Amanuensis Monday: 1865 Deaths at Saint Thomas in Bombay

The below table is a page from the 1865 Ecclesiastical Returns of Births, Baptisms, Marriage & Burials of Saint Thomas Cathedral in Bach Bay, Bombay, India.

Saint Thomas Cathedral in Mumbai, India, formerly known as Bombay. Built in 1718, it is the oldest British building in India still in continuous use.

Saint Thomas Cathedral in Mumbai, India, formerly known as Bombay. Built in 1718, it is the oldest British building in India still in continuous use.

Saint Thomas was erected in 1718 as the first Anglican church for India’s growing British settlement. It has been used for services continuously since its erection and was the church of my family who lived, were born, and now laid beneath its grounds in India.

William Brown, listed below, was my fourth great grandfather who was born on Def. 7, 1805 in Dover, Kent, England. The son of John and Elizabeth Brown, he moved to India and worked as an cathedral clerk.

He married my fourth great grandmother Celindah Court who was born in Calcutta about 1805. They had nine children, including my third great grandmother Celindah Elizabeth Jane Brown, born April 25, 1828. William lost his beloved wife on March 8, 1843 at the age of 38, just months after the birth of their last daughter, Henriette Caroline Brown, who later died two months after her mother passed. She is buried at Saint Thomas.

William married again to Elizabeth Horrocks in July of that same year, I imagine because he had eight minor children, although she, herself was just 14 years old to his 38 and younger than two of her step-children. William had six more children with Elizabeth, but it is evident he missed his first wife very much, and named a daughter he had with Elizabeth after her, Ellen Celindah Court Brown.

William died at age 60 on Sept. 1, 1685 in Bombay from gangrene, perhaps from a cut he received while working as an undertaker, and is also buried on the grounds of Saint Thomas.

Back Bay from Saint Thomas Cathedral in the year 1865

When Died

Cause of Death Christian Name Surname Age Quality, Trade or Profession When Buried Signature by whom Buried


August 13

Fever Lerence Adams 38 years Widow of the late William Adams. L # Rifles 1865August 14

Charles Gilder

Clerk in Holy Orders


August 27

Dropsy William Rigdon Hayman 63 years Shipping Master 1865August 28th

W. Maule

Chaplain of Colaba

1865August 31


Acute Dysentery Isaac Pardo Twenty six years A soldier of H. M. 45th Regiment under sentence of Penal Servitude for seven years 1865September 1st W. K. FletcherSenior Chaplain


September 1

Gangrene William Brown Sixty one years undertaker 1865September 1

W. K. Fletcher

Senior Chaplain


September 8

Acute Hydrocep halus following Diarrhea Walter Wynne Lake One year, three months & twenty four days Son of N. C. LakeMarshal County Jail 1865September 8
1865September 10 Aneurism of the Aorta Lewis Gilbert Twenty seven years Overseer of Reclamation works 1865September 10 Charles Kirk
S. O. G.Missionary Minister in the Diocese of Bombay

SOURCE: Ecclesiastical Returns of Births, Baptism, Marriage & Burials; Bombay, India; 1865; Ref# N/3/39 Vol. 39; FHL SLC, Utah; microfilm #523,924



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