it seems that you are doing a great deal of work researching Thomas Myers on my behalf and I fear that I am leading you on a wild goose chase. If Thomas Myers partook in the Second Sikh War then I fear he is not my ancestor. My mother told me that he and his family arrived in India and "within 3 months was killed during the Mutiny and his wife died in childbirth at the Residency". The information that they were at sea when the Mutiny broke out was only recent information I received from a distant cousin. I agree with you that it would be most unlikely that if the last was the case that they would have reached Lucknow. It was only because of the fact that the only Myers listed in Mutiny casualties was Thomas Myers, that I felt that my mother may have been mistaken in the name of her great grandfather, who she believed was Charles. As I have said previously, many of my family were never referred to by their real name. It was Kevin Asplin who said he must have been of the 32nd Foot if his family were in the Residency during the siege. I now wonder if indeed he was in the military or was a civilian killed at the Residency. I also wonder however, if that was the case, how he could have afforded to bring his large family to India. Were civilian casualties at the Residency ever recorded?
You begin your last post with "Travel to India". I have in fact been there many times and for extended periods. I find the country & culture fascinating. I was at the time, however, not interested in family history. I do intend to return and will definitely visit Lucknow and Meerut, among other places.
your help is most appreciated.
cheers ... Rob
Thanks for the reply. My posts didn't require any new research, just having enough time to consult and select from my notes and other sources already gathered.
A few further points. There were other British 'Residencies' in India at the time, apart from that at Lucknow. A 'Resident' was appointed to those Indian states, of various degrees of independence, which were dotted all over the subcontinent. Lucknow was capital of the former kingdom of Oudh/Oude/Awad which had only been taken under direct British jurisdiction in 1856. The Residency building still retained its former name. Perhaps the Myers were elsewhere.
As to civilian casualties at Lucknow, I believe I have as complete a list as anyone but can find no name similar to Myers which would fit the profile. By the way, there were European families of non-officer,military personnel in the Residency apart from those of the 32nd - including those of NCOs of the 'Native' regiments and the NCOS and rankers of the Bengal Artillery
The nearest I have on my data-base is a Sgt. Thomas Molloy (military names were generally, but not always recorded accurately) of the Bengal Artillery who is not listed as killed or wounded, surprisingly as most of the few artillerymen became casualties. There is also a Mrs Molloy with four children, none recorded as having died, again surprising as the death rate amongst the children was very high. I have no proof of Mrs Molloy being wife of Sgt. Molloy but it seems likely.
Of the 39 'Charles' I have, no male fits the profile, though there is a Mrs 'Charles' McCurry (deceased), one of the few women of the 32nd I have managed to identify, as well as a Sgt. Archibald McCurry (32nd), killed at Chinhut. I'd guess
that they were a couple. No McCurry children found but, as I've said before, the biggest gap I have is precisely the families of the 32nd.
So a couple of 'near-misses' but nothing to give us any confidence that we've hit on your Myers family.
I'll be back to you if any new info comes up.