|1920 Kingston Census|
Mary Vidunas 71 Penn Street
In the 1920 Census, Mary is a widow living with her children on 71 Penn Street in Kingston. She is not working, her two oldest boys are working either in the Coal Mines or as a messenger for the Telegraph. The next two kids are in school and the baby stays home.
Mary and Louis arrived in 1905 but are not naturalized by this time. These two speak Lithuanian as well as English, while the other children speak only English.
|71 Penn Street from Google Maps|
|1930 Kingston Census|
Andrew, Louis and John work in the Coal Mines. Joseph is gone in the Army. Stella is also out of the house.
Interestingly, take a look at their neighbors, the Markelonis at 18 Penn Street. This is actually the other half of the house. This is also Mary's sister Martha. So in one duplex, they had many children including Stella Vidunas and Stella Markelonis; Joseph Vidunas and Joseph Markelonis (who is listed here as Adolph Jr). They also went by the last name of "Markel" which muddies the water. But, we may or may not get back to them later.
|1940 Kingston Census|
Interesting, the line above, line 41, is Pamela Jane DeLong. She is the granddaughter of Adolph and Martha Markelonis of 18 Penn Street.
|Penn Street Fire Map 1919|
|Penn Street Fire Map 1925|
This fire map is from 1925. Again, you can see that 20 Penn Street is within walking distance of the church and the Penn Street School. But now there is a new street, with it's own school, Pringle Street School built in 1923. Again, there is the Kingston Coal Mines.
|The Rotterdam, which Mary and Louis Vidunas traveled on|
This is the ship that carried Mary and her little son Louis to Ellis Island.
|1905 Ships Manifest|
Marianna Widenown and son Ludvig
And this is the Ship's Manifest. You can see on line 10 Marianna Widenown and her son Ludwig. They are bound for her husband A. Widenowa on Park Street, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Again, who knew that Vidunas was spelled this way? According to people on the FaceBook page "Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society" they found this entry, and everything lines up. If one takes into account the way the name is pronounced, add in non-Lithuanian people trying to write down the names, and a rushed clerk and we have something weird.
On my to-do list
1. find these three sisters in Lithuania
2. write about Martha Sadausky Markalonis living right next door.
3. write about immigration proofs
4. find the naturalization for Mary and Louis.
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Ancestry.com. (2012). 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Retrieved from Kingston, Luzerne, Pennsylvania: http://interactive.ancestry.com/2442/
Google. (2017). Maps. Retrieved from 71 Penn Street: https://www.google.com/maps/place/
Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society. (n.d.). Facebook Page. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/groups/
Sanborn Map Company. (1919). Kingston including Edwardsville, Dorranceton and Pringle Boroughs, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, July 1919. Retrieved from Kingston-1919_sheet17: https://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/
Sanborn Map Company. (1925). Kingston including Pringle and Edwardsville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, June 1925. Retrieved February 11, 2017, from Kingston-1925_sheet28: https://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/
The Plain Speaker. (1901, December 27). Newspapers.com. Retrieved from Social Page: https://www.newspapers.com/image/
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. (1945, August 27). The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) [database online]. Retrieved from Page 18: Newspapers.com