The Tathams of County Durham
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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.

The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Brian Charles Molony (1892-1963)

Tatham of the Week Brian Molony was born on 25 Oct 1892 in East Molesey, at St Paul's Vicarage. His father was a clergyman, as were both his grandfathers as well as his future father-in-law.

After school at Rugby, he went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won first class honours in mathematics. He went straight into the First World War as an infantry officer, and served in France with the Hertfordshire Regt., twice mentioned in despatches. After the war he was ordained, and returned to Rugby to teach, soon becoming a housemaster alongside his first cousin Allen Tatham.

In 1935 he was appointed headmaster of Worksop College, where he stayed for 17 years. He is still remembered today as 'a wonderfully kind, understanding man but a strict disciplinarian. In short, a fine Headmaster.'

After retiring from Worksop, Canon Molony served for 7 years as a country clergyman at Easton, Hampshire. He died at his home in Winchester 56 years ago this week, on 17 Oct 1963.