>>> A nice assortment of distant cousins -- is there a what's-it over
the s? It looks like a z~ in old records but the towns are definitely
in the right ballpark. <<<
YES, thre is a what's-it over the s that makes it sound like sh.
>>> I have yet to find anyone of that name who emigrated to America.
Here's are a few for starters. I used the Morse white form.
1 Blistan,Evelina Prilishina 1902 30 1872
2 Blistan,Martin 1906 35 1871
3 Blistan,Martin Stz. Peter 1903 32 1871
4 Blistan,Michek Salem, Ohio 1919 33 1886
5 Blistanova,Marie Bridgeport, U.S.A. 1924 43 1881