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Sarah Chawool Ellis (1884-1960)
In July 1907, Najib Gllias (1886-1943), known as James Ellis, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, and Sarah Chawool (1884-1960), his spouse and born near Beirut, came to the United States from Lebanon, then called Syria, and a part of the Ottoman Empire [Turkey], with their two daughters, Katherine ‘Katie’ Ellis (1905-1989) m. Theodore Peter ‘Tody’ Creel (1895-1945); and Marie Ellis (1907-1927).
The Ellis family settled at Biloxi, Mississippi at 204 West Division Street where James Ellis made his livelihood initially as a street peddler and later became a store owner and mercantile merchandiser. The Ellis children born at Biloxi, Mississippi were: Rosie Ellis (1909-1915); Joseph A. Ellis (1910-1994) m. Constance Sandoz (1910-1989) and Joyce M. Ellis (1928-2000); Victoria Rita Ellis (1914-1989) m. Ernest William Page (1909-1959); James Ellis; Lillian Ellis (1917-1985) m. John Acevedo (1917-1954); Agnes Ellis (1920-2011) m. Lester L. Cottrell (1919-2014); Peter J. Ellis (1922-1985) m. Ariel Hurley (1924-2001); Elizabeth V. Ellis (1924-2010) m. Paul Bailey Kilpatrick (1923-2008); and Lillie Catherine Ellis (1925-1971) m. Howard Truman Gollotte (1925-1988) and Mr. Latimer.
James Ellis expired at Biloxi on August 3, 1943. He was survived by his wife; five daughters: Mrs. Theodore Creel; Mrs. John Acevedo and Miss Elizabeth Ellis of Biloxi; Mrs. E.W. Page of Flint, Michigan; Joseph Ellis; James Ellis; and Peter J. Ellis, all of Biloxi; eleven grandchildren; and a brother George Otto, of Biloxi. The funeral was held at St. John’s catholic Church with the Reverend J.P. McGlade officiating.(The Daily Herald, august 3, 1943, p. 8)
Sarah Ellis was struck and killed by an automobile near her West Division home on April 4, 1960. She was survived by five daughters: Mrs. Katie Creel, Mrs. Vickie Page, Mrs. Lillian Latimer and Mrs. Elizabeth Kilpatrick all of Biloxi and Agnes Cottrell of Flint, Michigan; two brothers, Joseph A. Chawool, Beirut, Syria and Abraham Chawool, Brazil [sic], probably Bezhel, Syria; 26 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. (The Daily Herald, April 5, 1960, p. 1)
Katherine ‘Katie’ Ellis (1905-1989) was born at Beirut, Lebanon on December 12, 1905. She married Theodore ‘Tody’ Peter Creel (1895-1945), the son of John Calvin Creel (1865-1941) and Aurelia Anna Fayard (1867-1942), in Harrison County, Mississippi on October 15, 1921.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 33, p. 423)
Tody Creel made his livelihood as a fisherman. He and Katie lived at 1305 Hopkins at Biloxi and were the parents of four children: Lurline Creel (1924-2006) m. Joe R. Little (d. 1990); Norman James ‘Blackie’ Creel (1927-2005) m. Ruby Dronet (1926-2008); Elwood T. Creel (b. 1931) m. Shannon Brown; and Larry L. Creel (b. 1935).[1940 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census T 627_2024, p. 3A-ED 24-9]
Katie Ellis Creel became a widow in 1945. She made her livelihood as a nursing assistant at Keesler AFB. She was a member of the 8 & 40 Club, the American Legion auxiliary and the St. John’s Altar Society. She expired at Biloxi on July 5, 1989 and was survived by a daughter, Lurline Creel Little of Wichita Falls, Texas; four sons: Theodore A. Creel of Topeka, Kansas; Norman J. Creel of Biloxi; Elwood T. Creel of Latimer, and Larry Creel of Ocean Springs; two sisters, Agnes Ellis Cottrell of and Elizabeth Ellis Kilpartick of Ocean Springs; two brothers, Joseph Ellis of Ocean Springs and Jimmy Ellis of Biloxi; 27 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.(The Sun Herald, July 7, 1989, p. B-2)
Tody Creel expired at Biloxi, Mississippi October 18, 1945. Katie Ellis Creel lived until July 5, 1989. Their corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi Cemetery.
Marie Ellis (1907-1927) was born March 9, 1907 at Beirut, Lebanon. She died at Biloxi, Mississippi on February 11, 1927. Marie’s funeral was held at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Riley in attendance.(The Daily Herald, February 15, 1927, p. 10)
Joseph A. Ellis
Joseph A. Ellis (1910-1994) was born on June 9, 1910 at Biloxi, Mississippi. He married Constance ‘Connie’ Sandoz (1910-1989), a native of New Iberia, Louisiana and the daughter of Emile Sandoz (1882-1932) and Laurence ‘Laura LaSalle Sandoz (1880-1943), in Harrison County, Mississippi on May 16, 1929.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 41, p. 297)
Joseph A. Ellis and Connie S. Ellis were the parents of Jerry J. Ellis (b. 1930). Connie and Joseph divorced and she married Ernest Cavalier Jr. (1916-1972) in Harrison County, Mississippi on October 17, 1943.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 62, p. 459)
As a young man, Joseph A. Ellis worked in the seafood industry on oyster and shrimp boats. By the 1930s, he had become a saloon keeper and restaurateur. One of his first ventures was the Blue Heaven Beer Garden which was located on the shell pile at the foot of Lameuse Street. Ellis opened the Brass Rail in the fall of 1934 in the Vignes Building at 110 West Howard Avenue. It served lunches and had a beer saloon. The Brass Rail also had bands like the Merritt Brunes Orchestra perform there.(The Daily Herald, September 21,1933, p. 2 , October 23, 1934, p. 2 and November 7, 1934, p. 2)
Circa 1943, Joseph married Joyce M. Ellis (1928-2000). They were the parents of three children: Jheri Ellis (1944-1990); Richard Ellis (1948-1989); and Berinda Ellis m. Floyd Logan. In July 1965, Joyce M. Ellis remarried to Samuel Randolph ‘Sam’ Bennett (1921-2010).(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 129, p. 527)
In 1962, Mr. Ellis became the owner, operator and director of the American Beauty College. His other business endeavors include a land investment business and rental properties in Gulfport.
Joseph A. Ellis was a civic oriented person and he had memberships in the following: Governor’s Staff and served as the Harrison County coordinator for the Governor’s Staff; Carpenter’s Local Union; past president and board of directors of the Biloxi Lions Club; member of the Elks Club; four year term on the Law Enforcement Assistance Association; and a member of the Gulfport Community Development Commission.(The Sun Herald, May 15, 1994, p. A-2)
Mr. Ellis was a member of the Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Biloxi and was active in education in Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties. He was a member of the National Cosmetology Association, National Accreditation Commission of Cosmetology Schools, Mississippi Cosmetology Schools Association, Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Rehabilitation Association. He was past president of the Mississippi Cosmetology Schools Association.(The Sun Herald, May 15, 1994, p. A-2)
Joseph A. Ellis, age 72 [sic], of Biloxi, died Thursday, May 12, 1994, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was preceded in death two sons, Richard Ellis and Jheri Ellis. Joseph was survived by Berinda Logan Ellis of Pass Christian, Mississippi; a son, Jerry J. Ellis of Biloxi; two sisters, Elizabeth Ellis Kirkpatrick and Agnes Ellis Cottrell, both of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.(The Sun Herald, May 15, 1994, p. A-2)
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi directed funeral services for the Ellis family with interment in Southern Memorial Park.(The Sun Herald, May 15, 1994, p. A-2)
Rosie Ellis was born at Biloxi on December 15, 1909. She died on September 15, 1915. Internment was in Biloxi Cemetery.
Victoria Ellis (1914-1989) was born at Biloxi September 9, 1914. She married Ernest William Page (1909-1959) in Harrison County, Mississippi on September 9, 1934. Victoria was a lifelong citizen of the Coast and worshipped at St. John’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society. Mrs. Page had been president of the American Legion, the Elks, VFW and 8 & 40, all in Biloxi.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 45, p. 352 and The Sun Herald, May 19, 1989, p. A-3)
Mrs. Page was preceded in death by her spouse, Ernest W. Page; her parents; three sisters: Maria Ellis, Rose Ellis and Lillian Ellis Acevedo; and P.J. Ellis, a brother. She passed at Biloxi on May 17, 1989 and was survived by three sisters: Katie Ellis Creel of Biloxi; Agnes Ellis Cottrell of Ocean Springs; and Elizabeth Kilpatrick of Ocean Springs; two brothers, James Ellis of Biloxi, and Joseph Ellis of Ocean Springs.(The Sun Herald, May 19, 1989, p. A-3)
Lillian Ellis (1917-1985) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on April 15, 1917. She married John Acevedo (1917-1954), the son of . Children: Judy Marie Acevedo (1940-2014) m. Frank R. Ibele; Charlotte K. Acevedo (1942-1998) m. Richard Harold Graafmeyer.
Agnes Ellis Cottrell(1920-2011), age 91 years of Fenton, Michigan formerly of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Funeral mass will was celebrated on October 1, 2011 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 6481 Faussett Road, Deerfield Township with Father Gregg Pleiness as celebrant.
Visitation will be held 5-8 PM Friday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton. A rosary will be prayed 7:00 PM Friday, at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Augustine Catholic Church or St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. Agnes was born July 25, 1920 in Biloxi, Mississippi the daughter of James and Sarah Emile Ellis. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was formerly a member of the Holy Rosary in Flint and of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Agnes is survived by her husband of 71 years, Lester; son, Gary and wife Peggy; 2 grandchildren, Todd, Brent and wife Leslie; great-granddaughter, Joslynn. She is preceded in death by 8 siblings.(The Sun Herald, September 30, 2011)
Peter J. Ellis
Peter John Ellis (1922-1985) was born May 4, 1922 at Biloxi. He married Ariel Hurley (1924-2001) in Harrison County, Mississippi on July 14, 1941.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 52, p. 540)
P.J. Ellis was former proprietor of the Ellis Battery Shop. He joined the pipe department at Ingalls Shipbuilding where he worked until retirement. Mr. Ellis was a member of Magnolia Lodge No. 120 F & A.M. Peter John Ellis died at Biloxi on Saturday, March 1985. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jim Ellis and Toni Ellis Glavan, a daughter. P.J. Was survived by his spouse; two daughters, Sherri Ellis Pitalo and Levon Ellis Broussard, both of Biloxi; five sisters: Agnes Ellis Cottrell and Elizabeth Ellis Kilpatrick; both of Ocean Springs; Katie Ellis Creel, Vickie Ellis Page; and Lillian Ellis Acevedo, all of Biloxi; two brothers, Joseph A. Ellis of Ocean Springs and Jimmy Ellis of Biloxi; and five grandchildren. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi provided the Ellis family with funeral arrangements and internment in Southern Memorial Park.(The Daily Herald, March 25, 1985, p. A-2)
Ariel Hurley Ellis, age 77, years passed at Biloxi, on Thursday, February 1, 2001. Mrs. Ellis was born in Biloxi, January 12, 1924 and was a lifelong resident of the Coast. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. Cherished are the fond memories of many summers together in Gulf Shores," Alabama. Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, P.J. Ellis; her daughter, Toni Ellis Glavan; her parents, Leon "Cutie" and Voncile Hurley; and sister, Verbie Gallina. Survivors include two daughters and three sons-in-law, Sherri and Kenny Pitalo, Levon and Greg Carroll, and Herbert Glavan; five grandchildren, Kenny and Sheri Glavan, Stacie Broussard, Kelly and Stephanie Pitalo; two great-grandchildren, Ken and Toni Glavan; two sisters, Nona Hendren and Kay Nunley; and Ariel's very special caregivers, Terry Waters, Jean Cooley, Sharon Casey and staff. A memorial service will be held at Heritage United Methodist Church on Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Southern Memorial Park Cemetery. The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi is in charge of arrangements. (The Sun Herald, February 2001)
Elizabeth V. Kilpatrick (1924-2010), age 85 years, of St. Martin-Ocean Springs passed away on Friday, April 30, 2010 at his daughter's home surrounded by family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, friend, and devoted Catholic.
Mrs. Kilpatrick was born on June 21, 1924, to the late Sarah and James Ellis. Many remember her as the lady that made donuts in Winn-Dixie deli. Her grandchildren nicknamed her as Maw-Maw Donut. She will be missed very much by many. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Paul Bailey Kilpatrick (1923-2008); two great-granddaughters, Candice Polite and Chanley Gray. She is survived by his six daughters and three sons, twins, Sheila Gray (Jerry) and Sylvia Dimitry (Thomas), Denise Koon (Mike), Vickie Charpie (Beaver), Kay Arnold (Mike), Tina Shoemaker (Bruce), Michael Kilpatrick (Jackie), Ronald Kilpatrick (Jean), Dennis Kilpatrick (Barbara); sister, Agnes Cottrell (Lester) 25 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at Christ The King Catholic Church in Latimer with Father Thang Pham officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Private burial will be at Biloxi National Cemetery. Arrangements made by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Vancleave, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, May 2, 2010)
Paul Bailey Kilpatrick(1923-2008) age 85 years, of St. Martin-Ocean Springs passed away Friday, May 23, 2008 at his daughters home surrounded by family. Mr. Kilpatrick was born February 14, 1923 to the late Tom and Grace Kilpatrick in Temple, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. He and his family moved to the coastal area in 1955. After retiring as a machinist and owner of P&D Tool and Die, Paul built Ocean Lanes and operated the business until he retired in 2000. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Leon Kilpatrick and two great-granddaughters, Candice Polite and Chanley Gray. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Ellis Kilpatrick of St. Martin; six daughters, twins, Sheila Gray (Jerry), Sylvia Dimitry (Thomas), Denise Koon (Mike), Vickie Charpie (Beaver), Kay Scarbrough (Mike Arnold), Tina Shoemaker (Bruce); three sons, Michael Kilpatrick (Jackie), Ronald Kilpatrick (Jean), Dennis Kilpatrick (Barbara); brother, Tommy Kilpatrick; 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 12 noon at Christ the King Catholic Church in Latimer with Father John McGrath as celebrant. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment will follow with military honors at Biloxi National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements by O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home, Vancleave, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, May 27, 2008)
Lillie C. Ellis
Lillie Catherine Ellis (1925-1971) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on October 28, 1925. She married Howard ‘Buddy’ Truman Gollotte (1925-1988), the son of Lori D. Gollotte Sr. (1901-1975) and Grace T. Gollotte (1907-1985), in Harrison County, Mississippi on September 12, 1948. (Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 78, p. 43)
Mr. Gollotte was a retired engine man in the US Navy. He and Lillie C. Ellis Gollotte lived at 618 Crawford Street and were the parents of two children: Jenny Gollotte Tiblier Matthews of Jackson, Mississippi and Howard T. Gollotte Jr. of Jackson, Mississippi. Lillian died at the USAF Medical Center at Keesler AFB in Biloxi on November 4, 1971.(The Daily Herald, November 6, 1971, p. 2)
Howard T. 'Buddy' Gollotte, age 63 years, of Biloxi, died Friday, December 23, 1988, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was survived by his wife and two children; four sisters: Mae Dell Gollotte m. Lester Katan of Long Beach, Mississippi; Inez Gollotte Sadek at Round Lake Beach, Illinois; Norma Gollotte Bell of Olatle, Kansas; and Jean LaCruz of Reno, Nevada; two brothers, Dennis S. Gollotte of Morgan City, Louisiana; and Lorie D. Gollotte Jr. of Biloxi; and three grandchildren.(The Sun Herald, December 26, 1988, p. A-2)
The Daily Herald, “Quiet wedding [Creel-Ellis]”, October 22, 1921.
The Daily Herald, “Blue Heaven Beer Garden”, September 21, 1933, p. 2.
The Daily Herald, “Ellis to open downtown”, October 23, 1934, p. 2.
The Daily Herald, “Names new saloon”, November 10, 1934, p. 2.
The Daily Herald, “Ellis opens business”, November 7, 1934, p. 2.
The Daily Herald, “James Ellis dies”, August 3, 1943.
The Daily Herald, “Acevedo expires”, January 18, 1954.
The Daily Herald, “Biloxi woman [Sarah Ellis] is struck, killed by automobile”, April 5, 1960, p. 1.
The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Lillie E. Gollott”, November 6, 1971.
The Sun Herald, “Peter ‘P.J.’ Ellis”, March 25, 1985.
The Sun Herald, “Mrs. Lillian Acevedo”, April 17, 1985.
The Sun Herald, “Howard ‘Buddy’ Gollotte Sr.”, December 26, 1988.
The Sun Herald, “Mrs. Victoria Page”, May 19, 1989.
The Sun Herald, “Mrs. Katie Ellis Creel”, July 7, 1989.
The Sun Herald, “Joseph A. Ellis”, May 15, 1994.
The Sun Herald, “Paul Bailey Kilpatrick”, May 27, 2008
The Sun Herald, “Elizabeth V. Kilpatrick”, May 2, 2010.
The Sun Herald, “Agnes Cottrell”, September 30, 2011.
The Sun Herald, “Lester L. Cottrell”, May 1, 2014.
Edward A. Khayat
Edward Assad Khayat (1911-1993) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on January 1, 1911. He married Eva Pates (1913-2000). Edward died July 2, 1993. Griffin Cemetery. Eva passed June 2, 2000.
Rames A. Khayat
The Daily Herald, 'Mrs. Khayat dies suddenly', February 13, 1922, p. 3.
The Daily Herald, 'A. Khayat dies', September 2, 1929, p. 2.
The Daily Herald, 'Khayat funeral'm September 3, 1929, p. 2.
The Sun Herald, 'Eva Khayayt', June, 2000.
Otto Family Tomb
Biloxi Cemetery-[6th Addition-Section 4-Block 12-Lots 21, 22, 23, 24, ]
George Otto came to America arriving at the Port of New York on May 30, 1900, embarking from Lebanon. In April 1919, he made his declaration to become an American citizen at Biloxi, Mississippi. At this time, he was not married and lived at 473 Division Street. George Otto became an American citizen [certificate number 1511950) on June 11, 1923.(Declaration of Intention No. 600-South Mississippi Federal Court-April 1919 and Petition for Naturalization No. 292-South Mississippi Federal Court-March 1922)
Mr. Otto operated a grocery store on East Howard Avenue for many years, retiring about 15 years ago. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Antoinette Mary Otto m. Donald L. Gray of Guam; Lillie m. Amedo A. Melone; and Elaine Otto m. Jerry LeBlanc; three sons, Antoine Otto of Biloxi; Brother Joseph Otto, CSC (1931-1960), Indianapolis, Indiana; and Norman A. Otto (1933-2008), McComb, Mississippi; and three grandchildren.
George Otto (1879-1959), age 80 years, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, resident of 653 Forrest Avenue, and a former Biloxi merchant, died at 5:30 a.m. today at his home. O'Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi directed the services of Mr. Otto with entombment in the Biloxi Cemetery.
The Daily Herald, “George Otto”, July 8, 1959.
The Daily Herald, "Brother Joseph [Otto], native Biloxian, dies in Indiana", September 21, 1960.
Salim 'Sam' Poulos (1867-1941), a native of Zeghorta, Lebanon and Theresa Artbanie (1880-1964) were the founders of this family at Biloxi, Mississippi. Sam came to America in 18 Came to Biloxi circa 1906 where he made his livelihood in the grocery business. he had previously been in the mercantile business at St. Martinville and New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham and Moblie, Alabama; and other locales. Mr. Poulos retired from bsiness in 1926. He expired on 1941 at his home at 803 Caillavet Street.
Mary A. Poulos
Mary Agnes Poulos (1900-1994) was born in Louisiana . She married Joseph G. Saab (1890-1972)
Joseph P. Poulos
Joseph Peter Poulos (1903-1990) married Irene Trochesset (1913-1962).
Anthony L. Poulos
Anthony 'Toney' Leo Poulous Sr. (1906-1947) was born in Louisiana. He married Esther Stout (1910-1999).
Catherine Poulous married Henry W Bills (1903-1993)
Rose M. Poulous
Rose M. Poulos (1911-2000) m. James Hulett or Hewlet Pounds (1909-1943) and Evander Gill (1914-1997)
John T. Poulous
John Thomas Poulos Sr. (1914-2002) m. Lucille V. Toncrey (1922-2007)
Michael Poulos (1918-1998) was born
Helen Poulous (1920-2010) was born . She married Paul I. Newman (1922-2009)
The Daily Herald, 'Salim Poulos dies', July 15, 1941.
The Daily Herald, 'Mrs. Theresa Poulos', November 12, 1964.
The Sun Herald, '
Jabbour Bedewy Shedrawy (1889-1944) was born on February 27, 1889 at Ehden, Ash Shamal, Lebanon, formerly Syria. Ehden, a mountain town is located 4,900 feet above sea level, and is 19.1 miles from Zgharta, 68 miles from Beirut, the capital, and 24 miles from Tripoli, Lebanon. It is a famous summer resort and tourist center, often called "the Bride of Summer Resorts” in the North of Lebanon. It is famous for its setting on the Saint Sarkis Mountain overlooking coastal towns and villages as far as Akkar to Shikka. A large number of local and foreign tourists visit Ehden annually to enjoy its dry climate, water and forest. Gastronomy is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Ehden, especially in summer. Kebbeh Meshwyeh and the Kebbeh Nayeh, both traditional cuisines, and particularly notable in this town.
Jabbour B. Shedrawy came to America in October 1906. He left Beirut, Lebanon on the La Gascogne, a French liner, and arrived at New York City on October 22, 1906. Jabbour declared his intentions to become an American citizen at New Orleans in February 1917. He was naturalized at Biloxi, Mississippi on February 21, 1921 receiving Certificate of Naturalization No. 1511983.(US District Court-Southern Division of Mississippi-Petition for Naturalization No. 251-February 1921)
Jabour married Theresa Simon (18-1940)
The Daily Herald, ‘Mrs. Shedrawy dead’, May 16, 1940.
The Daily Herald, ‘Mr. Shedrawy dead’, September 4, 1944.