|Sarkis was born in either 1891 or 1893. His marriage certificate says he was 29, which would indicate 1891, but his age on his death certificate was 63, which would indicate 1893.|
Sarkis was married three times. His first wife died in Turkey before he came to the US. He most likely had no surviving children with her. His second marriage was to Almas Halajian, which produced six children. His third marriage was to Satenik Merijanian.
Sarkis was a very talented man. His marriage certificate stated he was a merchant. He was also a carpenter, a restaurant owner, and the manager of a First National Store in Boston. According to his daughter, he could do almost anything he put his mind to.
Sarkis' middle name started with an M, according to Sarah Bournazian's birth certificate. Sarah also stated that Sarkis' middle name was Michael, which she also gave her youngest son, Paul Michael Parkhurst (that's me). Mikaiel or Megerdich is Armenian for Michael, however... It seemed pretty consistent that Armenian fathers gave their first son their own name as a middle name. So, most likely, Sarkis' middle name was Manuel, after his father.
Sarkis arrived in Ellis Island, NY, on July 8, 1911 on the ship SS La Savoie, arriving from Le Havre, France. He was 22 years old and married. His place of residence was listed as Malatia, Turkey.
In the 1930 census of District 392, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, Sarkis, 30, is living with wife Ermas, 26, and children Violet, 8, Paul, 7, Sarah, 4, and Mary, 2. They were living at 2 Victor Street. Both he and his wife became citizens in 1920.