|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1840|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1904|
Melville Census Division
Ioan Axenty was born in 1840 in the small village of Cuciurul-Mare, Bukowina, Austria-Hungary (present day: Velykyi Kuchuriv, Hlyboka Raion, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine). Times were very tough for the peasant farmers of this region so when the Canadian government began offering free land in the Northwest Territories, thousands of young Bucovinian men and their families left their homeland on the arduous journey to the prairies of Central Canada.
In the fall of 1898, an agent from the Canadian Land Office visited Voloca with an offer of 160 Free acres of farm land to anyone willing to emigrate and help settle the prairies of Western Canada. So in April, 1899, Ioan, along with his son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren, decided to emigrate with five other related families. These included the families of Nicolai Penteleiciuc, Nicolas Ropchan, Mihai Bordian, Marku Zilinski, and John & Gheorghe Paulencu. They took a train from Czernowitz to Hamburg, Germanay and, on April 26, 1899, set sail aboard the S.S. Brasailia, landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 9th.
Unfortunately, Ioan's wife, Parasca Hupka Axenty, decided to remain in Bukowina with their two daughters, who were both recently married. There were many rumors about people who went to Canada were either killed by robbers or eaten by wolves and she was afraid. They had agreed for Ioan to go on ahead and once settled, would send for her at a later date. Because neither of them could read or write, she gave her husband her wedding ring which he would send back to her as a sign that everything was ok and to come right away.
As luck would have it, somewhere along the way, the ring was lost or stolen. Ioan had his son, Procopi, write several letters home, hoping someone in the village would be able to read it to his mother. Someone did, and sent back a few replies expressing her skepticism and requesting, that if the message was truly coming from her husband, to return her ring. Without that sign from her husband, she could only believe that he had been killed and someone was attempting to get her to bring all her possessions to Canada where she too would be killed.
To prove to his wife that he was still alive, Ioan & Procop traveled to Roblin, MB to man who had the only camera in the area. They both agreed to work a full days labor in the man's fields for the price of a single photograph, which he could then send to his wife. It is the one and only photograph known to exist of Ioan and still had no affect on his wife. Without her wedding ring, she refused to believe anything coming from Canada.
It is said that Ioan passed away due to a broken heart. He was one of the first burials in the churchyard of the recently erected Sfânta Treime Biserica Ortodoxă Română.
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Procop Axenty (1864 - 1953)*
Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church Cemetery
Melville Census Division
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