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Oates Richmond Tatham

Male 1879 - 1946  (66 years)



  • Name Oates Richmond Tatham  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Known as "Dick"; "Richmond" 
    Birth 31 May 1879  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Residence Jul 1879  Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Baptism 23 Jul 1879  St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    • Sponsors: George Richmond [uncle], R B Tatham [father], Maria Fynn [not identified].
      George Richmond, RA, portrait painter, was Robert Bristow Tatham's brother-in-law (husband of his sister Julia). There is no other known evidence that he ever visited South Africa, and no indication in his diaries or correspondence for the period. Possibly he was a sponsor of the baptism by proxy, although in other cases this was noted in the register.
    Oates Richmond Tatham (1879-1946)
    Oates Richmond Tatham (1879-1946)
    Baptism register
    Emigration 1899  USA Find all individuals with events at this location   [8, 9
    • naturalized in 1905 per 1920 census; not US citizen per 1940 census
    Occupation Jan 1900  Restaurateur  [2
    Residence Jan 1900  47 Lagrange St, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Marriage 25 Jan 1900  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Clementine A Lecommondeur,   b. abt 1877, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Service Jul 1900 - Aug 1903  Sergeant, US 5th Cavalry  [8, 10
    • Richmond Tatham. Enlisted 20 Jul 1900, Boston, Mass. Farmer, age 21, b Natal, South Africa. Brown eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion, 5' 10". Enlisted into 5th Cavalry. Discharged 19 Aug 1903, Fort Yates, N.D. End of service. Sergeant. Excellent. [U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914]
    Marriage 1905  California Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Laura A Lovern,   b. 19 Sep 1881, Tulare Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1966, Sonoma Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Apr 1910  City Police Officer  [11
    Residence Apr 1910  152 Precita Avenue, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Military Service 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location ; Captain, US Field Artillery  [4
    • passenger on "Oxfordshire" arr Liverpool Apr 1918: Richmond Tatham, Captain, Supply Co., wife Mrs Laura A Tatham, 559 Nineteenth Ave, San Francisco, CA
    • 2nd Lieutenant per US Army pension index card filed 01 Nov 1923
    Occupation Jan 1920  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location ; City Police Officer  [9
    Residence Jan 1920  559 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Occupation Apr 1930  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location ; City Police Officer  [3
    Residence Apr 1930  471 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Richmond Tatham. Age 50, born South Africa, both parents born England. Policeman, City of San Francisco. Residence owned, value $60,000. Naturalized 1899. Married, at age 26. [1930 census]
    Residence Apr 1940  Lake County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [12
    Residence 1942  Midlake, Lake County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [13
    • Richmond (none) Tatham. Age 62, b Natal, South Africa, 31 May 1879, retired. Residence Midlake, Lake Co., CA. Person who will always know your address: Laura A Tatham, same residence. Registrar's Report: Race white, Height 5' 10", Weight 135 lbs, Eyes brown, Hair gray, Complexion ruddy, Tattoo on left forearm. Certified 25 Apr 1942. [U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards]
    Death 19 Apr 1946  Sonoma Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Notes 
    • Oates Richmond Tatham, b. 1879, in Pietermaritzburg. He emigrated to U.S.A., where he served in the American Army in the Spanish-American War. In 1917 he was living in San Francisco. He served in France as a Captain, U.S.A. Field Artillery. [Curtis]
    • Oates Richmond Tatham (Dick). Born 1879. Emigrated to United States of America. Served in the American Army in Phillipine War and with American Forces in France in 1st World War. Joined the American F.B.I. Married. No issue. [TFSA]
    Person ID I1385  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 11 Dec 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   [4, 8
    • 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 1 Clementine A Lecommondeur,   b. abt 1877, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 25 Jan 1900  Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Oates Richmond Tatham & Clementine A Lecommondeur
    Oates Richmond Tatham & Clementine A Lecommondeur
    Marriage register
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F1925  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Laura A Lovern,   b. 19 Sep 1881, Tulare Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1966, Sonoma Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Marriage 1905  California Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • possibly marr in South Africa [14]
    Notes 
    • no known children
    Last Modified 09 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F0474  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 31 May 1879 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jul 1879 - Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 23 Jul 1879 - St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1899 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jan 1900 - 47 Lagrange St, Boston, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 25 Jan 1900 - Boston, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 25 Jan 1900 - Boston, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 1905 - California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 1905 - California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1910 - 152 Precita Avenue, San Francisco, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Captain, US Field Artillery - 1918 - France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - City Police Officer - Jan 1920 - San Francisco, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jan 1920 - 559 19th Avenue, San Francisco, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - City Police Officer - Apr 1930 - San Francisco, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1930 - 471 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1940 - Lake County, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1942 - Midlake, Lake County, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 19 Apr 1946 - Sonoma Co, CA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Pietermaritzburg, 23 Jul 1879.
      b 31 May 1879

    2. [S45] Civil Registration, marriage reg Boston, 25 Jan 1900.
      Oates R Tatham, 20; Clementine A Lecommondeur, 23.

    3. [S01] Census, USA, 1930.
      Richmond Tatham, age 50, b South Africa, marr at age 26

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

    5. [S07] Other Sources, US WW2 draft registration card, 1942.

    6. [S65] Genealogy Indexes, California Death Index, 1940-1997.
      d Sonoma 19 Apr 1946, b 31 May 1879, mother's name Noon

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Saviour, Pietermaritzburg, 23 Jul 1879.
      b 31 May 1879

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

    9. [S01] Census, USA, 1920.
      age 40 b South Africa

    10. [S37] Army Lists & Records, U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914.

    11. [S01] Census, USA, 1910.
      Richmond Tatham age 31 b Natal S Africa

    12. [S01] Census, USA, 1940.
      age 60 b South Africa

    13. [S37] Army Lists & Records, U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.

    14. [S63] Gill Tatham.