Archive for January, 2008

1918: Joseph Zesut Registers For The Draft

January 30, 2008

In 1917 the United States declared war on Germany. Due to only moderate amounts of citizens enlisting in the military at the time, the draft was initiated in an effort to gather more troops.  On three days in 1917 and 1918, 24 million men born between 1872 and 1900 provided information for draft registration cards. More than 80% of these men were awarded exemptions or referrals and were not asked to serve.

At the time of the draft the only two Zesut’s eligible were my great-grandfather Anthony and his younger brother Joseph.

Following is a microfilm scan of Joseph’s WW1 draft card. Click on the image to view enlargement.

Joseph Zesut WW1 Draft Card 1918

Source: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Registration Location: Hartford County, Connecticut; Roll: 1562000; Draft Board: 1.

Joseph Zesut’s WW1 Draft Card

  • 1. Name In Full? Joseph Paul Zesut
  • 2. Permanent Home Address? Box 2 Glastonbury, Htfd Conn
  • 3. AgeIn Years? 18
  • 4. Date Of Birth? March 18, 1900
  • 5. Race? White
  • 14. Alien?Non Declarate
  • 15. If not a citizen, of which country are you a citizen or subject? Austria, (Galicia)
  • 16. Present Occupation? Fireman
  • 17. Employers Name? N.Y.N.H.+H.R.R. Co
  • 19. Nearest Relative? Mrs. Annie Zesut (Mother)
  • 20. Nearest Relative Address? Box 2 Glastonbury Htfd Conn

The reverse side contains the following information:

  • 22. Height? Medium
  • 25. Build? Medium
  • 27. Color Of Eyes? Blue
  • 28. Color Of Hair? Brown

The form indicates he has no reasons for exemption from the draft.
The card is signed by the survey taker Stancliff Hill.

Nothing new here genealogically but I wanted to post everything I had about Joseph since the next post regarding him is fairly important.

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1917: Kasper Zesut in the 1917 CT Military Census.

January 27, 2008

I was able to get to the Connecticut State Library for a few hours this weekend and was fortunate to locate Kasper Zesut’s questionnaire for the 1917 Connecticut Military Census.

“In February 1917 the Connecticut General Assembly directed Governor Marcus H. Holcomb “to procure certain information relative to the resources of the State,” especially about “men and materials available for use in the event of war.” Known as the Military Census, the most significant part was a manpower census of all male inhabitants over the age of sixteen taken in 1917-1918. However, additional surveys included such things as farms, crops, livestock, automobiles, doctors, nurses, and factories.”

Source: Unknown Author. (2/2002). CT State Library. In Research Guide To The Connecticut Military Census Of 1917. Retrieved 1/3/2008, from http://www.cslib.org/milcens.htm.

The library now has a microfilm reader that will digitally scan the grayscale film image directly to a file which produces a higher quality image than printing from the machine which can only output black & white.

Following is a scan of Kasper’s 1917 CT State Military Census Questionnaire.

Kasper Zesut 1917 Military Census

 

SOURCE: Kasper Zesut 1917 CT State Military Census Questionnaire. CT Military Census 1917, Record Group 29, LDS# 1535728, Reel 40, Individual Sheets 62350-63799, Frame 2575.

 

The info populated on the document is:

State Of Connecticut

Military Census – Form No. 1 #63698A

RECD Feb 22, 1917

  • Town Or City: Glastonbury
  • Date: 2/17/17
  • Full Name:Kasper Jessuit
  • Post Office Address: Glastonbury
  • 1. What is your present Trade, Occupation or Profession? Polisher
  • 2. Have you any experience in any other Trade, Occupation or Profession? No
  • 3. What is your age? 46 Height? 5′11″ Weight? 160
  • 4. Are you married? Single? Widowed? Married
  • 5. How many persons are dependent on you for support? 8
  • 6. Are you a citizen of the United States? No
  • 7. If not a citizen of the United States have you taken out your first papers? No
  • 8. If not a citizen of the United States what is your nationality? Austria
  • 9. Have you ever done any Military or Naval service in this or any other country?Yes Where? Austria HowLong? Two What Branch? Infantry Rank? Private
  • 10. Have you any serious physical disability? No
  • 11. Can you do any of the following: Ride a horse? Yes Handle a team? Yes Drive an automobile? No Ride a motorcycle? No Understand telegraphy? No Operate a wireless? No Any experience with a steam engine? No Any experience with electrical machinery? No Handle a boat, power or sail? No Any experience in simple coastwise navigation? No Any experience with High Speed Marine Gasoline Engines? No Are you a good swimmer? No

The form is signed by Herbert T. Calash – Military Census Agent

Clearly the Zesut Height Gene eluded me.

I was surprised and happy to find this as the information on it is painting a better picture of Kasper for me. We know his height and weight now and what’s especially interesting is that he spent two years in the Austrian Army. During Kasper’s time young men were conscripted into the army for a minimum of two years. There’s a possibility his military record exists in Poland so I’ll have to put that on my list of things to search for.

Comparing this to his son Anthony’s questionnaire points out that Kasper knew how to ride a horse whereas Anthony didn’t. It also indicates he couldn’t operate a car or motorcycle while Anthony could.

Zesut is misspelled….as usual. Kind of funny that even after Americanizing the name down from Rzeszut to Zesut people were still interpreting his name based on the phonetic pronunciation!

Kasper would die unexpectedly of pneumonia just two months later. I posted an article about his death here.

1921: Anthony Zesut Arrested For Selling Liquor

January 23, 2008

On November 10, 1921 my Great Grandfather Anthony Zesut, eldest son of Kasper and Anna, was arrested for selling alcohol which was illegal in the United States from 1920-1933.

Following is an article that appeared in the November 21, 1921 edition of The Hartford Courant. Anthony’s last name is misspelled Zesuit throughout.

Constable Eugene W. House arrested Anthony Zesuit on Saturday evening for selling liquor to Martin Millick. For the past three or four months, the Polish people have been purchasing liquor in the section around Grove street, and the officers have been trying to get proof of sales. Mrs. Millick complained to the Grand Juror that her husband purchased at two different times and paid him for it in her presence. Zesuit was charged with a reputation and also a sale. He was found guilty on each count, and was fined $50 on each count and also had to pay the costs of the court. James B. Henry was attorney for Zesuit. He appealed from the judgment and secured a bond of $200 for his appearance at the next term of the superior court.

Peter Spark was arraigned before Justice W.E. Gates Saturday evening on a charge of distilling liquor. Mr. Spark is stepfather of Anthony Zesuit who was found guilty of selling liquor. A search warrant was given to Constable House to search Spark’s premises from information given by a neighbor that liquor was being distilled in his house. The officers found about one quart of liquor. They found a coil of pipe such as is used in a still. The evidence was not sufficient to convict and the case was nulled.

Peter Spark, Anthony’s step-father is also implicated but was not found guilty in the manufacture of the alcohol. An interesting spin on this is the story I heard from Frank Zesut’s (Anthony’s younger brother) daughter Irene. Irene said that after Kasper died Anna made booze in her bathtub and sold it to the locals. The constable turned a blind eye to these activities as he felt sorry for her for being widowed with so many kids. This article paints a different picture as it pins the selling on Anthony and the distilling on Peter. Irene also said that the Mr. & Mrs. Millick ended up becoming friends with her parents several years later!

My Aunt Toni told me that my grandmother Wanda used to say her father Anthony was a “rascal”. Sure sounds like it!

I’m trying to find out if the Hartford Superior Court has a record of this case as it could contain an interview with Anthony which would be a fantastic find.

Here’s a scan of the actual article from The Courant.

Anthony Zesut Arrested
Source: Special to The Courant (1921, November 21). MRS. M. W. HODGE OF GLASTONBURY DIES :Zesuit Fined on Two Counts For Liquor Violation Appeals. The Hartford Courant (1887-1922),p. 16. Retrieved January 5, 2008, from ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 – 1922) database. (Document ID: 751850792).

For information regarding the Prohibition of Liquor in the United States you can read the Wikipedia article on it here.

1921: Anna Zesut Marries Peter Spark.

January 22, 2008

My Great Great Grandmother Anna Zesut became a widow in 1917 when her first husband Kasper died unexpectedly of pneumonia.

On March 1, 1921 she married a man named Peter Spark.

I found Anna and Peter’s marriage certificate at the Glastonbury Town Hall. The information appearing on it is as follows.

State Of Connecticut Bureau Of Vital Statistics

License #272

Marriage License

Town Of Glastonbury

  • Groom’s Name:Peter Spark
  • Age:55
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Mill Hand
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Austria
  • His Residence: Glastonbury, Conn
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Widow
  • 2d or 3d Marriage: Second
  • Name Of Father:Tony Spark
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Henrietta
  • Bride’s Name:Annie Zesut
  • Age: 50
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Housewife
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Austria
  • Her Residence: Glastonbury, Conn
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Widow
  • 2d or 3d Marriage: Second
  • Name Of Father: Egnatz Kopack
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: MaryBuras

The certificate is signed by Justice Of The Peace William B. Gabni and indicates the marriage ceremony took place on March 1, 1921 in Glastonbury. The license was applied for on the same day.

I transcribed the information from their marriage certificate when I visited the Glastonbury Town Hall in the Fall of 2007. I plan on going back and purchasing a certified copy. Once I get the copy I’ll scan and post it here.

I have yet to do any significant research on Peter Spark. I do know he had a son from his first marriage and that he died in 1934. He is buried in St. Augustine’s cemetery in Glastonbury but I have been unable to locate a headstone.

On this certificate I learned that Anna’s parents were Ignatz Kopec and Mary Buroz (misspelled on the document). These would be my Great Great Great Grandparents. My Great Grandfather Anthony’s middle name was Ignatz so it was interesting to see where that name came from.

Zesuts in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census

January 21, 2008

In the decade since the Zesuts appeared in the 1910 United States Federal Census a number of family altering events occurred that are reflected on the 1920 Census. Julia Zesut has married John Pendrok and had two children. Anthony Zesut has married Victoria Puscizna and also had two children. Family patriarch Kasper Rzeszut passed away unexpectedly in 1917 and it appears some familiar names have rejoined the family in Glastonbury.

Fortunately, Anthony and his family lived next door to his mother and siblings in 1920 and both families appear on the same page of the census. The surname is misspelled “Zessert” and they appear on the census in dwelling numbers 236 and 237.

Click below image to view enlarged scan of the census.

Anthony And Anna Zesut - 1920 Federal Census

SOURCE: 1920 U.S. Census, Hartford County, Connecticut, population schedule, Glastonbury Township, enumeration district (ED) 43, dwelling 236 & 237, family 278 & 279, digital image, Heritagequest.com (http://www.heritagequest.com): accessed December 2007.

Information contained on the census is as follows:

Department Of Commerce – Bureau Of The Census

State Of CT, Hartford County, Glastonbury Township

Enumerated on January 14, 1920 by Frank H. Potter. Supervisor’s District 1. Enumeration District 43.

Sycamore St.

Dwelling # 236. 278th Family Visited.

Annie Zesut is head of household, owns the home and has a mortgage on it. She is 49 years old and is a widow. She immigrated in 1908 (incorrect – was 1909 per Ellis Island records) and is an alien having not become a naturalized citizen. No information about her education is present. Her place of birth is Galicia and her mother tongue is Polish and she is able to speak English. Her parents were both born in Galicia and both speak Polish. There is no information indicating an occupation.

Annie’s son Joseph is 19 and single. He is still an alien and can read and write. He has not attended school. His parents Kasper and Anna were both born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue. Joseph can speak English and works as a fireman for the railroad. Later documents I’ve found indicate he worked for the The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. A railroad fireman was the person who shoveled coal into the steam engine.

Annie’s son Michael is 18 and single. He is still an alien and can read and write. He has not attended school. His parents Kasper and Anna were both born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue. Michael can speak English and works as a laborer in what looks like “Woolen Mill”.

Annie’s son Frank is 12 years old. He is still an alien and can read and write. He attends school and is not in the workforce. His parents Kasper and Anna were both born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue.

Annie’s son William is 9 years old. He is a U.S. citizen having been born in CT and can read and write. He attends school. His parents Kasper and Anna were both born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue.

Annie’s daughter Mary (spelled Marie on the Census) is 6 years old. She is a U.S. citizen having been born in CT and can read and write. She attends school. Her parents Kasper and Anna were both born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue.

Interestingly there are two others living in the household.

John Zesut who is identified as Annie’s 47 year old brother in-law is living there. He immigrated to the US in 1913 and is an alien. He does not read or write but can speak English. His place of birth is Galicia and his mother tongue is Polish. His parents were born in Galicia and both speak Polish. He is employed as a laborer at a silver shop.

I have yet to find any other information regarding John or any other documents concerning him. For now I have to think he is Kasper’s brother and he has come to Glastonbury to help the family out after his brother died three years prior.

The other person living with the family is Thomas Kopec. Thomas first came to my attention on Kasper’s ship’s list from 1907. I’m guessing he, like John, came to help Anna after Kasper’s death.

Thomas Kopec is a 40 year old boarder. He came to this country in 1913 (???) and is an alien. He can read and write and speaks English. His place of birth is Galicia and his mother tongue is Polish. His parents were born in Galicia and both speak Polish. He works as a polisher in a silver shop.

My great grandparents Anthony and Victoria Zesut lived next door. Their family’s information appears as:

Anthony and Victoria are both 24 and are pending naturalization. They read and write and can speak English. Anthony immigrated to the U.S. in 1908 (wrong again) and Victoria came over in 1914. Both were born in Galicia and Polish is their mother tongue. Both of their parents were born in Galicia and speak Polish. Anthony is employed as a polisher in a Silver Shop. Per his WWI draft card from 1917 he was a silver polisher at Colt Firearms. I know he worked at Colt until he died so I assume “Silver Shop” referred to the department he worked at. This would further indicate that his uncles, John Zesut and Thomas Kopec, worked at Colt as well.

As of 1920 Anthony & Victoria have two children. Their first born daughter, my Grand Aunt Frederica whom my family had always known as Freda, is two and a half years old (b. July 27, 1917). Their second daughter Mary is one and a half (b. September 9, 1919).

Locating Kasper and Anna’s oldest daughter Julia Zesut Pendrok on the 1920 Census turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated. The last name Pendrok turned up no hits on index searches so assuming Julia and her family had not left Glastonbury I went through the census page by page. Eventually I spotted their entry. Click the below image to view the enlarged census page for Julia Zesut Pendrok’s family.

Julia Zesut Pendrok’s Family - 1920 Federal Census

SOURCE: 1920 U.S. Census, Hartford County, Connecticut, population schedule, Glastonbury Township, enumeration district (ED) 43, dwelling 517, family 648, digital image, Heritagequest.com (http://www.heritagequest.com): accessed January 2008.

Information contained on the census is as follows:

Department Of Commerce – Bureau Of The Census

State Of CT, Hartford County, Glastonbury Township

Enumerated on January 30-31, 1920 by Frank H. Potter. Supervisor’s District 1. Enumeration District 43.

Parker Terrace.

Dwelling # 517. 648th Family Visited.

John Pendrok (surname misspelled Pindrak) is 27 years old, arrived in the United States in 1912 and is not a naturalized citizen. He was born in Poland and Polish is his mother tongue. Both of John’s parents were born in Poland. He reads and writes and can speak English and is employed as a silver polisher at a cutlery shop.

Julia Zesut Pendrok is John’s 22 year old wife who immigrated to the U.S. in 1909. She is an alien who can read and write and speaks English. She is not employed because….

Julia and John are the parents of two children. Daughter Jessie is nearly four and son Joseph is just seven months old. Jessie will one day marry Frank Bendzinski. I have not been able to find out if they had children of their own. Joseph will eventually marry Eleanor Larsen and have a son.

1917: Anthony Zesut Registers For The Draft

January 13, 2008

In 1917 the United States declared war on Germany. Due to only moderate amounts of citizens enlisting in the military at the time, the draft was initiated in an effort to gather more troops.

On three days in 1917 and 1918, 24 million men born between 1872 and 1900 provided information for draft registration cards. More than 80% of these men were awarded exemptions or referrals and were not asked to serve.

At the time of the draft the only two Zesut’s eligible were my great-grandfather Anthony and his younger brother Joseph.

Following is a microfilm scan of Anthony’s WW1 draft card. Click on the image to view enlargement.

Anthony Zesut 1917 WW1 Draft Card

Source: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Registration Location: Hartford County, Connecticut; Roll: 1562000; Draft Board: 1.

Anthony Zesut’s WW1 Draft Card

  • 1. Name In Full? Anton Ignas Zesut
  • 2. Home Address? Glastonbury, Conn
  • 3. Date Of Birth? May 12, 1895
  • 4. Are you a (3) Alien? An Alien
  • 5. Where were you born? Tarnobrzck, Austria
  • 6. If not a citizen, of which country are you a citizen or subject? Austria
  • 7. What is your present trade, occupation or office? Polisher 13
  • 8. By whom employed? Colts Firearm Co.
  • 9. Dependant? Wife
  • 10. Married Or Single (which)? Married Race (specify which)? Caucasian
  • 11. What Military Service have You Had? No
  • 12. Do you claim exemption from draft? No

The reverse side contains the following information:

  • 1. Tall, medium or short. Specify which. Medium
  • 2. Color of eyes? Brown Color of hair? Dark Brown Bald? No
  • 3. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify)? No

The form is signed by the survey taker W.G. Philips in the Glastonbury precinct in the city of Hartford in the state of CT on June 5, 1917.

There’s a nice amount of genealogical material on this small card. I learned for the first time that Anthony’s middle name was Ignas and that his date of birth was May 12, 1895. We also get confirmation that he was now employed by Colt Firearms in Hartford, CT. We see he is referring to himself as “Anton”. Tarnobrzeg, Austria (misspelled on this form) again appears as his place of birth. To top it the document is actually signed by him – a first in this paper trail.

The National Archives now sells color scans of the original draft cards. I intend on ordering a color scan at some time in the future. When it arrives I’ll update this article with the new improved image.

Anthony’s name appeared as “Antone Ignats Zesut” in the June 25, 1917 edition of The Hartford Courant indicating he had fulfilled his duty and registered. Following is the portion of the listing his name appeared in.

Anthony Zesut WWI Draft Reg. Notice - 1917

Source: GLASTONBURY. (1917, June 25). The Hartford Courant (1887-1922),p. 7. Retrieved January 13, 2008, from ProQuest Historical Newspapers Hartford Courant (1764 – 1922) database. (Document ID: 781104542).

 

As it turns out, Anthony was never called to serve.

Surfaced! Anthony and Victoria Zesut’s Wedding Photo!

January 10, 2008

I was very excited today to receive an email with a scan of my Great-Grandparents Wedding photo taken in 1916! The photograph comes from Anthony and Victoria’s granddaughter Michele (Dion) Mandell  and was scanned by her son Jonathan. I wasn’t sure a wedding photo existed and this is the first time myself and many other relatives have seen a photo of Anthony. I’ve also never seen a photo of Victoria Puscizna of this vintage. Really an amazing surprise today.  Anthony was the oldest son of Kasper and Anna and the brother of Julia (married name Pendrok), Joseph, Michael, Frank, William, and Mary(married name Kayross) Zesut. Many thanks to Michele and Jon for sharing this! Click on the below picture to view larger image.

Anthony Zesut & Victoria Puscizna Wedding Photo 09251916 
Source: Anthony and Victoria Zesut Wedding Photo.  Photographer Unknown.  September 25, 1916. From the Michele Mandell Collection.  Digital scan of original photograph.  Scanned by Jon Mandell.  Received via email January 10, 2008.

How Are We Related?

January 10, 2008

As more and more extended family visit this site I’m often referring to this excellent chart to figure out how we’re related.  Thought you might want a link to it too.

1917: The Death Of Kasper Rzeszut

January 7, 2008

In the April 25, 1917 edition of The Hartford Courant it was reported that the day prior Mrs. Casper Zessnt was taken to the hospital suffering from pneumonia. Unfortunately the reporter didn’t get the facts quite right. It was actually Mr. Kasper Zesut who was taken to the hospital.

Kasper Rzeszut Is Taken To The Hospital April 24, 1917

SOURCE: Glastonbury, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, April 25, 1917, page 17

 

Mrs. Casper Zessnt has pneumonia and has been taken to a hospital.

 

The following day the April 26, 1917 edition reported that Kasper had died.

 

Kasper Rzeszut Has Died April 25, 1917

SOURCE: Glastonbury, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, April 26, 1917, page7

 

Kasper Jesut, who was sent to the Hartford Hospital Tuesday morning, died of pneumonia yesterday morning. He was 47 years old.

 

The April 28, 1917 edition gave a description of Kasper’s funeral.

 

Kasper Rzeszut’s Funeral

SOURCE: Glastonbury, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, April 28, 1917, page6

 

The funeral of Kasper Zessut was held at 9 o’clock yesterday morning at St. Paul’s Church. Rev Denis F. Baker officiated. The bearers were Jacob V, Frank R, John Wilk, Joseph Kondal, Anthony K. The members of Lodge No. 311 Three Rose Slavonic Society, of Glastonbury, attended in a body. Burial was in St. Augustine’s Cemetery, South Glastonbury.

I didn’t realize Kasper had such Glastonbury clout to warrant three separate mentions in the Hartford Courant. I’d never really considered that he’d have friends or belong to an ethnic society of any kind. It also opens the door into further research.

His was the first family death the family experienced while living in America.

He passed away in Hartford, CT but a copy of his death certificate was made and sent to the Glastonbury, CT town hall. I located the copy there. Following is Kasper’s death certificate, click on it to view a zoomable version.

Kasper Rzeszut Death Cert - 1917

SOURCE: The State Of Connecticut Bureau Of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death. City of Glastonbury. 1917. Volume 11. Page 29. Certificate D3-68 .

State Of Connecticut Bureau Of Vital Statistics

Medical Certificate Of Death

  • 1. Full Name Of Deceased: Kasper Zesut
  • 2. Primary Cause Of Death: Lobar Pneumonia
  • 3. Duration: 4 Days
  • 4. Secondary Cause Of Death: Alcoholic Poisoning
  • 5. Duration: blank

This portion of the certificate is dated April 25, 1917 and was signed by Kasper’s doctor at Hartford Hospital. This certificate is a copy of the certificate sent to Glastonbury from Hartford and does not have actual signatures on it.

Undertakers Certificate – Personal & Statistical

  • 1. Full Name Of Deceased: Kasper Zesut
  • 2. Place Of Death – Town: Hartford – Hartford Hospital
  • 3. Number Of Families In House: blank
  • 4. Residence At Time Of Death: Glastonbury, CT
  • 5. Occupation: Factory Hand
  • 6. Condition: Married
  • 8. Date Of Death: April 25, 1917
  • 9. Date Of Birth: 1871
  • 10. Age: 46
  • 11. Sex: Male
  • 12. Color: White
  • 13. Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: Austria
  • 14. Father’s Name In Full: Adam Zesut
  • 15. Father’s Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: Austria
  • 16. Mother’s Maiden Name: Don’t Know
  • 17. Mother’s Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: blank
  • 18. Place Of Burial: Glastonbury, CT Cemetery: St. Augustine’s
  • 19. Name Of Informant: Anthony Zesut Address: 53 Concord St. Glastonbury
  • 20. Was Body Embalmed : Yes If So, Name Of Embalmer: Eugene Charbonneau License No. 626

Certificate is signed by undertaker Peter Talarski at 150 Governor St.

From the Wikipedia entry for Pneumonia:

A lobar pneumonia is an infection that only involves a single lobe, or section, of a lung. Individuals with underlying illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, tobacco smoking, alcoholism, or immune system problems are at increased risk for pneumonia. These individuals are also more likely to have repeated episodes of pneumonia.

  • The personal information on the certificate was provided by Kasper’s oldest son Anthony who was 21 years old at the time.
  • We learn that Kasper was born in 1871 and the his father’s name is Adam.
  • Anthony did not know Kasper’s mother’s name.
  • Anthony did not know Kasper’s birth town or the month and day of his birth and considered Kasper’s birth country to be Austria.
  • Prior to this document we only knew Anthony and his wife Victoria were living on Concord St but did not know the street number. This certificate confirms his address as 53 Concord St.

Without firsthand or anecdotal knowledge it’s difficult to gauge the impact Kasper’s death had on the family. Based on documented records we know that he left behind:

His wife Anna – age 46.

His Son Anthony – Age 21

His daughter Julia Pendrok – age 18

His son Joseph – Age 17

His son Michael – Age 16

His son Frank – Age 8

His son William – Age 7

His daughter Mary – Age 3

We can only speculate on the difficulties Anna would face while raising a number of young children without the primary bread winner around.

In the fall of 2007 I went to St. Augustine’s cemetery because I had read that there were Zesut’s interred there. I never found a marker for Kasper but did find the Zesut family plots. I drove up the street to St. Augustine’s office to ask about the location of Kasper’s plot because his death certificate indicated he was buried there. The office clerk found the index card indicating that Kasper was indeed buried in the Zesut family plot but that there was no headstone. I would learn that his was one of four unmarked graves at the Zesut plot.

 

St. Augustine Cemetery - Glastonbury, CT

 

Zesut Family Plot Marker - St. Augustine Cemetery

 

Kasper Rzeszut

1917: Zesuts In The 1917 CT State Military Census

January 4, 2008

“In February 1917 the Connecticut General Assembly directed Governor Marcus H. Holcomb “to procure certain information relative to the resources of the State,” especially about “men and materials available for use in the event of war.” Known as the Military Census, the most significant part was a manpower census of all male inhabitants over the age of sixteen taken in 1917-1918. However, additional surveys included such things as farms, crops, livestock, automobiles, doctors, nurses, and factories.”

Source: Unknown Author. (2/2002). CT State Library. In Research Guide To The Connecticut Military Census Of 1917. Retrieved 1/3/2008, from http://www.cslib.org/milcens.htm.

Prior to researching the Rzeszuts I had no idea CT had conducted a census in 1917. Seeing as how my Great-Grandfather Anthony Zesut was 21 when the census occurred I was fairly certain I’d find him in there somewhere.

I went to the CT State Library in Hartford to check out their microfilms and hopefully find Anthony’s record.

In order to find the actual Census information you first have to find the person in the Census index. Then, using the questionnaire number on the index card, locate the document on a different reel of film.

I located Anthony’s index card on the microfilm and printed the image. I also found Joseph in the index and surprisingly Kasper was there as well. I had figured Kasper to be too old to participate. The index card reels were of very low quality and the photocopies of the image reflect that.

Anthony Zesut 1917 Military Census Index Card

 

 

 

 

Kasper & Joseph Zesut 1917 Military Census Index Card

 

As you can see the index numbers are barely legible where they are visible at all.

My next step was to find the microfilm reel with the actual photos of the completed questionnaires. Unfortunately I was only able to find Anthony’s. Click the below image to view Anthony’s 1917 CT State Military Census Questionnaire.

 

Anthony Zesut 1917 CT State Military Census Questionnaire

 

The info populated on the document is:

  • Town Or City: Glastonbury Conn
  • Date: 2/19/17
  • Full Name: Anthony Zesut
  • Post Office Address: Concord St. Glastonbury
  • 1. What is your present Trade, Occupation or Profession? Polisher
  • 2. Have you any experience in any other Trade, Occupation or Profession? None
  • 3. What is your age? 22 Height? 5’10” Weight? 150
  • 4. Are you married? Single? Widowed? Married
  • 5. How many persons are dependent on you for support? 1
  • 6. Are you a citizen of the United States? No
  • 7. If not a citizen of the United States have you taken out your first papers? No
  • 8. If not a citizen of the United States what is your nationality? Austria
  • 9. Have you ever done any Military or Naval service in this or any other country? No
  • 10. Have you any serious physical disability? No
  • 11. Can you do any of the following: Ride a horse? No Handle a team? Yes Drive an automobile? Yes Ride a motorcycle? Yes Understand telegraphy? No Operate a wireless? No Any experience with a steam engine? No Any experience with electrical machinery? No Handle a boat, power or sail? No Any experience in simple coastwise navigation? No Any experience with High Speed Marine Gasoline Engines? No Are you a good swimmer? No

One of the more interesting things on this is that Anthony had yet to become a U.S. Citizen and had not even filed his first papers yet (Declaration Of Intent). I did end up finding some Naturalization documents which indicate he did eventually become a legal citizen. Those will be covered in a future post.

This document is also the first indication we have that he and Victoria are living on Concord St. Concord St. is not far from Naubuc St. where the family had been living when the 1910 Federal Census was reported.

His occupation is listed as “Polisher”. Later documents show that he was employed in 1917 at the Colt Firearms factory in Hartford as a Polisher.

I plan on going back to the CT State Library in Hartford to further search for Kasper and Joseph’s questionnaire. I’ll also need to get the information needed to properly cite the film reels I used.