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Diramayr Mary Sookasian Esayian
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1858
Malatya, Turkey
Death: Jan. 24, 1919
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

She was the eldest daughter of Toros Sookasian of Malatya. Her mother's name is not listed on her death certificate and it is assumed to be Toros's wife Mariam but not certain, as there is a large gap between the birth dates of Toros's two oldest children and the younger ones. Her year of birth is also not certain, as the differing years of 1851 and 1858 have both been given in records. Her cemetery record says died at age 67. The birth date used here is the one on her death certificate, though as her husband's death certificate lists him as being born 1856, the 1858 birth year is being used here for her as she would not have been that much older than him. That year fits better with her children's birth years as well. Armenian immigrants did not usually know their exact birth date or even year, and also changed their ages for various purposes so it is impossible to know which dates are correct for sure. Diramayr married Sarkis Esayian and had three sons and two daughters. Known children were Samuel, John, George, Elmas, and Anna. One son immigrated to America as early as 1894, probably one of the first Armenians of Malatya to come to Philadelphia. Their other children did so in the years around 1907. Finally in 1913 Sarkis and Diramayr, along with their daughter-in-law Margaret (wife of John, who was already in Philadelphia) and granddaughter Mary left Malatya. They were likely the last of the Sookasians to leave Malatya before the Armenian Genocide of 1915. They all arrived in America in November 1913, though two and half weeks apart. While Sarkis, Margaret, and Mary had left from Cherbourg, France and came through Ellis Island, Diramayr immigrated through the port of Philadelphia from Liverpool, England. The reason for her separation from the rest at some point is unknown. She reached Philadelphia on November 17, 1913 where she was reunited with her husband who had arrived at Ellis Island on November 2, not to mention her sons who had been there for up to twenty years. Diramayr died at 3pm on January 24, 1919 of pneumonia caused by influnza. She was buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Philadelphia (Section Z, Lot 153) until the death of her husband in 1934, at which time Diramayr was exhumed and they were buried together at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. It should be noted that their stone was likely a later addition because both of their death years on it are incorrect. 
Family links: 
  Toros Sookiasian (1830 - 1913)
  Mariam Kojabashian Sookasian (1835 - 1915)
  Sarkis Esayian (1856 - 1934)
  Samuel Serop Esayian (1877 - 1933)*
  John Hovaness Esayian (1879 - 1970)*
  George Kevork Esayian (1884 - 1938)*
  Anna Esayian Mirakian (1891 - 1918)*
  Diramayr Mary Sookasian Esayian (1858 - 1919)
  Nazareth Sookasian (1873 - 1932)*
  Haroutune Sookasian (1875 - 1937)*
  Avedis Charles Sookiasian (1876 - 1934)*
  Margaret Sookiasian Azadigian (1878 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Bala Cynwyd
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Everglade 330
Created by: Paul S.
Record added: Aug 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15306348
Diramayr Mary <i>Sookasian</i> Esayian
Added by: Paul S.
Diramayr Mary <i>Sookasian</i> Esayian
Added by: Paul S.
Diramayr Mary <i>Sookasian</i> Esayian
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