I was wondering if someone could help me out. I am trying to find my family's roots in Lebanon, and to find out if there is any family left there. These are the details that I found out today, through my great aunt, who was looking at my great grandfather's papers.
The paper listed my great grandfather's name as Jirjiss Nikhail Daoud Obeid. Should I be looking for relatives with the name Obeid? I have no idea, because US Immigration changed our last name. My great grandfather was born in 1890. The paper that my aunt was looking at had two names on it - we don't know if these are places or what: Vgharpaghrine and Kahf el-Malloul. My family is Maronite Catholic currently, but I can't be sure that my great grandfather was - I'm sure that any Muslims or Druse that might have come to the US early in the century would have had problems and maybe would have hid their religion, or married Catholics, I dont' know.
Anyway, my great grandfather's mother, whose name I do not know, brought my great grandfather here to the US around 1899 or 1900, when he was 8 or 9 years old. She also brought his twin, I think he was called Habib. Her husband died in Lebanon. She had other children, but could not afford to bring them all at once. She came to New York first, and I'm not sure if she then came to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or if my great grandfather came here when he was older. Anyway, his mom had a stand out on the street where she baked bread and sold it to save the money the bring her other children to the US. Apparently, she brought them one by one over a period of years, except for one child. US Immigration would not allow this child into the country because he had cancer.US Immigration changed her last name to "Betters", but changed her children's last name (the ones who were brought over subsequently) to David.
My great grandfather grew up to work in the steel mills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He married a woman whose name was Mary Adyseh (I'm not sure on this spelling). She came to the US with her parents, I believe, and I think she was from a place called Rasheen? I am not certain of this - I am relying on my great aunt's memory only. I was not born when my great grandmother was alive. My great grandfather just died in 1996.
If anyone can shed some light on any part of this story, or tell me about these places, I would really appreciate it. Someone earlier suggested to me the Lebanese White Pages, so I am going to go look there now, but I'm really unsure because we always thought our last name was Daoud and now this name Obeid is confusing! I was thinking also that someone had to take care of those kids until they could come to the US, and also the last child.