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
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.
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
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
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
TO THE EDITOR OF ALLEN'S INDIAN MAIL.
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
I remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
"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."
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Married: Charlotte Tilney Long on 15
1824, in Aligarh, Bengal, India Asiatic Journal Sept 1824 p317 MARRIAGES. 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
(Calcutta magazine for 1832 p109) BIRTHS.
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
Occupation: Officer in the East India
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
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).
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.
Probate: granted to Charlotte
(Long) Todd Allen's Indian Mail 22 August 1848 p495 PROBATES AND ADMINISTRATIONS TO ESTATES.
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.
John Coventry on 27
September 1860, in St Mary Magdelene, Taunton, Somerset, England. The Gentleman's Magazine November 1860
p546: Marriages. 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.
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
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.