Tue 1 Feb 2000
Hi everybody !
While in Sydney, I researched Henry CHAPMAN, who
married Priscilla WAKEFIELD in app. 1836. She was the
sister of my g.g.grandfather, John Howard WAKEFIELD.
I found in India Registry that Henry Chapman arrived
1826 and was stationed in many places. The thing is
that their marriage certificate on LDS (the short
version on internet) gives the relative as JOHN BROWN.
I was surprised her brother had not been mentioned.
However, if it is at all possible that Major Brown was
either around in India in 1836, in spite of being
retired, or they were married in UK (unlikely) as they
were in India during 1836 and 1837, and for many
years, then it makes sense to put such an important
chap on their marriage certificate. However, this
leads me to ask: does anyone know how they were
related ? I realise getting the films from LDS would
help, but I am in tiny village, so am trying to
accumulate details to make a sortie into the big town
of Wodonga (smile, smile) where the local genealogical
society hang out.
Henry Chapman was an Assistant Surgeon. He started
off in Civil Station at Chittagong, went to Chirran
Ponje, then to Gov.Gen. Bodyguard (just how many punch
ups took place then ?), onto Pres.Gen.Hospital, then
to Calcutta Jail & Gen. Hospital, onto Thirty Second
Regt. Native Infantry "BHURTPOOR", stationed at
Dinapore (376 miles NW of Calcutta). Interestingly,
this is the year my g.g.grandmother died, and her
husband was also stationed there. Perhaps a mercy
posting was allowed, to allow wife Priscilla to help
look after her nephew and nieces ? Then Henry became
a Pres.Surgeon. All this between 1831 and 1844.
Unfortunately, India Registry for next years not
available at State Library - perhaps someone had
bagged them for research ? - something to look forward
Re Anglo-Indian nomenclature, I thought we'd found out
that before British Army took over, people of mixed
marriages were known as East Indians, only as Anglo
Indians later. Does that help enquirer ? And I
rather liked the entries for births in India Registry,
such as: "17 Jan 1834 at Cherra Ponjee, the lady of
H. Chapman Esq., civil assistant surgeon, a son."
Perhaps they weren't married yet ? Their LDS
certificate states 1836. If so, many, many people
werent married in those days producing children, as
this "the lady of ....." was rife in the Registry.
Was there a dearth of chaplains, people having to wait
? What a mystery it all is !
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