Zesuts in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census

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.

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3 Responses to “Zesuts in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census”

  1. Toni (Thibeault) Barrett Says:

    Hi Elliot, This is incredible information about the family and all the people we are connected to. I am excited to read about them all. What a fantastic job of investigating you have done. Aunt Toni

  2. Toni (Thibeault) Barrett Says:

    Hi Elliot,
    I have read again about the family members who lived in Anna’s household and I find the information about Thomas Kopec to be especially interesting. He must have come and stayed with Anna and Kasper when they came here. I can’t imagine he would go back to Austria and then back to the US again. It makes me wonder what happened to his parents at the time and if they were still alive when he left with Anna. Irene Pardo might know something about whether Anna’s parents were still living when they left. My mother had a story about her mother Victoria coming here and when she left Poland her mother was dying at the time and that she had lost brothers in the “war” that was going on at the time. I can’t quite remember what it was all about and how many siblings Victoria actually had and if she or mayber her mother was the one who lost the brothers in the war over there. They (the men) were “forced” to serve either in the Russian army or against them. I am going to have to look up the history of Austria at the time to put this together so the story will make more sense.
    Aunt Toni

  3. wrannej Says:

    Thomas came over on the same boat with Kasper in 1907 but then I lose track of him until this 1920 census. Then he disappears again. There’s a notation on the passenger’s list that shows he became a naturalized US citizen in 1941. On the ship’s list it says his nearest living relative in Austria was named Kopec (first name is difficult to read). I’ve written to the parish they would have belonged to in Dabrowica asking about getting copies of old records – hopefully I get a positive response. Could take months though…

    Flora Stoneberg (Anna Puscizna Slick’s granddaughter) said her grandmother indicated she had a twin brother who died young and never immigrated to the US.

    When our ancestor’s were immigrating here Austria had a policy of conscripting the men into their Army for 2-3 year terms.

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