Borowicz


Since the last I posted, I did some more research on Andreas Dauer, my 2nd great-grandfather. I knew he was married three times: to Marianna Hirsch, Marianna Remlein, and Maria Aumiller. His third wife was my 2nd great-grandmother. Andreas had children with each wife, and the best I can determine his children with each wife are listed below:

Marianna Hirsch (b. about 1810, m. Andreas 14 January 1839 in Gluszyna, and d. 8 December 1840 in Czapury).

  1. Jan Dauer, b. 2 December 1839 in Czapury and died 29 December 1839 in Czapury.
  2. Barbara Dauer, b. 25 November 1840 in Czapury. Death and marriages unknown.

Marianna Remlein (b. about 1814 in Czapury, m. Andreas on 13 October 1841, d. in Czapury 19 December 1841).

  1. Margaretha, b. about 1842 in Czapury, m. Andreas Torz 1864 in Gluszyna, m. Valentine Olejniczak 1881 in Wiry, d. 15 December 1884 in Wiry.
  2. Katharina, b. 18 November 1843 in Czapury, m. Michael Kajser 25 October 1863, d. unknown. (So, this is the son-in-law who reported Andreas’ death!)
  3. Marianna, b. 30 July 1845 in Czapury, d. 17 May 1846 in Czapury.
  4. Peter, b. 15 February 1847 in Czapury, m. Auguste Franke in Glatz, Preußen 9 November 1875, d. unknown.
  5. Eva, b. 15 December 1848, m. and d. unknown. (This Eva is not my great-grandmother.)

Maria Aumiller, b. about 1826 in Czapury, m. Andreas 29 November 1856 in Gluszyna, d. 16 July 1866 in Wiorek.

  1. Martin, b. 9 November 1856 in Czapury, d. 20 November 1859 in Czapury.
  2. Eva b. 21 December 1857 ¹ in Czapury, m. Joseph Plenzler 8 November 1879 in Gluszyna, d. 20 October 1914 in Toledo, Ohio. (This Eva is my great-grandmother.)
  3. Andreas, b. 13 November 1859 in Czapury, d. 27 December 1859 in Wiorek.
  4. Michael, b. 3 September 1861 in Wiorek, m. Marie Wojciechowska in November 1866, d. unknown.
  5. Katharina, b. 12 October 1864, m. Casimir Borowicz February 1884, d. unknown, found residing in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1917.

Reviewing all the data I had located through the Gluszyna parish to establish Andreas’ death and marriages helped to identify all of his children. I was unaware of nearly all of his children with Marianna Remlein. I was able to locate a son, Peter, and find Katharina Dauer Kajser’s marriage to identify who reported Andreas’ death.

Again, the recurrent theme in my ancestry: repeated names. Much of my confusion when trying to identify members of Andreas’ family was the fact he had two Katharinas and two Evas. I do know there are mentions of another Eva Dauer in the Gluszyna parish records, but I had ignored them all of this time thinking this Eva was likely the daughter of another family. I now know I need to re-review those records.

Except for Eva Dauer Plenzler, a good number of Andreas’ children just “fall off the radar” for me and I cannot locate deaths, although I can locate marriages and some children in a number of instances. So I have some work ahead of me to try to trace the children I know were living when Andreas died. I know one other child besides Eva Dauer Plenzler came to the US, but not to Toledo. Katharina Dauer Borowicz was found with her husband Casimir in the 1920 census in Erie, Pennsylvania. I had also noted Casimir was listed in an Erie, Pennsylvania City Directory as early as 1913. So I believe Katharina and Casimir came to the US much later than her sister Eva Dauer Plenzler and her husband, Joseph. Eva would have died shortly after their arrival (20 October 1914), so it’s possible the sisters would not have been able to reunite and visit each other. I would like to think they had, but there likely is no record of such a visit.

¹ A small added bonus to all of this was locating my great-grandmother’s birth record by re-reviewing all of the records I was able to locate from the Gluszyna parish and being able to review her birth record. Eva Dauer Plenzler’s death certificate states her date of birth was 24 December 1857. But her birth record from the Gluszyna parish indicates she was born 23 December–so her death certificate was a day off on her birth date.

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A while back, I had been researching my Plenzler family further to seek out some new connections for my great-grandmother’s (Eva Dauer) family. I knew for sometime her father was Andreas Dauer and her mother was Maria Aumiller. I’ve been frustrated at not being able to locate any Aumiller data. I’ve known the name of my great-great grandmother, Maria Aumiller, for sometime. Her name was located on Eva’s and Joseph’s marriage record and I was able to locate her marriage records to Andreas Dauer through the Poznan Project. The trail for the Aumillers has gone cold for me at that point; however, the search for my great-grandmother’s lineage really hasn’t gone totally dead.

Through more pouring over the Poznan Project and the Basia database, I’ve learned a bit more about Eva’s father, Andreas, and have uncovered a sister to Eva, her name was Katharina and a half-sister whose name was Margaretha.

Andreas’ lifestory seems to be fairly typical of others in my mom’s line–in fact, I’ve come to expect multiple marriages for many ancestors from this period. They are widowed and move on to remarry and are likely to have additional children. Additionally, they seemed to have likely married into families they had known for a considerable time and from the same village. This was the same story for Andreas. He married three times, was widowed twice, and the marriages were witnessed by those with names that keep re-appearing in my family tree! A few years ago, while in the midst of a very busy email conversation with several cousins and the Sobieskis, it was discovered that Andreas was first married to Marianna Hirsch.  This marriage occurred 14 January 1839 in the parish in Czapury. The record states that this was a first marriage for both and that Andreas was 27 and Marianna was 25. It is interesting to note that two of the witnesses were Georgius Aumiller and Joannes Aumiller. It’s quite possible these were relatives of Andreas’ third wife (and my great-great grandmother), Maria. No children were located for this marriage; however, Marianna Hirsch likely died within a few years of the marriage because Andreas has married Marianna Reimlein on August 15, 1841. The marriage record for Andreas and Marianna Hirsch is located here: Page 1 and Page 2 (two pages to the record).

The marriage of Andreas and Marianna Reimlein was witnessed by a Georgius Plenzler and a Josephus Aumiller. (Fancy that!) The marriage again occurred in Czapury and states that Andreas was a widower, age 30. The marriage record for Andreas and Marianna Reimlein is here: Page 1 and Page 2 (two pages to the record). Andreas and Marianna Reimlein had at least one child that I was able to locate: Margaretha Dauer whose birth would have occurred about 1842. I was able to locate Margaretha through the Basia database when seeking more data on Andreas.

A query on Andreas produced a marriage record from the Wiry Registry Office for a Margaretha Dauer Torz to Valentine Olejniczak. This record states that Margaretha Torz geb (maiden name) Dauer was the daughter of Andreas Dauer and Maria Reimlein and that Margaretha was widowed. The marriage occurred in 1880. I have not yet found the first name of Margaretha’s first husband nor whether there were any children of this marriage. Margaretha would have about age 38 at the time of this marriage and Valentine was about age 23. Valentine was the son of Johann Olejniczak and Francisca Jankowiak.

The marriage of Andreas and Marianna Reimlein ended with her death on 19 December 1844. This record is an LDS scan from the parish in Czapury I had received via the Sobieskis. It is difficult to read but does state that Marianna was the daughter of Joseph Reimlein and that Andreas Dauer reported the death. The record is here: Page 1 and Page 2 (#132, near the bottom of the scanned page).

Now we finally get to the marriage of Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller. Maria was actually wife number three to Andreas. I had known earlier that Andreas was a widower–see Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller marriage record (a downloadable version of the record is located here as well with the translation). However, at that time I had no idea that there were two previous wives and a child from a prior marriage. Another surprise came when I located another child to Andreas and Maria Aumiller, Katharina. I never had any indication that my great-grandmother, Eva, had any siblings. As with her half-sister, Margaretha, Katharina appeared after a query for Andreas on the Basia database. A record for her marriage to Casimir Borowicz was in the search results.

The marriage of Katharina Dauer to Casimir Borowicz occurred in Gluszyna in 1884 and a record of it is held in the Piotrowo Registry Office of the Poznan State Records. A copy is located here: Page 1 and Page 2. Casimir was the son of Joseph Borowicz and Katharina Matelska, born in Dopiewiec. Katharina Dauer is stated as the daughter of Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller.

I have located a Katharina and Casimir Borowicz having immigrated to Erie, Pennsylvania and a residence record in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1917. I have not pursued this information further to verify.

At this point, the trail for Andreas Dauer and Maria Aumiller went cold for me. No death dates or possible immigration data for either–but I’ve certainly learned more than I’d hoped to about my great-great grandfather and discovered two new additional great-grand aunts!