The Kaghakatsi Hagopian family paterfamilia, Hagop Hagopian,
and his wife Anna (nee Kevorkian), had for years lived in a house
in a large compound in the Armenian Quarter of the Old city.
Hagop,whoseoriginalfamilynamehadbeenHovsepianbeforeitwas changedforunknownreasons,hadtwobrothersasneighbors,oneofwhomwas Vahan Hovsepian, the clan godfather. ThehouseinwhichHagopandAnnalived,andwhichtheyhadinherited from his parents, was known as “Dar Bedour.”Wherethisparticularappellationsprangfromhas neverbeensatisfactorilydetermined,unlikemanyof theotherclannameswhoseoriginsarepatentlyclear: Dar El Hattiti, Dar El Basha, Dar El ‘Ajajez, etc.Butitisjustpossiblethatwemaynowhave foundtheanswer,thankstotherelentlesseffortsof Kaghakatsi scion, Sona Hairabedian.‘Goingthroughthedomarrecords,I've discoveredmorefamilylinks,andamintheprocessof figuringoutwherepeoplefitintothefamilytree,” Sona says.Sherevealsthatshehasbeentoldthatthe “Bedour”werewealthymerchantswhosettledeither inJaffaorJerusalem--possiblytheyweretheBaddour Brothers, the cigarette makers.” “Accordingtoafamilyaccount,somebody'ssisterHeghenewasmarried toMuradBedour,andafterthecouples'death,theybequeathedajewel-studded bishop's crown to the Armenian Convent,” she adds. “ThiswasingratitudetoGodforHeghene'ssurvivingaseverecaseof cholera.Ihaven'tyetfoundarecordofHeghene'sorMurad'sdeathinthe register, which I hoped would pinpoint where she fits into my family tree. “Sonahasmadeanotherinterestingdiscovery:shenoticedthatoneofthe photos(onright)inthe"Foreigncast"sectionoftheArmenianJerusalem website,whichshows.anoldmantatooingayoungladyinthestreet,is"Nerses thegoldsmith",towhomherfather’suncle AlexanMukhtarianwasapprenticed, and whose shop he "inherited" after Nerses retired. “AfterAlexanretired,myfatherspenttheyearsofWWIItattooing Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the same shop,” Sona adds.