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

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!

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