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Mathias Lelak - Josepha Mihalik

Mathias Lelak
Josepha (Mihalik) Lelak

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14. Matyas Lelak, born February 1, 1855 in Zakarovce, Slovakia1. He was the son of 28. Tobias Lelak and 29. Barbara Baranko. He married 15. Josepha Mihalik Abt. 1881. She was the daughter of 30. Casparus Mathias Mihalik and 31. Theresia Majdik.

Notes for Matyas Lelak:
On Maria (Lelak) Oravetz's birth record, her father's (Matyas Lelak) place of birth is given as Zsakarocz, Szepes (present-day Zakarovce, Spisska Nova Ves okres). In January 1997, James M. Rebar examined the Zakarovce Roman Catholic parish records and initially could not find an entry on the expected date for Matyas' birth. At first, he could find no evidence of there being any Lelaks in the town, so he ordered the microfilms of the RC parish records for several nearby towns in the hopes of finding more information. Upon re-examination of the Zakarovce registers, Mr. Rebar discovered that the Thobias Lyalyak who was the father of a Matthias, born February 1, 1855, was noted elsewhere as Tobias Lelak. This is the correct family of Lelaks, though the name seems to be pretty consistently spelled as Lyalyak. The records point to their being ethnic Rusyn, but they were Roman Catholics during the 1800s, i.e. the period covered by the Zakarovce records.

Notes for Josepha Mihalik:
While in Pereczes, Hungary, in July 1995, James M. Rebar and his sister, Dorothy (Rebar) Polenik, visited the church where the children of Josepha Mihalik and Matyas Lelak (i.e. Dorothy's and Jim's grandmother, Maria Lelak Oravetz) were all baptised. Mr. Rebar still has not found a marriage record for them, so he does not know where they were married. Dorothy told him the story that Josepha died from complications related to a hernia she developed from picking up wet laundry. That was the first time Mr. Rebar had ever heard that story. Albert Kovachik, whose mother was Margaret Lelak, verified that Josepha was deceased when the sisters emigrated to America.

Children of Matyas Lelak and Josepha Mihalik are:

  1. Maria Josefina Lelak, born April 16, 1882 in Pereces, Borsod Co, Hungary (prob); died November 22, 1885 in Pereces, Borsod Co, Hungary.
  2. 7. Maria Lelak, born February 13, 1888 in Pereczes, Borsod Co, Hungary2; died June 13, 1942 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co, PA3; married 6. Jozsef Oravecz March 31, 1909 in Barnsboro, Cambria Co, PA4.
  3. Gizela Lelak, born January 25, 1890 in Pereces, Borsod Co, Hungary.
  4. Jozefa Borbala Lelak, born January 30, 1892 in Pereczes, Borsod Co, Hungary; died 1931 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co, PA; married Joseph Herpak.

    Notes for Jozefa Borbala Lelak:
    Known as "Pepi" by everyone in the family. She arrived in New York on October 22, 1913, on board the Friedrich der Grosse, traveling with her sister, Margaret Lelak. Josefa is listed in the ship's record as Pepi Lellak, age 21. She was traveling as a Hungarian national, and was listed as ethnic Hungarian ('Magyar'). Her last place of residence in Hungary was Diosgyor. Next of kin in Hungary was given as brother-in-law Oravecz, Esq., living in Pereczes. Margaret, traveling as Margit Lellak, 17, had the same information in her ship's record. Their passage had been paid for by their brother-in-law, presumably meaning Joseph Oravetz, who was married to their sister, Mary Lelak, my grandmother. Pepi and Margit together were in possession of $6. The final destination of both was Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, to the home of their brother-in-law, Joseph Oravecz, my grandfather, at P.O. Box 294, Barnesboro. Pepi was 4 feet 10 inches tall, and Margit was 5 feet 4 inches. Both had been born in Pereczes, Hungary.

  5. Margaret C. Lelak, born April 1893 in Pereczes, Borsod County, Hungary; died 1953 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co, PA; married Joseph J. Kovacik January 17, 1916 in Braddock, Allegheny Co, PA.

    Notes for Margaret C. Lelak:
    Margaret Lelak arrived in New York on October 22, 1913, on board the Friedrich der Grosse, traveling with her sister, Pepi Lelak. Margaret is listed in the ship's record as Margit Lellak, age 17. She was traveling as a Hungarian national, and was listed as ethnic Hungarian ('Magyar'). Her last place of residence in Hungary was Diosgyor. Next of kin in Hungary was given as brother-in-law Oravecz, Esq., living in Pereczes. Pepi (real name Jozefa), traveling as Pepi Lellak, 21, had the same information in her ship's record. Their passage had been paid for by their brother-in-law, presumably meaning Joseph Oravetz, who was married to their sister, Mary Lelak, my grandmother. Pepi and Margit together were in possession of $6. The final destination of both was Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, to the home of their brother-in-law, Joseph Oravecz, my grandfather, at P.O. Box 294, Barnesboro. Pepi was 4 feet 10 inches tall, and Margit was 5 feet 4 inches. Both had been born in Pereczes, Hungary.

    Notes for Joseph J. Kovacik:
    Born Josef Kovacsic, arrived USA 6 October 1913, naturalized on 8 Dec 1927.

Endnotes

1. Zakarovce RC Parish Baptismal Record, 1852-1876 (LDS 1791927, Item 3), p. 7.
2. Birth Register, RC Parish of Dyosgyor, Hungary (LDS 0623336)
3. Barnsboro Star, 18 June 1942, p. 1
4. Declaration of Intention, No. 19079


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