Emma TATHAM(69) was the eldest of seven children of Richard TATHAM(107) and Ellen REMINGTON(108). Her birth seems to have been just too early for the 1 Jul 1837 start of civil registration, but she was presumably born at Lowfields in 1837. She was baptised at Thornton-in-Lonsdale on 23 Jul 18371.

At the time of the 1841 census2 she was 3 years old, living at Lowfields, Burton-in-Lonsdale with her parents. The household comprised:

At the time of the 1851 census3 she was 13, living at Lowfields House, Burton-in-Lonsdale, with her parents and 4 siblings. The household comprised:

Maybe they were having some decorating done.

At the time of the 1861 census4 she was 23, a spinster, and with her younger sister Dora was a visitor in the household of Joseph GIBSON at Whelprigg, in the township of Barbon, Westmorland. The household comprised:

In fact the Gibsons were her aunt and uncle, Anne GIBSON (née REMINGTON) being the sister of Ellen TATHAM (née REMINGTON).

Later that year, on 8 Oct 1861, Emma married the Rev. Thomas Alfred STOWELL(68) at the parish church in Thornton-in-Lonsdale, Emma's home parish5. At the time Thomas Alfred was Perpetual Curate of St. Stephen's, Bowling, Bradford, but in the middle of the decade, following his father's death, he was appointed Rector of Christ Church, Salford, the church which had been built for his father, and the family moved to Salford.

The officiating minister at the marriage was Hugh STOWELL, presumably her father-in-law. The witnesses were Dora TATHAM, her younger sister, Mary Anne GIBSON, her cousin, George WOOD, D. H. ELLETSON, and Henry John WARE her brother-in-law who had married her older sister Isabella in 1860.

Thus, by the time of the 1871 census6, they were living at 27, The Crescent, Salford, with six of their eventual 14 children, the first two of whom had been born in Bradford, and the remainder in Salford. The household comprised:

At the time of the 1881 census7 they were at 46, The Crescent, though whether this was actually a change of address or simply due to a renumbering of the houses I do not know. By then the tally of children was complete, with the birth of Lucy, who was 5 months old at the time of the census, and all thirteen were at home. The large household then comprised:

By 18918 the family was in Chorley, at the Rectory in Park Road, Thomas Alfred having been appointed Rector of Chorley in 1890. The number of children at home was by then reduced to ten, and the household comprised:

They were still at the Rectory in Chorley in 19019, with four unmarried daughters left at home. The much reduced household then comprised:

>By the 1911 census10 they were at 10 Morley Road, Southport, Lancashire, and she was 73. The household, entered in her husband Thomas' then rather shakey handwriting, then comprised:

The inclusion of a sick nurse, SIMPSON, was presumably for Thomas Alfred, who died just a few years later in 1916.

To recap on their family, Emma and Thomas certainly got stuck in, and produced a tally of 14 children, of whom 13 survived to adulthood. A whole bunch of great uncles and aunts, none of whom I ever met:

There seems to be only one photograph with Emma in it, taken of the entire family in about 1911, though without any grandchildren.

Emma's husband died at the Morley Road house, aged 84, on 10 Feb 1916. In his will, Emma was left an outright gift of 200 and all the stuff in the house. The remainder of his estate was left in trust to their children, with Emma to have the income from the trust for her lifetime. She had made her own will on 2 Mar 1907, the same day her husband had made his. In it she referred to her settlement of 24 Feb 1870, of which I know no details. Possibly it was a settlement from her, Tatham, side of the family, as her unmarried brother Reginald died, in Ceylon, in that year.

Emma outlived Thomas Alfred by 5 and three-quarters years, and died on 15 Nov 1921 at 45 Alexandra Road, Southport11 .

Probate on her will of 2 Mar 1907, with a codicil dated 28 Aug 1920, was granted on 9 Mar 1922 to her three executors, her brother Leonard TATHAM, and her sons Alfred STOWELL and Richard Tatham STOWELL12. In her will she directed that trust funds which came from her settlement of 24 Feb 1870 (of which I have no details) be preferentially directed to her younger children Herbert, Edwin, Leonard, Katherine and Lucy, on the grounds that her older children were to some extent already provided for. In the codicil, she included her daughter Ellen Cecelia BIRLEY and son Reginald in the list of younger children. Her effects were £1664 3s. 9d, modest because most of her husband's estate had been held in trust for their descendants.


1) GRO deaths index, Ormskirk, Lancashire, Dec quarter of 1921, vol.8b, p.906.
2) Thornton in Lonsdale, baptisms, p.129, no. 1030, page image through Findmypast.co.uk, accessed 6 Aug 2016.
2) 1841 England census, township of Burton-in-Lonsdale, HO 107, piece 1322 book 12, folio 15, p.24.
3) 1851 England census, township of Burton in Lonsdale, HO 107, piece 2277, folio 35, p.31, through Ancestry.com.
4) 1861 England census, township of Barbon, Westmorland, RG9, piece 3967, folio 5, p.4.
5) The Tatham Families of Burrow, Tunstall, Cantsfield and Lowfields, by Col. W. H. Chippindall. Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeoligocal Society, Transactions, Vol.33, 1933, a reporint, p.109. The marriage was registered; GRO marriage index, Settle, Yorkshire, Dec quarter of 1861, vol.9a, p.25.
6) 1871 England census, Salford, RG10, piece 4023, folio 19, p.34, through Findmypast.co.uk.
7) 1881 England census, Salford, RG11, piece 3966, folio 37, p.11, through Findmypast.co.uk.
8) 1891 England census, Chorley, Lancashire, RG12, piece 3423, folio 30, p.3, through Findmypast.co.uk.
9) 1901 England census, Chorley, Lancashire, RG13, piece 3935, folio 15, p.22, through Findmypast.co.uk.
10) 1911 England census, Ormskirk, Lancashire, Ref. RG14PN22919 RG78PN1340B RD457 SD6 ED53 SN129, through Findmypast.co.uk.
11) Death certificate. Also, The Times, London, Fri 18 Nov 1921.
12) England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941, calendar for 1922, p.424, through Ancestry.com.

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