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Re: Clays/Klejas of Fayette - Slovak/Austrian?
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: January 23, 2011 at 04:08:33
In Reply to: Clays/Klejas of Fayette - Slovak/Austrian? by Karen Robertson of 5744

The census shows Albert immigrated in 1886 and Elizabeth about 1899. They were married ca 1899. Albert's WWI draft card shows he was born April 23, 1874. The 1900 census has them born in Hungary, the 1910 census in Austria and spoke Polish, the 1920 census in Austria and spoke Slovak. The 1930 of Beaver County has them born in Czechoslovakia and spoke Slovak. The 1910 census lists an Andrew Clay 17 living with them as his brother. He was born in PA,

Their children were:

Mary ca 1900
Anna ca 1903
Catharine ca 1904
Elizabeth ca 1905
Albert 1907
Susan ca 1910
Andrew ca 1911
Margaret ca 1916
Stephen ca 1920

I could not find Albert's immigration record. I did find an Elizabeth Kypila 19 who landed in Philadelphia on Dec 21, 1895 on board the S.S. Pennsylvania. She was headed to Mt Carmel to her brother Mike. She was from Bezo, Austro-Hungary which is today Bezovce, Slovakia. It may or may not be the correct Elizabeth.

If you know where and when Albert and Elizabeth died I suggest getting their death certificates and obituaries. The death certificates, marriage records and obituaries of their children may help with identifying the correct spelling of their surnames.

Albert and Elizabeth's marriage record may have data on exactly where they were born and their parents. Start with Fayette and Westmoreland County Register of Wills. Albert was a naturalized citizen. Like with marriage records it's hard to know where he filed the papers. Unless he filed in federal district court he probably filed at the Prothonotary office in the county he was living in at the time.

Based solely on the 1910 census in which Albert's brother Andy was living with them I found this.

The 1900 census of Strohms, Westmoreland County, PA has this family:

Mike Claye, born 1849, immigrated in 1878 or 1888.
Annie 1854, immigrated in 1892, married 25 years.
Mary 1890 in PA
Andy 1892 in PA
Annie 1892 in PA

The 1910 census of German Twp., Fayette County shows the widow Anna Clay 56 as the mother-in-law of Fran Lapmchonsky 25 and his wife Mary 19.

Check with the Fayette County Genealogical Society to see if they can help you. The Slovak Heritage & Folklore Society International may be able to help you with what the original name was.


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