Jozsef Tóth (November 1874 - March 19, 1945)
Anna Drótos (September 1882 - March 9, 1958)
József Tóth (also Josef) was born in November 1874 to József Tóth and Trezsi
The village of Győrújbarát (population 5920) is located halfway between Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary, approximately 1.8 miles south of the exit 119 of the M1 (Budapest-Vienna) motorway, and 3.7 miles south of the city of Győr. It is an appealing habitat, tourist destination, important part of the wine-growing area of Pannonhalma.
József Tóth’s 1900 Ellis Island records indicate that his last residence in Hungary was N. Barátihegy (also: Nagy-Barátihegy, Nagybaráthegy). In Hungarian, the word "nagy" means "big", "barát" means "friend", and "hegy" means "hill". Therefore, the name of the village of Nagy-Barátihegy may translate to English as Big Friendship Hill.
Tóth (variant of Tót) is a highly common surname in Hungary, meaning "Slav" and later "Slovak" in old Hungarian. Toth can also mean "Croat", since one of the Hungarian names for Slavonia (the northern part of Croatia bordering Hungary) was Tothorszag; although Horváth is the more usual contemporary formulation.
József had at least two sisters – Ilona, baptized on November 14, 1881, and Rozalia, baptized on September 7, 1887.
In the spring of 1900, 25-year-old József Tóth left his village for the Land of Opportunity. First, he travelled approximately 645 miles to the port city of Bremen in northwestern Germany. Then, on April 7, 1900, József sailed onboard the S.S. "Bremen" for the new world accross the Atlantic. He arrived at the port of New York on April 18, 1900.
According to Ellis Island reccords, József Tóth was a single man, laborer, with $8 in his possesion and a ticket to Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the United States, József Tóth became Joseph Todt and later Joseph Toth.
Anna Drótos was born in September 1882 to Pál (also Paulus) Drótos and Julianna (also Juliána, Julian, Julis) Hornyák in the village of Abaújszolnok (Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County) in eastern Hungary. She was baptized on September 24, 1882 in a Catholic church in the village of Nyésta (at that time Abaúj-Torna County).
Abaúj-Torna is the name of a historic administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its capital was Košice (Hungarian: Kassa) - now in Slovakia. Its territory is presently in eastern Slovakia and northeastern Hungary.
Anna’s parents Pál Drótos and Julianna Hornyák had at least 10 children:
- Maria Drotos (baptized on November 25, 1862)
- Joannes Drotos (baptized on July 18, 1864)
- Andreas Drotos (baptized on July 14, 1866)
- Mihály Drotos (baptized on April 7, 1869)
- Maria Drotos (baptized on August 7, 1871)
- Mihály Drotos (baptized on November 30, 1874)
- Pál Drotos (baptized on January 23, 1876)
- Eva Drotos (baptized on July 28, 1878)
- Helena Drotos (baptized on January 6, 1880)
- Anna Drotos (baptized on September 24, 1882)
According to 1901 Ellis Island records, Anna Drotos, was (correctly) 18 years old at the time of arrival to New York City. However, according to Indiana marriage records, she was born on May 20, 1886 in the village of Abaújszolnok. This date was completely incorrect.
According to Ellis Island records Anna’s last residence in Hungary was Nyesta, which is a village located only about 2 miles by road and 0.6 miles by air from the village of Abaújszolnok, where Anna was born. Furthermore, both villages are located only about 20-25 miles away from Slovakia, which explains why Anna always considered herself more of a Slavic person (Czechoslovakian) than a Hungarian. Her mother’s last name of Hornyak (also Hornjak) is definitely of Slavic origin.
Anna Drotos left her home in search of the American Dream in the spring of 1901 at the age of 18. She traveled approximately 865 miles to the port city of Bremen in northwestern Germany. She boarded the S.S. Barbarossa on May 11, 1901 and arrived to New York on May 22, 1901. She was single, able to read and write, and had $12 in her pocket. She was traveling to Passaic, New Jersey to join her older brother Janos (also Joannes) Drotos residing at 140 2nd Street.
In the United States the last name Drotos was also spelled in church and other records as Drotosh, Drotož, Drotocz.
Joseph Toth (31) and Anna Drotos (23) married on November 20, 1905 in Marion County, Indianapolis on Joseph’s adopted (not real) birthday.
Joseph and Anna had five (5) children, all of whom were born in Indianapolis:
- Anna T. Toth (August 30, 1906 – June 4, 1994)
- Joseph Paul Toth (August 25, 1907 – November 17, 1975)
- Frank H. Toth (January 23, 1909 – November 29, 1999)
- Maria Toth (October 24, 1910 – December 10, 1910)
- Irene Toth (December 24, 1911 – September 21, 1987)
- John A. Toth (December 23, 1918 – September 2, 2003)
Note: Irene was born mentally disabled.
In the 1908 Indianapolis City Directory, the Toth family is listed under the last name of Todt – Todt Joseph, molder, h 908 Concord.
In the 1910 United States Federal Census records the last name Toth appears as Todt as well. At the time of the census (April 23, 1910) the family still resided at 908 Concord Street in Haughville, Indianapolis. The Toth family, consisting of five family members, Joseph, Anna, Anna (daughter), Joseph (son), and Frank (son), owned (not rented) their house, and they owned it free (not mortgaged).
In 1910, Joseph and Anna were still "Alien" – not naturalized U.S. citizens. They were listed as Hungarians-Magyars. Hungarian people refer to themsleves by the denomination "Magyar", instead of the term "Hungarian", which is used by foreigners. Joseph and Anna were not able to speak English – they spoke Magyar. According to the census records Joseph was not able to read or write, but Anna was. Joseph worked as a molder (moulder) at a local foundry.
When Joseph and Anna’s daughter, Maria, was born on October 24, 1910, the family lived at 908 Concord Street, Indianapolis. She was baptized on November 6, 1910. Maria died on December 10, 1910 and was buried on December 12, 1910 at St. Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis. According to a Slovene priest at Holy Trinity, she the cause of death was "Slabost" – weakness, feebleness, frailty, nausea.
According to church records, at the time their daughter, Irene, was born on December 24, 1911 (baptized on December 31, 1911), the family resided at 738 Concord Street, Indianapolis.
According to the 1920 United States Federal Census records (as of January 7, 1920) the Toth family resided at 788 Concord Street in Haughville, Indianapolis in a home they owned (free of mortgage). The family consisted of seven members: Joseph, Anna, and their children Anna, Joseph, Frank, Irene, and John. Joseph and Anna were already able to speak English. Joseph worked as a moulder at Nordyke Marmon & Company in Indianapolis.
According to the 1930 United States Federal Census records (as of April 16, 1930) the Toth family resided at 788 Concord Street, Indianapolis. Three single children still lived with Joseph and Anna: Joseph Jr. (22), Irene (18), and John (11). Joseph and Anna’s daughter, Anna, married Constantin Vladoiu on January 24, 1928, at the age of 21; therefore, she did not live with her parents at the time of the 1930 census. The family lived in the $2,500 house they owned (not rented). Joseph and Anna were already naturalized U.S. citizens. Joseph worked as a coremaker at a foundry.
Joseph Toth died of a heart attack on March 19, 1945 at the age of 70. He was buried on March 23, 1945 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis. Two of his sons were still in the service, serving their country in World War II, thus they were unable to attend their father’s funeral.
Anna (Drotos) Toth died on March 9, 1958 at the age of 75. She was buried on March 12, 1958 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis. Anna’s grandson, Joe Toth, recalled in 2012 that his father, Joseph Paul Toth, went to visit his mother every Sunday when she was alive.