I have quite a few photos of graves from Section 30, which has some of the oldest burials in the cemetery. Today’s offerings are not far from my great-grandfather’s grave (Andrew Przybylski) and pre-date 1900.

E. Okonska, Section 30

E. Okonska, Section 30

There is no other identifying information for the grave of E. Okonska other than it is located in Section 30. We can most likely assume that this is a grave for a female due to the form of the last name.

Jakub Zdawczyk, Grave 2, Lot 107, Section 30

Jakub Zdawczyk, Grave 2, Lot 107, Section 30

Stone transcription:
Jakub Zdawczyk
UR 6 Lip. 1802 (b. 6 November 1820)
UM 22 Paz. 1892 (d. 22 October 1892)

Per Jakub’s burial record, he died of railroad injuries.

Pawel Lozny, Grave 11, Lot 22, Section 3

Pawel Lozny, Grave 11, Lot 22, Section 3

Stone transcription:
Pawel Lozny
Pawel Lozny
UM 23 Marsz 1891 (died 23 March 1891)
32 lata, 1 m. 8 d. (32 years)

Per the burial record from St. Anthony’s parish, dated 25 March 1891, “marita superst.”–wife survives. No name for wife provided.

Going through my Calvary photos has been at times tedious (verify the location, name and maiden name), tiresome (crop, color balance, re-size), and irksome (get the photo loaded in my editor, get halfway through the edits, I get distracted, cat walks over computer, crash).

But sometimes, it produces some interesting information that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

My 2nd great-grandmother’s name was Mary Lesiecki, who married Joseph Plenzler. There is no small amount of information available on the Plenzlers–but never yet have I found a Lesiecki. As near as I can tell, from her marriage record to Joseph, she was very likely born around 1825 or 1826.

I’ll admit, I haven’t spent much effort yet attempting to trace the Lesiecki name. But a very curious thing occurred today while I was going through my photos. Whenever possible, I verify the burial by trying to locate a death record and then cross-referencing Calvary’s burial records. So, I had a photo for a John Jagodzinski’s grave. My due diligence provides me a bit of interesting information from John’s death certificate: His mother’s name was Veronica Lesiecki!

Another connection? I don’t know. A clue, and perhaps a valuable one! I may not be remembering correctly, but it seems to me that when I was much younger, there was a Jagodzinski Funeral Home? Does anyone remember such?

and I know you’re out there–I’ve communicated with a few of you. (Paul Jankowski at jankowskis.com!)

I recently corresponded with Fr. Tom Extejt who kindly leaves tidbits of knowledge here in the comments. He’s filled us in with a bit of his family. So I thought perhaps this post may connect a few others researching the Jankowskis. I’m not related to many, mainly through marriage (two of Martin Plenzler’s daughters, Edna and Florence, married a Jankowski).

I thought however that I would share Fr. Extejt’s story of his Jankowski connections and of his great-great-grandmother, Dorota Jankowski. If anyone has additional information, let me know here via comment or via email and I will pass it along to him.

Fr. Extejt’s great-aunt on his mother’s father’s side, Katarzyna Rejent, married Marcin Jankowski.

They are buried in Section 33 of Calvary. She died in 1937; he died in 1943. Their children were Florian (Jonesey), who never married, and Martha Jankowska Kaczorowska. So far, there is no known husband’s name or if there are any children or what their names could be.

Father also recently learned that the maiden name of his great-great-grandmother, Dorota Extejt, was Jankowska. Her place of birth is not known, nor are her parents’ names known. But per Fr. Extejt,

“she was born 2-5-1796 and died on 2-2-1902. So she almost made it to her 106th birthday, having lived in parts of 3 centuries, from the last days of George Washington’s second term to the early part of the Theodore Roosevelt administration. She was 80 years old when the came to Toledo, and liked it so well she stayed for almost 26 years! Her obit was the headline story on Page 1 of the Blade; it mentioned that she went to the January ’02 Rosary-Altar meeting at St. Anthony’s, went to Mass the Sunday before she died, and helped with the housework until 48 hours before she died. Talk about an iron constitution!”

What a wonderful story! If you have details, please feel free to share. If you email, I will follow up as soon as possible, usually within a few days.

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

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