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Mary Elizabeth Saunders

Female 1837 - 1914  (76 years)



  • Name Mary Elizabeth Saunders  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 29 Jun 1837  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3
    Marriage 07 Dec 1856  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    Ralph Tatham,   b. 03 Dec 1822, Charing Cross, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Oct 1884, 61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Apr 1871  Odsey Grange, Guilden Morden Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • 3 serv + governess. husband away
    Residence 1884  61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Residence Apr 1891  13 Lunham Rd, Norwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Residence Mar 1901  8 Alexandra Rd, Norwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • * 1 serv
      * Alexandra Rd nr Gypsy Hill, poss. now Alexandra Drive
    Residence Apr 1911  1 Broadway Mansions, Brighton Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 16 Mar 1914  South Lodge, Broadwater Rd, Worthing Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8, 9
    • d 16 Mar 1913 per Curtis, citing "Times" Obit. Notice, 19 Mar 1913; error for 16 Mar *1914*, and *20* Mar 1914 resp.
    • On the 16th inst., at South Lodge, Broadwater-road, Worthing, Mary Elizabeth, widow of the late Ralph Tatham, P.W.D. Ceylon, aged 76 years [8]
    Probate 02 May 1914  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 1,356 10s. 11d.  [10
    • Tatham Mary Elizabeth of South Lodge Broadwater-road Worthing widow died 16 March 1914 Probate London 2 May to Nellie Tatham spinster. Effects 1356 10s. 11d. [NPC]
    Person ID I1126  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 05 Sep 2012 

    Father Frederick Saunders,   b. abt 1804,   d. 29 Sep 1870, St Catherine's, Guildford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother Louisa Matilda Tucker,   b. 14 Jul 1814, St George, Bermuda Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Mar 1895, Westbourne House, Addiscombe Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Notes 
    • became a prominent Ceylon family
    • son Frederick Richard Saunders (CMG; later Sir Frederick, KCMG), b Ceylon 07 Jul 1838, d Hove 30 Mar 1910). Also in Ceylon civil service, & also Treasurer. When Assistant Government Agent, Kegalle, he captured the outlaw Utuwankande Sura Saradiel at Mawanella 21 Mar 1864. [Elizabeth College Register, 1824-1873; The Times; other sources]
      "Sir Frederick Saunders was born in 1838, and was educated at Guernsey College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He entered the Ceylon Civil Service in 1857, and became successively District Judge, Inspector-General of Prisons, Government Agent for the Western Province, and Auditor-General. In 1890 he was appointed Treasurer of the island and Commissioner of Stamps. He received the C.M.G. in 1880 and the K.C.M.G. in 1897, retiring from the service in 1890. Sir Frederick was twice married - first, in 1807, to Mary Jane, daughter of Mr. W. C. Gibson, C.M.G. [possibly his cousin; died Leamington 30 Apr 1895], and, secondly, in 1900, to Christina Sophia, widow of Captain C. F. Borrer, late 60th Rifles, and daughter of Mr. C. K. Freshfield, M.P. His second wife died last year." [obituary, The Times, 01 Apr 1910]
    • grandson Reginald Gibson Saunders, b 02 Dec 1878, d Kensington 12 Apr 1962: "Mr R G Saunders is a son of Sir Frederick Richard Saunders, formerly Treasurer of Ceylon, grandson of Mr Frederick Saunders, who occupied a similar position in 1861. ... He was born in Colombo in 1878, and educated in England at Tonbridge School and Cheltenham College. He entered the Ceylon Government Service and held various minor appointments, syuch as Third Assistant to the Postmaster-General, Acting Assistant Collector of Customs and Police Magistrate, Trincomalee, and Office Assistant to the Government Agent, Uva Province. In 1903 he became Police Magistrate, Matara, and in 1904 Assistant Government Agent and District Judge, Mannar,and in 1906, on his return from half-pay leave, he was appointed Commissioner of Requests and Police Magistrate, Chilaw. Later he was made Assistant Government Agent and District Judge, Chilaw. He attended the two pearl fisheries of 1904 and 1905 in his official capacity.". [Arnold Wright, 20th century impressions of Ceylon, 1907; includes photo]
    Family ID F0771  Family Group Sheet

    Family Ralph Tatham,   b. 03 Dec 1822, Charing Cross, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Oct 1884, 61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Marriage 07 Dec 1856  Colombo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    • 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 - 29 Jun 1837 - Colombo 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 MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - Odsey Grange, Guilden Morden Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1884 - 61 Lower Addiscombe, Croydon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - 13 Lunham Rd, Norwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - 8 Alexandra Rd, Norwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - 1 Broadway Mansions, Brighton Rd, Worthing Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 16 Mar 1914 - South Lodge, Broadwater Rd, Worthing Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 1,356 10s. 11d. - 02 May 1914 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 33

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 53

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

    5. [S14] National Probate Calendar.
      husband Ralph

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 74 b Colombo

    8. [S05] The Times, death notice, 20 Mar 1914.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, death reg East Preston, 2Q1914.
      age 76

    10. [S14] National Probate Calendar.