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Haroutune Sarkis "Harry" Basmajian
Birth: Mar. 28, 1883
Malatya, Turkey
Death: Dec. 10, 1959
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Arapkir, Turkey to Sarkis and Vartouhi Ipakjian Basmajian. He was orphaned at a young age when his parents died a week apart of typhoid in 1892. A few years later he was also deeply affected by the murder of his beloved older brother Dikran at the hands of a Turkish friend during massacres against Armenians in 1895. At age 18 Haroutune was married to a girl of the village named Arousiag Der Arakelian. They had two children, Maritza and Vartouhi. In 1912 Haroutune moved to Bridgewater, Massachusetts where he had cousins to earn money. While he was away the Armenian Genocide began back at home which alarmed him. On July 4, 1915 he quit his job to return home to fight against the massacres of Armenians. He sailed to Russia and joined the Armenian army at Yerevan under the command of General Antranik Ozanian. He kept a diary of his experiences for the year he was at war. In August 1916 he was discharged and returned back to America. He learned that his wife and daughters had been deported like most of the Armenian population during the genocide and lost. After World War I ended he traveled back to the region to look for his family and followed leads all over the Middle East looking for them. Unsure if they had died, been kidnapped, or what fate they met, he never found them, though some people he spoke to believed that at least his wife had died in the genocide and the fate of his daughters uncertain. Having to give up the search, he settled in Constantinople in 1920 where he was introduced to a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, Armenouhi Der Avedisian. They were married in early 1921 and had a daughter Maritza (changed to Madeline by their French nurse) in 1923. The young family fled Turkey because of fear of anti-Armenian tensions, getting his six-week old daughter aboard the ship who had no ticket by winning over the captain by dressing her nicely. The family moved to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where his daughter Vartouhi Rose was born. Haroutune worked at the White's Shoe Factory there until it closed because of the Great Depression. He moved to Philadelphia, where Armenouhi had relatives, to find work and brought his family there. Armenouhi died a few years later due to an infection of the heart. He remained a widower and continued to run the tailor shop he had started there, working with the help of his daughters. In later years he became the grandfather of 5 and remained healthy and active until his death from a sudden heart attack in 1959. 
Family links: 
  Armenouhi Der Avedisian Basmajian (1898 - 1938)
  Madeline Basmajian Ejdaharian (1923 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington Cemetery
Drexel Hill
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Grove
Created by: Paul S.
Record added: Sep 08, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5054186
Haroutune Sarkis Harry Basmajian
Added by: Paul S.
Haroutune Sarkis Harry Basmajian
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Haroutune Sarkis Harry Basmajian
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