When a child was baptised, sometimes the mother was described as ‘a native woman’. The term 'native woman’ applied to Hindu or tribal women, and not to native Christians.
The term 'native woman’ will not be seen in marriage records, as all marriages were between Christians.
There was also a term ‘Bunnoo native woman’. Bunnoo or Banoo or Bunnoa was an area in Eastern Afghanistan, according to Thornton's 1844 Gazetteer, but more often the term implied a Muslim (of any northern origin). (Bannu District is now in Pakistan.)
- Roberts, John E C Native Marriages Rootsweb India Mailing List 6 August 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2015