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Frances  Wright

Frances Wright

Female 1843 - 1922  (78 years)


  • Name Frances Wright  [1, 2, 3
    Known as "Fanny" 
    Birth 18 Aug 1843  Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    Baptism 18 Aug 1843  St Andrew, Foston-on-the Wolds Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Emigration 1849  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Marriage 1860  South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location ; Robert Shand Anderson (1830-1878)  [4
    • Six children. [4]
    Marriage 19 Sep 1880  St John, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
    George Frederick Tatham,   b. 03 Jun 1848, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1908, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1882  Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Residence bef 1908  Vine Lodge, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Residence 1913  Bergville, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Death 03 Jul 1922  South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 11
    Burial 04 Jul 1922  Main Cemetery, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [11, 12
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Gravestone, Ladysmith Main Cemetery
    Notes 
    • Tatham, (Mrs.) Frances. Married in 1860 to the late R. S. Anderson, Esquire, and in 1880 to George F. Tatham, Esquire, Major, Natal Carbineers. Born, 1843, at Kelk Parva, Yorkshire, England. Daughter of Leonard Wright, late of Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Arrived in S.A. in 1849. Was educated at home by her parents. Has lived in Ladysmith 40 years and was there during the Zulu War and Siege of Ladysmith. Favourite Hobby: Gardening. Recreation: Riding, Driving. Memb., G.L.W.; Ladysmith Benevolent Society. Surviving children 5 Sons, 2 Daughters. Residence, Bergville, Natal. [Women of South Afirca, 1913]
    • Previously married in 1860 to Robert Shand Anderson (1830-1878), having six children by him. [4]
    • Writing in 1897 Fanny described a drought which caused the death of forty-two of her cattle and in a later letter she mentions that she had experienced the coldest winter ever recorded. [4]
    • Treasurer of Ladysmith Benevolent Society in 1897 [Natal Almanac, Directory and Yearly Register]
    • A superb swimmer as a child. Turned her home into a field hospital during the Siege of Ladysmith in the Boer War. A prodigious letter writer. George Tatham was her second husband. [13]
    • For more information on Wright family see Ladysmith History website.
    Person ID I1581  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2013 

    Father Leonard Wright,   b. 1809, Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Danby,   b. abt 1815, Burton Agnes Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1897, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Notes 
    • Leonard and Elizabeth Wright came from East Riding Yorkshire as Byrne Settlers on 24th June 1849 on the "Henry Tanner", bringing with them four of their children, Sarah, Frances, and the twins William and Mary. Richard was left in the care of Elizabeth's brother Christopher Danby whilst Jane and Elizabeth were left in the care of other relatives.
      Sadly they were never to see Jane again but Elizabeth did return for a visit in the 1870's after her husband Leonard died.
      The journey took three and a half months and the ship was very old which leaked, and the passengers had to help to bail all through the journey. The ship was condemned immediately afterwards.
      The "Henry Tanner" arrived at Port Natal on the 10th October 1849 and small boats were used to ferry the passengers to Shore the following day.
      By the 1st November the family had taken residence in Pietermaritzburg only to find that their allotment was barren and stony, however they did take a lease on a farm outside the town and moved there on the 15 March 1850.
      In 1852 they moved again, this time to just outside what is now Colenso where they built a house, kept a hotel, ran a butchery and had a ferry boat on the Tugela, from which he made 250 pounds a year. Leonard Wright once saved Dick King and his cattle and natives from drowning while crossing the Tugela in flood.
      [from article on the Wright family at Ladysmith History website.]
    Photos
    Leonard & Elizabeth Wright
    Leonard & Elizabeth Wright
    abt 1850?
    Family ID F0800  Family Group Sheet

    Family George Frederick Tatham,   b. 03 Jun 1848, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1908, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Marriage 19 Sep 1880  St John, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 7
    • Tatham-Anderson, 19-Sept-1880, at Ladysmith, by the Rev H E Carlyon Incumbent [his brother-in-law]: George Frederick Tatham to Frances Anderson [Natal Witness]
    Notes 
    • Falconer tree lists also son William, b Ladysmith abt 1882.
      Kennedy tree lists also son Arthur, nd.
    Children 
    +1. Dora Emilie Tatham,   b. 28 Feb 1882, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1942, Evelyn Nursing Home, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +2. George Edmund Tatham,   b. 03 Oct 1883, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1956, Durban, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Frances Tatham,   b. 16 Jun 1885, Ladysmith, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 04 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F0257  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 18 Aug 1843 - Kelk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 18 Aug 1843 - St Andrew, Foston-on-the Wolds Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1849 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Robert Shand Anderson (1830-1878) - 1860 - South Africa? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 19 Sep 1880 - St John, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 19 Sep 1880 - St John, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1882 - Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - bef 1908 - Vine Lodge, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1913 - Bergville, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 03 Jul 1922 - South Africa? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 04 Jul 1922 - Main Cemetery, Ladysmith, Natal Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    marr. George Frederick Tatham 1880
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    about 1910?

    Histories
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Frances Wright (1843-1922)
    Letter to her sister Maryanne

  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Bishop's transcripts for Foston-on-the-Wolds Parish Church (IGI), 18 Aug 1843.

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

    3. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Falconer tree.
      accessed on Genes Reunited 03 May 2009

    4. [S07] Other Sources, Ladysmith History website.
      website accessed 08 Sep 2011

    5. [S63] Gill Tatham.

    6. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, 07 Oct 1880.

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St John, Ladysmith (index), 19 Sep 1880.

    8. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St John, Ladysmith, 19 Mar 1882.
      b 28 Feb 1882

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

    10. [S07] Other Sources, Women of South Africa, 1913.

    11. [S23] Monumental Inscription, Ladysmith Main Cemetery.

    12. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, All Saints, Ladysmith, 04 Jul 1922.
      register index

    13. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Kennedy Family Tree.