The Tathams of County Durham
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George Frederick Tatham
George Frederick Tatham 1848-1908
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 Apr 2020

Meaburn Tathams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been regularly maintained for some considerable tine, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This is taking 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, 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 period.

Update March 2020: It looks as if the coronavirus restrictions announced by the British Government will keep the author of this website under effective house arrest for a period of at least 12 weeks. That should provide a welcome opportunity to bring the project back up to date.

Tatham of the Week
Cynthia Ethel Tatham (1925-2011)

Cynthia Ethel Tatham Cynthia Ethel Tatham was born in Berkshire, England on 15 Aug 1925. During WW2 she worked as a maid, drove a milk truck, and worked in an ammunition factory. In 1943 she met and married Canadian soldier Gerald Taylor. So at 19 she left her family in England and travelled to Canada as a war bride on the 'Andes', with their 16 month old daughter Elaine, to live in South Berwick, Nova Scotia, with her new in-laws Alberta and Frederick Taylor. After WW2 she toiled away on the family farm in Enfield for 12 years, before moving to Elmsdale. There she worked at Cara Operations, the Save Easy, and Hants East Rural High Cafeteria. Cynthia was very active with the Legion's Women's Auxiliary, serving as president, and involved her family in all its activities. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, darts, travelling, sewing, knitting, cooking, reading, singing and swimming. At age 80 she was awarded a certificate for having completed 1700 km of swimming at the Hants East pool. Her passion in life was her family and friends. Everyone who came to her house was offered friendship, laughter, a hug, and something to eat. She died on 03 Aug 2011 with her family by her side.

With thanks and acknowledgements to Cynthia's daughter Normajean.