This is actually just his wife's grave and just a cenotaph to him. Bedros was the son of Hagop Tekian of Ankara, Turkey and the husband of Sourpik Papazian (or Dickranian or Bahadour, last name uncertain). They had three daughters and three sons who lived to adulthood, as well as a daughter and twin sons who did not. He had been a landowner of a good deal of Ankara and rented to many Turkish tenants. However in 1914 he had all of it confiscated and it is said he died of a heart attack from the stress of losing everything. Soon after he died his family fled Ankara to escape coming troubles in the land. At this time one of their sons was serving in the Ottoman army, and so was thought to have been killed. The rest of the family reached and lived more safely in Istanbul. By 1921 Bedros and Sourpik's three daughters emigrated to America, and then Sourpik and her two remaining sons moved to France. At some time later it was discovered that the lost son had actually defected from the army when the troubles began and escaped to Egypt. Once rediscovering each other he moved to France to join them. In 1927 Sourpik joined her daughters in America. When she died 30 years later Bedros's name was also put on her grave in his memory though he was buried in Ankara. Ankara went from a village when Bedros died to the capital of Turkey just a few decades later and it is said that much of the old town, including the cemeteries, were built over, meaning Bedros's actual grave is likely lost. If he was buried at the Armenian Catholic Cemetery of Ankara, that was built over with what is now the national radio building.
Sourpik Papazian Tekian (1871 - 1957)*
Louise Tekian Kashishian (1891 - 1979)*
Marie Tekian Kashishian (1892 - 1983)*
Tacouhi Tekian Sookiasian (1906 - 1989)*
Holy Cross Cemetery
Plot: Section 40, Row 2, Grave 51
Created by: Paul S.
Record added: Mar 31, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6301268