Hi John, yes it has been a long time since I posted, I have been busy
going through the census, probate, citizenship and checking passenger
lists, still no clues, this family is being difficult. We have 4
sibblings and have obtained all of the death registrations and they all
gave different information, the only information that was the same on 3
of them is that their mother was Barbara, they all gave different maiden
names for her and they were not even close so that we could guess. Their
father is Ferdinand Pletz on 2 and Carl on 1 with only Pletz on the
other. If it were not for the fact that we have family history, letters
and pictures to prove they were brothers and sisters we would have
thought they were not even related.
No I have not tried Plecz, but will sure get on to it, I have found the
Declaration of intention for Bletz to match the naturalization for
Plets. The birth dates match so we are going with them. It was fortunate
that the 2 brothers filed at the same time or I may have missed that as
I have noticed that the census for Ohio and Minnesota had several
neighbors that were from the same areas as the Pletz & Sopko families.
It could be birds of a feather.
They were Roman Catholic as far back as we have been able to go. Saint
Francis of Toronto, Ohio has found some records for me. I just keep
digging with the hopes I will get lucky one day.
> At 07:22 PM 11/2/01 -0600, you wrote:
> >Hi, I am new to the list, I am researching the Following names:
> >PLETZ from Nograt, Hungary (likely Nograd, Hungary)
> >SOPKO from Sariska, Hungary (possibly Sarisske, Hungary)
> Hi Sharon,
> Have you tried http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm ? I
> believe you would have.
> It has been a while since I've seen you post on these names. I believe I
> was the one that mentioned "huta" was the designation for a foundry or
> glass melting facility. My mother and father and many from villages around
> the Bardejov area in Northeast Slovakia also wound up in the Toronto Ohio
> area where your Pletz emigrated to. Saris was the county that Bardejov was
> in. My parents lived in Stratton, OH and many went to Empire, OH which are
> all just a few miles from Toronto. Using the birds of a feather theory,
> there is a possibility that they may have emigrated from the same area.
> There are a few villages in the area around Bardejov, SK that had or still
> have the "huta" in their name. This is a forested area and I'm sure the
> fuel for the operation of the foundry was wood.
> Were they Greek Catholic or Roman Catholic? The Northeast region was and
> to an extent still is Greek Catholic and Orthodox. I know there is a St.
> Joseph's Greek Catholic church in Toronto. My father's name was spelled
> Maczko and the Hungarian "cz" translate to "ts". Have you tried Plecz as a
> possible spelling. There are a few others that might give the phonetic
> "tz" sound.
> >I have taken the info from 1920 US census, closest I could find is in
> >brackets. We were always told that they came from Huta, and were
> >Czechoslovakian or Slovak. Well Huta is a smeltering plant found all
> >over Hungary, Slovakia, Poland etc. Would any one know of a town or
> >villiage that may have been known as Huta, it would have been a Slovak
> >speaking community. The naturalization filed in Ohio 1892, only tells us
> >they were from Hungary and ruled by Austria.
> The "ruled by Austria" may only mean that they were part of the dual
> kingdom of Austria Hungary. Galacia was ruled by Austria and as you
> pointed out Poland is loaded with "Huta". If they were Rusyn then the
> language would be understood on both sides of the border in Northeast
> Slovakia and not far off the Saris Slovak dialect.
> I had no luck locating the Pletz name in the Slovakia online
> directory. There are 72 listings for Sopko in Kosice, 44 in Presov, 2 in
> Bardejov, 3 in Svidnik, 22 in Bratislava, etc. You could work in the EI
> database with various combinations of spellings to see if you could locate
> a family member arriving from the village during the 1892-1924 database for
> Ellis Island. Do you know the name of any of the villagers or relatives
> including godparents?
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