Nativity BVM Parish

The Roman Catholic Parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary had its roots in the city’s original Slovak Catholic parish, St. Ladislas.

After the founding of St. Ladislas in 1885, Slovak immigrants continued to arrive in Cleveland. They gradually outgrew the neighborhood around St. Ladislas, settling two miles south in the area of Cleveland called Newburgh on what is now the southeast side of Cleveland. The first church of Navity BVM Parish was dedicated in 1903. Early records of Navtity indicate that parishioners were from such villages as Uzovsky Salgov, Dravce, Brezovica and Sabinov in Saris County; Podolinec in Spis County; and Bela nad Cirochou, Snia, and Trebisov in Zeplin County.

An article dealing with the Parish was published in March 2005 issue of Nase rodina (Our family) Volume 17 No 1.

Early Parishioners of Nativity BVM Parish, Cleveland, Ohio. This was a Slovak parish.

  • indicates founding member of Nativity BVM Parish in Cleveland, Ohio.
Name Village
Andrew Adamchik* New York
Maria Amrich Postrenas, Saris
Anna Amrics Oruzin Saris
Michal Andras Rentisov, Saris
Karol Andrejcik*  
Andreas Bacik Hazlin, Saris
Josephus Bacik Hazlin, Saris
Anna Bajus Brezovica, Saris
John Bednar*  
Francis Bednarik Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
John Bednarik*  
Stephanus Bialko Brezovica, Saris
Maria Bilek Vormany, Bohemia
Stephen Biskup*  
Anna Branicky Stepanov Oravska
Teresia Branicky Stepanov Oravska
Gabriel Brdko  
Martin Bruncak Stepanov Oravska
Martin Buchko* Brezovica, Saris
Anna Budi (Greek Catholic)  
Alzbeta Budi (Greek Catholic) Trebisov, Zemplin
Maria Bumbera Trebisov, Zemplin
Helena Burik Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Apolonia Cebula Stepanov Oravska
Anna Cercin Lomny Pisen
Adam Chismar* Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Joe Chismar*  
Zuzana Choma Kruslov, Saris (Kruzlov)
Maria Chomic Horna Lehota, Zvolen
Maria Chovanec Dravec, Saris (Dravce)
Anna Chrenu Mala Pesnica
Paul Churilla*  
Stephanus Cola Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Andro Cuha Kendaj, Saris
Maria Curila Cleveland
Adam Curovy Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Andrew Degro*  
Anna Drobnak Cleveland
Maria Drobnak Trebisov, Zemplin
Joanes Dudic Bojatice, Ungvarska
Joe Eskra (Iskra)* Krasnohorska, Oravska
Frenk Estonia*  
Jozefus Figula Plauc, Saris
Joe Frenk*  
Michael Frenk*  
Anna Furda Trebisov
Suzanna Gabor Sina, Zemplin (Snina)
Maria Gadus Spis
Tomas Gadus Siva Brada, Spis
Joe Gadus* Buglovce, Spis
Maria Gajdos Duplin, Saris
Stephanus Galajda Sabinov, Saris
John Geci*  
Stephen Gencur*  
Rosalia Gerak  
John Gerak*  
Agnes Gnip Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Joe Goch*  
John Goch*  
Ignac Golias  
Maria Gottfried Zbonin
Maria Grebela Prussia
Anna Gregenda Cirocha Bela (Bela nad Cirochou)
Karel Hacko Likavka
John Hamrik*  
Paulus Hanacek Vrbice, Moravia
Maria Hanackova Vrbice, Morava
Jakobus Haslinger  
John Hegedish*  
Petr Hejduk Minarovec, Saris
Jozefa Hessoun Cleveland
Elisabeta Hladik Plzen, Bohemia
Jan Hlusak Stepanov Oravska
Venceslaus Hofron Cleveland
Jozef Horak Cleveland
Andrew Hrosh*  
Matias Hrubi*  
Matias Hruby Peklanov, Saris
Stephanus Imrich Lublo, Spisska
Stefanus Jajko Linartov, Saris (Lenartov)
Andrew Jajko*  
Pavel Janko Cirocha Bela Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Stephen Jarchushka*  
Maria Jelinek  
Vencesalus Jelinek Olesna, Bohemia
Jacob Jenca* Serecin, Saris
Andru Jendrus*  
Michal Juhas Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Elisabeth Jurcak Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
Andrew Jurcak* Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
John Jurcak*  
John Jurcak*  
Joe Jurchak*  
Stephen Jurek*  
Andrew Jurica*  
Andrew Jurko*  
Vasil Juzko Orozruska, Zemplin
Juraj Kacala  
Agnes Kaniak Snina, Zemplin
Michael Kapral Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Terezia Karnos Krasnohorska, Oravska
Joe Kaschak*  
Vendelin Kasinak Polomc, Saris
John Kasper*  
Maria Kekac  
Paul Kekach*  
Maria Kenkor Paseky, Bohemia
Joanna Kezman Garesnica, Chorvatsko
Helena Kisela Torysa, Saris
Stephen Kitko* Blazejov, Saris
George Kochis*  
Georg Kolesar Sarocin, Saris
Michal Kolesar Serecin, Saris
Jozefus Kolesar Sorocin Saris
Anna Koma Cleveland
Helena Koma Sabinov Saris
John Komer*  
Maria Konceny Daubonca, Morava
George Kontura* Zhornia, Ungvarska
Anasiasia Kosa Tynsanech
Anna Koscik Trebisov, Zemplin
Maria Koscik Trebisov, Zemplin
Frenk Kosekovsky*  
Petrus Kostiha Zeletice, Morava
Joanes Koubek LaBoran
Juraj Kracunovski (Kraconovsky) * Demiata, Saris (Demjata)
Joe Kral*  
Michal Krenicky*  
Bohumil Krnon Volesin, Cech.
Anna Krupa Hazlin, Saris
Maria Krupiak Porelinec, Spis (Podolinec)
Josefus Kubik Brezovice
Maria Kulak Galizii-Gosvica
Maria Kusc  
Stephanus Lang Brecejovec, Saris
Anna Ledinska Cleveland
Maria Lencik Trebisov, Zemplin
Joe Lesko*  
Stephen Lesnak*  
Walentin Lindway*  
Anna Lojan Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Stephen Lonce (Lonc)* Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Andrew Lonce*  
Barbora Lukac Brecovec, Saris
Josephus Lustig Cleveland
Ondrej Luteran Kendice Saris
Jacobus Macko Serecin, Saris
Joe Mackovjak*  
Frantisek Malecek Zlocine (Zlonice?), Bohemia
Anton Malinovsky  
Michal Mandula*  
Paul Marcinko Slavkov, Saris
Anna Markovic Boloveza Saris
Josephus Marous Jiskovce, Bohemia
Anna Martin Harlin Saris
Joanes Martin Harlin Saris
Maria Martin Michigan
Martin Martinko*  
Paul Martinko*  
Andro Marton Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
George Marton* Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
Joe Martonik*  
Maria Matis Mistisko, Saris
Catarina Medery Lengvart, Spis
Maria Medvesky Medvedza, Oravska
George Merva*  
Anna Michalov Cleveland
John Michalov*  
Michal Michko*  
Jozeful Mihelko Dubrava, Spis
Carolina Miko Lipjany, Saris (Lipany)
Zuzana Miko  
Joanes Mikovcik Postrenas, Saris
Antonia Mikovini  
Zuzana Mondek Kosice
Andrew Mraz*  
Juliana Nejedlik  
Maria Novak Cleveland
Jozefus Obusek Polakovec, Saris
Zuzana Olsavsky Janovec
Michal Onder  
Joannes Ondik Sina, Zemplin (Snina)
Jan Ondy Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Agnes Ontkovic Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Karol Ontkovic Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Anton Onuska*  
Stanislav Palider*  
Carolus Pallo Martincek
John Pavelko*  
Jan Pavlik Mistisko, Saris
Paul Pavlik*  
Barbara Pecha Cleveland
Carolus Pecnik Metlik
Pelcarksky Metlik
Jan Pelcarsky Parchovany, Zemplin
Jozef Pelcarsky Parchovany Zemplin
Andreas Petrasko Strencin, Saris
Andrej Petrasko Turcanech, Saris
Anna Petro Cirocha Bela, Zemplin (Bela nad Cirochou)
Jan Petro  
Charlle Piskura*  
Andreas Plascak Nova Bystrica
Andreas Pohorenec Kelemes, Saris
John Polomsky*  
Michal Potancik Serecin, Saris
John Potsedle*  
Andrew Potshedle* Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
George Pristas*  
Joe Pristas*  
Michal Pupenko Levoce, Spis
Anna Putka Brezovica, Saris
Michal Putka Brezovica, Saris
John Putka*  
Paul Putka* Brezovica, Saris
Helena Rapak Krasna Horka
Joe Rebec*  
Franciscus Rebic Cirocha Bela, Zemplin
Maria Rebic  
Joannes Retkovic Kajgana, Chorvatsko
Martin Sabo*  
Ferdinand Safranek Cleveland
Jozefus Sedivy Kobyli, Morava
Jan Sedlak Backov, Zemplin
Helena Sekera  
Michal Sevcik Duterava, Saris
Maria Simkovic Trebisov, Zemplin
Maria Sincik Salgov (Uzovsky Salgov)
Anna Skop Krivjany, Saris (Krivany)
Michal Skordinski Koltaj, v Uhorsku
Anna Smetana Sabinov, Saris
Barbora Smid  
Jozef Smola Horna Lehota, Zvolen
Michal Smola Horna Lehota, Zvolen
Stefan Sojcak Krasna Horka
Frances Solaj  
Barbora Sopko Cleveland
Catarina Sorna Buzice, Bohemia
Andreas Spisak Ostrovjany, Saris (Ostrovany)
Josef Spisak Ostrovjany, Saris (Ostrovany)
Frenk Spisak*  
John Stanko*  
Stephen Stanko*  
Michal Stavnicky Sorocin Saris
Maria Stefanik Rokycany, Saris
Elisabeth Stofik Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Maria Stofik Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Michal Stofik Sinna, Zemplin (Snina)
Maria Student Cleveland
Helena Suhaj  
Catharina Svec  
Anna Tabacko Semakovec, Sariska
Mary Tabacko Brecejovec, Saris
Alzbeta Tabacko Brecejovec, Saris
Georg Tenesi  
Martin Tindira* Brezovica Saris
Michal Tokar Geralt, Saris
Andru Tomchik*  
Stefan Ulicny Janovec
Josephus Ungrady Sola, Zemplin
Andrew Ungrady*  
Ferdy Ungvarski*  
Anna Ungvarsky Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
Maria Ungvarsky Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
Jan Ungvarsky  
Andrew Ungvarsky* Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
John Ungvarsky* Salgov, Saris (Uzovsky Salgov)
Ladislaw Valek Kosice
Stefanus Valus Brezovica, Saris
Jan Valus Zdravec, Saris
Anna Varacky Kojetsi, Saris (Kojetice)
Stefan Varacky Kojetice Saris
Anna Vasko  
Josephus Vysocky Olsany, Saris
Marketa Vysocky Volsave
Andro Welling Krasnohorka, Oravska
Irma Zavartkay  
Michal Zurava Lenarto, Saris (Lenartov)
  • indicates founding member of Nativity BVM Parish in Cleveland, Ohio.

NOTE: In most cases, name spellings are exactly as they appear either on the petition to establish the parish or on parish records. Village names in parentheses have been corrected to modern names where those names are definitely known. Information in this table comes from baptism and marriage records found in journals kept by the first four pastors of Nativity Parish. For more information about these records, please contact John Sabol at (216) 351-6247 or sabolj@aol.com.