19 Ocak 2011 Çarşamba

Windfall Brings Family Reunion

(Hürriyet Newspaper, 18 January 2011)

In connection with land left to Hacı Hüseyin Ağa, the grandson of
Ottoman-era tax collector Karaosmanzade Hacı Ömer Ağa, 620
heirs have been identified. The case is being heard in Kocaeli Petty
Court and involves 10 acres in Güvercinlik and 100 acres in
Sazköy, both near Bodrum and valued at ten million dollars. The
heirs who hope to share in the windfall gathered in a wedding hall
yesterday in Mumcular, Bodrum, to select the six people who
will represent them in court. About 20 women aged 80 or over
entered the hall with the aid of relatives and canes.

Real estate expert Tuncer Rıfat Barın, known for his work
updating Ottoman-era title deeds in Kocaeli, said that the
number of heirs who had applied to the court has shrunk from
1,129 to 620 because of  inter-family marriages. Barin determined
that Hüseyin Ağa had 11 children from three wives and eight of
these children had continued the family line. From 33 grandchıldren
a total of nearly 1,000 heirs emerged.

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