Joseph and Eva were my mother’s paternal grandparents, my great-grandparents.  They were both born in Prussia in the mid-1800s–Joseph in February, 1855 and Eva in December, 1857.

Joseph’s parents were Joseph Plenzler and Mary Lesiecka.

I have found reference to Eva’s father as John Dauer on Eva’s death certificate. However, research into baptismal records for some of Eva’s and Joseph’s children have indicated her father was named Andreas. I am investigating this and have found a marriage abstract for Andreas/Andrzej Dauer and Marianna Aumiller in the Catholic parish in Głuszyna dated 1856. Eva and Joseph were also married in the Catholic parish in Głuszyna.

Per the 1900 census, Joseph arrived in 1883, Eva arrived in 1884. Joseph departed their residence in Wioreck, Preußen (Germany) on April 13, 1883 via the ship Gainsborough from Hamburg, arriving in Liverpool and then in the US. (Record 4 in the manifest.)

Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

By the time of the 1900 census, Joe Sr. was a naturalized citizen and a home plasterer. Eva and Joseph resided at 1541 Avondale Avenue, near Detroit Street. By this time, they had 10 children, nine of whom survived:

Vincent died in infancy.

Below is a transcription of Vincent’s baptismal record:

Nomen: Vincenti
Parentes: Joseph Plencner, Ewa Dauer
Parentini: Michael Brzoska, Victoria Mosiniak
Natio: 3 Julii
Bapt: 18 Julii
Nomen Sacerdotes: Rev. M.F. Orczechowski

Below is a transcription of Vincent’s death record through St. Stanislaus:

Nomen Defuncti: Vincentius Plencner
Obut: 4 Januari
Seput: 6 Januari
Netas: Six Montuim
Nomen Sac.: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

I have no burial record.

Pretty amazing that Eva and Joe had nine children survive out of 10, given that cholera, “consumption” (tuberculosis), typhoid, and pneumonia were often fatal to children in the late 1800s and were fairly common in Toledo at that time.

Per the 1910 census, the family was still living on Avondale Avenue. Shortly after the 1910 census, Joseph passed away on May 4, 1910 of pneumonia at the age of 55 and was buried May 7, 1910 in Calvary Cemetery. Here is a transcription of his burial record:

Record #12068
Name of deceased: Joseph Plenzler
Late residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 55 years, 2 mos., 9 days
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Lobar Pneumonia
Date of Decease: May 4
Date of Interment: May 7
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 26
No. of Lot: 112 to 115
No. of Section: 8
Name of Physician: A. Krieger
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

Eva passed away four years later, on October 20, 1914 at the age of 56. She was interred through St. Stanislaus parish and buried at Calvary Cemetery.  The interment record from St. Stanislaus is transcribed below:

Date of death: Oct. 20
Date of burial: Oct. 24
Name of person interred: Eva Plenzler
Place of birth: Poland
Age: 56 years
Priest: J.L. Kuta
Cemetery: Calvary

Here is a transcription of the burial record:

Record #15797
Name of deceased: Eva Plenzler
Late residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 56
Color: W
Sex: F
Disease: Abcess
Date of Decease: Oct. 20
Date of Interment: Oct. 24
Married, Single, or Widowed: W
Place of death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 25
No. of Lot: 112/ 115
No. of Section: 8
Name of Physician: C. Storz
Name of Undertaker: W. J. Gasiorowski

Martin Plenzler was my my mother’s paternal uncle–he was a brother to her father, John Plenzler. Martin was born October 30, 1880 in Poznan. He, his brother Joseph (Jr), and mother Eva arrived on the ship, Moravia, in the port of New York on May 6, 1884. She departed from Hamburg with her two eldest sons: Marczin (Martin) and Josef (Joseph). Martin was 3 at the time of arrival, his younger brother was just 6 months. (Lines 11, 12, and 13 in the manifest.)

Here is a screen snap of this branch of the family tree.

By the 1900 census, the family settled at 1544 Avondale and Martin is indicated as living with his parents and working as a day laborer.

On October 16, 1905, Martin married Michaelina (Minnie) Machowiak in St. Anthony’s church.

Below is a transcription of the marriage record:

Record 7, left page.

Oct. 16, 1905
Plencner, Martin
Machowiak, Michalina
A.J. Suplicki

Note that the last name is misspelled for Martin. Plencner is a common misspelling for Plenzler.

Also note that Record #8 lists Martin’s younger brother, Joseph Plenzler, marrying Stanislawa Machowiak. I have not researched this yet. It is possible that Stanislawa died early and widowed Joseph.

By the 1910 census, Martin and Minnie had moved to 1465 Avondale and had two children: Alphonse and Clemence. By 1920, the family added three more children: Edna, Florence, and Daniel.

Martin and his brother, Casper, were musicians and played in a popular band in the Toledo region. This band, Woodsmen of the World, was captured in a 1920s-era photo in Toledo’s Polonia written by Rev. Richard Philiposki of the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society through Arcadia Publishing, 2009. Excepts of the book can be viewed online, and the photo is located on page 66.

Martin passed away at the age of 66 on April 6, 1947. His obituary published in the Toledo Blade on April 8, 1947 can be viewed through Google News Archives. Below is a transcription of the obituary:

Martin Plenzler

Born In Poland; Toledoan 64 Years

Services for Martin K. Plenzler, 66, of 1465 Avondale Ave., who died Sunday in St. Vincent’s Hospital, will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Born in Posen, Poland, he had lived in Toledo 64 years. For 25 years, Mr. Plenzler had been a metal polisher at the DeVilbiss Co. He was affiliated with Woodmen of the World, Pulaski Camp 176, Polish National Alliance, and the Fourteenth Ward Oldtimers Baseball Association.

Surviving are his wife, Michaeline (Minnie); sons, Alphonse, Clement and Daniel; daughter, Mrs. Edna Sieja; brothers, Joseph, Casper, Robert, Frank, and Leo; sisters, Mary Plenzler and Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski, and 10 grandchildren.

Martin was buried in Calvary Cemetery on April 10, 1947. Below is a transcription of the burial record:

No. 47043
Name: Martin K. Plenzler
Residence: Toledo
Age: 66
Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis
Date of interment: April 10, 1947
Grave:  S 1/2
Range or lot: 48
Section: 38
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

**Update 07.13.2010**

Jan is the son of Stanislaw Mierzejewski and Anna Keijewska, and is a brother to my grandmother, Helena Mierzejewski. Jan is not a brother to Walter Mierzejewski. Rather, he is a brother-in-law to Walter.

The rest of this post continues unedited, as it was when originally published.

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When researching the Mierzejewski family in Toledo, I discovered Jan. For sake of convenience here, I am assuming that Jan is a brother to Wladyslaw (Walter, Sr.). However, it could be he belongs to another branch of the family. (I’ve had confirmation since first writing this post about Jan that my grandmother, Helena, was also a Mierzejewska.)

It was through this address: 1763 Buckingham, Toledo, Ohio that I discovered both John and another relative, Konstanty. Additionally, John (Jan) was the person named on the 1923 Ellis Island manifest that shows my grandfather, Walter, bringing his wife and family to Toledo.

Here is a screen snap of this branch of the family tree.

Per John’s death certificate,  he was born June 18, 1893 in Poland.  His death certificate indicates that his parents are unknown; however, it is likely that his wife may not have known their names or could not remember their names.

John was married to Theophila (Thelma) Klimkiewicz.

John’s address on Buckingham is the same address as the one on my father’s birth certificate in 1924. However, John — like Walter — seems to have traveled between Poland and the US several times before settling in the Toledo, Ohio area.

According to the 1920 census (the first census I located that enumerated John and his family), there is an indication that John had lived in Pennsylvania prior to coming to Ohio. According to the 1920 census, John and Theophila’s first child, Helen, was born in Pennsylvania about 1913. Also per the 1920 census, John arrived in the US in 1906 — he would have been about 13 years of age. I cannot find any manifests yet that indicate his arrival in 1906. Would a 13 year old boy travel trans-Atlantic by himself?

However, I did find a manifest for the SS Finland, sailing from Antwerp to New York with an arrival date of June 18, 1913 — John’s 20th birthday. His age is provided as 19 and I assume that was the age given upon boarding ship. It’s not clearly indicated whether he is married or single on this manifest; however, while the copy is somewhat illegible, it seems to state that he came from Tomsze, Poland. He was traveling alone, so I would assume he was returning from Poland to the US for the birth of his first child.

John and Theophila moved to Ohio sometime around or prior to 1916 as their second child, Frances, was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 11, 1916.

John served in the US Army during World War I, enlisting on September 18, 1917 and was honorably discharged September 25, 1919. Below is the transcription of the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines, World War, 1917-1918:

Co B 322 Machine Gun Battalion to 19 Dec 1917; Co D 308 Ammunition Train to 12 June 1918; Battery C 5 Field Artillery to Discharge Corporal 26 Feb 1918; Private 9 Sept 1918. St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 7 July

Per the 1920 census, John and Theophila were living at 1063 Hamilton Street. However, I do know they had moved to 1763 Buckingham by 1922 as I had stumbled on a death record for their son, John, while trying to locate one of my mother’s relatives! By 1922, John and Theophila had four children:

Helen, born in 1913 in Pennsylvania; Francis, born in 1916 in Toledo, Ohio (link takes you to her baptismal record from St. Anthony’s parish); Lillian, born in 1918 in Toledo, Ohio (link takes you to her baptismal record from St. Stanislaus parish) and John (Jr), born in 1921 in Toledo, Ohio.

John (Jr) died at the age of a year on September 12, 1922. His interment record for Calvary Cemetery shows the Buckingham address. The transcription for John Mierzejewski (Jr) for the Calvary Cemetery record is below:

Page 25, right side, line 30.

John Mierzejewski, 1763 Buckingham. Age: 1 year. Cause of death: broncho pneumonia. Date of interment: 9/13. Grave 2319, Lot 19, Section 30.

The 1930 census reflects the Buckingham address for John and Theophila and their family. By 1930, the family had grown to include three more children: Milton (born 1923), Virginia (born 1927), and Leonard (born 1929). The 1930 census indicates that John had become a naturalized citizen; however, I have not yet located his naturalization records.

John passed away on December 30, 1945 at the age of 52. His address at his death was 1233 Hamilton Avenue. His burial is recorded through St. Anthony’s parish record of interments and through Calvary Cemetery’s interment records.

Transcription of the St. Anthony interment record:

Record 13:

Date of death: December 30, 1945. Date of burial: January 2, 1946. Mierzejewski, John. Place of birth: Poland. Age 52.

Transcription of the Calvary Cemetery burial record:

Right-hand page, record #32:

Name: John M. Mierzejewski, Residence: Toledo, Age: 52, Cause of death: Broncho Pneumonia, Date of interment: Jan 2, 1946. Grave 268, Range or Lot: 15, Section 41. Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

Anastasia was my maternal grandmother. She was born February 23, 1889 to Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. There were seven siblings that I could locate, and Anastasia was the sixth in line. The last two siblings were twins, Eva and Adam. Adam had died in infancy.

Here is a screen snap of her branch of the family tree.

She married twice. First marriage was to Stanley Lawecki. They had a son, Daniel, born July 21, 1910 and baptized July 24, 1910 in St. Stanislaus parish.

Daniel’s baptismal record is transcribed below:

Nomen Infantis Et Residentia: Daniel
Dies Mensis Annus Navitatis: 21a Julii Baptismi: 24a Julii
Nomen Parentum: Stanislaus Lawecki, Anastasia Przybylski
Nomen Patrinorum: ?? Lawecki, Eva Przybylska

Stanley passed away in October 1910 due to typhoid, and Daniel passed away a month later due to cholera.

Stanley and Daniel are both buried in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo.

Stanley’s burial record is transcribed below:

No. 12404
Name of deceased: Stanley Lawecki
Late residence: 1637 Vance
Age: 25 years, 0 months, 18 days
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Typhoid Fever
Date of interment: 12 Oct.
Married, Single, Widowed: M
Place of death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 269
No. of Lot: 26
No. of Sect.: 27
Name of Physician: E. Story
Name of undertaker: WJ Gasiorowski

Daniel’s burial record is transcribed below:

No. 12461
Name of deceased: Daniel Lawecki
Place of Nativity:
Late Residence: 1637 Vance
Color: W
Sex: M
Age: 3 months, 11 days
Disease: Cholera Infantum
Date of deceased: 11/2
Date of interment: 11/5
Place of death: Toledo
Name of physician: A. Kreiger
Grave 3, Lot 180, Section 29

Anastasia married John Plenzler on November 2, 1912. They resided at 722 Brown Street and had three children: Raymond, Florence, and Virginia.

Marriage record from St. Anthony’s Parish for Anastasia Lawecka Przybylska and John Plenzler.

Anastasia caused me a bit of confusion while researching her. The first record I was able to locate for her was her death certificate, which states her birth as February 23, 1891. As I went further, looking into St. Anthony’s and St. Stanislaus parish records, I stumbled upon the marriage record for Anastasia and John Plenzler. The marriage record indicated that she was baptized on February 20, 1889.

Baptismal record for Anastasia Przybylski

Anastasia was widowed again when John died in 1936. Two of their children were grown adults by then; however, my mother was only 10 years old when her father passed away of stomach cancer. Anastasia herself passed away in March, 1946 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Death certificate Anastasia Przybylski

She was buried in Calvary Cemetery.  Here is the transcription of the Calvary burial record:

Name: Anastasia Plenzler
Residence: Toledo
Age: 55
Cause of death: cerebral hemorrhage
Date of interment: 3/16/1946
Grave: 3740, Range or lot: 8, Section: 32
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

John Plenzler was my maternal grandfather. Born February 20, 1885 in Toledo, Ohio to Joseph Plenzler and Eva Dauer, he was the third of nine children. There were seven boys and two girls.

Here is a screen snap of John Plenzler’s family tree.

John was baptized February 22, 1885.

John Plenzler baptism record, St. Anthony’s Parish, Toledo, Ohio

Here is the transcription of the baptismal record:

Nom. Inf.: Jannes
Parentis: Joseph Pencner, Eva Dawor
Patrini: Michael Mruk, Catharina Falkensztajn
Dies Natal: 20 February Bapt. 22 February
Nomen Sacradolis: Rev. M. F. Orzechowski

Most Roman Catholic records during this time were recorded in Latin, and Jannes is the Latin version of John.

The last name, Plencner, is also a common misspelling of the name.

Eva’s name is probably misspelled; however, there are a number of variations of Dauer and I am unsure of which is the correct version. John’s death certificate reflects that his mother’s name is spelled Dauer.

Ohio Death Certificate John Plenzler

John joined the US Marines in 1908 and served until about June 1912. John was stationed at a number of bases throughout the US.

John Plenzler Marine enlistment record, August 8, 1908

John Plenzler 1910 Hawaii census (border while in Honolulu)

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call December 1910

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call July 1911

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call August 1911

John Plenzler Marine Muster Call June 1912

After discharge from the Marines, John married Anastasia Przybylski (Lawecki) in St. Anthony’s parish, Toledo, Ohio on November 4, 1912.  Anastasia was widowed in October 1910 after a brief marriage to Stanley Lawecki. She then lost their only son in November 1910.

Marriage record from St. Anthony’s parish, Toledo, Ohio for John Plenzler and Anastasia Przybylski (Lawecki).

John and Anastasia resided at 722 Brown Street, Toledo, Ohio and had three children: Raymond, Florence, and Virginia. John passed away on August 2, 1936 at home of stomach cancer. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery. Below is the transcription of the burial record.

No. 36887 – Right hand page
Name: John Plenzler
Residence: 722 Brown
Age: 51
Cause of Death: Cancer of Stomach
Date of Interment: Aug. 5
Grave 3741 Range or Lot: 8 Section: 32
Undertaker: Sujkowski & Son

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