I am researching the Plavec family from the Bela Krajina region of Slovenija.My interests are in Plavec/Plautz families and others who immigrated to the United States from Slovenia.
Family names which are associated with the PLAVEC (Plautz) family are: ADAM, ANDREWS, BENCHICH, BOHTE, BRUNSKOLE, BUTALA, GERBEC, GERDESIC, GESHEL, JELLEN, JERMAN/YERMAN, KRAKAR, KOKALY, KUTZLER, MATKOVICH, MAURIN/MOVRIN/MAVRIN, MEDITZ, PAKIZ, PODROVITZ, SAITZ, SNEDIC, SPEHAR, STARC, STRUCEL, SWETICH/SVETICH/SWETISH, SZAROLETTA, THOMETZ, VERTACHICH, VERTIN, WERTIN, ZALLAR and ZUNICH.
My grandfather, Stephen Plautz immigrated from Doblice, Crnomelj Parish, Republic of Slovenia, to Calumet, Michigan, USA, and worked in the copper mines.Jauary 1, 1900, he married Marija (Mary) Popovich, the daughter of Dako Popovich and Marta Predovic, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Red Jacket, Calumet Township. In 1909, he moved his family to Willard, Wisconsin, where they farmed and in the 1920's ran a general store.Stephen's sisters, Anna Plautz, married Nicholas Saitz, and Katarina Plautz, married Peter Zunich, who also immigrated to the Calumet area and married Slovenian immigrant miners.The Saitz and Zunich families eventually resettled in the Detroit area.Stefan's father and mother remained in Slovenia and four of their children died in childhood.Stephen came to the Calumet area since his Uncle, Joseph Plautz, had established himself in Red Jacket as a veternarian and notarary public. It is said that George Plavec (Stefan's father) visited the United States three times.Joseph's first trip to the United States actually occurred as the result of his escaping from Mexico after the execution of Maximillian. Joseph tended the Emperor's horses and escaped from Mexico through the United States and returned to Slovenia.He received a pension from the Austrian government as he had served in the Belgian Volunteer Army that was authorized by Joseph Hapsburg to support Maximillian in Mexico.Joseph returned to Slovenia and married Josefa Gerbec of Metlika, four children were born in Slovenia: Josefa (Josephine) and John, born in Semic; Joseph, born in Metlika; and, Ana and Mary, born in Gradac.Joseph first settled in Tower, Minnesota before moving on to Red Jacket, Michigan.Joseph's wife and children followed him to the United States.In Tower, Louis was born and Joseph's oldest child, Josephine, married Bert Andrews.The Andrews settled in Eveleth.Theresa and Frank were born in Red Jacket.In 1897 Josefa Plautz died.John Plautz married Mary Ilenich (a former resident of Doblice and Vertin family relative), Joseph Plautz married Mary Strucel (family originally came from Jerneja vas,Mary Plautz married Matthias Vertachich (another Doblice native), Antonia Plautz married Antony Svetich (a Croatian native from Severin), Louis Plautz married Sophie Bohte (family originally from Zastava)and Theresa Plautz married Mike Spehar family originally from Jelenja vas.Frank Plautz never married.
Marija Popovich was born in the village of Krasnji vrh, near Metlika, Slovenia.Her brother John traveled with her family from Calumet and also settled in Willard, Wisconsin.Her sister's Marta and Ane settled in Ohio.Ane married John Yerman, formerly of Crnomelj, and Marta, married Al Yamsek of Kalje, Slovenia.Brothers Peter and Daniel, married and settled in Alberta, Canada, while a sister, Danica, remained in Slovenia, married, and resettled in Belgrade, Serbia after WW2.Marija's mother, Marta Predovich, had several sister's, whose children also immigrated into the United States.The family names I am researching are: POPOVICH, PREDOVIC, BELOPAVLOVIC(H) [BELL & PAULIN] and BADOVINAC.These families were of Croatian descent living in Slovenia and practicing Greek Orthodox faith.Other surnames associated with these familes are: BAYUK, CURIC, DAMJANOVIC, GOLES, HLADE, KORENCHAN, KOZLEVCAR, KUTSKO, MURN/MORN, PIRKOVIC,