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Re: Village of Parchanj
Posted by: Joseph Zeronian (ID *****2043) Date: December 03, 2010 at 15:07:02
In Reply to: Village of Parchanj by barbara cochrane of 2472

Ms. Cochrane--

I enjoyed you posting of October 20, 2010. I would like to respond to two parts of your note. First, the family name can be spelled in all the ways you suggest. There are several Z sounds in Armenian, ours is the DZ sound. My father came to Charestown, MA in 1904 and his shipping information uses the Zeronian spelling. He stayed with his first cousin while he settled, Hrant Seron of Watertown, MA. My grandfather was Boghos Effendi Dzeronyentz. Take your pick.

Kharpert is the Armenian, Harput is the Turkish name for what was a large town that included Euphrates College, but now only a small village on a citadel overlooking Elazig (Mezire) and the fruited plain called by the Armenians the Oul Ova (Golden Plain.) It is indeed a beautiful sight today.

My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by taking our children and grandchildren to historic Armenia in August, travelling as far east as Ani, Ararat, and Van (Aghtamar.) We again visited Parchanj. Today it looks better than it did in 1993. Indeed, on the site of Boghos Effendi's home, which was a vacant lot in 1993, is a new quite modern home of two stories that looks like a palace among the drab clay dwellings around it. There is a new mosque since were there last.

Elazig had grown, there are new buildings and hotels, the roads are good and the people appear prosperous. We had a wonderful time, continuing on to Bardizag and Constantinople.

It is not often that I communicate to another Zeronian--we are a small family. It is my pleasure.

Best regards,
Joe Zeronian
Pasadena, CA

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