May 2011


I was reviewing some of the marriage records I’d received through the Poznan project to see what clues I could find to discovering family members or insights on the family relationships for the Plenzlers.

While reading the marriage record from Głuszyna for Joseph Plenzler and Mary Leseicka, I discovered two things:

  1. The marriage was witnessed by Andreas Plenzler. The record indicates clearly that Andreas is a brother to Joseph. (“Frater”–brother in Latin.)
  2. There is a record of a Martinus Plenzler marrying Josepha Zyz on the same page. The marriage is record #10 and dated June 9 1851.

    Snippet from marriage record for Joseph Plenzler and Marianna Liseicka

    Snippet from marriage record for Joseph Plenzler and Marianna Liseicka

Martinus Plenzler marriage to Josepha Zyz

Martinus Plenzler marriage to Josepha Zyz -- click to enlarge to see detail

So we now know that Joseph had at least one brother, Andreas.

If you investigate the record for Martin (Martinus), you’ll also notice two things:

1. That Martin was a widower (viduuus e viso Pietrowo — a widower from Pietrowo, a town in Poznan)
2. That this marriage was witnessed by Jacobus (Jacob) Plenzler

Jacobus Plenzler, witness to Martinus Plenzler and Josepha Zyz marriage

Jacobus Plenzler, witness to Martinus Plenzler and Josepha Zyz marriage

The Poznan Project’s database does also list several possibilities for a marriage for Andreas Plenzler. Near future, I’ll write to Lucasz and attempt to get further data as well as research Martin and Josepha.

Below is another photo I received from John Plenzler that is unidentified. It’s possible that this is a photo of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak Przybylski. However, I have no verification. The gentleman in the photo below does look similar to the man in the previous post–same type of mustache, looks like the same lanky body type, similar facial features.

Andrew passed away in 1894 and my hesitation to believe it is a photo of him is because of the date of his death. Another hesitation for me here due to the woman. Frances was considerably younger than Andrew–by at least 15 or 16 years by my estimates. Click here for a photo of Frances, who passed away in 1922.

Was photography widely available for everyday photos during the 1880s and 1890s? I have no clue about the history of photography. Did everyday people have the ability to purchase cameras for casual, everyday use during the 1890s? This is not a studio photo or seems even to be a professional photo due to the casual background and the way the image of the gentleman in the photo was cut off to the left

If anyone has any information on this photo or can provide me some insight about the history of consumer-like photography during the 1880s and 1890s, I would love to hear from you. Leave a post here and I will follow up.

Unidentified

Unidentified

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