THE PUNJAB

The Sukerchukia Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1799 - 1839 H.M. Maharajadhiraja Ranjit Singh Bahadur, Sarkar-i-Wala, Sher-i-Punjab, Maharaja of the Punjab. b. at Gujranwala, Punjab 13th November 1780, as Budh Sigh, son of Sardar Mahan Singh Sukerchukia, by his first wife, Sardarni Raj Kaur Mai Malwain Sahiba, daughter of Raja Gajpat Singh, Raja of Jind. Succeeded his father in the Sukkarchakk estates, and as cdr. of the Sukerchukia misl 17th April 1790. Conquered Lahore and expelled the Afghans, 7th July 1799. Assumed the title of Maharajadhiraja and was installed on the gadi at Lahore Fort, by Sahib Singh Bedi, 12th April 1801. Conquered Amritsar from the Mughals in 1802, Kangra and Jammu 1809, Wazirabad 1810, Attock 1812, Multan 1818, Kashmir 1819, Derajat, Rawalpindi and Mankera 1821, and Peshawar 1834. Entered into a Treaty of Friendship with the HEIC in 1806. m. (first) at Batala, Punjab, 1796, H.H. Maharani Mahtab Kaur Sahiba (b. 1782; d. at Lahore, 1840), daughter of Sardar Gurbaksh Singh Kanhya, by his wife, Sardarni Sada Kaur, the daughter of Dasaundha Singh Dhaliwal, of Alkolwala. m. (second) 1798, H.H. Maharani Datar Kaur Mai Nakkayan Sahiba (d. at Lahore, 1818), nÚe Raj Kauran, daughter of Sardar Ran Singh Nakai, a Sindhu Jat, by his wife Sardarni Rai Kaur. m. (third) 1815, H.H. Maharani Rup Kaur (d. 1878), daughter of Sardar Jai Singh Sindhu, of Kot Said Mahmud, Amritsar district. m. (fourth) at Khair, 1820, H.H. Maharani Lakshmi Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1867), daughter of Desa Singh Vadpaga, a Sindhu Jat of Jogki Khan, Gujranwala district. m. (fifth) at Lahore, 1829, H.H. Maharani Mahtab Devi Sahiba (d. by sati, at Lahore, 27th June 1839), a natural daughter of Maharaja Sansar Chandra, Maharaja of Kangra. m. (sixth) at Lahore, 1829, H.H. Maharani Rajbanso Sahiba (d. at Lahore, ca. 1835), a natural daughter of Maharaja Sansar Chandra, Maharaja of Kangra. m. (seventh) H.H. Maharani Ram Devi Sahiba (d. before 1839), daughter of Kaur Singh, of Chachriwala, Gujranwala district. m. (eighth) at Lahore, 27th September 1832, H.H. Maharani Moran Kaur Sahiba (d.s.p. at Lahore, 1863), alias Gul Baha Begum, a Muslim Nautch girl whom he was later forced to renounce. m. (ninth) a daughter of Karam Singh Chinah, of Amritsar. m. (tenth) at Lahore, 1835, H.H. Maharani Jindan Kaur Mai Sahiba [Chanda Kaur] (b. 1817; d. at Abingdon House, Kensington, London, 1st August 1863, cremated at Bombay and her ashes cast upon the Godavari River), Regent for her only son 16th September 1843 to 16th September 1846, third daughter of Chaudhuri Mana Singh Aulakh, of Chaar, near Gujranwala, sometime trooper in the Maharaja's service. m. (i) Rani Davi Kaur (d. at Amritsar, after 1839), daughter of Wazir Nakuda, a Jaswan in the Husiarpur district. m. (ii) 1811, Rani Daya Kaur (d.s.p. at Lahore, 1843), widow of Sardar Sahib Singh Bhangi, of Gujrat district, and daughter of Diwan Singh Virk. m. (iii) 1813, Rani Rattan Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1866), another widow widow of Sardar Sahib Singh Bhangi, of Gujrat district, and daughter of Mal Singh, of Duburje. m. (iv) 1815, Rani Chand Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1840), a former widow, daughter of Sardar Jai Singh, of Chainpur, Amritsar district. m. (v) ca. 1822, Rani Mahtab Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1878), daughter of Chaudhri Sujan, an Uthwal Jat, of Mala, Gurdaspur district. m. (vi) 1832, Rani Saman Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1879), daughter of Suba Singh, a Jat, of Malwa, in the Cis-Satlaj states. m. (vii) Rani Gulab Kaur (d. at Lahore, 1838), daughter of a Jat zamindar, of Jagdeo, in Amritsar district. m. (viii) Bhori Rani (d.s.p. at Lahore, 5th April 1872), who adopted a son (Kanwar Bhup Singh). m. (a) Rani Har Davi (d. by sati, at Lahore, 27th June 1839), daughter of Chaudhri Ram, a Saleria Rajput, of Atalgarh, Gurdaspur district. m. (b) Rani Raj Davi (d. by sati, at Lahore, 27th June 1839), daughter of Padma, a Rajput. m. (c) Rani Davno (d. by sati, at Lahore, 27th June 1839), daughter of Sand Bhari Chib, of Dava-Vatala, Jammu state. He d. at Lahore, 27th June 1839, having had issue, two sons:
Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also accepted the following sons as his own, despite his oft repeated observation when informed of a new arrival in the zenana, usually on his return from yet another military campaign, wah guru ji, ah ghaibi gola kiton aya? (Whence this mysterious stroke of fortune?):
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1839 - 1840 H.H. Maharajadhiraja Kharak Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of the Punjab. b. at Lahore, 22nd February 1801, eldest son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Ranjit Singh Bahadur, Sher-i-Punjab, Maharaja of the Punjab, by his second wife, H.H. Maharani Datar Kaur Mai Nakkayan Sahiba, educ. privately. Received the principality of Jammu as his jagir in 1812. Appointed by his dying father as Heir Apparent with the title of Tika Sahib Bahadur, 20th June 1839. Proclaimed on the death of his father, 27th June 1839. Installed on the gadi at Lahore Fort, 1st September 1839. Dethroned and imprisoned 8th October 1839. m. (first) at Fatehgarh, 6th February 1812, H.H. Maharani Chand Kaur Mai Sahiba (b. at Fatehgarh, 1802; k. 10th June 1841), who assumed ruling powers on the death of her son 6th November 1840, only daughter of Sardar Jaimal Singh Kanhya, of Fatehgarh, near Gurdaspur. m. (second) 1816, H.H. Maharani Khem Kaur Sahiba (d. at Lahore, 1881), daughter of Sardar Jodh Singh Kalas Bajwa. m. (third) at Amritsar, 1818, H.H. Maharani Kishan Kaur Sahiba (d. at Lahore, 1876), daughter of Chaudhri Raja Singh Jat, of Samra, in Amritsar district. m. (i) at Amritsar, 1815, Rani Ishwar Kaur (d. by sati at Lahore, 5th November 1839), previously in the zanana of his fater, daughter of Sardar Lal Singh Sindhu, of Siranwali, Sialkot district. He d. 5th November 1840 (poisoned), having had issue, an only son, by his first wife:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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1840   H.H. Maharajadhiraja Nau Nihal Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of the Punjab. b. at Lahore, 9th March 1821, only son of H.H. Maharajadhiraja Kharak Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of the Punjab, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Chand Kaur Mai Sahiba, educ. privately. Murdered his father's Chief Minister and assumed ruling powers as Regent and Chief Minister, 8th October 1839. Succeeded on the death of his father, 5th November 1840. m. (first) at Lahore Fort, 10th March 1837, H.H. Maharani Nanaki Kaur Sahiba (d. at Lahore, 1856), daughter of General Sardar Sham Singh Attarawala. m. (second) H.H. Maharani Sahib Kaur Sahiba (d. at Lahore, 1841), daughter of Sardar Gurdit Singh Gilwaliwala, of Amritsar. m. (third) H.H. Maharani Bhadauran Kaur Sahiba (d. by sati, at Lahore, 6th November 1840), daughter of a Sardar of Bhadaur. m. (fourth) H.H. Maharani Katochan Kaur Sahiba (d. by sati, at Lahore, 6th November 1840), daughter of Mian Rai Singh, of Lambagraon. He d. from injuries received by falling masonry from the Roshnai Darwaza, when returning from the cremation ceremonies for his late father, at Lahore Fort, 6th November 1840.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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