On December 28, 1812 Stephani Constantini Kojnevic was born in the mountainous Konavli region near Herci-Novi (Montenegro). Perhaps in the village of Sutorina. He probably grew up in a Catholic farm family. He came to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, USA in the 1830's and with his partner John Vidacovich purchased a citrus farm in 1833. This was very unusual because almost all of the "Austrians" coming to Louisiana came as oyster fishermen. Stephani had a nephew, much younger brother or cousin that joined him, Antoni or Anthony Cognevich (Kojnevic) in Louisiana by 1850. Anthony was also born in Montenegro, about 1832. Later Ignacious (1860) and Johanni (1880) Cognevich came to the same area as oyster fishermen. Not sure Ignacious and Johanni were related to Stephani!
We were recently told that the Kognevic's originally came from Galicia (Czechoslavakia?) during the Turkish Rebellion fleeing for their lives to Banat. They apparently lived there a while, but again fleeing the Turks this family made their way to the mountain tops of Montenegro. I also understand that the family was split up with branches spred across Yugoslavia.
I am looking for anyone that can provide information on this family in Montenegro/Yugoslavia or that can provide a strategy for researching over there? Also interested in any cousins researching the family.