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.
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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.
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:
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