Croatian arrivals from Vis-Gospodinovich and Moulyet.

Croatian arrivals from Vis-Gospodinovich and Moulyet.
osarep Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:52



                    Vis [town] Harbor                                                                                                Komiza


Biloxi Cemetery



[L-R: Dominic Gospodinovich; Jacobina Gospodinovich Tabb; Vincent Gospodinovich; Jacobina Trebotich Gospodinovich; Margaret Gospodinovich Leperi; Katie Gospodinovich Davis; and Charles Davis, grandson]




Vincent Gospodinovich and Jacobina Trebotich with children

[L-R: Jacobena Gospodinovich (1914-2006) m. John Henry Tabb (1914-1972);  'Katie' Gospodinovich (1910-1986) m. Charles M. Davis (1914-2000); Matre Gospodinovich (1912-2003) m. Doris Borries (1913-1951) and Rose Mary Fayard)


Vincent Gospodinovich (1882-1964) was born December 14, 1882 at Vis, County Split-Dalmatia, Croatia.  He made his livelihood at Biloxi as a fisherman.  His wife, Jacobina Trebotich, was the daughter of Mateo Trebotich (1853-1935) and Kate Sekul (1859-1948).  Mateo was born September 30, 1853 at Bobovisce, Brac, Dalmatia.  Mateo expired on September 6, 1935.  Their corporal remains were interred in the Biloxi City Cemetery.  Jackie Tabb, the granddaughter of Vincent Gospodinivich and Jacobina Trebotich, went to Croatia in 1985 and visited the Trebotich family home on the island of Brac.(Jackie Tabb, January 18, 2007)


Jacobina Trebotich (1883-1980), spouse of Vincent Gospodinovich (1882-1964)

[Courtesy of Jacobina 'Jackie' Tabb-February 2014]


Vincent Gospodinovich (1882-1964) was born December 14, 1882 on Vis, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia.  He married Jacobina Trebotich (1883-1980), a native of Brac, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia  in Harrison County, Mississippi on May 28, 1906.   She was the daughter of Mateo Trebotich (1853-1935) and Katie Sekul  (1859-1948).


Gospodinovich Children [circa 1921]


[L-R top: Jacobina Gospodinovich; Katie Gospodinovich; Domena Gospodinovich and bottom child is Domenic Gospodinovich-Courtesy of Jackie Tabb-April 2014]



Catherine 'Katie' Gospodinovich (1910-1986) m. Charles M. Davis (1914-2000); Matre Gospodinovich (1912-2003) m. Doris Borries (1913-1951) and Rose Mary Fayard;  Jacobena Gospodinovich (1914-2006) m. John H. Tabb (1914-1972); Dumena Gospodinovich (1919-2001) m. John A. DeSilvey (1918-1996); Domenic Gospodinovich (1921-1996) m. Marie Landry  Milian (1922-2012); and Margaret Gospodinich (1923-2008) m. Dominic T. Leperi (1920-2004).



Catherine Gospodinovich [courtesy of Jacobina Tabb]


Catherine ‘Katie’ Gospodinovich (1910-1986) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on March 5, 1910.  She married Charles M. Davis (1914-2000) in Harrison County, Mississippi on April 13, 1940.  Katie Gospodinovich Davis died on February 26, 1986.  Burial Southern Memorial Park.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 51, p. 3)


Charles M. Davis, age 86 years, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, in Biloxi. Mr. Davis was a lifelong resident of Biloxi and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 606 where he served as house committee chairman for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katie Davis. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Kay Hinton of Marietta, Georgia; a son, Charles Davis of the Latimer community, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A service will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Michael's Catholic Church where friends may call one hour before service time. Burial will be in Southern Memorial Park Cemetery. The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi is in charge of arrangements. (The Sun Herald, October 3, 2000, p. A-5)


Matre Gospodinovich


Matre Gospodinovich (1912-2003), age 90 years, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003 in Biloxi.  Mr. Gospodinovich was a native and a lifelong resident of Biloxi. He attended Spring Hill College in Alabama and was a retired fisherman. He was a member of the Slavonian Benevolent Association and St. Michael's Catholic Church.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Jacobina Trebotich Gospodinovich; two sisters, Katie Davis and Mena DeSilvey; and one brother, Dominic Gospodinovich.  Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Hurlburt Gospodinovich; a daughter, Ann Thibodeaux and husband, Darryl Sr.; a son, Matthew Gospodinovich and wife, Elizabeth; two sisters, Jacobina Tabb and Margaret Leperi, all of Biloxi; seven grandchildren, Angela Pickich, Darryl Thibodeaux Jr., Sherree Cline, Matthew Bryce Gospodinovich, Brooke Lyndsey Gospodinovich, Corey Joseph Gospodinovich and John Michael Petitfils; and six great-grandchildren.  The Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi is in charge of arrangements.(The Sun Herald, March 14, 2003, p. A-9)



Jacobena Gospodinich

Jacobena Gospodinovich (1914-2006) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on  March 21, 1914.  On December 23, 1941, she married John H. Tabb (1914-1972) in Harrison County, Mississippi on May 28, 1906.  Children: Jacobena ‘Jackie’ Tabb (b. 1943) m.  Steve Williams.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 53, p. 582)


Jacobina Gospodinovich Tabb (1914-2006), age 91 years, of Biloxi, Mississippi died in Ocean Springs on January 3, 2006. Mrs. Tabb was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on March 21, 1914 to Vincent Gospodinovich and Jacobina Trebotich Gospodinovich. She was a lifelong resident of Biloxi having lived in the home she was born in on the Point until Katrina swept it away. She worked in the seafood industry until she was 80 years old. Mrs. Tabb was known as Aunt Jack to her many nieces and nephews and Granny to the vendors at the farmers market. She loved gardening and was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.  Mrs. Tabb was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, John Henry Tabb; her brothers, Anthony, Matre, and Dominic; her sisters, Frances Gospodinovich, Katie Davis, Hendrieta Gospodinovich and Domena DeSilvey.


Mrs. Tabb is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Tabb; son-in-law, Steve Williams; grandchildren, Shawn, Steve Jr. and Sherie Williams; one great-granddaughter; her sister, Margaret Leperi; and many nieces and nephews.  Services will be held at The Pass Road Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home.   Burial to follow in Southern Memorial Park.(The Sun Herald, January 6, 2006)



Matthew Gospodinovich [1963-2019] of D'Iberville died Saturday, August 24, 2019. He was a former marine, highway patrolman and employed by Boomtown Casino. He loved and cherished his children and grandchildren and was a dedicated NO Saints fan.  Matthew was preceded in death by his father Matre Gospodinovich.  Survivors include his mother Rose Gospodinovich, sons Matthew (Anna) Gospodinovich, Corey (tabitha) Gospodinovich, Grandchildren Kaydence Anderson, Corey and Grace Gospodinovich, sister Ann Thibodeaux and his fiance Valerie Hickman and her three grandchildren. Visitation Thursday, August 29th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm with a memorial service at 7 pm at Southern Ms Funeral Service, 6631 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs.



Dumena Gospodinich

Dumena "Mena" Gospodinovich DeSilvey (1919-2001), age 82 years, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, in Biloxi.  Mrs. DeSilvey was a native and lifelong resident of Biloxi and was a homemaker.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Arnell Knowles; and her parents, Vincent Gospodinovich and Jacobina Trebotich Gospodinovich.  Survivors include a daughter, Gayle Allen of Ouieda, Florida.; two sons, John DeSilvey of Eastabutchie and Jim DeSilvey of Biloxi; two sisters, Jacobina Tabb and Margaret LePeri; a brother, Matre Gospodinovich, all of Biloxi; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  Burial at the Biloxi City Cemetery directed by the Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi.(The Sun Herald, June 21, 2001, p. A7)


John A. DeSilvey (1918-1996), age 78 years, Willa Lake Circle, Oviedo, Florida, died Saturday, June 29, 1996. Mr. DeSilvey was a postal clerk. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, he moved to Central Florida in 1995.   A member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, he also belonged to Knights of Columbus, VFW, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Mississippi Coast Jazz Society. He was a Navy veteran.   Survivors: daughter, Gayle G. Allen, Oviedo, Florida; sons, Jim A. DeSilvey, John V. DeSilvey, both of Biloxi; sister, Joyce Turner, Biloxi; brothers, Archibald DeSilvey, Roger DeSilvey, both of Biloxi, Neil DeSilvey, Johnson City, Tennessee, Patrick DeSilvey, Houma, Louisiana.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo, Florida.(The Orlando Sentinel, July 2, 1996, p. D-4)


Biloxi Cemetery

Dominic Gospodinich


Domenic Gospodinovich (1921-1996) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on April 17, 1921.  He passed on September 4, 1996.  Dominic married Marie Landry Taranto Adams Milian (1922-2012).



Margaret Gospodinich


Margaret Rita Gospodinovich (1923-2008) was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on July 13, 1923.  She married Dominic Thomas Leperi (1920-2004), a native of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, the son of Nicholas Leperi and Mary Popovec, in Harrison County, Mississippi on January 14, 1943.[Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 59, p. 107)


Margaret Gospodinovich Leperi (1923-2008), age 85 years, died on Saturday, November 8, 2008 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mrs. Leperi was a lifelong resident of Biloxi's Point Cadet until Hurricane Katrina. Margaret was born July 13, 1923. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She worked for several years in the seafood industry. Mrs. Leperi enjoyed gardening and cooking homemade chicken and dumplings for her grandchildren. She was a member of the Slavonian Ladies Auxiliary, NARFE and VFW Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by her husband of sixty years Dominic T. Leperi, Sr.; parents, Vincent Gospodinovich and Jacobina Trebotich Gospodinovich; sisters, Frances Gospodinovich, Katie Davis, Jacobina Tabb, Henderita Gospodinovich and Domena DeSilvey; brothers, Anthony Gospodinovich, Matre Gospodinovich and Dominic Gospodinovich. She is survived by her son, Dominic T. Leperi, Jr., of Ocean Springs, MS; grandchildren, Kimberly Leperi (Brian) Vincent of Houston, TX, Christie Leperi (Bobby) Smith of Dallas, TX, Amy Leperi (Steve) Este of Abita Springs, LA, Carrie Leperi (Lenny) Russell of Covington, LA, Karson and Kosette Leperi of Rockville, MD; great-grandchildren, Charlie and Jack Vincent, Logan and Lindsey Smith and Christian Russell; in-laws, Rose Gospodinovich, Marie Gospodinovich, Joseph (Eleanor) Leperi, Nicholas (Eleanor) Leperi and Steve Leperi. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, November 17, 2008 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Biloxi.  Burial will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes, Howard Ave., Biloxi is in charge of arrangements. (The Sun Herald, November 12, 2008)



Dominic Thomas Leperi Sr.

Mr. Leperi retired from Keesler Field Finance Office. He was in the Army in WW II where he received a Bronze Star among other awards. He received numerous awards as a member of NARFE, the MS State Bowling League, the Military Order of the Cootie, National Community Development Association and the Biloxi VFW. Mr. Leperi was very active in planning the Blessing of the Fleet in Biloxi and attended St. Michaels Catholic Church in Biloxi.  Mr. Leperi is survived by his wife, Margaret Gospodinovich Leperi, of Biloxi; son, Dominic T. Leperi, Jr. and his wife, Karin, of Greenbelt, Maryland; grandchildren, Kim Vincent and husband, Brian, of Lafayette, Louisian, Christie Smith and husband, Bobby, of Gulfport, Amy Este and husband, Steve, and Carrie Russell and husband, Lenny, of Metairie, Louisiana and Karson and Kosette Leperi of Greenbelt, Maryland: three brothers, Joe Leperi of Pennsylvania, Steve Leperi of Ocean Springs and Nick Leperi of New Jersey; and two great grandchildren.  Mr. Dominic T. Leperi, Sr, 84, of Biloxi, MS died Saturday, August 21, 2004 at home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Michaels Catholic Church Wednesday at 10 a.m. where friends may visit one hour before service time. Burial will follow in Biloxi National Cemetery under the direction of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home of Biloxi.(the Sun Herald, August 25, 2004, p. A-10)




[e-mail from Jacobina ‘Jackie’ Tabb, April 24, 2011]

[Ray] It looks like the "h" was added to the Yugoslavian names when they got here.   I took pictures of the cemetery in Brac when I was there in 1985 and the "vic" was without an "h".  Also, if you look in the cemetery in Biloxi some graves say "Austro Hungary", some "Dalmatia", some "Yugoslavia", but they were all born in the same town.  It's just whoever ruled the country at a particular time.  Grandpa was from the island of Vis.  Grandma was from Bobovise, Island of Brac.  I went to Bobovise in 1985 but could not visit Vis as it was a military installation.  Grandpa worked on the boats with my great grandpa Trebotich (great grandma Sekul) and rented a room from them on Cedar St.  He sent for his brothers and mama.  She didn't like Biloxi so they went to Washington State.  I have a picture of grandpa's daddy in the Austrian? Navy taken in the 1890s?, but I think he died before grandpa came here.  This is about my grandpa's sister.  The text is from The Daily Herald of April 29, 1921.  I left the spellings as they were.  The spelling on the tombstone is Andrijila Gospodinovich born May 24, 1897 and died April 25, 1921.  Mama said she died of a broken heart because her brother in Washington caught pneumonia and died.  She was in New Orleans to see Brother Isaih [sic] who was supposed to be a healer.  Mama said the casket was on a horse drawn carriage. 




“The funeral of Miss Audrejea Guspodinovich, who died in New Orleans and was buried yesterday afternoon, was one of the most unusual held in Biloxi in some years.  The body of the deceased woman was brought to Biloxi where it lay in state for the usual time.  The funeral services began yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock when the body was taken to the St. Michael church where special services were conducted with Rev. Father Nelius Downing officiating.  Following the impressive services, the funeral cortege proceeded to the cemetery headed by a brass band which played a number of funeral marches.  There were in attendance at the funeral a large number of people, mostly residents of the eastern section of the city.  A number of young women also acted as honorary pallbearers, carrying large wreaths and beautiful flowers which were placed upon the grave.  Other services were held at the cemetery, the funeral consuming several hours to carry out."



The Biloxi Daily Herald,“City News”, May 29, 1906.

The Daily Herald,“Change of masters at Customs House, September 20, 1919.

The Daily Herald, “Mrs. Gospodinovich dies, March 17, 1937.

The Daily Herald,[Doris Borries] Gospodinovich death”, February 27, 1951.

The Daily Herald,“Two injured as speeding auto hits another”, December 18, 1950.

The Daily Herald,“Mrs. Jacobina T. Gospodinovich”, June 24, 1980.

The Orlando Sentinel [Florida], "John A. DeSilvey", July 2, 1996.

The Sun Herald,“Dominic Gospodinovich Sr.”, September 5, 1996.

The Sun Herald,“Charles M. Davis”, October 3, 2000.

The Sun Herald,“Domena DeSilvey”, June 21, 2001.

The Sun Herald,“Matre Gospodinovich”, March 14, 2003.

The Sun Herald,“Dominic T. Leperi Sr.”, August 25, 2004.

The Sun Herald,“Jacobina Gospodinovich Tabb”, January 6, 2006.

The Sun Herald,“Margaret Gospodinovich Leperi”, November 12, 2008.

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Moulet Tomb-6th Addition Biloxi Cemetery [image September 2013]

Marco Moulyet (1853-1935) was born on the island of Vis, Split-Dalmatia County. In October 1875 he landed at Pensacola, Florida having left an English port on the North Sea.  Marco settled on Mobile Bay at Tatumville situated between Fairhope and Point Clear in lower Mobile County, Alabama where he married Elmira M. Odum, a widow.
Here in the Point Clear, Alabama area, his known children were born: Lucy Moulyet (1879-1961) m. S.R. Tipton; Annie Moulyet (1881-1968) m. Mr. Ethridge; Joshua Mark Moulyet (1882-1977) m. Martha Howell (1881-1975); Nicholas Moulyet (1884-1975) m. Theodosia Bransen; Joseph Grade Moulyet (1886-1954) m. Halcie Bailey (1891-1971); Mary Moulyet (1888-1973) m. Mr. Brinkman; and Elmira Moulyet (b. 1890). 
Marco relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi circa 1896 and found work in the seafood industry.  He married Edwina ? circa 1892. By 1921, he was a factory foreman and domiciled at 1415 1st Street.
Marco Moulyet died at 10 p.m. April 4, 1935 at 1415 1st Street, his residence.  His funeral service was held at St. Michael's Catholic Church.  Mr. Moulyet was survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Lucy Pippon [sic], Mrs. Mary Brinkham [sic], and Mrs. Anna Etheridge, all of Biloxi; and three sons, Marco Moulyet Jr., Nick Moulyet, and Joe Moulyet, all of Mobile, Alabama.(The Daily Herald, april 5, 1935, p. 6)
After his demise, Edwina Moulyet married Frank Walis in Harrison County, Mississippi on November 28, 1939.(Harrison Co., Mississippi Circuit Court MRB 50, p. 296)
Southern District Court-Biloxi, Mississippi, Petition for Naturalization No. 273-June 7, 1921.
The Daily Herald, 'Austrians apply for citizenship', June 10, 1921.
The Daily Herald, 'Marco Moelyet [sic] dies", April 5, 1935, p. 6.