Welcome to a site chronicling the life & times of my 2 x great grandfather, Alexander Loammi Lathrope. An extraordinary life by todays standards. During his lifetime he experienced many dramatic events. Growing up in a humble rural english village in the Jane Austen era. Service in Ireland, and India during the Raj. Fought in the 2nd Sikh Wars and Indian Mutiny. Discharge from the army and living in Dickensian London. Sailing halfway around the globe to start a new life as an immigrant in New Zealand. All this with his family accompaning him!

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Event & Date   Notes
Before we begin Loammi's story here are some historical documents from his family tree in date order, before I add more can anyone explain the link from Robert born @ 1688 to William born @ 1745, see tree for details. Missing sources that might help:
  1. Details of Robert b 1656 death, assuming 1763 burial is for Robert b 1688.
  2. Details of Mary Lathrope birth/death.
  3. Details of Robert's second marriage to Anne.
 
Background Info
Loammi's
father Robert was baptised 25th January 1782 in Ottery St Mary, Devon. He married Mary Stone Browse on the 1st August 1799. They had three children John born and died 1802, Amelia Maria born 1812 and Eli Samuel born 1816. Mary's younger sister and Loammi's mother Sussana, was born @ 27th May 1798. Robert's  wife Mary was buried on the 14th January 1820. Robert & Sussana had two children before Loammi was born, John Edwin who was baptised on the 23rd April 1821 and John Amariah born December 1822 & baptised 12th March 1823.
 
 
Loammi's story begins in Honiton, a small one street market town in Devon, England early 1825. The first recorded document in his life, is a record of his christening which shows that this occured on the 16th February 1825. Parents named as Robert & Susan Lathrop. The person who performed the Baptism was the Revd Richard Lewis. In latter baptism's 'Curate of Membury' is written under his name. There was only one church in Honiton at this time, St Michael's.
 
 
His sister, Loruhamah, was born in Honiton, Devon, England 1827. She was christened on 8th October 1827. No father is mentioned in the register. Under her name is written 'The barstard daughter of'. She died on the 25th January 1899 in Shipbourne, Kent, England.  
 
On the 21st November 1828, Loammi's parents, Robert Lathrope & Sussana Browse, were married in St Mary's church Ottery St Mary. Rev George Smith was the rector who performed their marriage.
The marriage was recorded in (England, Pallot's Marriage Index, 1780-1837). Susanna's surname at first glance looks like it's written as Brown, but Susanna has signed Browse.
 
 
His brother, Isaiah, was christened on 26th April 1830 in Honiton, Devon, England.  
 
His sister, Theresa, was born in 1832, Honiton, Devon, England. She was christened on the 14th December 1832. She died in March 1859 Bath, Somerset.  
 
From his birth until 1841 the Lathrope family lived in Honiton High Street, where Robert, was employed as a dyer & scourer.  
 
His sister, Ephra K, was born in 1835. Honiton, Devon, England. She was christened Achsa on the 16th June 1835.  
 
His brother, Horatio Phineas, was born in February 1838 in Honiton, Devon, England. He was christened on the 25th February 1838. He died that same year , and was buried on the 8th June 1838.  
 
On the 6th June 1841, The census took place. Loammi's occupation was shown as stonemason.  
 
On the 29th July 1842 Loammi wandered down to Devonport and enlisted into the British Army.
1st Battalion,
24th ( 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment Of Foot
Regimental number 2269. On the Attestation his age is given as 187/12 which puts his date of birth as
January 1824. He probably lied about his age!
 
 
In July 1842, The Regiment were quartered at Maker Heights, Cornwall.  
 
On the 9th April 1843, The Regiment were quartered at Infantry Barracks, Gallowgate, Glasgow. Scotland still called 'North Britain'.  
 
Later that year, on the 10th October 1843, The Regiment were quartered in Dublin, Ireland.  
 
A year later, on the 6th September 1844, The Regiment were quartered in Military Barracks, Kilkenny, Ireland.  
 
His brother, Isaiah, pased away in 1845 in Honiton, Devon, England. He was buried on the 3rd February 1845.  
 
Later that year, on the 23rd April 1845, The Regiment were quartered in New Barracks, Limerick, Ireland. He didn't know it yet, but Loammi's life was just about to change forever.  
 
On the 5th November 1845, Loammi and Dorothea Theresa Bennett took their vows and were happily married at Saint Michael's Church, Pery Square, Limerick, Ireland.  
 
Next year, on the 3rd February 1846, The Regiment were quartered in Cork, Ireland. Loammi would now be approaching his 21st birthday.  
 
On the 6th/8th May 1846, The Regiment & baggage (aka families) Embarked from Cork, aboard one of the five ships bound for Calcutta, India, on a 140+ day all expeses paid, ocean cruise voyage.  
 
Whilst at sea on the 20th May 1846, shortly after setting sail, Loammi's father Robert, passed away in Honiton, Devon. He was buried on the 26th May 1846. He was 65 years old.  
 
In September 1846 the five ships docked in Calcutta, India, where The Regiment dis-embarked.  
 
Between October 1846 until The Regiment left Ghazipur for Agra on the 16th January 1847, The Regiment were quartered in  Dum-Dum, Calcutta and Ghazipur, India.  
 
The march from Ghazipur, finally arrived in Agra on the 5th March 1847.  A distance of appox 400 miles. The Regiment were now Quartered in Agra, India. Where local tourist spots included the Taj Mahal.  
 
On the 20th April 1847, their first child & daughter Alice, died and was buried in Agra.
No date of birth found yet.
 
 
Good news on the 24th April 1848! a rise in pay. Awarded first 'Good Conduct' Stripe and a pay rise of 1d (penny) / day.  
 
On the 22nd September 1848, their daughter Harriet, was born.
She was christened in Agra, on the 28th September 1848.
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Second Anglo-Sikh War
On the 3rd October 1848, The Regiment marched from Agra to Ferozepore via Delhi, arriving on the 4th November 1848.  
 
On the 8th November 1848, The Regiment marched from Ferozepore to Ramnuggar, arriving on the 22nd November 1848.  
 
22nd November 1848, The 'Battle of Ramnagar'. No Medal or clasps were awarded for this Battle.  
 
3rd December 1848, The 'Battle of Sadoolapore'. After the battle they moved to Heylah (Haillah). See pic for correct location & name.  
 
13th January 1849, The 'Battle of Chillianwala' . Remembered annually in The Regiment with a special dinner until Rourke's Drift.  
 
21st February 1849, The 'Battle of Goojerat'  
 
In April 1849, The Regiment make camp at Wazirabad.
Authority #2 says the women & children joined the camp on the 24th January 1850.
 
 
Back in England, Loammi's mother Susanna, remarries to James Walters on the 21st September 1849.  
 
On the 20th October 1850 their first son, Eli John, was born in Wuzeerbad. He was christened in Agra on the 30th October 1850.
He died on the 26th November 1905 in Walworth, London.
 
 
Named as Lamond (sic) Lathrope, the '1851 Worldwide Army Index' lists all officers and other ranks subjects serving in the January-March quarter of 1851 together with their regimental HQ location. The index is effectively a military surrogate for the 1851 census taken on 30th March 1851.   >
 
Good news on the 29th July 1852! Awarded second 'Good Conduct' Stripe and a pay rise of 2d (pence) / day.   >
 
On the 3rd August 1852, Loammi was awarded his first medal, 'The Punjab Medal'.
With clasps for Chilianwallah & Goojerat.
 
 
On the 19th August 1852 their son, and my Great grandfather Robert was born in Sealkote. He was christened on the 8th September 1852.
He died in 1912 in London.
 
 
On the 5th December 1852, The Regiment were quartered in Sialkote, India. Although given Robert's date of birth, they probably were one of the Company's which moved to Sealkote in February 1852.  
 
On the 1st November 1854, The Regiment left Sialkote and marched to Pershawar.
They arrived there four weeks later, on the 28th November 1854.
 
 
On the 25th September 1855 their son, William Alexander was born in Pershawur.
He was christened on the 9th October 1855.
He died on 2nd March 1899 in Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
 
 
Another year another move, in the December 1856, The Regiment were quartered in Rawul Pindi, India.  
 
The Regiment were heavily involved in supressing the Indian Mutiny and moved around various undocumented locations. This resulterd in the award of Loammi's second medal on the 13th December 1856.
Confirmation of award.
 
 
The beers are on Loammi. On the 29th July 1857! Awarded a third 'Good Conduct' Stripe and a pay rise of 3d (pence) / day.   >
 
On the 13th March 1858 their daughter, Dorothea was born in Rawul Pindee.
She was christened on 21st March 1858.
She died on the 5th September 1938 in New Zealand.
 
 
Shortly after, in May 1858, The Regiment were quartered in Ferozepore, India.  
 
On the 7th January 1860 their son, Thomas was born in Ferozepur.
He was christened on the 18th January 1860.
He does not show in the 1871 census.
 
 
The beers are on Loammi again. On the 29th July 1860 Awarded a fourth 'Good Conduct' Stripe and a pay rise of 4d (pence) / day.   >
 
Off to the Mess, the beers are on Loammi. On the 1st August 1860'Promoted to Corporal' .
No more picking up empty shell cases!
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More travelling, on 22nd January 1861, The Regiment marched from Ferozepore to Mooltan.  
 
Shortly after, more river cruising. On the 16th February 1861, The Regiment steamed from Mooltan to Kurrachee, arriving on the 5th March 1861.  
 
Rule Britannia. On the 22nd March 1861, The Regiment embarked from Kurrachee to Portsmouth, arriving in Englang on the 27th July 1861. Back to blighty and no more long sea voyages EVER again.  
 
Named as Laomi (sic) Lathrope,The '1861 Worldwide Army Index' lists all officers and other ranks subjects serving in the January-March quarter of 1861 together with their regimental HQ location. The index is effectively a military surrogate for the 1861 census taken on 7th April 1861.   >
 
A quick crossing across Portsmouth harbour on the 27th July 1861, The regiment were quartered in New Barracks, Gosport, Hampshire.  
 
The final posting of Loammi's army career, off to exotic Portsmouth on the 22nd May 1862 & quartered in Anglesea Barracks, Portsea, Hampshire. Now HMS Nelson.  
 
On the 4th July 1862 their daughter, Henrietta Loriehannah was born in Portsea, Hampshire. She was christened on 20th July 1862 at the Garrison Church, Portsmouth.
She died on the 30th September 1947, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand .
 
 
Translation of Medical Report
Disease - Chronic Hepatitus
The disease originated insidiously from service in a tropical climate (India). He has been frequently in hospital under treatment for repeated attack of this disease and has latterly become unfit for active duty - the disease has not been ...... by .... or his conduct.
Having examined Corporal Loammi Lathrope I am of opinion he is unfit for further service owing to Chronic hepatitus and deafness. (7th December 1862)
 
 
Probably where he went for his final discharge documentation at Chatham on the 16th December 1862.
We get a description of what he looked like:
Height: 5' 71/2"
Complexion: Sallow
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Dk Brown
Future address: 48 Stockwell St, Glasgow ?
 
 
Made redundant on Xmas day 25th December 1862.
Medically discharged from the army
  after 20 years 81 days service.
Interesting that the Board crossed out 'ill health' and changed to Medical Disability (maybe an increase in pension).
New address N London.
 
 
On Loammi's discharge his name was entered in a 10 year Ledger that records Pensioner's details and locations. These Ledgers are for the period 1855 - 1864, Loammi's entry starts 25th December 1862.
In the 1865 - 1874 Ledger, is shows a change of location in 1871 from N London to Auckland.
 
 
Two more Ledgers wth Loammi's pension detail for the periods 1871 - 1875 & 1876 - 1880.  
 
On Loammi's WO form 83 it was noted that 'His name is registered for the Good Conduct Medal' . His name was registered by the OC Battalion on 1st April 1863 & the medal was presented on the 17th November 1863 at Regents Park Barracks.  
 
This is what Loammi would be entitled to wear after his discharge on formal occasions.  
 
On the 6th July 1864 their youngest daughter, Ephra "Effie" Theresa was born in the Strand.
She was christened on the 7th August 1864 at St Clement Danes.
She died on the 4th September 1941, Auckland, New Zealand.
 
 
On the 14th September 1869, their son, Robert married Margaret Tupper at St Mary's Church, Golden St.  
 
On the 11th February 1870 their 10th and final child, Walter Henry George was born in Clerkenwell.
He died on the 28th May 1947, New Zealand.
 
 
Double family Celebration! Their son, Walter Henry George and grandson Robert Loammi were both christened on the 6th March 1870 at St James Church Clerkenwell.
Their son Robert was living next door to them at 7 Spencer Place. Robert Loammi died shortly after this event.
 
 
2nd April 1871 1871 Census - Goswell St, Clerkenwell, London.
The actual address from the National Archive copy of the census is 6 Spencer Place.
Goswell St mentioned in Charles Dickens 'Pickwick Papers'
Occupation was a matchmakers porter & pensioner.
 
 
2nd April 1871 1871 Census - Working as domestic servant a few roads away  in 9 Wilmington Square, was Loammi's sister Loruhamah , who was also working there in 1861.  
 
Shades of 'My Fair Lady'. On the 9th July 1871 their eldest son Eli John, married Thersa Elizabeth Dakin at St Bride Church, Fleet St.  
 
On the 16th July 1872, sea-sickness pills bought,  they set Sail from London to emigrate to New Zealand on the barque 'Queen Bee' for a quiet life out of the limelight.  
 
The 'Queen Bee' docks in Auckland,  New Zealand on the 26th October 1872.  
 
Loammi served for two years in 'A' Battery (Auckland),
New Zealand Artillery Volunteers
 from March 1873 until March 1875.
 
 
27th April 1873 indecent assault on Henrietta court case.
Reported in the Local papers.
Address now Pitt St, Newton
 
 
Their granddaughter Margaret was born in Lucknow, India on the 12th September 1873.
Background
Their son Robert enlisted in the 40th (the 2nd Somersetshire)Regiment of Foot. Regt number 1639.
In 1872 they were stationed in India. Robert was discharged on 5th July 1875, with the rank of Corporal.
 
 
Loammi takes LSD (money not drugs) and signs for his army pension in Auckland. It was paid quarterly throughout the year. He received £4 12 shillings and is listed under 24th Foot. These are his payments for June, September & December 1875 . Payments were recorded in the:
Royal Hospital Chelsea: Returns Of Payment Of Army And Other Pensions 1842-1883.
 
 
Loammi takes LSD (money not drugs) and signs for his army pension in Auckland. It was paid quarterly throughout the year. He received £4 12 shillings and is listed under 24th Foot. These are his payments for March, June, September & December 1876 . Payments were recorded in the:
Royal Hospital Chelsea: Returns Of Payment Of Army And Other Pensions 1842-1883.
 
 
In 1877, their son, William Alexander married Florence Mary Tweedie in Sydney, NSW, Australia.  
 
Loammi takes LSD (money not drugs) and signs for his army pension in Auckland. It was paid quarterly throughout the year. He received £4 12 shillings and is listed under 24th Foot. These are his payments for March, September & December 1877 . Payments were recorded in the:
Royal Hospital Chelsea: Returns Of Payment Of Army And Other Pensions 1842-1883.
 
 
A speech was given at a meeting and reported in the Auckland Star 11th September 1877 edition. Interesting to read about conditions of work, especially the Health & Safety aspects.
 
 
Loammi takes LSD (money not drugs) and signs for his army pension in Auckland. It was paid quarterly throughout the year. He received £4 12 shillings and is listed under 24th Foot. These are his payments for March, June, September & December 1878.
Payments were recorded in the: Royal Hospital Chelsea: Returns Of Payment Of Army And Other Pensions 1842-1883.
 
 
Their daughter Dorothea married Patrick Walter McGonigle at the Holy Trinity Church, in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty on the 16th September 1879  
 
In 1879, Loammi's mother Susanna, passed away in Plymouth, Devon. She was buried on the 7th October 1879. She was 79 years old.  
 
Down to the docks on the 4th March 1880 to meet & greet their son Robert & family, as they disembark from the 'Earl Granville' in Auckland. They sailed from Plymouth on the 29th November 1879.  
 
On the 11th September 1880, their daughter Henrietta married Robert Reid at the Epiphany Church Newton.
Reported in the Auckland Star 17th September 1880.
 
 
In the September 1880 Newton Electoral Roll Loammi's address is shown as Bond Street. Lot 77, section 7, Arch Hill.  
 
Loammi appeared in the 'Resident Magistrates Court' regarding a debt.
Reported the same day in the Auckland Star 21st October 1880.
 
 
On the 15th June 1881 it was reported that  Loammi had made a Purchase of 6 plots of land under 'The Land Transfer Act 1870'.
Reported in the NZH 24th June 1881.
 
 
All the family set sail from Auckland (steerage) to emigrate to Australia aboard the SS Rotomahana on the 20th June 1881.  
 
The next day, 21st June 1881, SS Rotomahana docks in Sydney,  Australia.  
 
In the October 1881 Newton Electoral Roll Loammi's address is shown as Bond Street. Lot 77, section 7, Arch Hill.  
 
On the 19th March 1882, Loammi makes an application for 60 acres of land under Naval and Military and Local Forces Land Claims Commission, Claim to Grant of Land or Remission of Purchase Money  .
The Chairman wrote 'No Claim'. I think it was rejected as he didn't emigrate as a result of being discharged from the army. The Back of the form has the dates underlined. In the rejection paper dated 29th March 1882 his address is shown as Randolph St. Any chance of an appeal against the decision today!
 
 
The SANDS Almanac for 1882 records that the family were living in Artlett St, Paddington, Sydney, working as a stonemason and also Glenmore Rd with his son William Alexander living in Artlett St.
 
 
? 1882/1883 No information found about their return to New Zealand. However their son, William Alexander stays in Australia.
 
An Eye witness describes the accident in Home St, Arch Hill, in which Loammi falls off a roof and breaks his leg on Thursday 24th January 1883.
Reported in the Auckland Star 30th January 1883.
 
 
Up before the beak again on the 20th April 1883, Loammi appears at the Police Court & is charged with 3 offences including 'Assault'.
Reported in various papers.
 
 
Their daughter Ephra "Effie" Theresa is reported as missing at sea aboard the cutter 'Leah' on Saturday 29th September 1883. Reported in the Bay of Plenty Times 4th & 6th October 1883.  
 
18th March 1884, Loammi appears at the Police Court & is charged with using 'Provoking language'. By now he must be on first name terms with the Magistrates.
Reported in various newspapers.
 
 
22nd January 1886, Loammi dislocates his shoulder after an accident at the dockyard.
Reported in various newspapers.
 
 
On the 17th April 1886, their youngest daughter Ephra "Effie" Theresa married James Clunes at Wangaroa Registers Office. (Date & place unsourced)  
 
On 30th April 1886 Loammi places a notice in the 'Personal' column of the Auckland Star 10th May 1886 edition, requesting a delivery address for fruit.
 
 
On Thursday 6th January 1887 Loammi appeared at the Police Court & was charged with 'Obstructing the Tramline' on the 29th December 1886.
Reported in the NZH 7th January 1887.
 
 
Loammi is nearly killed by a run away horse in Queen St. Reported in the NZH on the day of the incident, 4th May 1887.  
 
Loammi's wife, Dorothea breaks her arm in a fall on the night of the 17th May 1887.
Reported in the Auckland Star 18th May 1887.
 
 
Appeared at the Supreme Court on 14th September 1887.
The Big (Anson) Jewellery Robbery.
Dorothea & his daughter Effie are witnesses, Effie's husband is involved.
Reported in various papers.
 
 
Appeared in the 1887/1888 City Directory.
Address shown as - Randolph St, Newton.
 
 
Appeared at the Karangahape Assessment Court.
Address shown as - Randolph St, Newton.
Reported in the Auckland Star 20th March 1888.
 
 
Appeal against property tax valuation.
Address shown as - Randolph St, Newton.
Reported the same day in the New Zealand Herald 22nd May 1889.
 
 
Loammi is nearly killed  again by a run away horse in Queen St.
Reported on the same day in the NZH 5th June 1889.
 
 
On the 23rd July 1889 Loammi was assaulted by John Vare. In the Police Court on 7th August 1889, it was noted that the matter had been settled out of court.
Reported in the Auckland Star 7th August 1889.
 
 
On the 1st July 1894 Loammi's wife Dorothea Theresa Lathrope passes away aged 71.
Place of Death - Randolph St, Newton.
Reported in the Auckland Star 3rd July 1894.
 
 
The next day, the 2nd July 1894, Dorothea is buried at the Waikomiti Cemetery, Auckland.
Reported in the Auckland Star 3rd July 1894.
 
 
Alexander Loammi Lathrope passes away on the 3rd July 1894. Cause of death: chronic rheumatism & acute heart disease aged 73.
Place of Death - Randolph St, Newton
Buried the same day at Waikomiti Cemetery, Auckland.
anglican block c sect 1, plot 32
.
Reported in the Auckland Star 3rd July 1894.
Certificate says age 73, should it be 69 given date of birth.
 
 
An advert was placed in  'The Old Country' by their children living in New Zealand on the 17th January 1895, possibly the last time Alexander was mentioned in print.  
 
Addendum
I have added this one item, as it is the most personal revelaltion/ discovery I found whilst reseaching for this project.
On the 22nd July 1902, their son and my Great grandfather Robert, was married in St Jude's church. In the 1960's I attended the school next to the church, holding assembly in the church every Wednesday.
They are still using 19thC  Marriage Certificates by crossing out '18..'
 
 

Authorities
   
1. Regimental Locations
2. The Historical Records of the 24th Regiment from its formation, in 1689
3. Family Search
4. National Archives
5. Wikipedia / web sites
6. War Office (WO) Form 83 -  Certificate of Service and Discharge
7. Newspaper Articles



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