[KS] Afanasii Ivanovich Seridin-Sabatin
georgedorian at comcast.net
Sat Feb 20 00:12:10 EST 2010
Hello Brother Anthony,
Thanks you for your reply!
As for the spelling of my great-grandfather: This is a bit of a mystery. My
family records show his name spelled Afanasii. This is the way it's spelled
in Afanasii's son's, Peter's, autobiography. However, the original was
written in Russian and the translation spells it Afanasii, so maybe the
translation was wrong. In other places I've see it spelled Afanasy. Yours
is the first time I've see it spelled Afanasij. So, as I said, a bit of a
mystery. For the moment I'm using the spelling Afanasii because that's the
first I knew.
Thank you for the link to the article, however I found it some days ago.
Regarding the assassination of Queen Min: Have you seen Afanasii's
testimony of those events? Here is a link to it:
Over the last 12 months or so I've been in contact with a number of people
in Korea and Russia who are researching Afanasii, and this has renewed my
interest. I've started a Wikipedia page about him and am writing a
journal/book about my ancestors. There are a number of family stories about
my ancestors, but there are "holes" in the stories. For example we know
that Afanasii attended some kind of Naval college in St. Petersburg, but, so
far, there is no mention of him in such Russian archives.
I find that researching my ancestors to be very interesting. Like an
"Easter egg hunt". As I mentioned, I am in communication with a number of
scalars (besides surfing the web) and they each have a peace of the puzzle,
it's just a matter of collecting all the peaces. I am looking for other
individuals with an interest in my Great-grandfather so that we can
"compleat the puzzle". If you feel that you are category then I would be
grateful if you could help me.
Ps, I live about 10 miles north of San Francisco.
From: koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws
[mailto:koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws] On Behalf Of Brother Anthony
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 5:29 PM
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Subject: Re: [KS] Afanasii Ivanovich Seridin-Sabatin
I hope that the way you spell your grandfather's name in your message
(Seridin-Sabatin) is a one-off error? I can find a lot of references to him
(116) doing a Google search with the spelling Afanasij Ivanovich Seredin
Sabatin (375 if you omit the first name which has various spellings),
including this article in the "JoongAng Daily" from last December:
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2914115 which reminds
us that he was probably the only Western witness present at the murder of
the Empress Myeongseong. It would certainly be good to know if there are
longer published studies of his life and his Korean buildings. Did he leave
any diaries etc?
Sogang University, Korea
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