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Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« on: Monday 04 May 20 04:49 BST (UK) »
Hello everyone, I am helping an old friend with a particular section of her family history. She is Australian but one set of her grandparents were Lithuanian and they both migrated to Maine for a period in the early 20th century and married there in 1913. Their names were Kasimir Malinauskas and Emilia Bardauskas.

Kasimir came to America aboard the SS Amerika in 1906. The Ellis Island manifest gives as his American contact a brother-in-law Antanis Cyraukus of Lewisport, Maine: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF8W-NY3

This Antanis (I assume it's him) appears in the 1910 US census in the Androscoggin County Jail: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3P-8YX

My query is, can anyone find Antanis in any other records, or any record of why he was in jail, or any record of his wife. I can't. The census says he married in about 1905, presumably in America as it says he immigrated in 1900.

If it helps anyone, below is a quick summary of my research so far.

Kasimir appears in the 1910 US census at Bates Street, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MRSR-8ZG

Emilia arrived at Ellis Island in 1911 aboard the SS Celtic with her prior residence given as Girwelyki:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJPF-7XM

Kasimir and Emilia married on 17 May 1913 at Lewiston:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24N-XD59

They had a child on 10 August 1914 at Lewiston called Kasimir or Charles:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24N-XFN9

Kasimir Senior was registered for the draft in 1917, with his date of birth recorded as 20 March 1876:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2HM-R5KT

Kasimir and Emilia's family appear in the 1920 US census at Knox Street, Lewiston:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZ4-4FD

Kasimir and Emilia and their son returned to Lithuania in the early 1920s.

Another man, Josef Szinkunas, was travelling with Kasimir on the SS Amerika in 1906. Josef also gave Antanis of Lewisport as his American contact and cited him as a brother-in-law. Josef went to Lewiston (he appears in the same household as Kasimir in 1910) but ended up in Rochester, New York. This is him in some American censuses:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS4F-QRP
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X78Q-8S4
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ58-XKB

This is the birth of Josef's eldest daughter: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24J-373C

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #1 on: Monday 04 May 20 07:18 BST (UK) »
And just to let everyone know, I got to here through the kind help of the people in this thread: https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=829774.new#new

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #2 on: Monday 04 May 20 08:08 BST (UK) »
This is Josef Szinkunas' World War One draft registration: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXBH-DMF

It doesn't give any further clues to his place of birth but does give his birthdate as 13 March 1879.


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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #3 on: Monday 04 May 20 12:11 BST (UK) »
So I don't waste people's time, I think I just answered one part of my query. Antanis' wife was Annie Dulkenis who must have been the sister of the Nellie Dulkenis who was Josef Szikunas' wife.

The records aren't entirely clear but Antanis and Annie appear to have two children together, Anthony in 1907 and John in about the beginning of 1909. John died young in 1909 while Annie and the survining son appear in future censuses and other records with the surname Scronkus and with Annie described as a widow. I don't know what happened to Antanis after the 1910 census.

Here are some sources for the above:

1. Death record for the son John in 1909: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24F-3D84

2. Annie and the son Anthony in the 1920 census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZ4-GP6

3. Annie in the 1940 census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMM-SN9

4. Annie's burial in 1966: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXM-4DL4

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #4 on: Monday 04 May 20 16:43 BST (UK) »
So I don't waste people's time, I think I just answered one part of my query. Antanis' wife was Annie Dulkenis who must have been the sister of the Nellie Dulkenis who was Josef Szikunas' wife.

The records aren't entirely clear but Antanis and Annie appear to have two children together, Anthony in 1907 and John in about the beginning of 1909. John died young in 1909 while Annie and the survining son appear in future censuses and other records with the surname Scronkus and with Annie described as a widow. I don't know what happened to Antanis after the 1910 census.

Here are some sources for the above:

1. Death record for the son John in 1909: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24F-3D84

2. Annie and the son Anthony in the 1920 census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZ4-GP6

3. Annie in the 1940 census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMMM-SN9

4. Annie's burial in 1966: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXM-4DL4

Annie D. Scronkus

The Lewiston Daily Sun 
Jul 12, 1966
Pg. 2

Obit: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01pf6/

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Son Anthony Scronkus died in 1968.

The Lewiston Daily Sun 
April 1, 1968
Pg. 2

Obit: http://www.rootschat.com/links/01pf7/

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #5 on: Monday 04 May 20 17:12 BST (UK) »

Another man, Josef Szinkunas, was travelling with Kasimir on the SS Amerika in 1906. Josef also gave Antanis of Lewisport as his American contact and cited him as a brother-in-law. Josef went to Lewiston (he appears in the same household as Kasimir in 1910) but ended up in Rochester, New York. This is him in some American censuses:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS4F-QRP
1930- https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X78Q-8S4
1940- https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ58-XKB


In the 1930/1940 ceusus you linked to, there is a John Dulkenis (Dulksnus) listed as brother-in-law.

John Dulksnus died in 1943. His obit makes the connection to his sister Mrs Anna Scronkus & nephew Anthony in Maine.

Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester, New York
04 Oct 1943, Mon    Page 17

Death notice: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/50208583/john-dulksnus-death/

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #6 on: Monday 04 May 20 17:34 BST (UK) »

The records aren't entirely clear but Antanis and Annie appear to have two children together, Anthony in 1907 and John in about the beginning of 1909. John died young in 1909 while Annie and the surviving son appear in future censuses and other records with the surname Scronkus and with Annie described as a widow. I don't know what happened to Antanis after the 1910 census.


In the 1910 census Annie & son Anthony(Tony) are listed with last name "Dukesmise" (sp of her maiden name?). She is listed as married for 6 years , mother of 2 with one surviving. No husband is listed. They are living on Knox St., same street as on son John's death record in 1909.

1910 census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MRS5-JT5

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 05 May 20 03:44 BST (UK) »
Thank you RJ137, those documents really help confirm and fill the story in and they might lead to some American cousins for my friend who I am researching for.

I've also been posting on a Lithuanian genealogy group on Facebook and I've found a bit more there too. I don't think I can link as it's a private group.

Annie Dulkenis was born Ona, daughter of Jonas Dulksnius and Juozapota Tučiūtė from Kikoniai village near Kupiskis, Lithuania. She was born on 4 July 1877. Her godparents were Adomas Jackus and Ona, wife of Jeronimas Malinauskas. Jeronimas and Ona Malinauskas were my friend's great grandparents, parents of her grandfather Kasimir Malinauskas. Ona Malinauskus had the maiden name Tučiūtė so I suspect (and am trying to prove) that she was a sister of Juozapota Tučiūtė. The godparent relationship might be the reason why Kasimir Malinauskus gave Antanis Caraukus as a "brother-in-law" when he arrived at Ellis Island in 1906.

This is all starting to come together!

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Re: Antanis Caraukus of Lithuania and Androscoggin County in Maine
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 05 May 20 03:47 BST (UK) »
Here is Ona Dulksnius' birth entry from the July 1877 section of the Kupiskis register in case any relatives ever come across this thread.