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The Tathams of County Durham
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Barbara Tatham (1913-2006)
Barbara Tatham (1913-2006)
These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Jessica Edith Tatham (1913-1957)

Jessica Edith Tatham Jessica Tatham was born 104 years ago, on King Island, in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and the Australian mainland. She was the third child of Stanley Tatham and Mary Payze. They had arrived from England a few years earlier and set up as farmers, starting their business almost from scratch. They built their own homestead and named it 'Harpsden' after Mary's family home in England.
Although living in a remote part of a remote island, Jessica had a good education at home, thanks to a live-in governess, and went on to college in Melbourne. There she took a post as a housekeeper, and met her future husband Hugh Armour. They were engaged in July 1938 and married a year later at All Saints Church, King Island.
Newspaper reports of the engagement and wedding, now on view on Jessica's webpage, draw a fascinating picture of the civiiized style of life on King Island in the 1930s.
Hugh and Jessica settled down in Victoria as fruit growers at their orchard 'Kay-I', near Warragul, and there they remained, raising their one child.
While still only in her mid-40s, Jessica died 60 years ago this week.