By Fritz K March 31, 2007 at 06:12:50
Lisa:If you are certain that you found the correct arrival records of your grandparents in the US, then this is story.
Your grandfather Julius Lenhart arrived at Ellis Island from Nagy Sároslak in 1909.As his closest relative in the old country he listed father Johann Lenhart in Nagy Sároslak.Julius was on the way to brother Jozsef (Joseph) Lenhart in Passaic, NJ.
Nagy Sároslak today has the official name Moschendorf and is in the state of Burgenland, Austria.This now seems to be an excellent lead for you.Pre-WW 1 it was in Vas county of Western Hungary.
Joseph may have arrived at Ellis Island in 1903, age 16.He went on to meet with uncle Stefan Janischer in a town called Stiles xxx (cannot read) in PA.It seems to me that on the same ship was also his father (your greatgrandfather) Johann Lenhart (same page of the ship manifest) from Moschendorf, a joiner, who was on the way to his brother-in-law Stefan Janischer.Joseph traveled with some other acquaintances or relatives, among them Alois Janischer, a brother of Stefan.
Many of the arrivals were not immigrants, but just temporary workers who wanted to make and save some money in the United States.
I also found the arrival record of Maryanna Gross.If this is indeed your grandmother, then she hailed from Kaisersdorf.This could be the town of this name in Burgenland, formerly Császárfalu in old Sopron county of Hungary.This is not near Moschendorf, but since they met in the USA, it would not be a far fetch either.The on-line phone directory of Austria has one entry for Gross and two entries for Stocker in Kaisersdorf.Unfortunately, I am unable to probe deeper as the ship's arrival record does not appear to be accessible.