The Arraj Family Tree (Arraje, Arrajj, Araj, abou Arraj, etc.)
and the Sayegh Family Tree (Sayeg, Saigh, etc.)
The Arraj and Sayegh families have their roots in Lebanon and branches in many parts of the world. Hopefully other Arrajs and Sayeghs will contribute to this page so we will all be able to see its full extent.
I. Joseph Arraj + Mary Halal
2. Effie Arraj
3. Nassiba Arraj
4. Takla Boulos
5. Nicholas + Nazera Hajjar
6. Antooun + Rose Halal
1. Fouad Abou Arraj + Georget
2. Anthony Abou Arraj + Anisi
3. Joseph Abou Arraj + Juliet
1. Elias + Denise
2. Nicholas +Toffie
3. William + Mary
4. Suleiman + Teresa
5. Lilly + Joseph
Dallal + Nabile
4. Josephine + Suleman Saleba
8. Elias (photo 9) + Juriki (Julia) Sayegh (photo 3)
3. William (photo 10)
9. Michael (Melkite Catholic priest) (photo 8)
My name is James Joseph Arraj, married to Tyra with two children, Elizabeth and John.
My father, James Joseph (1911-1997) was born in Mashghara, Lebanon where the family lived in the highest part of the town, and came to Worcester, MA with his mother and brother, Fred, to join his father in 1920. He married Margaret and had 4 children: Margaret, me, Jane and William.
His father, Elias (1885-1965) was married to Juriki (Julia) Sayegh (1890-1988). Elias had worked in a tannery in Mashgara, and did the same kind of work in Worcester. Among their children were: Fred, my father, William, and George.
Elias father was Joseph Arraj and his mother was Mary Halal.
Elias, my grandfather, had 4 sisters:
Elias had four brothers:
Julias father was Jacob Sayegh and her mother Takla Kalil.
My grandmother Julia had two sisters who lived in Kansas City:
The Arrajs in history?
There was a Michael Arraj who was a Melkite priest of the Basilian Salvadorians who was the Archimandrite, or Superior General of the Order between 1755 and 1768. The Basilian Salvadorians and their chief monastery of Holy Savior (Deir al-Moukhailes) was founded in the beginning of the 18th century by Euthemios Saifi, Metropolitan of Tyre. The archbishop had been making his pastoral rounds when a member of his party accidentally shot a priest named Ibrahim Toto. The archbishop exclaimed, "Oh, Savior of the world!," and Ibrahim immediately got up and was unharmed because the bullet had gone through his clothes but not into his body. The archbishop vowed to build a monastery named after the Savior.
It is probable that Michael Arraj was present at the third national Melkite council of 1756 held at Holy Savior, and we do know he built the monastery of St. Elias (Deir Mar Elias) in Rishmaya. A hundred years or so ago his portrait was to be seen in the monastery church. Perhaps it is still there. ( This information came from Cyril Charons, History of the Melkite Patriarchates.)
El Araj. The town of Bethsaida on Sea of Galilee played an important role in the public ministry of Jesus. Prevailing opinion places it at present day et-Tell, but Mendel Nun, a Galilean fisherman and amateur archaeologist locates it at El Araj which has Hellenistic and early Roman ruins. Just when it got that name is another matter.(Biblical Archaeological Review, Jan.-Feb., 2000, p. 52.)
I have heard several different accounts of the meaning of the Arraj name. One made it out to " the one who limps" perhaps recalling some proto-ancester, while another, which I enjoy, was " he who deviates from the path." My part of the Arraj family acquired at one point the nickname Bougash after one of our ancestors, perhaps my greatgrandfather, or greatgreatgrandfather, who could not sit still, but Uncle Michael told the family to go back to using Arraj.
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