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The Manyin Family of Nemet

Patriarch Arsenije Carnojevic
"Velika Seoba"

(Leading the Serbs north from Kosovo and into the Banat during the "Great Migration")

    The Manyin Family lived in Nemet, Hungary, which is now, after the Treaty of Trianon, part of Romania. Nemet is in the Banat, near Timisoara and called Beregsau Mic in Romania.

     Ziva Manyin, of Nemet, Hungary,  the son of Rodojko Manyin, immigrated to America as a young man and lived in Philadelphia, Pa. He married Ivanka Markus, and they had one child, Emil Manyin, born in Philadelphia.

     Ziva, Ivanka and Emil Manyin (two years of age)  returned to Nemet, Hungary in 1912 to visit their parents, the Manyin family of  Nemet and the Markus family of Bocar.  World War 1 began while they were there and they were not allowed to return until 1923.  They lived in Nemet, Hungary for 11 years.   Sadly, Ziva Manyin would not return to America as he passed away while visiting in Nemet.  Ivanka Markus Manyin and her son Emil returned to Philadelphia where they would be close to their family.

(The Serbian Orthodox Church of Nemet)

In memory of Emil Manyin

1910 - 2006


  The Manyin Family attended this Church in Nemet, Hungary.  In the foreground, you can see the Pulling Well that is so common in the Banat. Our Uncle Emil Manyin would ring the bells in this church when he was a small boy!

(I think the name of this church is St. George. If you can read Serbian or Romanian you will be able to read about this church on the "Nemet" web site I have listed at the bottom of this page.)


 Nemet, Hungary     (Beregsau Mic, Romania)

* German: Klein-Beregsau
* Official: Beregsãu Mic
* Hungarian: Beregszónémeti  (Nemet)
* Country: Romania* Postal Code: 1944

 From the Manyin Passport of 1923 with photos of Emil and Ivanka Markus Manyin

Contributed by Desanie Manyin

Photo permission from "Kin Ships"

The Rotterdam

     The spelling of Manyin was Mangu on the Ship’s Manifest. I was not able to find the information I needed until I used the Ellis Island Web Base by Dr. Stephen P. Morse.  (Please refer to “links” on our Opening Page.)  Mangu would be the Romanian spelling in the year 1923.

Emil Manyin, Helen Nenadov and Ivanka Manyin
Philadelphia, Pa. - 1923

     This photo is marked 1923 and must have been taken just after the Manyins arrived in Philadelphia.  (Their ship, The Rotterdam, docked in New York on December 1, 1923)

Serbian Orthodox Christmas

     Serbian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7 rather than December 25. I would like to share a note, from Desanie Manyin, regarding a few of the many interesting traditions they have in the Serbian Orthodox Church.   This is in response to one of the many questions I asked!

"Yes, Badnje Veche is Xmas eve. There is no true translation for Merry Christmas. The closest would be Cretan Bozich. Straw is symbolic of the manger and walnuts are for luck and health of the host's home. They are tossed to the four corners of the  home while asking for blessings. Guests coming to the host's home have a speech asking for entry, much the same as Mary & Joseph did in the town of Bethlehem."          -Desanie