I must have messed up my previous post. I would love to see any photos of Floyd's family that you have!! You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or I'd be happy to mail you an addressed/stamped envelope so that you can mail them to me. Let me know what I can do! It would be amazing to see any photos you have!
I had no idea Elias had so many children. And he seems to have them over a long time span. I assume he would have had to remarried at some point to make that possible. Do you know? Do you know his wife's (or wives') name? I'd particularly be interested in Sami’s mother’s name.Do you know what Elias’s occupation was? If the family has been in the Fih area a long time?
Thanks for the emigration and naturalization info about Sam. I've found conflicting reports, and haven't tracked down the actual documentation yet. If you have that info for the other brothers close in age to him (Abraham, Sam, or Elias) I'd love to know, because it might help me track down Sam's. Do you know if they would have emigrated through New York City or through Boston, and where they would have left from in Europe? I think I’ve found Sami and Zahir’s record of passage in 1905, but am still trying to locate Sami’s passage in 1891. In the 1905 ship passage it says that he’s going to be staying with his “cousin” George Elias in Omaha, but his older brother’s name is George, so perhaps this is the George he is referring to? I would love to put together a family tree of the 5 youngest Makdissi borthers (George, Sam, Abraham, Simon, & Elias) since these are the ones who emigrated to the US, in the hopes that I might be able to track down their descendants and see if they have additional information about the family. I’d be happy to have any information you could provide!
Do you know anything about the Sleimans? Zadir or Adele? Adele was Floyd’s wife, and I think she was Floyd’sfirst cousin (based on a family story I’ve heard), which means Zadir would have been Adele’s aunt, so Zadir would have been Adele’s father’s sister? Adele’s father’s name was Khalil Sleiman. We know very little about the Sleimans. You mention Moussa (Zadir’s father) was the Sheihk. That’s so neat! Did he also have another occupation? Or do you know what Khalil’s (his son?) occupation was? We’d heard that he was a merchant that traveled extensively to South America, but this is another unsubstantiated story. If you know of anyone with info about the Sleimans, or photos, I’d love to be in touch with them!
Thanks so much for helping me with all of this. I’ve been designated the family historian, so I’m pulling all of this information together for my father (Larry Craig Elias) and his siblings and cousins. They’ll be excited to find out how much more information you’ve been able to give me!