Anna Sarna (1884-1970)
George Sarna (1890-1912)
John Sarna (1891-1984)
Mary Sarna (1894-1991)
Andrew Sarna (1896-1977)
Looking at my personal records in my own possession, I have a copy of my grandmother’s, Mary Irene SARNA Gabuzda, baptism record. This states that her parents are George SARNA and Mary HAJDUK. Her birth date is 26 Apr 1894 and was baptized three days later. This document is copied from the Baptismal Register of the Church (St. John’s Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church of Freeland, PA) on 8 Jan 1930. Was this an error in the copying of the original document?
|X marks Mary Irene Sarna|
I also find in my family possession, a group photo of the confirmed children of St. John’s taken around 1906. The girl with the x mark is Mary Irene SARNA. This is taken in front of the original church located at Ridge and Lucerne St. built in 1892. You can see the matching building in the photo below from a local Slovak newspaper, Kalendar Jednota, also dated 1906.
Translation - Slovak Church and Rev. Karol Pajdusak, pastor in Freeland, Pa.
Tancin, Charlotte. History of Freeland, Pa. website. (https://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ct0u/frldreligion.html : accessed 9 Mar 2016).
Tancin, Charlotte. History of Freeland, Pa. website. (https://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ct0u/frldreligion.html :
accessed 9 Mar 2016).
I also have a duplicate copy of George and Mary’s Marriage Certificate. They were married on 20 Aug 1883 in the Immaculate Conception Church of Eckley, PA, by the Rev. Joseph Jaskovic. This states the bride as Mary Koscelnik. This was copied from the original on 20 Dec 1911.
“In 1889, with Fr. Fallihee's encouragement, 72 Slovak families united to begin the process of forming the present St. John Nepomucene Church. Having obtained land, and able to secure collateral for a loan, they received permission from Bishop O'Hara to commence construction of their first Church. It was dedicated on September 10, 1890 and in 1891 Rev. Josef Libar Jaskovik,” the one who married George & Mary, “became the first pastor.”