JHANSI (Princely State)

AREA: 4,059 km2 REVENUE: xx ANNEXATION: 21st November 1853
STATE: Bundelkhand DYNASTY: Newalkar (1769) RELIGION: Hindu
POPULATION: 317,000

PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE:
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: On the death of Rao Gangadhar Rao in 1853 without heirs, the state was annexed by the British under the Doctrine of Lapse. Rulers were....
  • Maharajadhiraj CHATTARSAL, Raja of Orchha, -/1729
  • Peshwa BAJI RAO I (Pahila Bajirao), 1729/1740, born 1698, Peshwa 1721/1740, married and had issue. He died 1740.
  • Shrimant NAROSHANKER 1742/1757
  • Shrimant MADHAV GOVIND KAKIRDE 1757/-
  • Shrimant BABULAL KANAHAI -/1766
  • Shrimant VISHWAS RAO LAXMAN 1766/1769, Subedhar of Jhansi
  • Rao RAGHUNATH RAO I, Rao of Jhansi 1769/1796, died 1796.
  • Rao SHIV RAO HARI BHAU, Rao of Jhansi 1796/1814, married and had issue. He died 1814.
    • generation, married Rani Sukhubai and had issue. He died vp?
      • Maharajadhiraj Rao Ram Chand Rao (qv)
    • Rao Raghunath Rao II (qv)
    • Rao Gangadhar Rao (qv)
  • Maharajadhiraj Rao RAM CHAND RAO, Rao of Jhansi 1814/1835, born 1806, Maharajadhiraj [cr.1832], died 1835.
  • Rao RAGHUNATH RAO II, Rao of Jhansi 1835/1838, married Rani Janki Bai, and had secondary issue. He died 1838.
    • Ali Bahadur Newalkar (by a concubine)
  • Rao GANGADHAR RAO, Rao of Jhansi 1838/1853, married May 1842, Rani Lakshmi Bai [Manikarnika or Manu Bai], born 15th June 1834 in Bithur, daughter of Moropant Balwant Rao Tambe, and his wife, Bhagirathi Baishe, she received a traditional education and learnt horse-riding and wielding of small arms, forced to retire on a pension of 6,000Rs, she died in battle on 17th June 1858, and was cremated in a nearby garden where a memorial was erected after independence in her honour. He died 21st November 1853 without surviving issue and the state lapsed.
    • Son (name unknown), born in 1851, died 1851 aged three months.
  • Rao DAMODAR RAO, Rao of Jhansi 1853/aft 1898, born 15th November 1849, as Anand Rao Newalkar, he was adopted by Rani Lakshmi Bai, but the adoption wasn't recognised by the British authorities resulting in the Indian War of Independence [Indian Mutiny], later he petitioned Queen Victoria's government for recognition which was refused, married and had issue. He died 28th May 1906 in Indore.
    • Laxman Rao Jhansiwale, born 1904, married and had issue. He died 1959.
      • Krishnarao Jhansiwale, married and had issue.
        • Arunrao Jhansiwale
      • Chandrakantrao Jhansiwale, married and had issue.
        • Pramod Jhansiwale, presently working as a dental technician in the Mandsore civil hospital.
        • Akshay Jhansiwale
        • Atul Jhansiwale, presently working for the Indore Telephone Department.
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • generation, married and had issue.
    • Rao Raghunath Rao I (see above)
    • Rao Shiv Rao Hari Bhau (see above)
    • generation, married and had issue. This line is conjectural.
      • generation, married and had issue.
        • Vasudeo Newalkar, married and had issue.
          • Anand Rao Newalkar [Rao Damodar Rao] (see above)
The help of Abhijit Malwade is gratefully acknowledged, September 2006.
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