Archive for December, 2007

1914: Julia Zesut Marries John Pendrok

December 31, 2007

Kasper and Anna’s first child to get married was their eldest daughter Julia. Julia was the sister of Anthony (my great-grandfather), Joseph, Michael, Frank, William and Mary Zesut. Julia married John Pendrok on June 27, 1914. I have yet to get in touch with any descendants of Julia and John but hope to make contact soon. Julia was my grandmother Wanda Zesut Thibeault’s Aunt.

While researching Zesut records at the Glastonbury Town Hall I came across Julia’s marriage certificate. The information contained on it is as follows.

State Of Connecticut Bureau Of Vital Statistics

License #240

Marriage License

Town Of Glastonbury

  • Groom’s Name: John Pendrok
  • Age: 22
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Quarryman
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Austria
  • His Residence: Glastonbury
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Single
  • 2d 3d Marriage: First
  • Name Of Father: Joseph Pendrok
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Maggie Kolodziy (difficult to read – not sure if that’s correct)
  • Bride’s Name: Julia Zessut
  • Age: 18
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Mill Hand
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Austria
  • Her Residence: Glastonbury
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Single
  • 2d 3d Marriage: First
  • Name Of Father: Casper Zessut
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Annie Kopic

The certificate is signed by clergyman D.L. Baker and indicates the marriage ceremony took place on June 27, 1914 in Glastonbury. The license was applied for on June 20, 1914.

Copies of CT marriage Licenses are open to the public and a copy of Julia and John’s can be ordered from the Glastonbury Town Hall. The order form for a copy can be reached through here.

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1913: The Birth Of Mary Jessie Zesut

December 30, 2007

The seventh and last child born to Kasper and Anna Rzeszut was Mary Jessie Zesut. My Great Grandfather Anthony was her oldest brother and was 18 years older than her. Quite an age gap! Mary’s first niece (Frederica “Freda” Zesut) was born just four years later. In addition to Anthony, Mary’s siblings were Julia, Joseph, Michael, Frank, and William Zesut.

I found her birth record at the Glastonbury Town Hall. The information on it is as follows:

  • Name Of Child: Mary Jessie Zesut
  • Sex:Female
  • Place Of Birth – Town: Glastonbury – No. blank
  • Date Of Birth: April 26, 1913
  • Full Name Of Father: Caspar Jesuit Zesut (yes, the last name is misspelled Jesuit and re-written.)
  • Age Of Father: 44 Years
  • Color Of Father: White
  • Residence Of Father – Town: Glastonbury – State Or Country: Conn
  • Birthplace Of Father – Town: Turnobitz – State or Country: Poland
  • Occupation Of Father: Laborer
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Annie Kopitch
  • Age Of Mother: 40 Years
  • Color Of Mother: White
  • Residence Of Mother – Town: Glastonbury – State Or County: Conn
  • Birthplace Of Mother – Town: Turnobitz – State or Country: Poland
  • Number Of Child Of Mother: 7 – No. Living:7
  • Remarks: blank

The birth record was certified on May 7, 1913 by the attending physician Charles Rankin, who was also a resident of Glastonbury and delivered William Zesut three years earlier.

A few observations:

  • Kasper’s name is misspelled on this as it was on William’s certificate in 1910.
  • Kasper and Annie’s hometown is listed as being Turnobitz. This is a misinterpretation of Tarnobrzeg which would sound something like Tar-knob-jeck.
  • Annie’s last name is misspelled Kopitch.
  • Annie’s age on the certificate is 40. The same age she was when she gave birth to William…three years earlier!

The most genealogically significant item on this certificate is the name of Kasper and Anna’s birthplace. The Ellis Island records listed Dąbrowica as their place of birth but there are several Dąbrowica’s in Poland. There is a Dąbrowica seven miles south of Tarnobrzeg in Poland. Additionally, Tarnobrzeg is the city that governed Dąbrowica. This info will help when I try to hunt down older Rzeszut records from Poland.

Mary would end up marrying Albert Kayross and as a result they’d have children and grandchildren of their own.

If any of Mary’s descendants are interested in obtaining a certified copy of the actual birth certificate you can order one through the office of the Glastonbury Town Clerk by clicking HERE.

Wanda Zesut and Leonard Thibeault Wedding Pic.

December 30, 2007

Figured I’d mix it up a little bit and stray from the chronological order I’ve been going in to post a picture of my grandparents on their wedding day, June 16, 1941. My grandmother was 21 years old when she got married. Wanda was the daughter of Anthony Zesut and Victoria Puscizna and the granddaughter of Kasper and Anna Rzeszut. Has anyone ever seen a group photo of the wedding party? I wonder if she looks more like the Zesut side of her heritage or more like the Puscizna side.

Wanda Zesut & Leonard Thibeault Wedding Photo

The Wedding Photo Of Wanda Zesut & Leonard Thibeault

1910: The Birth Of William Joseph Zesut

December 29, 2007

William Joseph Zesut was the first America-born Zesut after Kasper, Anna, and the children came to the U.S in 1907 and 1909. He was the son of Kasper and Anna Rzeszut and the brother of Anthony, Julia, Joseph, Michael, Frank and (later) Mary.

Because I am a member of “The Friends Of The Godfrey Library” , a genealogy library located in Middletown, CT, I am allowed to go to town halls in CT and have access to their vital records vaults enabling me to peruse the records myself. I recently went to the Glastonbury Town Hall to explore the Rzeszut/Zesut records. Quite a lot there!

The birth, death and marriage certificates are all bound in large volumes by year and then by certificate number. The vault in Glastonbury is VERY well organized and neat so finding records was quick and easy (I’ll tell you sometime about the difficulties researching my paternal lineage in New York City).

As I begun taking digital photograph’s of the vital records I found I was told by the Town Clerk that I was NOT allowed to have a camera in the fault. Any copies of vital records would have to be purchased for $10 each. Oops.

I did transcribe the information I found.

William’s birth record contains the following fields and the information that was filled in is as follows:

  • Name Of Child: blank
  • Sex: Male
  • Place Of Birth – Town: Glastonbury – No. Naubuc Street
  • Date Of Birth: March 28, 1910
  • Full Name Of Father: Casper Zesut
  • Age Of Father: 39 Years
  • Color Of Father: White
  • Residence Of Father – Town: Glastonbury – State Or Country: Conn
  • Birthplace Of Father – Town: blankState or Country: Poland
  • Occupation Of Father: Laborer in paper mill
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Annie Kopax
  • Age Of Mother: 40 Years
  • Color Of Mother: White
  • Residence Of Mother – Town: Glastonbury – State Or County: Conn
  • Birthplace Of Mother – Town: blank – State or Country: Poland
  • Number Of Child Of Mother: 6 – No. Living: 6
  • Remarks: blank

The birth record was certified on April 6, 1910 by the attending physician Charles Rankin, who was also a resident of Glastonbury.

A few observations:

  • There are a number of misspellings and inaccuracies on this record. The physician, Charles Rankin would end up delivering many more Zesut babies. His accuracy would improve over the course of several years.
  • I’m wondering if the lack of essential info (birthplace of parents) was due to a language barrier. Per the 1910 census the Zesuts didn’t speak English yet.
  • William was not named until at least a week after he was born. This seemed to be common on a lot of the birth records I viewed from that era. Either the name was left blank or it was penciled in later on (usually by someone at the Town Hall).

If any of William’s descendants are interested in obtaining a certified copy of the actual birth certificate you can order one through the office of the Glastonbury Town Clerk by clicking HERE.

Incidentally, William was born 15 years after his oldest brother (and my great-grandfather) Anthony and has grandchildren who are roughly my age and living in CT. These would be my mother’s second cousins and my second cousins once removed.

If anyone has any photographs of William Sr. I’d love to get copies as one of my goals for this site is to post photos of Kasper & Anna’s children.

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December 29, 2007

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Rzeszuts In The 1910 U.S. Federal Census

December 29, 2007

Since 1790 the United States has conducted a federal census every ten years. A good amount of information can be gleaned from the censuses if you can find the family you’re looking for on them. Due to the spelling of their surname and what I imagine were their heavy Polish accents, the 1910 census was the most difficult Rzeszut U.S census to find. The people taking the censuses (called enumerators) were typically just average people earning a living. Often times they either didn’t speak the language of the household they were enumerating or were gathering information from well meaning friends and neighbors. These communication difficulties often led to extreme misspellings making searches by future generations somewhat difficult.

Anyway…I was able to find our ancestors in the 1920 and 1930 censuses (1940 won’t be released until 2012) but was unable to find them via a name based search of the 1910 one. I had just about given up finding it when I decided to flip through ALL the pages of the Glastonbury Township enumerations, fingers crossed, until I found them. Click the below images to view our Rzeszut family in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

Kasper, Anna, and Julia Rzeszut in the 1910 Census – Lines 98-100

1910 U.S. Federal Census A

Anthony, Joseph, Michael, and William in the 1910 Census – Lines 1-5

1910 U.S. Federal Census

SOURCE: 1910 U.S. Census, Hartford County, Connecticut, population schedule, Glastonbury Township, enumeration district (ED) 151, dwelling 319, family 380, digital image, Heritagequest.com (http://www.heritagequest.com): accessed December 2007.

The census tells us the following.

  • The census was taken by Louis H. Moseley on April 15, 1910.
  • The Rzeszut family information begins on line 98 and ends on line 5 of the next page.
  • They lived on Naubuc Avenue. No street number is given. The dwelling number is 319.
  • They were the 380th family enumerated by this particular census taker.
  • Kasper’s name is mispelled Cospa Zesott and he is a 38 year old white male who has been married for 16 years. His place of birth is Austria-Polish as were his parents. His immigration year is erroneously noted as 1908 (it was actually 1907) and he and his family are listed as being aliens as opposed to naturalized citizens. He is only able to speak Polish and is a laborer by trade who works at a paper mill. He can read and write. He didn’t miss a day of work in 1909. He rents the house he lives in.
  • Annie is the 38 year old wife of Kasper and has been married to him for 16 years. She has had six children, all of them living. Her place of birth is Austria-Polish as were her parents. Her immigration year was 1909. No occupation is listed and the rest of her entries are blank.
  • Julia is the 14 year old daughter of Kasper and Annie. Like her parents she is Austria-Polish. She only speaks Polish and is a laborer at a soap factory. She can read and write but has not attended school since Sept. 1909.
  • Anthony is the 16 year old son of Kasper and Annie. Like his parents he is Austria-Polish. He only speaks Polish and is a laborer at a knitting mill. He knows how to read and write but has not attended school since Sept. 1909.
  • Joseph is the 11 year old son of Kasper and Annie. Like his parents he is Austria-Polish. He only speaks Polish and does not work. He can read and write and has not attended school since Sept. 1909.
  • Michael is the 9 year old son of Kasper and Annie. Like his parents he is Austria-Polish. He only speaks Polish and does not work. He can read and write and has attended school since Sept. 1909.
  • Frank is the 2 year old son of Kasper and Annie. Like his parents he is Austria-Polish. Unfortunately, Frank does not yet have an occupation! No other info listed.
  • William is the one-month-old son of Kasper and Annie. No other info listed.

Pretty interesting document when you think about it. The members of the household were working and only one of the school age kids was actually attending school. I’m curious as to where exactly Kasper, Anthony and Julia worked. I never knew CT had soap factories and paper mills! Some quick googling has produced a few ideas as to where they might have worked.

Where Were They From?

December 28, 2007

To better understand the land our Rzeszut ancestors came from, here is a map of Galicia in what was then known as the Austrian Empire. This land would become Poland (again) in 1918. Click the thumbnail to download the larger image.

Galicia 1897

The town the Rzeszuts said they were from on their passenger manifests was Dąbrowica. This town does not appear on this map but is located in the area of Tarnobrzeg/Chmielow/Baranow. Looking at the pink portion of the map find the northernmost point. The northernmost town is Sobow. Just south of Sobow is Tarnobrzeg. Dąbrowica was about 7 miles SW of Tarnobrzeg.

To see Dąbrowica on a modern satellite map check it out HERE.

To learn more about Galicia you can read the Wikipedia article HERE.

Important cities/towns on this map other than Dąbrowica are Tarnobrzeg and Rzeszow. Tarnobrzeg appears on several Rzeszut vital records I’ve acquired and Rzeszow has anecdotally been cited as the place Kasper was born.

Anna Rzeszut And Her Children Come To America

December 28, 2007

In a previous post I noted that Kasper Rzeszut came to the United States in 1907 and the rest of his family followed many months later. Up next is the Passenger Manifest for the S.S. Friedrich Wilhelm, the ship that Kasper’s wife Anna Kopec Rzeszut and their five children; Antoni, Julia, Josef, Michal and Franck came over on. The family left their home about 19 months after Kasper did. Anna and the kids appear on lines 18-23.

Click the below image to download a scan of the actual manifest.

Anna Rzeszut 1909 Passenger List

The Passenger List For Anna Rzeszut and Her Children

Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, Roll 1277.

This manifest tells us:

  • Date Of Departure – May 22, 1909
  • Port Of Departure – Bremen, Germany
  • Date Of Arrival – May 31, 1909
  • Port Of Arrival – New York
  • Ship – S.S. Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Anna was 35 yrs old. Antoni 14, Julia 11, Josef 9, Michal, 7 and Franck 10 months old. *Anna must have gotten pregnant just prior to Kasper leaving for America in October of 1907.
  • Marital Status – Married
  • Occupation – Mother
  • Anna, Antoni and Julia were able to read and write.
  • Josef, Michal and Franck had not learned to read or write yet.
  • Name and address of nearest living relative from point of origin looks like “mother Enya Rzeszut in Dabrowica, Galicy” – this may have been Kasper’s mother. For the children just the word “grandmother” is given.
  • Final Destination was Hartford, Conn with Kasper Rzeszut as the person they were going to be with.
  • Nationality was Galicy.
  • Last Permanent Residence was Dąbrowica, Galicy.
  • Race was Polish
  • Fare was paid for by Kasper.
  • Looks like Anna had $20 and Antoni had $15.
  • Anna and Antoni were both 4’10” tall. Heights were not noted for the rest of the children.
  • They all had “fair” complexions.
  • Anna and Josef are listed as having grey eyes
  • Antoni, Julia and Franck had brown eyes.
  • Michal had blue eyes.
  • Hair color for all of them is listed as being “Bld” which I imagine means Blonde.
  • Country of birth for all of them is Galicia.
  • Town of birth for Anna, Antoni and difficult to make out – looks like the last five letters are eneca. I haven’t found anything on the maps I’ve seen that I’d consider a match. The immigration official may have completely misinterpreted what they were saying.

S.S. Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm

S.S. Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm

Kasper Rzeszut Comes To America

December 27, 2007

Over 100 years ago, 37 year old Kasper Rzeszut left his home in the town of Dąbrowica in the district of Tarnobrzeg in the province of Galicia in The Austrian Empire and ventured off to America. Temporarily left behind were his wife Anna (Kopec) and their five children Antoni, Julia, Josef, Michal, and Franck who would join Kasper in the U.S. nearly 18 months later.

Kasper arrived in the United States on November 6, 1907 in the Port Of New York and was processed by immigration officals at Ellis Island.

The Passenger Manifest for the ship Kasper was on gives us the following information:

  • Date Of Departure – October 26, 1907
  • Date Of Arrival at The Port Of New York – November 6, 1907
  • Port Of Departure – Bremen, Germany
  • Ship – S.S. Trave
  • Name – Kasper Rzeszut
  • Age – 37
  • Sex – Male
  • Marital Status – Married
  • Occupation – Farm Laborer
  • Able to Read – No
  • Able to Write – No
  • Name and Address of Nearest Relative In Country of Origin – *Difficult to read but looks like Anna Rzeszut – Dąbrowica
  • Final Destination – *Difficult to decipher*
  • Kasper paid the fare himself and had $20 with him.
  • He had never been to the United States before.
  • Unfortunately the name and address of who he was going to stay with is not legible enough for me to decipher. It looks like it may have been an uncle.
  • He was 5’10” with brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Kasper was not a Polygamist nor an Anarchist.
  • His country of birth was Galicy and his town of birth was Dąbrowica.

Interestingly enough, line 26 details a passenger named Thomas Kopec – also from Dąbrowica. Kopec was Kasper’s wife Anna’s maiden name. Could this be her brother? More on this in a future post.

So are we all Polish? Austrian? Galician? It’s confusing. At the time our Rzeszut ancestor’s came to the U.S. they were from the province Galicia in the Austrian Empire. This region did not revert back to Poland until after World War I. On early documents the Rzeszuts said they were from Austria, Poland or Austria-Poland. Take your pick!

Click on the following thumbnail to download the 1907 manifest with Kasper’s information on it. Kasper’s info appears on line 24.


Kasper Rzeszut 1907 Ship’s Passenger List

The Passenger List For Kasper Rzeszut

Source: Immigration and Naturalization Service. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, Roll 1034.

 

1907 S.S. Trave

S.S. Trave