September 2012


Yep, I’m trying to catch up! A second post in one night. My apologies to you who get updates via email, I have a love/hate relationship with email and can sympathize.

But again, due to the generosity of the genealogical community, I have a copy of a Mierzejewski marriage record from St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio. I had clues via Garret Mierzejewski that there were Mierzejewskis who settled in Wood County; however, I could never connect the dots with my family.

The record reflects the marriage of a Constantine Mierzejewski and Geraldine DeWitt:

  • Constantine was born 18 December 1913, son of John and Constance Sikorska
  • Geraldine was born 22 April 1917, daughter of Grey and Ethel Roach
  • Marriage witnessed by William Baginski and Rose? Mierzejewska (I cannot transcribe the first name, rough guess)
  • The civil marriage occurred 29 July 1937 in Angola, Indiana and dispensation procured 21 September  1937

If you have any more knowledge of this family, please contact me. I’d be interested in learning if there is any connection between my family.

I’m trying to dig out from an overwhelming amount of information I’ve received over the summer on the Plenzlers as well as still work through the backlog of Calvary Cemetery photos I have. So, today, we’re revisiting an earlier post about my 2nd great-grandfather’s father, that of Joseph Plenzler (husband of Mary Lesiecka). Bear with the wordy sentences when I describe these relationship, but my great-great grandfather and his sons and grandsons all had the same names as well as named their offspring similarly.  So it gets tedious at times.

Long story short, this is a follow up to an earlier post, located here:

http://kuschwantz.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/marianna-lesiecka-and-andreas-hirsch-more-puzzle-pieces/

Bartholomeus married a Barbara Hirsch in Czapury, Wielkopolskie, Poland, on 14 July 1850.  Marriage was witnessed by Andreas Plenzler, who likely is a brother to Bartholomeus and Joseph and Gregorious Demel, both of Wiorek.  Barbara is noted as “vidua” or widowed. Age of the groom is 25, age of the bride is 30. This is Bartholomeus’ first marriage.

Pertinent snippets from the marriage record are below. Click to enlarge.

Bartholomeus Plenzler and Barbara Hirsch marriage record 14 July 1850

Bartholomeus Plenzler and Barbara Hirsch marriage record 14 July 1850

Bartholomeus Plenzler and Barbara Hirsch marriage record 14 July 1850

Bartholomeus Plenzler and Barbara Hirsch marriage record 14 July 1850

Many thanks to Jim and Cinny Sobieski for their hard work and efforts with the Plenzler family! Time and again, I’m awed at the generosity of genealogy community.

A completely free Saturday at last! Just a quick note that I had uploaded at least 100 Calvary Cemetery photos of Polish graves to the OGPP  so far this weekend. To date, there are over 285 photos there.

Where possible, I’ve verified grave locations and provided maiden names for married women.

More to come and am working on information so many people have kindly shared with me. I’m trying to keep up!

Over the weekend, I had a chance to visit St. Hedwig. I had attended a breakfast for the 10th anniversary of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society and one of the members kindly invited me to visit their library, located in the old St. Hedwig’s school. A few photos below. Admittedly, it’s not in the Kuschwantz–but without Lagrinka and St. Hedwig’s, there would have been no Kuschwantz and St. Anthony’s, St. Stan’s, and other parishes.

St. Hedwig, Toledo, Ohio

St. Hedwig, Toledo, Ohio

Church now in oratory status

Church now in oratory status

Church cornerstone indicating year built and centennial year

Church cornerstone indicating year built and centennial year

Today, more of the backlog from the Calvary photos I have. These are all Jankowski burials. There are Jankowskis in my family tree; but I have not connected these to my family (at least yet).

Maryanna Jankowska

Grave: 2059, Lot: 14, Section: 3

The gravestone is too weathered to completely transcribe. Also the stone states her year of birth is 1867; however, per her death certificate, she was born in 1868.

Maryanna Kubiak Jankowska 1867 - 1914

Maryanna Kubiak Jankowska

Jankowski-Slachciak Family Plot

John Jankowski (husband)
1858 – 1944

Magdalene Szymanski Jankowkski (Wife)
1866 – 1956

Helen Jankowski Slachciak (Daughter)
1900 – 1950

Grave: E-1/2, S-1/2, Lot: 119, Section: 19

Jankowski Slachciak Family Plot

John Jankowski
1858 – 1944
Magdalene Jankowski
1866 – 1956
Helen Slachciak
1900 – 1950

I’ve returned. Didn’t think I’d be gone too long? Summer was busy, hopefully fall won’t be so busy (meaning, I won’t be goofing off as much!).

Been meaning to follow up with more Rochowiak data I’ve been collecting. Worked to trace the Martin Rochowiak family, my great-grandmother’s half-brother. As noted previously, I do have the marriage record for Martin and his wife, Catherine. However, the data I have been able to locate has been incomplete so far. Here’s what I’ve found so for that I can at least verify.

Martin and Katherine were married 3 November 1877 in Góra Żnin, Poland. I cannot locate any ship manifests that could be considered at least close to either Martin or Katherine.  The 1910 and 1930 census records provides an immigration year of 1885; the 1920 census provides an immigration year of 1889. Per the 1920 census, Martin was naturalized in 1897. So that is an area for some research in the future–to review immigration records in the Toledo Lucas County Library to locate the naturalization records.

Martin and Katherine had seven children:

  1. Frances, b. 1880, d. 1961, m. Felix Tafelski. Frances likely was born in Poland.
  2. Agnes, b. 1882, d. 1928, m. Anthony Dutkeiwicz. Agnes was likely born in Poland.
  3. Teresa, b. 1883, d. unknown, m. George Suchala. Teresa was likely born in Poland..
  4. Joseph, b. 1880, d. unknown, m. Justina ?? — Joseph did not seem to marry until after the death of his parents. The 1930 census places Joseph living with his parents and the 1940 census shows him living at the same address with a wife named Justina. The address on the 1930 census indicates 406 Detroit; however, his father’s death certificate reflects an address of 408 (which is the same address as the 1940 census).
  5. Jadwiga, b. possibly December 1891, d. p0ssibly December 1953, m. possibly twice: once to a Buckowski and secondly to Frank K. Sieja. Her parents’ death notices list her as Hattie Buckowski. Her death certificate notes her husband as Frank K. Sieja and her name as Pauline and as Jadwiga.
  6. Rose, b 1893, d. 1931, m. Anthony Luczak.
  7. Martha, b. 1899, d. 1982, m. Benedict Idzikowski.

Martin died 12 February 1931. His death notice was published in the Toledo News Bee on 13 February 1931 and is transcribed below:

ROCHOWIAK, MARTIN–Age 80 years, beloved husband of Catherine, Thursday at 7 p.m. Father of Joseph, Mrs. Frances Tuselski, Mrs. Theresa Suchala, Mrs. Rose Luczak, Mrs. Hattie Buckowski, Mrs. Martha Idzikowski, 25 grand-children and six great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday, Feb. 16 at 7:45 a.m. from the residence, 408 Detroit Ave., and 8 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church. Interment family lot Calvary cemetery. W.K. Sujkowski

Katherine died just a few weeks later on 5 March. Her death notice was published on 6 March in the Toledo News Bee and is transcribed below:

ROCHOWIAK, KATHERINE–Aged 73, ???, widow of the late Martin Rochowiak, beloved mother of Joseph, Mrs. Frances Tafelski, Mrs. Theresa Suchala, Mrs. Rose Luczak, Mrs. Hattie Buckowski, Mrs. Martha Idzikowski, 26 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; Thursday at 10 a.m. Funeral Monday March 9, 8:45 a.m. from the residence, 408 Detroit Ave., 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church. Interment Calvary Cemetery, family lot. Friends invited.

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