Hello...I came across your posting this afternoon with my first cousin on my maternal side whose last name is Hawa. My mother was Alice Hawa and her father was Michel Jospeh Hawa, and it is our belief that his family came from Palestine originally.His family consisted of 2 other male siblings,not sure of their names, and his family migrated to Beirut,Lebanon in the 1860 time frame and he migrated to America in 1906 arriving at the port of Charleston,S.C without his spouse Olga nee Aramaan or Arraman. Eventually Olga came to the US with her two sisters Tamaam and (not sure other sister)Olga and Michael Joseph Hawa had four children Edward (1912) George Michael(1914) Alice( my mother 1916) and Eleanor (1919).we beieve they were all born in Brooklyn but they spent perhaps 8 years residing in Florence,S.C. before moving to Brooklyn, NY. settling somewhere in brooklyn heights/Atlantic Avenue/Boerum Hill.
Perhaps you may know whether the Abul Hawa family was related to our Hawa family. If you would be willing to share some of the information that you possess going back six generations, and there is a relationship that would be wonderful. My mother Alice Hawa married my father Philip
Katen original name Khatan in 1941. Philip katen emigrated
to the US in 1929 at age 19 and lived in Brooklyn when he met my mother, whose father Michael Joseph died in 1948. Olga hawa predeceased Michael in 1940. Thank you for any information you could share. Roger Katen