Boffin/Baughan Charlbury, Oxon to India link

FindMyPast have recently released some records associated with the British in India and linked areas e.g. Rangoon (Burma or Myanmar) is included. I’ve started to go through some of these and found the following link with the Charlbury Boffins/Baughans.

George Boffin (sometimes spelt Baughan) was baptised on 28 July 1820 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. He was the first son of William Boffin and Sarah Burden; they had 6 children. Up until now I had no further information on George after the baptism.

On 11th December 1856 he married Rose Ann Duckworth at St Mary’s Church, Madras, India. Madras is called Chennai nowadays. I’ve found one baptism for this family – Sarah Rosa Boffin, born 21 December 1857 and baptised 26 May 1858 in Palaveram, Tamil Nadu, India. Rose Ann (the mother) died sometime before April 1865 because George remarried Margaret Louise Sherard (born about 1835) on 29 April 1865 in Vizianegareum, Bengal, India. George died on 5 March 1872 (buried 6 March) at Telicherry, Kerala, India – cause of death was smallpox. Sarah Rosa Boffin (the daughter of the first marriage) married, at age 16 years, Charles William Arnet on 1 July 1874 at the Madras Trinity Chapel in Madras.

When George was married for the first time he was 2nd Master Sergeant 37th Grenadiers and at the time of his death in 1874 he was a ‘Company’s Pensioner’. So far I haven’t found his Army Service records.

I have a document that lists Rose Boffin buried in the Old Protestant Cemetery in Agram, Bangalore, India (the cemetery was used from 1806 to 1866). The document doesn’t give any further information.

I haven’t found, so far, what happened to George’s second wife.



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