I'm looking for any information about my great grandfather, JOHN SIMON (1874-1913), and great grandmother, FANNIE (FAHIMA) HIKEL (1885-1939), that can help me trace them back to Lebanon, or that at least can help me determine what his name was prior to his arrival in the United States.
The couple lived in Millinocket, Maine during the time of the 1910 census.By the time of the 1920 census, John had passed away, but Fannie still lived in Millinocket as the head-of-household.
In the 1910 census document, JOHN SIMON is listed as a "clothing store merchant".In the house and accounted for are his wife, FANNIE SIMON, and their children, GEORGE SIMON, age 6 (b. 1904), JOSEPH C. SIMON (1905-1991)(Joseph is my grandfather), and MADELINE SIMON age 3 (b. 1907). A boarder, JOHN HIKEL, age 36, whose profession is listed as "poolroom gumstore employee", is also living with them.The U.S. immigration dates for the adults are also noted in this document:JOHN SIMON and JOHN HIKEL both arrived in the U.S. in 1895, and FANNIE (HIKEL) SIMON arrived in 1902.
Living directly next door to the Simons in 1910 are the SOLOMON J HIKEL family.This family consists of SOLOMON J HIKEL, age 34 (b. 1876), his wife, MARY HIKEL, age 26 (b. 1884), and their children, PHILIP HIKEL, age 5 (b. 1905), BERNICE HIKEL, age 3 (b. 1907), MABEL HIKEL, age 2 (b. 1908), and little SADIE HIKEL, 1 month old.
The Solomon Hikel family would get much larger over the next two decades, by the way:according to the 1930 census, SOLOMON HIKEL, still alive (age 54 at the time) was presiding over a household of 13 people, including his wife, MARY, age 41, his children, PHILIP, age 24, BERNICE, age 23, MABEL, age 22, LOUISE, age 20, MARY, age 19, JOSEPH, age 18, CURLY, age 16, PETER, age 12, and PAULINE, age 10, as well as boarders FOREST CORNEL, age 35, GEORGE MILES, age 50, and THOMAS COX, age 44.
Returning to the SIMON family, by the time of 1920 census, FANNIE is listed as the head-of-household. In the house and accounted for are her children, GEORGE SIMON, age 16, JOSEPH SIMON, age 15, MADELINE SIMON, age 13, SIMON SIMON, age 11, MATHILDE SIMON, age 9, and JOHN SIMON, age 7, as well as two boarders, her brother, whose name is rendered "JAMES HUKEL", age 25, and GEORGE FARION (listed elsewhere as "FARRIS"), age 26. Both of these boarders are listed as originating in "Syrian Arab Republic", as is Fannie.One source says that all Lebanese were classified as either of "Syrian" or "Turkish" origin.
Finally, at the time of the 1930 census, FANNIE is the 48 year old head-of-household and is listed as the "proprietor" of a "confectionary" (candy store). Living with her are her son, SIMON SIMON, age 21 (a clerk in the candy store), and boarders DAN J MALICK, age 40 (he immigrated from "Syria" (Lebanon) in 1910), THOMAS G CANNON, age 63 (who immigrated from Ireland in 1882), and WOODROW WILSON, age 17.
I apologize for all of this detail, but I'm hoping that it will lead to someone recognizing a name or two and being able to help me get closer to getting past the dead end that I've hit with my great-grandparents, JOHN SIMON and FANNIE (FAHIMA) SIMON (HIKEL).Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!