Re: Mary Behuniak - 1900 Ansonia, CT
Hope this helps or at least adds a little background to your search. I'm not sure how Mary fits into this picture that we put together... hope it helps you.
I do believe that Harry Behuniak is directly related to me.My Grandfather, Antonio first lived in Ansonia and later moved to Seymour.
Let me tell you what I know about your family side.
Wasil Behuniak (Vasil Buguncka is another variation) was born in the town of Gorlice (Gorlitchy) in January 1884.In the dukedom of Galicia.. then part of the old Ukraine.
Wasil, was born on his father's (Harry Behuniak) famr and lived there until 1904.. when he stowed away on a steamship bound for America.In May or June of that year, he arrived in New York.. somehow legally made it through Ellis Island immigration, and eventually settled on North 7th Stree in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.It was apparently there that he met Mary Golowaskie (Glovaka).She ahd also been born in Galicia.. in a nearby town named Isczba (Biecz) on September 19, 1891.Little else is know of her early life.Mary and Wasil were married on October 22, 1905 in the Church of Saint Elias, located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, only a few miles from where Wasil had been living.
Sometime around 1910, Wasil, Mary and their first two children, Ann and John, who had been born in Brooklyn, came to Seymour.For a short time they took of residence on thried street where their third child, Rose was born.
During 1912/1913, town records show that this family of five had relocated to Star Street in Ansonia, possibly because in 1913, Wasil had gotten a job in the foundry at Farrell Birmingham Company.Their fourth child, Waslter, was born at their home on Star Street.
Work records obtained frmo Farrel revealed a number of interesting facts.Wasil could neigher read nor write in either English or his native language, and could speak only very broken English.He had come to the United States to work and to earn a better living.At this time he indicated one brother living in Gorlice and anther brother living in the town of Lezaysk.Records also listed his Alien Registration Number (1569209). He would subsequently apply for his "First Papers" (Number 28611) in August 1941 at the US district Court in New Haven and receive his Naturalization Certificate (Number 6155815), petition 31924.
on 26 May 1944.Mary evidently never became a citizen herself.Wasil worked at Farrel Birminham from 7 August 1913 until 31 December 1953, just over 40 years.
In 1913 Wasil purchased approximately 30+ acres of farmland on Great Hill Seymour and soon after moved his family there.The rest of the children, Tillie, Helen, Menania, Harry (who died a few weeks after birth) Julianna and Michael were born on the farm.