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The founder of this house of Gill Dynasty was a person named, Miru Gill, who founded the village of Chinah, some five miles ftom Raja Sansi in the Amritsar dietrict, about the year 1600. His eldest son Dadu founded a second village of the same name near Jastarwal, and here his descendants have resided to this present day. The family were simple landlords till the time of Chaudhary Milkhu, who joined Tara Singh Shahid. Of Milkhu’s five sons the most distinguished was Karam Singh, whom Tara Singh, who had no children of his own, adopted. After Tara Singh’s death, Karam Singh joined the Bhangi misl and took possession of Firozki,Kaleki, Rurki and Bajra in the Sialkot distriot ; besides holding Chinah and the neighbouring villages. All he Bhangi Sirdars fell, one by one, before Ranjit Singh, and Jai Singh shared the common fate and loBt all his estates ; but no long time afterwards he received back in jagir Chinah, Nagran and Firozki, worth 50,000 Rs. and subject to the service of 70 horsemen. With his two sons Sukh Singh and Budh Singh, he served many campaigns; Multan, Kashmir, and Peshawar, and om his death, the jagir descended to his sons, in equal shares.

Through all the changes which ensued on the death of Ranjit Singh, the jagir remained undiminished, till, in 1846, Raja Lal Singh reduced it to 21,600 Ks, subject to the service of 25 horsemen. Two years later most of the member of the family joined there fellow Sikhs under Raja Sher Singh of Attari, and fought in their ranks throughout the war. Accordingly, on British annexation, the shares of Jai Singh, Mohar Singh, Hari Singh, Hardit Singh, Amar Singh, Atar Singh, and Fatah Singh, were resumed; and an allowance of 240 Rs was granted to each of them for life. The confiscated shares amounted for 15,726 Rs. per mensem, and only Badan Singh and Mohar Singh, who had remained loyal to Britishers, were allowed to retain their shares, amounting to 5,875 Rs., of which 1,760. Rs. were personal, and 4125 Rs. subject to service.

References :-

  • Sir Lepen H Griffin, The Punjab Chiefs(1865 edition)


  • Chaudhary Shri Milkhu, Chaudhary of Chinah, he converted to Sikhism and joined Tara Singh of Shahid Misl, He took possession of several neighbouring villages, married and had issue 5 sons
    • Sardar Karam Singh(see below)
    • Gurdit Singh
    • Hira Singh
    • Uttam Singh
    • Bhup Singh
  • Sardar Karam Singh Sahib, Jagirdar of Chinah ,he was adopted by Tara Singh Shahid, He joined the Bhangi Misl and took possesion of Firozki, Kaleki, Rurki and Bajra, married and had issue
    • Sardar Sudh Singh, see below
    • Sardar Budh Singh, d. 1827
  • Sardar Sukh Singh Sahib, Jagirdar of Chinah, married and had issue
    • Sardar Jai Singh,( see below)
    • Sardar Hari Singh, married and had issue
      • Sardar Natha Singh
    • Sardar Badan Singh , was married had issues with five sons-
      • Kehar Singh (b.1850)
      • Bishan Singh, was married had issues with three sons-
        • Indar Singh
        • lachhman Singh
        • Balwant Singh
      • Partap Singh (d.1894)
      • Randhir Singh (b.1868)
      • Ram Singh ,was married had issues with two sons-
        • Dhyan Singh (b.1897)
        • Gyan Singh (b.1899)
    • Sardar Mohar Singh, married and had issue
    • Sardar Amar Singh, married and had issue
      • Sardar Sant Singh
    • Sardar Bahadur Sardar Hardit Singh, married and had issue
      • Sardar Pratap Singh
  • Sardar Jai Singh Sahib, Jagirdar of Chinah, all his estates were annexed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore but soon resumed, the jagir of Chinah was equally divided between his two sons, married and has issue,
    • Sardar Kripal Singh
    • Sardar Gopal Singh
  • Sardar Bahadur Sardar Hardit Singh ,Jagirdar Of Chinah, was served as Jamadar, and served with that distinguished corps till February, 1859, when, on the general reduction, Jai Singh and Amar Singh obtained their dis-charge. The former received a grant of a life jagir of Rs. 300 and the latter 50 ghumaons of land free of revenue in Rakh Othain, Tahsil Ajnala. Hardit Singh served as Risaldar-Major, with the title of Sardar Bahadur, in the 9th Bengal Lancers. He became a Provincial Darbari in succession to his deceased brother, Sardar Jai Singh, in 1876 and was recognised as the head of the family., was married had issues with three sons,He died in 1892-
    • Mahtab Singh
  • Sardar Bahadur Mahtab Singh ,Jagirdar Of Chinah,was Kahtab Singh, was a Risaldar-Major in the 6th Bengal Cavalry, and was rewarded with the title of Sardar Bahadur for his services in the Egyptian campaign of 1882. ,Was married had issues with three sons , He died in 1911.
    • Jagdish Singh (d.1908)
    • Harbans Singh (b.1920)
    • Dalip Singh (b.1898
  • Major Sardar Harbans Singh , Jagirdar Of Chinah, he was one of the most prominent member of the family. After receiving education at the Aitchison College, he was joined the Patiala State as an Aide-de-Camp (with the rank of Captain) to His Highness the Maharaja, was the State Excise Commissioner with the rank of Major, was selected for the King's Commission during the Great War, but coult not, be spared by the State on account of the recruiting work in which he was engaged, was married had issue with one son-
    • Hardev Singh (b.1920)
  • Sardar Hardev Singh,Jagirdar Of Chinah, was studying at the Aitchison College.
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