Archive for the ‘Births’ Category

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.

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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.