor  [6
    • Admitted 19 May 1795: John Tatham, 3rd son of Ralph Tatham, Esq., of Havering Park, Essex [Inner Temple Admissions database]
    Occupation 1797 -  5 Inner Temple Lane, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location ; Solicitor  [4, 5, 7
    • Solicitor, of the Inner Temple, practising in the King's Bench and in the Common Pleas, in 1797 [Curtis]
    • John Tatham practised under his own name and appeared to change his Office with some frequency. His address was at 5 Lower Temple Lane (1793-1800), Harcourt Buildings, Temple (1800-1802), 1 Hare Court, Temple (1802-1805), 21 Essex Street, Strand (1805-1806), 4 Craven Street, Strand (1806-1824), 27 Golden Square (1824-1827) and at 8 Sherrard Street, Golden Square from 1828 until his death at 24 Dorset Place in August, 1829.
      His last address, 24 Dorset Place, is in the immediate vicinity of 40 Dorset Square, where his nephew William Tatham started his practice in 1828. William Tatham was articled in 1823 for five years to a certain Richard Smith, but there is no evidence of any professional connection between Richard Smith and John Tatham. In these circumstances, unless and until further evidence comes to light, traditional legal caution precludes any definite claim that John Tatham was the original founder of the firm Stephenson, Harwood & Tatham.
      [Sir John Witt, History of Stephenson, Harwood & Tatham, written abt 1970]
    Residence abt 1807 - 1819  Craven St, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9
    Marriage 03 Nov 1807  St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 10
    Mary Ann Jones,   b. abt 1791, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jun 1850, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence abt 1824  Golden Square, Soho Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 11
    Residence 1829  24 Dorset Place, Dorset Square, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 4, 9
    Death 30 Aug 1829  London Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    Burial 05 Sep 1829  St George's Burial Ground, Bayswater Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13
    • All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green. John Tatham. Removed for Reinterment from the Vaults under the Chapel of St Georges Burial Ground, Bayswater. 5 October 1852. Aged 62. No ceremony.
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    burial register
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    Reinterment at Kensal Green Cemetery
    Probate 07 Dec 1829  London Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • John Tatham, of Craven Street Westminster, Gentleman, Member of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. To my dearly beloved wife Mary Ann Tatham £3000 + all furniture etc. Children mentioned but not named. Trustees for residue: Ebenezer Sheldon of Mount Street Grosvenor Square, Robert George Clarke of Craven Street, Richard Westmacott of South Audley Street. Executors: my said wife, Ebenezer Sheldon, Robert George Clarke. Will dated 04 Aug 1819. Appeared personally: Sophia Draper, 24 Dorset Place, Dorset Square, spinster [wife's companion]; Samuel Staniland, Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, gentleman; well acquainted etc ... John Tatham, formerly of Craven St, then of Golden Square, late of 24 Dorset Place, Dorset Square ... duly sworn 28 Nov 1829. Proved at London by Mary Ann Tatham, widow, Ebenezer Sheldon, Robert George Clarke; 07 Dec 1829.
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    John Tatham (1768-1829)
    Will of 04 Aug 1819 (Proved 07 Dec 1829)
    Notes 
    • No known business connection with his nephew William, founder of William Tatham & Co, later Tatham & Lousada, later Stephenson Harwood & Tatham.
      Nor with his son Montagu John, Proctor & Notary, of Farrer, French & Tatham.
    • According to DNB article (Richard Riddell, 2004) on his brother Charles Heathcote Tatham, John spent much time in Italy on account of his health. There he introduced Charles to Prince Ernest, duke of Cumberland, and Prince Augustus, duke of Sussex, gaining him an entrée into the highest social circles and the latest archaeological excavations.
      The source is not stated and the account presents difficulties. Charles' trip to Italy lasted from May 1794 to Jul 1796. For much of that time John was studying in London to be a solicitor, until his admission on 19 May 1795. In his own account of his time in Italy, Charles makes no mention of John's ever being there. It is also unclear how John himself had come to move in "the highest social circles".
    • Marlborough-street:-- Mr. Tatham, a respectable solicitor residing in Golden-square, appeared at the office, and stated to Sir George Farrant, that he came there with a view of giving publicity to a circumstance that had occurred to his family on the day before, and which it was very essential to the public safety that it should be generally known. Mr. Tatham said that he had had a party of friends at his house upon Wednesday; and, as usual on such occasions, a quantity of confectionery was procured from a very respectable shop of that description in the neighbourhood, amongst which was a number of what were called "wafer cakes," which are variously coloured to give them a more ornamental appearance -- some green, some blue and red, &c. Mr. Tatham here produced several of these cakes, and said that his servants, it appeared, had eaten a number of them on Wednesday night, particularly the man-servant and housemaid, and in a short time after eating them, they became so ill, that it was found necessary to send for Mr. Shelton, the surgeon to the family, who, on hearing what the servants had taken, and examining these "wafer-cakes," declared that the patients were labouring under the effects of poison, as these cakes were always mixed with verdigrise, sugar of lead, and other poisonous ingredients, for the purpose of colouring them, besides their being baked upon sheets of copper. They were, therefore, he said, highly dangerous, and should never be used. Mr. Shelton applied the proper remedies as in cases of poison, and succeeded in relieving the servants from their sufferings; but the man-servant is still very unwell, and not altogether out of danger. Sir G. Farrant said that it was highly necessary the public should be made acquainted with this case, and cautioned against the use of these cakes, which, however pleasing to the eye, were so dangerous to the health, although used at every evening party at table, but chiefly, he believed for ornament. The public, he said, were indebted to Mr. Tatham for making the fact known. [The Times, 16 Apr 1824]
    Person ID I0873  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2013 

    Father Ralph Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1732, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1779, Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate St, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother 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   [5, 14
    • 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.
    Family ID F0251  Family Group Sheet

    Family Mary Ann Jones,   b. abt 1791, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jun 1850, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Marriage 03 Nov 1807  St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 10
    John Tatham (1768-1829) and Mary Ann Jones (1791-1850)
    John Tatham (1768-1829) and Mary Ann Jones (1791-1850)
    Marriage register
    Children 
    +1. Montagu John Tatham,   b. 07 Nov 1808, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1872, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Warwick Francis Tatham,   b. 17 Sep 1810, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt May 1811, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Laura Ann Tatham,   b. 18 Feb 1812, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1878, Tavistock Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Rosa Louisa Tatham,   b. 01 Jul 1813, Craven St, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1868, 17 Church St, Hove Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     5. Albert Ward Tatham,   b. abt May 1815, Craven St, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef 1847, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F0278  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 05 May 1768 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 10 May 1768 - St Martin in the Fields, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Solicitor - 1797 - - 5 Inner Temple Lane, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1807 - 1819 - Craven St, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 03 Nov 1807 - St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 03 Nov 1807 - St George, Hanover Square, Mayfair Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1824 - Golden Square, Soho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1829 - 24 Dorset Place, Dorset Square, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 30 Aug 1829 - London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 05 Sep 1829 - St George's Burial Ground, Bayswater Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Martin-in-the-Fields, 10 May 1768.
      b 05 May 1768

    2. [S11] Newspaper, Morning Chronicle, 08 Jun 1850.

    3. [S07] Other Sources, Affidavits of Due Execution of Articles of Clerkship, 18 Feb 1784.

    4. [S03] Family Members, WGT.

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

    6. [S07] Other Sources, Inner Temple Admissions database.

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Martin in the Fields, 29 May 1815.
      son Albert Ward Tatham

    8. [S53] Marriage Licence, 02 Nov 1807.

    9. [S48] Will, PCC, 04 Aug 1819.
      proved 07 Dec 1829

    10. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St George, Hanover Square, 03 Nov 1807.

    11. [S05] The Times, 16 Apr 1824.

    12. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, St George, Middlesex, 05 Sep 1829.

    13. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green, 05 Oct 1852.

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