Croatian arrivals from Solta-Cecich and Garbin.
Joseph [Jozo] Cecich (1888-1965) was born September 4, 1888 at Grohote, a town on the island of Solta, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. Solta is west of Brac in the Dalmatian Archipelago. Joseph Cecich arrived at New Orleans on January 28, 1905 aboard Irene, a vessel that had left the port of Trieste. In April 1912, he filed his declaration of intention to become an American citizen while domiciled at 1921 Decatur Street in the Crescent City.(Declaration of Intention, Certificate No. 953-Southern District Court-South Mississippi)
Circa 1912, Joseph Cecich married Bertha Marinovich (1891-1937), the daughter of Peter Marinovich, herself also a 1909 Croatian immigrant. Joseph and Bertha were the parents of at least seven children: Marguerite Cecich (1913-1927); Felix Cecich (1916-1918); infant male (1919-1919); Steve Cecich (1923-1929); Joseph Cecich (1923-1929); Peter Frank Cecich (1927-1995); an infant male (1930-1930), and Helen Cecich m. Mr. Roberson. Joseph Cecich made his livelihood as a fisherman.(1930 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census R1146, p. 24A, ED 2)
In April 1912, Joseph Cecich acquired a lot on Deer Island from Eugene Ahern. The consideration was $150.(The Daily Herald, April 20, 1912)
Bertha Cecich-Biloxi Cemetery
Joseph Cecich expired at Biloxi, Mississippi on January 5, 1965. Bertha Marinovich Cecich preceded him in death as she died on September 4, 1937. Peter Frank Cecich (1927-1995), their only son to survive to adulthood died in Ellisville, Jones County, Mississippi on June 8, 1995.(The Daily Herald, September 4, 1937, p. 16 and The Sun Herald, June 10, 1995, p. C2)
The Daily Herald,“Weekly List of Deeds Filed, April 20”, 1912.
The Daily Herald, “Mrs, Cecich dies”, September 4, 1937.
The Sun Herald, “Peter Frank Cecich”, June 10, 1995.
[Biloxi Cemetery-September 2012]
Grgur [Grego] Garbin (1893-1969) was the progenitor of the Garbin family of Biloxi, Mississippi. He was born on Solta, County Spilt-Dalmatia, Croatia and made his livelihood at Biloxi, Mississippi as a fisherman. On June 6, 1928 in Harrison County, Mississippi, Grgur Garbin married Danich Victoria Pavlov (1908-1996), the daughter of Peter Pavlov (1882-1951) and Anna Hire Pavlov (1881-1962), both Croatian immigrants. The newly weds made their home at 1620 Third Street on 'The Point'. Danica was a seafood worker and labored for sixty years with the Sea Coast Packing Company and Kuluz Brothers.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 40, p. 296 and The Sun Herald, January 3, 1996, p. C2)
Grgur Garbin and Danica Pavlov Garbin were the parents of five children: Peter M. Garbin (1930-1963); Dr. Frank George Garbin (b. 1931) m. Nitza Maria Betancourt (1934-2010); George Garbin (1936) m. Lora Lee Poulos (b. 1942); Joseph Garbin m. Lonna Dale Brady (1940-2009); and Marilyn Ann Garbin m. Earl Ray Carlpenter Jr.
PETER M. GARBIN
Peter M. Garbin (1930-1963) was born at Biloxi on September 8, 1930. He died at the United States Public Service Hospital in New Orleans Friday on September 27, 1963. Peter had made his livelihood as a commercial fisherman fishing out of Tacoma, Washington, for the past ten years. He attended Notre Dame High School in Biloxi and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Garbin; three brothers, Dr. Frank G. Garbin, Puerto Rico; Joseph Garbin, Reserve, Louisiana; and George G. Garbin, Biloxi; and one sister, Mrs. Earl Carpenter, Bainbridge, Maryland. His funeral was directed by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi. Internment in the Biloxi Cemetery followed his Requiem Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church.(The Daily Herald, Seeptember 27, 1963, p. 2)
FRANK G. GARBIN
Frank George Garbin, MD married Nitza Maria Betancourt (1934-2010), a native of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Betancourt of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, on January 5, 1957 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi, Mississippi. Dr. Garbin attended Notre dame High School and was awarded his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical College in 1955 and interned at the St. Joseph Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Nitza Maria Betancourt received her education in Medical Technology at Sienna College also in Memphis. Dr. Garbin and his wife were employed at Memphis with the Oakville Clinic and St. Joseph Hospital respectively. They lived at 661 Alabama Street.(The Daily Herald, January 7, 1957, p. 8 and Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 107 p. 472)
They were the parents of: Frank G. Garbin Jr; Nilda Garbin m. Kevin Webb; Donna Garbin m. James Corder; Sharon Garbin m. Lee Klein; and Paulette Garbin m. Craig Dawkins.(The Sun Herald, April 26, 2010)
MARILYN A. GARBIN
The Sun Herald, “Danica V. Garbin”, January 13, 1996.
The Sun Herald, “Lonna Dale Brady Garbin”, April 11, 2009.
The Sun Herald, “Nitza Maria Betancourt Garbin”, April 28, 2010.