The Lawrence, Mass. connection is a very interesting one. Lawrence seems to have been a port of entry for a gazillion immigrants throughout the years. In fact, it is known as "The Immigrant City" and their website lists several waves of nationalities who came through there. One was the Syrians around 1900. My branch of Hajjars wound up in South Dakota, but all stopped in Lawrence on the way. A couple of my relatives still live there, and there was a distant cousin named Shahime who was there around the late 1920's and really hasn't been heard from since. None of your relatives strike a chord on my branch of the family tree, although there is probably some very remote connection if we could trace it back far enough. There are several Elias's on my tree, but none of them seem to match with yours.
Kab Elias is not too far from Mashgara, but our family seems to be concentrated in the immediate Mashgara area. I tracked down a research possibility in Lawrence. My curiosity is now peaked about that connection. I'd really like to know how many Lebanese (and even Hajjars) went through that town in the early 1900s. If I find anything, I'll let you know.
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