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 John Potochney

John Potochney

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Death 26 Jul 1914 (aged 42)
Burial Centralia, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 100015876 · View Source
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[Bio by Sean Potochney]
"John" = Janos Potochney was actually born 21 June 1877 in what was then Vojtocs, Austria-Hungary according to Church records. [The 1872 tombstone birth year is off a bit. It was common for surviving family members of Eastern European immigrants to not know exact birth yrs of their spouse or parents. There are big discrepancies between the tombstone birth year, newspaper obituary, and PA Death Certificate.]

Janos Potochney was the son of Andras (also written "Andreas") Potochney and Illona (a form of "Helen") Bzdil. Although Vojtovce is now within the boundaries of modern day Slovakia, Janos was of Carpatho-Rusyn ethnicity. [The Slovak government has since worked to phase out the Rusyn language in Eastern Slovakia in favor of having a single national Slovak language].

Janos Potochney immigrated to U.S. in August 1894 and first worked as a coal miner in Sandy Run, PA (2 miles south of Freeeland, PA). He eventually moved to the Centralia, PA area around 1902 where he also worked for the coal mines.


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  • Maintained by: Sean Potochney
  • Originally Created by: JD STEPHENS, U.S. NAVY VETERAN
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100015876
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Potochney (10 Feb 1872–26 Jul 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100015876, citing Saint Marys Orthodox Cemetery, Centralia, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Sean Potochney (contributor 47398947) .