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Basil St John Tatham

Male 1876 - 1961  (84 years)



  • Name Basil St John Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 27 Dec 1876  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 4, 5, 6
    • Tatham 27-Dec-1876 at PMBurg Mrs Robert B Tatham of a son.
    • born 1872 per Curtis, followed by TFSA & Duggan;
      27 Dec 1876 per Natal Witness of 29 Dec 1876 (date & place but no name) & Who's Who SA 1908.
      NB also his parents didn't settle in Pietermaritzburg till 1874.
      birth registration confirms 1876; baptism registration also (see image).
    Residence Mar 1877  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Baptism 31 Mar 1877  St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Basil St John Tatham (1876-1961)
    Basil St John Tatham (1876-1961)
    Baptism register
    Occupation 1897  Charlestown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location ; Draughtsman, C & J Railway  [7
    Residence 1899  Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Marriage May 1899  Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    Florence Boon Lang,   b. est 1877, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation May 1900  Civil Servant  [9
    Residence May 1900  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Occupation 1908  Accountant  [3
    Emigration aft 1908  Tasmania Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Residence bef 1961  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Death 1961  Cape Town, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [10, 11
    Notes 
    • Basil St. John Tatham was born in 1872. He was the fifth son of Robert Bristow Tatham. He trekked with his family to the Johannesburg goldfields in the early days and they lived in a tent in the Market Square. He married in 1899, in Johannesburg, Florence Lang. They lived in Cape Town when they were first married. He emigrated from South Africa to Tasmania but returned to South Africa and lived in Pietermaritzburg. [TFSA]
    • Basil St. John Tatham: born 27 December 1876, Maritzburg, Cape Colony; Accountant; son of R.B. Tatham, Land Surveyor; marr Florence Land 1899, dau of J.J. Lang of Johannesburg; 2 children [Who's Who of Southern Africa, 1908]
    Person ID I1383  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2013 

    Father Robert Bristow Tatham,   b. 30 May 1824, Alpha Rd, Regents Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1881, 25 Berg St, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother 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, 2
    • 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
    Family ID F0260  Family Group Sheet

    Family Florence Boon Lang,   b. est 1877, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage May 1899  Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    Notes 
    • In 1908 2 children not 3 [Who's Who in Southern Africa]
    Children 
     1. Roger St John Tatham,   b. 28 Mar 1900, Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef 1908, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
    +2. Guy St John Tatham,   b. 11 Jan 1903, Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965, Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Norah St John Tatham,   b. est 1905, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt 1953, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 01 May 2012 
    Family ID F0097  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Dec 1876 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1877 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 31 Mar 1877 - St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Draughtsman, C & J Railway - 1897 - Charlestown, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1899 - Cape Town, South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - May 1899 - Johannesburg, South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - May 1899 - Johannesburg, South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - May 1900 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - aft 1908 - Tasmania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - bef 1961 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 1961 - Cape Town, South Africa Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.

    3. [S18] Who's Who / Who was Who, Who's Who in Southern Africa, 1908.

    4. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 31 Mar 1877.
      b 27 Dec 1876

    5. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, 29 Dec 1876.
      birth notice

    6. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Pietermaritzburg, 29 Dec 1876.
      Basil St John Tatham b 27 Dec 1876
      Pietermaritzburg Birth Register 1868-1878 on ancestry24.com accessed 15 Feb 2010

    7. [S38] City & County Directories, Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register, 1897.

    8. [S63] Gill Tatham.

    9. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Saviour, Pietermaritzburg, 28 May 1900.
      son Roger

    10. [S61] Jim Duggan.

    11. [S22] IGI / BVRI, LDS member.