KUNJPURA (Jagir)


VILLAGES: 38 REVENUE: 31,000Rs ANNEXATION: 17th November 1846
LOCATION: Punjab (Karnal Dist.) DYNASTY: Yusufzai Pathan RELIGION: Muslim



PRESENT HEAD OF FAMILY: The Nawab Saheb of Kunjpura Riyasat
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founder of the family was Nijabat or Najabat Khan, a Yusufzai Pathan and soldier of fortune whose ancestor came from Kandahar, and who had taken advantage of the troublous times when the whole fabric of the Mogul Empire had fallen to pieces to carve out a small principality for himself, built the Fort at Kunjpura in 1729 and created a small state in the vicinity, in 1748 he obtained a sanad from the Afghan conqueror, Ahmed Shah Abdali, granting him a " hereditary jagir " of the villages, 149 in number, of which he was in possession at the time, the villages were declared to be inam, or revenue-free, and he was to enjoy thenceforth the revenue payable to the Imperial Government, subject to the obligation of maintaining order in his ilaqa, the position was maintained until the British arrived and took over the state in 1846, granting jagirs to members of the family, which owned large estates in Karnal, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur districts (#1). The estate was situated 259 kilometres to the North of Delhi, in Karnal District of the Cis-Sutlej Districts in the Punjab. Rulers and estate holders were....
  • Nawab Najabat Khan, he joined the service of Guru Gobind Singh at Paonta Sahib, however he deserted the Guru on the eve of the battle of Bharigani in 1688 and joined hands with the hill Rajas. He died 1688 in battle at Bharigani.
  • Nawab Wazir Khan, faujdar of Sirhind under the Mughals, he engineered the murder of Guru Gobind Singh on 7th October 1708, in retaliation he was attacked and killed at Chappar Chiri, near present-day Chandigarh, on 12th May 1710.
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  • Nawab NAJABAT KHAN, 1st Nawab (Rais) of Kunjpura 1739/1760, he served as Captain in the Imperial Forces, and secured for himself a large tract of fertile land along the Jumna as it then flowed in a channel known as Purana; he plundered the villages of Bazidpur in the Bidauli pargana of Saharanpur, and built for himself in the Jumna marshes, a strong watchtower which he called 'Kunjpura' though it was renamed Najabat Nagar in his honour by his sons; he was recognized as Chief of Kunjpura in 1739, by Nadir Shah in recognition of his support; married and had issue, seven sons. He died 1760 in a battle, defending his stronghold against the Marathas.
    • Nawab Muhammad Daler Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Jamal Khan, married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Kamal Khan, married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Ikhtiar Khan, married and had issue. He died 1789.
      • Sahibzada Sultan Khan, married and had issue. He died 1829.
        • Sahibzada Muhammed Nur Khan, married and had issue. He died 1845.
          • Sahibzada Ghulam Ahmad Khan, born 1840, Member of the Council of Regency (Gwalior), author of many works in Urdu; married and had issue.
            • Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Khan, born 1866, educated at Aligarh University.
            • Sahibzada Aftab Ahmad Khan, born 1868, educated at Aligarh University; he was the first Vice-Chancellor of A.M.U.; married and had issue.
              • Sahibzada Shamshad Ahmad Khan, born 1888.
              • Sahibzada Abad Ahmad Khan
              • Sahibzada Shazad Ahmad Khan
              • Sahibzada Khurshid Ahmed Khan (ICS), married Begum Rafia Khurshid, and had issue. He died 1953.
                • Sahibzada Aman Ahmed Khan, born 1935.
                • Sahibzada Feroze Khurshid, born 3rd August 1950 in Allahabad, married 11th January 1980, in Bhopal, Kumkum Modwel Khurshid, and has issue, one daughter.
                  • Sahibzadi Shazia Shamoli Khurshid, born 1985.
    • Nawabzada Aman Khan, married and had issue.
  • Nawab MUHAMMAD DALER KHAN, 2nd Nawab of Kunjpura 1760/1773, he avenged his father's death in 1761, when he participated in the Battle of Panipat against the Marathas who were soundly defeated; he was granted an extensive Jagir of over 150 villages in the modern divisions of Karnal, Indri, Thanesar, Shahabad and Badauli, by Ahmad Shah Abdali, but lost a considerable part of it to Jind State and other Sikhs before his death in 1773, he was personally granted the titles of Bakhshi and Arjamand; married and had issue, ten sons. He died 1773.
    • Nawab Gulsher Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Karam Sher Khan, he was granted Ghir estate as his share; married and had issue. He died 1848.
      • Sahibzada Ghulam Nabi Khan, married and had issue. He died vp 1840.
        • Sahibzada Tafazal Hussain of Ghir, married and had issue, as well as further issue by a slave girl. He died in 1851.
          • Sahibzada Barkat Ali Khan
      • Sahibzada Nazam Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1869.
        • Sahibzada Mahomed Hussain Khan, married and had issue. He died 1879.
          • Sahibzada Ahmad Hussain Khan, born 1850, married and had issue.
            • Sahibzada Hamid Hussain Khan, born 1870.
            • Sahibzada Hamid Hussain Khan, born 1872.
          • Sahibzada Ahmad Hussain Khan, born 1852, married and had issue.
            • Sahibzada Mahomed Habib Hasan, born 1880.
          • Sahibzada Mahomed Hasan Khan, born 1872.
        • Sahibzada Mahfuz Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1882.
          • Sahibzada Abdul Rahman Khan, born 1868.
          • Sahibzada Mahomed Subhan Khan, born 1877.
        • Sahibzada Abdulrahman Khan, born 1828, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzada Mahomed Nasir Khan, born 1869.
          • Sahibzada Mansab Ali Khan, born 1870.
          • Sahibzada Abbas Ali Khan, born 1871.
          • Sahibzada Mahomed Hussain Khan, born 1872.
        • Sahibzada Nazar Mahomed Khan, born 1833, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzada Nasir Ahmad Khan, born 1867, married and had issue.
            • Sahibzada Mashuk Ahmad Khan, born 1882.
    • Nawabzada Muhammad Shamsher Khan
    • Nawabzada Nasir Khan, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Amir Ali Khan, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Ata Mahomed Khan, born 1829.
    • Nawabzada Ghulam Yahya Khan, married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Sa'adullah Khan, married and had issue.
  • Nawab GULSHER KHAN, 3rd Nawab of Kunjpura 1773/1801, he lost all his possessions to the Sikhs, west of the Jumna; his fortunes were somewhat revived in about 1787, when Maharaja Scindia expelled the Sikhs from Karnal district; he was recognized by General Perron in 1797, as Nawab of Kunjpura for his help in punishing George Thomas and the Jind and Ladwa Chiefs; married and had issue, five sons. He died 1801.
    • Nawab Rahmat Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Ghulam Mahayuddin, he was granted Biana village in Jagir and was involved in a long drawnout battle with his brother for his share in the estate from as early as 1806; married and had issue. He died 1841.
      • Sahibzada Mahomed Yar Khan of Biana, he continued his legal battle for possession of his estate; married and had issue. He died 1882.
        • Sahibzada Ahmad Hasan Khan of Biana, he continued his legal battle for possession of his estate, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzada Nasir Ahmad Khan
        • Sahibzada Ahmad Husain Khan, died 1860.
        • Sahibzada Muhammed Hasan Khan, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzada Asfandiyar Khan
          • Sahibzada Shadi Khan
      • Sahibzada Azad Yar Khan
      • Sahibzada Ahmad Yar Khan
    • Nawabzada Ghulam Rasul Khan, married and had issue. He died 1876.
      • Sahibzada Faiz Mahomed Khan, born 1864.
    • Nawabzada Ghulam Muhammed Khan, married and had issue.
    • Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan, married and had issue. He died 1867.
      • Sahibzada Ali Ahmad Khan, born 1832, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Ahmad Hasan Khan, born 1854, married and had issue.
          • Sahibzada Sharif Hussain Khan, born 1883.
        • Sahibzada Hussain Ahmad Khan, born 1864.
        • Sahibzada Nazir Hussain Khan, born 1867.
      • Sahibzada Asghar Ali Khan, born 1841, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Hamid Ali Khan, born 1870.
      • Sahibzada Sadiq Ahmad Khan, born 1843, married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, born 1874.
  • Nawab RAHMAT KHAN, 4th Nawab of Kunjpura 1801/1822, he sided with the British forces in their attempt to crush Holkar and the Sikh Chiefs; married and had issue, four sons. He died 1822.
    • Nawab Bahadur Jang Khan (qv)
    • Nawab Ghulam Ali Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Shahbaz Khan, joined with his younger brother in a legal contest of succession for a share in the patrimony in 1834; married and had issue. He died 1879.
      • Sahibzada Asad Ali Khan, born 1870.
    • Nawabzada Janbaz Khan, joined with his brother in a legal contest of succession for a share in the patrimony, but eventually settled for a pension; married and had issue. He died 1883.
      • Sahibzada Nazar Mahomed Khan, born 1847, he was granted a reduced pension; married and had issue.
        • Sahibzada Ali Mahomed Khan, born 1870.
        • Sahibzada Amir Khan, born 1873.
        • Sahibzada Rahmat Ali Khan, born 1874.
  • Nawab BAHADUR JANG KHAN, 5th Nawab of Kunjpura 1822/1829, he was granted a jagir of seven villages by a farman signed by Lord Lake in 1806, and afterwards confirmed by a sanad signed by Lord Mint; he died sp in 1829.
  • Nawab GHULAM ALI KHAN, 6th Nawab of Kunjpura 1829/1849, he lost his independent status in 1846, which was confirmed by Lord Dalhousie in June 1849, and was reduced to the status of a jagirdar;
  • married and had issue, two sons. He died 1849.
    • Nawab Mahomed Ali Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Hasham Ali Khan
  • Nawab MAHOMED ALI KHAN, 7th Nawab of Kunjpura 1849/1886, born 1829, he served as a Magistrate and Civil Judge since 1860, within the limits of his jagir as well as a Provincial Darbari, third in rank, married and had issue, eight sons and three daughters. He died 1886 (#2).
    • Nawabzada Dost Mahomed Khan, died 1872.
    • Nawabzada Ahmad Ali Khan, died before 1912.
    • Hon. Nawab Ibrahim Ali Khan (qv)
    • Nawabzada Ikramullah Khan
    • Nawabzada Ahsanullah Khan, born 1880, married and had issue.
      • Sahibzada Muhammed Ahsan Ali Khan, born 12th May 1899.
      • Sahibzada Inayatullah Khan
    • Nawabzada Burhanullah Khan, born 1882, died 1891.
    • Nawabzada Mahomed Yusuf Khan, born 1884.
    • Nawabzada Ismail Ali Khan
    • Nawabzadi (name unknown), married 1900.
    COURT OF WARDS 1886/1900
  • Hon. Nawab IBRAHIM ALI KHAN, 8th Nawab of Kunjpura 1886/1953, born 1879, educated at Aithchison Chiefs' College, Lahore; he succeeded to his father's position as a Provincial Darbari; he was granted the rank of Lieutenant as an Honorary position during WWI; elected Member of the Third Council of the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab [14.1.1913] - [19.4.1916]; elected Member of the Legislative Council on two occasions and elected Member of the Punjab Legislative Council; served as an Honorary Magistrate; married a daughter of HH Nawab Muhammed Ibrahim Ali Khan, Nawab of Maler Kotla, and had issue, six sons. He died 1953.
    • Nawabzada Muhammad Fayaz Ali Khan, born 1904, Heir-Apparent, educated at Muslim University, Aligarh, and in England, studying agriculture, Honorary Magistrate in his district; married 1932, (his cousin) a daughter of Lt.Col. HH Nawab Sir Muhammed Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Maler Kotla,
    • Nawabzada Iqbal Ali Khan, born 1910.
    • Nawabzada Iftikhar Ali Khan, born 1916.
    • Nawabzada Marghub Ali Khan, born 1921.
    • Nawabzada Akhtar Ali Khan, died 1924.
    • Nawabzada Asghar Ali Khan, born 1925.
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Sahibzada Laquit Hussain Khan, married Sahibzadi Shahjhan begam, and had issue.
    • Sahibzada Shahrafat Hussain Khan, born 1931 in Kunjpura, married 1948 in Mianwali, and has issue.
      • Sahibzada Khalid Riaz Khan
      • Sahibzada Shahid Riaz Khan
      • Sahibzada Tariq Mehmood Khan
      • Sahibzada Arif Mehmood Khan
      • Sahibzada Atif Mehmood Khan
      • Sahibzada Tahir Mehmood Khan
The generous assistance of Deepak Aggarwal is gratefully acknowledged, March 2010.
SOURCE: The Annals of Karnal by Major C. H. Buck, Deputy Commissioner, Government Printing, Lahore, 1914, p.28
1. "Chiefs and Families of Note in the Dehli, Jalandhar, Peshawar and Derajat divisions of the Panjab" by Charles Francis Massy, Pioneer Press, Allahabad, 1890. p.168ff
2. Nawab Ibrahim Ali Khan vs Nawab Muhammad Ahsan Ullah on 30/1/1912 - (1912) 14 BOMLR 270 - Bombay High Court