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We can estimate the beginnings of the Katen family to the year 1735 in Homs, Syria, with a man named Saman. We don't know his wife's name. In Syria, children used their father's first name as a "last name". For example, Saman's children are Georgis & Jousef Saman. Daughters weren't always recorded.

Samir Katen discovered and translated a letter from 1992. In it, the writter states that Saman migrated from his birthplace in Greece to Homs, Syria.

The Katen family begins with Saman's great-great grandchild, Khaten Efram. His wife is the first woman mentioned in our family history. M'surra Daoud Nicola was born on Feb.10, 1842. Their children became the Katens.