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Husband: Jozef MURGAŠ
Birth:                    26 Oct 1882 Zborov nad Bystricou 122 {1,2}
Marriage:               22 Apr 1902 Dorota VÁLEK {1}
                                      Krásno nad Kysucou
Arrival:                  27 Apr 1905 New York {3}
                                      SS Barbarossa
Father: Ondrej MURGAŠ
Mother: Anna MASARIK

Wife: Dorota VÁLEK
Birth:                    19 Jan 1878 Zborov nad Bystricou 95 {1,2}
Marriage:               22 Apr 1902 Jozef MURGAŠ {1}
                                      Krásno nad Kysucou
Arrival:                  14 May 1914 New York {3}
                                      SS George Washington
Father: Ján VÁLEK
Mother: Anna ZUZCÁK

Children
M  Matúš MURGAŠ
Birth:                    19 Sep 1902 Zborov nad Bystricou {4}
Arrival:                  14 May 1914 New York {3}
                                      SS George Washington
F  Mila MURGAŠ
Birth:                    1905
Arrival:                  14 May 1914 New York {3}
                                      SS George Washington    

 

Jozef traveled to New York on April 27, 1905 on the SS Barbarossa from Slovakia to United States and settled in Osceola Mills to work in the coal mines.

"The Barbarossa"

Built by Blohm & Voss Shipbuilders, Hamburg, Germany, 1897. 10,769 gross tons; 548 (bp) feet long; 60 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 14.5 knots.  2,392 passengers (230 first class, 227 second class, 1,935 third class).

Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1897 and named Barbarossa. Bremerhaven-Australia and Bremerhaven-New York service. Interned at New York 1914-17. Seized by United States Navy, American flag, in 1917 and renamed USS Mercury. Troop transport service. Scrapped in 1924.

He sent for his two children and his wife and children.  Matthew Murgas who was only 9 years old at the time and his younger sister was only 5.  The journey across the ocean took approximately 60 days on the George Washington.  

"The George Washington"

Built by A/G Vulcan Shipyard, Stettin, Germany, 1909. 25,570 gross tons; 723 (bp) feet long; 72 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 18 1/2 knots.  2,679 passengers (568 first class, 433 second class, 1,678 third class).

Built for North German Lloyd, German flag, in 1909 and named George Washington. Bremerhaven-New York service. Interned at New York at the start of World War I in 1914. Seized by United States Lines, in 1917 and renamed USS George Washington. Also Bremerhaven-New York service. Assigned to United States Lines; began Bremerhaven-NY sailings 1921. Laid up in 1940 and Caitlin. Refitted as troopship in 1940; World War II service. Reverted to George Washington. Completely destroyed by a fire at Baltimore; wreckage scrapped in 1951.

 

During the first week of the journey, his wife got sick and was bed ridden the remainder of the trip.  Matthew was forced to become a young man at an early age and care for his sister.