Lithuanian families in 1901 census

My Grandfather was born in Lithuania and came over to Manchester around the 1885 period.  On the 1901 census he and his parents were living in Sanitary Street (later Anita St) and were slipper workers.  The family is listed as all born in Russia -British subjects.  Other families that were born in Russia in the area were identified as being non British subjetcs.  Does anyone know how these were identified?
Our family have been trying for over 20 years to trace our Lithuanian roots but the family seemed to have Anglised their name to Daniels so we do not know what the Lithuanian name was.  Any help or advice we would be grateful for.
Thank you

Paula Bradbury

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St.Casimir’s Church (2), Collyhurst

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St.Casimir’s Church was on Oldham Road on the corner of Reather Street. The Priest’s (Rev.Foltin’s) house was at no.1 Reather Street, behind the church.

In 1901 this building was a Methodist Free Chapel and is built in that style.

It was bought in 1925 for £8000 by the Poles, Lithuanians and Ukrainians (Rusny). It had the only gold incense burner in England at the time. There was also a school for the children. Various Lithuanian priests were invited from time to time: Fr. Ilgys, Prel. Ladyga, Fr. Gečys, Fr. Slavinas and Fr. Staškūnas.

In 1931, the St.Casimir Society was founded. It had about 40 members and was led by V.Valinskas. Fr. Ladyga took care of Lithuanian religious matters.

It is not clear when the Ukrainians seperated from this community. In 1931, Bishop Andrey Sheptytsky and Fr. Josyf Slipyj, both of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, made a pastoral visit to Manchester. A Ukrainian Catholic congregation was established at St. Chad’s RC Church in the 1930s, which continued until the Ukrainian Catholic parish became established at its present location on Bury Old Road at the Dormition of Our Lady Church.

Due to various political tensions in Europe, the relationship between the local Poles and the Lithuanians broke down, there was not enough money to pay the loan and so the Bishop of Salford passed the church to the Poles in 1934.

In 1961, when the photograph was taken, it was a garment factory. Locals mentioned you could see the ladies working on the sewing machines making raincoats in the basement.

These days, Reather Street has disappeared and the site of the church is covered by grass.

St Casimir's church Oldham Road and Reather St

This used to be St.Casimir’s Church, photo taken in 1961.

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Rest in Peace

1952.1.17 Pranas Butkus
1953.6.6 Jonas Muraszka
1953.10.28 Petras Palkimas
1954.11.16 Pranas Puodžiūnas
1955.1.5 Juozas Arštikaitis
1955.2.8 Bronius Mikalauskas
1957.2.14 Nikodemas Gira
1957.12.28 Kazys Grigaravičius
1958.1.15 Konstancija Bikauskienė
1961.3.5 Juozas Sabaliauskas
1961.5.10 Stasys Mikalkėnas
1961.5.14 Zosė Baranauskienė
1961.6.4 Juozas Baziukas
1962.9.28 Alfonsas Norvaiša
1963.5.27 Pranas Docys
1963.9.14 Juozas Valinskas
1964.7.20 M. Puodžiūnienė (Mrs Pojuna)
1965.,2.5 Juozas Preibys
1965.6.27 Jonas Varenbergas
1965.9.25 Eduardas Katliorius
1967.5.? Antanas Bagočiūnas
1967.10.15 Justas Švelnys
1968.4.19 Adolfas Putcė
1968.12.19 Antanas Gulbinas
1968.12.19 Jonas Mačionis
1969.2.17 Aleksas Malinauskas
1969.8.14 Kazys Cyvas
1970.3.21 Juozas Orentas (senior)
1972.3.1 Kazys Rudaitis
1972.4.5 Marija Arštikienė
1972.6.12 Petras Lukšaitis
1972.6.18 Kazimieras Smolskis
1972.8.11 Juozas Orentas (junior)
1973.3.9 Vincas Petružis
1973.7.15 Edvardas Sabaliauskas
1973.8.12 Antanas Šliauteris
1973.11.4 Bronius Koncevičius
1974.2.4 Aleksas Navackas
. . .

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Family histories

People and places that give an idea of who lived where in the first half of the 20th century.

Photographs are particularly welcome. We will fix the technical stuff if necessary.

Work places such as Reynolds Rubber factory works where they made slippers.

Churches such as St.Casimir’s and St.Chad’s.

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1917 Support Society

The Support Society was formed on 6th May 1917. Its first committee was Pranas Puodžiūnas, Jonas Muraška and Juozas Trečiokas.

If stopped working after WWI when many Lithuanians left for Scotland and America.

In 1920, the focus turned to supporting the newly independent Lithuania. A committee was formed comprising chairman J.Rudzevižius, secretary P.Slivinskas, treasurer P.Puodžiūnas.  Its principal activity was to collect donations for Lithuania. They gave the first £35 to a man to take it to Lithuania but he kept it. They collected another £64 and sent it via the Lithuanian Minister in London, K.Bizauskas.

Pranas Puodžiūnas


Jonas Muraszka (Muraška)

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Chairmen of Lithuanian Club

1925 J.Rudzevičius
1931 V.Valinskas
1947-1950(I)  S.Misiukevičius
1950(II) V.Astrauskas
1951 M.Kriaučionis
1952-1953(I) L.Venckus
1953(II) A.Pakalnis
1954-1958 A.Kuzmickas
1959  A.Pakalnis
1960-1961 Ant.Jaloveckas
1962 A.Kuzmickas
1963 A.Kublinskas
1964-1966 V.Kupstys
1967 A.Kublinskas
1968 D.Dainauskas
1969 V.Kupstys
1970 L.Puras
1971 A.Stankevičius
1972 J.Verbickas
1973-1976 V.Bernatavičius
1977-1978 V.Kupstys
1979 J.Podvoiskis
1980 A.Jeloveckas
1981 V.Kupstys
1982 P.Podvoiskis
1983(I) H.Silius
1983(II)-1984 V.Bernatavičius
1985-1999 A.Podvoiskis
2000-2001 H.Vaineikis
2002-2003 P.Virbickas
2004 O.Virbickas
2005-2010 F.Bernatavičius

Simas Misiukevicius

Antanas Jeloveckas

Vladas Kupstys

Arkadijus Podvoiskis

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1991: Landsbergis visit

 One of the political figures around the time Lithuania restored its independence was Professor Vytautas Landsbergis. During his visit to the UK in October 1991 he found time to visit the Lithuanian Club in Manchester. The hosts were Lithuanian Conservative Party supporters but others came along too. Also attending was Laima Andriukienė who was studying at Manchester University and later was elected to Lithuania’s parliament “Seimas”.

Eimutis Šova of the Lithuanian Association in GB

Laima Andriukienė came to meet Landsbergis in Manchester

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Pilling St and Reather St 1930

Pilling St and Reather St 1935

Fragment from googlemap 2010

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Pilling Street (left mark) is clearly today’s Peary St.  Then St.Casimir’s Chapel, later the Club, was next to Stephens and Biesty Garage. Today, that is occupied by the rear of Collyhurst Police Station.

The location of St.Casimir’s Church was on the corner of Oldham Road and Reather Street, which has gone completely.

The priest, Rev. Aloysius Foltin, lived at 1 Reather Street at the Oldham Road end, behind the church.

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1938 "Kaunas" docks in Salford

On the 6th May 1938, Lithuanian ship “Kaunas” arrived at Manchester Docks. In the front row from left to right: Jonas Muraška; ship’s Captain Krištopaitis; British representative of “Pieno Centras” [Milk Centre] Pranas Šveikauskas. After this meeting, the dignatries went to the Lithuanian Club. Later, the club members came to the ship to meet the crew.

1939 Lithuanian Consulate, 27 County Buildings, 4 Cannon Street, Manchester [Kelly directory].

1940 Lithuanian Consulate, Sanfield, Wythenshawe Road, Manchester [Kelly directory].

1940 August-December, Germany bombed Manchester.

Manchester Docks, early 20th century

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After WW2

121 Middleton Road


There is a lot of information about the many activities mostly written in Lithuanian.


If you have some personal photographs or recollections please send them in.

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