Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891)
Born 30 Jul 1831 as Helena von Hahn in Ekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (now Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) to Colonel Peter Alexeivich von Hahn (1798-) and his wife Helena Andreyvna Fadeyev (1814-42). Her mother died while Helena was a young girl and she was sent, with her two younger siblings, Vera (b 1835) and Leonid (b 1840), to live with their maternal grandparents.
The grandparents were Andrei Mikhailovich Fadeyev (1789-1867), Imperial Councillor to the Viceroy of the Caucasus, and his wife Helene Dolgoruki (1789-1860). She married firstly on 7 Jul 1848 in Tiflis, Russia to Nikifor Vasilievich Blavatsky, the Vice-Governor of Erivan.
She first met Henry Steel Olcott at the Eddy Homestead where they were both attending a series of spiritualistic exhibitions. See here where their meeting is described by Henry as occuring on 14 Oct 1874.
In 1875, with Henry Steel Olcott and William Quan Judge, she was a founder of the Theosophical Society in New York City. She married on 3 Apr 1875 in Philadelphia to Michael C Betanelly. In Dec 1878, Blavasky and Olcott immigrated to India. She later immigrated to England where she died 8 May 1891 in London, Middlesex, England.
After her death, leadership of the Society was taken over by Henry Steel Olcott.
- Her marriage to Betanelly is reported in the International Genealogical Index - North America - Batch M748744
- New York Times
- Apr 30, 1877, pg 8 The Buddhist Religion; Jul 9, 1878, pg 3 Court Notes; May 12, 1879, pg 2 One of Mme. Blavatsky's Exploits; Jan 2, 1885, pg 3 Mme Blavatsky's Power:Events in the Career of a Remarkable Woman ; May 7, 1885, pg 5 Mme Blavatsky Resigns : Compelled by Ill-health to Relinquish her Duties
- FreeBMD Death Index showing her death entry.