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Dorothy Anna Maria Stephens is destined to become the first wife of Captain David Webb, during her life she wrote books and article’s for various magazines.

They divorced in 1913 on the grounds of Annie Georgina Walsh affair with Captain David Webb.


She wrote under the pens names of Jermyn March and Christopher Reeve, this is not a definitive list but all I have found so far.


As Christopher Reeve

Lady, be careful by Christopher Reeve( Book )
6 editions published between 1948 and 1950 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide

Murder steps out by Christopher Reeve( Book )
4 editions published between 1942 and 1951 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide

The Ginger cat by Christopher Reeve( Book )
4 editions published between 1929 and 1955 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide

The emerald kiss by Christopher Reeve( Book )
5 editions published between 1931 and 1932 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide


As Jermyn March

The scarlet Thumb

1 edition published in 1929 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide

Rust of murder : a novel by Jermyn March( Book )
3 editions published in 1924 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide

The Dago by Jermyn March( Book )
3 editions published between 1928 and 1929 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide

The man behind the face by Jermyn March( Book )
2 editions published in 1927 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide

Dear traitor A novel by Jermyn March( Book )
2 editions published between 1925 and 1926 in English and held by 1 library worldwide


The first time we pick up Dorothy, apart from her birth is in the census for 1881 when she is 5 years old.

We find her living in Saffron Waldron in Essex with her father Cecil J Stephens, her mother Edith, elder sister Gwendoline just 6 years old and her younger brother Arthur 3 years old.

It can assume they moved around a fair bit, they are living in Essex but despite being born just over a year apart Gwendoline born in Barton, Notts and Dorothy and her brother Leicester.

Thye have a list of servants including a Swiss governess, parlour maid, domestic nurse and cook amongst others.

Click here to see the 1881 census  


By the time we get to the 1891 census they have moved yet again, this time to Great Clacton, Clacton on sea. Arthur her youngest brother from the previous census, who would have been 13 years old does not appear, on this census though he does appear in the 1901 census, another brother aged 9, Gilbert appears instead as do two younger sisters.

Click here to see the 1891 census


Next the 1901 census, the last time she will appear in a census as Dorothy Stephens prior to her marriage to Captain David Webb in 1908, she has no more brothers and sisters added, the youngest sister still being Marjorie.

Click here to see the 1901 census


In 1908 she marries Captain David Webb and after that we see her in the 1911 census, look under Captain David Webb, where they are staying together as husband and wife in the Bull Hotel Wrotham.

Next in 1912 she goes to court for the restitution of conjugal rights, from an encyclopedia :

The rights of married persons which include "the enjoyment of association, sympathy, confidence, domestic happiness, the comforts of dwelling together in the same habitation, eating meals at the same table, and profiting by the joint property rights, as well as the intimacies of domestic relations.

Later in 1913 Dorothy goes to the divorce courts, please click here to see the divorce record.


Finally in 1957 she dies in Exmouth, Devon, a S F Hockaday takes care of the arrangements.


Please click here to see her death certificate.  

Noticeable on her death certificate is that she is recorded as the widow of Captain David Webb, Welsh Regiment despite their divorce around 1913.


Dorothy Anna Maria Webb nee Stephens

Born Leicester 1875 Died Exmouth  Devon 22 April 1957


Select here to go to Dorothy A M Stephens family tree

Click here to read her divorce petition