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Re: Anyone researching These Surnames & Places?

Posted: 6 Apr 2009 6:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Apr 2009 1:44PM GMT
Surnames: Steponavicius, Steponaitis, Baltramonaitis, Buckler, Manakas
Thanks for the response.

My grandfather's sister and her family emigrated from Lithuania and settled in South Chicago. Her name was Agota Steponavicius/Steponaitis and her husband's name was Jonas Baltramonaitis.

I found Jonas's Declaration of Intent info on the Cook County website. It said he was a ship builder at the Chicago Ship Building Company.

His wife, Agota, died of a miscarriage at Cook County Hospital in 1916 and I got her death certificate via the on-line Cook County Clerk website. They had a son (Kazys) born in 1913 in Chicago but those births are not yet on line so I may need to write for it.

Some time after 1920, the father (Jonas Baltramonaitis) took the son and an older daughter back to Virbalis, Lithuania, to live.

I found a displaced person (DP) record for Kazys indicating that he had fled Lithuania and made it to an American DP camp in Germany in July 1945. His registration card said he was born in Chicago and that he didn't want to return to Lithuania while the Communists were still there. The notation at the bottom of the DP card said he was turned back to the Russians on 15 Aug 1945. Looks like no one believed his claim of U.S. citizenship.

Jonas also had two sisters that also emigrated and settled in South Chicago.

Jonas Baltramonaitis arrived 28 May 1905 in Quebec aboard SS Lake Michigan which sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on 16 May 1905 - headed to brother-in-law (Jacob Buckler) in S. Chicago

1905-1907 - Jonas Baltramonaitis resides in S. Chicago - per 9 October 1909 EIDB entry 9Jonas returned a second time)
For the 1910 Cenus, Jonas was living with his sister Ann/Ona and her husband, Jacob Buckler at:

ED 460, Sheet 3A, Lines 31-39 - taken 25 April 1910 - Ward 8
8634 Baltimore Avenue, Chicago IL

In 1911 my grandfather arrived at Ellis island and was headed to Jonas Baltramonaitis at 8929 S. Escabana Avenue, Chicago

For the 1920 Census, Jonas was with Agota Manakas and her husband Alex at:

1920 Census taken 19 & 21 January 1920 by Rosalie ????,
ED 511, Sheet 13B, Lines 75-80
8730 S. Commercial Street, Chicago IL - Ward 8

What's a mystery to me is that there is no entry for his two children (Kazys - born 1913 and Marija - born 1910 in Lithuania). I don't know if they had already gone back to Lithuania or were living with other relatives in the U.S.

So are you in the Chicago area?

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