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Re: Zavada/Lechnica, Spisska, Slovakia
Posted by: Wendy Henderson (ID *****0660) Date: September 25, 2009 at 20:39:58
In Reply to: Re: Zavada/Lechnica, Spisska, Slovakia by Zlatica Beca of 7

Hi Zlatica - I looked at the listing in ellis island. That is her!!!! My great grandfather was Josef Smith and they lived in Lehighton. My grams was born in Lehighton as was my father. Oh God, I feel like crying. I can't believe it. I finally know where she is from. I wish my grams was still here. She never knew. Oh my God. Zlatica, something happened when she went back there. Something bad. When she came back they ended up having her committed to a mental hospital, where she died in 1919. My grandmother died in 2001 never knowing what happened to her mother. Not even where she was. Her father told her she died of the swine flu. We're still not sure exactly where she is buried. I have a death certificate for her showing what cemetery she is in, but she is not listed in their placement, although there are some graves with question marks on them. In some ways I'm glad my grams never knew cause I think she would be so sad. But I know she missed her terribly. Her father was an abusive alcoholic after her mother died, and then he died when she was 17. She pretty much raised her younger brother, my Uncle John who is also now deceased. My great grandmother was alone in this country. I'm sorry I'm telling you all this. But now I know where she was from. Where exactly is Brzozowa? Is it in Poland or Slovakia? Can you tell if anyone by either of these last names are still there? is this a village or a city? Thank you.


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