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Robert Steatham.

At the top is Robert Steathamís signature on his Will.

Below that is his signature when he got married.


Robert Steatham - Name Origins

Steatham is derived from the Statham surname, which is presumed to be from the place named Statham in Cheshire, or from a person; Simon de Stathum, John de Statham, Et Al. To be frank, it's a little unclear.

Spelling also varies from the basic Statham, to Stathum, Stathem and so on.

I am now going to detail the evolution of the Steatham surname - note all baptisms and burials occurred at St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs, and are children of Robert & Hannah. I have stated the spelling for Steatham (sic) given in the actual baptism / burial record.


Breakthrough Paper.



It all begins on Monday 20th January 1800, when James Stathem (note the e, but at the end), was baptised [WHC].

Next we have Thomas Statham baptised [WHC] on Sunday the 13th February 1803.

John Statham is next, baptised [WHC] on Wednesday the 27th March 1805, he was buried on Monday the 20th October 1806.

Next is Joseph Statham, born [WHC] on Thursday the 11th of December 1806, baptised [WHC] a little later on Thursday the 25th December 1806.

So far we have only seen Statham (sic).


[On the left is the breakthrough paper, that I used to initally resolve the Steatham lineage at Darlaston].


First recorded use of the Steatham surname.

Sarah & Elizabeth Steatham's baptism
on Sunday the 11th June 1809,
St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs.
Then we have it, where it starts, with the twins, Sarah & Elizabeth Steatham being baptised [WHC] on Sunday the 11th June 1809.

This event is significant, it being the first recorded use of the Steatham surname.

Sarah was buried [WHC] on Sunday the 13th May 1810.
Elizabeth was buried [WHC] two months later on Thursday the 19th July 1810.

William Steatham was baptised [WHC] on Sunday the 28th April 1811. William was buried [WHC] on Saturday the 21st December 1811. The burials records again say Steatham.

Moses Steatham was baptised [WHC] on Sunday the 21st February 1813.

Samuel Steatham was baptised [WHC] on Sunday the 26th March 1815.

James Steatham was buried[WHC], aged 16, on Sunday the 17th April 1816.



baptism on Monday the 27th April 1818,at
St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs.
Next we have another child baptised [WHC] as James Steatham on Monday the 27th April 1818. This James was buried [WHC] on Wednesday the 17th February 1819.

He was the last child born to Robert and Hannah.

So Robert & Hannah's first and last child were both named James! Tragically neither survived.
  After this date Robert & Hannah have only their four surviving Sons,

Thomas Steatham (1803-1873)
Joseph Steatham (1806-1889)
Moses Steatham (1813-1891)
Samuel Steatham (1815-1884)

The first recorded use of the Steatham signature with the Steatham Surname is on Robert Steatham's will, signed on Wednesday the 18th October 1826.

To read his will in full, go to Robert Steatham's Will page.






Signature at Thomas Steatham's marriage.
The next opportunity for a Steatham signature is the marriage [BPL] of Thomas Steatham (1803-1873), Robert's oldest surviving Son, to Sarah Barber on Monday the 31st March 1834, at St Martins, Birmingham.

Thomas Steatham (sic) could not sign his name, and his name was wrote as Thomas Statham (his mark), his bride Sarah Barber signed her name.

I suppose this could be any Thomas Statham, but by a stroke of luck, his male witness (best man) is down as Joseph Steatham, signed as Steatham, this was Thomas's younger Brother. This confirms that it is our Thomas Steatham (sic).

This is the first, after Robert himself, of a person signing the Steatham surname.

Joseph two years later married Sarah Dangerfield.



Joseph Steatham's

Signature at Thomas Steatham's marriage,
archivist notes.


Moses Steatham's marriage

Moses & Samuel Steatham's signatures
Next we have Moses Steatham (1813-1891) marrying Elizabeth Griffiths on Sunday the 18th January 1835, at St Matthews, Walsall. Both Moses and his Brother Samuel signed their names as Steatham.

Please use the VIEW IMAGE to see the signatures, as it was not possible to clean up this image.

After this date all Steathams, with a few exceptions (Steathern, Steathem - but these still have the e in the correct place), are spelt correctly as Steatham.


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