This is the manifest1 which shows Johann Pakledinac arriving in the United States. I am almost positive this is my great grandfather John Pakledinaz and that this begins the origins of our Pakledinaz line in the United States.
Here is what we can get from this manifest:
Ship: The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse
Departure Port and date: Left from Bremen on July 25th, 1905
Arrival Port and date: Arrived the port of New York on August 3rd, 1905
Johann (John) was 20 years old when they arrived which matches with the birthday I have for him of 16 March 1885.
He was single
His occupation was a Wheel Wright
He was able to read and write
His was a citizen of the country Slavonia (which matches to what I already have as his birth place)
His race is listed as German (something that I did not know but makes sense since his future bride, Anna Maria Hinterhauser, is German)
His last permanent residence was the village of Tompojevci in Hungary (at this time Slavonia was in the Hungarian portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – Today it is located in Croatia – you can see it on Google Maps here).
His final destination was Youngstown, Ohio. He had a ticket to his final destination and he paid for the trip himself.
He had $4 on him.
He was going to join his cousin, Jakob Pakledinac in Youngstown Ohio 320 [I am not sure what the 320 means – could be an address but the rest of it is missing?]
One item which I find very interesting is that John immigrated in 1905 and his future wife, Anna Maria Hinterhauser, did not immigrate until 1909. They would meet, as family lore says, at Anna’s brothers house in Youngstown, Ohio. Anna arrived in the US in August of 1909 and she would marry John just 5 months later. Here is the interesting part:
John’s home village, Tompojevci, is just 61 km (38 miles) from Anna’s home village of Milititsch (now called Srpski Miletic). Yet, they meet and marry thousands of miles away from where they were born? Did they know each other prior or at least did their families know each other in the old country? Or is it just a big coincidence?
I’ll probably never know and I will always have the question. However, because their immigration was separated by 4 years I would guess that they did not know each other. Their families may have known each other in the ‘old country’ but they could have just met in the states as immigrants tended to settle in like areas when coming to the states.
If you see a connection or information that I am missing please leave a comment.
Thanks for stopping by and keep diggin’ for that family,
1."New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," online images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7488 : accessed 1 Oct 2013), manifest, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 3 August 1905, Passenger #22, Pakledinac Johann.