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Assyrians from the Hakkari Mountains of SE Turkey to Chicago

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Assyrians from the Hakkari Mountains of SE Turkey to Chicago

Posted: 12 Jul 2013 8:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Yonan, Amoo, Desho
Is anyone doing research on their Assyrian ancestors who were from the Hakkari Mountains of the Ottoman Empire (modern-day southeastern Turkey)? If so, I'd love to hear from you. My husband is Assyrian. His parents migrated from the Hakkari Mountains and settled in Chicago in the early 1900s.

My husband's father migrated to the United States in 1909 and his mother and her family migtated to the US in 1910. After several years of research I have discovered that both my husband's father and mother were originally from the Assyrian village of Tkhuma, region of Julamark, which was located in the Hakkari Mountains of the Ottoman Empire (modern-day southeastern Turkey). They traveled from the Hakkari Mountains to Urmia in Persia and subsequently left from there to make their way to America.

His father's surname was given as AMOO on the ship's passenger list but was changed to YONAN at Ellis Island. He emigrated alone as a teenager to make money to send back home so his family could also emigrate. However his village in the Hakkari Mountains was attacked and the residents massacred by the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire that ruled that area before his family could escape in 1915. As far as we know my father-in-law's family members were all killed.

His mother's maiden name was DESHO. Fortunately his mother's parents and their children escaped the 1915 massacre because they all traveled together to America in 1910.

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