Croatian arrivals from Solta-Cecich and Garbin.

Croatian arrivals from Solta-Cecich and Garbin.
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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 from Brac.  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.


Grgur Garbin

[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 (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 George Garbin Sr. [1931-2018], 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)



Dr. Frank G. Garbin Sr. [1929-2018] of Ocean Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.  Dr. Garbin was a longtime resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He was born and raised in Biloxi and graduated Notre Dame High School in 1947. 


After graduation, Dr. Garbin attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1951. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine with his Doctorate in Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; it was during this time that he met his wife of fifty-three years, Nitza (Betancourt).


Following his time in Tennessee, Dr. Garbin served in the United States Air Force as a General Medical Officer from 1957-1959. While serving, Dr. Garbin and his wife Nitza had their first two children, Nilda and Donna. From 1960-1964, he completed his General Surgery Residency at the San Juan City Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 


While in Puerto Rico, Dr. and Mrs. Garbin had their next two children, Sharon and Frank Jr. Dr. Garbin and his family moved back to Mississippi in 1964, where he lived for the remainder of his life. It was in Mississippi that the last two Garbin children, Paul and Paulette, were born. During his free time, Dr. Garbin loved to spend his time outside, preferably on the water fishing. Frank was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and he will be missed by all that knew him.

Dr. Garbin is preceded in death by his wife, Nitza Garbin, his parents, Grugur and Danica (Pavlov) Garbin, and his brother Peter (DeeDee) Garbin. 

Survivors include his brothers, George Garbin and Joseph Garbin, and his sister, Madelyn (Garbin) Carpenter. He is also survived by his children Nilda Webb (Kevin), Donna Corder (James), Sharon Klein (Lee), Frank Garbin Jr. (Faith), Paul Garbin (Marie), and Paulette Dawkins (Craig), his sixteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family of Dr. Garbin wants to extend a special thanks to Katrina Campbell (also known as "Skinny" by Dr. Garbin), as well as Mary Lee, Janice Powell, Janay Campbell, and Lisa Rials. This army of angels loved Dr. Garbin, and he loved them like his own children. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, Pass Christian where friends may visit one hour before the mass.  Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.[The Sun Herald, November 23 to November 25, 2018]








Marilyn Ann Garbin married Earl Ray Carpenter in Harrison County, Mississippi on 2 Decembe 1961.[Bk. 120, p. 45]



The Daily Herald,“Garbin-Betancourt”, January 7, 1957.
The Daily Herald, 'Peter M. Garbin', September 27, 1963, p. 2.
The Daily Herald,“Grgur Garbin”, August 8, 1969.

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.

The Sun Herald, “Dr. Frank G. Garbin”, November 23, 2018-Novemebr 25, 2018.

Croatian arrivals from Ston-Bilancich

Croatian arrivals from Ston-Bilancich ray Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:05


Baldo Nikolas Bilancich (1896-1967) was born December 4, 1896 at Ston, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia.  He left Bremen Germany in February 1910 and arrived at Galveston, Texas in March 1910 and proceeded to Biloxi, Mississippi.  Here he met and married Leona Gabrich (1904-1969).  Their nuptials occurred on Harrison County, Mississippi on October 6, 1920.  Baldo was naturalized at Biloxi, Mississippi on February 23, 1928 with Certificate No. 2439014.   The family settled at 422 Delauney Street.(Petition for Naturalization No. 399-Southern District Court-South Mississippi-September 1927 and Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 32, p. 381)

Baldo N. Bilancich and Leona Gabrich divorced and circa 1940, he relocated to Harris County, Texas.  Baldo married Patricia Ann Seliner and had three more children born in Texas: Donnie Brent Bilancich (1942-1992) m. Shirley Margaret Bailey; Elva Deana Bilancich (b. 1945) and Joseph Anthony Bilancich (b. 1950) m. Peggy Jane Ross.


Robert J. Bilancich

Robert John Bilancich (1921-1973) was born April 24, 1921 at Biloxi, Mississippi.  He married Theresa Dora Saujon (1921-2008), the daughter of Leo Saujon and Bernadette Sandoz, in Harrison County, Mississippi on April 7, 1943.  They were the parents of three children: Claudia Bilancich m. Ernest ‘Butch’ Henley; Broderick Bilancich m.    ; and infant daughter Bilancich (1947-1947).

Robert J. Bilancich and Theresa Saujon Bilancich divorced.  She married Ramon D. Tauscher (1929-2007).

Julius A. Bilancich

Julius Anthony Bilancich (1922-1994) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on July 23, 1922.  He married Shirley Ann Richard.


Dorothy M. Bilancich

Dorothy Bilancich Eleuterius(1924-2000) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on June 29, 1924.  She married Shannon Eleuterius in Harrison County, Mississippi on July 28, 1944.  They were the parents of five children: Frederick Eleuterius, Rocky Eleuterius, Scott Eleuterius.



Dorothy Bilancich Eleuterius(1924-2000), age 76 years, of Biloxi, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, in Biloxi.  Mrs. Eleuterius was a lifelong resident of Biloxi and was retired from Kroger in the deli department.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Shannon Eleuterius; a son, Frederick Eleuterius; and two brothers, Robert Bilancich and Julius Bilancich.

Dorothy was survived by two daughters, Dr. Lorraine Magrath of Troy, Alabama, and Rhanda Hertling of Biloxi; two sons, Rocky Eleuterius and Scott Eleuterius, both of Biloxi; and five grandchildren, Michelle Magrath and Christi Magrath, both of Troy, Alabama, and Kimberly Myers, Mia Eleuterius and Angela Hancock, all of Biloxi.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi where friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Biloxi Cemetery.