Coleen Esme Gwyneth McMahon (1902-1985) and Patrick Lionel Borghona

Coleen Esme Gwyneth McMahon (1902-1985)
Daughter of Robert John McMahon (1873-1911) and Jeanette Bertha Sylvia Lionel (1878-1910)
Born in Madras on 17 May 1902
Mother dies when she is 7 years old
Father dies when she is 8 years old
Placed in Madras Civil Orphanage Asylum
Adopted by Inez Beryl Lionel (1858-1933) and Allan Walton (1886-1962)
Lived with them till 1927
Married at Christ Church Madras to Patrick Lionel Borghona on 18 April 1927
Lives at Whitefield, Bangalore
Dies aged 83 at the Friend In Need Society Home, Bangalore on 20 April 1985
Her estate in dispute in the Bangalore Courts of Law till 1998

She inherited her brother’s house in Mitchem but died a pauper before Probate could be granted. She having been robbed of all her money and possessions by her servant. Her estate, consisting of her property in Whitefield and her brother’s house in Mitcham was disputed in the corrupt Law Courts of Bangalore. Eventually, when her will was proved in 1998 her property in Whitefield was accepted by her lawyers as payment for finally settling the estate and the proceeds of the sale of Roy’s house in Mitcham was, under the terms of her will, divided between her cousins Barbara Holdaway and Joan Stokoe. Derek Holdaway as sole beneficiary under his mother’s will divided his share between his sister and his niece.

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