|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
The ancestor of the family was a Shergil Jat of Mansurwal, in Firozpur
district. This misl took the name of Nishanwalia because they carried
Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag in the battle and were kept as a reserve
force at Amritsar. Their territory was Ambala,
Rupar and Anandpur Sahib. Several
hill chiefs paid tribute to this misl. Members were….
- Gill, he was a Jat zamindar of Rajput Raghubanshi descent,
married two wives, and had issue, as well as further issue by seven
concubines, twelve sons in all. He lived around 1365.
- Shergil, married and had issue, four sons.
- Ranadhar, married and had issue, the Majithia family.
- Jubal, married and had issue, Sardar Dewa Singh in the
- Chaudhari Sahib Rai, from the
village of Mansur, in Firozpur district of the Punjab, married and had
- Sardar Dasaundha Singh (qv)
- Sawan Singh [Soman Singh], married and had issue.
- Sapha Singh, he held Sonti bravely against the
attack of Raja Jaswant Singh of Nabha, and later in 1806, he held his
own fort of Jhangir against Maharaja Ranjit Singh, married and had
- Fateh Singh, he entered the service of Maharaja
Ranjit Singh, and under Diwan Mokham Chand, he became a very
distinguished soldier, he was granted Jhangir Burj and Brampur in
jagir, as well as large cash allowances, later he fell into disgrace
and his jagirs north of the Sutlej were resumed, he then retired to his
estate of Sonti, married and had issue.
- Sardar Bahadur Dewa Singh, born 1802, he
Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1816 at a very young age, then made Commandant
regiment of his brother, he was transferred to the Gurkha regiment to
in Hazara in 1842, later he was posted at Dera Isma’il Khan in
the Surajmukhi regiment, in 1848 he served with distinction under
General Van Cortlandt, in 1853, he was selected to raise and command
the Seventh Police
Battalion at Amritsar, where he preserved order in the city and upheld
civil authority on the eve of the uprising of 1857, for his services,
he was granted the Star of the Order of
British India with the title of Sardar Bahadur and a personal allowance
of 1.200Rs p.a., on his retirement on 1st 1st January 1861, he received
a special pension of
3,000Rs p.a., and a
grant of six hundred acres of waste land with proprietory rights,
married and had issue. He
- Sardar Amar Singh, born 1853/1856,
Secretary of the
Local Board in Zira, a Provincial Darbari and Zaildar of his ilaka,
betrothed to a daughter of Sardar Kahn Singh Nakkai.
- Bibiji (name
unknown) Kaur, born 1860.
- Sardar Isar Singh, born 1862.
- Panjab Singh, born 1834, married and had
- Dal Singh, married and had issue.
- Wazir Singh, married and had issue.
- Sardar Dasaundha Singh, 1st misldhar of
Nishanwalia misl 1748/1757, he received
pahul at the hands of Diwan Darbara Singh,
a prominent Sikh leader, by 1734, he was a leading figure in the Taruna
Dal and was proclaimed the leader
of the Nishanawalia misl in 1748, he took possession of Singhariwala in
Firozpur district, Sahneval, Sarai Lashkari Khan, Doraha, Amioh, Zira
and Ambala in January 1764 after the
conquest of Sirhind.
He was killed in May 1767 at Meerut in a sudden attack by Jahan Khan
and Zabita Khan.
- Sardar Sangat Singh,
of Nishanwalia misl 1767/1774, chivalrous and brave as his
brother, he attacked Sirhind for the second time, he built a brick wall
the town of Ambala, his capital, to provide it protection against
robbers, married a sister of Dhian Singh.
- Bibiji Daya Kaur, died 1823.
- Lal Singh, married and had issue.
- Mohar Singh, he was a prominent leader
Nishananwalia misl, he added Ambala and Zira to the territories he had
soon became an influential figure among the cis-Sutlej chiefs, he
signed a treaty
of friendship with the Marathas on 9th May 1785, married twice. He died
1785 at Ambala in a
feud with Gurbakhsh Singh of Morinda.
- Sardar Jai Singh, he was a Manjha Jat, and joined
the Nishanwala confederacy about 1763, he obtained 27 villages of
Lidhran, and 7 of
Khar (three lost shortly afterwards), married and had issue. He died in
- Charat Singh, he succeeded his father in his estates, he
was one of the chiefs who accepted British
protection in 1809, married three wives, and had issue.
- Sardar Budh Singh, present (1865) head of the family,
enjoying as his share
of the jagir, 4,571Rs per year.
- Sardar Albel Singh of Lidhran, born in 1824, the title
is hereditary, the family did good service during the Mutiny.