SUKERCHAKIA

 

SUKERCHAKIA (Misl) 

 

 

VILLAGES: xx REVENUE: xx ACCESSION: xx
LOCATION: Punjab (Gujranwala
Dist.)
DYNASTY: Sandhu / Sansi Jat RELIGION: Sikh
MILITARY STRENGTH: 5 or 6,000 CAPITAL: Gujranwala

 

PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: see Lahore

PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: An
ancestor of Budh Singh, was Bhara Mall, who lived in Gujranwala
district and had been initiated
into the Sikh faith by the Seventh Guru, Guru Har Rai 1644/1661.
This misl’s territory in 1759 was Kunja, Ladhe Wala Waraich, Ramnagar,
Eminabad, Sodhra, Qila
Didar Singh, Rohtas, parts of Pothohar and their capital, Gujranwala.
Members
were…

  • Sardar Budha Singh,
    born in 1670 as Desu, initially he was a cattle thief and he took pahul from Guru Gobind Singh in
    1692 in
    order to reform himself, he owned 25 acres of land, three ploughs and a
    well and
    became founder of
    the village of
    Sukarchak in the Majha tract of the Punjab about 70 kms from Lahore; he
    took part in battles
    under Guru Gobind Singh and under Banda Singh Bahadur; married
    and had issue, two
    sons. He died of apoplexy in 1718.

    • Sardar Naudh Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Chanda Singh, he moved to
      Sandhanwala in Sialkot district, after his father died, he moved on to
      Sansi, about 12 kms from Amritsar, married and had issue, the
      Sandhanwalia Sardars of Raja Sansi, which was founded in about 1570,
      and is the seat of this family.

  • Sardar Naudh Singh,
    1st Misldhar of the Sukerchakia misl 1748/1752,
    married (amongst others) in 1720, Sardarni Lali Kaur,
    daughter of Gulab Singh of Majitha, and had
    issue, four sons. He was killed in an attack on Bhatto village in
    1752.

    • Sardar Charat Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Dall Singh
    • Sardar Chet Singh
    • Sardar Maghi Singh
    • Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, married Sardar Dal
      Singh
      Kalianwala (died 1823).
  • Sardar Charat Singh,
    2nd Misldhar of the Sukerchakia
    misl
    1752/1772, born about 1721, he distinguished himself at an early age in
    campaigns against Ahmad
    Shah Abdali and split from the Singhpuria Misl to establish the
    Sukerchakia Misl in Gujranwala in 1752, he attacked and plundered
    Eminabad, then captured Wazirabad, and in 1761 at Sialkot put the
    Afghans there to flight, he sacked Kassur in April 1763 and again
    engaged the Afghans at Sialkot in November 1763; married 1756,
    Sardarni Desan
    Kaur Gujranwala,
    died 1778, daughter of
    Sardar Amir Singh of Faizalpuria
    misl, and had issue. He was fatally
    wounded in a skirmish with the Bhangi misl in 1772
    by the bursting of his own matchlock.

    • Sardar Mahan Singh (qv)
    • Sardar Suher Singh
    • Bibiji Raj Kaur, married Sardar Sahib Singh Gujratia,
      and had issue.

      • Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, married
        Sardar Jodh Singh Kalalwala, and had issue.

        • Bibiji Khem Kaur, married 1816, Maharaja
          Kharrak Singh of Lahore.
    • Bibiji (name unknown) Kaur, married Sardar
      Suhel
      Singh Bhangi.
  • Sardar Mahan Singh,
    3rd Misldhar of the Sukerchakia
    misl
    1772/1790, he built a fortress
    which he named Garhi Mahan Singh within
    the walled town of Gujranwala and increased the number of horsemen to
    6,000, he then captured Rasulnagar from the
    Chatthas, and took Pindi Bhattian, Sahiwal, ‘Isakhel and Jhang, in
    1782, he sacked Jammu and came away with much booty, married 1stly,
    1774, Sardarni Raj
    Kaur,
    a daughter
    of Raja Gajpat
    Singh
    of Jind, married 2ndly, Bibiji Mai Kaur,
    daughter of Jai Singh Mann of Mogalchak,
    and had issue. He died 1790.

    • Sardar Ranjit Singh (qv)
  • Sardar Ranjit Singh,
    4th Misldhar of the Sukerchakia
    misl 1790/1799, he succeeded to a sizeable estate in
    northwestern
    Punjab, inheriting a band of intrepid horse and matchlockmen, and an
    ambition that
    knew no bounds, initially his step-mother, was able to keep the misl
    together until he attained his majority. Subsequent history is that of Lahore (qv).

 

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