I think we are probably related by marriage.
My grandfather's neice, Mara (my mother's cousin), married Dimitri Popovski, and they emigrated to Melbourne Australia. Dimi was a great source of stories and family history that we miss, but he is survived by his wife, Mara. Their family is still in Melbourne.
My grandfather, Mihailo Tasevski b.1892 came from Dragos, and also was working in Detroit around the time your grandfather was there. He and his father Ilija came through Ellis I. several times, the first time probably around 1900, because my father was around 8yo.
He ended up returning to Macedonia in 1919 and emigrated to Australia in 1926. My mother Marilyn was born when he was 56yo, and his first child was older than my grandmother. His older children lived or are living in Canada (Toronto) and Melbourne Australia, with the younger ones in NSW Australia - a total of 10 children. Although one died at 13yo, all the others had children, so it's a big family.
Wishing you luck with the Ellis I. search. I am still having real trouble. For a start, even if they weren't illiterate, the Macedonians use the Cyrillic alphabet (like Russian). Also, their family names would change depending on the family patriarch's first name. To simplify administration and politics, the names were "set" in the early 1900's at the formation of Yugoslavia. Prior to that, the most recently deceased patriarch's name became the surname. So, "Tase" became "Tasevski". His son Ilija would have become Illic or the like, and Mihailovic, etc. A litte like the Scot Macs and Irish O's.
Mum seems to remember her father telling her that the family used the name "Louis" or "Lewis" in the US, and that his father's business was literally opposite the gates of Henry Ford's, but I've had little joy with my efforts so far. Anyone who might have a lead?
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