The Todd Family

Alice Marian (Todd) Ferguson

Birth: 29 December 1843

Baptism: 18 November 1844, in Chunar, Bengal, India

Fryer Bowes Todd

Mother: Charlotte Tilney (Long) Todd

Married: Robert Walker Ferguson on 3 July 1883, in Fort William, Calcutta, Bengal, India. Alice and Robert are both listed as single. Robert was lay curate to the civil chaplain in Allahabad.
The Times of India on 16 July 1883 (transcribed at Families in British India Society):
July 3rd at Calcutta Robert Walker Ferguson lay Curate to Civil Chaplain Allahabad to Alice Marian youngest daughter of the late Capt FB Todd BNI

Alice was admitted to the Bengal Upper Orphan School in Allipore, near Calcutta on 1 February 1850. Her pension was being paid to her mother.


Charlotte Jane Todd

Birth: 7 November 1839, in Saugor, Bengal, India

Baptism: 21 November 1841

Fryer Bowes Todd

Mother: Charlotte Tilney (Long) Todd

Death: 13 May 1872, aged 32
The Times of India on 18 May 1872 (transcribed at Families in British India Society):
May 13th at Calcutta Charlotte Jane second daughter of the late Capt FB Todd 11th NI

Buried: 13 May 1872 in Barrackpore, Bengal, India

Charlotte was admitted to the Bengal Upper Orphan School in Allipore, near Calcutta on 1 February 1850. Her pension was being paid to her mother.


Emma Agnes Todd

Birth: 9 April 1835, in Goruckpore, Bengal, India

Baptism: 5 May 1835, in Goruckpore, Bengal, India

Fryer Bowes Todd

Mother: Charlotte Tilney (Long) Todd

Death: 1897, in Bath district, Somerset, England, aged 62

Emma was admitted to the Bengal Upper Orphan School in Allipore, near Calcutta on 1 February 1850, and discharged on 9 April 1853. Her pension was being paid to her mother. Remarks on admission (transcribed at Families in British India Society from IOR/L/AG/23/7/7):
14/50 Permitted to remain in England till end of 54. Secys 63 of 1853. Written permission granted secys 1/56 with stipend from 4 Aug 1855 &  Sep 1856


Frederick William Todd

Birth: 9 February 1805, in St Pancras, London, Middlesex, England

Baptism: 6 March 1805, in St James, Westminster, Middlesex, England

Fryer Todd

Mother: Mary (Evans) Todd

Married: Jane Elizabeth Mate in 1839, in Taunton district, Somerset, England.
Jane was born on 1 April 1814, in London, Middlesex, and baptised on 6 October 1814 in St Mary-le-Bow, City of London, London, the daughter of Thomas Mate and Elizabeth of Bow Lane, Cheapside. Thomas was a silk manufacturer. She died in 1895, in Blandford district, Dorset, aged 81.
1861: Knowle House, Corfe Mullen, Dorset
1871: Keynston Lodge, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset

Occupation: Officer in the East India Company Army.
Frederick joined the service in 1820 (Army List 1857 p148) and served in the 14th Native Infantry. Lieutenant Todd was made brevet captain on 13 February 1836 (Asiatic Journal vol 22 September 1836 p39), and captain on 21 September 1838 (The East India Register for 1844 p43). He was promoted to brevet major on 9 November 1846 (London Gazette 13 November 1846). Frederick retired with the rank of captain and brevet major on 28 September 1848 (Army List 1849 p162), but evidently re-entered the service, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 28 November 1854 (Army List 1855 p82), on which date he also re-retired (Army List 1861 p284)

This letter to Allen's Indian Mail describes Frederick's skill in commanding troops on the move in cholera-ridden areas:
Allen's Indian Mail 1846 p448
 SIR,-While the cholera has been prevalent in India, and many of our regiments have suffered in their marches most severely from that dreadful disease, there is some satisfaction when we find that bodies of our Indian troops have been conducted through long marches and districts where the cholera prevailed without a single casualty. An instance of this fortunate kind has occurred in a march of the left wing of the 14th Madras N.I., and I beg to call your attention to the occurrence, with the hope that you may be induced to notice it in the next number of the Indian Mail, as too much care cannot be taken of the health of our troops, particularly in regard to the cholera; I think the publication of such instances of successful marches are calculated, by rousing attention, to become beneficial, and shall feel much obliged by your giving a place in the Indian Mail to the enclosed extract.
    I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
                 A WELL WISHER.
  "THE TROOPS.-14TH REGIMENT OF NATIVE INFANTRY.- Remarkably fortunate march of the left wing of this corps. The left wing, under the command of Capt. W. F. Todd, marched from French Rocks en route for Jaulaah on the 19th of February; on the 22nd the route was altered, and the corps ordered to proceed to Kamptee; and on the 24th of the same month an order was received, directing the corps to proceed to this station.* The left wing had then just crossed the Toombuddra river, which it recrossed on the 25th of February, and countermarched for this station, where it arrived on Tuesday morning last, the 21st instant, all healthy and well, not having sustained a single casualty, either of effective men or followers, during this long march; and there were only four sick with the wing on its arrival, and these very trifling cases. Great care and attention were, we understand, always taken by the commanding officer and the medical men to select suitable ground for encampment, and the sepoys were particularly cautioned against eating fruit or trash in the villages, whilst especial care was taken that they should never be fatigued or overworked on any occasion. These measures combined, with the absence of anxiety or alarm, no doubt tended to the happy results recorded.
  "As soon as it was known that the corps was coming here, all the followers that could be spared were sent on in advance, and reached this some days before the wing.
  "The families of the regiment having been left at French Rocks on its marching, a guard was sent from Raidroog to bring them on here, and they arrived on Wednesday morning, the 22nd instant, without suffering the smallest loss.
  "We have been thus particular in noticing this march of the left wing of the 14th regt. N.I. which has been upwards of two months under canvas, and moving where other corps suffered much loss, without having a single casualty. There must be something wrong in the different systems pursued. Supplies of all sorts are said to have been readily obtained, and water, although not very plentiful, was generally found in sufficient quantities for all purposes required. The fact is, that when a corps is marching, if news spreads that there is cholera in camp, the village people take the alarm and disappear. The right wing of the 14th regt., which is some days' march in the rear, is, we regret to state, suffering from cholera. But by the last accounts it was abating, there having been no fresh cases since the 19th instant, and those in hospital were recovering."
* Bangalore

Death: 1896, in Paddington district, London, England, aged 91
A memorial window was inserted into the church of All Saints in Tarrant Keyneston in 1897 by D’arcy Todd in memory of Frederick and Jane Todd.

Census & Addresses:
1874: Keynston Lodge, Blandford, Dorset (Somersetshire Archaelogical and Natural History Society's Proceedings)
1881: Keinston Lodge, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset
1891: Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset


Frederick D'Arcy Todd

Birth: 14 May 1826, in Dinapore, Bengal, India
The Asiatic Journal October 1826 p476
May 14. At Dinapore, the lady of Lieut. F.B. Todd, 11th N.I., of a son.

Baptism: 10 December 1826, in Dinapore, Bengal, India

Fryer Bowes Todd

Mother: Charlotte Tilney (Long) Todd


Fryer Todd

Baptism: 17 October 1765, in Kendal, Westmoreland, England

William Todd

Mother: Margaret (Bowes) Todd

Married: Mary Evans on 13 October 1795

Occupation: Merchant. On 1 November 1799, a partnership between William Parr and Fryer Todd, of Little Ryder Street, St James's, London, merchants, was dissolved (London Gazette 29 October 1799 p1121). In bankruptcy proceedings in 1813, Fryer is described as a "merchant, dealer and chapman" (London Gazette 26 January 1813 p212). In 1823, Fryer became a clerk to a Mr. Kinnear.

Buried: 5 June 1836, in St Helen, Auckland, Durham, England

Fryer Todd was "gentleman of good family, and originally of good fortune" (Dictionary of National Biography vol 19 p906), but he lost his fortune by speculation. His home was broken up, and in 1811, at least one of his children was placed in the care of relatives. Fryer was declared bankrupt on 30 December 1812, (London Gazette 5 January 1813 p63), and again, this time in partnership with a William Hughes, in 1819 (London Gazette 27 November 1819 p2125).

In 1823, Fryer appears as a witness in a fraud case against John Kinnear, for whom Fryer was working as a clerk. As part of the testimony, fryer states that he had been imprisoned in Fleet Prison from January until March 1822, presumably as part of the bankruptcies, one  of which was discharged in  March 1822.
Old Bailey Proceedings 9 April 1823 p239
FRYER TODD. I am clerk to Mr. Kinnear. I went to Jersey, in March last, to enquire respecting the house of Smith, White, and Co. but could discover no such house; I advertised in four newspapers, and enquired at the Custom-House agents, and bankers, and went to five villages; I found one White, and Co. and presented the bill there; they denied all knowledge whatever of it.

Cross-examined by MR. CURWOOD.
Q. You were sent after this prosecution was commenced
A. I do not know that; he had gone to the public-office before that - I have been with Mr. Kinnear four months.
Q. Where did he find you
A. He has been at my house years ago - I first became acquainted with him about 1817, in Curzon-street, May fair.
Q. Was he a merchant there
A. I am sure I do not know. Mrs. Kinnear came to my house, in Curson-street. I do not know where he lived then; it was an invitation which came from my wife; it was an evening party. I did not know where he lived - The first residence I knew of his was at Battersea; some years elapsed between his visiting me in Curzon-street, and my seeing him again - I did not know where he lived.
Q. When did you know him live at Battersea
A. In 1821; that was after he was prosecuted.
Q. After
A. Mrs. Kinnear had a house there.
Q. On your oath, do not you know he was in gaol in 1821 for a conspiracy
A. I do not, I only heard it from report.
Q. How came you to say he lived at Battersea, when you knew, from report, that he was at Ilchester
A. I might have been informed afterwards.
Q. After when
A. After I came into his employ. I do not know what year he was in gaol. I went to see Mrs. Kinnear, at Battersea. I did not ask where he was. I heard, by report, that he was at Ilchester, but never saw him there. I saw him in the Fleet. I was a prisoner there when he came from Ilchester. I was sent there in January, 1822, till March; he was a ruler there at the time I came.
Q. Do you mean to say he was in the rules of the Fleet in January or March, 1822
A. After March. He was not within the walls in January. He might be at the commencement of January. I believe he was not in the walls. I have seen him come in and go out. During the time I was a prisoner there, he was not within the walls.
Q. You are quite sure you met him at one of Mrs. Todd's routs
A. Yes. I renewed my acquaintance with him in the rules of the Fleet. I did not doubt his being convicted of a conspiracy.
Q. And yet you became his clerk
A. Yes. I never accepted bills for him. I have been a merchant, and became a bankrupt twice, and was discharged once under the insolvent act - that was in March, 1822. I lived thirteen years in Bury-street, and then went to Great Winchester-street.

1808: 31 Bury Street, St James, London (Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 1807-1814 pp690-1)
1813: 31 Bury Street, Westminster St James, Middlesex (London Gazette 26 January 1813 p212)
1817: Curzon Street, Mayfair, Westminster, Middlesex (Old Bailey Proceedings 9 April 1823 p239)
1819: Great Winchester Street, City of London (London Gazette 26 January 1813 p212)


Fryer Bowes Todd

Birth: 25 November 1800

Baptism: 10 December 1800, in St James, Westminster, Middlesex, England

Fryer Todd

Mother: Mary (Evans) Todd

Married: Charlotte Tilney Long on 15 March 1824, in Aligarh, Bengal, India
Asiatic Journal Sept 1824 p317
March 15. At Ally Ghur, Lieut. F.B. Todd, to Charlotte Tilney, only daughter of Capt. W. Long.

Charlotte was born in 1804/5, the daughter of W. Long. She died on 18 September 1865, aged 60, and was buried on 19 September 1865, in Barrackpore, Bengal, India. The Times of India on 22 September 1865 (transcribed at Families in British India Society) reports Charlotte's death date as 11 September 1865:
Sept 11th at Barrackpore Mrs Charlotte Tinley Todd widow of the late Captain Fryer Bower Todd Bengal Army

Fryer and Charlotte also had a stillborn son born on 3 April 1832 at St. Helena, on board the Thomas Grenville on which Fryer and Charlotte were returning to England on furlough.
(Calcutta magazine for 1832 p109)
April 3 At St Helena, on board the H. C. Ship Thomas Grenville, the Lady of Lieut. F.B. Todd, 11th Regt. Bengal Establishment, of a still born male Child.

Occupation: Officer in the East India Company Army.
Fryer joined the service in 1819 and served in the 11th Native Infantry. He was made Second Lieutenant on 5 April 1820, and promoted to Lieutenant on 11 July 1823 (Alphabetical list of the officers of the Bengal army 1760-1837 p260). On 3 January 1832 he was permitted to proceed to Europe on furlough, "for private affairs" and appointed to the charge of the invalids of the H.C. Service under orders of embarkation for Europe on the Thomas Grenville. (Calcutta magazine for 1831 p28). Fryer and Charlotte returned to Bengal in 1833 aboard the D'Auvergne (Asiatic Journal Sept 1833 p62). Fryer, then a Brevet Captain, was promoted to captain on 1 December 1836 (Asiatic Journal vol 22 p265), then invalided on 20 January 1841 (Asiatic Journal vol 34 p318). The Asiatic Journal vol 35 p238 notes that:
Capt. F.B. Todd, invalid estab., permitted to reside at Saugor, and to draw his pay and allowances from Benares pay office, until 1st Nov. next, when he will proceed and join invalid batt. at Chunar.
In 1846, Fryer is described as being "of Mirzapore, a captain in the invalid establishment" when he is granted probate of the estate of his brother Elliot (Allen's Indian Mail 24 July 1846 p468).

Death: 7 October 1847, at Mirzapur, Bengal, England
United Service Magazine vol 56 (1848) p160
Oct 7th, Mlrzapoor, Bengal, Capt. F.B. Todd, Bengal Army, aged 47

Buried: in Mirzapur cemetery, Mirzapur, Bengal, India
List of inscriptions on Christian tombs and tablets of historical interest in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh p176 (Edward Blunt, 2009)
1847 TODD, F. B., Captain. Inscription:- Beneath this stone is interred all that was mortal of Fryer Bowes Todd, Captain in the Hon'ble Company's Military Service. He was born on the 25th November 1800 and his spirit ascended to his God and Saviour on the 7th October 1847.
  Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
  Revelation, Chapter XIV, verse 13.

Erected as a last token of affection by his afflicted widow.
  [Son of F. Todd, a volunteer in the pilot service, born in 1800. He joined the service in 1819.]
  (Reference: Services B. A. List.)

Probate: granted to Charlotte (Long) Todd
Allen's Indian Mail 22 August 1848 p495
FRYER BOWES TODD, late of Mirzapore, in the province of Behar, heretofore, a captain in the service of the Honourable East India Company on their invalid establishment, to Mrs. Charlotte Finley Todd, of Mirzapore, aforesaid, the widow. Frith, Sandes, and Watts, proctors.


Mary Elizabeth (Todd, Coventry) Soltau-Symons

Birth: 3 December 1841, in Bengal, India

Frederick William Todd

Mother: Jane Elizabeth (Mate) Todd

Married (1st): St John Coventry on 27 September 1860, in St Mary Magdelene, Taunton, Somerset, England.
The Gentleman's Magazine November 1860 p546:
Sept. 27. At Taunton, St. John Coventry, esq., of Henbury-house, Dorset, to Mary Elizabeth, only dau. of Lieut.-Col. T.W. Todd, late of the 14th Regt. Madras Native Infantry.

Married (2nd): George William Culme (Soltau) Soltau-Symons on 12 January 1875 in Blandford district, Dorset, England

Mary Elizabeth Todd memorial plaque
Memorial plaque to St John Coventry, Mary Elizabeth Todd and George Saltau-Symons
Death: 8 July 1919, in Plymouth district, Devon, England, aged 77

Census & Addresses:
1861: Knowle House, Corfe Mullen, Dorset
1871: Keynston Lodge, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset
1881: South Cliff Silverton House, Holdenhurst, Hampshire
1891: Lockeby Hall, Bournemouth, Hampshire
1901: Chaddlewood, Plympton St Mary, Devon: Mary Symons is aged 59, born in Madras, India
1911: Plympton St Mary, Devon: Mary Elizabeth Sultan Symons is aged 69


Richard Bowney Todd

Birth: 17 January 1844 in French Rocks, Madras, India
The East India Register for 1844 p166
January, 1844.
17. At the French Rocks, the wife of Capt. Todd, 14th N.I., of a son.

Baptism: 28 January 1844 in French Rocks, Madras, India

Frederick William Todd

Mother: Jane Elizabeth (Mate) Todd

Death: 3 July 1844, in French Rocks, Madras, India, aged 5 months and 15 days
Bombay Times 20 July 1844 transcribed at Families in British India Society
At the French Rocks on the 3rd July Richard Powney son of Captain Frederick Todd 14th Regt NI aged 5 months and 15 days


William Bowes Todd

Birth: 14 March 1825, in Allahabad, Bengal, India
The quarterly oriental magazine March 1825 p55
At Allahabad, on the 14th March; the lady of lieutenant F.B. Todd 11th N.I. of a son and heir.

Baptism: 7 July 1825, in Cawnpore, Bengal, India

Fryer Bowes Todd

Mother: Charlotte Tilney (Long) Todd

India Births and Baptisms shows three children of William Bowes Todd, all baptised on 17 December 1857, in Lucknow, Bengal, India. William's birth date is given as 24 September 1857, Henry's as 25 March 1857 and Anthony's as 22 October 1857. if I had to guess an interpretation of this confusing data, I would think that 2 and possibly all 3, of the boys were born before 1857, and an assumption was made somewhere that a given birth date not including the year was the same year as the baptism year.

Notes: William was present at a duel that took place at Pultah Ghant on 26 July 1845, between Stamford Tulloch and Charles Nelson. Tulloch was seriously wounded at the duel, and William remained with him at the duelling ground while Tulloch's second took their buggy to fetch a surgeon. This took a long time and eventually William procured a keranchee to transport Tulloch back to Barrackpore, meeting the surgeon  on the way. Lieuteant Tulloch died as a result of his wound and, in a highly unusual prosecution for the time, Nelson, as well as the two seconds, were charged with murder and aiding and abetting murder. William was one of two other witnesses at the duel, but was not charged. At the trial, detailed in Allen's Indian Mail 4 November 1845 pp642-7, the two witnesses and three charged men all refused to testify and a statement made by Tulloch to his commanding officer before his death was ruled inadmissable because it was not made under oath and there was no opportunity for him to be cross-examined, so the case was dimissed for lack of evidence. William's refusal to testify was given as a refusal to incriminate himself, but also reflects the tension at the time between the law forbidding dueling and societal mores requiring it. The presiding judge had to intervene to stop cheering in the packed court when the prisoners were acquitted.


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