Looking for roots of Pruzinsky & Lynch & McCluskey from Plavnica; also Sekelsky
- My maternal grandparents were from Plavnica and emigrated to eastern
Pennsylvania and then settled in Buffalo, NY. Both were born around
My spelling will probably be off. My grandmother's name was Suska
Christine Lynch (or Lynka). Her family was Lutheran. She was related
to some people by the name of Sekelsky. Her sister Anna married a man
named Vincent Parana....all from Plavnica. I saw my grandma's name at
Ellis Island, but it was from the time she went back to Europe to
settle an estate in the late 1920s, returning again to the U.S. My
grandfather was her second husband, but she was married to him when
she took this trip. She took their three children with her, one being
My grandfather was Stephen (Paul I think) Pruzinsky. However, just
before he died, he revealed that his father's father was an IRISH
PRIEST! Apparently the priest was a missionary; had a baby by the
housekeeper of the Catholic Church; and, legend has it, he was "run
out of town."
It is said that the priest's name was Stephen McClusky.
My grandfather's father was given the surname "Angel" but it was
considered sacriligious. Then, my grandfather, or his father, took
the name of the man he worked for: Pruzinsky.
Some more legend: my grandpa tended sheep in the Carpathian Mountains
near Dracula's castle --- but I don't know which one.
I would like to visit the Plavnica area, maybe next year (along with
some other travel). I don't have a clue where to begin to search for
records. Can anyone help? Has anyone ever heard this incredible