Yuogslavia did not exist until after WW I, 1918. I believe a mistake was made, if you notice it states he had Montenegren citizenship as well as declaring his race as Montenegren. I believe the error may have happened as everyone above HALAT, Marco and Nicolo (today Nicolo would be Nikola in Croatia) and Stefano (Stefano would be Stjepan or Stipe today in Croatia) was Montenegren and the manifest author at the port of departure just kept marking, until he got to the person after Stefano who he changed to Croatian. The manifest gives his destination as Biloksi (sic)
There is a ship manifest from 1936 for an arrival at New York (by this time immigrants did not go through Ellis Island processing station) for an Ante (Anthony or Tony) SEKUL, Student, age 14, former residence and birthplace Bobovisce, Dalmatia where his next of kin was his mother Josephine, his destination to his uncle Stephen SEKUL living at 1601 3rd St, Bilosi (sic), Miss.
Interesting there are 2 WW I Draft Registrations for: Steave SEKUL (he actaully signed it Stivan, which is how one would spell Stephen or Stevan in Croatian) birthdate 25 Dec 1881 residence Cedar St, Biloxi, MS, wife Lucy the other is Stephen Martin SEKUL birthdate 11 Nov 1880 residence Pine St Biloxi wife Elena, both are fishermen.
But he must be the one whose wife was Lucy (Croatian would be Lucija or Luca)as the 1920 census shows one with wife Elena and the other as widower. His second wife was probably Trebotić. This family also comes from the Island of Brac. It was very common that those early Croatians would go back home for a wife.
Perhaps she is the Lucia TREBOTIC who arrived with her family in 1906 aboard the ship Pannonia she was from.. Bobovisce, Austria (Croatia inc. Dalmatia had formed a union with Hungary around 1100 and later when Austria liberated Croatia from the Turks it would be under the rule of Austria-Hungary) Note the C at the end of this Croatian name would have a diacritical mark / over it giving it the sound of CH.
Yerka (Croatian sp. would be Jerka, sounds like yarrkah from the male Jerome or Jerko in Croatian) is also from Island Brac (sounds like brrrahch) from the town of Ložišćahttp://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~shtetlexp...
She arrived in the US as follows
Name: Jerka SEKUL
Arrival Date: 23 May 1921
Age: 33 Years and 9 months
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Port of Departure: Trieste, Italy
Ship Name: President Wilson
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Last Residence: Lozisce (next of kin there was her brother Ivan (sounds like eevahn and = John) which would indicate both parents had passed
Birthplace: Blao, Jugoslavia
Destination 211 Cedar to husband Stive Clemen SEKUL
The manifest indicates that she had been Detained but the pages which show that were not found in the info I have. My guess is that it was because the manifest showed she did not have a ticket to her destination and had only $28 with her, she was released on June 2, 1921... probably after Stive sent her money :)
The LDS (Mormon) Family History Library has mircrofilm records for Bobovisce but they only cover the years 1825-1865 http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.a...
Now that you have all this .... you need to visit your ancestral homeland! Island Brac has some of the most beautiful beaches with the clearest azur blue water in the world! Brac supplied some of the marble for the US White House in Wash. DC.
Bobovisca lies one kilometer from the sea, in the interior of the western side of the island of Brac that is connected to Split and Makarska by daily ferry lines. The closest tourist destination is Milna and the closest swimming beach is one kilometer in the bay of Bobovisca. The inhabitants, some 60 of them in total, live off of olive and wine growing.
Here are links to some photos of Bobiviscehttp://public.carnet.hr/dalmatia/pic/Dva_Bracanina.jpghttp://www.croator.com/Investment/Brac/bobovisce/avio.jpghttp://www.oceans-evasion.com/media/image/bobovisce.jpg
And some of Lozisce, which is up the hill less than a mile awayhttp://www.arsuz.info/brach/lozisce.JPG
And several nice photos from all over the islandhttp://www.arsuz.info/brac.htm
We had our tour group on Brac in 2006 and it IS that lovely.