Reuniting the Alkazins

Welcome to our guest blogger, Marjorie Merod who contributed this post! Many families were divided in the course of immigration. David Alkazin left the United States in 1900 with his eldest daughter Rosa, and son Elias. It was a full six years before their mother and his wife, Mariam followed with the younger children. Mariam and her children Alice, Michel, Afife, and Antsun traveled across the Atlantic on the La Trourraine for 9 days and arrived in New York on November 12, 1906 where they were reunited with the rest of the family. The youngest, Afife (Ethel) may never have met her father as he left Lebanon the year she was born. In the United States, the family name was spelled Alkazin, but on the manifest it is spelled Kazem. Al-Khazin literally means “the treasurer.”  When the “al” was dropped, the name becomes simply “treasurer.” Some of the family’s first names were also changed. Mariam became Mary, Afife became Ethel, and Antsun became Anthony.

Sources
Manifest: Year: 1906; ; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm Roll: T715_795; Line: 12; ; Page Number: 113.
 
Ship image: Ancestry.com. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

6 responses on “Reuniting the Alkazins

  1. nclebanese says:

    Several of you have made the connection with the surnames Alkazin and Baddour. In fact, Victoria Baddour was an Alkazin! Check out some photographs of Victoria in the Baddour Collection on our website!

  2. nclebanese says:

    Several of you have made the connection with the surnames Alkazin and Baddour. In fact, Victoria Baddour was an Alkazin! Check out some photographs of Victoria in the Baddour Collection on our website!

  3. Juanita Alkazin Walker says:

    My name is Juanita Alkazin Walker. I was born on Jan 17,1942,my brother David Mitchell Alkazin was born March 3 1944. My mother was Linda Mansour Alkazin . She was the widow of a Mansour who lived in Meridian Miss. He died after 6 years of marriage. Linda was a distant cousin of Mike Alkazin. He invited Linda to visit his family in North Carolina where many family lived. Linds spent a while in Scotland Neclk N.C. With a friend of Mike. They received permission to marry in 1941.. a daughter Juanita was born in 1942! They had a son David was born ion March 3 1944. My father died at age 81 and mother at 83 I believe. My brother David died about five years ago (never married) I married Michsel Robert Walker in 1963. We had 2 sons Michael Robert Walker,Jr and Kyle Andrew Walker. Mike Jr married Heather McCafferty and they have 2 sons Caden Francis and Sean Michael. Michael is a school teacher like his father. Kyle married Jennifer Rankin and they had 2 children Maeve Elizabeth and Eammon Patrick. Kyle is a police officer. They all live in Glen Allen Virginia.

  4. Juanita Alkazin Walker says:

    My name is Juanita Alkazin and I am the daughter of Mitchell David
    And Linda Alkazin. I was born in Edgevome County NC. I had one brother David Mitchell Alkazin who died 5 yrs ago. He never married. He was an outstanding Industrial arts teacher in Fairfax County Ba. His students were often winners in competitions. He retired to ourhome in Scotland Neck NC where we were raised, My name is Juanita Ann and I was born on January 17.1942. I attended a one year business course at Woman’s College in Greensboro (now INCH). I met my future husband theee. He was attending Wske Forest in Winston Salem. Mike’s parents were both deceased. His father was a former Senior Editor of Time Magazine. We married his senior year in college and he received his Masters at UnC in Chapel Hill. We settled in Richmond Va. where we raised two sons Michael Jr who is also a teacher and coach. He is married to Heather )also a teacher) and they have 2 sons Caden and Sean. Kyle was born 5 years later. He is a lpoliceman in Henrico Cty policeman married to Jennifer and they have two children Maeve and Eammon. Juanita helped began to new Catholic parishes in the Richmond area, Church of the Epiphany and St Michaels as the Administrative Asst. we have been blessed! My parents were also caretakers of StAnne mission church which stood next door to our home on Toute 285. My dad erected a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima in between our home and the church.

    1. Marjorie Stevens says:

      Dear Ms. Walker,

      Thank you for sharing your story with the Khayrallah Center! I have forwarded your message to the center’s archivist.

  5. Juanita Walker says:

    I have some pages of but don’t know how to send them by email. Can you give me an address to mail them to you. this was a great thing for my part of the Alkazin family. The Maronite parish in Richmond has annual Lebanese Food Festival in May and it I s a wonderful way to celebrate our heritage. I am not a good Lebanese cook so my children love tasting the food like their sitte se to cook.

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