Mary Duvak Boras

  • Birth 15 Mar 1893 Hungary
  • Death 23 Jul 1964 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 92580298

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 17 years old and appears to have traveled alone. Other passengers were Magyar Hungarians. The manifest says she was Ruthenian and worked as a domestic servant. Her next of kin in Hungary was her father, Janos "John" Duvak. Her destination after NYC was to her brother Gyorgy Duvak'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 after 1920 with his family in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania; however, before leaving Schuylkill County, he did file an intent to become a US Citizen in 1912 and took the oath of allegiance in May 1920 at the courthouse in Pottsville.

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, in her daughter Elizabeth's home. They share the same grave.

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.

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  • Added: 25 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92580298
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Duvak Boras (15 Mar 1893–23 Jul 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92580298, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by JTerry ღ (contributor 47030398) .