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Shalitta & Pearah Family Web Site

Updated May 10, 2002

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Thanks for checking out our family web site - I hope to continue adding more information as time allows.

Here is a short description of how I am related to the Shalitta/Pearah families. My father is Ronald Howard Shalita, son of Joseph Shalitta & Holly Adshead - Joseph's parents were Benjamin Simon Shalitta and Anna Pearah. I know that my Grandfather Joseph was born in Urmia Persia, along with his sisters Victoria & Nancy, and his brother Samuel. To the best of my knowledge, Benjamin and Anna were also born in Urmia, Persia but so far, I have not found anything to authenticate this. Benjamin had a brother named Abraham who married Margaret Joseph, they had four children; Rose, Daniel, Simon & Martha. Both Abraham and Benjamin emigrated to the U.S. and settled in the Philadelphia area in the early 1900's. I am told that our family has been very proud of their Assyrian Christian roots.

So far, most of the information I've acquired has come from a few sources; government & public documents, from Nancy Simonian and her daughter Sandy, Martha Shalitta and Dr. Zamir Shalita. I am grateful for their help!

I am quite interested in learning about the Pearah family - Anna Pearah is the person whom my father and I most resemble (and his father before him). We all have Anna's facial features and her hands. To let you know more about me...I am 33 years old, married to Rick Hooper (for 15 years now). We do not have any children. I have lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for 13 years now ~ where I am an antique bookseller.

Alternate spellings of the names are Shalita, Schalyto, Perah and Peara. Other family names I am researching: Adshead, Baba, Hooper, Joseph, Krafczyk, Lazor, Lloyd, Marshall, McKenny, Pore, Shimmon, Wenger and Whittle.

Family Photos
  • Benjamin Shalitta Family (79 KB)
    Benjamin, Anna, Joseph, Nancy, Victoria and Sam
  • The Pearah Family (32 KB)
    Pearah family-in Persia [front, L-R; Norman, Mary Baba, unknown, unknown, Jeremiah & back row L-R; Jerusha & Menashe]
Related Files
  • Benjamin Schalyto (Shalitta) Document (76 KB)
    Contains information I researched and found on Ellis Island Historical Website. Includes a photo of the ship my great-grandfather traveled to the U.S. on in the early 1900s
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