Zahra Khanum's will, 1920
Mashhadiyah Shikar Khanum, the daughter of the late Haji Allahyar Ganjah and the wife of Haji ‘Ali Akbar Aqa, the merchant from Ganjah, makes a claim against her brother, Mulla Najaf, regarding her inheritance from her father and her mother, Bibi Khanum, the daughter of Aqa Mustafa. Because all of Mulla Najaf's properties have been in a state of ruin due to the unrest in Caucasus and their value has depreciated since his death, Mashhadiyah Shikar Khanum, thinking of her brother's children, has settled her claims with them: Mashhadi Musayyab Aqa, Mashhadi Haji Bayg Aqa, and Muhammad Hasan Aqa (the merchants of Ganjah), Durr Baygum Khanum, and Salahah Baygum Khanum. She then assigned her son, Haji Javad Aqa, and Aqa Riza Bayg, as the executors of her will to determine one-third of her belongings. Three thousand tumans of her assets is a debt to Riza Khan. Two-thirds of her belongings will be divided among the inheritors according to Shari‘ah law and one-third should be spent on prayers, fasts, and pilgrimage on her behalf, charity, and her burial and funeral as described in her will.
Determining the shares of Muhammad'uf brothers and their nephew
In three copies: four Muhammad'uf brothers, Haj Baba, the late Haj ‘Ali Akbar Aqa, the late Aqa ‘Ali Asghar, and the late Aqa Mashhadi Najaf, jointly owned the real estate business covering properties in Azarbayjan and Islambul [Istanbul]. At the date of this document three of the partners are deceased and their properties have been transferred to their inheritors, who are as listed: Haj ‘Ali Akbar's inheritors: Haj Javad Aqa, Aqa Zayn al-‘Abidin (who has transferred his share to Haj Javad Aqa), Khadijah Khanum, and Zahra Khanum; Aqa Mashhadi Najaf's inheritors: Aqa Muhsin Aqa, Aqa Mahmud Aqa, Sariyah Khanum, and the deceased Sughra Khanum (wife of Aqa Sulayman Bayg, the son of Haj Baba Aqa); and Aqa ‘Ali Asghar's inheritors: Aqa Riza Aqa. Since Aqa Hasan Aqa, the son of the late Narjis Khanum and the late Ibrahim Aqa and the nephew of the Muhammad'uf brothers, has been involved in the business, he was also assigned a share. Haj Baba Aqa and the inheritors of the other partners have designated five shares for all the properties, one of which would belong to Aqa Hasan Aqa, provided that he deals with Aqa Sulayman Bayg in case he claims the inheritance of Sughra Khanum from Aqa Najaf's inheritors. This partnership covers the buildings and gardens with all they include, located in Istanbul and Tabriz, as well as other forms of property, such as cash, promissory notes, shops, etc. After this, some settlements among the inheritors have taken place, which are described in detail in the document.