Here also, as in other cities
in India, the Armenians prospered. Colonel Jacob Petrus was the
Commander of the Scindia of Gwaliors' Army, which position he held for
70 years. He erected the Armenian Church at Gwalior and for many
years maintained a priest at his own expense to attend to the spiritual
needs of the Armenian colony there. He died at the ripe old age of 95 years. His sons,
one a Captain and the other a Major had served under him. The
Captain was killed during the Mutiny in 1857. The Major having
wasted his wealth by high living, died at the early age of 35 years.
It is recorded that Colonel Jacob had a large number of Armenian
officers under his command, all of whom amassed large fortunes in later
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