17 January 2011

Matrilineal Monday -- Bessie Matys Hruszczak

Bessie was my great grandmother. She came to Ellis Island in 1912 from Fraga, Austria. At 18 years of age, she came alone to meet her brother Frank who had come over a few years before and was living in Coatesville, Chester County, PA. She lived with Frank, his wife Helen and their daughter Catherine until she married Panko Hruszczak.

Her name is an interesting one. She wrote her name as "Paska Matys" on the passenger list in 1912. (Note line 22)

Church records in 1918 when my grandfather was born and baptized have her name as Pelgia. Various census records show her name as Bessie. She was a simple woman, active with the church. She survived her husband. He passed in 1968. She passed away in 1972.

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