Mercydorf
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Federic & Laljer
Families of Mercydorf

Researcher: Joe Pierro

 

My great grandfather, Michael Laljer was born in Orzydorf.
He married Rosina
Federic, born abt 1874 in Mercydorf. 

      Michael was the Schuster / Shoemaker in Mercydorf from about 1880 to 1907.  Records show he traveled to the US 2 times, 1905 and 1908.  He was joining his cousin Jacob Laljer in College Point, NY.  There he opened a small shop. but he really loved to make shoes, not the guy to go to for heals and half soles.  My grandma used to talk about having holes in her shoes, because the shoemaker was busy taking care of customers.  When my great grandmother (Rosina) died, he married a lady from Bound Brook, New Jersey.  They lived on a very small farm, and as a boy I remember driving up the hill to his place and seeing the big boot out in front.  He loved being a shoemaker.     

Ellis Island records indicate Rosina journeyed 3 times to the US:

  • June 24, 1906 to join Michael Laljer 315 E 15th, NY NY.

  • March 14, 1908 the entire family was listed and crossed out.  Was joining cousin Jacob Laljer at 315 15th St., NY.

  • June 10, 1908 going to NY to join husband Michael, previously in US 1905 / 1907.  

 

 

There children were all born in Mercydorf
Theresa Laljer
Elizabeth Laljer
Ferdinand Laljer 

Anna Laljer Stolcz (my Grandmother): b. 19 Oct 1901, Mercydorf. Immigrated to US: 1908 with her family.  M. abt 1918, College Point, NY to Michael Stolcz (Stolz) of Glogowatz.  He is the son of Michael Stolcz and Elizabeth Ortman. 

Joe and his Mother

Any connections or leads are appreciated.

 

 

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