My great grandfather Patrick Ambrose McCarthy, b 19 Feb 1868
according to his military records, was allegedly from Cork. His first
confirmed sighting is his marriage in Agra, India in 1889 and he
subsequently appears in the Indian Army List. He was an
Apothecary/Assistant Surgeon. He died in Calcutta in 1924, I have
traced his wife's family back several generations, all Indian
I also have a great x2 grandfather Timothy O'Kelly, allegedly from
Galway: his first appearance is his marriage in India in 1842 to
Ellen Murphy, at which time he was a Lance Corporal with the 1st
Madras Fusiliers. He died in the Mutiny in 28 Jul 1857. Clearly both
men had Irish ancestry, but did they emigrate, or was it their
fathers or even grandfathers who made the journey?
The "allegedly" comes in as this is family info, which tends to be
unreliable! My grandmother had on her passport that she was born in
Cork, but I have discovered that she was baptised in Rawalpindi!
I would like specifically to trace my O'Kelly and McCarthy ancestors,
but also to find out more about the Irish who joined the armies of
the Honorable East India Company pre Mutiny and the British later on.
I am reasonably conversant with UK genealogy and becoming more
experienced at searching India Office records, but Irish genealogy is
new to me.
Any advice would be welcome.