BETTY AND GEORGE REBAR
541 Qualicum Rd.
Qualicum Beach, B.C.
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P>April 23, 2000
My name is George Michael Rebar. My Father was George Rebar born, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. His Father was Michael Rebar( Michel Rybar) born Nizne Slovinky in what is now Slovakia. Near Krompachy, Porac, and Helmanovice. This is in the Spis Region. His Father had a Brother who moved with his eight? sons to Scranton Pennsylvania. He may have had other brothers and sisters. Their Mother was Anna Repaska. Other names in the ancestors are Ribar, Andrejko, Repasky, Perhacs,
I would like to know the names of the brothers of my great-grandfather Michael Rybar, whose home in Slovinky incidentally was just sold.
My wife and I have been to Slovinky twice,where we were able to search in the Archives in Levoce. The same records are available through the LDS church.
Michael Rebar Born Nizhni Slovinky 1886, Married ( in /Crowsnest Pass) Julia Kropinak b. 1889 Slovinky. Immigrated to Mobile, Alabama and then to Crowsnest Pass Alberta. Then to Lethbridge Alberta.(Hardieville) Pit Boss No. 6 Mine.
His father Michael Rybar b. 1860 Slovinky M. Helena Stezcova, b. 1864 who was a midwife and proficient bone setter. Jusko stayed in Slovinki, Michael, John, Alice Ontko,( Ontkean), and Mary (Rybarova) Kropinak moved to Canada.
They had 8 male cousins in Scranton Pennsylvania, Rebars.
Helena Stecz had a brother who also immigrated to Lethbridge. He and his wife died at age 92 within days of each other.
Michael Rybar's father was Simon Ribar b 1814 and mother Anna Andrejko
His mother was Anna Repaska, grand father Petras Repasky , grandmother Catharine Perhacs
Helena Stecova(SteczÂ‘s) father was Johannes Stecz, and mother Maria Stezcova.
Her mother was Anna Uhrin.
Julia Kropinak's father was Matej Kropinak b. 1852, grandfather Matej Kropinak b.1824, great-grandfather Michael Kropinak b. 1809. Grand mother Maria Petrassova. B. 1820.great grandfather Jan Petracs b. 1797, his wife Maria.
Her mother Maria Mnichova b. 1854. Grandfather Jozef Mnich , great-grandfather Jan Petracs. His wife Maria.
Grand mother Maria Perhacsova, great grand father Petrus Perhacs. His wife Maria Patzunya.
The names of the people who came from Perhacs, the two Slovinkys and Helmanovice are common in Lethbridge, Alberta and the Crows Nest Pass. They are also the same names for the Ohio and Pennsylvania regions.
It is conjectured that the Stecz'a,Rebars, Ribars, Rybars, originally came from Saxony, ( Palatinates) about 1750, and became Slovaks. The Kropinaks seem to be Rusyns and the language which my grandfather and his siblings spoke was a Rusniak dialect.
None of the immigrating Rebars were inclined to speak seriously about Slovinky and declined to ever return. There was deep resentment with the people who controlled their destinies in those days. Their comments were heated and vivid about the circumstances under which they were subjected and possibly coloured by their perception of past events.
I have traced the Rebars back to 1790 and then it stops. This could be because they came from somewhere else. That could be Saxony. Or their German roots could go back to 1200 when the Hungarian King brought the first Saxons to replace those slaughtered by the Mongols.
The missing link is the names of the Rebars, who immigrated to Scranton Penn. Their father would have Been Simon Rybar, Mother Anna Repaska.
The picture I have of my great grandfather show him as short, dark, with protruding ears. He had some excessive appetites, and his daughters-in -law did not remember him with great affection. His wife was a Stecz. She was tall, fair and red haired. She was a mid- wife and a bone setter. The stories were that she went to Prague at one time to set some bones which the Doctors could not. Today it would take over a day by train, so before the turn of the century, it makes you wonder.
If you can get me any information about the infamous missing Scranton Rebars I would appreciate it. I will be going to Piestany this year to soak up the minerals and will have another crack at the Archives.
Maj sa Dobre