Trojanovich Ancestry

Mary Manick Trojanovich was born August 15, 1875 in Hradisko, Austria Hungary. Her parents were Nick Manick and Elizabeth Danko Manick. Her brothers were John and Nick Manick. Her sisters were Anna Manick Kacan, Elizabeth Manick Gribus and Kathryn Manick Imrene.

Matthew (Met or Matej) Trojanovič Sr. was born January 30, 1874 in Olejnikov, Slovakia (former Austria Hungary). His parents were John (Jan) Trojanovič born 1835 in Lutina and ?Mary Hrobak Trojanovič. His brothers were John (Jan) Trojanovič born 1861 (killed by lightning as a 30 year old youth in Europe - along with Michal Gdovin age 24 and husband of Maria Trojanovič - Matt's sister) and Andrew (Andrej) Trojanovič born 1864 (came to the U.S. and homesteaded earlier than Matt). His sisters were Mary (Maria) Trojanovič Patrigoch born 1871 and Anna Trojanovič born in 1869.

Mary and Matt were married on November 18, 1896 in Hradisko. Matt arrived in Pennsylvania shortly after (1896-1897) and stopped in Pueblo, CO and worked as a steel worker. He then joined his brother Andrew (who had come to the U.S. earlier 1882-1886) and filed for a homestead in 1897-1898. In 1899, Mary and their young daughter Mary joined them. Matt and Mary had eleven children, daughters Mary, Anna and Elizabeth and sons John, George, Michael, Matthew Jr, Anthony, William, Andrew and Steven. Elizabeth, John and Andrew died in early childhood. Son William (born August 10, 1912) married Marie Kobilan (born January 27, 1913) on June 6, 1936. Children born to this union are Donald (born 1940), William Jr. (born 1943 - author of this web site), Sandy (born 1947) and Sherrie (born 1953). View Matt's actual entry paper

Slovak Roots

The following names are/were familiar to many in the Calhan community. *They may include ancestories other than the Czech and Slovak Republics and are not inclusive of all names, they are also representative of American spellings:Balsick, Cirbo, Doven, Dzuris, Dzurovchin, Eurich, Evanoika, Evert, Franek, Fuchs, Gdovin, Gimora, Hayes, Hertneky, Hlatki, Hunyadi, Kanuch, Kemock, Kobilan, Kocerha, Kosch, Kosley, Kucerik, Lemesany, Leischuck, Manyik (Manick), Mikita, Molner, Olyejar, Oylear, Pasko, Pavlica, Pazzin, Ponyik, Pylypczuk, Murin, Sabol, Sproch, Sedlak, Roskos, Sakala, Soneff, Sokol, Rubis, Roseman, Timora and Volosin.

A very special thanks to Vojtech (Belo) and Slavka Trojanovič of Prešov who have contributed invaluable information about the Trojanovich family including research of birth, marriage, and death records. Also thanks to Vojtech's sister Gabriela and their aunt Rozalia Trojanovič Bednar. Belo and Gabriela graciously hosted a group of 18 American "cousins" (various Trojanovich's from Colorado) who visited Prešov in June of 2006.

We have received information from Daria Trojanovič who was born in Croatia and now lives in Germany. Finally a thank you to Jasenko who lives in Bosnia and has told us about the village of Trojanovichi in Montenegro and believes (as do other contacts we have made) our surname is likely Serbian or more precisely Montengrin.

Rich Custer of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society has suggested that the Trojanovich family might instead be of Rusyn descent. We have researched this and all that we know currently is that some people from the area around Horodisko (Rusyn spelling) were Carpatho-Rusyn, a Slavic minority without a country spread across Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania. Rich states that the village of Hradisko is called Horodisko by the people who live there, and they speak a language called Rusyn. This is possible, but Rusyn was never spoken of by our parents or grandparents. We always called ourselves Slovaks and most Slovaks could understand other Eastern European people for the most part.


The William Trojanovich Jr. family (Boulder/Calhan) may be contacted at email address:, recently changed)