Today, one of the themes over at GeneaBloggers is Wedding Wednesday. Today we have a wedding photo for Joseph (Joe Pie) Plenzler and Josephine Grzechowiak. They were married in 1913 in Toledo, Ohio.
September 7, 2011
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September 6, 2011
Because one of the themes today over at GeneaBloggers is Tombstone Tuesday and I’ve mentioned a couple of times that my great-great grandmother was an Aumiller (Maria Aumiller), I thought I’d post a gravestone I located in Calvary.
Now I haven’t connected any dots with any Aumillers that I’ve located in Toledo to my family yet. But the proof that I’m related to Aumillers comes from baptismal records of two of Eva Dauer’s and Joseph Plenzler’s children–Bob and Mary. In their baptismal records from St. Anthony’s parish of Toledo, the grandparents are noted as well as as the parents. In Bob’s baptismal record, it appears as if the name were recorded in German: Ömiller. But in Mary’s baptismal record, it is recorded as Aumiller.
I haven’t really pursued any Aumiller connections yet; but when I do photo Calvary, I will take photos of graves with names that sound familiar to me. So while going through the photos for today’s theme, I noticed I took a picture of a grave of someone named Maryanna Aumiller.
I had done some initial investigation with Maryanna, but nothing leads me to link her to Eva. However, I did locate a 1900 census record that reflects Maryanna, her husband George, and family living at 1555 Avondale in the Kuschwantz neighborhood. Joe and Eva Plenzler were living at 1544 Avondale. They most certainly knew each other–they were neighbors and many Catholic families on that street attended St. Anthony’s parish.
Maryanna and George had nine children per the 1900 census:
- Anthony (age 18)
- Agnes (age 16)
- Kate (age 14)
- Wiktorya (Victoria) (age 12)
- Anna (age 11)
- Joseph (age 11)
- Stanislawa (age 9)
- Ignace (age 7)
- Konstancya (age 5)
I have also obtained Maryanna’s death certificate, church burial/death record through St. Anthony’s parish and burial record through Calvary. What is unusual about this is when comparing these records with the gravestone, it’s obvious that someone guesstimated her birth year. Her grave stone states she was born in 1856, which would have made Maryanna 62 years old at the time of death. However, her death certificate states her birthdate is unknown. Her burial record from Calvary Cemetery, is transcribed below, provides the grave location:
Name of Deceased: Mary Aumiller
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 1217 Lucas
Disease: Heart Disease
Date of Decease: Oct. 31
Date of Interment: Nov. 2
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 425
No. of Lot: 4
No. of Section: 30
Name of Physician: Watts
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Sujkowski
Name of Parents or Kindred:
Maybe this will provide a start to making links with Aumillers. Maryanna would be linked to Eva through her husband. If anyone has any information on this family, leave a comment here or drop me an email. I’ll follow up.
September 5, 2011
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Some time ago, I had received a hand-drawn family tree for the Plenzlers with a cover letter dated 1991 that mentioned a John Plenzler who had settled in Minnesota. This family tree and the letter were created by Theresa Plenzler Helminiak, a cousin.
While tracing my great-grandfather, Joseph Plenzler, I realized he had several siblings because of this information yet I hadn’t followed up with any of Joseph’s siblings here. A good prod came from Judy again, because truthfully, I was asleep at the wheel this summer with any genealogy efforts. Let’s just say it’s been a busy summer and I’m trying to make sure I find at least a few hours each week to get more research and writing done.
Per the information Theresa (Tessie) recorded, Joseph had at least five siblings that I could verify and locate:
- Margaretha and then see here and here. Margaretha and Joseph were the only siblings who settled in Ohio.
- John settled in Minnesota with his wife Marianna (Mary). He’s the subject of this post.
- Catharine married Jacob Niemier and settled in South Bend, Indiana.
- Elizabeth married Joseph Zalas and settled in South Bend, Indiana.
- Kunegunda married Stephen Zalas and settled in South Bend, Indiana.
The sisters, Catharine, Elizabeth, and Kunegunda will be topics in the near future.
Per census records and a marriage record I located via the Poznan Project, Johannes (John) was born about 1857. The record I found on the Poznan Project indicated that Johannes and Marianna married in 1877 in Głuszyna–a common fact in my branch of the Plenzler family. She was 19, he was 20. Marianna’s maiden name was Krych. I will have to write to obtain the actual marriage record(s)–and see if there are both civil and church marriage records to review.
After this point, things get a little murky with John and Mary. While Tessie documented John and Mary as having lived in Minnesota, there are a few immigration records that do not make their arrival quite clear.
A Hamburg manifest heading into New York was located for John, indicates that he left Europe on 4 April 1883. A corresponding record at Castle Garden for his arrival also exists that provides his date of arrival to the US as 20 April 1883 and his occupation as a mason. However, this manifest indicates that his final destination is Wisconsin.
Digging into this further, I had to look at census sheets and to also look at Mary’s immigration records. A passenger manifest for the ship, Weser, arriving into Baltimore from Bremen documents her arrival on 20 April 1884. On this manifest is some interesting information. Marianna arrives with two daughters: Veronica, age 6 and Barbara, age 11 months. Immigrant mothers arriving with infants or small children isn’t unusual although it’s always noteworthy. However, viewing the passenger record just above Marianna’s name is a record for a Cecelia Aumiller. That notation nearly knocked my socks off. My great-great-grandmother was Maria Aumiller before her marriage to Andreas Dauer. Their child, Eva, married Joseph Plenzler. My guess is that Cecelia was either a sister to Andreas (her age is listed as 63) or she was a wife to a brother of Andreas! I have not yet definitively located any of my Aumiller relatives in the US although I have had clues. This is going to be an area of future research–I am so hoping to eventually find if there are Aumillers to whom I am related to in the US.
While researching John and Mary, I have located some indirect evidence that they had remained together in Wisconsin for a while prior to settling in Minnesota. Thanks to Judy, we have the 1900 Federal Census that shows John and Mary living in Middle River, Minnesota. Note that on this record, the surname is spelled as Plenzer. Here the census provides information on the family as it was in 1900:
- John is listed as Charles. I do believe this to be an error on the part of the census taker. His birth is listed as March 1857, age 43. However, his immigration is recorded as 1881. It is possible the John had come to the US earlier and had returned. Remember that Marianna had traveled to the US with a small child of 11 months in 1884, so that would have placed Barbara’s birth in 1883.
- Mary’s birth is indicated as August 1859 and her age is 41. Note that she has had 10 children, but six are still alive in 1900.
- Daughter Barbara is then noted, with her birthdate given of September 1883. (This is difficult to ascertain because it appears as if the census taker had made a mistake and tried to write over the original answer, however, Barbara’s age seems to be provided as 17.) This would make sense if she were not quite a year old upon immigration in 1884.
- Son, Mike, is then listed. He, and two of his following siblings, are noted as having been born in Wisconsin. Mike is noted as 11 and born in September 1888.
- Son, Frank, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as February 1890 and is noted as 10 years old.
- Son, John, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as April 1893 and is noted as 7 years old.
- Son, Nicholas, is then listed. His birthdate is provided as April 1896. The census taker noted his age as 3, but if he were born in 1896, his age should have been noted as 4 at the time of this census (June 1900).
The 1905 Minnesota state census reflects the same information for the family. Note on this record, the surname is spelled as Plencner or Plencener. (Begin with record #37.)
Realizing that Mary had traveled to the US in 1884 with two daughters, Barbara and Veronica, I noticed that neither the 1900 census or the 1905 state census reflected any information for Veronica and that the 1900 census stated she had six children living, it was apparent that Veronica had already left home. I located Veronica, noted as Verona, on an 1895 Minnesota state census where she was living in Argyle, Minnesota at the age of 17. If she were six at the time of arrival in the US, she would have been born about 1878, making her 17 at the time of this census. So this census data likely reflects that this is indeed John and Mary’s daughter, Veronica.
I have not been able to locate a 1910 US census with this family’s data; however, the 1920 and 1930 census data is available. This is data too indicates that it’s possible the John had come to the US in 1881 but did not stay.
The 1920 census shows us that Mary and John are still living in Middle River, Minnesota. Note that on this census, the surname is given as Plencner. Here, John’s immigration date is provided as 1881 and Mary’s as 1882. Also note that John was naturalized in 1900, and Mary is also indicated as having been naturalized. (I believe that spouses whose husbands were naturalized at this time were automatically granted naturalization, but this would need some verification.) John and Mary are listed as no longer having an occupation; however, two sons reside with them: Mike and Frank who appear to be running the family farm.
On page 1, John and Mary are listed as records 49 and 50. They are on the same farm that they own, ages 73 and 71, respectively. The same immigration dates of 1881 for John and 1882 for Mary are provided.
On page 2, son Frank, is still living on the same farm with John and Mary, single, age 38, and seems to be also running the farm (record#51, second page). What is even more interesting is daughter, Barbara has re-appeared. (See record #52, page 2.) Here we learn she is widowed, age 48, and is living with Frank, John, and Mary with a daughter, Gwendolyn, age 14. Even more interesting, it is noted that Gwendolyn was born in New York. Barbara’s name is given as Barbara Ervin.
Moving down on the second page of the 1930 census data for the Plenzler family, records #54 through #58, it appears as John Jr. had purchased the farm next door (or perhaps his father had subdivided the farm and sold half to his younger son). John is married in 1930 to a woman named Josephine and there are three children: Mary Anne, Adeline, and Raymond. These children were all born in Minnesota.
I have not found any death records for John; however, I did locate an abstract of Mary’s death. Mary passed away on 18 October 1938 in Middle River, Minnesota at the age of 79.
July 24, 2011
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Recently, I found a record for a Plenzler marriage from Poznan sitting on my computer. I forgot how I got it or where it came from, not having written to the Poznan project to obtain it. So I asked a likely source, Judy, what it was. She forwarded to me awhile back and I promptly forgot about it. Can anyone really not get overloaded getting their ancestor’s historical information? It seemed possible to me not too long ago. But Judy informed me that she sent it on to me because of the Plenzler connection. On this marriage register, there are two important records: one for a Niemier (one of Joseph Plenzler’s sisters, Catherine, had married Jacob Niemier) and one for a Martinus Plenzler.
I took a stab at transcribing these marriage records. The language used for each was basically the same. (See records 18 and 20 here.) I’ll place the transcription for #20 (Martinus and Catharine Jaskulanka) below. What this indicates is a record of Martinus Plenzler’s first marriage. (See the post regarding a record located in 1851 for a second marriage here.)
The marriage for Martinus and Catherine Jaskunlanka is transcribed below with a very rough translation included:
Martinus Plenzler, juvenis cum
Martin Plenzler, an unmarried young man with
Catharina Janskunlanka, virgine
Catharina Janskunlanka, an unmarried maiden
Ambo de Pietrowo
Each from the town of Pietrowo
Interrogavi en ecclesia mutu.o
Come to the church to exchange vows
Et elaro consensu ab?? ii recepto per ven?? Vet?
And join together in the commitment of marriage
De presenti juata ratificata
And before those present ratify
Cum consensu parentum
With the consensus of their parents
Age of the groom: 26, age of the bride: 22.
Banns: published 17, 24, and 31 October
Witnesses: Szymanowski, Simon; Szymanowski, Michael, ??? Pankoski (?); Michael Jako~la.
I cannot determine an exact date of marriage from this scanned record. However, since banns (the intent of marriage announcement) were published as late as the 31st of October, it’s reasonable to assume that the marriage took place the first week or two of November, 1841.
Given that this marriage took place in 1841 and Joseph Plenzler (my grandfather) was born in 1855, it is also reasonable to ponder a few possibilities:
- That Joseph and Martinus were not brothers. The age difference is too great. While it is theoretically possible, it’s unlikely the two are brothers.
- That Martinus is likely an uncle to Joseph. (Joseph’s father was also named Joseph).
June 25, 2011
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When I discovered Sophia Plenzler, a daughter of Joseph and Eva Dauer Plenzler, some confusing information kept appearing. I ran into a number of records that seemed to show she was married to her brother, Frank. As has been a theme in my family discovery, there is yet another occurrence of duplicate names.
It appears as if both Sophia and her brother Frank each married a Szymanowski. Frank married Sophia Szymanowski. Sophia Plenzler married Stephen Szymanowski. My research led me to believe that Stephen Szymanowski and Sophia Szymanowski Plenzler were siblings. I located Stephen Szymanowski’s baptismal record from St. Anthony’s parish, dated September 2, 1892. A transcription of this record is below and it reflects the same parents as Sophia Szymanowski Plenzler’s baptismal certificate (see post regarding Frank Plenzler).
No. currens: 142
Datum Nativ. 1892 2 Sept. Nat. 3 Sept. Bapt.
Parentes: Szymanowski Michael fil Jacobi et Justina Jablonska, Marianna fil Joannis et Barbara n. Jastruzbska (sp?)
Patrini: Joannes Jablonski et Anna Szymanowska
The 1920 census shows Sophia and Stephen living with Mary, Robert, Frank, and Leo (all single) at 1541 Avondale and notes Stephen as a renter, with Robert as head of household. The 1930 census (page 1 and page 2) shows Stephen and Sophia living at 712 Woodstock (my grandparents were living a block away in the 800 block of Woodstock) and the family has three children:
- Leonard, b. 1921, d. 1970
- Bernice, b. 1924
- Stephen Jr., b. 1925, d. 2010
Stephen (Steve) Szymanowski, Sr., 73, of 817 Evesham Ave., died Tuesday in the Byrnebrook Nursing Home.
A lifelong Toledo resident, Mr. Szymanowski was a receiving clerk at Kaiser Jeep Corp. more than 20 years, retiring 8 years ago. He was a member of St. Hyacinth Church, the Fourteenth Ward Old Timers Ball Players Association, Pulaski Camp Woodman of the World, and the Council of Elders, Toledo Health and Retiree Center.
Surviving are his wife, Sophia; sons, Leonard and Stephen, Jr. daughter, Mrs. Bernice Dybala, of Toledo, sisters, Mrs. Margaret Rejent and Mrs. Sophia Plenzler, both of Toledo, Mrs. Clara Zion, of Cincinnati, and five grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Hyacinth Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 in the Sujkowski Mortuary.
Stephen’s burial location in Calavary is transcribed below:
Name: Stephen Szymanowski
Residence: 1011 Byrne Rd.
Cause of Death: Ca of Brain
Date of Interment: 7/16/1966
Range or Lot: 193
Funeral Director: W.K. Sujkowski
Mrs. Sophia I. Szymanowski, 80, of 4845 296th St., died Wednesday in Flower Hospital, Sylvania. She worked in the maintenance and cleaning department of Gerity Schultz Corp. 23 years, retiring in 1959. She as the widow of Stephen Szymanowski. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Dybala, and son, Stephen. Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight in the Sujkowski Mortuary.
Sophia’s burial location in Calvary is transcribed below:
Name: Sophia Szymanowski
Residence: 4845 296th
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 11/12/1977
Range or Lot: 193
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
June 21, 2011
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 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.
Andrew’s burial location in Calvary is:
I have not yet located his wife, Frances’, grave. They are not buried together.
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:
Range or Lot: 17
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
Walter and Bernice
Sophie and Walter
Bob and Mary Plenzler were siblings, each never married. They are buried together. Grave location is:
Range or Lot: 193
Note that this grave is difficult to locate. The stone is quite sunk. Its location faces Parkside Blvd., adjacent to the Monastery.
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:
Range or Lot: 22
Grave location is:
Grave: N-1/2, E-1/2
Range or Lot: 119
June 1, 2011
While researching the offspring of Margaretha and Michael, I had come across some of their immigration data. Stanley had immigrated with his parents to the US via the ship, Rhaetia of the Hamburg Passenger lines that departed from Hamburg on May 28, 1884. This manifest lists these children for Margaretha and Michael upon departing Hamburg in May 1884:
- Tekla (b. 1873)
- Stanislaus (Stanley) (b. 1876)
- Kazmierez (b.1877)
- Marianna (Mary) (b. abt. 1879 per the manifest)
- Kath.a (possibly Katharina) (b abt. 1880 per the manifest)
I have not yet found a record for a Kazmierez born about 1877 (although they did have a child named Kazmierez, see below) or a child with a name similar to Katha/Katharina. So this data is rather confusing. It’s quite possible that Michael and Margaretha lost children between the period of their arrival in1884 and the 1900 census or there are two adult children about the time of the 1900 census that had been married and were living elsewhere. More research on this is needed–are there two more children to be discovered of the marriage between Michael Mruk and Margaretha Plenzler?
Stanley was born about 1876 in Wiorek, Poznan, Poland, and emigrated here with his parents about 1884 per the 1900 census. He married Victoria Andrejewski in June 1903 per a marriage record from St. Anthony’s parish. The record for this marriage is sparse, just a notation that the marriage occurred. Stanley and Victoria were residing at 1236 Nebraska at the time of the 1910 census. The 1920 census and 1930 census lists the family at 1275 Vance St.
Stanley and Victoria had eight children that I could locate:
- Martha b. 1904, d. 1905 (baptismal record here from St. Anthony’s Parish, death record here from St. Anthony’s, burial record here from Calvary Cemetery)
- Felix b. 1905, m. Julie Swickheimer 1 October 1925 in Michigan, d. 1971 (baptismal record here from St. Anthony’s Parish, Toledo Blade obituary dated 10 August 1971 here)
- Veronica b. 1908, d. 1995 (married a Christel, but have no records for Veronica yet)
- Joseph, b. 1910, d. 1988 (Toledo Blade obituary dated 25 September 1988 located here)
- Mary b. 1912, d. 1996 (married a Palicki but have no records for Mary yet)
- Kazmierez, b. 1915, d. 1917 (Ohio Death certificate here)
- Agnes, b. 1918, d. 1996 (married a Nadolny, but have no records for Agnes yet)
- Frank, b. 1921, d. 1927 (Ohio Death certificate here)
Victoria died 30 January 1939 per her Ohio Death Certificate. Her death record through St. Anthony’s parish is located here and transcribed below:
Date of Death and Burial: Jan. 30th, Feb. 3rd
Name of Person Interred: Victoria Mruk
Place of Birth: Poland
Priest: F.S. Legowski
Victoria was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Transcription of the burial record is below:
Name Wikotrya Mruk
Residence 1275 Vance
Cause of Death Heart disease
Date of Interment Feb. 3
Range or Lot 6
Undertaker Sujkowski & Son
Name of Deceased: Mruk Sta.
Date of Death: 5-4
Place and Date of Burial: 5-7
Stanley’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on 4 May 1945. I’ve transcribed the obituary below as best as possible (bad photocopy):
Stanley Mruk died yesterday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Agnes Nadolny of 1010 Indiana Ave. after an illness of several weeks. He was 69. Mr. Mruk came here from Poland 62 years ago.
Also surviving are sons, Felix, and Pvt. Joseph, with the army in France, daughters Mrs. Veronica Chr??? and Mrs. Mar? P???, bothers, Casper and Marin and J???, sisters Mrs. Proxida Gurzynski and Mrs. Ste??? Staniszewski and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Steve Gasiorowski Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in Nativity Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Stanley was interred in Calvary Cemetery. The burial record is transcribed below.
Name Stanley Mruk
Cause of Death Cancer
Date of Interment May 7
Range or Lot 10
Undertaker S. G. Gasiorowski
May 28, 2011
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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.
- The marriage was witnessed by Andreas Plenzler. The record indicates clearly that Andreas is a brother to Joseph. (“Frater”–brother in Latin.)
- 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.
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
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.
April 18, 2011
Obtained and scanned my maternal grandparents’ actual marriage certificate from St.
Stanislaus Anthony’s Parish, Toledo, Ohio. Click the image to download a full sized scan.
March 31, 2011
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.