Journal Report

Descendants of George and Elias's Father Zrake (633)

Generation One

1. George and Elias's Father1 Zrake (633) married George and Elias's Mother Zrake (634). George (633) died before 1900.
Children of George and Elias's Father1 Zrake (633) and George and Elias's Mother Zrake (634) were as follows:

Generation Two

2. George2 Zrake (171) (George1) married Lizette Helou (172). George (171) died in 1911 Damascus, Syria.
He worked for the government of Turkey as an architect. Turkey included Syria and Lebanon. He lived in Damascus, Syria. George (171)'s occupation: Architect unknown before 1911.
Children of George2 Zrake (171) and Lizette Helou (172) were as follows:

3. Elias2 Zrake (617) (George1) married Ann Badran (618). Elias (617) died.
Children of Elias2 Zrake (617) and Ann Badran (618) were as follows:

Generation Three

4. Salim3 Zrake (344) (George2, George1). Salim (344) was born circa 1865. He married Saleem's Wife Zrake (346). Salim (344) died in 1916 Damascus, Syria.
He was about thirty years older than Matilda, his sister. He wasn't heard from since World War 1. He supposedly had two or three children.

He worked in a post office in Beirut and died at a young age. Salim (344)'s occupation: Postal Worker unknown.
Children of Salim3 Zrake (344) and Saleem's Wife Zrake (346) were as follows:

5. Matiele (Matilda)3 Zrake (62) (George2, George1). Matiele (62) was born Beirut, Lebanon, on 15 November 1895. She married Nicholas Norman Alwon (61) Worcester, MA, on 24 December 1916. Matiele (62) died on 22 April 1964 Gloversville, NY, at age 68 from pulmonary embolus(! Her body was interred in 1964 Number 11D, Section 24, Northville, NY, Northville Cemetery.
Turkish domination caused much suffering in Syria. People were hungry and oppressed. After her father died, the Turks took posession of their family home. One year later Matilda left Damascus to help her mother and brother.

She came to the States with her cousin, Najeeb Zrake. She, like many others, came to work and send money home. One year later, Matilda had enough money to bring her mother and brother to the States. Her mother and brother decided not to come. Saleem met a woman he wanted to marry in Syria. He stayed. One year latter, Matilda's mother, Lizette, died.

Matilda met Nick at George Assatly's house. He wouldn't let her go back home to Syria to be with her brother. He asked her to marry him. She did and stayed in America.

She worked as an embroiderer. Later, she sewed from her home. She also spoke French, Greek, Turkish, Syrian and English.

Everyone loved Matilda. She sincerely cared for people and made every effort to care for them. Her daughter, Yvonne, was crippled during the later part of her life. Matilda gave selflessly to her daughter and others.

She died in Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York after falling down a flight of stairs. Her death certificate lists pulmonary embolus and fracture of the right femur as the cause of her death. Matiele (62)'s occupation: Housewife Brooklyn, NY. Her Social Security Number was 054-05-1075. Matiele (62) immigrated, circa 1912. Destination: Ellis Island, NY.
Children of Matiele (Matilda)3 Zrake (62) and Nicholas Norman Alwon (61) both born Brooklyn, NY, were as follows:

6. Taman3 Zrake (905) (Elias2, George1). Taman (905) was born Beirut, Lebanon, before 1887. She married Taman's Husband Kouchary (906). Taman (905) died in 1918 Brooklyn, NY.
Children of Taman3 Zrake (905) and Taman's Husband Kouchary (906) were:

7. Nageeb3 Zrake (619) (Elias2, George1). Nageeb (619) was born Beirut, Lebanon, on 7 July 1889. He married Matilda Ann Farrah (620). Nageeb (619) died on 19 August 1945 Brooklyn, NY, at age 56.
He came to the United States by way of Medcine, Turkey. His family lived there for an unknown period. He spent about forty years in the United States. He owned Schifly Embroidery Co. They manufactured beautifully embroidered fabrics. He died at 773 47 Ave D, Brooklyn, NY. Nageeb (619)'s occupation: Manufacturer NY. Nageeb (619) immigrated, in 1905. Destination: (an unknown value).
Children of Nageeb3 Zrake (619) and Matilda Ann Farrah (620) all born Brooklyn, NY, were as follows:

8. Helen3 Zrake (614) (Elias2, George1). Helen (614) was born on 20 March 1892. She married George Assatly (607) after 1910. Helen (614) died on 2 March 1943 Ridgewood, NJ, at age 50.
Helen (614)'s occupation: Housewife Ridgewood, NJ.
Children of Helen3 Zrake (614) and George Assatly (607) were as follows:

Generation Four

13. George Nicholas4 Alwon (1) (Matiele3 Zrake, George2, George1). George (1) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 31 December 1921. He married Gloria Mary Katen (2) Bethany Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY, on 27 March 1943. Initially, Mom and Pop got married here on the day they eloped. Later, they married in Our Lady of Lebanon Roman Catholic Church. George (1) died on 20 June 1985 Brooklyn, NY, at age 63.
George, my Dad, was born at 40 Willow Place in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As an adult he became a successful electrical contractor. {#13}{#13}As far back as I can remember, everyone loved George. He was a good and kind man who touched the heart of anyone who knew him. He always had a warm smile that radiated with love. {#13}{#13}During his early years, he dated Helen Mosler [she later married Joe Abaid]. The Moslers were family friends who went to Sacandaga Lake with my dad's parents. Everyone thought they'd get married.{#13}{#13}Later, George met my mother Gloria through her brother Joe. They met and fell in love. George and Gloria eloped. They lived for two years with her parents, Badie and Angelle and had two boys, George [me] and Floyd. George and Gloria then moved to 10th Street and 6th Avenue in Park Slope, where they had another two boys, Kenneth and Dennis. Four years later they moved to 72nd Street in Brooklyn where they had two girls, Anita and Carol and raised their six children. {#13}{#13}He went to school at PS 176 on 69th St. and 12th Ave. Many years later, Gloria would meet a woman at a party after George died who told Gloria that she remembered Dad from grammar school. She described him as "the handsomest boy in the school". She went on to say that he was "smart, nice and a little gentleman". {#13}{#13}When I was in the first grade in Park Slope, my principal sent a note home with me that inquired if I were related to George Alwon. He was my Dad's teacher who said he always remembered George as an outstanding person. {#13}{#13}In high school, Gloria recalls that George made up cross word puzzles in Latin for the school newspaper. {#13}{#13}He was never accepted for military duty during World War II because of a medical problem - he had two webbed toes! He also had an epileptic problem and took dilantin for many years.{#13}{#13}He began his electrical business by chance. Since he didn't enter the Army, as he wanted to, he had to find work. His father Nick had a friend Jake Booze. Jake worked in the shipyards around 53rd St Bay Ridge. They were the Bush Shipyards. Latter the area would be known as Bush Terminal. Jake took a liking to George and got him a job with the shipyards as an electrician's helper. George learned fast. His career began here. Forty years later, his career ended a few blocks from where it began. {#13}{#13}While at the shipyard, Dad earned some extra money by selling raffle tickets on his paycheck. He sold chances for $1.00 each. {#13}After the War, he got his next job with an electrical contractor who was Jewish. Throughout his business life, the Jewish people were his best supporters and encouragers...except for this one. George had to go to jobs by subway or if he had too much to carry, by cab. This contractor didn't pay Dad for Christmas or for the Jewish holidays. He quit. {#13}{#13}Dad worked for another contractor and was soon laid off. During his next job, he began studying for his electrical license. He took a night class at a trade school. Gloria said the $50 fee was a major concern to them at that time. {#13}{#13}He got fired from this job when the license board asked his boss for a reference. They fired him because they did not know he was trying to get his license. He learned a lesson from this experience. For the rest of his life, he encouraged and supported his employees when they tried to get their own electrical licenses. {#13}{#13}George took to the streets to find work. But first, he needed to have an office or a sign in a window that indicated that he was licensed. He walked the streets around the lower 20's in Manhattan. {#13}On 23rd St he met Jimmy Pasquale, "Jimmy the Plumber". Jimmy said he would talk to his boss Donald Smoke. Donald rented George a desk and a place to put his sign. Alwon Electric Company began! {#13}{#13}His second son Floyd was born when George printed his business cards and again walked the streets handing them out. {#13}{#13}His first customer was Arrow Dye. Arrow Dye was a small dye house that grew into a multi million-dollar business. They remained faithful and committed to Alwon Electric throughout their growth. They wanted George because of the quality of his work and his honesty. They trusted him. {#13}{#13}Trust, being a nice guy, and work quality were the words more frequently heard about George and his business. He cared for his customers and his employees even when they took advantage of him. {#13}{#13}One of his associates, Marty Bleich, offered to pay all of Dad's bills when he fell at work and ended up in the hospital. Marty was one of Dad's many Jewish friends. {#13}{#13}Walter Whitelaw began his career with Dad. He learned the trade from George. He then helped him get started in his own business. Whitelaw Electric grew to be a large and successful firm. {#13}{#13}Dad touched many people. Mom met a man in 1993 who heard of Dad's work thirty years ago but never met him. He was glad to meet Gloria and tell her about the wonderful things he knew about a man he never met. {#13}{#13}Dad frequently drove Johnny Ryan, one of our 72nd St. neighbors, to the firehouse where he worked. One day, Johnny forgot his lunch in Dad's truck. Johnny claims that Dad drove back from Manhattan to give John his lunch. {#13}{#13}He had a host of characters working for him including yours truly. What he let me get away with only a father would do. Sidney Blacken never came to work until after 5 pm. He was a very unique man who had no regard for conventional behavior. George Richards, a Caribbean Black man worked with us. He was a hard worker and a role model. Then there was Don, Jimmy Cronin, and others I don't remember. {#13}{#13}My brother Floyd, Kenny and Dennis, my uncles Floyd and Butch, and my cousin Bruce all earned extra money with Alwon Electric. {#13}{#13}Butch recalls the Electrical Contractor Conventions at the Hotel Concord in the Catskills. Gloria & George, Floyd & Florence, and Butch & Peggy had some wild times at these conventions. {#13}{#13}Franklin, Butch's son and George's nephew recalls running fluorescent fixtures in warehouses in Park Slope with Bruce. Frank remembers the day George had an accident in his work truck. The officials said if George WAS wearing his seat belt he would not have been as lucky as he was that day. Frank also remembers many a good time with grandpa Nick [George's father]. And Frank recalls the "knuckleheads" drilling for water in Brooklyn.{#13}{#13}His niece, Barbara Katen Fortunato recalls: "My fondest memory of him was when I had just given birth to my first born, Lisa at Lutheran Medical Center. I was all alone in my room, and feeling a little post-partum "blue", when I heard his voice in the hallway telling the nurses that "he was there to see his niece who had just had a baby". Those words (and his voice) cheered me up immediately! I will never forget his smiling face that day." {#13}{#13}Bernardo Contreras was a friend from Mexico that George brought into his business. Bernardo, like Dad, learned the trade and the business. When Dad died, Bernardo took over the business. Bernardo has since sold the business and is very, very comfortably retired in Puerto Rico. {#13} {#13}Mom remembers Dad telling her that every week we should try and do 5 minutes of good deeds for someone. That's how I remember him...always doing good for others.{#13}. He graduated from New Utretch High School. on. He employed an unknown person Brooklyn, NY, at an unknown date; Electrician. His Social Security Number was 082-16-5892. He was ill with kidney problems; Polycystic Kidneys.
Children of George Nicholas4 Alwon (1) and Gloria Mary Katen (2) were as follows:

15. Elias Najeeb4 Zrake (623) (Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). Elias (623) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 22 November 1918. He married Evelyn Saydah (911). He married Eleanor Hakim (910) before 1948. Elias (623) was divorced from Eleanor Hakim (910) before 1948. Elias (623) died on 5 April 1958 Brooklyn, NY, at age 39.
His Social Security number is 054 09 2529. Elias (623)'s occupation: Journalist Brooklyn, NY.
Children of Elias Najeeb4 Zrake (623) and Evelyn Saydah (911) both born Brooklyn, NY, are as follows:
There were no children of Elias Najeeb4 Zrake (623) and Eleanor Hakim (910).

16. Vivian Ann4 Zrake (621) (Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). Vivian (621) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 23 November 1920. She married Elias Joseph Nader (622) Brooklyn, NY, on 12 August 1945.
She resided Tampa, FL. Vivian (621)'s occupation: Housewife Tampa, FL.
Children of Vivian Ann4 Zrake (621) and Elias Joseph Nader (622) all born Brooklyn, NY, are as follows:

17. George4 Zrake (625) (Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). George (625) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 28 January 1926. He married Rose Marie Orfaly (628) Brooklyn, NY, on 16 December 1951. George (625) died on 18 July 1978 Brooklyn, NY, at age 52.
George (625)'s occupation: CPA Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Pace College in 1954.
Children of George4 Zrake (625) and Rose Marie Orfaly (628) all born Brooklyn, NY, are as follows:

Generation Five

21. Floyd Joseph5 Alwon (5) (George4, Matiele3 Zrake, George2, George1). Floyd (5) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 24 July 1947. He married Patricia Ann Cobun (6) Gloucester, MA, on 22 August 1971.
He resided Needham, MA. Floyd used to caddy in Sacandaga Lake in upstate NY. His favorite golfer was an elderly lady named Ms. Wienstein.

During his summer vacations, he hung out with Robert Reich who became the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration. He and Bob vied for the same Wolfgirl...Judy Wolf. He graduated from St. Ephrem's Grammer School in June 1960. He graduated from St. Augustine's High School in June 1964. He graduated from Marist College. He also earned a certificate in French Language from the Sorbonne during his junior year at Marist in BA, French, Poughkeepsie, NY, on in May 1969. He graduated from Boston University. on in 1972. .>. He graduated from Boston University. on in 1985. .>. Floyd (5)'s occupation: Training Needham, MA.
Children of Floyd Joseph5 Alwon (5) and Patricia Ann Cobun (6) are as follows:

22. Kenneth James5 Alwon (9) (George4, Matiele3 Zrake, George2, George1). Kenneth (9) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 19 February 1949. He married Margaret Katherine Rooney (10) Brooklyn, NY, on 17 July 1971.
When Kenny was born, Dad and Aunt Lady were at the movies, Jido and Taita were visiting the Jebailey's.

We were living on 10th Street at the time, but Mom wanted to be near the hospital. So, she and the family stayed at the Katen's on 79th Street.

In the early evening, Uncle Butch comes home. Remember, that he is a teenager at this time. He notices that Gloria is going to the bathroom a lot. He tells Gloria that maybe they should go to the hospital. But neither he nor she can drive.

So, Gloria calls for her parents at the Jebailey's. Ms. Jebailey had a few drinks and brushed Gloria off, telling her not to worry. Taita later asked Ms. Jebailey who called and again she said not to worry. Taita did! She got Jido and Mr. Jebailey to go straight home and drive Gloria to the hospital.

And so, Kenny was born with no fuss and no pain. Jido was concerned that no one even yelled 'Ya-Allah!" Little did he know that they'd have plenty of time to do so later. He resided Houston, TX. He graduated from Adelphi Univ in 1978. Kenneth (9)'s occupation: Computers Houston, TX, in 1995.
Children of Kenneth James5 Alwon (9) and Margaret Katherine Rooney (10) both born Brooklyn, NY, are as follows:

23. Dennis Charles5 Alwon (13) (George4, Matiele3 Zrake, George2, George1). Dennis (13) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 10 February 1951. He married Marianne Mount (14) Chapel Hill, NC, on 4 July 1974.
He is an electrical contractor.

Here is a story from Dennis emailed on Oct 6, 2005 that I believe describes my brother:

"I just have to relate this story to you all. Today on my way home I noticed a particularly long line of cars, in both directions, at the stop light ahead. Three police cars with lights going-- uh oh an accident for sure. The police blocked off one side of the road so cars had to be directed around, this is what caused the delay. But I didn't see any accident. As I got closer I noticed a wire was down halfway across the road. Ah, a power line so they were calling the power company to move the wire. But.....I thought it didn't look like a power line. As I got closer here comes a fire truck. Three firemen jump out and get the cones to cordon off the area. Finally it was my turn to drive by. I looked at the police officer and said you do know that's only a telephone line???? He said "is that what it is"? I said yes-- would you like me to move it for you. He said that would be good cause he didn't touch wires. I jumped out grabbed the wire and threw it off the road. Everyone cheered and honked.... Three firemen, three cops and all it took was a little old electrician to save the day. I could not believe they were that incompetent.
Love & Lillies
Dennis Alwon. He resided Chapel Hill, NC. He graduated from Marist in 1972. Dennis (13)'s occupation: Electrician Chapel Hill, NC, in 1995.
Children of Dennis Charles5 Alwon (13) and Marianne Mount (14) both born Chapel Hill, NC, are as follows:

26. James5 Zrake (915) (Elias4, Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). James (915) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 3 March 1948. He married Jana Zrake (916).
He resided Escondito, CA. James (915)'s occupation: Producer.
Children of James5 Zrake (915) and Jana Zrake (916) are as follows:

27. Helen Marie5 Zrake (912) (Elias4, Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). Helen (912) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 20 November 1954. She married Robert Dodson (913).
She resided Fairfield, CT. She graduated from Northwestern. Helen (912)'s occupation: Journalist.
Children of Helen Marie5 Zrake (912) and Robert Dodson (913) are:

30. George Elias5 Nader (626) (Vivian4 Zrake, Nageeb3, Elias2, George1). George (626) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 28 September 1954. He married Lisa Ann Schrader (908) Tampa, FL, on 21 May 1988.
He resided Tampa, FL. George (626)'s occupation: Attorney Tampa, FL. He graduated from U of Miami in 1982.
Children of George Elias5 Nader (626) and Lisa Ann Schrader (908) are:

Generation Six

39. Stephen George6 Alwon (12) (Kenneth5, George4, Matiele3 Zrake, George2, George1). Stephen (12) was born Brooklyn, NY, on 9 February 1983. He married Marisa Ruderman (2236).
He resided Houston, TX.
Children of Stephen George6 Alwon (12) and Marisa Ruderman (2236) are:

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