More on John Joseph Bichrest

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I thought I would post a little bit more on the Ellis Island record I located, that I believe is my great-grandfather. It contains quite a bit of interesting information.

  • He was 17 years old at the time of entry.
  • It indicates that he departed Europe out of Bremen, Germany on the S.S. Trave. I recently learned that the Family History Library may have emigration records from Bremen, as well. I plan to consult them as soon as I can get over to a Family History Center.
  • His job at the time of emigration from Hungary was “laborer.”
  • He was able to read and write.
  • It is indicated that he is a Slovak from Hungary.
  • It lists his last permanent residence as “Parno, Hungary” and his destination as “Bayonne City, NJ”.
  • He had no ticket to his final destination upon his entry.
  • He paid for passage himself, and had what looks like $15 in his possession.
  • He had never been to the United States before this point.
  • It indicates that he is en route specifically to 162 22nd Street in Bayonne, and that he is intending to visit an acquaintance (abbreviated “acqn” on the record). After some research I believe this may have been the location of the Standard Oil refinery in Bayonne. My great-grandfather worked a great part of his life for Standard Oil. I cannot make out the acquintances name, but it appears to be something like “Pal Papiss”.
  • He was in good health. It shows his height as 5’2″, with fair complexion, black hair, brown eyes, and no identifying marks.
  • His place of birth is listed as Parno, Hungary.

I would love to know who the acquaintance was John was seeking when he came to the United States. A sponsor working for Standard Oil, perhaps? Here is a clip from the Ellis Island record, blown up and softened for readability.


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