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Theresa Mikridge Karasinski

Theresa Mikridge Karasinski

Lynn (View posts)
Posted: 22 Mar 2001 6:30PM GMT
Karen,
Theresa was my grandmother. I once met Metro Mikridge. Do you know him?

Mikridge

Karen (View posts)
Posted: 26 Mar 2001 5:02PM GMT
Lynn,

You and I are second cousins. I don't know if I've ever met Metro. I know he's in Florda and my mother's sister has visited him. He also has a son George in Fla. I don't know anything about your grandmother. Do you know her parents' names I think my grandfather and Theresa had the same father but different mothers. There also was a sister Anna Mikridge who had a daughter Pearl. Anna boarded with Andrew in Jermyn for a while. there was also John in Cleveland. I do have a photo of him. I'd love to have whatever you know about Mikridge. I have my grandfahter's bapt. cert. but cant't find Sviatkova Velyka on a map. That's where I understand he came from.

Mikridge

Karen (View posts)
Posted: 26 Mar 2001 5:06PM GMT
Lynn,

You and I are second cousins. I don't know if I've ever met Metro. I know he's in Florda and my mother's sister has visited him. He also has a son George in Fla. I don't know anything about your grandmother. Do you know her parents' names? I think my grandfather and Theresa had the same father but different mothers. There also was a sister Anna Mikridge who had a daughter Pearl. Anna boarded with Andrew in Jermyn for a while. there was also John in Cleveland. I do have a photo of him. I'd love to have whatever you know about Mikridge. I have my grandfahter's bapt. cert. but cant't find Sviatkova Velyka on a map. That's where I understand he came from.

Mikridge

Karen (View posts)
Posted: 27 Mar 2001 4:06AM GMT
According to my records: Andrew was the oldest child. Siblings were: Anna, Sam, Simeon, Harry, Michael. Parents: Teordore and Eva(Prochko). Stepmother: Anastasia
I would prefer direct email contact rather than the msg. board as I check that more often.

Theresa Mikridge

Lynn (View posts)
Posted: 29 Mar 2001 8:14PM GMT
Karen,
According to my records, Theresa's father was Theodor and her mother was Nancy. Theodor was married twice and his second wife was Eva. Nancy and Theodor had 4 children - Michael, Harry, Julie and Theresa. Theodor and Eva had 3 children. Your information seems to indicate that maybe Nancy (could this be Anastasia?) was the 2nd wife. My Grandmother, Theresa, was very kind, gentle, loved children, healthy, except that she had glaucoma. She told me that when she was a child in Austria that the house where she lived had a dirt floor and the pigs lived in the house with them. They were so poor, she had no shoes, and thus, could not attend school. She never learned to read. I met Metro's children (a daughter and a son, George)when I was very young. Metro worked for the railroad in Ohio or Pennsylvania and lost a leg in a railroad accident. I'm very sure I've heard of John Mikridge. Did you ever hear of Pete Mikridge? He also worked for the railroad.

Theresa Mikridge

Karen Monaghan (View posts)
Posted: 30 Mar 2001 2:00PM GMT
My mother still lives in the house in Jermyn that Andrew built in 1906. I asked her about Theresa and she said she remembers Karasinski's visiting in Jermyn. She also said she has some photos. I dont' recalls seeing them but she'll dig them out. Andrew was a wonderful gardener. Most of the back yard was flowers and vegetables. He worked as a gardener for the Supt. of the Dupont Powder Works.

Pete was my mother's brother. He lost both legs in an accident when he worked for NY Central RR. I didn't remember abt. Metro but I'll ask my mother and my aunt Betty.

I had info on Children but didn't know which went with which mother. My notes say that Eva died when Andrew was 10-12. He was angry at his mother's death and wasn't going to be nice to his stepmother but another sibling convinced him otherwise. Amastas was supposedly very kind to him. That must have been because he named one of his daughters Anastasia (nancy).

Andrew was born May 17, 1864. When he was walking on the tracks near Jermyn someone called to him and told him there were people like him in the next town (Mayfield) He lived there for a while. There were relatives there, Presko or Prochko. Supposedly, related thru his mother Eva.

Records say he came to US in 1886. Harry killed in WWI US or Austria? Sam worked in Conn. Three sons: John, Basil and Metro. Do you know anything abt Simeon and Michael? Records also say John was a spy in Germany in WWII using his native Russian language. Born 1907 died abt 1971. In 1974 his mother lived in Conn. Basil went to Europe but came back to US. lived in Ohio. Metro lived in Ohio: children George and Mary Mikridge Felice.

Do you have info on Theresa coming to US? How did she end up in CT? Do you know anything abt. Anna?

Finally, where do you live? I live in Vestal NY, abt. 60 miles from Jermyn. I;m there VERY often.

Regards
2nd cousin Karen Kennedy Monaghan

Theresa Mikridge

Lynn Peterson (View posts)
Posted: 30 Mar 2001 4:41PM GMT
I live near Kansas City, MO. (I lived in Ithaca for 4 years). I left Conn. in 1964 when my parents moved to Arizona. I was in high school. Pete Mikridge and his wife, Tillie, lived in Phoenix and we occasionally saw them. I have a wonderful memory of Metro visiting my grandparents and he took me aside and gave me $25 (I was only about 8). That was a lot of money then. I remember finding a folded flag in my grandparents' attic and was told that it was from my grandmother's brother who was killed in WWI. I wonder if it was Harry. I don't have any more information, but my mother calls once a month and I'll ask her about Simeon and Michael. I don't know about my grandmother coming to CT or why she ended up there. My mom probably knows. I vaguely think there were relatives there. Thanks for all the info. Take care, 2nd cousin Lynn Stecher Peterson

Mikridge

Karen (View posts)
Posted: 31 Mar 2001 9:57AM GMT
Hi Lynn,

I seem to recall a story of Andrew's mother waving goodbye to him as he sailed away. He kept waving until he couldn;t see her anymore. Andrew and Makrina Leschak Mikridge had 13 children. Adam and Elizabeth died of childhood diseases. Vladimir died in 1916 at the age of 2 from burns. John died at Anzio in 1944. Peter, Theodore and Ludmilla all died in the 1980's. My Aunt Mary died i 1998 at the age of 96. She was still living in thefamily home. My mother Olga had returned to live with her after spending 35 yrs. in New Jersey. As I mentioned before she is still in Jermyn. Remaining siblings are Elizabeth in Fla, Anastasia in NJ and Walter in CA.

Mymother says her father was very strict. I remember him being so kind to me, sitting on his lap when he listened to the radio. The grape vine he planted is still in the back yard. I used to help him pick grapes. He put in what I believe was the first sewer line in Jermyn. He started it and helped other neighbors hook into the line. That was in the early 1900's. He put in a first floor laundry room. He also built a raised revolving clothesline so my grandmother wouldn't have to trudge in teh mud to hang clothes.

I'll email you some photos of Andrew.

Regards
Cousin Karen

Mikridge

Lynn Peterson (View posts)
Posted: 31 Mar 2001 1:27PM GMT
Hi Karen,

I think this is becoming the Mikridge Message Board! haha. If our dates are correct, Andrew left Austria the same year that Theresa was born (10/30/1886). She died 9/14/91. John and Theresa Mikridge Karasinski had 6 children. Michael(CT), Stephen(VT), Peter(died in infancy), Hellen(my mother, WA), Alexander(VT) and Julia(CT). Their ages range from about 75-86 now. Can you clear up some confusion? Both my grandparents said they were born in Austria, but they were Russian, were members of the Russian Orthodox Church, but the language they spoke sounded closer to Polish than Russian. What language did Andrew speak? You mentioned that Andrew was a great gardener. Theresa didn't go outside much. I don't know if it was because she was shy or didn't like to climb stairs (she lived on the second floor of their house), but she had good luck with houseplants. She and my grandfather also had canaries(he raised them) and a talking parakeet. She was a wonderful cook; pierogis and other old country foods. They had 2 enormous cherry trees and I spent many days sitting in one of the trees enjoying the fruit. My mother, myself and 2 brothers lived with them for 5 years while my father was in the Navy. I look forward to seeing the photos of Andrew. Sorry, I don't have a scanner and can't email photos, but if you'd like, I can send you pictures. Regards, Cousin Lynn

Mikridge

Karen (View posts)
Posted: 1 Apr 2001 7:40AM GMT
Hi Lynn,

Andrew was Russian Orthodox and spoke Russian, not high Russian. I think I recall that he did go to school for a while but had to quit after his mother died. My parents, sister and I lived with my grandparents until I was abt. 5. We lived in Scranton for a couple of years and then came back to Jermyn where I lived until 1960. I've been in Vestal ever since. Too bad we never knew abt each other when your were in Ithaca, 45 min. away.

Andrew was a jack of all trades, plumbing, carpentry. He was always doing something.
He was very concerned abt. his appearance. I remember his straw hat, I wore it in a school play once. It has disappeared but I do have a derby of his.

My mother said he was always willing to help out his neighbors out. Although he never owned a car, he built a 2 car garage on the property, not sure of what year but I know it was there in the 1940's.

I recall going with him to a neighbor's to have a newspaper read to him, don't recall if Russian or English. He could write some in English. He corrected his children's English if they mispronounced words. I recall that his children did not have the local accent. The house he built is one of the nicest in town: pocket doors, double living room, stained glass windows, large kitchen, bay windows.

Do you have access to any of Theresa's docs, birth cert, death cert, obit.

Coincidentally, the sister of my mother's next door neighbor used to live in Ansonia. His niece is married to a Russian priest there also.

Regards,
Karen
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