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Mary Duvak Boras
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1894, Hungary
Death: Mar., 1985
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Maria Duvak emigrated from Hungary to America via the seaport of Fiume, now known as Rijeka, Croatia. She sailed aboard the SS Carmania which departed on 19 February 1910 and arrived in New York City on 3 March 1910. She was 15 years old and appears to have traveled alone. Other passengers were Magyar Hungarians. The manifest says she is Ruthenian and worked as a domestic servant. Her next of kin in Hungary was her father, Janos Duvak. Her destination after NYC was to her brother Gyorgy's home in St. Clair, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Both Maria and Gyorgy Anglicized their given names. Maria became Mary. Gyorgy became George Duvak. Neither are found in the 1910 US Federal Census, which was taken in St. Clair in April. George is found in later years with his family in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania; however, before leaving Schuylkill County, he did file an intent to become a US Citizen at the courthouse in Pottsville in 1911.

Shortly after her arrival in the United States, Maria Duvak married Andrew Boras, a coal miner of Magyar Hungarian ethnicity who had emigrated from Hungary a few years earlier. He was a mean and abusive individual who beat Mary and was cruel to animals. One child was stillborn, the result of a kick to Mary's belly after she disobeyed him by going to the aid of a cow giving birth.

Mary was the beloved mother of five daughters (Mary, Elizabeth, Helen, Margaret and Patricia), two sons (Andrew and Joseph), one stillborn child and two young children who died prior to the 1920 US Federal Census. The family's home was in the coal mining town of Tower City, Porter Township, Schuylkill County. Mary's final years were spent in Philadelphia, under the care of her daughters.

Surname "Boras" in this family is not the original spelling. It is thought to be something like Borascz but was simplified after Andrew Boras emigrated from Hungary in the early 20th century.

Bio by: Jo Terry ღ,
Family links: 
  Andrew Boras (1889 - 1965)
  Mary C. Boras Lehman (1917 - 2006)*
  Elizabeth Boras Harrington (1919 - 2001)*
  Andrew Richard Boras (1921 - 1994)*
  Helen C. Boras Kovick (1923 - 2015)*
  Joseph J. Boras (1925 - 1940)*
  Patricia Ann Boras Bailiff (1936 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Jo Terry ღ
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92580298
Mary <i>Duvak</i> Boras
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- Len & Jo Boras
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- Jo Terry ღ
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