Re: Batham Surname
are you a relative/descendant of the Brierley Hill family? From my researches I think that the all Bathams are probably the same family, although I cannot prove this. The earliest Bathams seem to originate in the London area, and I think the earliest ancestor of the Brierley Hill family came from there - subsequently moving to Wolverhampton - his immediate descendants moved to Oldswinford (where the registers record the marriage of one of them using the spelling 'Barum') before settling in the Brierley Hill area. It is from this family that all Bathams found locally descend (including the Brewery family).
Incidentally I have recently discovered some descendants of the Brierley Hill family in the USA (Kansas) - who moved there after first moving to Kidderminster (Worcs.)