- Hello Don,
While you sent me this letter as part of the list subscription process, I am
responding to this on list as the information will help you and may help
First, see the message I sent just before this, it contains many links that
need to be read, to get you grounded.
Chances of understanding why an emigrant left are very slim. Information
like this is rarely passed down, and when it is it is often obfuscated with
embellishments and missing facts. We do know that Levoca was a relatively
prosperous village and very few people left for America from this village
because life was generally good for them.
See my other note about passports. Remember, Levoca was in Hungary at the
time. Consider looking at the church books on microfilm to see your GGP's
I am new to this group. My great-great grandparents came over from Levoca,
Slovakia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1888 or 1889. They
had a passport issued in Budapest with Emperor Franz Josef's stamp on it.
However, the passport has no stamps from USA showing where they landed or if
their children were with them, or born in USA later.
My G-G grandfather, Paul Julius Kellner was born in Levoca, Slovakia and we
are looking for Kellner relatives who might know why he left for USA. Rumor
has it that he was from a low class family and his wife, Susanna Scholtz
(Scolz) was from a high class family and their only chance to be together
was to leave for USA. My g-g grandmother, Susana Scolz, was said to be from
a well known hat manufacturer in Liptovsky St Micolas. In our family, it has
been said that they developed some special chemical to make hats better. We
are also looking for relatives on her side of the family and her birth
certificate. She went back home to visit in 1911 (her husband was killed by
a train, her 3 children were put in an orphanage because she couldn't care
for them and her family supposedly agreed to accept her again, if she went
back. She received a letter from her friend, Ludmilla (maybe a sister?).
Apparently, it did not work out, as she came back to USA
Both were hatmakers and went directly to Danbury, CT after arrival. We would
like to know where they might have arrived and find their immigration
papers. Ellis Island was not in existence as an immigration processing
I'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Happy New Year 2009!