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Franciszek Mierzwa

Franciszek Mierzwa

Male Abt 1857 - 1917  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Franciszek Mierzwa  [1
    Nickname Frank 
    Born Abt Aug 1857  [1
    • Franciszek was recorded as being 33 1/2 at the time of his marriage in February 1891.
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 16 Oct 1870  [2
    • This birth year, which was listed on his death certifidate, is almost certainly incorrect based on his age when he got married, but the day/date could be accurate.
    Immigration Bef Oct 1902  [3
    • When Anna and Zofia arrived in the US in October 1902, Francis is listed as their contact, living in Priceburg (Dickson City).
    Name Francis Mierzwa 
    Name Franciscus Mierzwa 
    • This was the Latinized version of his name used in church records.
    Occupation slate picker in a coal breaker  [2
    • Slate pickers were tasked with sorting through impure coal in processing plants, known as coal breakers. The plants would break pieces of coal into useful sizes, and pickers would remove impurities such as slate from the clean coal.
    1918 magazine photo of slate pickers at work
    1918 magazine photo of slate pickers at work
    Coal Breaker in Scranton, PA, circa 1905
    Coal Breaker in Scranton, PA, circa 1905
    Image from the US Library of Congress - https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003688436/
    Find-A-Grave ID 37870221 
    Died 6 Apr 1917  705 Dundaff Street, Dickson City, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cause: chronic myocarditis and nephritis 
    Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
    Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
    Registration District No. 581, File No. 45005, Registered No. 38
    1. Place of death: 705 Dundaff St, 3rd Ward, Dickson City, Lakcawanna County
    2. Full Name: Frank Mierzwa
    3. Sex: M
    4. Color or Race: W
    5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Married
    6. Date of borth: Oct 16, 1870
    7. Age: 47 years, 5 months, 22 days
    8. Occupation: Slate picker in coal breaker
    9. Birthplace: Austria
    10. Name of father: Tadeuz (sp?) Mierzwa
    11. Birthplace of father: Austria
    12. Maiden name of mother: Mary ?
    13. Birthplace of mother: Austria
    14. Informant: Annie Mierzwa, Priceburg, PA
    15. Filed Apr 7, 1917
    16. Date of daeth: April 6, 1917
    17. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Jan 6, 1917 to April 6, 1917, that I last saw him alive on April 6, 1917 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 4 am. The cause of death was as follows: chronic myocarditis & nephritis, duration 1 to 2 years
    18. (blank)
    19. Place of burial or removal: St. Mary's, Priceburg, PA; date of burial: April 8, 1917
    Buried 8 Apr 1917  Saint Mary's Old Visitation Cemetery, Dickson City, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Frank has no headstone, and it's possible that he was relocated to the new cemetery when his wife Anna died in 1948 (or alternately, she might haven been buried in this cemetery in an empty plot adjacent to his.)
    Person ID I58  Main Tree
    Last Modified 15 May 2022 

    Mother Maryanna Mierzwa,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Panek,   b. Abt May 1870,   d. Yes, date unknown  [6
    Marriage Banns 18 Jan 1891  Kościół pw. Trójcy Świętej (Church of the Holy Trinity), Rudnik nad Sanem, Niżański, Podkarpackie, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Banns were announced January 18, January 25, and February 2.
    Married 3 Feb 1891  Kościół pw. Trójcy Świętej (Church of the Holy Trinity), Rudnik nad Sanem, Niżański, Podkarpackie, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Marriage record for Franciszek Mierzwa and Anna Panek, 1891
    Marriage record for Franciszek Mierzwa and Anna Panek, 1891
    Franciszek and Anna's entry is the seventh one down, entry #3 in the Kopki section.

    (English translation of the original Latin): Kopki village; entry 3; date of marriage: 3 February 1891; GROOM -- Home number: to 127 (?) / from 154; Name: Franciszek Mierzwa son of Marinnae of Paulo Mierzwa; Catholic; age 33 1/2; BRIDE -- Name: Anna Panek, illegitimate daughter of Anna Panek of Antonio; Catholic; age 20 3/4; single; Witnesses and their Condition: Casimir Wojsus and Jan Kowar
    Three banns read January 18, January 25, February 2.
    Children 
     1. Zofia Mierzwa,   b. 11 May 1892, Kopki, Niżański, Podkarpackie, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1924, West Side Hospital, Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Banns - 18 Jan 1891 - Kościół pw. Trójcy Świętej (Church of the Holy Trinity), Rudnik nad Sanem, Niżański, Podkarpackie, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Feb 1891 - Kościół pw. Trójcy Świętej (Church of the Holy Trinity), Rudnik nad Sanem, Niżański, Podkarpackie, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: chronic myocarditis and nephritis - 6 Apr 1917 - 705 Dundaff Street, Dickson City, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Apr 1917 - Saint Mary's Old Visitation Cemetery, Dickson City, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Church Records -- Rudnik nad Sanem, Poland, downloaded 29 April 2022; 1892; page 25 (image 14); Kopki entry 3: marraige entry for Franciszek Mierzwa and Anna Panek (Reliability: 3).
      (Oirignal Latin): Pagus Kopki. Series: 3; Dies et Mensis: 3 Febr. 1891; SPONSUS -- Numerus domus: ad 127 (?) ex 154; Nomen: Franciscus Mierzwa fil. d. Mariannae de Paulo Mierzwa; Religio: Catholica; Aetas: 33 1/2; (single/widowed status not noted); SPONSA -- Nomen: Anna Panek fil. illeg. Annae Panek de Antonio; Religio: Catholica; Aetas: 20 3/4; Caelebs; Testes et eorum Conditio: Casimirus Wojsus (sp?) and Joannes Kowar (sp?)
      Tribus bannis (illeg) 18/1, 25/1, 2/2 (rest illegible)
      (English translation): Kopki village; entry 3; date of marriage: 3 February 1891; GROOM -- Home number: to 127 (?) / from 154; Name: Franciszek Mierzwa son of Marinnae of Paulo Mierzwa; Catholic; age 33 1/2; BRIDE -- Name: Anna Panek, illegitimate daughter of Anna Panek of Antonio; Catholic; age 20 3/4; single; Witnesses and their Condition: Casimir Wojsus and Jan Kowar
      Three banns read January 18, January 25, February 2.
      Marriage record for Franciszek Mierzwa and Anna Panek, 1891
      Marriage record for Franciszek Mierzwa and Anna Panek, 1891
      Franciszek and Anna's entry is the seventh one down, entry #3 in the Kopki section.

      (English translation of the original Latin): Kopki village; entry 3; date of marriage: 3 February 1891; GROOM -- Home number: to 127 (?) / from 154; Name: Franciszek Mierzwa son of Marinnae of Paulo Mierzwa; Catholic; age 33 1/2; BRIDE -- Name: Anna Panek, illegitimate daughter of Anna Panek of Antonio; Catholic; age 20 3/4; single; Witnesses and their Condition: Casimir Wojsus and Jan Kowar
      Three banns read January 18, January 25, February 2.


    2. [S7] Death Certificates -- Pennsylvania, downloaded 19 July 2021; file number 45005; Frank Mierzwa; 6 April 1917 (Reliability: 2).
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Registration District No. 581, File No. 45005, Registered No. 38
      1. Place of death: 705 Dundaff St, 3rd Ward, Dickson City, Lakcawanna County
      2. Full Name: Frank Mierzwa
      3. Sex: M
      4. Color or Race: W
      5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Married
      6. Date of borth: Oct 16, 1870
      7. Age: 47 years, 5 months, 22 days
      8. Occupation: Slate picker in coal breaker
      9. Birthplace: Austria
      10. Name of father: Tadeuz (sp?) Mierzwa
      11. Birthplace of father: Austria
      12. Maiden name of mother: Mary ?
      13. Birthplace of mother: Austria
      14. Informant: Annie Mierzwa, Priceburg, PA
      15. Filed Apr 7, 1917
      16. Date of daeth: April 6, 1917
      17. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Jan 6, 1917 to April 6, 1917, that I last saw him alive on April 6, 1917 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 4 am. The cause of death was as follows: chronic myocarditis & nephritis, duration 1 to 2 years
      18. (blank)
      19. Place of burial or removal: St. Mary's, Priceburg, PA; date of burial: April 8, 1917


    3. [S6] Passenger Lists -- Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, PA, downloaded 6 May 2022; sheet 5, lines 14 and 15 (Reliability: 2).
      Manifest of Alien Passengers, S.S. Pennland, 1 Oct 1902
      Manifest of Alien Passengers, S.S. Pennland, 1 Oct 1902
      S.S. Pennland, sailing from Antwerp, September 17, 1902

      Lines: 14, 15
      Name in full: Anna Mierzwa, aZofia Mierzwa
      Age (years): 30, 9
      Sex: F, F
      Married or single: Married, Single
      Able to read: yes, no
      Able to write: yes, no
      Nationality: Galician
      Last residence: Rudnik
      Seaport for landing in the United States: Philadelphia
      Final destination in the United States: Pittsburg, Pa.
      By whom passage was paid: self, by (illeg)
      Whether in possession of money, and if so how much if $30 or less: $6
      Whether ever before to the United States: no
      Whether going to join a relative, and if so, what relative, their name and address: husband, Franc. Mierzwa, Priceburg, by car, Pittsburg, Pa.
      Ever in Prison or Almshouse or supported by charity: yes
      Whether a polygamist: no
      Whether under (illeg) express or implied in labor in the United States: no
      Condition of Health, Mental and Physical: good
      Deformed or Crippled: no
      Nativity: Galicia, Rudnik
      Mother Tongue: Polish
      Subject of what country: Austria


    4. [S7] Death Certificates -- Pennsylvania, downloaded 19 July 2021; file number 45005; Frank Mierzwa; 6 April 1917 (Reliability: 3).
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Registration District No. 581, File No. 45005, Registered No. 38
      1. Place of death: 705 Dundaff St, 3rd Ward, Dickson City, Lakcawanna County
      2. Full Name: Frank Mierzwa
      3. Sex: M
      4. Color or Race: W
      5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Married
      6. Date of borth: Oct 16, 1870
      7. Age: 47 years, 5 months, 22 days
      8. Occupation: Slate picker in coal breaker
      9. Birthplace: Austria
      10. Name of father: Tadeuz (sp?) Mierzwa
      11. Birthplace of father: Austria
      12. Maiden name of mother: Mary ?
      13. Birthplace of mother: Austria
      14. Informant: Annie Mierzwa, Priceburg, PA
      15. Filed Apr 7, 1917
      16. Date of daeth: April 6, 1917
      17. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Jan 6, 1917 to April 6, 1917, that I last saw him alive on April 6, 1917 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 4 am. The cause of death was as follows: chronic myocarditis & nephritis, duration 1 to 2 years
      18. (blank)
      19. Place of burial or removal: St. Mary's, Priceburg, PA; date of burial: April 8, 1917


    5. [S7] Death Certificates -- Pennsylvania, downloaded 19 July 2021; file number 45005; Frank Mierzwa; 6 April 1917.
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Death Certificate, Frank Mierzwa
      Registration District No. 581, File No. 45005, Registered No. 38
      1. Place of death: 705 Dundaff St, 3rd Ward, Dickson City, Lakcawanna County
      2. Full Name: Frank Mierzwa
      3. Sex: M
      4. Color or Race: W
      5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Married
      6. Date of borth: Oct 16, 1870
      7. Age: 47 years, 5 months, 22 days
      8. Occupation: Slate picker in coal breaker
      9. Birthplace: Austria
      10. Name of father: Tadeuz (sp?) Mierzwa
      11. Birthplace of father: Austria
      12. Maiden name of mother: Mary ?
      13. Birthplace of mother: Austria
      14. Informant: Annie Mierzwa, Priceburg, PA
      15. Filed Apr 7, 1917
      16. Date of daeth: April 6, 1917
      17. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from Jan 6, 1917 to April 6, 1917, that I last saw him alive on April 6, 1917 and that death occurred on the date stated above at 4 am. The cause of death was as follows: chronic myocarditis & nephritis, duration 1 to 2 years
      18. (blank)
      19. Place of burial or removal: St. Mary's, Priceburg, PA; date of burial: April 8, 1917


    6. [S4] Church Records -- Rudnik nad Sanem, Poland, downloaded 29 April 2022; 1892; page 18 (image 10); entry 24: birth and baptismal entry for Sophia Mierzwa (Reliability: 3).
      (Oirignal Latin): Series: 24; Natus: 11 Aprilus; Baptistat: 12 Aprilus; Numerus domus: 164; Nomen: Sophia; Religio: Catholica; Sexus: Puella; Thori: Legitimi; Pater: Francisius Mierzwa, fil. ill. Mariannae Mierzwa de Paulo natae; Mater: Anna Panko, fil. ill. Catharinas Panko de Antonio natae; Patrini et eorum Conditio: Josephus Zygmund, agr., Agnes Pilat, ead.
      (English translation): Entry: 24; birthdate: 11 April; Baptism: 12 April; Family number: 164; Name: Zofia; Relgion: Catholic; Gender: Female; born in wedlock; father: Franciszek Mierzwa, illegitimate son of Marianna Mierzwa, daughter of Pawel; mother: Anna Panko, illegitimate daugther of Katarzyna Panko, daugther of Anton; Sponsors (godparents) and their condition: Jozef Zygmund, farmer, and Agnes Pilat, the same
      Birth and baptismal record of Zofia Mierzwa, 1892
      Birth and baptismal record of Zofia Mierzwa, 1892
      Zofia's entry is the fourth one down, entry #24.

      (English translation of the original Latin): Entry: 24; birthdate: 11 April; Baptism: 12 April; Family number: 164; Name: Zofia; Relgion: Catholic; Gender: Female; born in wedlock; father: Franciszek Mierzwa, illegitimate son of Marianna Mierzwa, daughter of Pawel; mother: Anna Panko, illegitimate daugther of Katarzyna Panko, daugther of Anton; Sponsors (godparents) and their condition: Jozef Zygmund, farmer, and Agnes Pilat, the same