The recent conversation on the India List regarding the above has raised my
hopes that I might find some information on my late husband's great-great
grandmother. His great-great grandfather (John Violet Snook b. 1806 in
Somerset UK) was granted a Cadetship with the 23rd Madras Native Infantry
and arrived in India in September 1825. There is a record of the birth
of a son Philip Henry 26th June 1834 at Kurnaul, christened 6th September
1834 at Lucknow, to Lt. J.B (should be J.V.) Snook 23rd Madras N.I. and a
There followed 3 more children but only the father's name recorded but I
feel all the children had the same mother. They were John Stacey 1837,
Matilda 1839, Wm. McArthur 1842,. These three were all christened on 1st
August 1847 at Lucknow.
Brevet Major John Violet Snook died Intestate on 10 October 1853 at Hapur.
UP. His daughter Matilda died 18th January 1854 in the Bengal
Military Orphan Asylum. Wm. McArthur Snook had died in 1849, aged 7 and I
can't find what happened to John Stacey. So only Philip seems to have
survived who is my late husband's ancestor.
The allowance which I believe would have been paid for these children would
have had to be claimed for and one would have thought the mother's name
would have been required. Would be great if the information is lurking
somewhere in some army records.