Przybylski


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

After locating Margaretha Plenzler (sibling to Joseph) and her marriage information to Michael Mruk, a John Przybylski was found. See More Przybylskis and More Intrigue.

John Przybylski married one of the daughters of Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk, Tecla Mruk. I was erroneously working under the assumption that John was possibly a son of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. That assumption was proven wrong when I located the church marriage record from St. Anthony’s Parish in Toledo for John Przybylski and Tekla Mruk. This record indicates that John’s parents were Michael and Rosalia Przybylski.

I located John and Tecla residing at 1461 Vance Street from the 1900, 1920, and 1930 census records. I could not locate a 1910 census record for the family. Per the 1930 census, John was naturalized in 1882, Tecla naturalized in 1890.

John and Tecla had at least eight children:

  • Frank, b. 1896 d. 1909
  • Michael, b. 1897 d. ??
  • Clara, b. 1898 d. ??
  • Aloysius, b. 1903 d. 1972
  • Hattie, b. 1904 d. 1909
  • Zygmunt, b. 1905 d. 1905
  • Edmund, b. 1907 d. 1916
  • Stephen b. 1912 d. 1991
  • Clement b. 1914 d. ??

Tecla passed away September 6, 1932. She was buried from St. Anthony’s Parish in Calvary Cemetery.

Below is a transcription of the parish burial record for Tecla Przybylski:

1932
Date of Death and Burial Sept. 6 – Sept. 10
Name of Person Interred Tecla Przybylska
Place of Birth Poland
Age 58
Disease
Priest F.S. Legowski
Cemetery Calvary

Below is a transcription of the Calvary Cemetery interment record for Tecla Przybylski:

No. 33355
Name Tecla Przybylski
Residence 1461 Vance
Age 58
Cause of Death Stomach Ulcer
Date of Interment Sept. 10
Grave 1498
Range or Lot 32
Section 2
Undertaker W. K. Sujkowski

John Przybylski passed away October 28, 1947 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery through St. Anthony’s Parish. John’s obituary was published in the Toledo Blade October 29, 1947. The obituary is transcribed below:

John Przybylski

John Przybylski, 78, died yesterday at home, 1461 Vance St., after a brief illness.

Mr. Przybylski was born in Poland and had lived in Toledo 55 years. He was employed at the Toledo Machine & Tool Co. until he retired 11 years ago. He was a member of the Union of Poles in America and the Firemen and Oilers Union.

Survivors are sons, Michael, Holland, O. and Aloysius, Stephen, and Clement, all of Toledo; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 8:30 Friday in the Sujkowski & Son Mortuary and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

John’s death record through St. Anthony’s parish is transcribed below:

Date of Death and Burial Oct. 28 – Oct. 31, 1947
Name of Person Interred John Przybylski
Place of Birth Poland
Age 78
Disease
Priest F.S. Legowski
Cemetery Calvary

John’s interment record through Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No. 47576
Name John Przybylski
Residence 1451 Vance
Age 78
Cause of Death Cerebral Hemorrhhage
Date of Interment Oct. 31
Grave 1497
Range or Lot 32
Section 2
Undertaker Sujkowski & Son
Remarks 3657

This weekend, I was excited because I finally received the marriage records from Poznan, Poland for my great-grandparents and great-great grandparent: Eva Dauer and John Plenzler, and Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller (Eva’s parents), and for Joseph Plenzler and Mary Leiseick (John’s parents). I also received another Plenzler marriage record, one for Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk (daughter of John Pleznler and Mary Leiseicka, my great-grandparents). These will be transcribed and I’ll get to posting more about Plenzlers in the near future.

I thought the Plenzlers were prolific–every time I seemed to have located one, another two popped up.

The Przybylskis are outdoing the Plenzlers. For sometime, I had reason to suspect that Frances and Andrew had more children than were documented here. John Plenzler had told me a few times that there were two other brothers: John and Joseph. However, I have not found records or any hints of these two until recently. Additionally, another sibling appears while I was looking for John and Joseph: Marianna.

I located Marianna while searching for any marriage records I could through St. Anthony’s Parish. I was actually looking to see if I could locate records for John or Joseph–typically, it seems as if the clan remained together and migrated together and stayed together so it made sense to see if they married in the neighborhood. Lo and behold. I didn’t find any marriage records for John or Joseph, but I did locate a marriage record for Marianna, who married Joseph Ertman.

I have not completely transcribe this record (it’s written in Latin and I’m very, very rusty with what little Latin I know); however, it’s clear to see that Marianna was the daughter of Andreas Przybylski and Francisca Rochowiak. Additionally, the marriage was witnessed and signed by Frank Przybylski.

A bit more research led me to locate the Ertman family on the 1910 census, where they were living at 1610 Vance Street. Many of the Przybylskis resided on Vance.

I did find some trace of John Przybylski. John Plenzler told me that he had changed his name and left the area to live in Miami, Florida to captain a fishing boat. The story goes he was running away from a gang. The names John Przybylski used were John Seblaski and Johnnie Bear. So, I managed to find two census records for John Seblaski: one in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan and another in a 1945 Florida census. The Florida census data does reflect that John Seblaski is a boat captain.

I also reviewed some of Andrew Przybylski’s data just to see if there were more clues about his children. I have little data on Andrew; however, there is a hint. Andrew was listed in the 1892-1893 Polk directory for Toledo. That same directory reflects a Joseph Przybylski, who resides on Blum Street. More research needed!

I also located data for John Przybylski. The 1900 census and the 1920 census both reflect him living at 1461 Vance Street with his wife, Teckla Mruk, and their family.

Now, a lot of this doesn’t quite add up, though. Per Frances’ and Andrew’s marriage record from Chometowo, and the marriage abstract from the Pozan Project website, Andrew and Frances were married in 1873. Marianna was born in 1875. It’s possible one other child was born prior to Marianna. However, John’s estimated birthdate is 1869. If Frances were born on the date as stated in her death certificate, September 8, 1859–she would have been only 10 years old. That’s not really quite possible, she would not have been of childbearing age. However, her marriage record of 1873 states that she is about 26, meaning she would have been born about 1847.

More mystery, more intrigue. Does this imply that perhaps Andrew was widowed and previously married? Does this imply a Polish shot gun wedding? Does this imply that perhaps Frances ran away to marry (that perhaps the age on the marriage record is inaccurate)? We may never know! And more research is needed on John, Joseph, and Marianna!

But for now, goodnight to all and to all a goodnight!

Thanks to John Plenzler, here is a picture of my great-grandmother, Frances Rochowiak Przybylski. Date of photo unknown.

Frances Rochowiak Przybylski

Frances Rochowiak Przybylski

One of the reasons I’d gotten started on researching my family a few years ago was my mom wondered what had happened to her sister, Florence. Since I’ve started this journey, I’m realizing more and more families have one or more members who seem to disappear without much of a trace. Florence is one such person in my family.

Florence was born to John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski on October 1, 1915. She was the second of three children: Raymond was the eldest, born in 1914 and my mother was the youngest, born in 1926.

New Years Day 1953

Mom, Dad, Karen, and Davey Plenzler on New Years Day 1953

The information I have on Florence is scarce. My mom lost touch with her many years ago, probably sometime in the 1960s.

Florence had a son, David (“Davey”), who was born in 1941. Florence was 25 when Davey was born, and the family was in some turmoil. Anastasia was widowed at this point, and had suffered with breast cancer as well as other health problems. Most likely, Anastasia was indigent. Florence was single at the time, and my mother would have been just 14 years old when Davey was born on April 22, 1941.

Anastasia passed away in 1946. By this time, my mother was 18 years old. Gradually, by the time my parents married in 1948, mom had full-time care of Davey and had raised him for a number of years.

Davey was living with my mother, father, and sister in 1953. I have a photo of the family together dated New Years Day, 1953 as well as Davey’s First Holy Communion record through St. Hyacinth. Davey would have been 12 at the time of the picture, and would have been just past his 10th birthday at the time he made his First Holy Communion on May 13, 1951.

Ultimately, Davey was placed in a home because he required much more care than normal children–he was mentally handicapped and did not do well in normal schools of that period. Mom maintained her relationship with Davey all of those years, treated him much like her son. While Davey was growing up, mom and Davey lost touch with Florence. Contact between Florence and my mother was infrequent although mom did have an address for her in Detroit, Michigan and knew she had married when she moved to Detroit. Mom has also told me that Florence did have another child, a son, who was killed in an auto accident.

However, as time passed, the two sisters lost touch. Davey passed away in 1994 after developing a fairly independent life for himself. There was no contact information for Florence at this time and I’ve since learned that Florence passed away in 1999 by finding a Social Security death index record for her. That led me to search land ownership and deed transfer records in Wayne County, Michigan, where I located a quit claim that indeed placed Florence in Detroit and identified her husband as John. I then located John’s death through the Social Security death index and found an abstract of his Michigan death certificate.

I have no pictures of Florence, nor do I know if she had other children. I cannot verify whether she had another son or whether that son died.

Florence is one of the mysteries in our branch of the Plenzler family. Mom had wondered about her many times through the years. I have not been able to locate any records for her yet that provide any indication of what happened to her, or what her life was like, or any other children she may have had. I hope to find more about her story. If anyone has any information about Florence Plenzler Soborowski please let me know.

Sophia was the 9th child of Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. I have located Sophia on the 1900 and 1910 census records for the family and have also located her baptismal certificate. It seems Sophia disappears into history!

Sophia was born April 25, 1897 and baptized May 2, 1897 in St. Anthony’s parish. Her baptismal record is transcribed below:

Ego infrastriptus baptizavi: Sophiam Plencner
Natam: 25 Aprilis
ex Joseph Plencler et Eva Dauer
Patrini fuerunt: Joannes Przybylski, Josepha Jawkowiak
F.S. Motulewski

I am researching this further, but I cannot locate a death record or marriage record yet for her.

I have found Margaretha!

Thanks to input from Judy Stewart, it appears that I’ve located Margaretha in Toledo. She is a sibling to Joseph Plenzler. Margaretha married Michael Mruk and they settled into the neighborhood near Joseph and Eva at 1465 Vance. Per the 1900 census, Margaretha and Michael emigrated to the US in 1884 and 16 children were born to Margaretha, 9 of whom survived per the census.

I have not yet found immigration records for the Mruks; however, through church and census records, I have located these children:

* If you read the entire document that contains Martin Mruk’s baptism record, note that Joseph and Eva had a child baptized during the same period: Stanislaus who was born October 25, 1887 and baptized October 26, 1887. There is a note indicating Stanislaus passed away on May 18, 1888.

Michael Mruk was godfather (or baptism sponsor) to my grandfather, John Plenzler.

Tecla Mruk married John Przybylski and per the 1900 census, she and her family were living next door to her parents at 1461 Vance. (Another Przybylski/Plenzler marriage!)

Mary married John Zielinski. Mary passed away on September 6, 1938 per her Ohio death certificate.

Margaretha passed away February 15, 1904. Her death was recorded through St. Anthony’s parish and she is buried at Calvary Cemetery.

Her death record through St. Anthony’s is transcribed below:

Date of Death and Burial: Feb. 15 – 17
Name of Person Interred: Margaret Mruk
Age: 54
Priest: A.J. Suplicki
Cemetery: Calvary

Her burial record through Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No.
Name of deceased: Mary Mruk
Place of nativity:
Late residence: 1465 Vance
Age: 54
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Ulcus Vateserilos (?)
Date of Decease: 16 F
Date of Interment: 17 Feb.
Place of Death: Toledo
Married, Single or Widowed: M
No. of Grave: 513
No. of Lot: 11
No. of Section: 28
Name of Physician: 1449
Name of Undertaker: W. Sujka
Name of Parents of Kindred:
Remarks:

Michael Mruk passed away March 27, 1915 per his Ohio Death Certificate. He was interred through St. Hedwig’s Parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery. It appears from reviewing Michael’s death records that he married again after Margaretha’s death, but there is no indication who he married.

Michael’s death record from St. Hedwig’s is transcribed below:

Died 27th March 1915 Michael Mruk
Calvary
Bur. 29th March 1915 ??? in Europa
67 y 6 m 9 d

Michael’s burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 16193
Name of Deceased: Michael Mruk
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 2903 Higgins
Age: 67
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Chr. Gastritis
Date of Decease: March 27
Date of Interment: March 29
Married, Single or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 941
No. of Lot: 9
No. of Section: 30
Name of Physician: E.J. Henzler
Name of Undertaker: W.J. Sujkowski
Name of Parents or Kindred:
Remarks:

Wladyslaw and Helena Mierzejewski

Wladyslaw and Helena Mierzejewski (grandparents)

Joe and Celia Starzynski

Joe and Celia Starzynski--Ciocia and Uncle Joe

Anastasia Plenzler

Anastasia Plenzler--grandmother

John Plenzler

John Plenzler--grandfather

Joseph and Josephine Plenzler

Joseph and Josephine Plenzler--great-uncle/great-aunt

Martin and Minnie Plenzler

Martin and Minnie Plenzler--great-uncle/great-aunt

John and Theofila Mierzejewski

John and Theofila Mierzejewski--great-uncle/great-aunt

Konstanty and Stefania Mierzejewski

Konstanty and Stefania Mierzejewski (have not yet determined relationship)

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Stanislaus Przybylski

Stanislaus Przybylski--great-uncle

Frank and Victoria Sieja--great-aunt/great-uncle

Frank and Victoria Sieja

Edna Plenzler (m. Daniel Sieja, m. Stanley Jankowski)

Edna Plenzler (m. Daniel Sieja, m. Stanley Jankowski), daughter Martin K. Plenzler

Daughters of Daniel and Edna (Plenzler) Sieja--Susan, Kathleen, Nancy

Daughters of Daniel and Edna (Plenzler) Sieja--Susan, Kathleen, Nancy

Daniel Sieja, first husband of Edna Plenzler, father of Kathleen, Susan, Nancy

Daniel Sieja, first husband of Edna Plenzler, father of Kathleen, Susan, Nancy

I have written to the Poznan project (http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php) to obtain the marriage certificates for Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak and for John Plenzler and Eva Dauer. I am hoping that it is possible to obtain them–I have found possible records for these marriages in the database. I am sure it will take some time, but I do hope to locate these certificates. If I can obtain these documents, I will post more here.

Eva is the youngest child of Frances Rochowiak and Andrew Przybylski. Born May 14, 1893, she was a twin to Adam. Eva and Adam were baptized May 15, 1893. Adam survived only to the age of  five months, passing away October 10, 1893, just months before his father’s (Andrew Przybylski) death.

Stanley was born September 2, 1892 in Posnen per his World War I draft registration card. He was the son of Frank Hejnicki and Agata Pawlaczyk.

It appears that Eva lived most of her life at the home at 1637 Vance Street. Adam’s burial record reflects this address, as does the 1910 census and the 1920 census. In 1910, she was residing at the residence with her mother, Frances Rochowiak, sister Anastasia, and Anastasia’s first  husband, Stanley Lawecki. After her marriage to Stanley Hejnicki, she remained at the residence.

Eva and Stanley were married October 14, 1914 in St. Stanislaus Parish. The marriage produced four children:

  • Leonard, born 1916, died 1973.
  • Virginia, born 1920, died 1978.
  • Delphine, born 1926, died 1988.
  • Agnes (no birth date or death date found).

Delphine also married a Przybylski. Agnes joined the Felician Order (Sister Agnes Rita).

Stanley passed away August 4, 1934 due to heart disease and was buried through St. Stanislaus Parish. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery on August 8. His burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 335027
Name: Stanislaus Hejnicki
Residence: Vance Street
Age: 41
Cause of death: Heart disease
Date of Interment: Aug. 8
Grave: 2825
Range or Lot: 22
Section: 32
Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.

Eva passed away February 21, 1979. Her obituary, published February 22, 1979 in the Toledo Blade reads:

Mrs. Eva L. Hejnicki, 85, formerly of the 1600 block of Vance Street, died Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Home for the Aged, where she had lived six years. She was the widow of Stanley Hejnicki. Surviving are her daughters, Sister Agnes Rita Hejnicki, CSSF, and Mrs. Delphine Przybylski. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Eva was buried through St. Stanislaus church and buried in Calvary Cemetery. Eva’s burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 83632
Name: Eva L. Hejnicki
Residence: Form. 1600 Bl. Vance St.
Age: 85
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 2/24/1979
Grave: 8
Range or Lot: 83
Section: 48
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 457

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