10 May 1873
Pitsunda, Georgia, Russian Empire
|Died||c. 1943 (aged 69–70)|
Mourad Boulevard, Paris, France
Bobigny cemetery, Paris
(m. 1893; died 1918)
|Issue||Şehzade Abdurrahim Hayri|
|House||Emkhaa (by birth)|
Ottoman (by marriage)
Peyveste Hanım was born on 10 May 1873 in Pitsunda, Abkhazia. Born as Rabia Eymhaa, she was a member of Abkhazian princely family Emuhvari. Her father was Prince Osman Bey Eymhaa, and her mother was Princess Hesna Hanım Çaabalurhva, an Abkhazian. She had an elder brother, Prince Ahmed Pasha, and three elder sisters, Princess Eda Hanım (died 1930), Princess Nurhayat Hanım (died 1939), and Princess Mahşeref Hanım (1871 – 1920). She was maternal first cousin of Filizten Hanım, wife of Sultan Murad V.
In 1877, Osman Bey volunteered for service in the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). He took his wife and children to Istanbul, and entrusted them to the care of Hesna Hanım's paternal cousin, Davud Bey. He returned to Abkhazia and was killed in the war.
Davud Pasha's wife Meryem Hanım, who had been in service in the palace, decided to present the widowed Hesna Hanım and her daughters to her paternal cousin Nazikeda Kadın, first wife of Sultan Abdul Hamid. Nazikeda won over Hesna, and adopted her daughters.
On 14 August 1894, a year after the marriage, she gave birth to her only son, Şehzade Abdurrahim Hayri. Upon his birth, she was presented with a beautiful apartment. In 1897, Peyveste became pregnant with her second child, however, suffered an abortion. Abdul Hamid later allocated her in one of the Kiosks on the gardens of the Yıldız Palace.
On 27 April 1909, Abdul Hamid was deposed, and sent into exile in Thessaloniki. Peyveste was closed to Abdul Hamid. She and her son accompanied him for some time, and returned to Istanbul in 1910. She bought a mansion in Büyükdere Avenue, Şişli, and took along Sazkar Hanım. Peyveste and Sakzar's rooms were located on the same floor. Their daily routine was to drink coffee with each other, and to talk about old times.
Widowhood and deathEdit
After Abdul Hamid's death, she settled in the Sadaret Mansion located in Sultanahmet, Fatih. On 30 May 1918, Peyveste met with the Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma in the harem of Yıldız Palace, when the latter visited Istanbul with her husband Emperor Charles I of Austria.
At the exile of the imperial family in March 1924, Peyveste accompanied her son to Paris. On 14 January 1925, she gave the power of attorney to Sami Günzberg, a well-known Turkish Jewish lawyer, authorising him to regain from usurpers buildings, lands, mines, concessions left by Abdul Hamid situated in Turkish territory and elsewhere.
She had sold her mansion in Şişli, and from the money she received, they lived a comfortable life in an apartment on Mourad Boulevard. She died in 1943, and was buried in Bobigny cemetery, Bobigny, Paris.
|Şehzade Abdurrahim Hayri||14 August 1894||2 January 1952||married twice, and had issue, one daughter|
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