|Della Hoke and Don Uvick married in 1985 and have periodically done research on their family lines. Recently this effort has been concentrated on Don's side, especially his paternal grandfather's side.|
There has been some difficulty because the last name was changed - to Uvick - and the name that we have on some documents is spelled Junevicius, but was pronounced "Unavichus". Don taped a conversation with his grandfather many years ago; Joseph Uvick said that his father and eldest brother came to the U.S. in 1900, and that he, his mother and a sister came in 1907, through Ellis Island. So far we have not been able to find any information at all about his entry through Ellis Island, or anything else.
The Uvicks and their relations seemed to reside in the NYC area for many years, with the third and fourth generations spreading out from there, and many reside in New England or the Mid-Atlantic states.
On Della's side of the family, she has information on two lines back to their entry to the U.S. The Hokes (orginially Hoch) came in the mid 1700s. This is one of her father's father's branches. On her mother's mother's father's side, the Brashers (originally Brashear, Brassieur of France) came to the U.S. in the mid 1600s.
The Hokes settled in southern Pennsylvania.
The Brashears/Brashers, after arriving in Maryland (some are buried there) and moving to North Carolina, moved to what later became eastern Tennessee, and stayed there for many generations. There has been extensive research on the Brashears/Brashers of Tennessee, as they were the first white settlers in some areas.