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Chehi family from Hungary

Journal by karentrvl

My grandparents came to the U.S. from Hungary in 1910. Veronica Chehi was born in 1885. Lewis Chehi worked in PA and WV as a coal miner. He was killed in a mining accident and Veronica married Frank Chapke (or Csepke) between 1920-1925, and they moved to Paulding, Ohio. Veronica and Lewis had several children.

Veronica was married and widowed previously in Hungary and had three sons who stayed behind with relatives in Hungary. By the time she arrived in Paulding with Frank Chapke, she had six children, Elizabeth, Lewis, Margaret, Joseph, Ethel (my mother) and Ernest Chehi. I don't believe she and Frank Chapke had any children together, although I do know she had a total of twelve children and some died fairly young.

I can find very little information in order to try and locate the families of the three sons left in Hungary, or any information on Veronica and Lewis. Both had died long before I was born.

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on 2008-07-08 07:49:44

karentrvl has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2008. is researching the following names: CHEHI.

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by allycat on 2008-07-08 18:52:38

See what Rootschatters can dig up for you RootsChat register as a new user, free site also, then goto their Emigrants to United States board.

And have you tried the Hungary Genealogy Forum ?


by jlcommers on 2009-08-09 16:12:30

I am doing family research for my brother-in-law, Veronia is his grandmother and I live in Paulding, OH where she is buried. I believe that Ernest was Frank and Veronica's son, he is buried with the name Chapke on his tombstone.

by karen919 on 2010-03-21 14:14:25

In an old obituary, I found the names of all the Chehi/Chapke children. I know that their mother was my grandmother, Veronica Chehi Chapke. I am not sure of any birthdates. They were Peter, Anthony, Joe, Alexander and Lewis Chehi, and the youngest boy, I believe, was Ernest Chapke. The girls were Elizabeth White, Mary, Pearl and Irene Chehi, Margaret Ganger and Ethel Hawkins.

by Poohbeartd on 2013-01-26 18:29:37

Veronica's maiden name was Berena or Barenyai, depending on the document. I found the marriage license for Veronica and Frank (aka Ferencz Cepka, Chepka, Chapke). They were married at St. Ladislaus Church in Loraine, Ohio in September 2,1928. Veronica's parents were Ference Berena and Julia Sherban (or Veronica Hazi). Many of her documents are in the name of Elizabeth (not Veronica) Berena. I need to contact the church in Hungary to clarify the parents. Lajos Csehi is somewhat difficult. He went by different last names, probably due to transcriber errors in the spelling. My uncle Joe died in 1940, and his obituary is under the name of Cschi. Veronica was born October 31, 1883. She died in Paulding on November 07, 1941. Frank died April 26, 1949. There is a lot missing. I was told Veronica was married 4 times. She outlived all but Frank so am trying to piece this together. There is some connection to the Kiss, Szabo and Toth families, so more research is necessary to find where the connection might be.

by 19paect87 on 2013-02-04 13:48:38

Hi everyone! I just joined today, February 4, 2013, because I was delighted to see that someone else was researching the Veronica Chehi/Chapke family line. Veronica's daughter, Elizabeth, was my mother's Mom. Elizabeth was born in 1912. She died at 36 years old of Paralysis agitans, which she had been suffering with for many years. I have a picture of her mother, Veronica, with her and her siblings, Joseph, Lewis, Ernest, Elizabeth (my Grandmother), Margaret Chehi, and Ethel. I also have a picture with Louis/Lewis Chehi, his wife Veronica, and their child, Margaret, when she was an infant. I have 2 pictures of my Great-Aunt, Ethel, and on the back of them she is listed as a Keipper living in Naples, FL. More information gleaned from obituaries and censuses appear to indicate that she was Ethel Chapke Keipper Hawkins Speakman. Not sure on the Speakman surname yet. She lived in Paulding, OH in 1930. I assume she was in Florida for a great deal of her life. Veronica's daughter, Margaret Mary Chehi Ganger was born on June 27, 1915 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died on May 13, 1988 at the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne, OH. She married Lorenzie Dell Ganger on August 31, 1933. They had four sons together. 1. Robert Ganger of Sturgis, MI. 2. David Ganger, John Ganger, and Rolland Ganger, all of Paulding, OHIO. From information that I have found on, I have discovered that they are saying that Frank Chapkie/Chapko/Cepka/Chepka/Chapke was born on May 8, 1880 in Anarer, Hungary. He died on April 26, 1949 in Paulding, OH. If anyone has any more information or especially pictures and birth certificates of Veronica's children, Margaret, Elizabeth, Joseph, Lewis, Ethel or Ernest Chehi/Chapke, I would greatly appreciate a copy of them. I look forwarding to hearing from you if you care to write to me! I hope my information was of some help to you all!

by Poohbeartd on 2013-02-15 12:34:38

Ethel Chehi was my mother. She was married to my father, Ray Speakman, and had my sister, Shirley, then me, Karen. My sister and I were raised by our dad, and didn't know Ethel very well, especially me as I was an infant when they divorced. She remarried Vic Keipper, and had another daughter, Kathy, who she did raise. I did have a wonderful relationship with my Aunt Margaret, so most of what I know about the Chehi family came from stories from her, plus a great deal of research. Lewis (grandfather) did die in Indiana on 7/23/1924. He was born 10/20/1884, but cannot find him as yet on any immigration records, so uncertain as to the location in Hungary. Veronica then married Joe Szabo, on 10/03/1924 and he died 2/25/1925. She then married Frank Chepka (changed to Chapke later) on 09/02/1928. Ernest Oscar Chapke was born 12/30/1926, so am confused if Ernest was a Szabo or a Chapke???? I did find that our Grandfather's Father was also Lajos Chehi, and his mother was Anna Cannyiezia, or Kanizsai. I also have the picture of Grandmother Veronica with Lewis and Margaret, but that is all I have. I know all of the Ganger boys. David just passed away a short time back, but the others are still alive. I am now working on research in Hungary and trying to find where Lewis and Veronica were born and what happened to our family there. Please keep in touch, and as I uncover anything further, I will let you know right away. Karen

by 19paect87 on 2013-02-20 13:00:01

Hi Karen! I read this letter second, so I didn't see your first name until now. Thank you so much for your wonderful information! I am sorry to hear that your parents divorced. I have a picture of the Chehi children, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jospeh, Lewis and Ethel outside of a one-room school house that they attended together many years ago. I believe I have some pictures of your mother, Ethel, that were given to me by my Aunt Mary Margaret, too, but I would need your or my mother's confirmation that it is indeed Ethel, because Aunt Mary Margaret is gone now, too. Were you raised in Florida? I hear that Ethel spent a lot of time in Florida. It is no wonder that my Mom has had a near-impossible time of keeping track of her ancestors, because the family is a bit of a convoluted mess. It is very difficult to research this family! It sounds like Veronica Ann Barena/Barenyai from Hungary was married 4 times, and even left some of her children with relatives in Hungary when her first husband died. She is an intriguing character. I wonder what led her to leave Hungary, and how it was that she came to marrying 3 more men? She outlived all of them, except Mr. Chapke. My mother believed that her Grandfather was named Louis Chehi, and that it wasn't spelled L-e-w-i-s, but rather Louis. She also believes he was called Lazlo. I wonder if that is why some documents you've seen appear to say Lajos? Maybe the zl in the name looked like a j to the transcriber? This is all so confusing, but it is heartwarming to see that I am not the only one in search of these lost ancestors. Veronica Ann and Louis/Lazlo appear to have named their son Lewis with the spelling different from his father's name's spelling, Louis. At least that is what my Mom says. Do you have the date of death of David Ganger? I wish Mom could meet you and the Ganger men, as you would all be her first cousins. It's such a shame that so much has been lost to her about her family through the process of adoption. I'm trying to find out more about her adoptive family, the Murrays, too. The search continues for me as well, and I will also be glad to post any information that I find on her Chehi/Chapke family line. Thanks so much for writing, Karen! It was very kind of you! Sincerely, Patti

by jlcommers on 2016-04-30 22:18:47

I am Jan Commers and am Roland Ganger's sister in-law. Roland asked me to find out what I could on his family. Thank you for the information that you have shared I will share it with Roland. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with on Margaret's family.

by Debbi_Do on 2016-10-26 18:32:36

My name is Debora Scott and my mother was Ethel (Chehi) McCague (2/9/1939-3/6/1999) and my maternal Grandfather was Lewis Allen Chehi (10/8/1908?), son of Veronica and Louis/Lewis? Chehi. Roland Ganger is my Godfather. :) Lewis and Helen (Westfall) Chehi had 10 children, my mother is the second oldest and my Aunt Betty Jean is still living, as well as one more Aunt, Pamela Talmage, and an Uncle, Kim Chehi. Much of my family is on Facebook also.

by StaciGlaze on 2017-02-06 02:21:05

Hi, my name is Staci (Robinson) Glaze. This information is incredible! :-)
My Grandfather is Lewis Chehi, my mother is Pamela Chehi (Robinson) (Talmage). I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My email address is [email protected]

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