My grandfather was Butros Zibara. He was the son of Tannus Zibara and Marrun Awad/Aouad. Marrun was the youngest of the seven daughters of Sheikh Yousef Aouad and she eloped with Tannus Zibara, a commoner.
Butros married Mantora Sadie Assemani. Mantora was the daughter of Hanna Assemani and Wardea Zahor. Hanna was a Maronite priest at St Jude's Maronite Church in Hasroun, I believe.
They left Lebanon in 1910 to come to the United States.
They left their oldest son, Antonius Zibara, in the care of their parents. Their parents felt that if the child remained in
Hasroun, Burtos and Mantora would return. Burtos and Mantora brought their daughters, Amelia and Matilda, to the
United States. A son, Walter was born on the ship (October 1910). The ship first docked in Caracas, Venezuela
where many people got off including one of Mantora's sisters. This ship eventually docked in New Orleans, LA. The
family was met at the dock by Butros' sister, Salina Zibara and her husband, Salem E Maskeny (Maskeneh). Butros
and Mantora, as well as Salina and Salem Maskeny, moved to Detroit, Michigan where three more boys and another
girl were born. Amelia died sometime before 1918 from rabies. I have a picture of her in her casket but I have never
been able to locate her grave. The other girl (also named Amelia) died about 1917 of the Spanish Influenza. Butros
(whose name was changed to Peter) died in April 1918 of the Spanish influenza Pandemic and Mantora was never
able to return to Hasroun to see her oldest son. She ran the grocery store they owned on West Jefferson Ave. in
southwest Detroit and raised her four sons and one surviving daughter. Antonius came to the United States to visit
his surviving brothers for the first time in 1972. He died in 1976.
If anyone out here connects to this family, please email me. I would be happy to exchange information and will reimburse all copy/postage costs.
I am also looking for the mailing addresses of the three Maronite Churches in Hasroun.
Cheryl Zebarah Zelek
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