Mierzejewski


can be as exciting as reading the owner’s manual of your latest technology purchase. Shame on me for poking fun at the source of my paycheck, but I do understand–I only read those manuals myself if and only if something isn’t working. I prefer a good mystery or biography. But I entertained myself by reading more burial records this weekend with the latest bluster of fall weather we’ve had–cold, rain, and dreary. After all, isn’t genealogy both a bit of a mystery and part of the process of writing one’s family’s biography?

I had reason to eyeball those old records again while trying to conjure up any data about Stanley Mizejewski and Konstancja Mierzejewska. I’ve had a bit of luck as far as Konstacja goes. I did locate her burial record by reviewing burials from 1913 onward. Here is what I’ve located in the 1913 burial log:

No.15016
Name of Deceased: Constantia Mezejewska
Place of Nativity
Late Residence: 3250 Maple
Age: 20
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Nephritis
Date of Decease: Dec. 18 (1913)
Date of Interment: Dec. 20
Married, Single or Widowed: S
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 1600
No. of Lot: 11
No. of Section: 3
Name of Physician: O. W. Kimbell
Name of Undertaker: J. W. Paulowski
Name of Parents or Kindred:
Remarks

I do believe the record keeper misspelled the last name and this location is where I took the photo–Section 3 of the cemetery.

Constantia’s address is given as a residence on Maple Street, which would place her within a block or so of St. Adalbert’s parish in the Lagrinka neighborhood.  I had hoped this clue would give me a hint about her, but it didn’t. Sometimes the parish records noted the survivors or nearest relatives; however, not so in the case. Here is the record of Constantia’s burial through St. Adalbert:

Date of Death/Burial: Dec. 20/Dec. 23
Name of Person Interred: Constantia Mierzejewski
Place of Birth: R. Poland
Age: 20 yr.
Disease:
Priest: J. P. Wachowiak
Cemetery: Calvary
Remarks: Pen. and Ext. Unct.

The remarks indicate that she received the sacraments of penance and extreme unction (last rites) prior to passing away. This indicates to me she did not die alone and someone would have had to call the priest for this function. This is the very earliest Mierzejewski death I’ve located so far in Toledo. Her age, 20, indicates she was born during the time span my grandfather, grandmother, and their siblings were born–1883. So my guess is that she would not have immigrated alone to the US–it was highly unusual for women at this time to come alone while traveling from Europe. (I’ve only noted this twice and each time I cannot ascertain for sure the women traveled alone.) It appears as if there were Mierzejewskis settling in Toledo as early as sometime after 1910. This point may become more important later as more of my grandparent’s and their siblings’ movements are discovered–remember my grandfather and his brother, Marzel, were located in Massachusetts and Cleveland around 1909. So someone had to tip Wladyslaw off about how great life was on the great north coast. A possible theory would be that Constantia is a relative of my grandmother, Helena. It was Helena’s brother, Jan, with whom Wladyslaw and Helena would live at 1763 Buckingham when they arrived in Toledo in 1923. And Buckingham is perhaps only 4 miles or so from the Maple Street address.

Marzel is a brother to my grandfather, Wladyslaw Mierzejewski. I’ve been trying to track the siblings of my grandparents, Helena and Wladyslaw Mierzejewski. As far as I know, Wladyslaw had these siblings:

Wladyslaw’s siblings (through his mother Anna Budziszewska–his father, Jan, was married three times):

  • Franciszek, born about 1868
  • Franciczeka, born about 1868 (twins?)
  • Ludwik, born about 1871
  • Jozef, born about 1874
  • Marzel, born about 1881

Wladyslaw was the  youngest of the children born to Jan and Anna, born in 1883 per his death certificate. (Side note: Again, it’s becoming a theme in my family–the birth date on his gravestone is different. His gravestone says 1877 was the year of birth. However, I am certain that this is the correct gravesite–we visited it as children with my parents each Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day and I’ve verified the burial.)

Jan also married Anna’s elder sister and that marriage produced one son:

  • Ignacy

I cannot yet ascertain the order of the marriages to the Budziszewska sisters . So the best guess for Ignacy’s date of birth is likely between 1861 and 1868 OR after 1881, as Jan’s first marriage was to Eleanor Guszkowska and this marriage produced a daughter:

  • Konstancja, born about 1861

I’ve been running into the usual brick walls attempting to locate these siblings. We do know that several of the siblings came to the US only to return to Poland. I have found evidence of Marzel’s residence in the US, however.

A 1907 manifest from the Hamburg Passenger Lines indicates that Marzel is a passenger on a ship that landed in New York in January 1907. Careful inspection of this record indicates several Mierzejewskis were on this ship (note the name is spelled using a derivative spelling: Mizejewski):

  • Stanislaw Mizejewski, age 19 (residence, Guczin)
  • Stefan Mizejewski, age 17 (residence, Danisiewo)
  • Marzel Mizejewski, age 25 (residence, Jarnuti)

Danisiewo is just north of Tomasze and Jarnuti and Gucin is just south of Tomasze and Jarnuti–perhaps there is a connection to Marzel with Stanislaw and Stefan. Remember, there is a Stanislaw Mizejewski buried in Toledo’s Calvary Cemetery. He was born per the gravestone about 1891. My grandfather’s place of birth was Tomasze, so it’s likely that he had relatives who had settled in nearby villages. See this map.

There are no clues where Marzel or the other two men would have been after their 1907 arrival. It’s clear though that Marzel returned to Poland for a short while because there is another manifest, this time from Ellis Island dated November 1909 that clearly indicates he was traveling to the United States with Wladyslaw and it is clear the two are brothers. The contact information for the near relative from the country they came from is noted as Helena Mierzejewski. Helena is noted as Wladyslaw’s wife and as Marzel’s sister-in-law.

Now this raises not only one eyebrow for me, but both. The final destination for Wladyslaw was noted as New Bedford, Massachusetts. For Marzel, it is noted as Pittsfield, Massachussets. This in and of itself isn’t too surprising. But the 1910 census data places Marzel in Cleveland, Ohio!

Marzel is a boarder of the Gorgon family and it specifically states that his year of immigration was 1907. He is employed as a laborer in a car shop. Where is Wladyslaw?! I haven’t yet located him on a census for this period. It’s possible he returned to Poland, but this is a relatively short period of time (arrival was November 1909 and census taken in April 1910)–likely he’s in the US somewhere!

Marzel eventually returned to Poland, where he died in 1965. He was married to a woman named Czeslawa and three children:

  • Jadwiga
  • Thadeusz
  • Henryka

If anyone has any additional information, please contact me. Leave a comment here or drop me an email and I’ll follow up.

In an attempt to keep my sanity, I started a small database of Mierzejewskis as I located them through immigration records from Ellis Island. This is in no way complete–these were the “easy” targets I’ve located so far. These records do not include any variations in spelling nor immigration records from anywhere except Ellis Island.

The records are located here. Consider it a work in progress. As I located new records, I will update.

I realize that when one undertakes to research both sides of the family, that’s a very big undertaking. I’ve had a lot of help along the way from cousins, my mom, and my sisters. Still there are times I feel as if I’m neglecting one side or the other. Lately, I’ve been neglecting my dad’s side of the family. The Mierzejewskis in Toledo just don’t seem to want to be found. But sooner or later, I’m going to tease them out by hook or by crook. Many of the Mierzejewskis that I knew liked a good joke, so it’s likely they’re still playing games. (And yes, I am half serious by saying that–my dad was a joker and played some serious pranks–some day I should post the story how he answered the phone when my sisters and I were teenagers and boys would call for dates.)

Today is Tombstone Tuesday over at GeneaBloggers. So here are the graves of two possible Mierzejewski relatives. I cannot place them in my tree; however, chances are good I’m related to them. It all goes back to that business of having two grandparents, unrelated but with the same last name before marriage. However, you’ll notice the names aren’t spelled quite the same way. Like Plenzlers/Plencners, the Mierzejewski name has morphed over time as well.

These are the few graves that I have photos of from Calvary but have not recorded the grave location and cannot look up the grave location. If I ever find the locations, I’ll eventually post them.

First grave stone of the day is for Stanley Mizejewski.

Grave Stanley Mizejewski Calvary Cemetery

Grave Stanley Mizejewski Calvary Cemetery

I corresponded with Garret Mierzejewski, a Mierzejewski expert. Garret did have an obituary for Stanley. The obituary has no date other than the year, 1962. I’ve transcribed the obituary below.

Stanley Mizejewski

Stanley Mizejewski, 70, of 9735 Douglas Rd., Temperance, Mich., died Tuesday at Flower Hospital.

Mr. Mizejewski, born in Poland, lived in the Toledo area more than 50 years. He had been a machinist at the Baker Bros. Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1958.

Surviving are his daughters, Mrs. Virginia Berend and Mrs. Marcella McClean; son, Harold S. Brooks, all of San Diego and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Urbanski Mortuary, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

I may be able to find Stanley’s grave location if I poke through the Calvary burial logs again. I attempted to last night, but 1962 seemed to be a particularly good year for business at Calvary. I got blurry eyed reading and might have missed it.

Here is the next grave. The stone is very worn, it’s difficult to read and I cannot fully transcribe it.

Unknown: Possibly Konstancia Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Unknown: Possibly Konstancia Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

I believe the name on this gravestone may be similar to Konstancia Mierzejewska (the feminine form of the surname). However, it’s weather worn and difficult to read. The death year on the stone also is difficult to determine. Is it 1913, 1916, 1918, or 1919? As Garret pointed out to me, the birth year is clear enough to determine that this person was born in the 1850s. Yet as he pointed out, most of Mierzejewskis who came here were born in the 1880s, possibly 1870s. Mierzejewskis emigrated during a later phase of Polish migration to the US: my grandfather was documented as coming to the US as early as 1903 when he was just 18 or 19 and he returned to Poland a few times before settling permanently in Ohio. So this person is a unique surprise and it would be interesting to learn more about him or her.

If anyone has any information, please leave a comment or drop me an email.

I have hundreds of photos from Calvary Cemetery. I don’t always manage to photo graves I specifically set out for–the cemetery is huge and I stop to snap photos of graves with familiar names that I stumble upon, even if they aren’t on my to do list. Naturally, that slows me down. Sometimes the photos prove helpful.

However, I had photos for graves for a John, Salomea, Helen, and Alice Mierzejewski I could not place anywhere in my family tree. Not to say they may not be relatives, I just can’t find enough information to verify if they are related and how they fit in. So I did some research. Hopefully someone may have additional input.

Here are the grave photos:

John L. and Salomea Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

John L. and Salomea Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice Mierzejewski grave Calvary Cemetery

Helen and Alice are children of John and Salomea. All are buried in the same plot, and another smaller headstone exists for Alice.

Alice Mierzejewski smaller gravestone Calvary Cemetery

Alice Mierzejewski smaller gravestone Calvary Cemetery

John L. Mierzejewski and his wife and family resided in Rossford. Upon some investigation, I’ve located a few Mierzejewskis in the Rossford area and extending into Wood County. As time goes on, I will post further about those I’ve found in Wood County.

John L. Mierzejewski passed away on December 7, 1948. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 8, 1948 and is transcribed below:

John L. Mierzejewski

John L. Mierzejewski, 60, died yesterday in his home, 107 Riverview Place, Rossford, after an illness of one year. He was 60.

Born in Poland, Mr. Mierzejewski had lived in Rossford 25 years and was employed in the grinding and polishing department of the Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co.

Surviving are his wife, Sadie; sons, Constantine and Adolf; daughters, Miss Hattie Mierzejewski and Miss Irene Gray, both of Rossford, and Mrs. Virginia Herdter, Toledo and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the residence at at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rossford. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Salomea, known as Sophie or Sadie, died on February 7, 1976. Her death notice was published in the Toledo Blade on February 9, 1976 and is transcribed below.

MIERZEJEWSKI

Sophie (Sadie), age 81, of 107 Riverview Pl. Feb. 7. Loving mother of Adolphe, Rossford; Mrs. Hattie Buehrle, Rossford; Mrs. Irene Gray, Perrysburg; Mrs. Virginia Herdter, Toledo. 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday 9 a.m. from ROSSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 1001 Dixie Hwy. 9:30 a.m. St. Mary Magdalene Church. Recitation of the Rosary Monday 8 p.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

If anyone have further information about this family, please contact me. Leave a comment here or drop me an email. I’ll follow up. I’m curious to learn whether this family is related to my grandparents. Both of my paternal grandparents were unrelated Mierzejewskis. See entry for Wladyslaw Mierzejewski and an entry regarding several Mierzejewski-Mierzejewska marriages for more detail.

Took more photos at Calvary yesterday. Some good finds this time–including great-grandparents: Andrew Przybylski and Eva and Joseph  Plenzler. Click each photo to download a full-sized, high-resolution copy.

Joseph and Eva (Dauer) Plenzler

Joseph and Eva Plenzler graves

Joseph and Eva Plenzler

Joseph and Eva are buried together at Calvary Cemetery. Grave location is:

No. of Grave: 25 and 26
No. of Lot: 112/115
No. of Section: 8

Below are individual photos of each gravestone. Note much of the detail is worn away as they have been there nearly 100 years.

Joseph Plenzler

Joseph Plenzler grave

Joseph Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler

Eva Plenzler grave

Eva Plenzler grave

Andrew Przybylski

Andrew’s burial location in Calvary is:

Grave 4
Lot 176
Section 30

I have not yet located his wife, Frances’, grave. They are not buried together.

Andrew Przybylski grave

Andrew Przybylski grave

Michael Mruk (and also see here). I did not yet locate his wife, Margaretha’s grave. (They were not buried together, and it seems as if Michael remarried after her death.)

Michael Mruk grave

Michael Mruk grave

Casper Koralewski. Casper was the spouse of Rose Przybylski. He and Rose are not buried together, and I have not yet located Rose’s grave. Casper’s grave location is:

Grave: 2647
Range or Lot: 17
Section: 32

Casper Koralewski grave

Casper Koralewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski and daughter, Sophia

Walter was my grandmother, Helena Mierzejewski’s, brother. Burial location for Walter, Bernice, and his daughter and son-in-law Walter Owczarczak is as follows:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 215
Section: 42

Walter and Bernice

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Walter (Wladyslaw) and Bernice (Bronislawa) Mierzejewski grave

Sophie and Walter

Walter and Sophie Owczarzak grave

Walter and Sophie Oczarzak grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler

Bob and Mary Plenzler were siblings, each never married. They are buried together. Grave location is:

Grave: 5
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44

Note that this grave is difficult to locate. The stone is quite sunk. Its location faces Parkside Blvd., adjacent to the Monastery.

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Robert and Mary Plenzler grave

Stanley Hejnicki

Stanley was the husband of Eva Przybylski. Stanley and Eva are not buried together and I have not yet located Eva’s grave. Burial location for Stanley is:

Grave: 2825
Range or Lot: 22
Section: 32

Stanley Hejnicki grave

Stanley Hejnicki grave

And lastly, I stumbled on the grave of Joseph and Helen Abrass. Helen was the daughter of Jan (John) Mierzejewski and his wife, Theofila (also see here).

Grave location is:

Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 119
Section: 42

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Joseph and Helen Abrass grave

Thanks to my sister for her persistence in locating information while moving my mom. Wedding photos for my parents I believed were long lost were found! My parents were married November 15, 1947 in St. Stanislaus Church, Toledo.

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

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