The Timofey and Martha Bogdanov family (Our paternal grandparents). From top to bottom left to right…Ivan Voloshin, Oxahnya (Agnes Bogdanov) Voloshin, Uncle Mike, Aunt Anna (Nura), Timofey (our Dzedushka), Martha (our Babushka), Our Pop (Moisi), Uncle Tim better known as Jim, Uncle Bill, Alex Bogdanoff (our cousin). I do not know why Uncle Alex is not in this photo.
Our Aunt Oxahnya’s (Agnes) first husband did not come to Iran with her so she ended up marrying Ivan Voloshin. Our cousin Alex was her child from her first husband who my grandparents ended up raising after Agnes died. Agnes died after giving birth to her third child in Persia. The child also died.
This was taken in the first city in Persia where Pop’s family settled in for about 3 years. Mahshett (Holy Town). Pop said that people who lived here were called Mashti as a preface to their name. Our pop was called Mashti Moosah for quite a while (Holy Moses!) This would be in the mid 1930’s.
I’m posting this for the benefit of our kids and family history. It’s a small world as we found out after moving to Colville that one of Oxahnya’s grandchildren, our cousin lives just a few miles from us. She was named after Oxahnya. Her American name is Cindy. It has been fun to get together and connect some of the family history dots! We all grew up in Southern California and now both she and I have settled in Colville. It was Providence that we were able to connect.
7 thoughts on “Tuesdays With Moisi ~ Holy Moses!”
…you are fortunate to have vintage images like this one.
I agree, especially as they made it in the items to move from Iran to the USA.
I love these pictures. My grandfather came from Russia in 1911 and settled first in Northern California then in So Cal. His name was John Bogdanoff. I had a many great uncles and aunts- Morris Bogdanoff, Vera Bogdanoff, Alice, Bill. I believe they grew up near the Russian River.
Hi Annie, thanks for leaving a comment and some of your grandfather’s history. There are a lot of families with Bogdanoff as their last name. A popular name as it means ‘God given’. Blessings!
How interesting to find family in Colville! You are good at keeping up the family connections.
(funny about your dad being called Holy Moses)
Yes, small world – how nice that that your cousin lives in your town. 🙂