Simmonds Family Tree
- d'Silva family Overview
William Simmonds (c. 1803 - 1835)
and Elizabeth Wheatley or Page
William Simmonds (1835 - ?)
and Georgiana Adelaide Burnell
Samuel Leonard Simmonds (c. 1863 - c.1904)
and Ellen Josephine Charleston
John Charleston (c. 1832 - 1881)
and Mary Ann d'Cruz
Leonard Wheatley (c. 1773 - 1822)
and Mootamah or Mary Maken
Martin Burnell (c.1761 - 1815)
and Mary Ann
Peter Maken (? - ?)
and Peterama or Natcharama
My Simmonds story starts with 20 year old Blacksmith, William Simmonds enlisting in Bethnel Green, London in the Honourable East India Company Army in 1824.
On arrival in India, William was attached to the 2nd European Regiment in Madras.
Since European girls were not available, the young soldiers at that time commonly married either the daughters of other soldiers and their Indian wives or other Indian girls and thus "Anglo Indian" children were born. William was no exception (even though he didn't actually marry his partner).