Our grandfather was named Anton (Anthony) Davidaitis, born about 1876 in Lithuania. He indicated on the 7/6/1914 arrival papers at Ellis Island that he and wife and oldest son had been in the USA several times prior to this "last" trip. He indicates he was from Kowno (Kaunas). They arrived through Rotterdam on the New Amsterdam ship. The papers indicate his nationality was Russian, and race Lithuanian.
Wife - Benadikta (Benedicta) Morris born in Lithuania 1886 Son - Fransisck (Frank) born in Lithuania 1905 Son - Constantin - born in Pittsburg 1908 Son - Anton - born in Pittsburg 1912 Son - Benedikt - born in Lithuania 1916
In all these years of researching, this is my first experience researching someone internationally and am stumped.
His wife's maiden name is listed as Morris which sounds very Americanized.
His wife/widow and two children changed spelling to Daviditis once naturalized, and our dad changed his spelling to David. Anton was on a the 1920 census papers in USA and the last name appears to be Daviditis but poorly written. He either died or "left" because we can't track him later. They settled this time in Athol, MA where most of the family stayed. Dad was in merchant marines so once he left home he did not return, so we do not know anything about this huge part of our family.
Were they accurate in spelling names at Ellis? Is this name common in Lithuania, and possibly spelled slightly differently? Since Lithuania was a part of Russia at that time, does that matter?
Lots of questions, lost as a goose, and would appreciate some direction or help, please. Where do I start and get to the Lithuanian documents or cemeteries there, etc.? Definitely need some help. Thank you.