Anthony Burnisky Jr. is the only known child of Anthony and Kathryn (Jonis) Burnisky.
His mother claimed in 1900 that there were four living children from the 13 that were born from her two husbands – Antanina Telavich, Eva Telavich, Anthony Burnisky Jr. and one unknown. The unknown may be Joseph Burnisky who in 1900 lived with his stepsister Eva at 232 E. Lloyd Street, Shenandoah, Pa.
Anthony Burnisky Jr. emigrated to U.S. at the age of 17, arriving at the port of Philadelphia on 1 April 1895. On other documents he reported his arrival in 1896 and 1897. A ship record for Anthony Jr. has been found. On 17 April 1897 Anthony Burnisky (spelled Antoni Buijnicki) arrived at the port of Philadelphia from Antwerp, Belgium on the SS Pennsylvania.
Anthony Jr.’s last residence in Lithuania was recorded as Stakliszki. This may be a Polish spelling of the town Stakliskes, Lithuania. Anthony Burnisky Jr. later reported that he was born 13 April 1878 to Anthony and Kathryn (Jonis) Burnisky in Stretlesvie, Lithuania. This location has not been found in Lithuania and probably is Stakliskes, misspelled.
Stakliskes is in the Prienai district, about 5 miles east of Yiezno, where the Bernatonis family attended St. John and Michael RC Church. The Burnisky and Bernatonis families may have known each other in Lithuania.
Anthony’s sisters Antanina and Eva reportedly arrived in 1895, probably traveling together with their parents Anthony Sr. and Kathryn Burnisky. Anthony Sr. worked as a slate picker in the coal mines of Shenandoah for a few years but quickly became disenchanted with life in America.
About 1899 he returned to the farm life in his native Lithuania where he reportedly was killed about 1917 when his plow hit a land mine.
Anthony Jr. settled in Shenandoah, Pa. like so many other Lithuanians and found work as a coal miner. On the 1900 Census, Anthony Burnisky (spelled Buvitsky) was 21, single and living with his mother, stepsister Antanina and her husband Alex Bernatonis (Spelled Bartunas) at 217 E. Lloyd St., Shenandoah, Pa. He was yet in alien status.
Prior to his marriage, Anthony worked as a lumber broker for the mine owners in Minersville. When the mines there began to decline, his wife’s parents (the Sincavage family) moved to Munson, Pa. where the mines were booming. They bought 5 acres and started to build a house. Anne was so distraught about losing her parents that Anthony had to sell his business and move to Munson. They bought approximately 5 acres across the road from the Sincavage family with an existing house, allowing her parents to live with them for about a year until their home was finished.