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William Tatham

Male est 1765 - est 1790  (~ 25 years)

  • Name William Tatham  [1, 2
    Birth est 1765  London? Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • listed by Curtis as 2nd son, between Thomas (bn 1762) and John (bn 1768).
    • baptism reg not found.
    Occupation abt 1778 - 1790  Royal Navy  [1, 2
    Post/Rank/Title bef 1790  Lieutenant  [1
    Death est 1790  At sea Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • died at sea, at an early age. [Curtis]
    • Lost at sea, off an island in the Pacific, whilst in command of H.M.S. Monkey, Gun Brig. [Robert Bristow Tatham, his nephew]
    • There are difficulties with the accounts of his death:
      - The gun brig "Monkey" was not built till 1801, and was wrecked off Belle Isle, France, on 25 Dec 1810.
      - No evidence has been found that this vessel was ever in the Pacific or commanded by Lieut. Tatham.
      - An earlier "Monkey" was a navy cutter (not a brig), purchased in 1780 and sold in 1796.
      - No other mention of the incident in the Pacific has yet been traced.
    • Of the marriage of Ralph Tatham and Elizabeth Bloxham there was issue 5 sons:-
      ... II. William, Lieut., R.N., who entered the Navy under Lord Rodney, when aged 12 years. He d. at sea, at an early age, unm.
      [Curtis p 19]
    • Found written like this on a slip of paper at Clevelands, Eastbourne, in a Vol. of Lodge's Portraits, by me, John Richmond, Nov. 30, 1890:-
      'Lord Rodney [. . .] took my brother William, when he was 12 years old, and he died in early life at the rank of Lieutenant'. Signed [Charles Heathcote Tatham]. Warden, 1840.'
      [Curtis p 18a]
    • Another son [brother] of Charles Heathcote Tatham, William Tatham, was Lieutenant in the Navy and came to a tragical end, having, whilst in command of H.M.S. Monkey, Gun Brig, taken the boats of the vessel to explore an island in the Pacific, but a storm coming on, the Brig had to stand off and neither he nor his boats were ever heard of after.
      [document written by Robert Bristow Tatham about his family, cited in TFSA]
    • Possibly was still in the Navy in 1800. Portsmouth, Saturday April 12: A few days since, the Lion cutter, commanded by Lieut. Tatham, took at sea, off Seaford, a Folkestone smuggling cutter, laden with 500 pieces, consisting of different articles of contraband traffic. The smugglers, before they struck to the Lion, hove 100 casks of spirits overboard. [From Portsmouth Telegraph or Mottley's Naval and Military Journal, 14 Apr 1800]
    Person ID I1261  Tatham | Bloxham branch | Descendant - male line
    Last Modified 01 Jun 2013 

    Father Ralph Tatham,   b. abt Nov 1732, Stockton-on-Tees Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1779, Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate St, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Bloxham,   b. 02 Jan 1739/40, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1809, 11 Mount St, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Marriage 14 Mar 1761  St Augustine, Watling St, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    • The Marriage License,- Bishop of London's Registry, dated 12 March, 1761, describes Ralph Tatham as a Bachelor, aged 27, of St. Augustine, London, and Elizabeth Bloxham, as Spr., aged 21, of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, to be married in either Church. [Curtis]
    • Marriage reg not found in IGI or LMA/Guildhall indices.
      Parish registers for St Augustine Watling St do not appear to include marriages for the period.
    • Saturday, was married at St. Austin's church, Mr. Ralph Tatham, a Spanish Merchant, to Miss Betsey Bloxham, of Little Queen-Street. [Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Issue 2340, Sat 14 Mar 1761]
    • Ralph Tatham m., 14 of March, 1761, Elizabeth, dau. and co-heiress of Jabez Bloxham, a hosier in Cateaton Street, Cheapside, with considerable property in the neighbourhood of St. Paul's, Paternoster Row, and Westminster. Each of his daus. inherited 30,000. [Curtis]
    • 12 children of whom 7 died young. [Curtis]
    • Of the children who died young, two sons named George, probably after Sir George, later Lord Rodney, appear in the Havering Registers:
      * George Ramsey Tatham, bp 18 Oct., 1773, at Havering; bur. there, 6 Jan. 1774.
      * George Tatham, bp. 31 Jan 1775, at Havering; bur there, 4 Feb., 1775. [Curtis]
    • 5 boys out of 13 children, of whom I was the youngest. [Charles Heathcote Tatham].
      [Note: the 5 boys were Thomas (upholsterer), William (naval officer), John (solicitor), Henry (gunmaker), Charles (architect)]
    • No baptisms yet found between Elizabeth 19 Sep 1764 and John 10 May 1768.
      Gaps indicating possible missing children in 1767 and 1769.
    Family ID F0251  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

    2. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa.

    3. [S09] Estimate.

    4. [S11] Newspaper, Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Issue 2340, 14 Mar 1761.
      marriage notice