Background to the divorce between Mary Stephen and Stephen Sarkies Stephen
|Baptism record for Vardini aka Rose Stephen|
|Baptism record of Noori|
|Marriage record of Mary and Stephen Sarkies Stephen|
“ there was no evidence of collusion existing except the uncorroborated evidence of Stephen.” Justice Wilson also gave a withering summary of Stephen Sarkies Stephen: “……..the respondent is flatly contradicted by both attornies; and in view of the disgraceful character of himself which he himself has given, it is impossible to believe his evidence. Mrs. Stephen’s evidence is supported by several of his witnesses, but her husband’s is contradicted by the witnesses on both sides, including his own attorney.”
Let that sink in for a moment. An 18-year-old female who happened to be Muslim, had purchased a coal mine. A couple of years later, she also had the foresight to purchase land and property in Theatre Road, Calcutta. She was, by all accounts, ahead of her time; a very smart young lady.
Sarkies – 1904
Chrysanthemum – 1906
Sampson – 1908
Seth – 1909
Ruby Rose – 1911
Violet – 1913
Iris – 1915
Unknown – 1918
|Extract of Mary's Will|
|Marriage record of Simon Creet and Amy Ringham|
|Thaddeus Stephen was buried in Beamsville, Canada|
image by James Wagner
Good Friends Come in All Mediums
Oh, hello dear.
I can come for a few minutes.
I just wanted you to know that I was here tonight, you know, in the meeting, like.
I want you to come and speak to me on your own.
Oh right, I will.
I can't very well say things to you now. I mean, because it isn't permitted in this circle...
...to discuss personal things, but I hope you will come and speak to me, so that I can talk to you alone, you see?
So perhaps you can arrange it?
All my love. And Mummy sends her love to you.
Oh, all my love to her and to you darling.
And I hope I shall be able to speak to you very soon.
I was wondering...if you could manage to come on your birthday?
Oh, I'll try.
God bless. Goodbye.
Alright. Goodbye dear.
|140 Westbourne Terrace.|
"…..I lived there in the first floor flat, when Leslie Flint went to America in 1971 to promote his book Voices in the Dark. I was interested in spiritualism and was a member of his home circle. I was asked to stay in the house as sort of man about the house. I worked in London and spent many evenings after work on my way up too my flat with Rosie, I always knew her as Rosie.
I always remember her sitting there in the lounge in a wing back chair when I came home from work. I always stopped to chat. She was very kind to me. Paid for a maid to clean my upstairs flat every Thursday and clean sheets were left at the bottom of the stairs always with a packet of 30 Embassy cigarettes. She also smoked as I think did Leslie. I could only afford to buy 10’s, so 30’s were very extravagant. I am sure the little rent I paid didn't cover the maid and laundry and cigarettes and gas and electricity I think it was 4 pounds a week all in. That was my first trip to England when I was 18 years old…..
Leon died of coronary thrombosis at their home in 140 Westbourne Terrace, London in July 1960 with Rose by his side. She died there in September 1973. There were no children. Her adopted family of Creet’s had long migrated to Canada; she wasn’t in touch with any of her half-siblings (from her father’s second marriage), her family, as far as she was concerned, were right there, in the house with her. She had no immediate family, Leslie and Bram were the closest. Leslie stayed with her until the end, and a few days later registered her death, He knew enough about her to know her maiden name was Stephen.
|Leon's death certificate|
|Rose's death certificate|
|Rose Creet. Owner of 140 Westbourne Terrace. Landlady of Leslie Flint.|
Image courtesy of the Leslie Flint Educational Trust
|Snapshot of Leon Creet's Will|
|Snapshot of Rose's Will|
|140 Westbourne Terrace circ 2007. Now known as Brunel House, previously Trinity House. It is a Grade 2 listed building.|
Image: Wikipedia: Stephen McKay
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