Lionel, Jeanette Bertha Sylvia (1878-1910) and Robert John McMahon (1873-1911)



The photograph on the right of Jeanette Bertha was the only possession found in her daughter’s Coleen’s house after her death which had not be robbed, sold or destroyed by her servant   

Jeanette Bertha Sylvia Lionel (1878-1910)
Daughter of John Lionel (1843-1906) and Susan Lydia Gibson (1859-1912)
Born in Madras, 15 May 1878
Baptised in Madras on 6 July 1878
Married in St Andrew’s Church, Madras, to Robert John McMahon (1873-1911) on 24 May 1899
Jeanette and Robert had three children
Dies of fever in Madras aged 32 on 11 May 1910
Buried in St Andrew’s Church, Madras on 12 May 1910

Coleen Esme Gweneth McMahon (1902-1985)
Born in Madras on 17 May 1902
Mother dies when she is 7 years old and father dies when she is 8
Placed in the Madras Civil Orphanage Asylum
Adopted by her aunt Inez Beryl Lionel (1895-1915) and Allan Walton (1886-1962) and lives with them till 1927
Married to Patrick Lionel Borghona at Christ Church Madras on 18 April 1927
Lived in Whitefield, Bangalore
Robbed of all her money and possessions by her servant
Died destitute aged 83 at the Friend In Need Society Home, Bangalore on 20 April 1985. Buried as a pauper.
Her estate was in dispute in the corrupt Law Courts of Bangalore till 1998.  Make sure you never have recourse to the Law Courts of Bangalore.

Eric Le Marchant Gibson McMahon (1903-1903)
Born in Madras 14 September 1903
Baptised at St Andrew’s Church, Madras on 22 October 1903
Died 1903

Robert Spurling McMahon(1909-1983)
Born in Madras on 13 March 1909
Baptised at St Andrew’s Church, Madras on 13 May 1909
Mother dies when he is 1 year old and father dies when he is 2 years old
Placed in Madras Civil Orphanage Asylum
Adopted by her aunt Inez Beryl Lionel (1895-1915) and Allan Walton (1886-1962) and lives with them till 1930
Joins Calcutta Police as a sergeant on 20 February 1930
Works in Bahrain for short period and then returns to India and the Calcutta Police.
Comes to England on leave 1948/9.
Leaves Calcutta Police in 1950
Buys a house and lives in Mitcham. Surrey
Dies on 14 November 1983 aged 74 at St George’ s Hospital, Tooting, London.
His house was inherited by his sister, who died a pauper before Probate could be granted. 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 the Mitcham house was under the terms of her will divided between her cousins Barbara Holdaway and Joan Stokoe. Derek as sole beneficiary under his mother’s will divided his share between his sister and his niece.

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