PRATAPGARH (Taluq)


VILLAGES: 217 (1921) REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: xx
STATE: Uttar Pradesh (Pratapgarh Distt.) DYNASTY: Somvanshi RELIGION:Hindu



PRESENT RULER: Raja ANIL PRATAP SINGH, present Raja Saheb of Pratapgarh since 7th August 2013. (9 Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India)
born 1956, educated at Allahabad University, Allahabad.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Originally known as Taroul or Tiroul. The ancestor of the family was Babu Sujan Shah, son of Raja Sangram Shah of Tiroul. Estate holders were....
  • Raja Sukhram Singh, Raja of Jhusi, married and had issue.
    • Raja Nivahan Singh, married and had issue.
      • Raja Bir Sen, he was cursed by a Fakir and lost Jhusi around 1359, married and had issue.
        • Raja Lakhan Sen, he established himself at Hindaur in 1258 (traditional date), married and had issue.
          • Raja Goharwar Deo, he took up residence at Gonda, and was ancestor of the Taluqdars of Sujakhar, Gauradand, Gonda etc.
          • Babu Muluk Singh, he became a Muslin convert and was murdered soon afterwards.
          • Raja Jait Singh, he assumed the title of Raja and settled in Aror, later renamed Pratapgarh; married and had issue. He died 1328.
            • Raja Khan Deo, Raja of Aror 1328/1354, married and had issue. He died 1354.
              • Raja Pirthi Singh, Raja of Aror 1354/1377, married and had issue. He died 1377.
                • Raja Lodh Singh, Raja of Aror 1377/- , married and had issue.
                  • Babu Murar Singh
                  • Raja Sultan Shah, he is said to have been granted the whole pargana of Pratapgarh and the northern portion of Allahabad for military services rendered, married and had issue. He died 1442.
                    • Raja Maniar Shah, married and had issue. He died 1464.
                      • Raja Ghatam Deo, married and had issue. He died 1478.
                        • Raja Sangram Shah, married and had issue. He died 1494.
                          • Babu Sujan Shah of Nurpur and Kila Pratapgarh; married and had issue.
                            • Babu Ajit Singh of Taroul, married and had issue.
                              • Babu Pratap Singh (qv)
                            • Babu Gambhir Shah of Nurpur
                              • Babu Loke Singh
                                • Babu Narayan Singh
                                  • Babu Dina Rai
                                    • Babu Mihrban Singh
                                      • Babu Sarnam Singh
                                        • Gulab Singh, gained possession of Tiraul
                                        • Raja Sheoratan Singh, he assumed the title of Raja, and was adopted by the Raja of Bahlolpur, but subsequently was rejected in favour of Shamsher Bahadur (see above), he was compensated with a cash allowance of Rs1,500+1840
                                          • Raja Dhir Singh, his cash allowance was replaced by a grant of 20 villages of Tiraul, known as Nurpur estate, it was confiscated after the Mutiny in 1857, but restored afterwards, +1849
                                            • Raja Chitpal Singh of Chitpalgarh, the title of Raja was granted a s a personal honour in 1864 and was confirmed as hereditary on 9th May 1886, he entered Government service, +1901. The estate went into abeyance as the two claimants (Bhairondin Singh and Bhagwati Prasad Singh) did not have a clear claim to the estate
                                      • Babu Abhiman Singh, he gained possession of Tiraul
                          • Raja Ramchandra, married and had issue. He died 1526.
                            • Babu Lakshmi Narain, married and had issue.
                              • Babu Tej Singh
                      • Babu Murar Singh of Domipur and Baispur
    • Babu Indra Dutt, had descendants in Nepal.
    • Babu Suraj Dutt, had descendants at Sandi Pali.
  • Babu PRATAP SINGH, 1st Babu of Tiraul 1628/1682, fixed his headquarters at Rampur near old town of Aror, there he built a fort (garh), naming it after himself.
  • Babu CHHATRADARI SINGH, Babu of Tiraul fl.1722
  • Babu Mihrban Singh, Raja of Tiraul, married and had issue.
    • Babu Abhiman Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Sarnam Singh, married and had issue.
      • Babu Gulab Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Medni Singh, he established a town in Pratapgarh presently known as Katra Medniganj.
      • Raja Sheoratan Singh, he assumed the title of Raja, and was adopted by the Raja of Bahlolpur, but subsequently was rejected in favour of Shamsher Bahadur (see above), he was compensated with a cash allowance of Rs1,500+1840
        • Raja Dhir Singh, his cash allowance was replaced by a grant of 20 villages of Tiraul, known as Nurpur estate, it was confiscated after the Mutiny in 1857, but restored afterwards, +1849
          • Raja Chitpal Singh of Chitpalgarh, the title of Raja was granted a s a personal honour in 1864 and was confirmed as hereditary on 9th May 1886, he entered Government service, +1901. The estate went into abeyance as the two claimants (Bhairondin Singh and Bhagwati Prasad Singh) did not have a clear claim to the estate
  • Babu ABHIMAN SINGH, Babu of Tiraul, he was the founder of the Tiraul estate; married and had issue, three sons. He died after 1800.
    • Kunwar Bhairon Baksh Singh, he was ousted by his nephew, Gulab Singh, who granted him a single village for his maintenance, married and had issue, four sons.
    • Kunwar Audhan Singh, married and had issue.
      • Kunwar Sarabjit Singh, he was killed by Gulab Singh, sp before 1857.
      • Raja Ajit Singh (qv)
      • Kunwar Bishnath Singh, married and had issue.
        • Kunwar Shitla Bakhsh Singh, married and had issue, three sons. He died 28th April 1908 (#2).
          • Kunwar Sukhdeo Singh, overlooked in the succession. He died sp on 1st June 1895 (#2).
          • Kunwar Jagdeo Singh, overlooked in the succession, married and had issue.
            • Lal Raghunath Prasad Singh
            • Lal Anant Prasad Singh
          • Raja Bahadur Raja Pratap Bahadur Singh (qv)
          • generation (one of above, connection conjectural)
            • Kunwar Jang Bahadur Singh, migrated to the Caribbean in the early part of the 20th Century, married and had issue.
              • Kunwar Harnanan Singh, married Dolly (Harnanan Singh), and had issue.
                • Kunwar Kunj Beharry Singh B.Sc., born 18th August 1960 in Trinidad and Tobago, B.Sc. in Industrrial Engineering and the Technical Marketing Program at General Electric. President and CEO of Cenosystems Incorporated in New York City, a consulting and advisory services company.
        • Kunwar Devamangal Singh, died in March 1892 (#2).
    • Kunwar Umand Singh, father of two sons.
  • Babu GULAB SINGH, Babu of Tiraul, an ambitious and avaricious man, he ousted his nephew from the gadi and murdered a grandnephew in order to more secure his place on the gadi; he aligned himself with the rebels when the Mutiny broke out and his estate was confiscated and granted to Ajit Singh. He was killed in battle south of Pratapgarh near Allahabad in 1857.
  • Raja AJIT SINGH, Raja of Tiraul 1857/1889, when the Mutiny broke out, he provided loyal service to the British in assisting the Sultanpur fugitives and then attaching himself to the Jaupur forces and was rewarded with the estate of Tiraul, as well as large properties in Kheri, Hardoi and Unao districts; in 1866, he bought from the Government the fort of Pratapgarh and restored the palaces of the old Rajas; he was granted the title of Raja as a personal distinction on 1st January 1877 (#1), and in 1888 the honour was continued for a second generation; he was a Taluqdar of Oudh and his name was entered as such in the lists 1, 2 and 5 prepared under Section 8 of Act I of 1869; married and had adoptive issue. He died spm on 18th December 1889 (#2).
    • (A) Raja Bahadur Raja Pratap Bahadur Singh (qv)
  • Raja Bahadur Raja PRATAP BAHADUR SINGH C.I.E., Raja of Pratapgarh [18.12.1889] - [18.6.1921], educated at the Pratapgarh High School; the title of Raja made hereditary on 1st January 1898, and in the same year he was appointed an Honorary Magistrate of the 2nd Class and afterwards in 1909, an Honorary Magistrate of the 1st Class for the thanas of McAndrewganj, Jethwara, and Chandika in Pratapgarh and within the tahsils of Soram and Allahabad; Honorary munsif for pargana Pratapgarh; Member of the Imperial Legislative Council 1909/1912; Vice President of the British Indian Association 1911/1918, he was made a C.I.E. in January 1904; the name of the estate was changed from Tiraul to Qila Pratapgarh at his request; he was granted the enhance title of Raja Bahadur as a personal distinction in June 1920; married 1stly (aged 9), a sister of Thakur Raghunath Singh of Isanpur, married 2ndly, a daughter of the Taluqdar of Antu, married 3rdly, a daughter of the Taluqdar of Antu (sister of the 2nd wife), married 4thly, a daughter of the Taluqdar of Dhingwas, married 5thly, a niece of the Taluqdar of Antu (paternal 1st cousin of the 2nd and 3rd wives), and had issue. He died spm on 18th June 1921 (#2).
    • Kumari (name unknown), married Yuvraj Dewakar Praksh Singh of Kasmanda.
    • Rani Padmavati Devi, born 17th July 1918 in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh; married Maj. Raja Bahadur Birendra Bahadur Singh of Khairagarh, and had issue.
    • (A) Raja Ajit Pratap Singh, he was adopted by the Senior Rani on 9th May 1922 (qv)
  • Raja Ajit Pratap Singh (1917-2000)Raja AJIT PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Pratapgarh [9.5.1922] - [6.1.2000], born 14th January 1917 in Kulhipur, Pratapgarh Dist., U.P., he succeeded to the gadi by adoption on 9th May 1922; educated at St. Joseph's College, Allahabad and at Cambridge, Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly 1946/1952 and 1967/1977, Cabinet Minister for Forests, Sports, Tourism, Animal Husbandry, Jail, Civil Defence and Homeguard for Uttar Pradesh 1969/1977, Member of the Rajya Sabha 1958/1962, Member of the 3rd 1962/1967 and 7th 1980/1984 Lok Sabha, Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council 1985 (Bi-election) and 1988/1992, Minister for Excise 1985, Minister for Excise and Forests -/1988, Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Uttar Pradesh 1986/1988, President of the British India Association (Avadh) 1998/2000, Secretary-cum-Manager for the Colvin Taluqdars' College, LKO, 1998/2000, married 1stly, Rani Lakshmi Devi, (possibly sister of Raja Dinesh Singh of Kalakankar), and had issue, four sons and one daughter, married 2ndly, Rani Nikhat Devi, and had issue, one son and four daughters. He died 6th January 2000 at Lucknow. (Raja Ajit Pratap Singh Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India)
    • Raja Abhay Pratap Singh (by Rani Lakshmi Devi) (qv)
    • Rajkumar Amar Pratap Singh
    • Rajkumari Shobha Rani, married 1956, Thakur Bikram Singh of Pokhran, and has issue.
    • Rajkumar Arun Pratap Singh
    • Rajkumar Akhil Pratap Singh (by Rani Lakshmi Devi), fourth son, married and has issue.
      • Kunwar Amaresh Pratap Singh, married Rajkumari Gitanjali Devi, daughter of Raja Sarat Kumar Deb, Raja Saheb of Aul, and his wife, Rani Sushree Devi, and has issue, one son.
        • Kumar Abhyuday Pratap Singh
    • Rajkumar Ajai Pratap Singh (by Rani Nikhat Devi), married and has issue.
      • Kunwar Anshuman Singh
  • Raja ABHAY PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Pratapgarh [6.1.2000] - [7.8.2013], born 7th December 1936, married 1st March 1955, Rani Asha Kumari, and had issue. He died 7th August 2013.
    • Raja Anil Pratap Singh (qv)
    • Kanwarani Archana Kumari, married Kanwar Ranjay Singh of Badnore and has issue, two daughters.
  • Raja ANIL PRATAP SINGH, Raja of Pratapgarh (see above)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Kunwar Sachin Pratap Singh of Pratapgarh (UP)
  • Kunwar Akhilendra Pratap Singh
  • Kunwar Ram Swaroop Singh, married and had issue, two sons.
    • Kunwar Fateh Bahadur Singh
    • Kunwar Lal Bahadur Singh, married and had issue, three sons and one daughter.
      • Shri Girjesh Bahadur Singh, married and had issue, two sons and four daughters.
        • Shri Amresh Bahadur Singh
        • Shri Tarurendra Pratap Singh
      • Shri Brijesh Singh, born 1929, Kanoongo, married and had issue, four sons and two daughters. He died 1st October 2013.
        • Shri Brijendra Pratap Singh (aka Vinod Singh), he is a contractor in Indian Railway, married and has issue, four daughters and one son.
          • Shri Akhilesh Singh
        • Shri Yogendra Pratap Singh (aka Manoj Singh), an agriculturist, married and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
          • Shri Amit Singh
          • Shri Raj Singh
        • Shri Satish Kumar Singh (aka Munna), Deputy Project Manager with N.C.C.l. construction company, Manesar Gurgaon, married and has issue, two daughters and one son. (New Delhi, India)
          • Kumari Shubhangi Singh
          • Shri Shubham Singh
          • Kumari Aaradhya Somvanshi
        • Shri Shushil Kumar Singh, presently (2016) working in B.S.F., married and has issue, one son. (Lucknow, India)
      • Shri Avadhesh Bahadur Singh, retired A.D.M., married and has issue, two sons and one daughter.
        • Shri Neeraj Singh, Inspector.
        • Shri Nitesh Singh, Manager, M.N.C.
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1. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p. 405
2. Bombay High Court; Raghunath Prasad Singh vs The Deputy Commissioner on 25 July, 1929; Equivalent citations: (1930) 32 BOMLR 129