And The Story Goes…….

Arranged marriages were the norm for Lebanese and Lebanese Americans in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

In 1899 a deal of marriage was brokered between the families of Charles Jacobs (Shaheed Kairouz) and Julia Sodd (Saad).

Charles was still living in Bsharri, Lebanon and Julia was living in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1899 Charles came to the US to marry Julia.

When Charles arrived in Toledo he discovered that his bride-to-be, Julia Sodd had already married Tony Simon in a love match. That was unheard of in those days.

Julia and her family had entered into contract of marriage with Charles and his family and now she had breached the agreement by marrying Tony Simon.

This could have created a lot of bad blood between the relatives back home and in the US.

Charles’ father told him to go speak to The Simon Family and let them know that you don’t want a feud with them here or a feud with their family back home.

While meeting with The Simon Family, Tony Simon’s sister, 13 year old Margaret Simon brings Charles a glass of water.

That is the first time he sees her and she becomes his wife the following year.


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