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Mathias (Schusterschitz) Schust (1875 - 1929)

Mathias (Matt) "Matias, Mathew" Schust formerly Schusterschitz aka Shust, Schultz, Schusterič, Šusteršič
Born in Laze, Novo Mesto, Krain, Austriamap
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Husband of — married 26 Sep 1901 (to 4 Dec 1912) in Blocton, Bibb, Alabama, United Statesmap
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Died at age 54 in Tovey, Christian, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Matt (Schusterschitz) Schust has German Roots.
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Matt (Schusterschitz) Schust migrated from Slovenia to USA.
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Matt was a Coal Miner in Alabama and Illinois
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Matt (Schusterschitz) Schust died in a coal mining accident in Tovey, Illinois on 15-Oct-1929




Matt Schust (né Mathias Schusterschitz) was born on 20 February 1875 in Reuter #12, 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 Schusterschitz of Kleinriegel and Maria Klobutscher of Reuter.[5][6] He was baptized on the same day.[1]


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 with his sister Aloisia.[7][3][4] He traveled to Blocton, Bibb, Alabama, where he met up with his brother Johann and possibly also his brother Josef.

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

He married Maria "Mary" 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] His brother Johann was a witness at their wedding.

Matt and Mary had seven children together, five of them living to adulthood (all of whom were born in and around Blocton), and resided in Precinct 49 outside of Birmingham, Alabama at the time of the 1910 census.[10]

In December 1912, the family lost the elder Mary and Frances. This is presumably when Matt places the remaining children into foster care, possibly so he could focus on working in the coal mines. The foster care facility was most likely in Mobile, Alabama, since that is where Matt Jr. died in June 1913.[11][10][12] Sometime thereafter, Matt removed his children from foster care and moved the family to Pawnee, Sangamon, Illinois, where he registered for the World War I draft in 1918.[2] They are all subsequently listed in the 1920 census living together in Pawnee.[13] At this time, Matt was employed as a machine man by Peabody Coal Company and was living in a house that was probably owned by his employer.


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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Birth of Agnes & Matias Šusteršič in Krstna knjiga / Taufbuch 1840-1884: Slovenia > Nadškofijski arhiv Ljubljana > Črmošnjice. Matricula Online, pg. 147, line #25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch, Mathias Schustershutz, 1900.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902", database, FamilySearch, Mathias Schustershutz, 1900.
  5. FamilySearch: Matias Schusterič in Register concerning family of Joh. Schusterič in Catholic Church (Tschermoschnitz), 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; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 111; Page: 1220; Microfilm No.: K_1765.
  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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