Don’t worry, it’s a nice story. Sumitra Keghouie Spencer’s relatives (descendants of Hagop Guzelian) found her through comments on my first research blog, but they haven’t been able to make contact with her.
Nearly five years ago, after I’d posted photos of graffiti on the walls of Sourp Magar (Saint Makarios Monastery in Cyprus), Sumitra Keghouie Spencer commented,
Hi My name is Sumitra keghouie spencer. My great grandfather Hagop Guzelian, he was the caretaker of the monastery from the 1930’s until around 1960.
My Great grandfather lived in monastery with his wife Martha and their 6 childern, One if which was my grandmother Hegenay. If your still intertested in the monastery, i can speak with my grandmother and ask her about the writing you found and anything else you may want to know.
Nearly three years ago, one of Sumitra’s aunts/uncles (one of the sons/daughters of Sumitra’s great-aunt Mariam) reached out to her:
Hi sumitra my grandmother was Martha Guzelian and grandfather Hagop Guzelian. My mother Mariam Guzelian (mary) was one of her daughters, my mother has now passed. I was told that they lived at this monastery as caretakers from 1927 – ?
Just a couple of months after the first attempt, another of Sumitra’s aunts/uncles (one of the sons/daughters of Sumitra’s great-aunt Lily) tried:
HI Sumitra my grandmother was Martha Guzelian and grandfather Hagop Guzelian.My mother lily was the youngest of the six children ,My mother passed away in 1989. My uncle Max as we call him his real name is Magar Guzelian he was born at the monastery. My grandfather and grandmother name him after the monastery.
Last week, (I assume) the first aunt/uncle appealed once more,
Hello Sumitra, My grandfather was Hagop Guzelian. His son, my Uncle Magar Guzelian and now died. He was named after the monastery.
My mother Miriam who is now deceased is your grandmothers sister. Hope you reply to this.
So do I.