Son of James Eckford|
Father of Emily Jane Eckford
George Henry Eckford's father was an officer serving with the East Indian Company, who had a distinguished military career. George Henry Eckford was born in India, and also started serving with the East Indian Company army. He became a Lieutenant. However, in 1840, he was court-martialled (see this webpage for details) and struck off the strength of the army.
This sounds disasterous. However, Major-General Commanding the Army in Chief added comments to the account of his Court Martial to the effect that while George Henry Eckford was technically guilty, the other officer concerned had a lot to answer for. I presume that either the Major-General or George's father found him another job. The book "The Plantagenet roll of the blood royal" gives George Henry Eckford's job as "Indian C.S.", presumably Indian Civil Service.
In 1864, George's daughter, Emily Jane Eckford, married Andrew David Geddes in Patma, Bengal. Since she is unlikely to have been in India without her father and mother, persumably they were in India too, at this time.
By 1871, George (and presumably his wife) has moved to London. In the census, he describes himself as "Returned Indian Officer".
Wife and Children
Married: to Catherine Haldane (1806-1897). They were married in 1836, in Calcutta.
The odd thing about this was that Catherine Haldane was the sister of Mary Haldane, James Eckford's second wife! They were both daughters of James Alexander Haldane and Mary Joass. So George Eckford married his step-aunt.
Two of these children died as infants. Catherine, their mother, wrote the booklet "Little Di" in memory of them.
Click here for photos of James Alexander Haldane and Mary Joass, and more information about them.
The comparison beween the two figures, above and below, may suggest that Catherine had her own money. Or it may suggest that there was a certain amount of money transferal before death going on.
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