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Elsie Hawthornthwaite

Female 1923 - 2009  (86 years)



  • Name Elsie Hawthornthwaite  [1
    Birth 15 Jan 1923  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    Marriage 29 Jun 1946  Warner Beach, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    John Murray Tatham,   b. 03 May 1922, Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 2002, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence - 1956  Lesotho Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Death Dec 2009  Camperdown, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • A Memorial Service of Elsie Tatham will be held at The Camperdown Anglican Church of The Resurrection on Monday (21 December 2009) at 10:am. Beloved mother of Dawn, Shirley, Carol and Merle. their husbands and grandchildren. You will remain on our hearts forever. [Natal Witness, Gillitts]
    Person ID I2120  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 04 Jul 2013 

    Father James Hawthornthwaite,   b. abt Sep 1890, Summerseat Lane, Summerseat Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Annie Blackburn,   b. abt Aug 1894, Ramsbottom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 24 Nov 1917  Emmanuel Church, Holcombe Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 6
    Family ID F1870  Family Group Sheet

    Family John Murray Tatham,   b. 03 May 1922, Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 2002, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Marriage 29 Jun 1946  Warner Beach, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • married in the the church of the Province of South Africa
    Notes 
    • John Murray - always "Tats" to his wife - lived and worked in Lesotho for a number of years until about 1956, land surveying in the roughest mountain conditions. He and Elsie lived under canvas for a long time (imagine the cold) and later in traditional huts. They rode Basuto ponies for surveying, for shopping excursions and for visiting. The only roads in their area were no more than steep pony pathways. Elsie would ride many miles unaccompanied to the local trading store for provisions, leading a pack mule, with Dawn as pillion behind her and little Shirley in front. Quite something for the ultimate 'townie'. By the time their third daughter Carole was born they'd developed a road and enjoyed a modicum more comfort.
    Children 
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    Last Modified 03 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F0493  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 15 Jan 1923 - Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 29 Jun 1946 - Warner Beach, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 29 Jun 1946 - Warner Beach, Natal Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1956 - Lesotho Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Dec 2009 - Camperdown, Natal Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.

    2. [S03] Family Members, MA.

    3. [S03] Family Members, JG.

    4. [S11] Newspaper, Natal Witness, 18 Dec 2009.
      memorial services

    5. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, Emmanuel Church, Holcombe, 24 Nov 1917.

    6. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Bury, 4Q1917.