I am descended from a Julia Fatula who was born in Abt. 1870 in Eperjes, Austria [then Austria-Hungary], which is now the town of Presov, Slovakia. She came to this country in the early 1900's with her young daughter, Mary. (I do not know if Mary carried the last name of Fatula as well, or what the name of Mary's father was. Julia and Mary came to the U.S. alone and I don't know whether Julia was married, widowed, divorced - unlikely - or if Mary was simply the product of a casual relationship). The two settled in New York, and shortly thereafter Julia sent Mary to live with relatives in Pennsylvania. I do not know who these relatives were, but have seen record of several different Fatula families living in PA in the early part of the 20th century. My grandmother recalls the town where Mary was sent as possibly being the tiny coal-mining town of Jeddo, Luzerne Co., PA. Does Luzerne County, Pennsylvania ring a bell with any of your Fatula research?
Julia Fatula remained in New York, eventually finding work, where she later met and married my GGgrandfather, Herman Stedner who was born in about 1863 in Saxony, [Prussia] Germany. (The original form of the last name was STEUDNER or STEUDTNER and pronounced "STOIT-ner" but was shortened to the very blazé and Americanized-sounding "STEDNER" upon immigration). They settled in the Roselle/Cranford area of Union County, New Jersey where they remained the rest of their lives. They had 2 children: Frederick "Fred" Herman Stedner (b. 1907) and Maria Magdalena "Helen Marie" Stedner (b. 1909) who was my great-grandmother. Fred Stedner kept in touch with his half-sister, Mary, throughout his life but now Fred has passed away and no one knows where Mary is or where her children or descendants are. I am interested in tracking them down as they may know something about their mother (Mary's) or gandmother (Julia's) homeland or ancestral information.
I do know that Mary (who was sent to Pennsylvania) married someone named Andrew Kushner (Kushner is also a Slovakian name, interestingly enough) and they had 4 children: John Kushner, Michael "Mickey" Kushner, Helen Kushner, and Emil Kushner. I have been unable to track down these children and find out whom they married, where they settled, etc.
I would very much like to make a connection with any other Fatula lines out there and hopefully link up my Julia with her relatives. If any Kushner individuals recognize the names listed above, I'd be interested in a correspondence with them as well as we share at least half of the same bloodline (through Fatula). I have been sent several copies of different Fatula lines, but I never manage to find any mention of a Julia, despite the fact that all of these trees mention the very same town that my Julia was from, of Eperjes, Austria [Austro-Hungary] or Presov, Slovakia. It's very frustrating to keep feeling so close, yet be so far.
If any of the above names or stories sound even vaguely familiar to you, I'd love to share and compare information. This is definitely one of my "brick wall" lines and I'd love to fill in some of the major gaps.
Thanks a lot and I look forward to hearing from you.
Los Angeles, CA
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