Sri Lankan Burgher
NOTE: This family is listed here under Sri Lankan Burgher Family Genealogy
only because it has links to some Burghers of Sri Lanka. For all intents and
purposes the Gogerly family is from the United Kingdom
and NOT Sri Lankan by birth.
Rev. DANIEL J. GOGERLY Family #1136
Gogerly family tree going as far
back as the Gogerly who fought and died in The
American War of Independence. He was the Grandfather
of the Rev Daniel John Gogerly who was born in London on the 25 August 1792 and went to Ceylon in 1818.
The Rev Daniel John Gogerly was my GGG grandfather.
Daniel Gogerly + Elizabeth
Rev Daniel J. Gogerly, b:25-Aug-1792 in London,
d:6-Sep-1862 in Ceylon, arrived in Ceylon in 1818 + Sarah
Kenegan Born unknown England Married 19 January
1817, Christchurch, Greyfriars, London England Died
20 September 1821, Madras, India
2 2nd spouse of Rev
Daniel J. Gogerly, b:25-Aug-1792 in London,
d:6-Sep-1862 in Ceylon, arrived in Ceylon in 1818 + Baroness Johanna Anna Sussanna van Leyden*,
b:23-Sep-1793 in Colombo, Ceylon, widow of
Jean Guillaume Du Bois de Lassosay,
Married 18 September 1822 Died 9 November 1829,
3 Elizabeth Gogerly Born 24 June 1823 Colombo
Ceylon Died 1 April 1890 Surrey England + William Green, m:24-Sep-1845,
who went to South Africa from Ceylon
arriving in Natal South Africa on 15/2/1849 on the "Douglas"..
William was born 1822 in London.
Died 19 June 1864
They had eight children.
4 William Dutton
Green, remained in Melbourne Australia, returned to Ceylon (1865).
5 William Gogerly, born in Victoria, Aust.
and he married and had a large family in Tasmania
Gogerly, died October 2004, her 94th. year + Green
7 Judith Green
4 John George Green,
remained in Melbourne Australia,
returned to Ceylon
4 Arthur Henry Green
+ Augusta Cornelia van der Straaten in Ceylon.
He became a coffee planter..
4 Charles Joseph
Green + Euphemia Morgan in Ceylon
4 Frederick James Green, died in 1877
3 Daniel Gogerly Born, 1827, London
England Died Ceylon (date etc not known) + Maria Johanna Gertruida Leembruggen b: 28 November 1847 in Colombo Ceylon
- Died 25 June 1894
Colombo Ceylon. Her parents were born in Holland. Daniel and Maria
had seven Children. Their descendants live in Australia, the UK and Ceylon.
2 3rd spouse of Rev Daniel J. Gogerly,
b:25-Aug-1792 in London, d:6-Sep-1862 in Ceylon, arrived in Ceylon in 1818 + Eliza Jane Torriano, Daughter
of Lieut. Charles C. Torriano of London Born London
Married 6 July 1830 Cotta, Colombo, Ceylon Died Unknown (dates etc not
2 4th spouse of Rev Daniel J. Gogerly,
b:25-Aug-1792 in London, d:6-Sep-1862 in Ceylon, arrived in Ceylon in 1818 + Anna Deborah McCully (Widow of
the Rev: James Chater) country of birth etc not
known Married in Colombo Ceylon Died 21 December 1861 Colombo Ceylon.
Rev Daniel John Gogerly, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Gogerly,
and 1st cousin of Charles James Gogerly
was a Methodist Missionary. He arrived in Ceylon in 1818. He was the son of a
loyalist family. His Grandfather
fought and died in the American War of Independence and lost all his property
as a consequence.
He was born in London
25 August 1792,
Christened at St. Sepulchre, London 26/8/1792 and died in Ceylon on 6 September 1862 at 70 years
Converted at the age of fourteen, he gave early
indication of his devotion and ability. He adopted the trade of a printer and
during his early years came under the notice of Richard Watson who induced him
to join the staff of the then newly formed "Mission to Asia"
and to take charge of the mission press in Colombo Ceylon. He entered upon these new
duties in 1818. He left Plymouth
on the 17 May 1818
and arrived in Jaffna
October 1818 an un-ordained Wesleyan missionary. He
was ordained in 1823 and assigned his own mission station in 1848. Ceylon
at this time was under British rule and part of the British
He was a very distinguished man and was said to be the
greatest man that Methodism ever gave to Ceylon. He became an outstanding
scholar and was president of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
His scholarship laid the foundation for serious Buddhist-Christian dialogue.
Up until his arrival in Ceylon, the Buddhists dismissed
Christians as ignorant of the truth of Buddhism. After 14 years study of the Pali language, he wrote a serious apologetic questioning of
the Buddhist faith, whereby many monks came to Christ.
Wesleyan missionary to Ceylon, Spencer Hardy, wrote of
Daniel Gogerly's apologetic work "Nearly every
religious movement in different parts of the Island
owes its origin to Gogerly's Christian
Institute". Rhys Davids, founder of the Pali Text Society, commended Gogerly
"For so much accuracy, so wide a range of knowledge, and such sound and
sober judgment that his conclusions were far ahead of any previous
The following description of him was given by another
missionary " with the head of a German, the heart
of an Englishman, the faith of a Methodist he was a great man in every way. In
mental stature he stood head and shoulders above his brethren, in scholarship
in his own line he has left no peer. In administration capacity he could have
governed a kingdom. As a preacher he was as convincing as Apollo and as sinewy
as Paul. The best of the man was his kind and large heart. He was the William
Carey of Ceylon,
giving to the Singhalese successive versions of the word of God. He was more, he studied the structure of Buddhism until he mastered
it and then marshaled his forces and delivered an attack that shook the
In Agnes Gogerly's letter to
Laura Green (see comments under "Early History") she states
"About uncle Daniel Gogerly, Professor Max
Muller of Oxford said in his book, "------- from a German workshop"
the church has sent out many great missionaries but if it had sent out only
two, David Livingston and Daniel Gogerly the world
would have been made a constant debt to the church"
He married four times and was widowed four times!!
Sarah Kenegan Born unknown England Married 19
January 1817, Christchurch, Greyfriars, London
England Died 20 September 1821, Madras, India
Baroness Anna Johanna Suzanna Van Lynden - Born 23 September 1793 Colombo
(A Baroness in her own right and a Countess by a previous marriage). She was
the Widow of the Jean Guillaume Comte du Bois de Lassosay Her father
was born in the Netherlands
She Married 18 September 1822 Died 9 November 1829 Colombo Ceylon.
Eliza Jane Torriano, Daughter of Lieut. Charles C. Torriano of London Born London Married 6 July 1830
Cotta, Colombo, Ceylon Died Unknown (dates etc not known)
Anna Deborah McCully (Widow of the Rev: James Chater) country of birth etc not known Married in
Colombo Ceylon Died 21
December 1861 Colombo
He only had issue from his second marriage, Elizabeth Gogerly Born 24 June 1823 Colombo
Died 1 April 1890
Surrey England and Daniel Gogerly Born, 1827, London England Died Ceylon (date
etc not known).
Elizabeth's date of birth is recorded as 24 June 1823 in the family
"Birthday Book". Daniel's year of birth is recorded in an article in
a magazine titled "British Settlers, A Biographical Register, in Natal 1824 - 1857"
Volume 7. The article is about his sister Elizabeth and her husband William
Green who went to South
Africa from Ceylon. Elizabeth's date of Birth in this article is
recorded as 24 June 1822
instead of 1823 as recorded in the Family Birthday Book. The 24 June 1822 date is obviously not
correct as the Rev DJ Gogerly and the Baroness got
married on 18 September 1822.
born nine months later on 24
September 1845 in Colombo
married William Green. He was born 1822 in London. Died 19 June 1864 Australia. They had eight children.
Elizabeth and William migrated to South Africa,
arriving in Natal South Africa on 15/2/1849 on the "Douglas".
They left South
Africa on 12/10/1851 for Mauritius then England finally
arriving in Melbourne
on 12 November 1852
on the "SS Great Britain". Sometime shortly after the death of William, Elizabeth and her children, with the
exception of the two eldest boys, William Dutton Green and John George Green,
who remained in Melbourne Australia, returned to Ceylon (1865). Arthur Henry
Green married Augusta Cornelia van der Straaten in Ceylon. He
became a coffee planter. Her other son Charles Joseph Green married Euphemia Morgan in Ceylon.
Following the death
of her youngest son Frederick James Green in 1877 she left for England with
her two daughters. They are recorded in the 1881 census as living in Surrey England.
Elizabeth died 1st April 1890.
Some of their descendants in Australia have taken the name
Daniel Gogerly married Maria Johanna Gertruida
Leembruggen on 28 November 1847 in Colombo Ceylon. She was born in Jaffna
on 28 November 1827
- Died 25 June 1894 Colombo
Her parents were born in Holland.
Daniel and Maria had seven Children. Their descendants live in Australia, the UK and Ceylon.
Information taken from W Gogerly website firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Ref: Dutch Union Burgher Journal Vol. XXIII, 1934.
R.G. Anthonisz wrote in
the Ceylon Literary Register(quoted in Lewis
-Tombstones and Monuments of Ceylon 1913) "There are no doubts a great
many people beside those of his own family , who still remember the late Mr Otho de Lassosay.
Left an orphan at five years of age, most of his early years were spent in the
house of his stepfather, the Rev
Daniel Gogerly, whom his mother the widowed Mrs de Lassosay had married for
her second husband.Here he grew up to manhood, but
whatever were the opportunities thrown in his way, it is clear he made little
use of them, for we find him struggling to get on in the world. Of free and
easy disposition, sociable and unostentatious, he made friends wherever he
went, but he was placed in awkward straits for a living. At one time he was
schoolmaster and postholder of Tangalle,
offices from which he could have hardly derived an income suitable to his
station in life. In 1864 he secured the appointment of Registrar of Lands of Tangalle on a salary of 100 pounds a year, but he lived
scarcely more than a twelve month to enjoy his promotion, because his health,
which had been undermined by a life of freedom as well as of hardship, had been
giving way for some time, and he died in the year 1866. With him ended the male
line of the de Lassosay family in Ceylon; but he had
married in 1859 at Hambantota Georgina Adelaide Booy, daughter of Frederick de Booy
of the Kachcheri, and had a daughter, Anne Maria
Adelaide Du Bois de Lassosay,
who is now living, and is married and has a family"
There is a lengthy writeup (one page) about
Jean Guillaume Du Bois Lassosay,
(who died on 17 May 1820), in the book "List of Inscriptions on Tombstones
and Monuments in Ceylon" by John Penry Lewis.