Elcik family in 1910 - We Have Traveled Far

Roots of MyCousins

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The “Roots of MyCousins” portrait is the only photo we have of our early ancestors.  In the top row from left to right: John P. Elcik, Jr.; Michael Elcik, and Andrew Elcik. Bottom row from left to right are Mary (Dutko) Elcik, Elizabeth (Small) Elcik, John P. Elcik, Sr.; Mary (Pelcarsky) Elcik; Susan (Kiszonak) Elcik; and Annie (Karkos) Elcik.  The same individuals in the photo are also represented in the 1910 United States Federal Census. We will learn that the census is a valuable source of information for individuals and families.

John P. Elcik, Sr.

John P. Elcik, Sr. (1867-1941) was born November 28, 1867, in Parchovany, Czechoslovakia. He was baptized as Jan Ilcik (Ilscik) on December 28 of the same year. In 1891 he immigrated from Czechoslovakia to America, settling in Durham, Maine. At the time of the 1910 federal censuses, he had been married for 21 years, worked as a washer in a woolen mill, and owned his own house. He died on May 24, 1941, in Lewiston, Maine.

John, Mary, and Children

In 1893 John P. Elcik, Sr. married Maria Anna “Mary” Pelcarsky (1870-1936).  Together they had seven children:

  • John Paul Elcik, Jr. (1896-1963)
  • Michael Joseph Elcik (1897-1980)
  • Mary Anna Elcik (1899-1982)
  • Andrew J. Elcik (1901-1952)
  • Elizabeth Annie Elcik (1905-1988)
  • Annie Marie Elcik (1905-1982)
  • Susan M. Elcik (1910-1999)

Roots of MyCousins

Identification of the parents of John P. Elcik, Sr. would extend the Roots of MyCousins to six generations.  That and finding his siblings, if any, are two research goals of MyCousins.

I speculated in a 2007 letter to my father that my Great-Great-Grandfather might have siblings. I even identified a possible younger brother, Joseph. In the 1880s families tended to be large, so I won’t be surprised if there were brothers and sisters.  – Dr. John P. Elcik, IV