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Mathias (Schusteritsch) Shust (1875 - 1929)

Mathias (Matt) "Matias, Mathew" Shust formerly Schusteritsch aka Schust, Schusterschitz, Schusterič, Šusteršič
Born in Laze, Novo Mesto, Krain, Österreichmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Sep 1901 (to 4 Dec 1912) in Blocton, Bibb, Alabama, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Tovey, Christian, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jun 2018
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Matt (Schusteritsch) Shust has German Roots.
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Matt (Schusteritsch) Shust migrated from Slovenia to USA.
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Matt (Schusteritsch) Shust died in a coal mining accident in Illinois on 15-Oct-1929




Matt Shust (né Mathias Schusteritsch, aka Schusterschitz) was born and baptized on 20 February 1875 in Reuter, Gottschee, Krain, Austria-Hungary (present-day Laze, Novo Mesto, Slovenia).[1][2][3][4] He and his twin, Agnes, were the seventh and eighth of nine children born to Johann Schusteritsch of Kleinriegel and Maria Klobutscher of Reuter.[5][6]


Matt left from Hamburg, Germany on the SS Patricia on 3 June 1900, arriving at Ellis Island, New York City, New York, USA on 16 June 1900 under the name "Mathias Schusterschitz" with his sister Aloisia.[7][4] This is most certainly him, as his original final destination in the USA of "Brooklyn" was crossed off and replaced with "Blockton, Ala". Aloisia's fate in the United States is still currently unknown.

Mathias & Aloysia Schusterschitz in New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 [lines 1-2]

Nevertheless, he married Mary "Minnie" Stritzel of Portage Township, Ottawa, Ohio on 28 September 1901, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the coal mining town of Blocton, Bibb, Alabama.[8][9] Two of his older brothers (John and Joseph) also lived in the area at the time and had a few of their children in Blocton, and John was even a witness at his wedding. Matt and Mary had seven children together, with five of them living to adulthood (all of whom were most likely born in Blocton), and resided in Precinct 49 outside of Birmingham, Alabama.[10] Between December 1912 and June 1913, the family lost the elder Mary, Francis, and Matt Jr. Sometime after the latter event, Matt moved the family to Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois, where he supposedly placed his children into foster care, assumably so he could focus on working in the coal mines.[11][10][12] However, Matt and his surviving children are all listed in the 1920 census with the surname "Shuste" living together in Pawnee.[13] Why the children's mother's birth location is listed as "Tennessee" is unknown, but it is inaccurate.


Matt was fatally injured on the job on October 15, 1929 at Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine in Kincaid/Tovey, Christian, Illinois, USA, where he was crushed to death between a pit car and coal rib.[14][15] He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Pawnee.[6][14][16]


  1. FamilySearch: Baptism of Agnes & Matias in "Kirchenbuch - Taufen 1840-1884 (l. & r. S.)", l.s. Line #25.
  2. FamilySearch: Baptism of Agnes & Matias in "Kirchenbuch - Taufen 1840-1884 (l. & r. S.)", r.s. Line #25. Parents "Joh. Šusteršič" and "Maria Klobčar".
  3. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch, Matt Shust, 1917-1918; citing Sangamon County, Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,614,575.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch, Mathias Schustsishwitz, 1900.
  5. FamilySearch: Sacraments concerning family of Joh. Schusterič in "Familienbuch ab 1831 (l. & r. S.)".
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," database, FamilySearch, Matt Schust, 15 Oct 1929; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1,643,620.
  7. Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Microfilm No.: K_1765. Mathias & Aloisia Schusterschitz, 10th-11th from bottom. Hosted on Imgur.
  8. "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch, Matt Shust and Minnie Stritzell, 26 Sep 1901; citing Bibb, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,783,752.
  9. "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950," database with images, FamilySearch, Matt Shust and Minnie Stritzell, 28 Sep 1901; citing Bibb, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,783,752.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch, Matt Schust, Precinct 49, Jefferson, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 135, sheet 10A, family 154, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 18; FHL microfilm 1,374,031. Less
  11. "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974," database, FamilySearch, Mathew Shust in entry for Mathew Shust, 10 Jun 1913; citing reference cn 236, Department of Health, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1,894,101.
  12. Personal or family testimony.
  13. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch, Matt Shuste, Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois, United States; citing ED 196, sheet 4B, line 70, family 387, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 406; FHL microfilm 1,820,406.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Miner Crushed" The Decatur Herald, Fri 18 Oct 1929, Pg. 16, May 7, 2017. Accessed June 18, 2018.
  15. Hinton, Wayne. "Christian County, Illinois Coal Mine Fatalities - Schust" Illinois Coal & Coal Mining History & Genealogy. 2015. Accessed June 18, 2018.
  16. Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 18 June 2018), memorial page for Matt Schust (9 Feb 1875–15 Oct 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55385208, citing Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BjJ (contributor 46902476) .

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