My paternal Grandfather, Solomon A. Barket, was born in Tripoli in 1876 and came to New York City in 1893. He settled in Pottsville (Schuylkill County) Pennsylvania. His three brothers George, Thomas, and Joseph also settled in Pottsville. One sister, Calton, lived in Brazil. His parents were Abraham Barket and Katherine (Kathryn) Halleffi Hallaffi).Solomon married Matilda Ashwood, a native of Beirut. Most of my Barkets are still in Pennsylvania, although I have several cousins in other states (Ohio, Arkansas, North Carolina). I know that the Barket surname is Americanized. I believe other forms of the name are: Barkett, Bareket, Barakat, Baraket.