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:
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:
- Alvine (Alvina?)
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 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
Priest: John A. Labuzenski (sp?)
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:
Name: Joseph Przybylski
Residence: 1517 Palmwood
Cause of Death: Unknown
Date of Interment: July 13
Range or Lot: 10
Undertaker: F. Czglosz
Research to continue to locate John and verify the possibility of yet another Przybylski sibling named Dorothy.