Petros Jacopa (Peter Jacob) was born on May15, 1891 (on 1791-1992 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes his birthday is listed as May 15, 1889). He was born in Taviriz (Tabriz), Persia. He spoke Assyrian. His father died when he was very young and no one knows what his name was for sure. His mother, Miriam (Mirian), married a second time to an elderly man who was probably a farmer. He had other children, and treated Peter like a farmhand. He lived with his step-family until, most likely age 18 years, when he moved to Russia. He lived in a town called Urmie for about one or two years. I have been told that Miriam died in an earthquake in 1925.
He immigrated to America on February 4, 1922, departing from the Port of Libau, Russia on a ship called the "Birma". The date of the ship's departure is listed as February 21, 1911, as reported at the U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service Medical Department Ellis Island, N. Y. March 13, 1911. Thus the trip took about 20 days.
On a document in Libau, Russia, it stated that Peter was examined on February 13, 1911, at age 22 years. He traveled on to Chicago with some friends and became a chef at the American Family Hotel.
So, as I stated, I would love to have any information on my grandfather's family.