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John and Elizabeth Tatham of Burlington, N.J., A.D. 1681-1700. Records of the American Catholic Hist...
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John and Elizabeth Tatham of Burlington, N.J., A.D. 1681-1700. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume VI. Pages 61-135. .
Middleton, Thomas C. (Thomas Cooke), 1842-1923.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
Catholic Church --Pennsylvania --Philadelphia.
Catholic Church --United States --History.
1 JOHN AND ELIZABETH TAT]-IAM. 61 John and Elizabeth Tatham. or BURLINGTON, N. J., A. D. 1681-r7oo."‘ PREPARED BY nnv. THOMAS c. MIDDLETON, 13.9., 0.S.A. To us are known by name few Catholic laymen of the XVII century, and fewer still by any thing more than name. One of them is John Tatham of Burlington, N. J., the subject of this Paper, whom Mr. Hills in his Historyf styles “ a man of great wealth and culture; ” he was an Englishman by birth, a Roman Catholic by religion, and a staunch adherent of the Stuart cause as represented by King James II of England. James had in view the scheme of uniting all the Ameri- can colonies into one government, with the broad charter or full religious liberty and equal rights for all,-a scheme ‘Three Papers on John Tatham have been published in The Americart Catholic Historical Researches, of Philadelphia. The first entitled “ John Tatham, New Jersey's First Catholic Governor,” is by John D. McCor- mick, of Trenton. (See vol. v, (for 1888,) pp. 79-92). The second en- titled “J. Gray ye R. C.”, (see the same 1701., p. 154,) and the third named “John Gray Als John Tatham,” (see vol. vii, (for 1890,) pp. 108-9,) are by Martin I. J. Grihin, the editor of Researches. In the rst paper, Mr. McCormick names John Gray as a fellow Catho- lic of Tatham’s; and says that Tatham had “ 478 books, by actual count” in his library. In the and paper Mr. Grillin also makes Gray and Tatham two distinct persons, and also amrms the Catholic standing of Gray; while, in the 3d paper, he finds reason to say that John Gray, the Roman Catholic, was no other than John Tatham. The three Papers have been ably written, and are well worth reading. I should perhaps say that it was by reading Mr. McCormick’s Paper on John Tatham that my mind was first directed towards looking up his story. TSee History of the Church in Burlington, N. ]. -. . . By Rev. George Morgan Hills, D.D., Trenton, N. J., 1876, p. 106.