Last Updated April 2, 2013
The Slapelis surname has
a rich history in the US and in Lithuania. Family stories also tell us,
Slapelis descendants immigrated to South America (Brazil, Argentina and
Uruguay). While, the surname itself is fairly common, our Slapelis line
derives from the small villages of Pelysiai and Gaigalai. These villages
can be found around the Simonis and Kupiskis Parishes in Lithuania.
Throughout the last 200
years, the Lithuanian Catholic churches have held a special meaning for
our family. Marriages, Baptisms and other celebrations revolved around
the church. You will find most records are drawn from the Skapiskis,
Simonis and Kupiskis and Svedasai Roman Catholic Church.
Throughout this site you
will find a wealth of information on our Slapelis line. There are still
many unanswered questions. Following, you will find a brief outline of
my direct Slapelis line.
If you'd like more
information on this Slapelis line, please let me know. When requesting
information, please indicate the individuals name, year of birth and
some highlighted facts about our family ::
The Slapelis surname can be traced
back to JONAS1 SLAPELIS born in the late 1700's.
Jonas [b. 1700's] married Dorota
Jurenaite and together they had 7 children. All born in the Pelysiai
Village of the Simonys Settlement of Kupiskis Municipality, Panevezys
The great Grand-Daughter, Emilija
Slapelyte and her Husband, Jonas Dagys, left for the United States. It's
unknown if any other Slapeliai family members immigrated to the US.
Family stories tell us the brother [Petras
or Lionginas] of Emilija immigrated to Brazil approximately the same
time Jonas and Emilija left for America. Possibly around the Sao Paulo
area. No documentation has been found to establish this story.
In the 1930's, 1940's, after the death
of her husband, Emilija traveled to Chicago Illinois to visit. In
this photo, she is shown
with an unknown man. We believe it may be a Slapelis cousin. Can you
Throughout this part of the site,
there is a collection of Lithuanian Archive Extracts that entail a
comprehensive list of Cernius, Dagys, Slapelis and Vilaniskis
Family Relatives that have not been directly connecte../d to our family.
They come from the same region as my direct ancestors. Some records
indicate a connection because some of our direct ancestors are listed as
God Parents, Marriage Witnesses and family friends. For more information
visit the Random Vitals
We can not find any records of their landing
in America. We are not sure which port they came through. It's known they
immigrated to the US between 1905 and 1911. We guess that they came through
New York. Census records
indicate an immigration around 1906.
Emilija and Jonas settled in the East St.
Louis, Illinois Lithuanian Community shortly after their arrival. It has not
been determined if they temporarily lived elsewhere. They were a part of the
Immaculate Conception Lithuanian church on Baugh Ave. Their children were
Baptized and married in this church.
Jonas' brother, Juozas Dagys remained in the
New York area where his Dagys branch lives today.
After their arrival to the US, Jonas and
Emilija kept in touch with their family back in Lithuania. The only letter
remaining is torn therefore the full context of it is lost. We are still
trying to determine it's Author. We believe
the letter was written by K.
Varanavicius who may have been married to Emilija's sister, Marijona. We not
100% certain of the Varanavicius connection to our family but they were also
Varanavicius)witnesses at the marriage of
Emilija's parents. For more
information, take a look at
the letters. Can you translate it?
Know what it means? Relates to your family? Look familiar?! Let me know!
In 1911, Jonas and Emilija gave birth to their first born child; a son. Joseph
Dagys died 12 short days after his birth.
in the Slapelis Line with Direct Links
Surnames in the Slapelis
Line Indirectly Related
ie: no ancestral connection found YET, listed as god parents, marriage
witnesses, and family friends on vital documents
Apsega, Bernatonis, Davainyte, Deveinis,
Dobkevicius, Gerve, Jankevicius, Jurkus, Kavoliunaite, Kersys, Kurkulis,
Lapeikis, Maldeikis, Matiukas, Matrimonyte, Matulionis, Matulyte, Mazilyte,
Mikalajunas, Motiejunas, Murkute, Pretkovskis, Rolickis, Siauciunaite,
Stukas, Tomkeviciute, Vaitkunelis, Valavicius, Valeckis, Varanavicius,