Saturday, September 09, 2006

Links about Toula

All the links I know of about Toula are on and this mainly photos.
Not bad as a start ... but I was considering since long time buying a domain and developping a fully fledged website, probably not going to happen.
I have added a small entry about Toula on of course feel free to contribute there as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Charbel
I came across your blog while looking for the Arak recipe. And Guess what I am from Toula too. My name is Ghassan Haddad, I live in Montreal Canada and I am quiet sure I know your father. I am a friend of Ghassan Jelwan, Tony Chahla etc. my mother is from the Lahoud family (Lamia Lahoud) anyway I will communicate you blog's address to everybody I know and I will contact you again so we can make a site for Toula. My email add. is

2:39 AM, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my family is from lamia to

3:48 AM, June 12, 2008  
Blogger Joshua Sophy said...

I believe I am an American descendant of a family from Toula. According to the Wiki entry you posted, the Safi family has lived or lives there.

My last name is Sophy and have been told when we came to Minneapolis in the U.S., the name was changed.

The family has since moved to Pennsylvania, but has made a name for itself in the U.S.

I'd love to know more, and be put in touch with maybe some very distant relatives.

~Joshua Sophy

5:41 PM, August 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I have family in the Toula area that I know nothing about. My father and his parents are Lebanese. I do not know my grandfathers first name, it may have been some form of Michael, I am told his last name was Chahla. I can not find any information on this family. I do know that my grandma was Ann Nicolas. Her parents were Charles Nicolas and Helen Joseph. We are also related to Charles Saad and James Khoury and I am guessing the Bitar family just because they seem to come up when I search for the Chahla family. If anyone can give me information on my great grandfather I would be so greatful. Thank you.

2:19 AM, May 24, 2010  
Blogger Charbel said...

put your name so I can figure out who you are related to exactly...
I'll check if the details you put can point me in some direction. once thing is sure there is no Bitar's in Toula

6:17 AM, May 24, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your help. I can only give you the name he had in this country. They were Anne and Mike Michael. They first lived in Canada, then Yakima Washington and then Seattle. They had 3 children. The oldest Emily, my dad Maroun(Murray)and Chalres (Chuck). I know his dad was Chahla and I think my grandpa was the oldest of many children. I think the youngest was his brother Emile(something like that)he came to this country for a bit and went back. On grandma's side they too were from Toula but I only know that grandma was Anne Nicolas. Her dad was Charles Nicolas. We know Nicolas was a last name they took later and I have no Idea what it was before. Grandma's mom was Helen Joseph. I have no idea if that name was changed. Charles Saad married Sarah Joseph in 1914. Many of the Saads are in the area. We stayed so close to that family. James Khoury married Salma Nicolas in Canada. My dad spent a lot of time with thier boys. We still keep in touch with the Khourys. I do belive my grandpa came to this country at 19 with Nick Nicolas and Joe Joseph, but they would have been on grandmas side of the family. Auntie Sarah was also in this country. She was a Joseph. Sarah and Joe Joseph were my grandma's Aunt and Uncle. Parents Albert Joseph and Lena Nicolas (Syria, Tourla) married in 1887. Grandma's sister Emily was also over here, she lived the longest of the children here. 1918-1996. I do not know about the other two a brother Anthony and a sister Charlottie. I do not know if this will be helpful. We do not even know grandpa's parents names other then he said he was a Chahla. Grandpa was born in Lebanon. Grandma was born in Canada. Both grandam and her sister Selmas marriages were arranged. I would love any information you could give me on grandpas history. Thank you.

3:25 PM, May 24, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Charbel, it is me again, sorry to be so much trouble. I remember something that is more current and may be helpful. My grandpa owned the family olive farm because he was the oldest son. We new his family farmed but had no idea he was the owner. I have no idea if it was farmed by Chahlas, Nicolas or some other family memeber. We found out about it after his death. He died August 23, 1991. My dad recieved notice that as the oldest son he now was the owner of this olive farm. He gave it back to the family. His lawyers had to do it so all he really could say is he gave it back. He gave it away it was not sold. Please do not go to a lot of trouble. I just thought you or your family may have known of them.
Thank you,

8:03 PM, May 24, 2010  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hi all,

Charbel, interesting blog! Where did you go? I'd love to read more.

I am also tracking down my family history (or trying to) and came across this blog. My great grandmother was Sarah Haddad and she listed "Tullah, Syria" as her birthplace on her naturalization records. (Of course that was before the creation of the Lebanese state, so everything was called Syria at that time.) My grandfather Toufick Mickel told my father that Sarah Haddad (his mom) was from "Tripoli" so as far as I can tell she must be from Toula as it is the nearest village with an almost perfectly matched name.

I would really like to connect with other Haddads who might still be there. You can reach me at jmickel AT

6:31 AM, September 21, 2011  
Blogger Charbel said...

Looks like many Haddad searching for their roots.

I'll try to find out, but I can't promise much.

I sent you an email, I hope you get it.

7:06 AM, September 21, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Charbel,
My mother is 90 yrs old and especially lately speaks about not knowing anything about her mother's life in Toula. I have done DNA testing (female side) and that shows I am from that area 100% for at least 8 generations.
My Sittoo was from Toula and came to america at age 20 in 1911. She was well educated. She spoke 3 languages, went to a school taught by nuns and also taught there herself. She also knew a lot about medicine. Her name was Aneicee Hanna (I am not certain of spelling).
We only know that when my mom was young Sittoo Aneicee got word of her own mother's death. She never spoke of parents or siblings to my mom. Mom is the last living of her generation.
Mom also remembers reference to relatives in Sourh America.
My Sittoo Aneicee sounds as though she was a bright, compassionate and lovely person. Any information would be so much appreciated. Thank you.

2:18 PM, February 09, 2012  
Blogger Charbel said...

Hi Elena,

do you have any documents you can send us? The mayor of Toula would be glad to help looking into his files if you can provide us some ID cards or any similar documents.

(Please send them by email)

Kind Regards

7:16 PM, February 09, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for your response.
I only have her death information but maybe the correct spelling of Sittoo's name.
Ancey Hanna ( or in English Ancey John). Married to joseph Nahass from another town in Lebanon. Sittoo had a brother and sister that stayed in Toula. Sittoo Ancey taught at the school in Toula.
She was about 61 when she passed in Connecticut on Oct 17 1950. Her estimated birth date was about 1889.
I did find reference for Toula at
On the site the family name indicated Saad and Hanna as part of that family.

I have only the Ellis Island reference and can send. Please provide best email to send to.
My heart thanks you.
Best regards,

2:38 PM, February 13, 2012  
Anonymous Richard said...

Was just browsing information on Toula and read your blog. I noticed that Sherri had commented about 'James Koury' who married Selma Nicolas in Canada. James Koury is my Grandfather. I am just starting my search for information on the rest of his family as he moved to Canada in ?1921 from Toula. We do not know much about his family but we do know that his father was a priest or bishop, and perhaps the family name may have been Moussa?. I am hoping to visit the region some time, and am really interested in any family history that anyone can help with as well. Would you have any suggestion as to a time of year to visit? Thank you very much. What a nice surprise to find your site!

5:45 AM, April 15, 2012  
Anonymous Sandy Mactavish said...

My family also came from there the historian says. The name is Unis and we helped to build the community I am told. Anyone know of the name?

5:07 PM, January 22, 2015  
Blogger Charbel said...

Unis, Younes etc are different ways of writing the Arabic family name, they are a big family in Toula!

5:58 AM, January 23, 2015  
Blogger fayvour said...

HELLO my name is fay my maternal grand mother is from Toula would like to know if i can find more information and pictures

8:44 PM, August 30, 2016  
Blogger Charbel said...

it is a little tricky to help with as little information as this unfortunately

6:44 PM, September 02, 2016  

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