The Family Tree IV: was everyone called John in early-19th century India?

After the success of finding many ancestors at the British Library in London, the family tree had developed from an initial streamline of mostly Hassetts (which was the initial focus), advancing to the crossover of the Hassetts and Whartons through the marriage of David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton, to the further cross-over of the two families through the earlier marriage of Hilda Mildred Hassett and William Bernard Wharton.

Then there was another layer. Generation seven.

John Pereira’s father (of the same name) John Pereira, Isabella De Silva’s father John De Silva and Mary Ann Lee’s father John Lee. Also found was William Hassett’s father [???] Hassett – first name unknown, but based on the gathered evidence so far, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume it was John Hassett (although I have no evidence of this, yet).

Was everyone called John in early-19th century India?


In short, no. But it did seem so given the number of Johns in the pre-1850 records.

John was one of the most popular English names in the 17th century through to the mid-Twentieth century. John is a ‘traditional’ and ‘Biblical’ name, which enjoyed enormous popularity in Europe throughout the Christian era, being given in honour of St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ, and of St. John the Evangelist, author of the fourth gospel. It is not surprising that India saw an increase in the name John during the early nineteenth century given the influence of the East India Company and the British Raaj from the mid-nineteenth century.

The addition of the three Johns and William Hassett’s father added the seventh generation to the family tree. As with the previous posts about the family tree, I drew the ‘family tree’ myself (sketches aren’t the best, but there are start and will be updated with improved artwork in the future):

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As if that wasn’t enough, the family tree expanded further.



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