Smith County, Texas
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|Emir Bala Gyoila Garoin HAMVASY was born April 19, 1820 in Szikis Fahervar (Stuhl Walsonberg), Hungary. He was the son of Joseph HAMVASY and Anna Marie TRALKAY. He was an accomplished musician, well educated and served his country well. All this is chronicled in a
biography written by his second wife, Laura.
When he was about 21 years old he married Pauline NAGY. They had one child:
He left Hungary very hurriedly when his life was endangered and arrived in New York about 1850. After living there awhile he moved on to Kentucky where he divorced Pauline after she refused to come to the US. After a time of tutoring in Louisiana, he went to Austin where he became a Christian and began to study for the ministry. He was ordained in 1872 by the Episcopal Church and shortly thereafter went to Tyler, TX where he founded the Christ Episcopal Church.
On the 3 March 1874, Smith County, TX, he married Laura A. PAULSON HADEN, the widow of Richard M. HADEN. She was born 15 September 1850 in Tennessee, the daughter of George PAULSON and Mary Lucinda ADAMS. Children of Emer and Laura:
Emer was renowned as a preacher and served several parishes until 1885 when they moved back to Tyler because of Laura's ill health. His health failed and he died 17 January 1901. Laura died 24 July 1918. They are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County, TX.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
Reverend Emir Hamvasy by his wife, Laura A Hamvasy (Thanks to Archie Colburn for sharing a copy of the original paper to put in the Smith County TXGenWeb Archives.)
"Tyler's Spiritual Debt to a Hungarian Refugee" - Chronicles of Smith County, TX, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall/1966, p 20
Cemetery Records of Smith County, TX, Vol 1, Oakwood and Rose Hill Cemeteries, East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981.
Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1846-1988, East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979.
Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926, East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999.
Smith County Federal Census Records - Online in the Smith County TXGenWeb Archives
WorldConnect Project, Rootsweb.com - Greaves Family - Gene Royall
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