George Kish Ancestors
The vast majority of my father's ancestors were from a
small village in northwest
Hédervár. Hédervár is
near the Danube
river and the present day Hungarian border with Slovakia.
The Kiss, Jóós, Német,
Dobos and Mészáros
families were all from Hédervár.
The Kiss family ancestors lived in Hédervár for many generations
dating back to the mid 17th century. The
earliest known Kiss ancestor was Peter Kiss, estimated to be born between
1660 and 1675. His birthplace is unknown, but it is likely he was born
in northwest Hungary near Hédervár.
His son, István
was born on April 21, 1694 in Pusky, Hungary. István
married Catharina Menyhart and they had six children: Catharina (presumed
to have died in infancy), János, István,
and twins Catharina and Mihály. All of their children were the
first ancestors known to have been born in Hédervár.
Their son István
was born November 10, 1736. He married Helena Hegedus and they had four
children: Catharina, Ferenc and twins Thomas and Maria. Thomas and Maria
were born on December 7, 1769. Thomas married Juliana Angyál and
they had six children: Juliana, György, János, Rosalia, Mihály,
and Pál. Pál
was born on January 3, 1800. He married Rosalia
Molnár of nearby Lipót, Hungary on February 8, 1820.
They had ten children: Pál,
János, Ademy, Rosalia, Teresa, Catharina, György, Vendel,
and Maria. Mihály
was born on September 19, 1843. He was my great great grandfather. Mihály
married Terez Jóós on February 11, 1868.
Mihály and Terez
had fifteen children. Their eighth child, József
was my great grandfather. He immigrated to the United States in 1910.
Of the fifteen Kiss children, two other sons, Béla and Benedek,
immigrated to the United States. Both József and Benedek (Benedict)
settled and lived out their lives in South Bend, Indiana after first moving
to Alliance, Ohio. It is believed that Béla returned to Hungary.
had four grandsons Dennis George,
Jeff, Joseph J. and Robert whose families carry on Mihály Kiss'
name and bloodline. Dennis George had two sons, Dennis and David
(myself) and three grandsons, Matthew, Grant and David. József
also had one granddaughter, Kathleen Ann, who never married and carries
the Kish surname. Benedict
had two daughters, Marion (Zielenski) and Annabel (Madziar) while József
had two sons, Dénes,
born in Hédervár
and Joseph John, born in the United States.
is currently known about the descendants and living relatives of Mihály
Kiss' other twelve children who remained in Hungary. There were eight
other sons whose male descendants carry on Mihály's name. They
were as follows: Löriney
Mihály, Mihály, Béla, István, Mihál
Janos, Lajos (who died as an infant) Geiza and Lajos Balars (who also
died as an infant).
The Kocsis and Radakovics families were from a small village named
Nagy Móriczhida. The earliest known Kocsis ancestor was János
Kocsis, born est. between 1815-1835. He married a woman named Vera. They
had a son also named János,
who was born between 1853 and 1854. János
married Julianna Radakovics
on February 8, 1880 in Nagy Móriczhida. János
and Julianna had six children, Mari (born 22 Jan 1880), János (born
23 Apr 1882), Rosalia (born 27 Aug 1884), Julianna
(born 20 Feb 1887), Teresia (26 Jan 1890) and Gábor (born 26 Oct
1891). Julianna was my great grandmother. She married József
Kiss of Hédervár on 24 Nov 1908 in the Ujvaros parish
of the city of Györ,
which was located about halfway between Hédervár and Nagy
earliest known Német
ancestor was György
who was born in 1849-50 in Darnó,
Hungary, which is situated less than ten miles from Hédervár.
married Klara Dobos of
Hédervár on February 5, 1874. György
and Klara had ten children: Katalin, Mihál, György, József,
Miklós, István, János, Florian, Franciska, and Deszö.
Three of their children (György, István, and Deszö) immigrated
to the United States, settling in South Bend, Indiana. György was
my great grandfather. He married Agnés
in 1907 in Hungary and they
immigrated to South Bend some time before 1909 when my grandmother Katherine
was born. The Nemeths moved back to Hungary because work dried up for
György. In 1914 after the job
market improved, György
returned to South Bend and his family planned to join him shortly thereafter.
However, World War
I broke out and Agnes and the Nemeth children, Katherine, George and Frank
were stranded in Hungary until 1921 when they were finally able to return
to South Bend. György
lived out their lives in South Bend as did their children. Their granddaughters
Nancy, Shirley and Kathy still live in South Bend today.
ancestor was István Mészaros
who was born in Hédervár on August 20, 1859. He married
also of Hédervár on September 16, 1884. István
and Maria's families may have been related. Maria's ancestors were traced
back to the mid 1700's with all of them having been born in Hédervár.
Shortly after marrying, István
and Maria moved to Györladamer
where they lived for the next two years. On February 1, 1885, their first
child Mári was born
The family then moved to Gyulamajor. Their second child Agnés
was born and baptized in nearby Szent Pal. István
and Maria lived in Gyulamajor for the next five years before moving
and finally settling in Mosonszentmiklos in 1891. There Maria gave birth
to nine more children: Pista, Lajos, Juli, Sarolta,
János, Rozi, Pista, Joska
and Feri. Three of István
and Maria's children immigrated to the United States (Mári,
Agnés, and Sarolta),
all settling and living out their lives in South Bend, Indiana.
Elizabeth Parks Ancestors
grandfather Paul Parks' paternal ancestors were of British descent with
Edward Parks of London, England immigrating to New Haven county Connecticut
in late 1600's. The Parks families lived in New Haven county for five
generations before John Parks and his family moved to Bradford county
Pennsylvania. The Parks families lived in Bradford county for three generations
L. Parks and his family moved and settled in Tuscola county Michigan.
Chester Parks' grandson George was my great grandfather. He moved with
his family to Genesee county Michigan where the Parks families live to
ancestors were of French Canadian descent. John Handfield of Ashford,
England moved to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia in the early 1700's. John's
son Thomas, who fought in the Seven Years War and participated the siege
of Québec City, chose to remain in Québec after the war
and lived out his life in Verchères near Montreal. The Handfields
live in Verchères for three generations until Marie-Louise Angélina
moved with her parents from Canada to Tuscola county Michigan.
Little is known about Elizabeth
Jane Krause's paternal ancestors, but it is assumed that they are
of German descent.
Little is known about Elizabeth
Jane Krause's maternal ancestors, but it is assumed that they are
of British descent.