The Dutch Cemetery in Chinsurah: A Digital Archive of Memories

Lewis Betts

Last Name: 
Betts
First Name: 
Lewis
Spatial: 
date of birth: 
1787
year of death: 
1838
date of death: 
21.08.1838
Age at death: 
51 Years 10 months
Gender: 
Male
Relationships: 
Married Elizabeth Maria Monini. Father of Charlotte Elizabeth; Henry Gerard Betts; Maria Caroline Betts; and Julia Adelaide (among others)
Full Epitaph: 
"In memory of two brothers, Lewis Betts, born 26th Oct. 1786, died 28th August 1838. And Charles (alias) Luckyn Betts, born 15th Dec. 1800, died 10th Spt. 1838. "
Residence: 
Chinsurah
Place of birth / origin: 
Italy(?)
Places mentioned 1: 
Calcutta
Detailed information: 

Lewis (or Ludwig) Betts, born in Italy(?) was superintendant of 14 schools in the vicinity; at Chinsurah, Naihati, Bhatpara, Gaurapara, Beebeeghat, Mankundu, Haldarpara, Hajinagar, Hoogly, Khasbati, Bansberia, Halishahar, Kanchrapara, Kulupokhree and Kankshali (with about 800 scholars in total in the early 1830s). Had endeavoured without success to get the Church Missionary Society to take over the schools when an order came out on 01.11.1832 to abolish the government grant and make them private institutions. Had offered to start an english seminary with 8 classes, by paying the school fees himself in return for a government grant of Rs.250 (but to no avail). Died at the age of 51. Married Elizabeth Maria Monini on 12.10.1814 at Fort William. Had several children, some of whom are: Charlotte Elizabeth (eldest daughter; who married Rev. J.G. Linke of Burwan on 04.02.1836 at Chinsurah); Henry Gerard Betts (1818-1847; an indigo planter of Bhagalpur); Maria Caroline Betts (1821-1856; who married James Owen Landale at Chinsurah on 17.01.1842); and Julia Adelaide (fourth daughter; who married Henry S. Thompson Esq. on 27.08.1839).

Buried by: 
John H.A. Rudd. Chaplain of Chinsurah. John Henry Augustus Rudd was admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge at the age of 18 on 21.02.1828. Completed his B.A. in 1832. Was ordained as Deacon in Lincoln on 23.12.1832, and a priest in 1833. Appointed as Chaplain on the English East India Company’s Bengal establishment on 12.02.1834, and remained in the service till 1851. Married Matilda Marios, daughter of Captain James Rainey (of the 7th Bengal Cavalry) on 12.12.1837 in Calcutta. Had a son Eric J. S. Died in 1876.
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