Caulfeild Family

James Caulfeild Treasurer of Ceylon

James CaulfeildAge: 54 years18061861

Name
James Caulfeild
Birth July 19, 1806 27 23
Alias
of Ceylon

Baptism July 19, 1806
Birth of a brotherHenry Caulfeild
February 1808 (Age 18 months)
Baptism of a brotherHenry Caulfeild
February 7, 1808 (Age 18 months)
Birth of a brotherWilberforce Caulfeild
February 1809 (Age 2 years)
Baptism of a brotherWilberforce Caulfeild
February 5, 1809 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Caulfeild
July 1812 (Age 5 years)
Baptism of a brotherJohn Caulfeild
July 5, 1812 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherHans James Caulfeild
November 1814 (Age 8 years)
Baptism of a brotherHans James Caulfeild
November 13, 1814 (Age 8 years)
Death of a sisterFrances Caulfeild
August 1816 (Age 10 years)
Burial of a sisterFrances Caulfeild
August 29, 1816 (Age 10 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherCharles Caulfeild
December 2, 1817 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a sisterAnne Margaret Caulfeild
February 1821 (Age 14 years)
Baptism of a sisterAnne Margaret Caulfeild
February 18, 1821 (Age 14 years)
Birth of a brotherAbraham St.George Caulfeild
September 17, 1823 (Age 17 years)
Death of a sisterAnne Margaret Caulfeild
April 1824 (Age 17 years)
Burial of a sisterAnne Margaret Caulfeild
April 22, 1824 (Age 17 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMargaret Widman Wood
August 27, 1829 (Age 23 years)
Burial of a paternal grandmotherMargaret Widman Wood
August 30, 1829 (Age 23 years)
MarriageEliza GrayView this family
October 17, 1840 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Hans Charles Caulfeild
September 6, 1841 (Age 35 years)
Baptism of a sonHans Charles Caulfeild
September 6, 1841 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#2
James Campbell Caulfeild
January 18, 1843 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Anne Ellen Caulfeild
November 27, 1844 (Age 38 years)
Death of a brotherHenry Caulfeild
February 13, 1846 (Age 39 years)
Burial of a brotherHenry Caulfeild
February 13, 1846 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4
Grace Caroline Caulfeild
November 3, 1846 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Frances Zoe Caulfeild
June 11, 1848 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Sophia Isabella Caulfeild
January 18, 1850 (Age 43 years)
Birth of a son
#7
Henry St.George Caulfeild
September 1, 1851 (Age 45 years)
Death of a motherAnne Rothe
April 13, 1852 (Age 45 years)
Burial of a motherAnne Rothe
April 16, 1852 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Alice Mary Caulfeild
November 12, 1853 (Age 47 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Alice Mary Caulfeild
November 12, 1853 (Age 47 years)

Death of a fatherHans Caulfeild
June 29, 1854 (Age 47 years)
Burial of a fatherHans Caulfeild
July 4, 1854 (Age 47 years)
Death of a wifeEliza Gray
July 30, 1854 (Age 48 years)
Burial of a wifeEliza Gray
July 31, 1854 (Age 48 years)
Death of a brotherJohn Caulfeild
August 21, 1855 (Age 49 years)
Death May 4, 1861 (Age 54 years)
Burial
Reference numberEliza GrayView this family

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: March 13, 1803St.Mary, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
13 months
elder brother
18 months
elder sister
Frances Caulfeild
Birth: August 1805 26 22Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
Death: August 1816Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
1 year
himself
19 months
younger brother
Henry Caulfeild
Birth: February 1808 29 25Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
Death: February 13, 1846Chilaw, Puttalam District, Ceylon
13 months
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
John Caulfeild
Birth: July 1812 33 29Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
Death: August 21, 1855At sea between Rangoon and Calcutta
2 years
younger brother
6 years
younger sister
Anne Margaret Caulfeild
Birth: February 1821 42 38Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
Death: April 1824Banse Glebe, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny
3 years
younger brother
Family with Eliza Gray - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: October 17, 1840Cutcherry, Chilaw, Ceylon
11 months
son
Hans Charles Caulfeild
Birth: September 6, 1841 35 26Cutcherry, Chilaw, Ceylon
Death: June 26, 1867Terminus Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire
16 months
son
22 months
daughter
Anne Ellen Caulfeild
Birth: November 27, 1844 38 29Jaffna, Ceylon
Death: January 16, 19379 Gloucester Walk, Kensington, London
23 months
daughter
Grace Caroline Caulfeild
Birth: November 3, 1846 40 31Ceylon
Death: July 26, 1862Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
19 months
daughter
Frances Zoe Caulfeild
Birth: June 11, 1848 41 33Putlam, Ceylon
Death: September 2, 1862Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
19 months
daughter
19 months
son
2 years
daughter
Alice Mary Caulfeild
Birth: November 12, 1853 47 38Ceylon
Death: September 17, 1862Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

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Started as a midshipman in an HEIC ship, but did not like the life and left service on the Duke of York 15 Jan 1822 to proceed to Ceylon. He was gazetted Fiscal of Colombo from Jan 1, 1832, and also an Assistant in the Cinnamon Department from March 23; Assistant Government Agent, Galle, Dec 1, 1833; Assistant Government Agent, Hambantota, Apr 1, 1834; on leave from Jan 5, 1836, to Nov 7, 1837, returning in the 'Malabar', which brought Governor and Mrs Stewart Mackenzie to the Island; Acting Assistant Government Agent, Western Province and District Judge of Puttalam, Dec 1, 1839; confirmed in this appointment Feb 1, 1841; District Judge of Manner and Nuwarakalawiya, May 1, 1843; Ass Gov Agent, Nth Prov, and Dis Jdge, Mannar, Jan 1, 1845; Gov Agent, N-W Prov, Oct 1, 1845; Acting Tres, Jan 1, 1850; Gov Agent N-W Prov, July 1, 1851-54; Acting Treasurer from Jan1,1850 to July 1,1851; confirmed as Treasurer, Oct 23, 1854. Appointed by the Governor, Sir Henry Ward, to a Commission in 1858 to revise the existing scale of military allowances of officers of the Army. In 1859 Governor Ward sought the sanction of the Secretary of State for the appointment of the son of Caulfeild, the Treasurer of the Colony. Ward admitted that he had made this promise earlier and had requested the son to come to Ceylon at his own expense. Ward admitted that he was influenced by "the long service of the father, the largeness of their family and their natural desire to see their son provided for in a service which they had played an honourable part. - The Secretary of State could not accept Ward's reasons, though he sanctioned the appointment."

Died of long standing heart disease on the eve of his retirement. Memorial tablet in St Peters Cathedral, Colombo, sponsored by the Ceylon Civil Service.

Played an influental part in the downfall of Governor Torrington for his handling of the 1848 Rebellion. He was specially mentioned in a letter from Torrington to Lord Grey 14/4/1850 - "Mr Caulfeild, the Acting Treasurer an old and able public servant stated that he considered the step I had proposed to the Council was a most dangerous one - Mr Caulfeild felt with much regret, anxious as he would be to show mercy, that the proper time had not arrived - Mr Caulfeild has stated that under the circumstances he would be disposed to grant an amnesty to all with the exception of one or two men tried before the Supreme Court."

"He was one of those civilians of the forties who combined coffee planting with their official service - a propensity which ultimately brought about Lord Stanley's despatch of 1845, and the foundation of the present Civil Service. He went into partnership with Benjamin Dodsworth, MD, who had married a dau of John Walbeoff, CCS, Superintendent of the Cinnamon Dept, under whom Caulfeild had worked, to whose children he had acted as guardian, and to whom he always spoke in the kindest terms. They purchased Crown land and planted it with coffee. The estate was called "Charlemont", and Dodsworth worked it. Caulfeild supplied the capital, or part of it, from borrowed money, and the debt hung like a millstone round his neck nearly up to the last. In pursuance of the Sec of State's ruling he was asked if had given up his interest in land. His reply was that the he had purchased the land from Government, on the recommendation of Government to civilians at the time to invest in land, as there was then no Widows' Pension Fund; that he had spent a large sum on the estate; that it was worth 5000 pounds stirling, but that he was quite ready to make it over to Government for that price. The subject dropped and was not revived. He made nothing out of the estate in the long run, and Dodsworth retired and went to England".

A friend of Sir Colin Campbell, and of Sir Phillip Woodhouse, later Governor of South Africa.

The passenger list for the Symmetry, arriving at Dover on 15th September 1843 includes “Mr Caulfield’s children” travelling from Colombo via Bombay. May be Hans and James Campbell as infants on their way to Ireland.

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