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I have just just sent a message asking whether the LDS have copies of
Calcutta Wills. On 17th February Cathy Day sent the following reply to the
same question to Sylvia (Murphy?). Moral - read past mail BEFORE mailing a
question! I think this answer must deserve to be passed round again. Thanks
Gerald Johnson Fox
> For wills and administrations (when someone with property died without
>leaving a will) go to your nearest LDS (Mormon) Family History Centre.
>Look up the Locality Catalogue under INDIA, then BENGAL (or BOMBAY, as
>the case may be), then PROBATE. You will find an index to the wills and
>administrations that covers about half a century at a time, so the
>question of which year to search is not critical. Order the index, and
>if you find your ancestor named, order the actual microfilm that
>corresponds with the volume number. And there will be the will!
>Cathy Day of Alice Springs, Central Australia
An ancestor died in Calcutta in 1822 and made a Will 20 or so pages in
length and I would like a copy, since he is a central figure. Probate was in
Calcutta. Does anyone know if the LDS or anyone else has copied Calcutta
Wills to microfilm and which can be ordered by their Family History Centres.
Alternatively, does anyone have access to such a film? Are there any other
ideas not including the India Office Library in London (because they are
closing down for three months or so shortly).
Gerald Johnson Fox
Has anyone come across the name McEwan from 1850 to 1870? There was a
Father and son maybe a brother also, they were in the 30th.34th.38th. that I
know of. A daughter was born at Meerut. Is there a school she may have
Has anyone done any research on the above regiments?
I would appreciate any information
Thanks for your information regarding John Henry Brooks in Madras. I doubt
very much that he is anything to do with me. I do have BROOKES (with an 'E')
ancestors in India but they lived and worked in Calcutta in the 19th
Century. My main interest is Elizabeth the wife of a George BROOKS who had
maiden name Blechynden, as did her sister Bertha. However, if it were shown
that John Henry had a brother George, then your BROOKS would have more
significance but he would still not be an ancestor of mine.
If anyone else (apart from Ronnie Johnson who has already been of help)
comes across a Margaret Catherine MacKENZIE (or Blechynden) in their
searches, please let me know.
Gerald Johnson Fox
After Ray O's generous help with the index for the above records I now have the films
If anyone has a specific name date , page number or place I will try to look for them.
Will be away on a trip in mid March, so will be a little pressed for time before the films get
returned to SLC Email direct to me.
Another question. Does anyone know where the 16th Lancers were during the Mutiny?
Any hints, film numbers would be most welcome
Someone asked me recently about B, M, D records for Fiji and although far
removed from India, thought I would post results here ....
The LDS do have a fische on Fiji in the catalogue. The recording of Vital
Records - baptisms/births; marriages and deaths/burials seems to be a bit
confusing and was often done in racial groupings: Indian, European or
Fijian. The earliest dates of records for births were 1875, some marriages
about 1871 and deaths from 1880.
Census records were also filmed:
CENSUS Oceania Film Area 0833151
Fiji: Fijian Affairs Board
Returns of Europeans resident in Fiji January 1874 and May-Nov 1875 - Suva.
Central Archives of Fiji & Western Pacific High Commission 1966. 1
microfilm reel. No circulation to Family History Centers.
CENSUS 1881 Oceania Film Area 0833153
Fiji - Registrar Generals Office
Report on census of population of Fiji 1881 (& Vital Records 1876-1880) -
Suva. Central archives of Fiji & West.Pac. High Commission 1964. 1
No circulation to Family Hstory Centers......
Contents: Return of total population, census of Fijians (Provincial Dept);
Agricultural retrurns for 1880 (Europeans), Return births, deaths &
marriages 1880 (Fijians); causes of death Europeans 1876-1880.
And that's all I know on the subject.....
icq: 2236405, AIM: sylv47
I am presently carrying out research on the family names Webber and Vaas
in India dating back to the early 1900's. Anyone with any information
regarding these names, could you please help me out? Thank You!
Some of the given names in the Webber clan were Joseph, Ida, May and
Thelma. Some of the given names for the Vaas clan were Bertha, Norman,
Please reply to the email address below...Thanks!
Hi to all,
I have the BENGAL Index of BURIALS, 1860-1867, for the next couple of weeks.
Email your search requests to me direct, and I'll check them out.
Please - only one individual, or one surname, each!!!
And no common surnames unless you supply forename(s) too!!!
Message text written by INTERNET:INDIA-L@rootsweb.com
>Bertha, was married to a
I have come across a John Henry Brooks married to Hilda Beatrice
Heppolette, one of my ancestors, on 19/7/1899. John's age shown as 25,
Hilda as 17. John's father is also shown as John Henry Brooks. Hilda's
father is Benjamin Heppolette, brother to my ggfather.
They were married at the Church of St. Peter, Negapatam, which I think is
Witnesses at the wedding were R.G. Walker, E.A. Russell and G.H.
For what its worth!
Sorry, I have no idea why Sarah Hayes was buried at Tower Hamlets but I
have her memorial card which states that she was interred at the Tower
Hamlets Cemetery, Bow. It does not give a plot number.
I imagine that she died at Liverpool because the ship from India would
have docked there and she died from consumption the day after arriving. I
also have a post card of the North Western Hotel, Lime Street, Liverpool
with the inscription underneath.
"Mrs Sarah hayes died at this hotel on 12th June 1872 the day after her
arrival from India"
If you have any information on her grave I would love to hear about it.
In message <199802261139.VAA01208(a)diablo.OntheNet.com.au>, kenwri
>I have a school book titled "The Boys Weekday Book" printed in 1863 which
>belonged to William John and has written inside "Wesleyan Con-----------
>School, Sthepens Green South. Would anyone have any idea what school this
Given that many men serving in the Army in India had their roots in
Irish Protestantism and Nonconformism, and that there were many branches
of the HAYES family in Ireland, I'd hazard a guess that the Wesleyan
School concerned was at St Stephen's Green in Dublin, Ireland. This was
the centre of non-RC religious life in Dublin being the site of the
Anglican cathedral and the archbishop's residence.
Drake Software web site: http://www.tdrake.demon.co.uk
: I would like some information on Moorar Meerut in the 1856-1868 period.
: anyone tell me anything about it.
Moorar and Meerut are two different places.
Meerut is a military cantonment near Delhi and where the Mutiny started see
The Great Mutiny 1857 by Christopher Hibbert
Morar is also mentioned in the same book it is near Gwalior and where one
of the battles of the Mutiny took place.
The present Bishop of Meerut (Patrick Nair) was a class mate!
Douglas & Audrey Augier
Do you know
: where the 60th rifles were from?
The 60th rifles were the King's Royal Rifle Corps.
From "The Great Mutiny" by Christopher Hibbert. No other info as yet.
There were many Army pages listed on the line so you may be able to look it
Douglas & Audrey Augier
Sorry its taken me so long to get back to you on the PAULS, I've been
searching my notes for mention of your Edward Campbell Paul and Margaret
Edith Porter. Unfortunately, I couldn't find either.
Since I am stuck at the possible birthdate of my ggm Alice, ca 1860, I
have not ventured to the early 1800's. I do have years, names of
parties and reference numbers of marriages (Bengal) beginning 1832 to
1867. Baptisms beginning 1851 to 1864 on any Pauls I came across while
reading the microfilms (note I may have not got them all). I also have
some burials from 1908-1918 and 1933-35.
I have a copy of a baptism entry at Berhampore for Robert William Paul,
son of John and Lavinia Maria Paul said to be born Sept 22, 1858. Is
this one of your's?
Hello there ~
I know this is off-topic but I've been trying, without success, to find a list
that deals with Sri Lanka/Ceylon genealogy.
Please, does anyone have any suggestions?
Anne Higham in Epping, Essex, England
From: Robert & Nancy Sidell <sidell.rn3(a)worldnet.att.net>
To: INDIA-L(a)rootsweb.com <INDIA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Wednesday, 25 February 1998 0:58
Subject: MADRAS CHURCH RECORDS
>I have recently extended two microfilms from LDS till May 1998:
> 1. Madras Church Records 1823-27 # 0521838 (Vol.?)
> 2. Madras Church Records 1832-1838 # 0521841 (Vol.15)
>These contain baptisms, marriages and burials for the stated years.
>I would be more than happy to look up names(with approximate dates).
>Nancy (Rixon) Sidell
Could you please look up for me Esther DEAN/ O'DEAN/ O'DEANE born about 1825
in Madras. Her parents were John O'DEAN & Eve (or Mary) ? I don't think
they could decide how their name was spelled. I have seen all three
spellings on different documents pertaining to this family. Her parents
were both born in Madras as well as other members of the family but not in
the time frame for which you have the records. Just being able to find her
birth record would be a big help.