Family Tree of the Keshishian
Keshishian family of Hadjin,
Cilicia, migrated from the town of Zeitoun, the ancient
Ulnia, who according to stories related from father to
sons, had come to Zeitoun from the famous city of Ani,
which means about 1,000 years ago.
The original family name in
Zeitoun was Der Magerdichian and because it was headed by
a priest Der Garred was called families, and so
registered in government and church records. Finally,
the Zeitoun name was dropped and the family was known to
the new generation as only Keshishian. There has
been from father to son and they were mostly called Der
Magerdichian of Der Garabed.
The family was established in the
upper part of the city of Hadjin. After about forty
years, some members went to Adana to live and a Giragos
Efendi, second generation became very rich and for many
years was president of the Chamber of Commerce of the
The main branch had a Der Garabed
as high priest and had two boys, the first named Krikor
had five daughters, Hadjin Mar, Zurfanda, Zatar, Garcia,
Funduk, and two sons, Sarkis and Torost. All
married and were prosperous. All perished during
the deportation and massacre by Turks in 1914.
Der Garabeds second son was
Hagop who early in his youth went to the city of Tarsus,
worked hard, made money and coming back to Hadjin married
Miss Elizabeth of Kirkyaasharin, a big windows, which was
called the mirror house as it was the first time
that glass was used in Hadjin. He was a very
intelligent person, well known and famous in the city.
The wife Elizabeth was called
Birdane as a nickname as she was the only sister of seven
brothers. They had five sons and three daughters,
Manoog, Avedis, Susanna, Garaged, and Madteos. Margaret,
Rahel, and Manoog were fine persons, were farmers and had
large farms fifteen miles north of Hadjin. Married
to Akabi Dardaghanian and had three boys and one
daughter, Columbus, Vosgan Souren, and Evnike. Vosgan
migrated to Erevan, Armenia; the Turks together with his
father and others massacred Manoog.
Avedis had one son, Zaven, who
lives in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He married, is in
business, has one daughter who is married and has a son
and a daughter.
Susan, the third child of Hagop
Agha, had three boys Boghos, Ara and Levon. Bogos
was a lieutenant in the British Army and was killed
during First World War. He was a generous, very
smart person. The two other boys lived in the USA.
The fourth child of Hagop Agha was
Garabed the writer of these lines. The grandfather,
Der Garabed, gave his name to his boy hoping to have him
carry on the line and become a priest. However,
when he was only ten months old, Hagop Agha was converted
to the Protestant church and grandfather took it very
seriously, had a heart attack and passed away.
This boy graduated from college in
Aintab, became a teacher, married a woman who had also
graduated from college. Her name was Knarig. She
was a Lady with very find qualities and who was well
liked all over. She was a teacher in the American Missionary
School. Garabed was head teacher in the then
instructor in Aintab College, was Mayor of Hadjin,
printer and publisher, refugees for four years after the
1914 war. He took 600 orphans to Cyprus to escape
the Turks oppression. After two years, he went to Istanbul,
then resigned and went to New York, USA. He wrote
books, the topics of which are:
Shark Salnamesi in Armeno-Turkish
Tejribe and Ighva or trails and Temptations of
The Armenian of the book
All were highly useful books.
He had five children Meline,
James, Lucy, Alice and Jerry. James, a highly
talented young man became a bombardier, took part in
raids on Japan and was killed near Japan in the Pacific
Ocean. He was married, had one daughter, Joan, who
herself married and lived in Nobile, Alabama. All
three daughters were married to successful young men and
had children. One is married to an engineer, has
two daughters and a son who has a good job on Wall
Street. The second daughters husband was a
doctor, who is a colonel in the Army with a good
reputation, and they have three children. Jerry,
the youngest, was a university graduate receiving his
PhD, became a teacher and is now a school principal.
He is a very fine, highly reputable person, married and
has two children. He name was in Whos Who in
Matthew lived in New York, had one
daughter, Gloria. Mark was in business in New York
and later in Washington. He had three children.
The first one was a prominent surgeon in Washington, DC.
The other two, James and Harold, are married and are
successful businessmen, both fine persons.
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Last revised: June 10, 2006.