I have found a number of references to Thomas Clarke and his family that
were not mentioned in the most recent enquiry to the List, some dating back
I think that the most telling previous post is one to the List in 2009
concerning documents discovered in the Ames Library at the University of
Minnesota, as follows:
The following is an extract taken from a letter from T.G. Clarke, Magistrate
of Police in Madras to J.D.Gordon, Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Sir John
Laird Mair Lawrence, Viceroy and Governor General 17th June 1868. It is part
of a series of letters where T.G.C. tries to get employment for one of his
sons in the Mysore Commission. This letter to the Governor General was a
last resort. He was under the impression that one had to be a native to be
"I beg to state that I am not a native in the common, or general acceptation
of the term, but I belong to the class known as "East Indians". My father
was a European and my mother an East Indian. I was born and educated in the
country, never in England - Madras is my home. I understand the principal
natives languages spoken in this country. I have served the state for many
years. For the last 23 years I have held and continue to hold, the position
of Magistrate of Police of the Presidency Town; and I am now virtually
Senior Magistrate. My father was in the army, he was severely wounded in
battle and when he died he was a Deputy Commissary of Ordnance. I have a
large family; my sons are East Indians like myself, two of whom were
educated at the Ootacamund Grammar School under Dr. Pope ; they matriculated
at the last University Examination"
T.G.C. was Thomas George Clarke, and via Google it is possible to find more
references to him. Researchers have assumed that the reference to "Deputy
Commissary of Ordnance" indicates that TGC was the son of Thomas Clarke, and
that seems reasonable to me. [On the occasion of his third marriage to Louis
O'Brien he gave his father's name as "Thomas Clarke.] If that assumption is
correct, then the significant part of the above to me are the words
"severely wounded in battle." I had already formed the opinion that it would
have been unlikely that Thomas would have been recruited into the Ordnance
Department of the Madras Army directly from the U.K. so the above is
suggestive that he was able to take on the less-demanding role in the
Ordnance Department after recovering from his wounds. If that is the case,
he could have come from any regiment, and I really don't see a way of
connecting him with any specific one.
In all the references I have seen, however, I have not seen any mention of
the following that I found in the book "List of Tombs and Monuments of
Europeans &c. in the Madras District" printed by the Superintendent of the
Government Press in 1898.
On p. 27, St. Mary's Cemetery, Madras.
1st May 1864. Sophia Catherine Clarke, wife of T.G. Clarke, Magistrate of
Police for the Town of Madras, aged 52 years. [This was Sophia Catherine
Cunningham, TGC's second wife.]
On p. 54, Monuments in the Roman Catholic Cathedral (St. Mary's), Black
Town, Madras, Part II, Graves.
7th July 1835 to 1861. Family vault of T.G.Clarke, a Magistrate of Police
for the Town of Madras.
Within repose the mortal remains of Severenah Clarke, mother, aged 70 years,
died 7th July 1856; Mary Clarke, wife, born 25th February 1809, died 29th
January 1835; of Edward Patrick Clarke, brother, born 25th December 1811,
died 1st December 1841, and two children - Francis Thomas Clarke, born 2nd
April 1835, died 22nd November 1837, and William Penn Clarke, born 20th
November 1840 and died 19th June 1845; Charles F. Clarke, born 4th April
1821, died 6th September 1861, brother; Alice H.P. Clarke, born 21st May
1816, died 9th September 1861; St. M Clarke, born 20th October 1818, died
23rd September 1861, beloved children of A.H. Clarke.
First and only reference found to Thomas Clarke's wife Severenah.
First and only reference found to the name of TGC's first wife.
Charles F. Clarke was Charles Frederick Clarke (burial record on
Alice H.P. Clarke was Alice Henrietta, and she died 9th September 1864 aged
18 (burial record on FindMyPast).
St. M. Clarke was St. Clair Morris Clarke, and he died 23rd September 1864
aged 15 yrs 11 mos (burial record on FindMyPast).
I do not know who A.H.Clarke was.
Nothing conclusive I am afraid, but perhaps some additional information that
may assist in due course.