I am searching for THORNHILL in India. The earliest I have found is
Cudbert THORNHILL who lived at Cosspore. He was Indian Army but was a
friend of Sir William Bensley, a director of EIC. He is buried at North
Park St. Cemetery, Calcutta, India. His wife was Maria Ursula NN, widow
of John Hammond of the Royal Navy.
Cudbert's son John THORNHILL was adopted during his early years in
England by Robert Bensley, actor, and presumably son or brother of Sir
William. Bensley has become a family name. My wife's father bore it as
does my son. John attended Westminster School and married (1) Henrietta
Sarah Craigie, (2) Mary White Siddons, and (3) Henriette Phillipine
BEAUFOY. Two of his sons and one of his grandsons died in the Mutiny at
Lucknow, Cawnpore, and Sitapore.
Cudbert Bensley THORNHILL, John's son, married Ellen SALTAU. He paid
for the maintenance of 24 children, six of his own and 18 belonging to
his brothers and other officers killed in the mutiny. He was traveling
out to be Governor of Aden when he died at sea in 1868. His son John
THORNHILL was a Major in the 6th Madras Infantry and married Leonore A.
He was the end of the line of THORNHILL's in the Indian Army. Several
of them were educated at Haileybury.
Any other information would be greatly appreciated.