his sister were born to the 2nd wife of Cherian Valliappan Mariamma, who the
widow of Ponnu Oommachen Muthalali of the Nellimootil family. Oommachen
Muthalali sister was the first wife of Cheriachen Valliappan. Oommachen
Muthalali was lost in a possible ship wreck and no news about him was available
for more than 7 years.
In the meantime, her husband s business partner,
Nattukotta Chettiar tried to acquire all his partners wealth by dubious means.
Mariamma bravely and astutely resisted Chettiar s attempts.
There is an
interesting story of how Mariamma cleverly defeated the Chettiar bribed the
local government officer- thahasildar- and came with him to Mariamma s house to
recover gold which Chettiar claimed was his. Mariamma with the help of her
devoted servant, made hole in the floor in one of her rooms and buried all the
gold in it. When Thahasildar and the Chettiar arrived, Mariamma got on to a
pettukattil- the low height bed the women used in those days to deliver babies-
and pretended that she was having severe abdominal pain. The bed was just above
where gold was buried and she also had a Naripodu- wood burning vessel- over it.
Thahasildar and Chettiar searched every place except where the gold that was
buried and they found nothing. Before they left, Mariamma secretly intimated the
thahasildar to come at night and search her well. Mariamma made sure that a gold
plate was secretly left in the well. At night Thahasildar came and took the gold
plate for himself and he no more bothered Mariamma. According to the custom
in those days, if a husband disappeared for more than 7 years and there was no
news about him, he could be presumed dead and his wife could remarry. There was
no news about Ponnu Oommachen for more than 7 years. By this time Cherian Puthen
Purackel also had become a widower. So with the permission of the Church and the
Malankara Metropolitan, Cherian married Mariamma, the widow of his
brother-in-law Oommachen. This Mariamma was a descendent of Middle Eastern
immigrants who came to Quilon, Kerala in 825 AD with Bishop Mor Proth and Mor
Sabor. There are many who believe that the Malayalam era was started in AD 825
to commemorate their arrival in Kollam.
Mariamma was very beautiful and
intelligent. She brought all the wealth of her former husband to Mepral. She
divided it in to 2 equal shares; one half of the share was given to her son
Gheevareechen and the other half of the share to the 4 sons of husband by
previous marriage. Mariamma died when he r children were 5 and 3 years
Judge Great grandpa sent Gheevarugheechen and his 2 younger brothers
for English education in Kochi British grammar school. He rented a house in Fort
Cochin for his children and sent servants to take care of them. After the
schooling, Gheevarugheechen married Akkara Kurian writer s daughter Pappiyamma.
About this wedding, in the Akkara family history, it is written that it was one
of the most elegant wedding of the time. Many VIP guests including the British
Resident representing English government and Kings special representatives were
present for the wedding. Gheevarugheechen was appointed as sub-registrar by
the government and he held the job in Thiruvella for few years. In 1885, he
built a house in Payikandom and moved there.
IV. 1. Kunjupennu, the
eldest daughter of Gheevarugheechen was married to Korakunju of Kottayam
Kallupurackel family. Philipose Mor Theophilose of the Malankara Orthodox Church
was one the children in this marriage.
After retiring from his job as
sub-registrar, Gheevarugheechen was taking care of his agricultural properties
and he died in 1893 (M.E. Kumbham 11). Wife Pappiyamma had died 2 days
IV. 2. Chinnamma was married to Edukkilachen of Vallamkualam
Variamkattil Kandathil family. He was a government treasury officer. Wedding as
it was arranged by Chinnamma s brother Papachen, was solemnized in Mepral St.
IV. 3. Kochu was married to K.M. Pothen. Pothen was
Travancore State Fisheries Inspector.
IV. 4. Papachen ( P.G.
Cherian) Sosamma Manammal Palamittom Children: V. 1. Kunju 2.
Pennamma 3. Kunjamma. Papachen after the death of his parents had moved
back to Kottayam and was living there with his 2 sisters in the property they
inherited from their mother s Akkara family. Papachen had English education like
his father. After his marriage, Papachen moved back to Mepral. Papachen died in
1902 ( M.E. Edavam 5) and was buried in Mepral Church. When her husband died
Sosamma was very young. She rejected the advice of her brothers, M.C. Pothen,
M.C. George, and M.C. Chandy to remarry. She stayed in Payikandom and took her
of her children.
V. 2. Pennamma. The eldest daughter of Papachen was
married to Kuttappan of Puthupally Kochuparampil family. V. 3. Kunjamma was
married to Koshy Kunju of Maramon Palakunnathu family.
1. Kunju ( Cherian George) Kunjujamma Children: VI . 1. Chinnamma 2.
3. Papachen (Advocate George P. Cherian) 4. George Kurian (
His Grace Kuriakose Mor Coorilose) 5. Kunjamma
Kunju ,the only son
of Papachen was born in 1900. He married Kunjujamma, daughter of Kuriachen of
Viyapuram Pullipadavil Valiyaputhenpurayil family. He was managing the ancestral
properties. As for a long time he had no sons, he made promise to God that if he
got 2 sons, one will be offered one service as priest. His second son later
became Metropolitan Kuriakose Mor Coorilose.
VI. 1. Chinnamma was married
to Kochu of Kottayam Chakalaparampil family. VI. 2. Ponnamma Kodiyattu
married to Papachen from Thiruvella Kodiyattu family. VI. 5. Kunjamma married
to Thomas Muthalali of Chathannoor Koyipurath family.
VI. 3. Papachen (
Advocate George P. Cherian) 1930 Lalitha Children: VII. 1. Renu 2.
Rena 3. Remani 4. Georgy. Papachen the eldest son of Payikandathil
Kunju is an advocate and leader of the Church. After the death of his father in
an early age, it was Papachen who managed all affairs at home. Poothicote family
will be ever indebted to him for preparing a family history and laboriously
collecting the list of all its present members. Papachen married Lalitha, the
daughter of Thomas George of Trivandrum Kallath family.
VI1. 1. Renu,
(Dr. Renu Ani P. Cherian) the eldest daughter is married to Rajan (Dr. Joseph
Kurian) of Palai Athupalliyil family. Raju is presently the RMO in Muvatupuzha.
Renu does private practice in Koothattukulam.
VII. 2. Rena ( Susan
Verghese B.Com) is married to Prof. Verghese Joshua, the son of retired district
and sessions judge Joshua of Edathua Kattumbhagathu family. He is presently in
Dubai. VII. 3. Remani (Remani John) is married to John Verghese, son of P.G.
Verghese of Trivandrum Thumpon Mamootil family. He is in Dubai at
present. VI. 4 Georgi (Johncy George) is an electrical engineer and is
presently in Dubai.