Mashad, Iran My Great Grandparents Mashad, Iran

Abolfazl Mohassel Mofrad (1925-1948)

My grandfather was born 25 December 1925 at Mashhad, Iran (then Persia) to Hamdollah Zanjani Ghochani & his first wife Nardaneh Ahmazadeh. His father was involved in The Pistachio industry in or near Tehran. Abolfazl was a brilliant student and athlete, excelling at nearly everything he put his mind to. Because of his father's prosperity, Abolfazl was afforded the luxury of continuing his studies overseas. He arrived into The United States via the S.S. Marine Carp sailing from Beirut, Lebanon May 6th and arriving into Ellis Island, May 23, 1947. His first stop was Springfield, Massachusetts, where he attended English classes in the summer of 1947 at American International College before continuing on to Salt Lake City, Utah where he was to begin his Engineering studies that fall.

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While in Springfield, he lived in a rooming house owned by my Great-Grandparents Alessandro & Florence Genosi

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The home (shown below as it appeared in 1989) was located at 99 Walnut Street

That is where he met and fell in love with their daughter Filomena or "Minnie" my grandmother (pictured above with the bow in her hair). She was 10 years his senior. She became pregnant in July of that summer with my father. Abolfazl sent word to his family in Tehran of the situation, and as his Visa was only valid while he was a student in The United States, he continued on to Salt Lake City that fall to attend Brigham Young University.

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on April 20, 1948 my father was born in Springfield. He is the young boy with his grandfather and sister Mary, behind 99 Walnut Street in 1956.

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On 4 December 1948, while traveling in Utah during a snow storm, my grandfather Abolfazl was killed in an accident when the car a friend was driving slid off the highway and into a ditch. Abolfazl was killed instantly. He was 22 years old. He had never held or seen his newborn son, who was at that point 7 & 1/2 months old. He was buried near Salt Lake City (actually in a town called Provo) in January of 1949. It is my goal to visit his grave someday when I can put together the funds.

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His family initiated a lawsuit after his death which you can read the details of here

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I have a photograph which belonged to my grandfather, sent to him in Utah by his father in Iran which is one of the most precious posessions I have.

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this is written on the back...

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Here is a translation... (it chokes me up every time I read it)

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To My Dear Child,

Send me your picture so that I may have a memory of your life.

My dear child with all the trouble and hard times I have gone to,

 to bring you to where you are; until I die never forget me, remember me sometimes.

Your Kind Father

Birth certificate No# 86760,7"

Hamdollah Zanjani Ghochani

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The purpose of this website is to connect with my Persian relatives and find out more about my grandfather and his family. Abolfazl had siblings, three that I know of, two brothers Abdollah & Muhammad (the latter moved here to The United States some time in the 1970's) and a sister Marya who I met just once. Here are two photographs of My Great-Aunt Marya and I and my grandmother Filomena taken when I was 20.

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What I know about my Persian ancestry...

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My Great-Grandfather's name was Hamdollah Zanjani Ghochani and he lived to be over 100 years old. He was born in Ashkabad, Turkmenistan. His wife, my Great-Grandmother's name was Nardaneh Ahmazadeh and she was from The Province of Georgia, USSR (a predominantly Muslim area). She died shortly after her son, my grandfather Abolfazl. Here is a photograph of them together, the only one I have...

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If anyone out there thinks they may be related to me or can possibly help me find my Persian relatives or ancestry please email me here .