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, "Ronald Polle" <rldep@m...>
> Hello listmembers,
> Perhaps someone will be able to help (look-ups; where to write for
> records, etc.) fill in some blanks with my BASTIAN FAMILY:
> My GGF: MATTHEW BASTIAN and wife, CATHERINE (LAMBERT)
> TIME PERIOD ABT. 1855-1920
> children -- MY GF: JOSEPH LEOPOLD BASTIAN, b. 19/04/1884
> siblings: Barbara; Elizabeth; (& possibly a brother - John or
> JOSEPH LEOPOLD BASTIAN m. 09/01/1909 ANNA POTZTOTA (POTSTATA)
> in Temesvar, Hungary
> children: JOSEPH LEOPOLD, JR. b. 20/01/1910
> GISELE b. abt, 1911 - 1914
> FRANCIS b. abt. 1911 - 1914 (don't know who
> My Grandfather, JOSEPH, came to the USA, alone in 1914. The Ellis
> Island site showed the ship manifest that he was seeking his
> in-law, LEOPOLD POTZTOTA (I cannot find him through Ellis Island.)
> My Grandmother, ANNA, followed with my Uncle, Joe Jr. in 1915.
> We don't know what happened with Gisele or Francis.
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions and help,
You mention Temesvár, Hungary now Timisoara, Romania.
Over 51 million people lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The two largest ethnic groups were Germans (10 million) and Hungarians
(9 million). There were also Poles, Croats, Bosnians, Serbians,
Italians, Czechs, Ruthenes, Slovenes, Slovaks and Romanians.
Overall, fifteen different languages were spoken in the former
After WW I (1918), Austra-Hungary, one of the largest countries in
Europe in the 19th century, was split into many countries.
When talking about the people of Hungarian nationality it meant that
at least 50% of the Hungarians became citizens of countries other than
Hungary (Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union,
Romanian is a Romance language akin to Italian, French, and Spanish.
Romania is a Latin island in a Slavic sea.
Comment ca va ? (F)
Come sta ? (I)
? Cómo está usted ? (S)
Ce mai faceti ? (Rom)
Ellis Island Records lists 3 surnames Potztota.
Their Last Residence was Temesvár.
Mariska (H) Maria (G) , age 22, German, married and
Franziska (G) (Frances) , 10 age months, in 1908
Going to their husband and father ? Potztota somewhere ?
Born in Temesvár.
Maria (G), age 20 , German, single in 1912
She went to brother Leopold Potztota in St. Louis, MO.
On same ship manifest was a Josef, age 28, married and Franziska,
age 23, married, Pokorny.
Both Pokorny went to his brother-in-law Leopold Potztota in
Maria was born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary which was formerly located
in Torontál megye (county) and was later part of former Yugoslavia.