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.
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
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 enclosed extract.
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
"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
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,
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.
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 March
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 on furlough.
(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 Child.
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
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.
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
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
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