I have been researching my family history since 1999. In so doing, I've accumulated information and details about all occurences of the HATTAM name, and this site contains just some of the data I have gathered so far.

My HATTAM family comes from St Just in Penwith in West Cornwall at least as far back as the 1779 marriage of John Hattam and Elizabeth Eddy. There is also a HATTAM family from Kenwyn (Truro), Cornwall which I've traced back to the 1797 marriage of John Hattam and Rebecca Mitchell. It is highly likely that these families are connected, and I have a tentative "early HATTAM" tree in Cornwall which apparently brings together all the available information.

There are other HATTAM families from Shropshire, Bedfordshire (and later Surrey), Hereford (and Worcester). Whether or not these are related to each other or to the Cornish ones is unknown at the moment, but I do have family trees for each of them - mostly back to the early 1800's. There is also a Plymouth family tree, which is tantalisingly close to Cornwall. Interestingly there is also a Persian Hattam family tree, in which the verbally handed down story is that their progenitor came from Cornwall.

Many of the Cornish HATTAM's emigrated in the mid-late nineteenth century, most went to Australia, some to South Africa and the USA. Nearly all of the emigration was to hard rock mining areas, where the Cornish expertise in mining tin and copper ore was in demand. Most HATTAM's currently in Durham and neighbouring counties are descendants of Hattam's from the Truro area who went there to mine coal in the 1860's.

There are also some HATTAM's who emigrated to the USA around 1900 from what was then Persia. This might be a clue as to the origin of the name too, as HATTAM is not a typical Cornish name, and Cornwall used to be the major source of tin for the known world.

In general I have found it easier to work out all the various HATTAM family trees using all the information as I've come by it, rather than ignore or set aside information then wonder where it is when I find that I did need it after all.

Software & Web Output
I construct the family trees using GEDitCOM - a genealogy package available for the Mac. This uses GEDCOM as its native file format, avoiding proprietry formats and ensures complete adherence to the GEDCOM 5.5 standard. I can then quickly update the website with a new GEDCOM file which is rendered into webpages using webtrees. This avoids generating hundreds of static webpages, and the headache in managing them.

Here are the six current HATTAM family trees.

I'm also taking pictures of places in and around St Just - some examples are in the Gallery. There's a variety of scenic views and other topics. I'd also be very happy to receive pictures of people on the family trees, as it brightens up the data immensely.

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Last Updated on 6 January 2011
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