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Mohanna Saba

Mohanna SABA (Michael and Talgie) was born on 15 Mar 1879 in Hasbaya, Damascus, Syria and died on 13 Feb 1957 in Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA at age 77, and was buried 16 Feb 1957 in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. The cause of his death was Murdered / Multiple blows to skull.

Death Notes: Mohanna Saba passed away in Indiana Hospital at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 [1957].

Born March 15, 1875, in Syria, Mr. Saba had been a resident of Indiana for 48 years, and was a member of the Episcopal Church.

He is survived by seven children: David Saba, Baltimore; Austin, Philadelphia; Nesly of Croydon; Philip, Philadelphia; Joseph, Hulmeville; Mrs. Elizabeth Shatara, Bradford; Mrs. Mary Johnson, Southampton; 20 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Bell Funeral Home, 999 Wayne Avenue, after 2:00 p.m. Friday, where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16. The Rev. Frederick F. Haworth of Christ Episcopal Church will officiate and interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

General Notes: 1920: Resided in White Twp, Indiana, PA

1/2 brother Isber resided in nearby Clearfield County with his family

Research Notes: “Mike” His headstone says 1879-; apparently created while he was still living as it was a family stone for him, Affiffe, and Adale.

Other references (funeral card) say he was born in 1875, but I and others believe he was the younger brother of Fadlou. His age according to some of the children’s BC’s: Phillipe (David Philip),

Oct 1901-25; Essa (Austin), Mar 1903-26; Nesly, Mar 1907-28; Joseph,

Sep 1914-35. These dates make his DOB between 1876 and 1879.

Death of spouse Affiffee /KASSAB-DEMIEHE/: 20 Aug 1951.

Mohanna married Affiffee KASSAB-DEMIEHE about 1900 in Syria. Affiffee was born on 21 Jun 1882 in Damascus, Syria and died on 20 Aug 1951 in Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA at age 69, and was buried 23 Aug 1951 in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. The cause of her death was Metastatic Carcinoma of Colon. They had eight children: David Philip, Austin, Adeline, Nesly, Philip David, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary Katherine.

Resided: 1920, Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. White Twp, Indiana, PA

Lines 93-100

Rec 157/182

Saba, M, Head, 37, 1900, PA, -, -, no, no, Egypt, Syrian, Egypt

–Afifee, Wife, 33, 1900, PA, -, -, no, no, Egypt, Syrian, Egypt

–David, Son, 18, no, yes, yes, CT

–Austin, Son, 17, no, yes, yes, CT

–Dale, Son, 13, yes, yes, yes, PA

–Nesly, Son, 11, yes, yes, yes, CT

–Phillip, Son, 10, yes, yes, yes, PA

–Elizabeth, Daughter, 7, yes, yes, yes, PA

–Joseph, Son, 5, -, -, -, CT

–Katherine, Daughter, 2 9/12, -, -, -, PA

Resided: 1930, White Twp, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. SABA, Mike, head, 49, b 1880 Syria

–, Affifie, 47, (1882), wife

–, Austin, 25, (1904), son

–, Nesley, 22, (1907), son

–, Phillip, 18, (1911), son

–, Elizabeth, 17, (1912), dau

–, Joseph, 16, (1913), son

–, Mary C, 12, (1917), dau

Medical Notes: Colon cancer operation in 1948, got colostomy.

Mohanna cut some of the flower bush from Affiffee’s garden and planted it in Robert Saba’s yard, which is still there today.

Indiana Gazette, date unknown

Mrs. Affiffee Saba died on Monday, August 20, at 7:20 p.m. at her home, 1623 Philadelphia Street. Born June 21, 1880 in Syria, she had lived in this community for 41 years.

Her husband, Mohanna Saba, and these children survive her: David of Baltimore; Austin of Philadelphia; Nesley of Croyden, Pa.; Philip of Philadelphia; Mrs. Esther Shatara of Bradford; Joseph of Hulmeville; and Mary at home; also twenty grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Friends are being received at the Bell Funeral Home, 999 Wayne Avenue, where services will be conducted Thursday, August 23, at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. D. M. Rierstead of Christ’s Episcopal Church.

Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana.

Research Notes: Affiffee’s mother died at birth; father when she was 3; grandmother when she was 5; later shifted between aunts and uncles more or less as maid. Kasaab was name of Affiffee’s uncle who resided in Egypt (Cairo or Alexandria) that she “adopted” as a surname. [As told to me by Elizabeth Saba Shatara and Mary K Saba, 1995-2000: jss]

Affiffee’s headstone says 1884-; created while living as it’s a family stone created when Adale died (assumed). Her DOB varies according to some children’s BC’s: Phillipe (David Philip), Oct 1901- 23; Essa (Austin), Mar 1903-22; Nesly, Mar 1907-25; Joseph, Sep 1914- 34. These dates make her DOB between 1878 and 1882.


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