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The Nasser-Jaar Genealogic Family Tree with Historical Timelines

Contributed by Fayez (Frank) Nasser on 13.08.2007:

The Nasser-Jaar Genealogic Family Tree with Historical Timelines, including a Biography of Issa Yaqoub Nasser.

Compiled by: Fayez (Frank) Nasser,

Toronto, Canada.

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Last updated on: February 2,2017



1700 B.C. Legendary date for the building of the dam at Ma’rib.

1000 B.C. Saba’eans settle in the Ma’rib area.

950 B.C. Traditional day for Bilquis, Queen of Sheba (Malikat Saba’).

925 B.C. Death of King Solomon in Jerusalem.

800-700 B.C. Name of the traditional rulers of Saba’ were known from about this time. They were called “Mukarrib”, the term probably meant “Priest-King”.

800 B.C.Traditional date for the building of the dam at Ma’rib. The reference here probably means the rebuilding of the dam, and possibly the building of the great sluices.

715 B.C. Successive Assyrian Kings receive tribute of gold, precious stones, spices, horses and camels from the Saba’eans.

600-500 B.C. Saba’eans send trading colonists to India.

587 B.C. Jerusalem defeated by Nebuchad-nezzar, King of Babylon. Biblical Prophet Ezekiel writes about trade with the Saba’eans.

410 B.C. King Karib-il-Watear listed as the first “King” of Saba’. Change here is from “Mukarrib” to “King”.

100 A.D. Alhan Nahfan Hamadanid, King of Saba’, forms alliances with Hadramaut and


From 200 A.D to 400 A.D. Saba’ was under the hegemony of Himyar – kings calling themselves Kings of Saba and Dhu-Raydan.

The two hundred years between 200 and 400 A.D. were times of conflict with Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Religious rivalries and turmoil were rampant between those who professed Judaism and those who professed Christianity.

Due to heavy rains and flooding, the great dam at Ma’rib was already destroyed. The current Arabian proverb “Scattered like the people of Saba’” refers to that exodus in history.

622 A.D. Hijra – Prophet Mohammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina and the beginning of the Islamic era.

Rome was the furthermost and northernmost capital to which the ancient Yemeni diplomats were appointed. Saba’eans also sent a diplomatic mission to meet the Roman Emperor Octavianus Augustus at the Greek island of Samos. There are archeological proofs of the Saba’ean presence throughout East Africa from Egypt to Tanzania, and the coast of India and Indochina.

BANU GHASSAN (also known by westerners as the Ghassanids or Gassanids).

The political dynamics of Pre-Islamic Arabia can be summarized in the interaction between three major forces: The Ghassanids, the Lakhimids, and the Kindah. The Ghassanids – a south Arabian Yemeni tribe, known as Banu Ghassan (or children of Ghassan), migrated north of Ma’rib during the third and fourth centuries A.D. presumably after the break-up of the great Ma’rib dam, and settled in the region of Damascus. Christian by religion, they allied themselves with Byzantium.

They also agreed to protect the southern flank of the Byzantine Empire against intrusion of the other Arab tribes. This alliance held well throughout the wars between the Byzantine and the Persian Empires. Another group emigrated and settled in Hira, where they established the kingdom of Lakham. During the sixth century, after the disappearance of the two major Byzantine and Persian empires, many Ghassanids allied themselves with increasingly dominating Arab tribes from the heartland of Arabia. These political dynamics were important, because it is out of the interaction of the Arab tribes and the leaders of these kingdoms that the early Islamic community, and later the Islamic Empire, emerged.

Their life centered around the caravan, and their voyages uncovered the most unexpected discoveries of their surroundings. As any journey is ruled by mystery and discovery, their hands have experienced the caresses of silk, the abuses of wool, the gold of princes and the chains of slavery. Their eyes have seen cities perish and empires expire. They and their herds of camels and flocks of sheep moved forward in time with the rise and fall of its rhythms.

The crowded incense road ran some 2,400 miles through Arabia – from southern Oman, through the high mountains of Yemen, across the dunes and black volcanic deserts of Saudi Arabia to Petra in present-day Jordan. In Roman times, a rugged journey of some 80 marches offered many challenges. To the Romans, frankincense symbolized divinity, and was used as offering on equal part with gold and myrrh. Others prized Arabian incense as a constituent in medicine. Thousands of years earlier, the Egyptians were using the “Perfume of the gods” in their temple rites. The three Magi brought their gifts to newborn Jesus in Bethlehem, consisting of “gold, myrrh and frankincense”. Incense is still burned in places of worship all over the world.

The road to the Yemeni Arab seacoast is to this day covered with frankincense groves. Only here are found the ideal geographical and environmental conditions for the incense trees to grow. It is also here that the Arabian Desert makes a quick change. A roof of monsoon clouds suddenly quenches the blinding sun, and the air chilled at the road gently rises.

Camels with their soft padded feet move easier on the soft sand that skirts the southwest part of the “Empty Quarter” – a great blank appearing on modern maps, and known in Arabic as “Al-Rubi’ Al-Khali”. Small clay figures found in Yemen and dating from 1000 B.C are among the earliest depictions of life in those times. Thriving on harsh vegetation that would starve other beasts, the camel provides milk, wool, meat and leather.

The Glory of Sheba (or Saba’in Arabic) mentioned in the Old Testament, refers to the ancient capital of Ma’reb, where the fabled Queen of Sheba brought to King Solomon “such abundance of spices”. Past Najran, some 60 miles to the north at Bir-Hima, ancient caravans left thousands of inscriptions in the sandstone. Most of these inscriptions are simple grafittis of rustic life, with scenes of camel herds, date harvest, ibex, and hunters with spears. From Petra, the incense traveled on to Gaza, across the Sinai Desert, to major processing plants in Alexandria, north to Palmyra and Damascus, and east to the Euphrates. Markings, possibly merchant monographs similar to those at Ma’rib, were found on vessels at the other end of the incense route, in the city of Gaza on the Mediterranean.

History tells us that Amre of Saba’ in Yemen emigrated with his family and many of his followers north of Ma’rib, and settled in Houran which became their first home. The land of Houran lies about twenty miles to the south of Damascus. It is a vast region with mountains, valleys and plains. Its climate is mild and its soil fertile. The Ghassanid name came from the water-well where they first settled upon their arrival from Yemen. Their first king was Amer-El-Ghatreef, whose nickname was “Ma-us-sama”, meaning “Water from Heaven”, and was so named for his generosity. He lived about the beginning of the third century A.D. The Ghassanids would soon become the leaders of all the Arab tribes in Syria. The city of Damascus was under their rule and also the territory of the country known today as the Kingdom of Jordan.


The Ghassanid Kingdom extended to the Red Sea to the south and the Euphrates to the north. The Jordan and Yarmuk valleys were included in their realms. The city of Joulan, known today as Balqaa, was their capital. The ruins of palaces, churches, castles, public baths, and aqueducts in Houran, are evidence of the sophistication of their culture and civilization. The Ghassanids lived in a palace in the middle of the city and administered their vast realms from there. They were involved in extensive trade. The Greeks gave their kings the title of “El-Harith”, and the kings of Hira the title of “El-Munzer”. These two titles were equivalent to the titles of “Pharaoh” or “Far’on” in Egypt, “Negus” in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), and “Caesar” or “Kay’sar” in Rome. The Emperors of Constantinople gave them the title of “Patrik” or “Batrak”, meaning “the father”.

The Ghassanid kings were famous for their generosity. The last to succeed to the throne was King Jeblet, son of El-Ayham, who built the town of Jeblet situated between Lataqiah and Tripoli in present day Syria and Lebanon. He was such a good and strong king that for decades after his death his name was a symbol of strength and glory. After his death and the coming of Islam, the Ghassanids were again scattered far and wide.


Historical evidence shows that some of the Christian families in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, were direct descendants of the noble Ghassanids. They originated from the city of Azra in the land of Houran. Azra used to be known also as Azrai, meaning “the fortress”. It lies some 75 miles from Bosra-Eskj-Sham, and is approx. 612 meters above sea-level. Azra is known for its ancient connections with the Greeks and the Romans. Many of the battles between the Crusaders and the Moslems were fought on its grounds and streets. As most of their ancestors were, the descendants showed great interest in art, literature and especially poetry.

The story of these families has been passed down through the ages from father to son, and goes something like this:

“We were of Ghassanid origin and came to Palestine from Houran after the Moslem conquest, and prior to that, from Yemen. We originally adopted the Greek Orthodox faith. Some of us are still living in the Middle East, but a great majority immigrated to many countries around the world, notably South and Central America, the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, Africa and even the Far East. We were generally described as people with high temples, big noses, prominent foreheads, fuzzy hair, small jaws, thin lips, beautifully straight teeth, well proportioned features, dark complexions, black eyes and beautiful figures. We were also known for our generosity, contentment, fondness of country-life, bravery, distinguished looks and benevolence. In all the ages and epochs in which our old ancestors lived, there were among them men and women outstanding in bravery, administrative work, learning, religion, and writings. Among them you’ll find political leaders, generals, administrators, bishops, priests, monks, physicians, pharmacists, scientists, lawyers, and merchants”.

The present descendants include both Christians and Muslems. The Muslems adopted Islam during the time of the Arab conquest, in order to obtain high-ranking jobs and to avoid paying the Jizya (a tax imposed on non-Muslems to qualify for the benefits of citizenship, and a substitute for the Zakat, a tax paid by Muslems).


– Chronology for the area of Ma’rib: The American Institute for Yemeni Studies, San’aa, Yemen.

– Prof. Dr. M. S. Megalommatis: The Diachronic Supremacy of Yemen, in Yemen Times, issue 756, 19th July 2004, San’aa, Yemen –

– Irfan Shahid: Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century, ISBN: 0-88402-284-6.

– The Gebara family site

– Raymond Faris Gebara: The Rise of the Ghassanids.

– Herman de Carinthia (c1100-1154) second-in-line of the Great Carantanian Federation became the most important

promoter of Arab culture in Europe and builder of bridges between Europe and the Arab and Islamic world. He was also a man for whom borders simply did not exist. It was him who laid the foundation for a Euro-Arab cultural exchange. He was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, philosopher, writer, and translated the first draft of the Holy Quran into Latin as well as most of the important books in the fields of astronomy and philosophy from Arab authors.


Reference Index of the ANCESTORS of the NASSER-JAAR families:


(1)-2 FARAH(490-570)[80] Children: MUSA, GHANEM, SALAMEH, MAKHLOUF.

(1)-3 GHANEM(525- …?)[?]


(I) ELIAS(1609-1690)[81]. Children: GHANEM [possibly more than one]


(III)HANNA(1668-1751)[83]. Children: KATRINA, YUSEF, MARIA, YAQOUB, CLARA.


(V) YUSEF(1728-1800)[72]. Children: HANNA, SALEH, NASSER.




(IX) ISSA(1889-1954)[65]. Children: FAYEZ, FOUAD, FARID, FAYEQ.

(X) FAYEZ(1936-2…)[..]. Children: NABIL (Joe), CLAUDINE, NADIA, NORMAN


The original GHANEM family divided over time, into various branches:

(1)Abu-Jaradeh, Sultaneh, El-A’raj












Early history and folklore tell us that around 513 A.D. four Ghassanid Christian brothers fled from Wadi Mousa (an area east of the river Jordan), to escape persecution from the invading Persian armies under Chosroes II.

The four brothers were:

(1)FARAH who dwelt in Bethlehem and established the Farahiya clan.

(2)KOLAH who dwelt in Beit Jala and established the Kawalha clan.

(3)AKASH who settled in Karak (Jordan) and established the Akshah clan,

(4)RABADI who settled in the Balkans and established the Rabadiyah clan.


The Ghassanids (Banu Ghassan) were a south Arabian tribe who settled the Hauran Plateau in Syria in the 3rd century A.D., and were converted to Christianity in the 4th century. They were mostly merchants and traders of goods, and they prospered during the Byzantine Christian rule.

Since the earliest days of antiquity, it should be noted that the inhabitants of Bethlehem depended on pilgrims for their livelihood. Even before the Christian era, they attended to the needs of pilgrims and tourists who came to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to observe the religious holidays, as far back as four thousand years ago – from the times of King David and perhaps earlier during the Canaanite period.

In 326 A.D. the Roman Emperor Constantine, first to adopt Christianity in Rome, and later in Byzantium (now Turkey), and his mother Queen Helena, built the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, as well as other churches in the Holy Land.

In 529, Bethlehem was totally destroyed by the Samaritans and the Jews. Many of the inhabitants were massacred. Religious rivalries were the cause. Those who survived the massacre, hid in the many caves and dugouts that exist in the surrounding areas. FARAH and his family were spared.

(1) FARAH (490-570?)[80] had 4 male sons (and possibly daughters), ancestors of the present “FARAHIYA” clan. (See Appendix 1 for the names of the Clans of Bethlehem):

1 – MOUSA: ancestor of the JACIR and MOUSALLAM families.


3 – SALAMEH: ancestor of the SALAMEH, EL-A’MA (Lama) and ZOGHBI families.

4 – MAKHLOUF: ancestor of the ABU-DENEIN, ATIQ, BABOUN, BALLOOT, DE’ES and SALMAN families.

In 571, Prophet Mohammad (571-632), founder of the Islamic faith and father of the Arab nation, was born in Mecca (now in Saudi Arabia). The two religious factions Judaism and Christianity were eventually supplemented by a third, Islam.

In 614, the Persians, under Shahrabaraz, invaded Bethlehem and massacred many of its inhabitants. The pagan Persians destroyed and burnt all the buildings to the ground and took many of the Bethlehemites as slaves. The Church of the Nativity was spared from destruction due to the presence of the Magi mosaic, which led the Persians to believe that the Magi were their ancestors, and therefore, out of respect for them, did not destroy the building. Once again, the descendants of FARAH took refuge in some of the caves that surround Bethlehem, until the crisis was over.

In 638, after the Arab invasion of Bethlehem under Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattab (second Muslim Caliph after the Death of Prophet Muhammad), life became normal for a while. The Christian Bethlehemites were given the choice of either converting to Islam, pay the Jizya (tax on non-Moslems), or leave the country.

In 691, the Dome of the Rock was built in Jerusalem. Some of the skilled stonemasons were from Bethlehem.

In 715, the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built in Jerusalem. Some of the stonemasons employed in the project came from Bethlehem.

In 796, Charlemagne [742-814] signed a treaty with Caliph Haroun Al-Rasheed, by which France became the protector of Christianity in Palestine. Christians from the surrounding lands flocked to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other Palestinian cities, to benefit from this protection, and be spared from prosecution. Haroun-Al-Rasheed sent an embassy to Charlemagne in France.

In 1009, the Fatimides (Muslim Arab Shiites) under the leadership of Ibn Al-Aziz, ordered the destruction of all Christian churches, and the massacre of those who professed Christianity. About 30,000 churches were burnt across the land. The Crusaders began rule in Jerusalem which lasted 188 years (1099-1187).

In 1099, upon hearing that the First Crusade was reaching Jerusalem, the Muslim Arabs destroyed Bethlehem in revenge for the approach of the Crusaders and their victories over the Muslim armies. The Crusaders began rule in Jerusalem which lasted 188 years (1099-1187).

In 1187, Salah El-Deen Al-Ayyoubi, uprooted the Crusaders who had already established petty kingdoms in the Holy Land. Many of those European Crusaders returned back to their countries, but some preferred to stay, after having married local women and mixed with the inhabitants.

In 1244, the Mamelukes conquered Bethlehem, and their king Saleh Ayyoub Al-Khawarizmi ordered to cut the heads of all the priests in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He also removed the lead roof of the Church of Nativity in order to use the metallic lead for his cannons. The wall surrounding Bethlehem was removed, and the ditch filled with earth.

In 1258, the Mongols sacked Baghdad.

In 1395, a European lawyer named Marthoni visited Bethlehem and described it as “The town was destroyed by the Arabs and has now only 30 wretched houses”.

In 1431, Joan of Arc [1412-1431] at age 19 was burnt at the stake as a heretic and sorceress in Rouen, France.

In 1453, the Turkish Ottomans began rule from Constantinople.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail and discovered the New World and the Americas. The attention and resources of Europe were diverted from the Holy Land to the more adventurous and more rewarding America. This was an important turning point in the history of the Holy Land and the Middle East in general.

In 1517, the Turkish rule started in Palestine for some 400 years (1517 to 1917), following the 300 year rule of the Mamelukes (1200 to 1517). For 700 years, Bethlehem, and Palestine in general, was totally devastated by the barbaric conditions imposed by its rulers.

In 1535, a Franciscan priest wrote that Bethlehem’s population consisted of about 200 Christians and Moslems.

In 1582, the new-style Gregorian calendar was adopted in Papal Countries, replacing the inaccurate Julian calendar. England and the U.S.A. adopted it 170 years later.

In 1590, a Father Suriano visited Bethlehem and reported that it was a small village having 150 hearths.

Due to the dismal conditions between 490 AD to 1600 AD, the very few records that were ever found, were acquired from various contemporary Arab and European sources.


Since early times, it was the practice to identify people of a family by mentioning the name of the father, grandfather and great-grandfathers of the person involved. For example, my full name when in school was: “Fayez Issa Yaqoub Ibrahim Hanna Nasser Al-Jaar”. This translates to “Fayez, son of Issa, son of Yaqoub, son of Ibrahim, son of Hanna, son of Nasser, of the Al-Jaar clan”. Also it was traditional to name the firstborn male after his grandfather’s name. In order to minimize the resulting confusion in larger families, a nickname was used. The nickname may refer to a quality of the person described, such as Al-Jaar (one with loud voice), El-A’ma (the blind), or Jacir (the daring); or the profession (eg Canawati, Kawwas, Najjar), or the village he came from (eg Sahoori, Salti).


To make it easy to follow this work, I have adopted the following conventions:

a) Generation Number: Each generation is numbered in bold Roman Numerals, such as (IX) followed by the name of the head of that generation. Sub-generations are numerically designated, and each individual is recognized by his/her generation number and sub-numbers.

b) Names of males: The names of the male ancestors of a generation are underlined BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS, preceded by the generation number.

c) Names of females: The names of females are in ITALIC CAPITAL LETTERS.

d) Years of birth, death, and age: The year of birth and year of death are followed by the age in brackets. Example: (I) ELIAS (1609-1690)[81] means that ELIAS (the male ancestor of the first Generation), was born in 1609 and died in 1690 at age 81.

e) Missing dates: Dates that were not available at the time of compiling this work, are substituted with (….). It is hoped that someone, some day, will be able to fill the gaps.

f) Searching names, dates etc. To search for names, dates and other data, use the “Find” command under “Edit” when using Microsoft Word.


(1) BANU GHASSAN: (200-400)? The four brothers who immigrated from Wadi Mousa were:

(1)-1: FARAH (490-570)? settled in Bethlehem, established the FARAHIYA clan. See (2).

(1)-2: KOLAH (495-575)? settled in Beit-Jala, established the Kawalha clan.

(1)-3: AKASH (500-580)? settled in Karak, Jordan, established the Akshah clan.

(1)-4: RABADI (505-585)? settled in the Balkans, established the Rabadiyah clan.


(2) FARAH: (490-570)? had 4 sons (and possibly some daughters) as follows:

(2)-1: MOUSA. Ancestor of the Jacir and Mousallam families.

(2)-2: GHANEM. Ancestor of the Nasser, Abu-Jaradeh, Antonmaria, Daccarat, El-A’raj, Jaar, Miladeh, Maria, Murrah, Sultaneh, Tosheh, Twemeh and Zablah families. See (3).

(2)-3: SALAMEH. Ancestor of the Salameh, El-A’ma (Lama), and Zoghbi families.

(2)-4: MAKHLOUF. Ancestor of the Abu-Denein, Atiq, Baboun, Balloot, De’es and Salman families.

(3) GHANEM: Was the great-great-ancestor of the Nasser-Jaar families.

Detailed records of births, marriages, and deaths were not kept until after 1600 A.D. Some references are found in history books, folklore, and word-of-mouth stories told by one generation to the next.

The Latin Parochial Church of Bethlehem keeps original records dating back to the early 1600 A.D. of births, confirmations, marriages and deaths of members of the Roman Catholic parish in Bethlehem. Certified extracts of the Registers are occasionally issued, and were the main source for the information that follows.



(I) ELIAS: (1609-1690)[81], married VICTORIA …. Children: (There could have been more than one).

(I)-1: GHANEM (1634-1714)[80]. Married NASRAH MANSOUR (1643-1703)[60]and had 8 children. See (II).

(II) GHANEM: (1634-1714)[80] born in Bethlehem, married NASRAH MANSOUR (1643-

1703)[60] and had 8 children:

(II)-1: MAHYOUB (1662-1692)[30] married at age 25 MARIA GIRYES on 29/12/1687. He was killed by the Turks when he was 30 years old.

(II)-2: ISSA (1661-1726)[65]. Was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church on 20/12/1671. Married at age 22 HANNEH ISSA ELIAS JALAL on 7/2/1683.

(II)-3: HANNA (1668-1751)[83] married at age 23 HANNEH DEEB on 25/2/1691.(See III).

(II)-4: MADELEINE (1671-1753)[82] married at age 20 JUBRA’IL SALMAN on 26/8/1691.

(II)-5: FRANCIS (1677-1749)[72] married at age 23 MARIAM FARAH ATEEQ (….-1724) [..] of the Greek Orthodox parish, and had 5 children:

(II)-5-1: ELIAS (17..-1754)[..] (baptized Greek Orthodox).

(II)-5-2: YUSEF (1719-….)[..] (baptized in Beit-Jala Eastern Catholic).

(II)-5-3: HANNA (1723-1756)[33]

(II)-5-4: AWAD (….-1762)[..] (baptized Greek Orthodox).

(II)-5-5: ISSA (….-….)[..] married in 1704 MARIA SLEYMAN SALMAN (1690-1710)[20]. No children.


(II)-6: MARIA (1673-1754)[81] born and died in Bethlehem. Single.

(II)-7: ANTON (1681-1749)[68] born in Bethlehem. At age 24 married HANNEH

IBRAHIM YAQOUB SIM’AN on 6/5/1703 and had 3 children:

(II)-7-1: BUTROS (1712-1779)[67] married MARTHA YUSEF HANNA KHOURY.

BUTROS is the ancestor of the ZABLAH family.

(II)-7-2: MIKHAIL (1725-1755)[30] married at age 22 KATRINA BUTROS EL-SAQA.

MIKHAIL is also an ancestor of the ZABLAH family.

(II)-7-3: HANNA (1729-1754)[25] married at age 23 MARIA IBRAHIM SLEYMAN.

(II)-8: ODEH (1682-1762)[80] born in Bethlehem.


(III) HANNA (1668-1751)[83] confirmed in Jerusalem on 1/9/1682, married at age 23

HANNEH DEEB on 25/2/1691, and had 5 children:

(III)-1: KATRINA (1694-1701)[7] born in Bethlehem, died at age 7.

(III)-2: YUSEF (1702-1739)(37) or (1702-1777)[75] married at age 20 HANNEH or MARIA YUSEF.

(III)-3: MARIA (1705-….)[..]

(III)-4: YAQOUB (1708-1777)[69] married at age 18 HANNEH HANNA ZAHWEH (1706-1777)[71]and had 8 children. See (IV).

(III)-5: CLARA (1711-….)[..] married at age 14 YUSEF HANNA.



In 1681, mainly due to the poor living conditions under the Turkish rule, a number of Bethlehem families left their homes and moved to Ain Karem.

In 1752, the Gregorian calendar was adopted in England and the United States of America, 170 years after its inception in 1582.

In 1772, due to overcrowding of available space, 20 Bethlehemite families relocated in Nazareth.

In 1774, Russia by treaty with the Turks, became the protector of Christianity in the Holy Land.

In July 1776, the Day of Independence was declared in the United States of America from the colonial rule of Great Britain.



(IV) YAQOUB (1708-1777)[69] born in Bethlehem, married at age 19 HANNEH HANNA

ZAHWEH (1706-1777)[71] and had 8 children:

(IV)-1: ROSA (1727-1767)[40] born in Battir, married at age 20 HANNA AL-SAQA.

(IV)-2: ISSA (1730-….)[..] married at age 20 MARIA IBRAHIM SALAMEH (1735-1795)[60].

ISSA is the ancestor of the JAAR family. ISSA must have had an unusually loud voice, earning the nickname “Al-Jaar” meaning the “Screamer”. He had 6 children:

(IV)-2-1: HILWAH (1754-1796)[42] married at age 14 GIRYES MOUSA GHANEM.

(IV)-2-2: YAQOUB (1762-….)[..] married at age 25 HILWEH BUTROS MUSALLAM and had 7 children:

(IV)-2-2-1: MARIA (1793-….)[..] at age 13 married YAQOUB ISSA BABOUN.

(IV)-2-2-2: ISSA (1794-….)[..] married at age 21 HILWEH NASSER YUSEF JAAR (1802- 1881)[79] and had 5 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-1: HANNA (1821-1902)[81] married WARDEH HANNA ABU JARADEH (1828-1917)[89] and had 5 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-1-1: AZIZEH (1852-1929)[77] married at age 17 YAQOUB KHALIL GHANEM. Remarried at age 48 BISHARA KHALIL EL-A’MA (LAMA).

(IV)-2-2-2-1-2: KHAZNEH (1855-1908)[53] married at age 20 ISSA MOUSA KATIMI.

(IV)-2-2-2-1-3: HILWEH (1863-1935)[62] married YAQOUB ELIAS GHANEM JAAR.

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4 GIRYES (1866-1913)[47] married at age 22 ROSA ELIAS HAZBOUN (1874-1907)[33] and had 3 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-1: SA’EED (1891-1970)[79]married at age 33 MANNEH TALAMAS and had 9 children: ELENA, ROSA, MADELEINE, EVELINE, AFIFEH, MIGUEL, GEORGE, MARGARITA, SALIM and TAWFIQ.

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-2: KATRINA (1902-1981)[79]married JOSEPH AS’AD ROUHANA. She died in Beirut,Lebanon.

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-3: HANNA (1904-….) born in Paris, France.

GIRYES remarried at age 41 RAHMEH ANTON JAAR (1890-….)[..] and had 3 more children:

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-4: SALEH (1909-1971)[62] died single in Columbia.

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-5: RAFAEL (1911-1975)[64].

(IV)-2-2-2-1-4-6: AFIFEH (1913-1936)[23] died in Haiti.


(IV)-2-2-2-1-5: SALIM (1874-1913)[39] married at age 23 EMILIA KHALIL ATALLAH JAAR (1875-1960)[85].Died in Haiti. No children.

(IV)-2-2-2-2: IBRAHIM (1825-1889)[64] married at age 25 MARIAM ELIAS SAHOURI (1829-1908)[79], and had 3 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-2-1: KHALIL (1857-1902)[45] married at age 18 MARIA ISSA DACCARAT (1861-1949)[88] and had 3 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-2-1-1 HANNA AL-JAAR (1879-

1972)[93] at age 25 married ROSE SALIM NASSER and had 10 children (See also (VII)-1-1-1):

(VII)-1-1-1-1: Maria (1907-2003)[100]married YAQOUB LAMA in Santo Domingo and had 7 children: JOSE, Victoria, Fefa, VICTOR, RODOLFO, Gladys, JACOBITO.

(VII)-1-1-1-2: KHALIL (1913-1963)[50]at age 23 married Margarita Abdalla Dabdoub (1915-1998)[83 and had 4 children:

(VII)-1-1-1-2-1 Denise-Marie (1937-….)at age 28 GEORGE SA’EED JAAR (1928-1996)[68] and had 5 children: Carole-Marie; SA’EED-GEORGE; BERNARD GEORGE; Sabrina Fatima; Patricia Marie.

(VII)-1-1-1-2-2 VICTOR-HANNA(1938-….)at age 36 married Andree Lemay and have 2 children: DOMINIQUE and OLIVIER.

(VII)-1-1-1-2-3 EDWARD JOSEPH (1943-….)at age 31 married Marie-France Khoury.

(VII)-1-1-1-2-4 Giselle-Rose (1950-….)at age 26 married JALIL DABDOUB and have 5 children: JALIL; KHALIL; EDWARD; Lara; Karen.

(VII)-1-1-1-3: MARGARET (1914-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-1-4: SHUKRI (1916-….)[..]at age 28 married Emilie Jamil Nasser (1924-….) and have 5 children:

(VII)-1-1-1-4-1 FUAD (1947-..) married Basima Jadalla Shihadeh and have 4 children: Alida; JOHNNY; Tanya; JAMAL.

(VII)-1-1-1-4-2 Gladys (1951-..) married JOSEPH HANDAL and have one son: PAUL.

(VII)-1-1-1-4-3 JOSEPH (1959-..) married Samia Owess and have 2 children: FADI; and …

(VII)-1-1-1-4-4 Rose-Marie (1954-..) married NAJI ABOU-SA’DA.

(VII)-1-1-1-4-5 SAMI (1955-…) married Rita Juha and have 3 children: CHARLY, Mary, RAMZI.

(VII)-1-1-1-5: JULIA (1920-….)[..] Nun.

(VII)-1-1-1-6: LOUIS (1922-2003)[81]married at age 29 Jeannette Jamil Nasser (1934-2006)[72] and have 5 children:

Carmen-Rosa (1952-….); RODOLFO (1953-….); RAYMOND (1956-….); Carole-Georgette (1959-….); Colette-Maria (1961-….).

(VII)-1-1-1-7: MIKHAIL (1924-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-1-8: MADELEINE ALTAGRACIA (1926-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-1-9: YAQOUB (1929-….)[..] married at age 27 married LILIAN JUDEH LAMA (1940-….)[..]and have 3 children:

Vivian (1957-….); ROBERT (1958-….); GILBERT (1963-….).

(VII)-1-1-1-10: THERESE (1933-….)[..]



(IV)-2-2-2-2-1-2 ISSA (1885-1937)[52]married MARIA IBRAHIM ANTONMARIA (1896-….)[..] had 6 children:

IBRAHIM (1914-….)[..]

VICTORIA (1916-….)[..]

TEODORA (1918-….)[..]

VICTOR (1919-….)[..}

AFIF (1921-1952)[31]

ALBERTO (19..-….)[..]

(IV)-2-2-2-2-1-2 AFIFEH (1899-….)[..]

(IV)-2-2-2-2-2: SLEYMAN (1859-1909)[50] married at age 23 MARIA YUSEF KAWAS DURZIEH, and had one daughter REGINA (1894-….)[..]

(IV)-2-2-2-2-3: BISHARA (1865-1927)[62] married LABIBEH SLEYMAN OUESS (1872-1957) [85] and had 4 daughters:

(1)ZAHIEH (1900-….)[..] married HANNA KHALIL DACCARAT.

(2)WADIA (1905-1967)[62] married ANTON IBRAHIM ANTONMARIA.

(3)MARIA (1909-1927)[18].

(4)KATRINA (1910-….)[..].

(IV)-2-2-2-3: DAWOOD (1828-….)[..] married at age 24 HILWEH HANNA HANDAL (1838-1916)[78], and had 7 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-3-1: ISSA (1855-1900)[45].

(IV)-2-2-2-3-2: MARIAM (1859-1945)[86] married at age 14 ISSA SALAMEH MURRAH.

(IV)-2-2-2-3-3: ELIAS (1862-1915)[53] married at age 19 JAMILEH JAMIL TWEMEH (1868-1916)[48] had 5 children:

(1)ANTON-JADALLAH (1891-….)[..]

(2)ISSA (1902-….)[..] married LABIBEH FARAH SALAMEH.

(3)DOMINGO (1907-….)[..] married ANNE MARIE JACIR.

(4)NIJMEH (1898-….)[..] married MUSALLAM.

(5)DAOUD (1910-….)[..] married SARAH HAZBOUN.

(IV)-2-2-2-3-4: MILADEH (1864-….)[..] married at age 17 ISSA MOUSA MURRAH.

(IV)-2-2-2-3-5: ABDALLAH (1873-1900)[27] married at age 18 HILWEH MIKHAIL ANTON-MARIA (1873-1960)[87].

(IV)-2-2-2-3-6: FRANCIS (1877-1925)[48] married at age 25 JAMILEH SLEYMAN JAAR (1888-1960)[72].

(IV)-2-2-2-3-7: ROSA (1869-….)[..] married at age 16 KHALIL ISSA DACCARAT.

(IV)-2-2-2-4: YAQOUB (1835-1914)[79] married at age 23 KHAZNEH ELIAS TWEMEH (1846-1932)[86] and had 2 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-4-1: ANTON (1864-1929)[65] married at age 19 MARIA YAQOUB SALMAN and had 8 children: BISHARA, RAHMEH, NIJMEH, NAJIB, KHAZNEH, YAQOUB, ROSE, MARIE.

(IV)-2-2-2-4-2: MARIAM (1869-1912)[43] married at age 13 HANNA ELIAS GHANEM.

(IV)-2-2-2-5: IS’HAQ (1838-1901)[63] married at age 25 AZIZEH YAQOUB JAAR and had 3 children:

(IV)-2-2-2-5-1: MARIAM (1870-1945)[75] married ELIAS NASSER ISSA NASSER.

(IV)-2-2-2-5-2: HILWEH (1879-1903)[24] married at age 18 YAQOUB HANNA BATARSEH.

(IV)-2-2-2-5-3: SALEH (1885-1890)[5] died at age 5.

(IV)-2-2-3: HANNEH (1797-1868)[71] born in Bethlehem, married at age 16 YAQOUB ISSA OUWESS.

(IV)-2-2-4: GHANEM (1799-1879)[80] married at age 24 ROSA ISSA GIRYES SLEYMAN JACAMAN.

(IV)-2-2-5: KHALIL (1802-….)[..] married at age 27 KATRINA YUSEF MUSA ABUJARADEH.

(IV)-2-2-6: MILADEH (1806-1882)[76] married at age 19 SLEYMAN MUSA MURRAH.

(IV)-2-2-7: WARDEH (1809-1885)[76] married at age 20 ANTON HANNA TWEMEH.


(IV)-2-3 HANNEH (1765-….)[..] married at age 9 ISSA FRANCIS HANNA BATARSEH.

(IV)-2-4 SAFIEH (1768-….)[..] married at age 13 GHANEM MUSA GHANEM.

(IV)-2-5 AZIZEH (….-1816)[..] married on 22/5/1974 YUSEF FRANCIS HANNA BATARSEH.

(IV)-2-6 MUSA (1772-….)[..]

(IV)-3: BOTROS (1736-1742)[6]died at age 6 in Battir.

(IV)-4: YUSEF (1742-1776)[34] born in Battir, married at age 23 ROSA BOTROS HOSH of the Greek Orthodox parish. They had 3 children. See (V).

(IV)-5: SAFIEH (1745-1822)[77]. Twins with Hanna. Married at age 19 ANTON ELIAS ANTONMARIA GHANEM.

(IV)-6: HANNA (1745-1767)[22]. Twins with Safieh. Died at age 22. Single.

(IV)-7: ABDALLAH (1748-1824)[76]. Married at age 22 SAFIEH FRANCIS TWEMEH (1754-1824)[70]. They had 2 children:

(IV)-7-1: IBRAHIM (1776-….)[..]

(IV)-7-2: MARA’EE-PASCAL (1780-1855)[75] married at age 21 MARIA KHALIL YUSEF JAMAL (1785-1820)[35] and had 2 children:

(IV)-7-2-1: YAQOUB (1812-….)[..]

(IV)-7-2-2: NASSER (….-1847)[..] married ROSA GEORGE JACIR.

MARA’EE-PASCAL remarried at age 40 ROSA ELIAS FARAH ATIQ (1800-1836)[36]and had 2 more children:

(IV)-7-2-3: YUSEF (1823-….)[..]

(IV)-7-2-4: ABDALLAH (1830-1834)[4].


(IV)-8: SLEYMAN (1752-1834)[82]. Married at age 23 TERESA SALAMEH EL-BANNA (….-1821)[..]. They had 3 daughters:

(IV)-8-1: WARDEH (1786-….)[..] born in Bethlehem.

(IV)-8-2: HANNEH (1788-1844)[56] married at age 13 KHALIL IBRAHIM MORCOS.

(IV)-8-3: WARDEH (1792-1863)[71] married at age 13 ELIAS YUSEF BUTROS ZABLAH.

SLEYMAN married 2nd time NIMREH of the Greek Orthodox parish, and had a 4th son:

(IV)-8-4: ATALLAH (1804-….)[..] married at age 19 NIJMEH MUSA KHALIL ZABLAH (1811-1886)[75] and had 5 children:

(IV)-8-4-1: ANTON (1835-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-2: IBRAHIM (1839-1919)[80] married JAMILEH GIRYES KHALIL ABUDAWABEH (….-1952)[..] and had 4 daughters:

(IV)-8-4-2-1: RAHMEH (1904-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-2-2: HANNEH (1907-….)[..] married at age 16 HANNA KHALIL ATALLAH JAAR.

(IV)-8-4-2-3: NIJMEH, Stella (1910-….)[..] married at age 25 YUSEF KHALIL ATALLAH JAAR in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

(IV)-8-4-2-4: CATRINA (1912-….)[..]


(IV)-8-4-3: KHALIL (1842-1921)[79] married at age 25 SAFIEH IBRAHIM NASSER (1849-1927)[78] and had 7 children:

(IV)-8-4-3-1: AZIZEH (1871-1955)[84] married at age 16 SALIM ISSA MUSA SALEH BATARSEH.

(IV)-8-4-3-2: YAQOUB (1873-1943)[70] born in Bethlehem, died in Honduras. Married at age 22 MARIAM KHALIL SALAMEH MURRA (1877-1927)[50] and had 4 children:

(IV)-8-4-3-2-1: MILADEH (1898-…)[..] married at age 33 ELIAS YAQOUB TOMALLAH JAAR.

(IV)-8-4-3-2-2: KHALIL (1910-….)[..] born in Haiti, married at age 19 MILADEH KHALIL HANNA DACARAT (1912-….)[..] born in San Salvador.

(IV)-8-4-3-2-3: JAMIL (1903-….)[..] born in Bethlehem, married at age 22 VICTORIA ISSA HANNA SHAHIN (1912-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-3-2-4: HILANEH (1912-….)[..] born in Haiti.

YAQOUB married 2nd time at age 55 HILWEH JADALLA ELIAS SAQ’AN (1903-1941)[38] died in Honduras, and had 2 more children:

(IV)-8-4-3-2-5: ANTON ATALLAH (1931-….) [..] born in Honduras.

(IV)-8-4-3-2-6: NASRI (1935-….)[..] born in Honduras.


(IV)-8-4-3-3: JAMILEH (1875-1960)[85] born in Bethlehem and died in Haiti. Married at age 22 SALIM HANNA ISSA YAQOUB JAAR.

(IV)-8-4-3-4: ISSA (1878-1949)[71] married at age 27 FARIDEH KHALIL ISSA ABUJARADEH (1889-1980)[91] and had 3 children:

(IV)-8-4-3-3-1: HILWEH (1909-….)[..] married at age 20 ISSA ELIAS ISSA DE’EK.

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2: IBRAHIM (1921-1982)[61] born in Bethlehem, died in Honduras. Married at age 20 JAMILEH SALMAN MDEYNAT (1923-….)[..] born in Karak, Jordan and had 8 children:

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-1: GERMAINE (1942-….)[..] married at age 18 ELIAS NICOLA SALIBA BANDAK.

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-2: MADELEINE (1944-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-3: ISSA (1946-….)[..] born in Bethlehem, married at age 19 MIRNA DOLORES JAAR in Honduras.

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-4: THERESE (1950-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-5: MARIE-ANTOINETTE (1951-….)[..].

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-6: KHALIL (1953-….)[..]ordained as priest in 1976.

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-7: ATALLAH (1955-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-3-3-2-8: YUSEF (JOSE)(1959-….) [..]

(IV)-8-4-3-3-3: MARIA (1926-….)[..]


(IV)-8-4-4: AZIZEH (….-1900)[..] married ISSA HANNA ABUJARADEH.

(IV)-8-4-5: WARDEH (1846-1870)[24]. Single.

SLEYMAN married 3rd time AZIZEH SUEI (….-1816)[..] of the Greek Orthodox parish and had one son:

(IV)-8-4-6:TO’MALLAH (1813-1897)[84]who married SAFIEH JACAMAN and had 3 children:

(IV)-8-4-6-1: ELIAS (1850-1897)[47] married at age 23 MARIA ELIAS SAQ’AN (1860-1883)[23] and had 3 children:

(IV)-8-4-6-1-1: HANNA (1875-1897)[22] married MARIAM KHALIL YUSEF ANTONMARIA (1879-1965)[86]. No children.

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2: BISHARA (1879-1942)[63] born in Bethlehem, died in Santiago, Chili. Married JAMILEH KHALIL ISSA DACCARAT (1889-1971)[82] and had 7 children:

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-1: ELIAS(1907-….)[..] born in Chili.

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-2: JUAN (1911-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-3: MARGARITA FILOMINA (1914-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-4: GUILLERMO-CARLOS (1915-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-5: VICTORIA FILOMINA (1917-….)[..]

(IV)-8-4-6-1-2-6: MARIA ROSA (1919-….)[..]



(IV)-8-4-6-1-3: SALEH(1881-….)[..]

ELIAS married 2nd time at age 33 FARHA ISSA ELIAS ZABLAH (1861-1894)[33] and

had 1 daughter:

(IV)-8-4-6-1-4: ROSA(1893-….)[..]

ELIAS married 3rd time at age 34 WARDEH KHALIL MOUSA HEREZI(1876-1941)[65]. No children.

(IV)-8-4-6-2: MARIAM (1852-1916)[64] married at age 17 ELIAS YUSEF ZABLAH.

(IV)-8-4-6-3: YAQOUB (1855-….)[..] married ANGELINA YUSEF LOULOU and had 1 son:

(IV)-8-4-6-3-1 ELIAS (1902-….)[..] born in Cairo, married at age 29 MILADEH YAQOUB KHALIL JAAR.



(V) YUSEF (1728-1800)[72]. Married ROSA BOTROS HOSH of the Greek Orthodox parish and had 3 children:

(V)-1: HANNA (1770-1825)[55] born in Bethlehem, married at age 18 SARAH YUSEF

KHALIL OUWESS(1774-….)[..] and had 4 children:

(V)-1-1 YUSEF (1793-….)[..]

(V)-1-2 HANNEH (1795-….)[..]


(V)-1-4 YUSEF (1811-….)[..]

(V)-2: SALEH (1774-….)[..]

(V)-3: NASSER (1776-1883)[107]. Married at age 22 MARIA MITRI ELIAS (1783-( ….) [..] of the Greek Orthodox parish. This Nasser is the person after whom the present NASSER family name is derived. See (VI).

In 1789, George Washington became the First President of the United States of America. In the same year, the French Revolution was taking shape, and the Bastille was stormed and destroyed.


(VI) NASSER (1776-1883)[107] married at age 22 MARIA MITRI ISSA ELIAS (1783-….) [..] of the Greek Orthodox parish. This Nasser is the ancestor of the present NASSER family. They had 7 children:

(VI)-1: HILWAH (1802-1881)[79]. Married at age 13 ISSA YAQOUB ISSA GHANEM.

(VI)-2: ISSA (1806-1881)[75]. Married MARIAM HANNA EL-A’MA (1812-1895)[83]

and had 4 children:

(VI)-2-1: YUSEF (1831-1897)[66] married MARIAM GIRYES ABUSHANAB (1840-1910)[70]

and had 3 children:

(VI)-2-1-1: ISSA (1858-1897)[39] married NIJMEH ELIAS YUNESS (1865-1884)[19].

(NIJMEH died shortly after giving birth to her first child MIKHAIL (1884-1932) [48] who married FARIDEH ELIAS ATIQ). Died in Jaffa.

ISSA remarried 2nd time MARIA JIRYES ATIQ (1866-1949)[83] and had 6 more children:

(VI)-2-1-2: YUSEF (1886-1886)[8 months].

(VI)-2-1-3: SALIM (1887-1889)[17 months].

(VI)-2-1-4: SALIHA (1889-1893)[38 months].

(VI)-2-1-5: ANTON (1892-1957)[65] twins with LABIBEH?, married in Jerusalem

HANNEH DEIFALLAH AL-YUSEF (1906-2005) [99] who died in Toronto, and had 5 children:

(VI)-2-1-5-1: YUSEF (1939-….)[..] married ……… and have 3 children:

(VI)-2-1-5-1-1 …..

(VI)-2-1-5-1-2 …..

(VI)-2-1-5-1-3 …..

(VI)-2-1-5-2: MIKHAIL (Michel)(1942-2005)[63] born in Jerusalem and died in Toronto, married WIDAD HANANIA (19..-2…) [..] and had 4 children:

(VI)-2-1-5-2-1 ANTON (Tony)(19..-2…)[..] married …

(VI)-2-1-5-2-2 WAFA’ MARIA (19..-2…)[..] married DINO CALORE of Italian ancestry.

(VI)-2-1-5-2-3 NADER (19..-2..)[..]

(VI)-2-1-5-2-4 FATEN (19..-2..)[..]

(VI)-2-1-5-3: HANNA (1946-….)[..] born in Jerusalem, married ..

(VI)-2-1-5 -4: MARY (1948-….)[..] born in Bethlehem and married in Kuwait FAYEQ (Mike) ISSA NASSER and have 2 children:

(VI)-2-1-5 -4-1 MARY-ANNE (1978-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(VI)-2-1-5 -4-2 CAROLINE (1984-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(VI)-2-1-5-5: LOUIS (1950-….)[..] born in Bethlehem, married NADIA HANANIA (….-….) [..] and have 2 children:

(VI)-2-1-5-5-1 TAREQ (19..-2….)[..] born in Kuwait.

(VI)-2-1-5-5-2 MARY (19..-….)[..] born in Kuwait.

(VI)-2-1-6: LABIBEH (1892-1974)[82] married GIRYES SALEH JAQAMAN.

(VI)-2-1-7: FARIDEH (1895-1927)[32].

(VI)-2-2: SARAH (1867-….)[..] married YAQOUB ISSA TWEMEH.

(VI)-2-3: GIRYES (1869-1893)[24].

(VI)-2-2: NASSER (1833-1897)[64] married HILANEH MIKHAIL TAKLEH (1836-1931)[95] born in Cairo, Egypt, and had 8 children:

(VI)-2-2-1: ANTON (1858-1935)[77] born in Egypt, married HANNEH NICOLI.

(VI)-2-2-2: FRANCIS (1859-1902)[43] born in Egypt, married MARIA GIRYES El-Sayeh,

died in Haiti.

(VI)-2-2-3: HANNA (1860-1906)[46] married JAMILEH SULEIMAN OUWESS, died in Peru.

(VI)-2-2-4: ELIAS (1863-1933)[70] married MARIAM ISHAQ AL-JAAR.

(VI)-2-2-5: SULTANEH (1866-….)[..] married SULEYMAN ELIAS GHANEM.

(VI)-2-2-6: BISHARA (1869-1897)[28] married MARIA SULEYMAN EL-SAYEH.

(VI)-2-2-7: SALEH (1873-1939)[66] married JAMILEH ELIAS El-SAQA. Died in Honduras.

(VI)-2-2-8: AZIZEH (1878-….)[..] married BISHARA IBRAHIM NICOLI.

(VI)-2-3: AZIZEH (1836-1864)[28]

(VI)-2-4: ABDALLAH (1846-1901)[55]. Married MILADEH YUSEF NASSAR HAZBOUN

(1854-1925)[71], and had 3 children:

(1)WARDEH (1873-….)[..]

(2)HANNA-HABIB (1882-….)[..]

(3)YUSEF (1896-1898)[1 ½].

(VI)-3: SALEH (1810-….)[..]


(VI)-5: IBRAHIM (1814-1902)[88]. Married on 18/5/1841 MARIA SULEYMAN DAKKARAT(1822-1883)[61] and had 6 children. See (VII).

(VI)-6: NIJMEH (1819-1885)[66]

(VI)-7: YUSEF (1827-….)[..]


In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte conducted an expedition to Syria and Egypt.

In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Moscow, Russia, and in 1815, he was totally overthrown at the Battle of Waterloo.

In 1835, The Crimean War started between Russia and France. One of the reasons was non-agreement on who is the protector of Christianity in Palestine.

In 1838, a cholera epidemic broke out in Bethlehem and many people died.

In 1842, an Austrian tourist named Ida Pfeifer wrote that Bethlehem’s population was approximately 2500.

In 1861, the American Civil War started, and in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed abolition of slavery in the southern states.

In 1865, a cholera epidemic struck again, killing many people in Bethlehem and suburbs. Mass burials were performed without religious rites due to time restrictions. In the same year, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

In 1866, locusts invaded all agricultural lands in and around Bethlehem, and repeated in 1869.

In 1869, the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, was officially opened after 10 years of extensive work.

In 1877, a smallpox epidemic killed many infants and children in Bethlehem and suburbs.

In 1882, the first Zionists from Eastern Europe started to arrive in Palestine, but stayed away from Bethlehem proper.

In 1896, Prof. Dr. Sepp, a tourist from Germany, confirmed that Bethlehem’s population was 8,000, of which 3,800 are Catholic, 3,600 Greek Orthodox, 54 Evangelist, and no Jews. Of the total population, there were 50 stonemasons, 250 stone-carvers, 90 mother-of-pearl workers, 300 farmers and 10 dairymen.


(VII) IBRAHIM (1814-1902) [88]. Married at age 27 MARIA SULEYMAN DAKKARAT (1822-1883)[61] and had 6 children:

(VII)-1: KHALIL (1842-1916)[74] married at age 23 MARIA SULEYMAN ABDALLA MORCOS (1852-1924)[72], and had 2 children:

(VII)-1-1: SALIM 1869-1940)[71], married at age 19 HANNEH HANNA ANTON SABAT (1874-1931)[57] and had 7 children:

(VII)-1-1-1: ROSE (1890-1966)[76] married at age 14 HANNA KHALIL JAAR (1879-1972) [93] and had 10 children (See (IV)-2-2-2-2-1-1)

(VII)-1-1-2: MARIA (1895-19..)[..], married JAMAL SANSOUR.

(VII)-1-1-3: HILWAH (1899-1915)[16] married at age 15 HANNA MOUSA BABOUN (1884-19..)[..] and died shortly after her wedding. No children.

(VII)-1-1-4: JAMIL (1903-1955)[52] married at age 18 MARIA SALIM SANSOUR (1906-197.)[..] and had 11 children:

(VII)-1-1-4-1: HILWAH (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-2: EMILY (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-3: SALIM (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-4: GEORGETTE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-5: JANETTE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-6: HANNA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-7: FAROUK (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-8: AIDA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-9: NORMA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-10: ALBERT (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-4-11: SALWA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-5: NAJIB (1905-1979)[74] married MARIA KHALIL TWEMEH (…- 1984) [..] and had .. children: KHALIL (…-1984) [..]

(VII)-1-1-6: HABIB (1906-1962)[56] married at age 21 AFIFAH HANNA EL-A’MA (1913-19..)[..], and had 12 children:

(VII)-1-1-6-1: ANTON (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-2: ANTOINETTE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-3: LORISSE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-4: YUSEF (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-5: GEORGE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-6: MARY (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-7: JEAN-PIERRE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-8: JUBRAIL (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-9: ELAINE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-10: MICHEL (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-11: ROSE (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-6-12: EDWARD (….-….)[..]

(VII)-1-1-7: JAMILEH (1909-19..)[..]

SALIM remarried at age 62 NIJMEH ISSA DEES (1884-1955)[71]. No children.

(VII)-1-2: FRANCIS (1872-1917)[45] married at age 20 RAHMEH ISSA DAWED-SHWEMEH (1878-1935)[57] and had 7 children:

(VII)-1-2-1: KHALIL (1897-1945)[48] married at age 22 HANNEH YAQOUB KATTAN (1903-1990)[87] born in Bethlehem and died in Caracas, Venezuela, and had 6 children:

(VII)-1-2-1-1: JULIETTE (1921-2002)[81]born and died in Bethlehem, was a Carmelite nun named Soeur Marie Aimee.

(VII)-1-2-1-2: JACK (1927-1991)[64], born in Bethlehem, married Naela Louis (1936-..) and died in England. No children.

(VII)-1-2-1-3: FRANCIS (1923-1997)[74], born in Bethlehem and died in Caracas, Venezuela. Married at age 24 Maria Baboun and had 5 children: KHALIL, Ducy, WILLIAM, EDUARDO and Lilian.

(VII)-1-2-1-4: ROBERT (1931-2002)[71]born in Bethlehem and died in St. Peterburg, Florida. Married at age 30 Joan Therese Duffy (1933-….) and had 4 children: ROBERT (1963-…) married Flor Barrios and have 2 children Victoria (1995) and Veronica (1999). DANIEL (1964) married Audra Courier and have 3 children: Jordan (1994), JONATHAN (1996) and Daniela (1996). Patricia (1970) married Eric Yusefzadeh and have 3 children: Kiana (2002), Alivia (2004) and Siena (2009).

(VII)-1-2-1-5: MAURICE (1936)born in Bethlehem, married at age 39 Lucienne Yousef Anastas (1952) born in Bethlehem and have 4 children: KHALIL(1976) born in Caracas, Venezuela. JOSEPH (1978) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 30 Adela Munoz (1982)and have 2 children: Mariela (2013) and MAURICIO (2016). MICHAEL (1985) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 30 Maria Jose Navarrete (1988). Jane (1987) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 25 Samer Abughannam (1985).

(VII)-1-2-1-6: SYLVIA (1940-….)[..]born in Bethlehem, married at age 18 Alfred Hannah Anton Flefel(1927-2004) [77], and have 5 children: Amal (1958), Hala (1960), Jack (1962-2015)[53], Charlie (1964),and George (1965).

(VII)-1-2-2: SHUKRI (1901-1944)[43] married at age 22 HILANEH COSTA NOSTAS (1907-1982)[75], and had 5 children:

(VII)-1-2-2-1: RAHMEH (1926-….)[..]married Saleh Yacoub Handal (…-1978), and had 4 children: Hani, Nabil, Sameer and Leila.

(VII)-1-2-2-2: THERESE (….-….)[..]married Anton Jiries Anastas (..-..) and have 3 children (Mirelle, Yvette and George.

(VII)-1-2-2-3: ANTON (1933-2011)[78] born in Bethlehem and died in Caracas, Venezuela. Married at age 43 Lidia Yousef Jamil Touchie (1952) born in Bethlehem and have 4 children: SHUKRI (1977) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 25 Gema Caubet (1978), and have 2 children: ANTONIO (2008) and DANIEL (2011). JOSE (1978) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 36 Solange Adum (1980)with 1 daughter Saphi (2008). ANDRES (1980) born in Caracas, Venezuela. Helen (1984) born in Caracas, Venezuela, married at age 28 Wissam Anastas (1975) and have 1 child Alice (2016).

(VII)-1-2-2-4: RENEE (….-1997)[..]married Anton Hazboun (..-2011) and have 5 children: Rana, Kamal, Roula, Amal and Helen.

(VII)-1-2-2-5: MARY (1940-….)[..] married at age 19 Nazir Yacoub Readi (1930-2001)[71], and have 4 children: Cristian (1961), Rodrigo (1963), Santiago (1969) and Mariana (1970).

(VII)-1-2-3: NASSER (1903-1974)[71] married ?

(VII)-1-2-4: IBRAHIM (1905-1942)[37] born in Bethlehem, married in Hilwan, Egypt, at age 22 AMINA EMMANUEL ABELLA, and died in Aleppo, Syria.

(VII)-1-2-5: JUBRAN (1908-19..)[..] married ?

(VII)-1-2-6: HANNA (1912-19..)[..] married ?

(VII)-1-2-7: MADELEINE (1916-19..)[..] married ? Sansour.

(VII)-2: YAQOUB (1846-1908)[62] married at age 32 in Jerusalem HILANEH SIM’AN

SINDAHA (1860-1946)[86]. They had 7 children. See (VIII).

(VII)-3: MARIAM-SAFIEH (1849-1927)[78] married at age 22 KHALIL ATALLAH JAAR

(1842-1959) [117] and had 8 children:

(VII)-3-1: AZIZEH (1871-1955)[84] married SALIM ISSA BATARSEH (1868-1950)[82] and had 2 children:

AFIF (….-1983) [..]

NASRI (….-1981 [..]

(VII)-3-2: YAQOUB (1873-1943)[70] married MARIAM KHALIL MURRA in Honduras, and had 4 children:





YAQOUB remarried HILWA JADALLAH SAQ’AAN (….-1941)[..] and had 3 children:




(VII)-3-3: ISSA (1878-1949)[71] married at age 27 FARIDEH KHALIL ABU-JARADEH (1889-1980)[91] and had 3 children:

(1)IBRAHIM (….-1982)[..] married JAMILEH SLEYMAN MDEYNAT. Died in Honduras.

(2)HILWA (….-….)[..] married ISSA ELIAS ISSA DE’EK, and left him to marry someone else.

(3)MARIA (….-….)[..] Nun.

(VII)-3-4: JAMILEH (1875-1960)[85] married SALIM HANNA JAAR (….-1913)[..]

No children. Died in Haiti.

(VII)-3-5: HANNA (1880-18883)[3] died at a young age.

(VII)-3-6: NIJMEH MARIA (1883-1922)[39] married at age 38 SALEH ISSA KAWWAS and had one son ISSA (1921-1922) died at age 20 months.

(VII)-3-7: HANNA (1885-1948)[63] renamed after his dead brother, married HANNEH JAAR DAWABEH, and had 9 children:

(VII)-3-7-1: SLEYMAN (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-2: MAROOKA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-3: ANTON (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-4: AMALIA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-5: BLANKA (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-6: TAWFIQ (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-7: LUTFI (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-7-8: MIRNA (….-….)[..]in Honduras.

(VII)-3-7-9: KARIM (….-….)[..]

(VII)-3-8: YUSEF (1895-….)[..] married, and died young.


(VII)-4: MILADEH (1858-1940)[82] married at age 24 ANTON ISSA ABU-JARADEH (1852-

1929)[77] and had 4 children:

(1)MARIA (….-1978)[..] single, died in Bethlehem.

(2)HILWAH (1889-1974)[85]. Single

(3)LABIBEH (….-1983)[..] single, died in Bethlehem.

(4)ELIAS (….-….)[..] died in America.

(VII)-5: YUSEF (1861-1905)[44} married at age 21 SARAH YAQOUB YUSEF DE’EK and had 7 children:

(1)AZIZEH (1886-….)[..]

(2)MATILDA (1890-1966)[76]

(3)KATRINA (1892-….)[..]

(4)JAMILEH (1895-1961)[66]

(5)SABAT (1897-….)[..]

(6)ISSA (1900-….)[..]

(7)NAZARENA(1903-1972)[69] single.


(VII)-6: ELIAS (1865-1939)[74] married at age 22 MARIAM NAKHLEH BOTTO (1875-1958)[83] and had 8 children:

(1)HILANEH (….-….) [..] married HANNA IBRAHIM MORCOS (….-1983)[..] No children.

(2)MIKHAIL (1895-1916)[21]. Single.

(3)FARIDEH (1896-1928)[32].

(4)MILADEH (1900-1982)[82] died in Bethlehem. Single.

(5)AFIFEH (1907-1969)[62].

(6)MARIA (1911-….)[..]

(7)DAWOOD (1913-….)[..]

(8)ANEESA(1899-1974)[75]. Single.


(VIII) YAQOUB (1846-1908)[62] married in Jerusalem at age 32 HELANEH SIMA’AN SINDAHA (1860-1946)[86]. They had 7 children:

(VIII)-1: JAMILEH (1883-19..)[..] married ISSA SALAMEH and had 2 daughters:

RAHMEH who married ISSA TALHAMI, and WADI’A.

(VIII)-2: MARIA (1885-1961)[76]. Never married.

(VIII)-3: HANNA (1886-1928)[42]. Married at age 27 JAMILEH KHALIL MOUSA TWEMEH (1898-19..)[..], and had 2 sons:

(VIII)-3-1 YAQOUB (19..-1976)[..] married and had one son ELIAS (19..-1985)[..].

(VIII)-3-2 NASSER (….-….)[..]married..

(VIII)-4: ISSA (1889-1954)[65] married AZIZEH HANNA MITRI CANAWATI (1916-1999) [83]and had 4 sons. See (IX).

(VIII)-5: GIRYES (1894-1912)[18]. Lost on the way to Argentina in 1912 possibly on the Titanic.

(VIII)-6: MITRI (1896-1949)[53]. Married at age 30 SABAT ANTON MOUSA HANDAL (1909-198.)[..] and had 4 children:

(VIII)-6-1: HELENA (19..-….)[..] married Dr.IBRAHIM HANDAL, in Honduras.

(VIII)-6-2: EMILE (19..-….)[..]

(VIII)-6-3: MAURICE (19..-….)[..] married in Bethlehem THERESE SARAH.

(VIII)-6-4: ANTON (19..-….)[..]

(VIII)-7: HANNEH (1899-1967)[68]. Married BISHARA DAWOOD SABAT (….-….)[..]and had 5 children:

(VIII)-7-1: ELAINE (19..-….)[..] married NICOLA MASRIEH.

(VII)I-7-2: DAVID (19..-….)[..]in Honduras.

(VIII)-7-3: HENRY (19..-1988)[..] married RITA KATTAN. Died in Amman, Jordan.

(VIII)-7-4: ISSA (19..-2005)[..] married ….ZANANIRI. Died in Amman, Jordan.

(VIII)-7-5: MARY (19..-….)[..] married LEON …. In Bethlehem.


In 1878, a visiting German priest named Valentiner wrote that Bethlehem’s population was about 3,000. By 1885, the population increased to 7,000.

In 1901, famine forced many inhabitants to immigrate to the Americas.

In 1902-1903 a cholera epidemic broke out in Bethlehem and surrounding areas, and killed many of the inhabitants.

In 1905, another outbreak of smallpox killed many of the children and infants in Bethlehem and suburbs.

In 1912, the Titanic sank off Cape Race with loss of 1,500 lives from among the 2,200 passengers. It is presumed that 18 year old GIRYES NASSER was among the passengers. Due to the lack of official travel documents, such as a valid passport or identity card, GIRYES could have smuggled himself aboard the ship. There was no record of his name on the official list of passengers of the Titanic.

In 1913, the population grew to about 12,000. However, World War I (1914-1918) forced many Bethlehemites to immigrate to the Americas and surrounding Arab countries. During WWI over ten million people were killed, and over twenty million wounded.

From 1921 to 1924, Bethlehem’s population grew from 6,100 to 8,000 as immigrants returned back to their homeland encouraged by the British Mandate over Palestine as was authorized by the League of Nations (later called the United Nations).

In 1934, Adolph Hitler came into power in Germany.


(IX) ISSA (1889-1954) [65]. Married at age 36 ANGELINA DIBELLO (1907-19..)[..] of Italian origin, and had no children. Marriage broke down in 1932. ISSA remarried at age 45, 19-year old AZIZEH HANNA MITRI CANAWATI (1916-1999)[83], on January 18,1935. AZIZEH was of the Greek Orthodox parish. They had 4 children:

(IX)-1: FAYEZ (Frank) (1936-….)[..] born in Jaffa, Palestine married at age 27 PAULINE OHANNES KARKOUTLIAN (of Bethlehem) in Baghdad, Iraq, and had 2 children. He remarried at age 35 MONIKA ELIZABETH VOELKER MAYER of German origin, in Toronto, Canada and had 2 more children.

See (X).

(IX)-2: FOUAD (1938-….)[..] born in Jaffa, married at age 29 ALICE NAKHLEH CANAWATI born in Jerusalem (1947-2…)[..] in Bethlehem and have 3 children:

(IX)-2-1 ISSA (1968-2…)[..] born in Kuwait

(IX)-2-2 AUDICE (1971-2….)[..] born in Kuwait.

(IX)-2-3 MAJED (1973-2…)[..] born in Kuwait.

(IX)-3: FARID (Fred)(1939-….)[..] born in Bethlehem, married at age .. LILY VICTORIA ELIAS CANAWATI (1946-2…)[..] in Toronto, Canada.

(IX)-4: FAYEQ (Mike) (1945-….)[..] born in Bethlehem, married at age .. MARY ANTON NASSER (1948-2…) [..] in Kuwait and have 2 children:

(IX)-4-1 MARY ANNE (1978-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(IX)-4-2 CAROLINE (1984-2…)[..] born in Toronto.


In 1936, King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in favour of his brother.

In 1939, World War II broke out. By the time it ended in 1945, innumerable millions of people were killed, wounded or forcefully displaced.

In 1945, the Americans dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki in Japan ending the war.

In 1948, the State of Israel was declared.

In 1950, the Korean War began in June and ended in 1953.

In 1949, King Farouk of Egypt was forced to abdicate the throne, and Jamal Abdul Nasser emerged as president.

In 1951, King Abdullah ibn Hussein (1882-1951) [69] of Transjordan was assassinated in Jerusalem.

In 1953, King Hussein ibn Talal (1935-2004) became king of Jordan at the age of 18 in Amman, succeeding his father King Talal.


(X) FAYEZ (Frank) (1936-2…)[..] born in Jaffa, Palestine, married at age 27 PAULINE OHANNES KARKOUTLIAN (1945-2…)[..] in Baghdad, Iraq, and have 2 children:

(X)-1: NABIL JOSEPH born in Baghdad, Iraq, (1964-2…)[..] married in Toronto MONICA MARCZAK (19..-2…)[..] of Ukrainian ancestry, and have 3 children:

(X)-1-1 MICHAEL (1991-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-1-2 SARAH (1992-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-1-3 EMILY (1999-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-2: CLAUDINE born in Baghdad, Iraq, (1966-2…) [..] married JIM O’DONNELL of Irish ancestry in Toronto, and have 3 children:

(X)-2-1 JESSICA (1995-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-2-2 JAMES (1997-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-2-3 JORDAN (1999-2…)[..] born in Toronto

FAYEZ (Frank) remarried at age 35 MONIKA ELIZABETH VOELKER-MAYER (1943-2…)[..] of German ancestry, in Toronto and had 2 more children:

(X)-3: NADIA JENNIFER born in Toronto (1973-2…)[..] married at age 23 Ken

McIlveen of Scottish ancestry, in Toronto, and have 2 children:

(X)-3-1: OLIVIA (2000-2…)[..] born in Toronto.

(X)-3-2: IAN (2005-2…)[..] born in Barrie, Ontario.

(X)-4: NORMAN STEVEN born in Toronto (1977-2…) [..] married in Toronto at

age 29 LINH DANG (1977-2…)[..] of Chinese/Vietnamese ancestry, and have 2 children:

(X)-4-1: ISABELLA (2009-…) born in Toronto, and

(X)-4-2: LUCAS (2010-…) born in Toronto.


APPENDIX 1 – The CLANS (or Quarters) of BETHLEHEM:

The inhabitants of Bethlehem were, since ancient times, and are still divided into 8 quarters or clans.

Each clan consists of a group of families, some of which are original inhabitants and others who chose to join a particular clan. The voting or electoral rolls of Bethlehem are grouped accordingly up to present times.

Many variations in spelling of a particular same name are very common. This is the result of phonetically transliterating the original Arabic names into other languages such as English, French, or Spanish, in order to obtain travel documents to foreign countries, or the registration of the settlers in other non-arab countries. For example: “NASSER” may also be found spelled as: “Naser”, “Nassir”, “Nasir”, “Nazer”, “Nasr”, etc. Also, the “Abu”, “Al-“ or “El-“ preceding a name is often dropped out, so “Al-Jaar” may be shortened to “Jaar”, and “Al-Zoghbi” becomes “Zoghbi” or “Zughbi”, or “Zoghby”.

1- FARAHIYA: The Farahiya clan consists of the following families (in alphabetical order):

Abu-Ayyash, Abu-Hmood, Abu-Jaradeh, Abu-Sa’adeh, Abu-Theneyn, Al-A’raj,Al-Jidi, Al-Jmal, Al-Sa’dy, Al-Saq’an, Al-Zoghbi, Asfoorah, Baboun, Balloot, Dakkarat, Dwery, El-A’ma, Fakkooseh, Ghanem, Hanania, Harb, Heehee, Jaar, Jacir, Kattan, Kazakia, Maria, Miladeh, Murra, Musallam, Nasser, Quar’ra’a, Salameh, Salem, Salman, Sayeh, Shehadeh, Slaiby, Sultaneh, Tosheh,Twemeh, Yuness and Zablah.

2- NAJAJREH: The Najajreh clan consists of the following families (in alphabetical order):

Abu-Rdeneh, Abu-Zeid, Ali, Ba’beesh, Giacaman/Jacaman, Handal, Hazboun, Morcos, Zarrook.

They are joined by the families of: Hakeem, Massou of Beit-Jala, Quateemi, Sahoori, Salti.

Also, as part of the Hazbouns: Abu-Doh, Al’ool, Habash, Mahyoub, Masriyeh,Shreim,

The Ghathabreh are also considered to belong to the Najajreh, and they are the families of: Abu-Za’roor, Anostas, Ghattas, Hosh, Nassar, Neno, Sammoor and Saqua.

3- TARAJMEH: The Tarajmeh clan consists of the following families (in alphabetical order):



Leila Silhy Masri

on 03.04.2020

Amazing work!!!!