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The Machesic family came to America in the late 1880's. Joseph (1853-1902) and Anna [Annie] (1859-1928). I understand they came with 3 children.

A great Aunt said they did come to America through Ellis island. I could not find our name, or currently used variants of it, like Machasic and Machasick, in the Ellis Island records. There are several phonetically similar names listed. The name is pronounced as it is spelled, except the "e" is pronounced "a". A cousin said it was originally spelled Maciejczyck, but that is not listed either.

Our country of origin is cloudy. Stanley, my Grandfather, said we were Slavic. Other relatives have said we are Polish. Grandma Machesic said my Great Grandmother mostly spoke Polish with very little English. A Great Uncle told his daughter that they came from Czechoslovakia. The 1900 census mentions Austria. Borders in Europe have changed over the years. Europeans typically speak multiple languages. There may be some truth in these seemingly conflicting accounts.

I was told that my Grandfather, Stanley, was the first Machesic born in America, in 1897. I was recently informed that he was not the first born in America, but the first to be born on their farm. Siblings that stayed in Pennsylvania, and use the name Machesic, included John (1883/1884-1965), Stanley [Bert](1897-1976), Paul [Whitey](1900-1980), Adam [Mike] (1902-1987), and Mary [Marianna?] (1883-? ) {married Grover Campbell}, Agnes {married Kwiatkowahi } (1890-?), Martha and Helen [twins] (1895-?) One of the twins was accidentally shot by a visiting family friend during hunting season, perhaps while cleaning their gun, and died at a young age. A cousin was told this occurred while they lived in Shamokin. Not sure about the other one.

The Siblings that stayed in Pennsylvania continue to spell their name Machesic. One of the Pennsylvania relation started pronouncing the "e" as an "e" while serving in the Navy, making it sound like the spelling. His heirs have continued this practice. Years ago the name may have had a K on the end as we have seen it this way in an old hand written deed, as Machesick. Anna could not sign her name and made an X as a mark, that was witnessed by others. Paul opened Whitey's hotel on or near the original Farm, now on state Route 890. Adam had a tavern near Dornsife and had coal mining operations listed in 1960 state reports as Machesic & Crissinger Coal Co.

Siblings that moved to Michigan and later changed their name to Machasic include George (1888-1975) and Frank [Francis](1891-?). The change from Machesic to Machasic makes it's spelling closer to the actual pronunciation. This apparently eliminated the need to inform people that the "e" is pronounced "a", as I have done all my life.

Joe Jr (1882-?) moved to Chicago, Illinois in the early 1900's, with his sister Carrie. They were the eldest boy and girl. I am told Joe changed the name to Machasick. The Social Security records list a Wanda Machasick born in 1895, likely a wife to the Joe Jr. Records indicate they had 2 sons Alfred and George. A cousin shared a photo of Joe and Wanda's wedding. Also a family photo with children listed as Wanda, Melanie, George, and Alfred.
Carrie (1878-1961) moved to Chicago, Illinois in the early 1900's with her brother Joe Jr. Carrie's First husband was shot and killed near the Coal township/Shamokin bridge, prior to her move. I was told she married a widower with 6 children, including a set of triplets. She may have been a caregiver for the children before they married. They may have had one child of their own. A cousin shared Carrie's July 1961 obituary with me. She was listed as Mrs. John Blazej and was survived by 2 sons and 5 daughters. Her 5 surviving brothers were listed in the obituary using the Machesic name.

They must have come to America with money or valuables. Seems that soon after arriving, they bought a large farm property in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. It is in the the Agustaville / Rockefeller township area, located between Sunbury and Trevorton, PA. They ran the farm and he worked in the local coal mines. He died in a mine accident in 1902, prior to the birth of his youngest son. I was recently informed that they lived in Shamokin prior to purchasing the farm in Rockefeller township. Shamokin and Chicago were the most popular destinations for European immigrants in the late 1800's per Foster Furman's book, Sticktoitiveness succeeds.

Machesic men have served in the US military during WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam and post Viet Nam. The Machesic family has a long and strong history of service to our country. I am proud to be descended from this Machesic family. There are dozens of descendants of this Machesic family scattered across several states in America. They may go by Machesic, Machasic or Machasick.

My Great Grandmother spoke Polish, and very little English. Although he spoke English well, my Grandfather could not read or write English. He never taught his children Polish. Grandpa felt that they should speak English because they were Americans. Certain words get picked up, but for the most part my Father never learned functional Polish. I think this sets Americans apart from many cultures that are at least bi-lingual. I know a man born in Russia that speaks 8 languages fluently. He does have a strong accent when he speaks English, and likely the other languages, but does speak English well. Being able to communicate in multiple languages like this boggles my mind.

I do not have an interactive forum here. For those that want to learn more, there is an active facebook group dedicated to the Machasic (with an "a") name. Much information is shared there about our family. Dad's cousin Phillip is at the homestead with the family bible and other papers. He has been cooperative in showing these to anyone that asks. Sonny [Leonard] Machesic's widow Mary is usually at home and is willing to answer questions.

I can offer various services here, such as:
1) Personalized email forwarding. If your name is Samuel Machesic, I can set you up with a personalized email address, like samuel @ machesic.com.
2) Personalized domain redirect, like www.machesic. com/samuel or www.samuel. machesic.com. People going to this site will be sent to another site of your choice.
3) A combination of both.

Benefits include:
1) These services can help make you look and feel important.
2) They will give people the impression that you are computer savvy, even if you are not.
3) They are easy for you and others to remember. Just your name.

Imagine someone asking for your email address and you tell them that it is the same as your name. It can set you apart from others.

A machesic.com subdomain could be used as a redirect to your site. It could host a basic web site including links to other sites. It could look similar to this page, but with your information.

This would be much nicer to put on a business card or write on a napkin. Right? Customers and family find the machesic.com products easy to remember and use. Plus it is a chance to show off a little.

You can have this email redirect service for only $12 a year. Yes, only $1 a month.
You can have this domain redirect service for only $12 a year. Again, only $1 a month.
Or you can have both the email redirect service and the domain redirect service for only $20 (Save $4) a year. This is like getting 2 months free.

Currently we can accept PayPal, US postage stamps, or Cash (some USA bank deposits or USPS money orders).

To initiate a Machesic.com email redirect or domain redirect, just email me at sales @ machesic.com, with your request.
1) Which product or products do you want?
2) What name or initials do you wish to use? (First come, First served)
4) What email and/or website you want them redirected to?
5) How do you wish to pay?
I will email you to confirm it is available and provide payment instructions.

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