Sotting Families of
Jacob Ament | Joseph Ament & Magdalena Balint
Balint Genealogy |
Mathew Titjung &
Elizabeth Ament | John
Lett & Teresa Ament Lett
Family SURNAMES -ALMAS, AMENT,
AMEND, BALINT, FITZUNG, TITTJUNG, GAIC, STOLC, STOLTZ, HOFMAN,
HORVAT, HORVATH, KALAUNER, , LEHNHOF/ LENHOF, LETT, MARVANJ, MARVINJ,
MARVAN, MARVIN, NUSSBRUCKER, NUSZBRUCHER, NUZBRICKER, SEHN, SERINGER,
PIEVAC, ROTTINGER, MARSHA, KNOBL, KNEBL, KIRSHNER, KIRSTNER,
GERSTNER, ROTTINGER, MOROSANE, or any of the derivatives of these
a Donauschwaben family
Sotting, Tompojevci, Syrmien
and Obrowatz, Batschka
by Kurt McCrary
Little is known yet, about the actual origins
of the Ament family. Hopefully with DNA testing the questions will
be resolved to a satisfactory conclusion.
What we do know That our AMEND
family lived in Franconia, Germany during the Middle ages. They
lived in a small village of Reicholzheim, nestled in the Tauber
Valley. The village was ruled by the White Monks of Bronnbach for
about 600 years.
During the 18th
century the "Schwabenzug" or Great Swabian Migration began. This was
the beginning of government-sponsored migration to repopulate the
area once controlled by the Turks, with farmers. The sponsors then
could maintain control and generate monies. Many Germans, because of
the wars, and mostly the economic reasons came forth in large
numbers. Hoping to overcome the economical burdens and pioneer a
prosperous life for their families.
first immigrants sponsored by Hungarian nobility and later in
far greater numbers by the Hapsburg Emperors, immigrants from
the German states and other parts of the "Holy Roman Empire"
were encouraged to settle in Southeastern Europe. In the second
of large migration period.Called the Maria Theresia colonization
and at the end of the seven-year war, 1763, they took settlers
These Germans, later called
Danube-Swabians or "Donauschwaben" after WW1.
The name had developed because of
the river that brought them to the area “The Danube” and area in
Germany “Swabia” .
Johann Michael AMEND heard the calling and soon the AMEND
Family arrived in Filipowo Batschka, 1765. In Filipowa Johann
prospered and had many children. Johanns Grandson, Jacob AMENT
who lost his father and mother early in life, moved to Obrovac.
The name had developed because of the river that brought them to
the area “The Danube”and area in Germany
“Swabia”. The AMENTS came from the
Batschka, in their case a small town called Obrovac /Oberwatz . Jacob
AMENT was born there in about 1819. The Aments moved to the Srymien
in the mid 1850's were they lived in Tompojevci,
and later the children moved to Vinkovci, Lovas and Sotin. Anton
AMENT I son of Jacob is the AMENT that moved to Sotin, Croatia.
Croatia is a village of about a thousand people and it sits directly
on the Danube (Danuve) River.
the late 1800's Sotin and all the other towns in Croatia, were all
part of the massive Austrian –Hungarian Empire. The Austrian -
Hungarian Empire was formed in 1867 by giving what was then Hungary a
constitution and independence. This set up the structure for Dual
Monarchy under HAPSBURG Rule. They were linked by a single flag, and
the same ruler, called "emperor" in Austria and "king"
in Hungary. This empire started at the borders of Germany and Russia
followed down to the Adriatic Sea. The Austrian Hungarian Empire
lasted till its down fall in World War I, that ended 1918.
our research it seems to be two large concentrations of Aments. One
in Hungary near Tolna and another well documented family that lived
in the “Batschka”.
The Batschka is in a area of Vojividina in todays Serbia. A genealogy
has been recently compiled of the AMENTS from Elec. The Batchka Ament
family seems to have arrived form Germany in the 1700's. Though its a
leap, a professional genealogist would never make, without proof, I
think its most likely we will find the AMENT's are part of that
family. Over fifty (50) AMENT's arived in The USA from the Austria –
Hungary during the years between 1890 and 1920. It is not known how
many Aments came directly from Germany.
of Sotins residents came from the Batschka which was the other side
of the Danube. During WW2 a ethnic cleansing effort forced the German
families to flee the area. Many were taken to concentration camps and
were killed. The Croatian online phone book has listings for 28
AMENT's, however today none are in Vukovar-Sriejm county. The
majority are in 3 counties to the west of Vukovar. The AMENT
population in the United States according to a genealogical supply
company, in 1981 researched 755 households (estimated actual
households 861), and at the time there were believed to be 2,419
women, children, and men with the AMENT surname, in the U.S.A.
Probably The most famous Ament is The Rock Group, Pearl Jams
Jeff AMENT of Seatle also USA President Lyndon Baines JOHNSON Gr.
Grandparents were: Suzanne AMENT and John S. Huffman,
of which there is no known connection to either family.
The Sotin –
Tompojevci Ament family has a private group page for
members only to help with there on going research.
the early 1900's two Ament cousins who married sisters left
Croatia because of economics and civil unrest. Anton Ament at the age
of 25, boarded the La Bretagne Le Havre, France December 25th
1909 and arrived at Ellis
3, 1910 The Port Arrival officer said “Anton AMENT” came
from Sotin, Hungary, and was going to his brother in law, Mr. Josef
LEHNHOF, in Sharon,
PA., Anton found employment in a
mill. He eventually crossed the border into Ohio then, he
and his wife pursued share cropping in Michigan.
Bretagne moored in Havre, France
cousin Joseph AMENT, was probably b. in Lovas, he must have left
Austria-Hungary a few months earlier. His ship manifest has yet to be
found but, according to census records Joseph arrived in the USA in a
1909. Joseph “its believed” first stayed with his sister
Tereasa's family in Pennsylvania, USA. When he received news that
Anton had moved to
Huron, Michigan. Joseph in
turn moved to Michigan were they started farming eventally both
buying large farms in
Axe, MI. They lived across the street from each other,
with the WAHLS / PIEVAK family close by. There family friends were
the BURONS's of Port Huron and the BARNHART's of Pigion. Both AMENT
cousins raised their families in Michigan and remained there the rest
of their lives. Other family members also arrived in Michigan the
Pievacs who are related to our Balint line and Rottinger who are
related to our Nussbrucker line. The Church records and or “Family
books”still need to be scrutinized for information.
AMENT a farmer b.abt,1819 Obrovac , the Batscka
near Palanka He d. Tompojevci, Syrmien Jan, 27, 1868 Austria/Hungary
he died of Febris Nervosa = ( nerve feaver) buried Tompojevci, 29th
Jan. Jacob AMENT m. Maria KALAUNER b.abt 1822 in Ratzmiletic,
Batscka, Maria KALUANER died five days after Jacob, d.Feb 1 1868
Tompojevci #7 Austria/Hungary of Typhus. Buried Feb 3, 1868 in
1-1) Magdalena AMENT b. (abt)1839 Obrovac
1-2)Teresia AMENT b. (abt)1852 (probably Obrovac)
1-3)Michael AMENT b.(abt)1853 in Obrovac
1-4)Anton AMENT b.(abt)1860 in Obrovac
1-1) Jacob ) Magdalena AMENT b. abt. 1839 m. 1868 March? 23, Simeon MAYER (MEJER) b. abt 1846 Gaza/Gara/Gata? Witness's Georgous RUTIGER and Antoinious KALAUNER
MAYER b, July 14, 1869 #4 Tompojevci baptized July 15 1869 godparents
were Josef FLIESH and Ann LARVIOS d.May 25, 1877
Josef (Josepus) MAYER b. 1872 Martu 18,
#7 TompojevciDate of Baptised:18 Martu 1872
1-2) Jacob) Teresia AMENT b. (abt) 1852 in Tompojevci? (probably Obrovac m. 1871 Feb. 7 Emersonus PUTTERER Colunus (soloni both born Tompojevci?) Witness's :Antonio KALUNER colonus of Tompojevci, and Mathias LEUS?
1-4-4 Jacb, Terezi) MatijaListopava 16 1878 (Sotin ref:Line:96) Tompojevci Godparents :Anton KRAJ and Lisaon FUTEKS
1-3 ) Jacob, )Michael AMENT b.
(abt) 1853 in Obrovac, the Batschka m. in November 6 1877 Anna
TITJUNG b. (abt) 1857 in Kerney Witneses:Paulas SPEER Colonus
and Antoniu KALAUNER Colunus of Tompojevci; Anna dau. Of Gabrial.
TITJUNG and Elisabeth OSWALD . Michael and Anna lived in
Tompojevci and possibly Lovas.
Born in Sotin and Immigrated to the USA in 1910
1-4-1) Jacob, Anton) Anton
AMENT II b.Sept 16, 1884 in Sotin, Szerem (on the Danube near
d. 1963 in Michigan. Anton AMENT II lived in Sotin and was a
construction worker, He worked as a mason and a carpenter while he
lived Croatia. At one time according to a family story. He had a
dream of making a lot of money in America and going back to Sotin and
having a vineyard. But after the wars he had no one to go back to.
After his arrival at Ellis Island, He first went to Sharon PA.and
worked in the Steel Mill's like many of the people from Syrmien and
the Batschka. Anton AMENT II m. (widow) Rosina MARVANJ ALMAS (dau.
of Wendal MARVANJ of Opatovac and Maria BALINT of Sotin And grand
Daughter of Urban BALINT and Anna HORVATH of Sotin) Rosina
MARVANJ b.Sept 5, 1886 in b. Opato, (Opatovac)Austria/Hungary
. d.1948 in MI. (OPATOVAC
is 157.5 miles ESE of Zagreb about 4 miles south of
Sotin.) Rosina first m. Maximilan ALMAS
MARVANJ ALMAS AMENT left Sotin a few months after him. She met her
husband Anton in Ohio. They decided the would like to try
share-cropping in Michigan, So in late1910, they caught a train to
Port Huron where they started raising their family.
-0) Maximilian ALMAS) Max
ALMAS (Son of Max ALMAS and Rosina MARVANJ ALMAS AMENT) b. Sept 16,
1905 Sotin? Austria/Hungary,
-1) Jacob, Anton,Anton)
Anthony AMENT III b. August 16, 1908 Austria/Hungary,
-2) Jacob, Anton,Anton) Joseph
AMENT b. Michigan, USA
-3) Jacob, Anton,Anton) John
AMENT b. Michigan, USA
-4) Jacob, Anton,Anton) Steve
AMENT b. Michigan, USA
-5) Jacob, Anton,Anton) Mary
AMENT b. Michigan, USA
Joseph AMENT &
Of Michael AMENT and Anna TITJUNG
Jacob, Michael ) Joseph
AMENT b. Dec 9, 1888, Lovas? Austria/Hungary d. 1974 in Michigan m.
1912 Port Huron, MI . Magdelina BALINT b. June 24, 1893 in
Opatovac/Sotin? in (Croatia) Austria Hungary (dau. of Theo BALINT and
Maria BALINT / MARVANJ/ BALINT) (Magdelena half sister to Rosina
+1-3-1-1) Jacob, Michael, Joseph)
Rose AMENT b. Michigan
Jacob, Michael, Joseph)
Steve AMENT b.Michigan
edited March 28, 2004
1) Urban BALINT was a Asciarius = carpenter b. abt 1828 d. at age 40 of Typhus 1868 February 14 (fabuligna sins et mandus) and was buried on the 15th in Sotin. Urban BALINT m. Anna HORVATH Anna was born and raised in Sotin, Address: house # 110, Sottin in 1959 and in 1861 they lived in house #170 Sottin When he died They lived at 110 Sotin again. Horvaths have been living at this address since the the middle 1700's Urban BALINT name sometimes looked like it was written as PALLIN. Horvath is a common name in Croatia, and means "Croatian" Hrvatska> Croatia in the Sotin History You will read "Sotting and vicinity was ruled/controlled from Wukowar (Vukovar), in the 14th and 15th century by lords (nobles) like ?Banus Ivanis HORVAT and Stephan MOSONAC."
Anna HORVATH remarried in 1869 to a man 20 years younger Leopold JUNG 26 b.T? Fullok terber and Anna HORVATH was 45 they lived at the same residence, house number:110 Sotin Witneses:Joannes HAUPT and Frances HALFHAUS
1, Urban )
BALINT and Anna HORVATH
had some ch: Four of which were :
) Juliana b.1859 February 16 d.28 August 1859
) Jacobus b.1861 July 15
) Andrew b.? d.Tovarnik 19??
) Maria b. Jan 29, 1867 in Sotin, d. 1938 in Michigan
1-1 Urban )Juliana BALINT was b.1859 Febuary 16 Baptised:Febuary 17, 1959
Godparents:Anna Cort Kovic and Jacob Zruko? (vte coloni)
Service preformed by:Antonius MATIC Juliana BALINT d.(mortus) 28 August 1859
1-2 Urban )Jacobus BALINT b.1861 July 15 Baptised the same day.
Godparents:Jackobus ZRKOVIK (unoratus plebejris?), Rno Cath-Roman Catholic)
Service preformed by: Michael FENMARIE? (Parochus Sottin enjy/ Sotin Parish?)
Jakob 23 b. Sotin son of Urbanas BALINTA Skalac m. Marija BAUMA 18 b. Doroselo, Batshka and lived Sotin She was dau. of Josepa BAUMA day laboror Witneses:Gjero TAUBL and Andrija ABT
1-3 Urban) Andrew BALINT b.? d.Tovarnik 19?? m. Anna "Boco" ELIZIC b. abt 1869 had children 1-1-1) Romania BALINT 1-1-2) Anne BALINT
(Anna ELIZIC BALINT came to USA 1912)
1-3-1, Urban, Andrew) Romania BALINT b. Jan 29, 1893 Austia/Hungary , d. Mar 1981 Michigan, m. Theodore "Toso" PIEVAK b.7 Mar 1891 Tobolic d. May 1966 MI. USA
1-3-2 Urban,Andrew) Anne BALINT b. abt 1903 d. Bad Axe, Michigan m. Albert WAHL d. Bad Axe, Michigan (Anna came to USA 1912)
*Marie BALINT m. first Wendall MARVANJ / MARVAN, Marie BALINT m. 2nd Theodore BALINT
1-4, Urban )Marie BALINT b. Jan 29, 1867 in Sotin, d. 1938 in Michigan m. first in 1885 bislop? 13th Wendall (Veddin) 23 MARVANJ / MARVAN :b.Opatovac he was the son of Sauders /Lauders MARVANJA and they had ch.
1-4-2) Rosina MARVANJ
Urban , Marie
) Andrew MARVAN b. Austria/Hungary who m. ANNA ?????? from Tovarnic, Szerem border w/Bosnia which is south of Sotin a few miles. and had two ch: Joseph and Maria lived Crotatia?.
1-4-2 Urban , Marie ) Rosina MARVAN b.Sept 5, 1886 in OPATOVAC, Syriem County, Croatia Austria/Hungary who m. 1st) MAX ALMAS had a son MAX and 2nd) Anton AMENT b.Sept 16, 1884 moved to US. 1910-1911 and had several children.
1-4-2-1) (Urban , Marie ,Rosina) Max ALMAS (Son of Max ALMAS and Rosina MARVANJ ALMAS AMENT) b. Sept 16, 1905 Sotin? Austria/Hungary,
1-4-2-2) Urban, Marie,Rosina) Anthony AMENT b. August 16, 1908 Austria/Hungary,
Urban, Marie, Rosina) Joseph AMENT b. Michigan
1-4-2-4) Urban, Marie, Rosina) John AMENT b. Michigan
1-4-2-5) Urban, Marie, Rosina) Steve AMENT b. Michigan
1-4-2-6) Urban, Marie, Rosina) Mary AMENT b. Michigan
1-4 Urban )Marie b. Jan 29, 1867 (Sotin) d. 1938 in Michigan m. 2nd Theodore BALINT and had 1 ch:1-2-3) Magdalena BALINT
Urban , Marie
) ) Magdalena BALINT b. June 24, 1893 in OPATOVAC? Austria Hungary d. 1965 in Michigan m. 1912, Port Huron, Michigan. Joeseph AMENT b. Dec 9, 1888, Austria/Hungary d. 1974 in Michigan moved to MI, USA 1911-12? and had several children.
) Rose AMENT b. Michigan
1-4-3-2)Urban,Marie,Magdalena) Steve AMENT b.Michigan
Mathew TITJUNG &
Jacob, Michael ) ????????AMENT
d. Vinkovci m. MARIA ????? lived Vinkovci "Josephs brother"
said to have two ch. And moved
to Austria after WW2.
????????) Stefan AMENT a Catholic Priest Stefans
name was changed to "Aunton"
Stefan AMENT by the Franciscans.
lived in Zagreb, Croatia. He died in Zagreb at
age 77, with 61 years as a Franciscan and 53 years as a priest.
Jacob, Michael, ????????) Josef
AMENT went on to become a Catholic Priest and Josef lived in
Jacob, Michael ) Anna
(Anne) AMENT b. ? d.? m. Mr. MAROSENE lived
had at least one dau. Anna (maybe Mary Anna) who had at least one
son, he for a time(1966) lived Schlesien with his wife.
-1) Jacob, Michael, Anna) Anna MAROSENE
-0)Jacob, Michael, Anna) ?
)Anton AMENT I b. Austria/Hungary m. Rosallya NUSSBRECKER
1883 in Sotin, Szrem, Hungary. Had children:
LETT & Teresa AMENT LETT w/children
Jacob, Michael ) Teresa
AMENT m. John LETT. John LETT, b. Aug 06 1883 Austria/Hungary d. Dec
04 1942 FLA., ,Teresa AMENT LETT, b. Oct 10 1886 in Louvasy (LOVAS)
Austria Hungary d. Dec 16 1975, buried both Escambia County,
FLA.Children from this marriage were:
Jacob, Michael, Teresa)
Probably, Pauline LETT b. 1909 Yugoslavia
1-3-2-2) Jacob, Michael, Teresa) Eva LETT
was born about 1914 in Florida.
Jacob, Michael, Teresa) Katherine
LETT was born about 1922 in Florida, USA
LETT's lived in or near Pensacola, Florida next door neighbors were
friends of family.(Anton Kollinger b.Jun 17 1881 in Yugoslavia d.
Oct 08 1950 in FLA. m. about 1907 in Yugoslavia Elizabeth Kollinger
b.Jan 23 1890 Yugoslavia d. May 30 1945 in FLA. both spoke German
and were naturalized 1909) other nieghbor, (Nicholas KAIBL b. abt
1882 in Romania, naturalized 1908 m. abt. 1910 in Yugoslavia, Mary
KAIBL b. abt 1892 in Yugoslavia, (both spoke German).