NOTE: Published in The Daily Local on 21 June 2013. Acquired from Ancestry.com.
Thomas Tracy was born 15 June 1943. I am interested in his mother – Sophia Matys.
I found a Sophia Matys, age 19, living with her parents in 1940. This would put her birth year as 1921. The Census that year shows her parents to be Harry, age 55, and Constance, age 47. Her siblings were Walter, 23; John, 21; Eugene, 17; Emil, 15; and Vera, 10. They lived in
in Harry and Constance both list their
birthplace as Delaware County, PA. .
He was a naturalized citizen and she was still an alien. The family lived on Poland Third Street.
The 1930 Census lists Harry and Constance’s birthplace as
is, aside obviously from the dates, no difference in Sophia and her siblings.
Harry was a laborer at a silk mill. Harry and Constance list immigration as
1910 for both. Austria
Sophia’s father – Harry Matys – registered for the WWII draft in 1942. At that time he was unemployed and living at
614 McIlvaine Street in . He lists his birth as 19 August 1883
in Chester .
He describes himself as being 5’6” weighing 150 pounds. He had gray eyes, brown
hair and was light complexion. Austria
The 1920 Census lists Harry and Constance as both aliens having immigrated in 1909. They both list their birthplace as Ukraine Rus. Two sons are listed: three year old Vladimir (Walter), and one year old John. Harry was a furnace man for the steel foundry. The young family lived on
West Third Street, Chester.
His WWI Draft Registration, dated 1918, lists his birth date as the 18th instead. He is a non declared alien and lists his citizenship as Austria Ukrainian. He was a laborer at the Penn Steel Co. His home address then was
Third Street, Chester.
He describes himself as medium height with a slender build. He had blue eyes
and dark hair.
Harry passed on 5 January 1976.
passed on 6 June 1949. They are buried together at the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic Cemetery in County, PA. Linwood,