Yes, I’ve been away for awhile. Decided to give my laptop a vacation! (Really it was my eyes that needed the vacation.)

Marianna was a complete surprise to find. She is the eldest child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. I stumbled upon her when perusing the marriage records of St. Anthony’s parish hoping to find records of a John Przybylski–to verify if there was indeed another brother in the family. I did not even know she existed. It is clear reading the marriage record that she is the daughter of Andrew and Frances and that record give a good clue about the timeframe that Andrew and Frances may have emigrated–likely between 1881 and 1893 given the data on the marriage record and the census data for Marianna and Joseph.

Marianna was born about 1875 in Poznan and married Joseph Erdman on February 13, 1893 per St. Anthony’s parish marriage records. The earliest census record I could locate for Marianna and Joseph was the 1910 census that reflected they lived at 1610 Vance Street. This census record indicates that Marianna immigrated in 1881 and that Joseph immigrated in 1892. This census notes that Joseph was naturalized in 1892.  The 1920 census indicates that Mary immigrated in 1885 and was naturalized in 1891. Perhaps the discrepancy is due to illegible handwriting. However, the 1920 census does indicate 1892 as the year of immigration for Joseph and that he was naturalized in 1897.

The 1930 census also reflected the Erdmans as residing at 1610 Vance.

Joseph and Marianna had 12 children, including two sets of twins:

  1. Cora or Konstanja b. 1894 d. ??
  2. Casper b. 1895 d. ??
  3. Louis b. 1897 d. 1965
  4. Leon b. 1899 d.??
  5. Edmund b. 1901 d. 1951
  6. Regina or Virginia b. 1903 d. 1980
  7. Martha b. 1906 d. 1990
  8. Helena b. 1906 d. 1907
  9. Eleanora b. 1909
  10. Angelina b. 1913
  11. Daniel b. 1914 d. 1978
  12. Dorothy b. 1914 d. 2003

11 of the 12 children survived to adulthood. Note that I have no birth verification such as a baptismal record for Cora; however, she is listed in the census records and mentioned in her parents’ obituaries.

Joseph passed away November 23, 1940. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on November 25, 1940 and is transcribed below. (The scan is relatively poor quality.)

Joseph Erdman

Joseph Erdman, 71, of 1610 Vance Street, died Saturday in his home following an illness of three months.

Mr. Erdman, born in Poznan, Poland, came to Toledo more than 50 years ago. He is a former employee of the Willy-Overland Co. Surviving are his wife, Mary, daughters, Mrs. Cora Nafes, Mrs. Virginia Dembowski, Mrs. Martha Podiak, Mrs. Angeline Zielinski, Mrs. Dorothy Adamaski, and Miss Eleanor Erdman; sons, Casper, Louis, Leo, Edmund, and Daniel Erdman; sisters, Mrs. Anna Bobczak and Mrs. Rozalia Bobak; 10 grandchildren.

The body is in the residence where services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Joseph’s burial record through St. Stanislaus and Calvary Cemetery are transcribed below.

St. Stanislaus burial record November 27, 1940:

Date of Death and Burial D. Nov. 23 – B. Nov. 27
Name of Person Interred Joseph Erdman
Place of Birth Poland
Age 71 yrs.
Disease heart
Priest Aloysius Sobczak
Cemetery Calvary

Calvary Cemetery burial record:

No. 40785
Name Joseph Erdman
Residence 1614 Vance
Age 71
Cause of Death Myocarditis
Date of Interment Nov. 27
Grave 1421
Range or Lot 262
Section 39
Undertaker F. J. Czolgosz
Remarks 1537 Removed 5/13/52 to S 1/2 Lot 262 Sec. 39

It appears he was moved after Marianna died so that they were buried together, although I have not located the grave yet in Calvary and photoed the graves.

Marianna passed away April 5, 1955. Her obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on April 6 and is transcribed below.

Mary Erdman

Mrs. Mary Erdman, 75, of 1610 Vance St., died last night in Riverside Hospital.

Mrs. Erdman was born in Poland and lived in Toledo 69 years. She was a member of St. Rita Society and the Polish National Alliance.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Cora Nafes, Detroit; Mrs. Virginia Dembowski, Mrs. Martha Podiak, Mrs. Eleanor Jaroszewski, Mrs. Angela Zielinski and Mrs. Dorothy Adamski; sons, Casper, Louis, Leo and Daniel; sister, Mrs. Eva Hejnicki, all of Toledo; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Marianna’s death record from St. Stanislaus parish and her burial record through Calvary Cemetery are transcribed below.

St. Stanislaus parish burial record dated April 11, 1955:

Number 5 (Numbering non sequential)
Name: Family, Baptismal Erdman, Mary
Address 1610 Vance
Age 76
Parents or Spouse
Sacraments-Minister Fr. Ambrose
Date of Death 4-5-55
Cemetery Date of Burial 4-11-55
Celebrant at Funeral Ambrose Poznanski
Remarks High Blood Pressure

Calvary Cemetery burial April 11, 1955 for Marianna:

No. 55678
Name Mary Erdman
Residence Riverside Hosp.
Age 75
Cause of Death Hemorrhage
Date of Interment April 11
Grave S 1/2
Range or Lot 262
Section 39
Funeral Director W.K. Sujkowski & Son
Remarks 1289