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.

While reading the marriage record from Głuszyna for Joseph Plenzler and Mary Leseicka, I discovered two things:

  1. The marriage was witnessed by Andreas Plenzler. The record indicates clearly that Andreas is a brother to Joseph. (“Frater”–brother in Latin.)
  2. 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.

    Snippet from marriage record for Joseph Plenzler and Marianna Liseicka

    Snippet from marriage record for Joseph Plenzler and Marianna Liseicka

Martinus Plenzler marriage to Josepha Zyz

Martinus Plenzler marriage to Josepha Zyz -- click to enlarge to see detail

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

Jacobus Plenzler, witness to Martinus Plenzler and Josepha Zyz marriage

Jacobus Plenzler, witness to Martinus Plenzler and Josepha Zyz marriage

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.

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.

Church marriage certificate for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski

Church marriage certificate for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski

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.

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Edward Mierzejewski and Virginia Plenzler wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

Virginia Plenzler Mierzejewski wedding photo

Found a funeral memory book from my grandmother’s funeral. Not all pages were scanned–there were a few pages for “sermon notes” and a few with just scripture passages. I simply scanned those pages that had relevant genealogical information–names of those who called during visitation, sent flowers, offered masses, etc. Download booklet here.

Recently received a few photos of my grandmother, Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler.

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date of photo unknown)

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date of photo unknown)

Anasatasia Przybylski Plenzler (date unknown)

Anastasia Przybylski Plenzler (date unknown)

When I began to first research my great-grandparents, Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak, things just didn’t seem to stack up right. There are a number of Przybylskis in the Toledo area, and it seemed several of them married into the Plenzler family. However, I could not put my finger on all of the children Andrew and Frances had. Originally, I had located these offspring. Then while searching through baptismal records, I had located Marianna Przybylski. Correspondence between myself and John Plenzler indicated that Andrew and Frances had two other sons: John and Joseph.

However, John and Joseph remained rather elusive. Joseph though was hiding right beneath  my nose and I didn’t realize it until reading my grandfather’s (John Plenzler) baptismal record. Sometimes a little insomnia is all it takes–not being able to sleep, I was reviewing data on my mother’s family. And voila. There Joseph appeared, bright as daylight. He was baptized the same day, by the same priest as my grandfather John Plenzler was baptized.

Joseph was born February 18, 1885 and baptized February 22. See record #20 here.  The record is transcribed below:

Record #20
Nomen Infantis: Joseph
Parentes: Andreas Przybyla, Francisca Rochowiak
Patrini: Majher Nowicki, Michaelina Osinska
Nati: 18 Februarii
Bapt: 22 Februarii
Nomran Sacrdotis: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

Note that the family’s last name here is listed as Przybyla, not Przybylski.

Joseph married a woman named Rose and they resided at 507 Pulaski Street per the 1920 census. The 1930 census places the Joseph Przybylski family at 1625 Belmont Avenue.

Per the 1930 census, Joseph and Rose had four children:

  • Virginia
  • Richard
  • Alvine (Alvina?)
  • Dorothy

Joseph passed away on July 8, 1937.  He was 51 per his Ohio Death certificate. His obituary was published in the Toledo News-Bee on July 9 and is transcribed below:

Joseph Przybylski

Joseph Przybylski died Thursday in his home at 1517 Pinewood Ave.

He leaves his wife, Rose; three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Napierala and Misses Eleanor and Dorothy, a son, Richard; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Erdman, Mrs. Dorothy Sieja, Mrs. Netti Plenzler, and Mrs. Eva Hejnicki; a brother, Frank, all of Toledo, and another brother, John, Detroit.

Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the residence at and 9 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial will be in Calvary.

This obituary proves the existence of another sibling named John. The existence of yet another sibling, named Dorothy will need to be investigated. His daughter, Dorothy, could not have been married at his death. She was only two years old at the time of the 1930 census. However, Joseph did have a sibling named Victoria who had married Frank Sieja. So it is possible the name is simply misprinted in the obituary.

Joseph was buried from St. Stanislaus parish in Calvary Cemetery on July 12, 1937. The church death record is transcribed below:

Record of Interments
Date of Death and Burial: D. July 8th, B. July 12th
Name of Person Interred: Przybylski, Joseph
Place of Birth: Poland
Age: 51y
Disease: Heart
Priest: John A. Labuzenski (sp?)
Cemetery: Calvary

Note that the place of birth is incorrect as there is a record of his birth in Toledo, Ohio through St. Anthony’s Parish that reflects both his date of birth and date of baptism.

Joseph’s burial record from Calvary Cemetery is transcribed below:

No.: 38869
Name: Joseph Przybylski
Residence: 1517 Palmwood
Age: 51
Cause of Death: Unknown
Date of Interment: July 13
Grave: 100
Range or Lot: 10
Section: 40
Undertaker: F. Czglosz
Remarks:

Research to continue to locate John and verify the possibility of yet another Przybylski sibling named Dorothy.

A few weeks ago, I had met with some of my Erdman relatives. While I never knew this while I as residing in the Dayton, Ohio area, they were always living just a few files from me down I675 in a nearby suburb. It was a wonderful lunch. My sister came over with me on the drive to Dayton and we met cousins we never knew before and had a lovely afternoon! How cool can that be?

The conversation at one point turned to funeral cards, and someone had brought a number of cards along. One of these cards was for my grandmother, Anastasia Plenzler. I’ve always found this to be a rather sweet tradition. I’m not sure if this is a particularly Catholic tradition or if it is practiced in other religions, but it seems Poles always made sure there were plenty of these cards available at the visitation or memorial service. I always thought of it as a sweet tradition because not only did these cards provide the name and basic information about the deceased, they also provided as special or poignant prayer for the dead. Some may find this a morbid tradition but to me it is a nice reminder of the deceased. Usually for my family, these were provided by the funeral home although I understand these can be done individually or through other means. I am unsure if this is a tradition begun in the 20th century after it was common to view the deceased in a funeral parlor or if this was a tradition started prior to that–if the family had these cards made even during times that the deceased was “laid out” at home or a the home of a close relative. Their purpose seemed to be to provide a small reminder of the deceased  and a prayer.

This discussion led me to remember my mom had her own collection of these cards. Here are a few of these that I’ve scanned:

I’ve had the marriage record for Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller from Gluszyna, Czapury, Wielkopolskie, Poland (Poznan) for sometime, and realized I had never posted it here.

Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller were my great-great grandparents and I learned of their existence through the baptismal records of their grandchildren, Robert and Mary Plenzler. I was surprised to see that the priest noted the lineage of two of the children of Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer to include grandparents. I was then able to locate the marriage record for Andreas and Maria through the Poznan Project.

Here is the record, transcribed as best as  possible.

1857
No. 9
Annus et dies benedictiones sacerdotalis: 29 Februarii — The marriage took place November 27, 1857.
Nomen sacerdotis benedictionmen sacerdotalem administrantis: J. Tomaszewski — The priest who officiated the marriage was J. Tomaszewski.

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.
Andreas Dauer, vid., (widower)
et and
Marianna Aumiller, virgo (maiden)

Utrum iam prius conjugum iniverint, nec non utrum ad hue sub potestate parentum vel tutorum sint.
Liberi (they are free to marry)

Aetas ages
Sponsi: 44 Groom, 44
Sponsae: 30 Bride, 30

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

Consensus parentum et tutorum cum concentio parentum sponsi et patri sponsae: Cum cons. jur. IIIB 1099 D. 636

Dies proclamationes: Marraige banns (announcements of the intent of marriage were made)
24, 25, et 25 post Pentec. (liturgical 24, 25, and 26 weeks, after Pentecost)

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

Nomen, conditio et professio testium qui benedictioni sacerdotali adfuerunt: Name and identification of witnesses: Mathias Olejiniazak (sp?) de (of) Babki et (and) Joannes Neihaus (sp?) de (of) Czpury

So we know that Andreas was married previously. I am unsure of any Dauers or Aumillers who have emigrated to the Toledo, Ohio area; although I have stumbled upon records of some in the region, I have not been able to make any direct link to them. There is no mention of heritage or lineage in this record although two names were mentioned for witnesses.

Updated family trees for the Plenzlers and Przybylskis can be found on the Related Information page.

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

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