NameThomas (i) Boileau [13], [18], [15], GGGG Grandfather
Birth14 Dec 1754, Dublin [18], [13], [15]
Death11 Jun 1806, Calcutta [15]
FatherSimeon (i) Boileau (1717-1767)
1Leah Jessup [13], [15], GGGG Grandmother
Birth7 Sep 1767, Albany, New York, USA [28]
Death22 Jun 1845, London [28]
FatherLt. Col. Ebenezer Jessup (1739-?1818)
MotherElizabeth Dibble (1745-1813)
Marriage24 Mar 1796 [15]
ChildrenThomas Ebenezer John (1796-1853)
 Simeon John (1799-1863)
 John Peter (v) (1803-1816)
 John Theophilus (iii) (1805-1886)
Notes for Thomas (i) Boileau
[Lart, II, 13].
My first source for Thomas and his children was [RBB] [13] but I later found out a lot more in [BBB] [15], which says:
“Went to India under the auspices of his brother John Peter in 1780, being admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court at Fort William in Bengal, 23 Oct 1780, where he practised in that court, and also as a notary public in Calcutta. He became Under-Sheriff of Calcutta in 1791; this was a very lucrative and much sought-after appointment. In 1794 he was appointed one of the four JPs, whose function it was to administer the municipal affairs of Calcutta; and in 1800 he was appointed Police Magistrate of the City.

He m 24 Mar 1796, Leah, dau of Lt Col Ebenezer Jessop, of a New England family, who had been a loyalist officer in the American War of Independence and had lost all his property as a result; going to India, he obtained the appointment of Coroner of Calcutta. Thomas and Leah had issue : Thomas Ebenezer John, Elizabeth Magdalene, Simeon John, Leah Ann, John Peter v, John Theophilus iii and Alexander Henry Edmonstone. By an unknown mother in Calcutta, in 1782, Thomas had previously had a s, Simeon Henry (qv).
Thomas d at Calcutta on 11 Jun 1806, and his widow returned to England and went to live at Bury St Edmunds with their children.”

[BBB] [15]: “Thomas i became an attorney in Dublin, and when he was 25 he went to India under his cousin John Peter's auspices, where he was admitted as an attorney to the Supreme Court at Fort William in Bengal, practising there and also as a notary public in Calcutta. It was he who introduced Lt Col Ebenezer Jessop, a King's Loyalist soldier from New England, (who lost his property as a result), to a post in Calcutta, and also married the latter's daughter Leah. Col Jessop's son married into the Bowes-Lyon family, thus giving Leah's descendants a distant link with the Queen Mother [like we care]. The line then goes on with a string of regular officers in the Indian and British armies. “
Notes for Leah (Spouse 1)
[RBB] spells her name Jessop. However, the correct spelling appears to be Jessup, and this branch of Jessups is well known, so it seems, in the history of the eastern US [28]. Her father, Ebenezer also appears in the Canadian Dictionary of National Biography, as his brother was also well known. This is really the only point where my ancestry diverges to become vulgarly American. Whew. Just imagine how awful it must be to be related to Americans more closely.

I quote from [JB] [28]:
Leah Jessup was born 7 Sept, 1767, in America, and probably in Albany Co., in the Colony of New York. She went with her parents to England, and either while there or subsequently in India married Thomas Boileau, and resided in Calcutta. He was an Attorney and Solicitor and practised in the Supreme Court of Judicature at Calcutta in Bengal, where he died 11 June, 1806, aged 51 years, 6 1/2 months. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Boileau, with her two sons, John Peter and John Theophilus, returned to England on board the ship “Hugh Inglis”, Captain Fairfax, which sailed from Calcutta in February, 1807. Her sister Mrs. Deborah Smith, who was in failing health, returned to England at the same time. In 1813 she was living in easy circumstances at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Her sister writes of her the following year that she is “well situated and much respected for her good care and management of her family; for having had a good education she teaches them a great deal at home”. After the battle of Waterloo in 1816 she went over to France with a portion of her own family, some of the children of Mrs. Maddy and of Mrs. Wright accompanying her. Mrs. Boileau died in London, 22 June 1845, aged 78 years.

[JB] [28] quotes entire letters written by Leah Jessup to her cousin Sarah Dibble (who married James Waring). One of these letters is written from Quebec, on 1 Nov., 1786, saying how they will soon be moving to London. Then she writes again on Aug. 30, 1789, from Woolwich, Kent. She was sorry her grandmother had broken her arm. They have been in England two years, living in London for the first year, and since then living within nine miles “of that great city”. The letter informs us that the Thames is the biggest river in England (she has a view), St. Pauls church is the largest in England also (she has a view of this, too), but that everything is so expensive because of the taxes. As [JB] comments, it was most likely financial pressure that encouraged the family to move to India later.

By 1814 Leah was living back in England, in Bury St. Edmunds, as is apparent from a letter given in [JB] [28].
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