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Offline HenningWalker

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Relative who traveled to India in 1808
« on: Sunday 28 July 13 14:05 BST (UK) »
I have recently been researching an ancestor named William Warwick who appeared to live in India and also get married and have two children christened out there. The reason as to why he was there in the first place is still unknown to me, however I recently discovered a record on Fibis which shows that a William Warwick arrived in India (Madras) in 1808 and the date, place and name all seem to match. However, as a non-member of Fibis, I cannot view the record, so I was wondering whether it is possible to find any record of his voyage to India in 1808 bearing in mind findmypast only allows you to search passenger lists from 1890 to 1960?

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Henning

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Re: Relative who traveled to India in 1818
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 28 July 13 15:56 BST (UK) »
I'm struggling to find the Fibis record of 1818, though I can see one dated 1808 ??

Do you know anything about your William WARWICK's occupation? Could he have been an army officer, or in the Maritime Service of the East India Company, or an EIC civil servant, or an independent merchant, or a banker, etc.?

If so, any surviving documentation will probably be among the India Office Records at the British Library in London. For example, their online family history database throws up one record for a residence permit in Madras in 1825, which may possibly relate to your man. You can run a search from here ...

http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/Advancediscovery.aspx

Note that this database includes only about 10% of their records. An outline list of all their holdings is here ...

http://www.rootschat.com/links/0vi2/

If you can't get to the British Library, they do offer a research service.

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Re: Relative who traveled to India in 1808
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 28 July 13 16:01 BST (UK) »
Hi,

Yes, I did mean 1808! I have corrected that in the post.

He was a tailor when he died in Pondicherry, India in 1828 which is also the occupation of his son and grandson - a family trade. However, I'm unaware as to why a British man would go to India in order to work as a tailor?! I assumed that this profession would've already been quite popular over there already and if anything surely British people would only be out there at this time for mining or military purposes etc.

Thanks for the links, I will check those out now and see if I can find anything else of interest.

Henning

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Re: Relative who traveled to India in 1808
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 28 July 13 16:24 BST (UK) »
Both the British Army and the Indian Army employed military tailors.