He had loads of children!
Here are the ones I've been able to identify through my research:
Daud Hanna Makdissi, Meriana Hanna Elias Makdissi, Mikhail Hanna Makdissi, Rahje al-Makdissi, Zahiya Hanna Elias Makdissi, Zakiyya al-Makdissi, Zehneh Hanna Makdissi, Jerjes Hanna al-Makdissi (1850), George (Jerjes Hanna) John Elias (1867), Sam (Sami Hanna Makdissi) John Elias (1874), Abraham (Ibrahim Hanna Makdissi) John Elias (1875), Simon (Simaan Hanna Makdissi) Elias (1882), Elias (Elias Hanna Makdissi) George Elias (1891)
It will be very difficult to find documents in Lebanon.The church records were almost all destroyed during the civil war.Some pages (from 1892-1916) still exist in photocopies but everything else was burned.It is suspected that some of the church books could have been saved by the priests' families and could be in somebody's attic in the US or South America.
According to census records, Sami emigrated in 1891 and was naturalized 19th July 1902, District County of Douglas Nebraska.
The info below comes from a 1981 History of Harrison County Iowa, pp. 157
Sam J. Elias came to the United States in the late 1800's. With his
brothers, Simon, George, and Abraham, they worked their way to Omaha
selling general merchandise from a peddler's pack. They later had
horse drawn wagons which traveled through the country side selling
dry goods, dress material, thread, etc. When they traveled in
Harrison County they stayed with many different families overnight.
Sam's wife, Sadha, died at an early age, after having 8 children.
Three children died within a year, 2 girls of diphtheria, and 1 boy
of pneumonia. In 1924 Sam decided to take his family and go back to
Lebanon. Linda, who married a dentist while she was there, and
Sophie, who married a banker, stayed in Lebanon. Floyd was married to
Adele Solomon, and along with Sam and his 2 sisters, Helen and Mary
they returned home to the United States. They settled in Harrison
County, buying a grocery store at Missouri Valley, and one at Persia.
Sam also bought land in Harrison County. Sam lived with Floyd and
Adele, operating the store with Floyd, and raising his daughters,
Helen and Mary. Helen married Eddie George and they now live in
California. Mary married Fred George and lives in Cozad, Nebraska.
Sam's greatest pleasure was in being with his family. He enjoyed
gardening and managing his property in Harrison County. He would sit
at the kitchen table after supper and read his Arabic Bible, and
often from school text books to gain a greater knowledge of our
Floyd and Adele had 5 sons, Sam, Ronnie, Norman, George (deceased),
and Larry. Floyd was born in Omaha and attended school at Tech High.
Adele was born in Lebanon and became an American citizen. They owned
the Economy Store (later changed to Elias Super Market) all their
lives. They were members of the United Methodist Church in Persia,
and St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Omaha. They were active in the
Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star.
Sam lives in Orange, California, going to college, his wife Betty
(Nama) is Judge of North Orange County.
Norman married Cleo (Arbaugh), and is a partner in the Elias Super
Market. They have 4 children, Jan, attending University of Iowa
studying Pharmacy, Jill, senior at Tri-Center, Julie, Junior at Tri-
Center and Sam, 8th grade. Norman also owns the Persia Laundromat.
Ronnie lives in Ute, Iowa and married Frances (Spracklin), they own
and operate the Elias Super Market, Laundromat, and Car Wash. They
have 1 daughter, Ronda, attending 5th grade, Charter Oak-Ute school.
Larry, partner in the Elias Super Market, married Dorothy (Holben),
cashier at the Home Savings Bank. They have 3 children, Larry Craig,
graduated from University of Iowa with a BBA degree in Business
Marketing, married Deb (Mauer). They live in Hiawatha, Iowa. He is
Asst. Manager for Nash-Finch Me-Too Grocery Store and Deb is working
for Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Mark is attending University of
Iowa, majoring in Business. Kim, 1st year at University of Iowa with
a possible Elementary Education Major.