9 Replies Latest reply on Jun 10, 2021 6:31 AM by Kelly Horn

    Seeking immigration & naturalization records for John Popchoke


      I am at a bit of a loss. I have been trying rather unsuccessfully to locate the immigration and naturalization records for John Popchoke. He immigrated to the USA in 1879 when he was 2 years old. He came with his father, stepmother and sister Anna. His birth mother was supposed to have been buried on a farm outside of Warsaw Poland. According to one of his grandkids, John's father allegedly died in Merlin, TX in 1889 and the stepmom is supposed to be buried in Galveston, TX.  She wanted to send both kids to a Catholic home. John ran away to Waco where he was living with a family named West. They ran a pony or medicine show. We don't see him again in any records until 1898 in Lamar, TX when he married Eva Lena Bohannon. The story goes that John ran into Anna when she was in Waco, TX. John was supposedly naturalized in Hugo, OK but he didn't spell his last name as Popchoke (which was how his name sounded in Polish). The belief is that he used his real spelling of his last name. Any help is greatly appreciated.