Major Theophilus Green (1822 - 1865)

Born in 1822 in Tytherington Vicarage (now called the Manor House) Theophilus Green was the son of Rev. G W Green and older brother by three years to General Sir George Wade Guy Green.  Both brothers served with distinction in the Indian Army.  Seven of Rev. Green's twelve children were born in Tytherington, where they lived from 1817 to 1827, before moving to Wales. In 1840 Theophilus moved from the 27th to 48th Regiment of the Bengal Native Infantry.  In 1841 he was promoted to Lieutenant, later to Captain and in 1862 to Major. 

In 1857 his regiment was involved in trying to put down the Indian Rebellions and was beseiged at the city of  Lucknow.  Sadly his newly-wedded wife died during the siege, probably from cholera.  When the siege of Lucknow was relieved he was reunited with his brother who was part of the relieving force. On returning to England Theophilus remarried and for a while lived in The Grange in Tytherington, chairing a vestry meeting in 1864.  He died in 1865 age 43 and is buried in West Norwood Cemetery, Surrey, London.



1822 - Theophilus birth in the Tytherington Baptismal Register entered by his father Rev G W Green


1851 Census - Theophilus age 29 at home with the family at Court Hendry, Wales. He is listed as serving with the East India Company.


1859 - Theophilus marries his second wife Elizabeth (his first wife having died at the famous siege of the city of Lucknow in India)


1861 Census - Theophilus with his second wife Elizabeth and their daughter Lizzie, age 1 and son Theophilus, age 1 month, 3 servants and a visitor (one of Theophilus' sisters).


Theophilus death recorded in 1865 in Tulse Hill, London.  His family were living in The Grange at Tytherington from 1862.  The 1871 census (below) details the family, widow Elizabeth, one daughter, four sons, a governess, and three servants. The family eventually left The Grange in 1876.


The death of Theophilus Green's newly-wedded first wife at the siege of Lucknow is mentioned in a number of diaries of the time.  The following extract is from 'The Making Of Colonial Lucknow' by Veena Talwar Oldenberg:-

"Others were not dying so dramatically or heroically but wretchedly of disease.  There was an outbreak of cholera and smallpox during those terrible months.  Women and children were sickening and dying constantly.  Mrs Brydon's diary had the following entries: 

25th July: Poor little Helen Grant died yesterday of cholera.   ...Baby still ailing and so thin.  Mary Anne drooping sadly, quite lost her appetite and very feverish.

August 17th: Mrs Green died last night and Mrs Levin's baby the night before.  Major Bird's baby was buried this evening.

August 30th: A sergeant's wife and baby both died today."