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Ralph Tatham

Male 1822 - 1884  (61 years)



  • Name Ralph Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 03 Dec 1822  Charing Cross, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Occupation Jun 1841  Clerk  [2
    Residence Jun 1841  North End, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • next door to his elder brother Joseph Tatham (1808-1883), solicitor
    Emigration 1844  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    • Came out to Armitage Brothers and later joined the Public Works Department. [6]
    Marriage 07 Dec 1856  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    Mary Elizabeth Saunders,   b. 29 Jun 1837, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1914, South Lodge, Broadwater Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation bef 1884  Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location ; ICS, Commissioner, Public Works Dept  [1
    Residence bef 1884  Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 9
    Residence 1884  61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Death 03 Oct 1884  61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 9, 10
    Probate 21 May 1885  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 275 0s. 7d.  [9
    • The Will of Ralph Tatham formerly of Newera Eluja in the Island of Ceylon but late of 61 Lower-Addiscombe Croydon in the county of Surrey Gentleman who died on 3 October 1884 at 61 Lower-Addiscombe was proved at the Principal Registry by Mary Elizabeth Tatham of 61 Lower-Addiscombe Widow the Relict one of the Executors. Personal Estate 275 0s. 7d. 21 May [1885]. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • I arrived in Ceylon by the good ship 'URGENT' in 1844, and I have never been out of it except about a fortnight in Southern India in 1848 engaging coolies. The passage round the Cape of Good Hope occupied four months.The only incident in the voyage worthy of note is that we came in amongst a number of icebergs. I saw ten around the ship from the foretop, I was the only one of the passengers that ventured up that length, as the ship was under double reefed topsails pitching forecastle under.We crossed the longitude of the Cape five hundred miles to the Southward.Out of the ten passengers viz Ralph Tatham, Mr David Bell and his brother John, John Campbell, A. Hood (the Colonel) Drummond, A. H. Cleland, H. Barnes, A. Dewar and self, all are dead except Mr Tatham and your humble servant.I have kept my health remarkably well, and at present I am as yauld as a two year auld.
      Geo Wait.
      [Notes on 'Old Ceylon Colonists'; Ferguson's Ceylon Directory, 1884, pp.421- 424]
    • not found in any UK census after 1841.
    • Confused in Cambridge University Alumni with Reginald Tatham, b Bentham, Lancs, 19 Jun 1844, son of Richard, deceased [of Lowfield, Burton-in-Lonsdale] and his wife Ellen; educ Merchant Taylors' and Rossall, Adm. pens. at Christ's College, Cambridge, 29 Apr 1863, BA 1867, **Sometime Assistant Director-General, Public Works Dept., Ceylon**. Then an engineer in Manchester, where he was accidentally killed by the bursting of a cotton-press, ?before 1878.? (Merchant Taylors' Sch. Reg., which gives year of death as 1869; Rossall Reg.; Peile, II. 576.) [Cambridge University Alumni]
      [v. BMD deaths index Reginald Tatham reg Salford 4Q1870 age 26]
      [v. Manchester Times 15 Oct 1870; full report of inquest; died of head injuries 12 Oct 1870 at Salford Dispensary; accident occurred during hydraulic test of iron cylinder]
    Person ID I1125  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2013 

    Father Henry Tatham,   b. 31 Dec 1770, 61 Frith St, Soho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1835, Charing Cross, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Kirkman,   b. 08 Jun 1782, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1857, Brentford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Marriage 01 Dec 1802  St Peter, Great Berkhamsted Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 11
    • marr 01 Jan 1802 per Curtis
    Family ID F0286  Family Group Sheet

    Family Mary Elizabeth Saunders,   b. 29 Jun 1837, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1914, South Lodge, Broadwater Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Marriage 07 Dec 1856  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    • On the 6th ult., at Colombo, Ceylon, Ralph Tatham, Esq., to Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Hon. F. Saunders, Ceylon Civil Service. [Morning Post; The Times; etc]
    Children 
    +1. Ralph Tatham,   b. 06 Oct 1857, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1900, At sea, off Aden Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +2. Mary Louisa Tatham,   b. 09 Mar 1859, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1946, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. Edith Tatham,   b. 05 Apr 1860, Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1913, Minehead Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +4. William Reeve Tatham,   b. 25 Mar 1861, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1904, Dartry Estate, Gampola, Ceylon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     5. Athol Tatham,   b. 13 May 1862, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1944, Orwell House Nursing Home, Craven Rd, Reading Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Alfred Tatham,   b. 26 Sep 1863, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Frederick Tatham,   b. 25 Feb 1865, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 May 1906, 29 Wimpole St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     8. Nellie Tatham,   b. 1866, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1956, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +9. Territt Hugh Tatham,   b. 04 Sep 1877, Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1947, 19 Farncombe Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 05 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F0347  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 03 Dec 1822 - Charing Cross, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1841 - North End, Hampstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1844 - Ceylon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 07 Dec 1856 - Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 07 Dec 1856 - Colombo Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - ICS, Commissioner, Public Works Dept - bef 1884 - Ceylon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - bef 1884 - Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1884 - 61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 03 Oct 1884 - 61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 275 0s. 7d. - 21 May 1885 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Tatham Crest on Claret Jug
    Tatham Crest on Claret Jug
    Inscribed 'To Ralph Tatham on his marriage from Charles and George Sim 1856'

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

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1841.
      age abt 15 b Middx

    3. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Croydon, 4Q1884.
      age 61

    4. [S07] Other Sources, Nonconformist Registers, 03 Dec 1822.
      parents Henry and Mary Ann Tatham; maternal grandfather Joseph Kirkman
      St. Martins In The Fields, Westminster, London, Eng; Collection: Dr. William's Library; Nonconformist Registers; Film Number: 816013 [BRVI]

    5. [S03] Family Members, RHT.

    6. [S03] Family Members, CH.

    7. [S07] Other Sources, Ferguson's Ceylon Directory, 1884.

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Caledonian Mercury , 20 Jan 1857.
      marriage notice

    9. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    10. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      wife widowed

    11. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Great Berkhamsted parish church (IGI), 01 Dec 1802.