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Andreas Ribar - Katalin Kozak

Andreas Ribar
Katalin (Kozak) Rebar

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4. Andreas Ribar, born July 6, 1866 in Nizna Mysla, Slovakia1; died November 15, 1921 in Clearfield Co, PA2. He was the son of 8. Joannes Ribar and 9. Barbara Majoros. He married 5. Katalin Kozak November 23, 1891 in Nizna Mysla, Slovakia3. She was the daughter of 10. Janos Kozak and 11. Maria Hricz.

Notes for Andreas Ribar:
Godparents: Josephus Stein, tenant farmer of Also Mislye, RC; and Maria Szciranka, wife of Joseph Nasili, farmer.
A transcript in the Nizna Mysla RC parish register of the original marriage record made in Andrej Ribar's military booklet: Marriage, 23 November 1891. Groom: Andras' Ribar', farm laborer, RC, single, age 25, of Also Mislye 133, son of deceased Janos Ribar', RC, farm laborer, and Borbala, daughter of Andras Gyuro. Bride: Katalin Kozak, RC, single, age 19, of Also Mislye 92, daughter of Janos Kozak, RC, farm laborer, and Maria Hricz, RC. Witnesses: Mihaly Kiselya, RC; Janos Toth, farm laborer of Also Mislye. Remark: Military passport, Kesmark 8 September 1891, Royal and Imperial Command, Field Infantry Battalion Ma. 32.
Death information for Andrew Rebar is from certified copy of his death certificate, State of Pennsylvania, Certification No. 90244, dated October 28, 1985. Cause of death listed as pulmonary tuberculosis and complications from miner's asthma. Daughter Anna (Rebar) Christy signed the certificate, and stated that she did not know the names of either of Andrew's parents.
Andrew is buried in the cemetery in Brisbane, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Based on 1910 census information, he emigrated to this country in 1892.

Notes for Katalin Kozak:
Father Janos Kozak was a farm laborer (Hungarian: zsellÚr, Latin: inquilinus).
Godparents: Karoly Miscsak Oberle, tenant farmer (Hungarian: telkes) at Nizna Mysla, and Ersebet Mozgo, widow of Andras Toth, tenant farmer of Nizna Mysla.
Confirmed 27 May 1890, listed as 18 years old, given Confirmation name of Anna. (LDS 1923132).
Death information for Katrine (Kozak) Rebar is from certified copy of her death certificate, State of Pennsylvania, Certification No. 90242, dated October 28, 1985. Cause of death listed as acute nephritis. Certificate was signed by Andrew Kosick (i.e. Kozak) of Madera.
Katrine is buried in the cemetery in Brisbane, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Based on 1910 census information, she emigrated to this country in 1896.

Children of Andreas Ribar and Katalin Kozak are:

  1. Anna Rebar, born May 27, 1897 in Ramey, Clearfield Co, PA; died March 2, 1974 in Irvona, Clearfield Co, PA; married (1) Anthony Christy Abt. 1918; married (2) Singleton Leslie Bloom Abt. 1922. Notes for Anna Rebar:
    According to the 1900 census, Anna was born in Mar 1897, not May.
    I remember as a child going to visit Aunt Annie in Irvona, Pennsylvania. Her husband was Singleton Bloom, and I don't recall referring to him as 'Uncle.' He was very English to my child's mind, and just a little bit intimidating to me. Singleton was very old when we went to visit, so it is doubtful that I saw him more than once. One final memory I have of the visit was the car parked in their garage -- I can recall marvelling at its pristine condition, and even then I knew it was because the car was rarely driven.
    My memories of Aunt Annie are equally sparse. I went with my dad to visit her once while I was in college, perhaps 1969 or 1970. She had had her foot removed (diabetes), but was able to go up and down the stairs on her butt. A fellow was living with her, I believe Singleton's brother. Many years later, when Dot, Andy, Carolyn and I located Aunt Annie's grave in a private cemetery, that old guy was still alive and living in a trailer next to the cemetery; he was easily in his 90s!
    When my dad and I left Aunt Annie's house after the visit, we drove to a store in the middle of Irvona, where Dad bought himself some Cutty Pipe chewing tobacco, and he bought me a box of Copenhagen snuff. I chewed only occasionally, preferring to smoke, but I did not turn down my dad's gift, as it was an extremely rare gift from him.
    One time, when Aunt Annie was about 75, she came to visit Dot. It had to have been about 1972, and she would have been without her foot, but I cannot remember that aspect. I was totally enthralled with her mental agility for her age -- she seemed to be hardly older than 45, although her leathery exterior gave away her true age.

    Notes for Anthony Christy:
    In the late 1920s, Anthony Christy left town by train with the two girls, and put them in an orphanage in the Pittsburgh area. They did not see their mother again until they were in their 40s, when they somehow managed to trace her. The saddest part of all was that my dad took Anthony and the girls to the train station, not knowing that they were leaving forever!

  2. Andrew Rebar, born July 13, 1899 in Clearfield Co, Gulich Twp., PA4; died December 12, 1969 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

    Notes for Andrew Rebar:
    SS Death Benefit Records: Individual: Rebar, Andrew; Birth date: Jul 13, 1899; Death date: Dec 1969; Social Security #: 210-05-1481; Last residence: PA 15748; State of issue: PA.
    In LDS 1463005 (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Births, 1896-1905), Item 2, p. 212, #35, Andrew Rebar's birth is given as July 13, 1899. This entry is File 18, Registration number 7891, recorded June 27, 1955. I do not know why this was registered at this time.

  3. Joseph Rebar, born March 26, 1901 in Ramey, Clearfield Co, PA5,6; died January 15, 19807; married Elizabeth Jane Swartz.

    Notes for Joseph Rebar: SS Death Benefit Records: Individual: Rebar, Joseph; Birth date: Mar 26, 1901; Death date: Jan 1980; Social Security #: 191-09-4110; Last residence: PA 19607; State of issue: PA.
    I found his birth record in the Clearfield County register of births (LDS 1463005, Item 1, p. 221). The last name is virtually unreadable, looking something like Reeder, but it's the right person. Parents were listed in the register as Andrew and Katie (unfortunately, no last name given for them).

    Notes for Elizabeth Jane Swartz: On her headstone, her last name is spelled 'Swardt.' One of her children gave me this information, and indicated that this was the original spelling.

  4. 2. John S. Rebar, born July 24, 1903 in Ramey, Clearfield Co, PA8; died March 8, 1977 in Johnstown, Cambria Co, PA; married Margaret Ann Oravetz September 20, 1926 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co, PA.

    Notes for John S. Rebar:
    In LDS 1463005 (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Births, 1896-1905), Item 2, p. 212, #36, John Rebar's birth is given as July 24, 1903. This entry is File 18, Registration number 7906, recorded July 11, 1955. I do not know why this was registered at this time.

    Notes for Margaret Ann Oravetz:
    Marriage information from copy of original marriage certificate No. 27892.

  5. Michael Rebar, born September 15, 1905 in Ramey, Clearfield Co, PA9; died August 27, 1966; married Martha Ellen Schwardt.

    Notes for Michael Rebar:
    SS Death Benefit Records: Individual: Rebar, Mike; Birth date: Sep 15, 1905; Death date: Aug 1966; Social Security #: 208-09-3269; Last residence: PA 15748; State of issue: PA.
    In LDS 1463005 (Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Births, 1896-1905), Item 2, p. 215, #24, Michael Rebar's birth is given as September 15, 1905. This entry is File 18, Registration number 7865, recorded October 31, 1905.

  6. Catherine Rebar, born May 18, 1909 in Madera, Clearfield Co, PA; died September 13, 1996 in NY; married John Elmer Abel December 2, 1932 in Rome, NY.
  7. George Rebar, born January 15, 1916 in Madera, Clearfield Co, PA10; died August 31, 1980 in Jessup, Anne Arundel Co, MD; married Anna Jane Chatnick.

    Notes for George Rebar:
    SS Death Benefit Records: Individual: Rebar, George; Birth date: Jan 15, 1915; Death date: Aug 1980; Social Security #: 170-12-5565; Last residence: MD 20794; State of issue: PA; Zip of last payment: 21061
    Note that I have it from another (unrecalled) source that George was born in 1916 vice 1915. For now, I will keep the 1915 date here and the 1916 date on the family page, but I suspect that the Social Security records are the accurate ones.
    According to anecdotal information provided by Dorothy (Rebar) Polenik on October 20, 1996: Andrew Rebar was staying with his daughter, Anna (Rebar) Christy, George's oldest sister, after the death of his wife, Kathrine (Kozak) Rebar. Anna's husband had deserted her, taking two of the children, leaving her with one. George, who was only about 4 years old at the time, was also staying at her house. On the evening of November 14, 1921, Andrew went to sleep on the couch, and George went to sleep with him. Andrew died that night in his sleep. Times were very rough, and George was sent to Barnesboro to live with his aunt and uncle, Barney and Mary (Kozak) Valco. The Valco's son, Tom, his wife, Helen, and their children (about 4) were also living there. George came down with tuberculosis while there, probably having contracted it from his father, and had to be confined to the sanitarium in Cresson. He evidently was cured, but he went to live in an orphanage after that.

Endnotes

1. Nizna Mysla RC parish birth register 1858-1886, p. 127, #86 (LDS 1923133)
2. Death certificate, State of Pennsylvania, Nr. 105564, November 17, 1921
3. Nizna Mysla RC parish marriage register 1882-1918
4. Br°derbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U.S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with R, Date of Import: Sep 9, 1996, Internal Ref. #1.112.3.46856.103
5. U.S. SS Death Benefit Records.
6. Clearfield Co, PA, Births, 1896-1905, p. 221, Item 1.
7. U.S. SS Death Benefit Records.
8. Clearfield Co, PA, Births, 1896-1905, p. 227.
9. U.S. SS Death Benefit Records.
10. Br°derbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U.S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with R, Date of Import: Sep 9, 1996, Internal Ref. #1.112.3.46856.138


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