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George Quigley

George Quigley Additional Information on Quigley,  George - I11540

Male 1798 - 1861  (Age: 63)    Has 6 ancestors and 107 descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name George Quigley 
    Born 3 Feb 1798  Holborn, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 28 Oct 1810  Westminster, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    St James 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Abt 1820  Covent Garden, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Hairdresser 
    Address :  
    Hart Street 
    • Trained as a hairdresser - changing his name to George Harris de Rusett as it sounded more French (ref. True Tales of Old Lucknow)

    Emigration Jan 1830  London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • George deserted his wife and family on 19 May 1828. He arrived in Calcutta on board ship as a Cabin Boy. He was later to be joined by his son (probably George) and his brother, William.
      Into Place: Calcutta, India
    Occupation Feb 1830  Calcutta, IndiaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Hairdresser and River Trader 
    • Having been brought up as a hair-dresser in London, George left his ship on arrival in Calcutta to resume his old business. He was successful; he pushed his way into notoriety. He also took to going up the river with merchandise for sale as a river-trader.
    Occupation 1831  Oudh, IndiaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Hairdresser 
    • George's skill with the curling tongs brought him to the attention of the king, Nasir-ud-din, transforming the kings naturally straight hair to curls. For this, he was awarded a title of nobility and the rank of Court favourite!
    Immigration 1837  London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 39y 
    • From: Oudh, India
      George fled from the wrath of King Nussir-u-deen to Cawnpore, proceeding to Caluctta and then England. Taking with him a fortune estimated at 90,000 UKP. After his arrival in England, somehow George and Elizabeth (his first wife) re-established contact. He made a convenient arrangement with Elizabeth which allowed her "a small annuity, on condition that she did not come up to London".
    Occupation 1838  EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Merchant 
    Age: 40y 
    • George was a merchant, a partner in a distillery, a stock-jobber. He lost money by speculations at that time. The distillery was the cause of still further losses.
    Occupation 1840  London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Company Director 
    Age: 42y 
    • George was a director of the Assam Tea Company (quote from Manly Daily - 4 OCT 73/Mervyn de Rusett)
    Emigration 1850  London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • History of the Indian Mutiny refers to George as a "ginger-whiskered gentleman"
      Into Place: India
    Occupation 1854  EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Insolvent 
    • George lost his money through stock speculation and went through the Insolvency Courts. The following is an extract from "Great City frauds of Cole, Davidson, and Gordon, fully Exposed", by Seton Laing, Assignee to Cole's Estate:

      The above book was published and involved fraud of Hagen's Wharf 1852-1854 in Bermondsey. Details James Edward and Joseph Windle Cole, Brothers and partner George Harris de Russett.; involving business to the East Indies of orders and shipments.

      Also Richard Paris business of distilling who received from Mr. de Russett two guineas a week for use of his business name. De Russett carried on business of a merchant in Birchin Lane. He had various descriptions of business before becoming a spirit rectifier and had been a general merchant at Calcutta and other areas of India and had possessed a large fortune on return to England. He had kept a large establishment with cook, housemaid, butler, coachman, groom. Also owned a carriage and 3 horses and looked on himself as a private gentleman.

      The writing describes Paris and De Russett as "accomplices in a gross conspiracy". On Mr. de Russetts protest of innocence he was told to hold his tongue as... "Sir, you are in great good luck having escaped being sent to prison".

    Emigration 9 Oct 1857  London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • George learned that he was to be prosecuted for Bigamy by Mary Tripe's brother, John Tripe and so he left for New Zealand before this could happen. George left New Zealand for Sydney, Australia some time later.
      Into Place: New Plymouth, New Zealand
    AKA George Harris de Rusett 
    • Although christened George Quigley, by around 1821, George had assumed the name 'George Harris de Rusett'. He thought that this would 'enhance' his credibility in his business as a Hairdresser.
    Died 6 Nov 1861  Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Disease of the Liver 
    Address :  
    Pitt Street 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Photos 2 photos
    Documents
    Claim on the Estate of George de Rusett (aka Quigley) by John Rose Brandon
    Claim on the Estate of George de Rusett (aka Quigley) by John Rose Brandon
    This claim against George's Estate was made by his son-in-law, John Rose Brandon. This notice was published in a number of newspapers on 10 June 1871.
    Folios
    The Barber of Lucknow
    The Barber of Lucknow
    Dr. Llewellyn-Jones is an historian with a particular interest in colonial India. She is Editor of Chowkidar, the journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA).
    Person ID I11540  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2011 

    Father Thomas Bartholomew Quigley (ID:I12496)
              b. 3 Nov 1766, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1838, Strand, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71) 
    Mother Jane Silkstone (ID:I12497)
              b. 1770, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 4 Mar 1790  Westminster, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    Saint Anne, Soho 
    Children 8 children 
    Family ID F3198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Broad Tripe (ID:I11542)
              b. 12 Jan 1820, St George in the East, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Feb 1898, Charlton, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78) 
    Married 21 Apr 1838  St Pancras, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • Allegedly, this marriage was bigamous as George was still married to his first wife Elizabeth at the time of this marriage to Mary.
    Children 10 children 
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2012 13:31:08 
    Family ID F2977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Thomas (ID:I11543)
              b. 1798, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Apr 1871, Basford, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73) 
    Married 4 Apr 1820  Westminster, London, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    St Anne, Soho 
    Children 5 children 
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2010 16:04:16 
    Family ID F2976  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Feb 1798 - Holborn, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - Address :  
    St James - 28 Oct 1810 - Westminster, London, England
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hairdresser - Abt 1820 - Covent Garden, London, England Link to Google Earth
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    St Anne, Soho - 4 Apr 1820 - Westminster, London, England
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    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Jan 1830 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hairdresser and River Trader - Feb 1830 - Calcutta, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hairdresser - 1831 - Oudh, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Age: 39y - 1837 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1838 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Apr 1838 - St Pancras, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Company Director - 1840 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 1850 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Insolvent - 1854 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 9 Oct 1857 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Disease of the Liver - 6 Nov 1861 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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