The Dutch Cemetery in Chinsurah: A Digital Archive of Memories

Martha Mundy

Last Name: 
Mundy (nee Cobden)
First Name: 
Martha
Spatial: 
year of death: 
1824
date of death: 
30.07.1824
Nationality: 
English
Age at death: 
23 years
Gender: 
Female
Relationships: 
First wife of Rev. George Mundy
Full Epitaph: 
Martha (?) [Wife] of the Rev G. Mundy Died July 30th 1824 Aged 23 years --------------- Her Christian friends Who she was much and deservedly beloved sympathising with her deeply afflicted husband Have as an expression of their sorrow And a testimony of her worth United in erecting This tablet To perpetuate her memory ------------ Be ye also ready [Matthew 24:44] -------------
Occupation: 
Missionary
Place of birth / origin: 
Chichester
Places mentioned 1: 
Bellary
Place of death: 
Chinsurah
Cause of death: 
epidemic fever
Tomb architecture: 
Sarcophagus
Detailed information: 

Martha Mundy was the first wife of Rev. George Mundy of the London Missionary Society and was herself sent to India by the LMS. Contemporary records describe her role thus: 'She arrived at Chinsurah in March 1821 and immediately commenced by close application the study of the Bengalee language which she acquired to a considerable extent The deplorable state of the native females affected her heart and caused her to adopt such measures as appeared most likely to benefit their condition She therefore in connection with Mrs Townley opened a school for the instruction of native female children in which there are some who can now read tolerably well and to this school three others have lately been added one of which contains upwards of 30 girls and frequently has her heart bounded with love and gratitude to God when she has heard these neglected infants singing the Saviour's praise and repeating those lessons which were able to make them wise unto salvation She also directed her attention to the education of a few young Indies in the settlement who can bear testimony with how much affection and concern she sought fbeir welfare On the 25th of July she was attacked with the epidemic fever which had raged throughout Calcutta and had now penetrated the districts round about This brought on it is supposed a premature birth and on the evening of the 29th she was safely delivered of a little boy who still survives its Mother and who though deprived of the affectionate regard of such a parent experiences maternal attention from a Lady in the same Mission Soon after this event the hearts of her family and friends were filled with joy n the prospect of her speedy recovery They united in their thanksgivings to God and fondly anticipated a continuance of their joy But alas soon they had to exclaim Verily thou art a God that hideth thyself Within two hours after her delivery death spread its awful gloom over the house and the dear departed calmly announced her hour to be at hand.' Extract fromĀ The Friend of India: Monthly Series, 1824. http://tinyurl.com/ltl6e4r. Mrs Mundy's funeral was attended by the Dutch governor Daniel Overbeck and the protestant inhabitants of Chinsurah. Revs. Hill and Lacroix read the sermon. See also Thomas Timpson, Memoirs of British Female Missionaries, 1840, p. 50 (see http://tinyurl.com/pbrp8jb). Also see the Bengal Obituary published by Holmes and Co. which contains her obituary (see p.353 http://archive.org/stream/bengalobituaryo00calgoog/bengalobituaryo00calg...) which says 'Her funeral was affecting, followed as it was by her sorrowful pupils, together with their parents ; near the hearse were her pensioners, the old and poor, for Christian, Musalman or Heathen all shared her bounty.' However, the Bengal Obituary is mistaken about the year of her death which it states as 1842. The Obituary might instead be referring to Mrs Louisa Mundy, the second wife of Rev Mundy.
Reverend George Mundy was a missionary of the London Missionary Society (LMS) stationed in Chinsurah. Mundy was the son of George Mundy of Pleasley Hill and Loughborough (See records held by the University of Nottingham, http://tinyurl.com/nny4grx). The Indian Missionary Directory and Memorial Volume describes Mundy thus:
George Mundy. A. at Chinsurah in March 1820. Or. in Nov. 1825. H. to Eng. in 1829. Rt. Nov. 7, 1832. S. Kidderpore, Chinsurah. H. to Eng. in 1844. Rt. to Calcutta in 1849. D. there Aug. 23, 1853. L. " Christianity and Hinduism contrasted, " 2 vols. Serampore, 1834. (see https://archive.org/stream/indianmissionary00badl/indianmissionary00badl...). The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle vol. 14 reproduces letters from Rev. Mundy where he describes the eagerness of the Bengali population of Chinsurah to learn English and of the Brahmins to engage with the Bible. He speaks of the extension of the Portuguese school (See http://tinyurl.com/o9dzqco). Revs. Tyerman and Bennett praise Rev. Mundy's work and state he superintended sixteen schools with a total of around 1680 students. They also mention that he would preach to the local (native) population every evening together with Rev. Lacroix (See http://tinyurl.com/nwf3ttr). He is supposed to have baptized Shibbhurdu Ghoshal, a brahmin of Bhowanipore, which, helped in laying the foundation of the Bhowanipore institution. He also translated St. Mark's gospel into Bengali. Rev. Mundy died in 1853 and is probably buried in the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Calcutta. More information on Rev. Mundy can be found in the Bengal Past and Present vol. 19. part 1, pages 84-88

Any reason for importance: 
Set up a school in Chinsurah with Mrs Towneley. Her obituary was published in The Friend of India: Monthly series, Volume 7 (Page 316). Link added below.
Notes on burial: 
Sermons read by Rev. Alphonso Lacroix and Rev J. Hill
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