This post continues on with the siblings of Joseph Plenzler.

Elizabeth was born in Poznan in March 1866. A passenger manifest from Philadelphia places her date of immigration as April 27, 1888 at the age of 22. About a month later, she married Joseph Zalas in South Bend, Indiana on May 30, 1888–making me think the marriage was already planned when she left Poland.

By 1900, Elizabeth and Joseph were living nearby in St. Joe’s, Indiana and had six children per the census:

  1. Stanislaus (b. October 1889)
  2. Joseph (b. November 1890)
  3. Tekla (b. August 1893)
  4. Agnes (b. January 1895)
  5. Martin (b. September 1896)
  6. Wiktor (b. November 1899)

What’s interesting about the 1900 census data for the Zalas family is that it shows that a Kazmier Mruk is living with the family as a border. Elizabeth’s sister, Margaretha had married a Michal Mruk. There very likely is a connection, that perhaps this Kazmier is a brother to Michal Mruk and is an area for future research. Also note that one of the daughters of Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk, Tekla, married John Przybylski. I have not yet found whether there is a link from this John Przybylski to my branch of the Przybylski family; however, my instinct tells me there is some link. These families all came from villages surrounding Gluszyna and Wiorek, Poland. Again, it’s another area for research.

By 1910, the census shows three more children born to the family:

  1. Clara (b. 1902)
  2. Lucia (b. 1904)
  3. Hermonin (Harry) (b. 1907)

Joseph was naturalized in 1924. He passed away July 1, 1927. His obituary was published July 2, 1927 in the South Bend Tribune and is transcribed below:

Joseph Zalas, age 60, died in his home, 1052 West Ford Street at 9 o’clock Friday morning, following an illness of four months. He was a resident of South Bend for 40 years. He was born in Poland March 1, 1867, and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Zalas; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Kluk, Mrs. Lucille Cwidak, and Miss Clarice Zalas, and five sons, Stanley, Joseph, Martin, Victor, and Henry, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Janiszczak and Mrs. Hattie Plencner. Funeral services will be held Monday morning in St. Casimir’s Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. S. J. Gorka, C. S. C. officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

There is a name in this obituary that leads to another Plenzler connection: Mrs. Hattie Plencner. Remember that Plencner is a variation on the Plenzler name and it was used interchangeably within this family. This may mean one of Joseph’s siblings married a Plenzler sibling. However, The only sons that I am aware of within this generation are John (who lived in Middle River, Minnesota) and Joseph (who lived in Toledo, Ohio). So we have another clue to another Plenzler who may have immigrated to the US–another area for research!

Elizabeth passed away December 19, 1950. Her obituary was published in the South Bend Tribune the same day and is transcribed below:

Mrs. Elizabeth Zalas, aged 79, of 1502 West Ford street, died at 4:25 a.m. today in her residence after an illness of three days. She was born in Poznan Poland, March 6, 1871, and came here 65 years ago. Surviving are four sons; Stanley, Joseph, Martin and Harry; two daughters, Mrs. Agnes Jackson and Mrs. Lucille Cwidak; 19 grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and a sister; Mrs. Constance (Kunegunda) Zalas, all of South Bend. Friends may call in the St. Joseph funeral home after 5 PM Wednesday until funeral services at 9 am Saturday in St. Casimir’s Catholic church. Burial will be St. Joseph cemetery. She was a member of St. Anne’s Society.

I do not have an original of this obituary as it was shared with me via email as a transcribed copy.

Family oral history tells that Elizabeth, Catherine, and Kunegunda  communicated with the family in Toledo via written letters and that there were personal visits between the families; however, I have no direct evidence of this although find it a credible story. South Bend, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio are only about 160 miles apart. By the 1890s and early 1900s, there were several railroad lines in Toledo that would have made this possible.

As usual, if you have insights, comments, corrections, etc., let me know.

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

Stanley Mruk is another child of Margaretha Plenzler and Michael Mruk. He was their second child, first son. See previous posts regarding Margaretha and Michael here and here.

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Veronica b. 1908, d. 1995 (married a Christel, but have no records for Veronica yet)
  4. Joseph, b. 1910, d. 1988 (Toledo Blade obituary dated 25 September 1988 located here)
  5. Mary b. 1912, d. 1996 (married a Palicki but have no records for Mary yet)
  6. Kazmierez, b. 1915, d. 1917 (Ohio Death certificate here)
  7. Agnes, b. 1918, d. 1996 (married a Nadolny, but have no records for Agnes yet)
  8. 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:

1939
Date of Death and Burial: Jan. 30th, Feb. 3rd
Name of Person Interred: Victoria Mruk
Place of Birth: Poland
Age: 55
Priest: F.S. Legowski
Cemetery: Calvary

Victoria was buried in Calvary Cemetery. Transcription of the burial record is below:

No. 39180
Name Wikotrya Mruk
Residence 1275 Vance
Age 55
Cause of Death Heart disease
Date of Interment Feb. 3
Grave 1120
Range or Lot 6
Section 40
Undertaker Sujkowski & Son

Stanley died 3 May 1945 and his Ohio Death certificate is located here. He was buried through Nativity Parish. The burial record through the church is transcribed below:

1945
Name of Deceased: Mruk Sta.
Age: 69
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.

No. 45226
Name Stanley Mruk
Residence Toledo
Age 69
Cause of Death Cancer
Date of Interment May 7
Grave 446
Range or Lot 10
Section 41
Undertaker S. G. Gasiorowski

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

The last marriage record to arrive from the Poznan Project was for Michael Mruk (Mrók) and Margaretha Plenzler.

Margaretha was my great-grand aunt, daughter of Joseph Plenzler and Mary Lesiecka. More on Margaretha and Michael here.

Transcription with a rough translation is below.

1866
No. 13
Annus et dies benedictiones sacerdotalis: November 12 — The marriage took place November 12, 1866.
Nomen sacerdotis benedictionmen sacerdotalem administrantis: L. Edwardus Annesburg The priest who officiated the marriage was L. Edward Annesburg.

Nomen, praenomen et cognomen sacro ritu coniunctorum. Sedes conditio et professio, et nomen benedictio sacerdotalis en ecclesia vel domi peracta sit. The names/personal names and family names of those who wish to be joined in the sacred right of marriage before this church.
Michael Mrók, Juvenis Michael Mrók, the young man
et and
Marianna Lisieka, Virgo Margaretha Plenzler, the maiden
ambo de Wiorek both of Wiorek

Utrum iam prius conjugum iniverint, nec non utrum ad hue sub potestate parentum vel tutorum sint. They are to put aside earlier times to undertake a life of  husband and wife to protect and defend

Aetas ages
Sponsi: 20  Groom, 20
Sponsae: 15 Bride, 15

Religio sponsi, sponsae Cath. Religion of the bridge and groom is Catholic

Cum consensum parentum. With consent of the parents.

Dies proclamationes: Marriage banns (announcements of the intent of marriage were made)
Dom. XXII, XXIII, XXIV p. Pentec. The 22nd, 22rd, and 24th weeks of Pentecost

Dies dispensationum, si qua forent: nulla Were proper dispensations made in case of annullment due to form (Null, first marriage)

Nomen, conditio et professio testium qui benedictioni sacerdotali adfuerunt: Name and identification of witnesses
Andraes Plensler, de Wiorek Andraes Plensler, of Wiorek
Josephus Demel,  Joseph Demel, of Wiorek

It appears that Margaretha’s uncle, Andreas witnessed the marriage. I do not know who Joseph Demel is, another clue to follow later since generally it was a blood relative who witnessed marriages. Unfortunately, no real new knowledge about the family from this record it seems!

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!

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:

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