Archive for March, 2008

KasperandAnna Blog Mentioned In Gen Dobry!

March 31, 2008

This blog was favorably mentioned in the March 31, 2008 issue of the Email Newsletter Gen Dobry! It’s an honor to be mentioned in a fine resource which I’ve enjoyed in the past. You can check it out by clicking HERE. From that page click the link to the archives and view the .pdf for the March 2008 edition.


1929: The Death Of Anthony Zesut

March 31, 2008

On June 1, 1929 my great grandfather Anthony Zesut died of pneumonia at Hartford Hospital.

Born Antoni Rzeszut on May 12, 1895 in Dabrowica, Austria-Poland, he immigrated to the United States in 1909 with his mother and four siblings joining his father Kasper who had immigrated in 1907.

In 1916 Anthony married Victoria Puscizna and they went on to have five daughters: Frederica, Mary, Wanda, Sophie and Ann.

Anthony and his family lived in Glastonbury, CT until they moved to Hartford in 1923 where they lived down the street from the Colt’s Firearms Manufacturing Company where Anthony had been employed as a polisher for many years.

He left behind his wife Victoria and their five daughters. He also left his mother and step-father Anna & Peter Spark, two sisters, three brothers, three nephews and one niece. He was previously deceased by his father Kasper in 1917 and his brother Joseph in 1924.

I obtained a copy of Anthony’s death certificate from the State Of CT Department Of Vital Records. Following is a scan of that document. Click on it to view an enlargement.


June 1, 1929 - Anthony Zesut Death Certificate

SOURCE: Connecticut State Department Of Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Medical Certificate of Death. June 1, 1929


Connecticut State Department Of Health

Bureau of Vital Statistics

Medical Certificate Of Death

  • 1. Full Name Of Deceased: Anthony Zesut
  • 2. Primary Cause Of Death: Lobar Pneumonia
  • 3. Duration: 10 Days
  • 4. Secondary Cause Of Death: blank
  • 5. Duration: blank

This portion of the certificate is dated June 1, 1929 and was signed by Dr. J.T. Woodson, Anthony’s physician at Hartford Hospital.

Undertakers Certificate – Personal & Statistical

  • 1. Full Name Of Deceased:Anthony Zesut
  • 2. Place Of Death – Town: Hartford – Hartford Hospital
  • 3. Number Of Families In House: blank
  • 4. Residence At Time Of Death: 111 Huyshope Ave. Hartford, CT
  • 5. Occupation: Polisher
  • 6. Condition: Married
  • 8. Date Of Death: June 1, 1929
  • 9. Date Of Birth: May 12. 1895
  • 10. Age: 34 years, 20 days
  • 11. Sex: Male
  • 12. Color: White
  • 13. Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: Poland
  • 14. Father’s Name In Full: Kaspar Zesut
  • 15. Father’s Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: Poland
  • 16. Mother’s Maiden Name: Annie Kopar
  • 17. Mother’s Birthplace – Town: blank – Country: Poland
  • 18. Place Of Burial: Glastonbury, Connecticut Cemetery: St. Augustine
  • 19. Name Of Informant: Mrs. Zesut Address: Hfd, Connecticut
  • 20. Was Body Embalmed : Yes If So, Name Of Embalmer: Frank M. Lowe License No. 664

Certificate is signed by the embalmer Frank M. Lowe of East Hartford, Conn.

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.

  • It’ s worth noting that Anthony died at the same hospital and of the same primary cause as his father Kasper.

This past fall I hadn’t been sure where Anthony was buried. When I found this death certificate and saw it indicated he was at St. Augustine cemetery in Glastonbury I drove to the church’s office to find out where. I had previously searched St. Augustine but was unable to locate a headstone. The clerk at St. Augustine’s was extremely helpful and located the index card for the Zesut plot and it indicated that Anthony was indeed in the same location as several other members of his family. This was also how I came to find out that Kasper, Anna, and Joseph Zesut were buried in the same area. Unfortunately there are no headstones for any of them. Many years later one of Anthony’s daughters had a family marker placed at their gravesite.

St. Augustine Cemetery - Glastonbury, CT


Zesut Family Plot Marker - St. Augustine Cemetery

Anthony Zesut 1916

Times would not be easy for Anthony’s family following his death. The Great Depression was just beginning and I can only imagine what hardships his widow and five daughters faced.

Since I started this blog I’ve felt that the articles on my Rzeszut ancestors have been leading up to this one. The lack of knowledge about my Great Grandfather is one of the main reasons I began researching this family in the first place. Through the past several months I feel as though I’ve gotten to know my Polish immigrant forebears which is extremely rewarding. I’ve met relatives I never knew and through old photos have placed names to faces. Quite interesting!



Update: My (possible) cousin in Poland

March 30, 2008

I heard back from Ania this weekend in regards to her trip to visit relatives in Dąbrowica. Ania’s mothers maiden name is Rzeszut and she grew up in the same town Kasper & Anna’s family were from. Ania was hoping to look at the old parish records to gather some information on the Rzeszuts in an effort to confirm if her great great grandfather and my great great grandfather Kasper (Kacper in Poland) were brothers. Unfortunately there were weddings, baptisms and funerals going on which didn’t allow the priests any time to help out. The good news is they told her they DID receive the letter I wrote to them a few months ago asking about birth and marriage records but had only just received it around Easter. Ania’s parents have also taken an interest in this and plan on going back to the church in a few weeks to hit the books and gather Rzeszut info. As with most genealogy, patience is required – although I must admit…I’m on the edge of my seat!

Stay tuned…

1929: Frank Zesut Marries Anna Rurek

March 26, 2008

On January 28, 1929 Frank Zesut married Anna Rurek.

I found a copy of Frank & Anna’s marriage certificate/license at the Glastonbury Town Hall and transcribed the information on it. The original document is held by the City Of Hartford Vital Records Dept.

Connecticut State Department Of Health

Bureau Of Vital Statistics

Marriage License

Town Of Hartford

  • Groom’s Name:Frank Zesut
  • Age:21
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Polisher
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Poland
  • His Residence: Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Single
  • 2d or 3d Marriage: First
  • Name Of Father:Caspar Zesut
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Annie Kopec
  • Supervision or Control of Guardian or Conservator: No
  • Bride’s Name: Anna Ruvock
  • Age: 22
  • Color: White
  • Occupation: Factory
  • Birthplace – Town: blank Country: Poland
  • Her Residence: Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Single, Widowed or Divorced?: Single
  • 2d or 3d Marriage: First
  • Name Of Father: Charles Ruvock
  • Maiden Name Of Mother: Catherine Watrous
  • Supervision or Control of Guardian or Conservator: No

The certificate is signed by S. Musiel; the pastor of St. Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford and Florene L. Garrity, the assistant registrar for the city. The license was applied for on December 31, 1928.


Frank Zesut & Anna Rurek Wedding Photo

Source: Frank and Anna Zesut Wedding Photo. Photographer Unknown. January 28, 1929. From the Irene Zesut Pardo Collection. Digital scan of original photograph.

The only people in the photo I’ve been able to place names to are Mary Zesut (young girl on the far left), Frank and Anna Rurek Zesut (center) and William Zesut (back right). The rest are presumed to be from Anna Rurek’s family.

A High-Resolution version of this photo can be found in the Photo Archive.

Frank & Anna would go on to have two children; Edward and Irene. Both children would eventually marry and have children of their own. Irene is very passionate about Rzeszut family history and has been an invaluable resource to me.

Copies of CT marriage Licenses are open to the public and a copy of Frank and Anna’s can be ordered from the The City Of Hartford Vital Records Department. The order form for a copy can be reached here.


March 26, 2008

This morning I received an unexpected email. The writer was a 22 year old Economic Science major in Warsaw, Poland who had just recently stumbled upon this blog. Her name is Ania and her mother’s maiden name is Rzeszut. Ania went on to say she believes we may be related because her mother’s Rzeszut family is from Dąbrowica. The amazing thing is that she called her grandmother and asked if she knew of a Kasper Rzeszut. Sure enough – her grandmother recalled that her deceased husband’s grandfather’s brother was a Kasper Rzeszut who had emigrated to the United States! So *if* the Kasper she mentioned is the Kasper Rzeszut that many of us reading this site are descended from then her Great Great Grandfather was Kasper’s brother. This would make she and I Fourth Cousins.

We exchanged several emails today and she is very familiar with Dąbrowica and will be visiting family there this Saturday. She’s going to try to access the parish records to look for records that will prove the family connection. She will also be speaking to her grandfather’s brother Antoni Rzeszut who may be Kasper’s Grand Nephew.

While it may turn out we are not related there are two factors that make this seem like a pretty good match

1. Her Rzeszut ancestors are from Dąbrowica. The same place Kasper and Anna and their children were from.

2. Her grandmother recalls hearing of a Kasper Rzeszut who emigrated to the US. Through all of my research I have yet to come across another Kasper Rzeszut who came to the US.

For now I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Anna is able to find information connecting our family to hers. This could get VERY interesting!

P.S. – It’s been ages since I last updated this site. I haven’t’ stopped the research – I’ve been throwing all of my time into parish records from the town Anthony Zesut’s wife Victoria Puscizna was from. There will be extensive information posted concerning the Pusciznas very soon!