I have some information on the piechota's in the us for you. My great-great-grandfather came here in the early 1900's His name was Jon Piechota and when they came here the name was changed to peahota. I think it must have been a spelling error when they were coming in through customs. He was born in 1871 in poland or austria, I am not exactly sure of the location. His wife was born in austria and her name was Clara olejkowski but my grandmother says that they called her caroline? It must have been a spelling or translation error as well. I think that he may be the person that you are looking for because his name was spelled Jon and that is very close to Jan. It may also be an error in translation or spelling. They had 18 children! One of whom was my great grandfather Adam Andrew Peahota. They lived in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. I know that they were in the drycleaning business and my great grandfather Adam was a coal miner. The names of their children that I have so far are as follows:
Joseph Peahota 1902-?
Annie Peahota 1904-?
Andrew Peahota 1905-?
Elizabeth Peahota 1906-?
Stanley Peahota 1908-?
William Peahota 1910-?
Adam Andrew Peahota 1912-2002 born in Pennsylvania, moved later on to Lakeland, Florida (he was my Great-Grandfather)
He married Mary Ann Dolman Peahota and had two daughters named Carol Ann Peahota Davis and Jean Peahota.
Tessie Peahota 1916-?
Frank Peahota 1919-?
Helen Peahota 1921-?
There were 6 more children but I do not know what their names were this information is mostly from a census in 1920 and my grandmother says that she knew that some of them died young she says that she remembers one of them died of a drowning. I think that maybe I do not know their names because they were either born in Poland or they were not living with them in 1920.
I really do think that the Jan that you are looking for is my great-great-grandfather called Jon Peahota
I have done alot of research and I have not found anything earlier than the immigration, the only names that I have are from a U.S. Census and from my grandmothers memory.
Please let me know if you can help me trace them back further. Piechota (Peahota) is not a common name here and I do not see it anywhere else other than Pennsylvania so I am sure that it is the same family. There were many immigrants that got their names changed when they came in because they either could not speak very well english or it was "lost in translation" I think that may be why you have been unable to trace them in the U.S. because the spelling was changed but I do know for a fact that it used to be spelled Piechota. I really hope that we can get our information together because I would love to find out more about where my family comes from in Poland and Austria.
Thank you, please e-mail me back when you get this
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am very excited to speak more with you about this!
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