Over 100 years ago, 37 year old Kasper Rzeszut left his home in the town of Dąbrowica in the district of Tarnobrzeg in the province of Galicia in The Austrian Empire and ventured off to America. Temporarily left behind were his wife Anna (Kopec) and their five children Antoni, Julia, Josef, Michal, and Franck who would join Kasper in the U.S. nearly 18 months later.
Kasper arrived in the United States on November 6, 1907 in the Port Of New York and was processed by immigration officals at Ellis Island.
The Passenger Manifest for the ship Kasper was on gives us the following information:
- Date Of Departure – October 26, 1907
- Date Of Arrival at The Port Of New York – November 6, 1907
- Port Of Departure – Bremen, Germany
- Ship – S.S. Trave
- Name – Kasper Rzeszut
- Age – 37
- Sex – Male
- Marital Status – Married
- Occupation – Farm Laborer
- Able to Read – No
- Able to Write – No
- Name and Address of Nearest Relative In Country of Origin – *Difficult to read but looks like Anna Rzeszut – Dąbrowica
- Final Destination – *Difficult to decipher*
- Kasper paid the fare himself and had $20 with him.
- He had never been to the United States before.
- Unfortunately the name and address of who he was going to stay with is not legible enough for me to decipher. It looks like it may have been an uncle.
- He was 5’10” with brown hair and brown eyes.
- Kasper was not a Polygamist nor an Anarchist.
- His country of birth was Galicy and his town of birth was Dąbrowica.
Interestingly enough, line 26 details a passenger named Thomas Kopec – also from Dąbrowica. Kopec was Kasper’s wife Anna’s maiden name. Could this be her brother? More on this in a future post.
So are we all Polish? Austrian? Galician? It’s confusing. At the time our Rzeszut ancestor’s came to the U.S. they were from the province Galicia in the Austrian Empire. This region did not revert back to Poland until after World War I. On early documents the Rzeszuts said they were from Austria, Poland or Austria-Poland. Take your pick!
Click on the following thumbnail to download the 1907 manifest with Kasper’s information on it. Kasper’s info appears on line 24.
The Passenger List For Kasper Rzeszut
Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, Roll 1034.