Last Saturday’s prompt was to share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. My mom never taught me how to cook. In fact she rarely let me in the kitchen. Sunday’s prompt was to share an entry or excerpt from a female ancestor’s diary or journal. Monday’s prompt was to feature a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.
Bessie Hruszczak is my great grandmother. I knew her maiden name was Matys and I had an idea when she immigrated and where she came from before I had found this record – a New York Passenger List. This record shows she sailed on the SS Cincinnati from
Paska Matys, an 18 year old single servant maid, left her home and Josef Matys, her father, in
Austria to come to . Her
destination was her brother Tevdor (Americanized to Frank) Matys in America
Two men from her hometown came over at the same time, also destined for
Coatesville. Both were in their 30s and both were married. She was not able to
read or write but the one man – 34 year old Mikhail Malyniuk – could. The other
was Frank’s brother-in-law! Coatesville, PA.
Fearless Females is a daily prompt throughout March celebrating Women’s History Month initiated by Lisa A Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015