DEDE'S FAMILY GENEALOGY
Page Updated August 4, 2013
|Tony Cathy Skokun|
SKOKUN (CKAKYH) Cyrillic Letters
The name "SKOKUN" is Ukrainian and translates as "JUMPER" in English.
Why my Baba and Gege immigrated to Canada
The Immigration Branch of the Canadian Government had a company named "North Atlantic Trading Company" who had an advertising card for emigration to Canada distributed in Ukraine between 1900 and 1910. This was due to the Canada West survey of Manitoba (W1), Saskatchewan (W2) and Albert (W3). These Cards advertised 160 Acres of "Free Land" and on the backside of the card there was a map of Ocean routes from Europe to Canada.
The North Atlantic Trading Company had a bonus or Commission paid by the Canadian Government's Immigration Branch to steamship booking Agents in the United Kingdom for each suitable immigrant who purchased a ticket to sail to Canada. The immigrants did not receive a bonus only promised Free Land. I also read that the Canadian Government paid part of the fare for the immigration to Canada. The Canadian Government was looking for families to come to Canada and farm the Western Land and by giving the families fare would be a huge incentive to relocate to Canada from their present area of Glaicia area of Western Ukraine where there was unrest in Government. The people from this area where listed a Rutianians on the immigration forms.
My Gege was granted land by King George in Manitoba in 1909 and was given clear title in 1922. This was because there where strings attached to the free land grant, such as clearing the land to create open fields for growing crop and building housing on the site. My Baba and Gege house did not have a proper floor as we know today, the floor was "Motherearth". "I am proud to say", that I was born in this house of my Gege's and Baba's that they built in Manitoba on their homestead in Canada.
Below is the Adverting Card that given to people in Ukraine.
Agreement bearing the date A.D. 1904, between His Majesty the King of England and the overseer of the Minister of the interior of Canada and the second party "North Atlantic Trading Company" of Amsterdam, Holland.
Agreement in full four Pages Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Julius Joseph Skokun and Rosalia Kret of Ukraine, their son Michael Skokun (1868 - 1940). Michael Skokun married Sophia (Hafia) Saszarowska (1873 1948) daughter of Ivan Nicolai Sasarowska and Catharzina Ribij. In 1909 born in Villiage Budywanow, Oblast Ternopel, Ukraine they where proud parents of a son Stanislaus (my Father).
Michael and Sophia left Ukraine in 1913 to find a better life in Canada. At that time King George of England granted land to the early settlers in Canada. They where granted a section of land (South 1/2 of NE SECTION 19-35-22) in the Province of Manitoba near the town of Cowan .
Stanislaus Skokun and Genowfa (Jean) Bilyk married January 31, 1937 in Pine River, Manitoba. They farmed his parent's section of land until 1948 when my parents moved to a farm near Paris, Ontario. There children where Melvin, Tony (Webmaster of this site) and Bill. Stanislaus (1909 - 1991) and Genowfa (1915 - 2002) are buried at St Joseph Cemetery Brantford, Ontario.
Skokun Family immigration Manifest ship record from SS Barcelona, Canada Line, Departure from Hamburg, Germany June 14, 1913 and arrival in Quebec, Canada July 1, 1913. There are six family members list on the manifest with the cost of passage at $132.00.
The oldest Daughter Franka born 1899 Budywanow, Ukraine. She was left with family in Ukraine at age 13 due to lack of funds and then WW1. The relative in the "Declaration of passenger to Canada" states that Franka stayed with her Aunt Maria Saszarowska who lived in Budywanow, Ukraine. In assumption, Maira is probably the sister-in-law who married Sophia's brother Ivan. Her passage to reunite the family was possible after the war. In 1921 passage was sent to bring the oldest daughter Franka to Canada a bride for Thomas Pylypchuk (This was per my Mother Jean). Franka and Tom Pylypchuk married the same year of immigration to Canada 1921.
My mother (Jean Bilyk) Worked for Uncle Tom in Cowan, Manitoba and looked after household duties and the children, this was due to the fact Aunt Franka had some health problems and mom was hired to help Aunt Franka This also (I think) was due to the loss of Uncle Tom's first wife at an early age. Mom told me Uncle Tom looked at her as a daughter and when the other girls were given new dresses mom also received one. Uncle Tom and Mom (Jean) were related through the Pylypchuk Family line.