United States of America Petition for Naturalization
The petiton ofJan Manciu 2612 Sarah St., PittsburghPennsylvania occupation:Millworker Born on the 2nd day of February 1858 at Petrilova Hungary emigrated from Bremen Germany on the 25th day of December 1900 arrived at the port of Baltimore MD the 15 of January 1901 on the vessel Studtgart
I declared to become a citized of the US the 24th of April 1905 My wife is Civa Manciu from Resicza Hungary the children are Aurora Born Autust 2, 1897 Hungary JosefBorn April 2, 1905 Emilborn August 10, 1907 Paulborn Sept. 29, 1909
Signed by Jon Manciu, typed as Jan
the manifest of the ship show the name as Juon Manciu from Resicza Hungary. There is/was some scandal attached to their leaving Romania.Talk of grandmother Eva (Civa from Paraskiva) being the maid and runing away with the head of the house, abandoning the wife with 2 girl children. The other tale was having hurt/killed a man and running from the law.
My father left pittsburg in the 30's and americanized the name to Mancin, but I saw the family bible in 1960 and it is clearly Manciu. My father dies in 1976 and would only say that his step father was a kind man, his father Jan Manciu died in 1916 when he was 9yrs old, but that Manciu was very strict and any family outing was to museums or places of learning and that their uncle back in Romania was a Police chief or head of a town/village.
Eva died in 1965 never having learned English enough to talk with the grandchildren. She mentioned she was from Grigorio which has never helped me.
On the ship manafest Jan named was spelled Juon and listed his job as locksmith and that he was going to live with his brother George.That was the only time George was mentioned. All census show George and Eva, the handwriting on the manifest looks like Guon, maybe it was his second trip having gotten a home then going back for the family. In a pittsburg phone book from 1902 period it listed a George Smith at 2612 Sarah St. as a foreman.We did understand the Manciu was dropped and he was called Smith at work in the mills, as that was his job. The address matches the one on the naturalization papers.
His mother in laws name was listed as Olles, Olos Catherine,but that has been a dead end.When Eva remarried she listed mothers maiden name as Catharine Yourkitga or something like it.Did the person writing it down spell it as they thought they heard it? The first letter looks like a capitol Y but its hard to tell. On Catherine Olles death certificate (she died in 1928)staes her husband was John Olles, her fathers name was Nick Gurgussi, or Guryussi.
Thats about all I know.Any help would be greatly appreciated.