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Subject: Re: [SYRIA] Frank Hammett b 1890 Syrian Arab Republic,Turkey d 1975 Arkansas
Date: Sat, 09 May 2009 22:06:28 -0400
There is a town in Lebanon called Hamet I do not know the proper spelling but you might start looking there.
As a child I remember the name Frank being the same as Fahad but not 100% sure if I am correct.
From: Lilly Martin <>
Sent: Sat, 9 May 2009 8:19 am
Subject: Re: [SYRIA] Frank Hammett b 1890 Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey d 1975 Arkansas
I am an American living in Syria. I will try to help you get started on
your family history.
First of all you need to find his passenger record into Ellis Island or
another Port. If you are not yet sure of the name, this makes it hard, but
you must try.
The name Frank Hammett does not appear to be Turkish or Syrian.
I don't think he was TURKISH. I think he was SYRIAN, but because in 1890
the year of his birth, all of Syria was under the occupationof Turkey, this
lasted 400 years until 1918 when it ended.
In 1902-4, the time he came to USA, if they asked him WHERE he was born, he
could legally say TURKEY, even though he was not Turkish or ever even
visited Turkey, but because legally he was a subject of the Turkish Empire.
But, if in 1920 they asked him where was he born, he might answer Syria,
because by them Turkey had been driven out of Syria. So the answers to
questions are all dependant on the time frame of the question.
Was FRank very religious? Which church did he attend? Generally speaking,
most of the Syria immigrants to USA were CHRISTIANS, and the Christians in
Syria are very religious, and church and religious life play a huge role in
their life and identity. This is generally and broadly speaking.
But I am wondering if Frank Hammett could be Moslem originally? To me the
last name of HAMMETT might be a spelling variation of Mohammed. I have seen
Mohammad spelled MOHAMMET in literature.
MEMMET is a spelling variation I have seen used by Turkish people in USA.
As to the name FRANK: I think this is not his real, original name. Fouad,
Farouk, Fares, Fayek, these are Syrian names.
Here is an idea: did he have any other relatives in USA? Maybe we can look
for the other relatives names and get lucky to find him coming in with them?
When a immigrant arrives in USA they have to first make Declaration of
Intent to remain in USA. This is done at the local courthouse, or if they
live in a state capitiol it could be done in the stat
e courthouse. Then 5-7
years after that they will petition for Naturalization, again at their local
courthouse. You can search for these records which may tell you his
original name, his birth date and birthplace, and it will say the name of
the ship which brought him to USA and the date of arrival.
I have seen these documents before, and not always is the information
correct. It is going by the memory of the person fillling it out, and some
times they get the dates off slightly, or they get the ship's name spelled
wrong, but it is something you can search for.
Have you looked for his marriage record? This should give his parents
Did you check his funeral home records, death certificate, and obituary?
These might have clues.
Did you send for his original Social Security card spplication. SS went
into effect in the 1930's and if he lived that long perhaps he filed an
application in which case for about $30.00 you can get a copyof the
information he filed out, should be birth date, place, parents and other
Let's discuss this further.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carolyn Wilkinson" <>
Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2009 4:06 AM
Subject: [SYRIA] Frank Hammett b 1890 Syrian Arab Republic,Turkey d 1975
> I'm seeking information on Frank Hammett b 1890 Syrian Arab Republic,
> Turkey and died Atkins, Pope, Arkansas. He was married to Esther A
> Brents. He arrived in the states either 1904 or 1906 according to
> census records though family lore could make it as early as 1902.
> I'm wondering if he might have changed his name from something more
> Turkish to Frank. Would like to determine who his parents and sibling
> Thank you in advance for any help.
> Carolyn Wilkinson
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