I am asking for some help in continuing my research on my Maternal Grandfather Andrew Molenda and his wife Mary Agnes Ziemba. I would like to confirm where he was born, married, and also get more information on his parents (if I have them listed correctly) and hopefully, go further back from there. I have very few family members that are living and as many others, regret that I didn’t talk to them more when they were living.
I also need some help with my Maternal Grandmother Mary Agnes Ziemba. I am really at a brick wall with her. I have explained below about information from my grandmother that her mother was not married and her father ran away when she was born. The name of Ziemba is questioned as to whether it is her mother’s maiden name. I know it is very important to find the birth town in order to determine the Parish, Village, Diocese, etc.
Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. DETAILS BELOW:
MOLENDA, ANDREW B: 25 OCT 1893 (Krzemiewicza, Austria/Poland)? or (Lancut/Loucut, Poland) D: 18 MAR 1959 (Garflied, Heights, Ohio/Cleveland. Ohio/Cuyahoga County)
Departed Antwerp, Belgium on ship ZEELAND & arrived Ellis Island 13/15 FEB 1912
MOTHER – Marie/Mary Cruzka (no other information known)(Cruska/Kruzka/Pruczka)
FATHER – Frank Molenda (Possibly from Koscina, Posnan, Krzemiewicza.
BROTHER – George F. Molenda (to USA possibly in 1905 & traveled with a Mr. Sielka) (B-1887 Poland – D-10 OCT 1978 California)
BROTHER- Stanley Molenda (family reports he stayed in Poland –unknown birth/death/residence)
OTHER SIBLINGS – Joseph, Agnes, Carolka, Anna, Bernice (nothing known about them).
ANDREW - MARRIED: (date/place unknown, but I think they married in U.S., but I have not been able to confirm) to: (WIFE) - ZIEMBA, MARY Agnes B: 25 APR 1892 (Kamienica, Poland/Galicia) (Diocese Przemysl-?? maybe) D: 29 OCT 1976 (Cleveland, Ohio/Cuyahoga County)
HER MOTHER –( Mary Ziemba ??) Mary Agnes wrote on her Social Security Application that her mother Mary was not married, so it is not clear if her mother’s “Ziemba” is her maiden name. HER FATHER –recorded as Joseph Ziemba on Mary’s death certificate, but Mary Agnes wrote on her Social Security Application that father was “unknown/ran away” and that her Step-father’s name was JOHN PIERZCHALA.
I am trying to find out what is correct and hope that I can find out where Mary Agnes was Baptized and hopefully her father will be listed and also, her mother’s surname or maiden name.
CHILDREN OF MARY & ANDREW MOLENDA (all born in Clevleand, Ohio): FRANK: B: 7 OCT 1916, D: 18 SEP 1996 STANISLAUS: B: 22 JAN 1918, D: ? MAR 1980 JOSEPH: B: 1 OCT 1919, D: 12 JAN 1986 ROSE: B: 7 AUG 1921, D: 2 AUG 2001 ADELINE/ADELLA (Sister Mary Cornelia): B: 25 FEB 1924, D: 4 APR 2002 ELEANOR ANN: B: 29 SEP 1925, D: 29 SEP 1988 ZOFIE (Sophie V.): B: 12 MAR 1927, D: 26 FEB 2008
POSSIBLE ADITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MARY AGNES ZIEMBA, I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY HER: SHIP MANIFEST – NEW YORK PASSENGER LIST – ARRIVAL: 11 MAY 1910 Line 13 - MARYA ZIEMBA 17yrs. Old – servant – birth location/Galicia/Posada, birth year abt 1893
SHIP – Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse – departed from Bremen.
Line 13 – father listed as JEDREZY ZIEMBA – FINAL DESTINATION – I can’t read the city and state and would appreciate help in figuring that out. I think it would really help in my research.
LINE 12 – JOZEF ZIEMBA – 34yrs, old. Unclear what the relationship is to Mary Agnes. Is Jedrezy really her father. Could Jozef and Jedrezy be brothers? Father & son? One other piece of information is that on her death certificate, her son listed a “Joseph Ziemba as father”. Can’t read destination city and state on line 12 either. LISTED FOR JOZEF’S relative is WIFE - MARYA ZIEMBA. (could that be Mary Agnes mother?? I would appreciate other researcher’s views on everything.
(Possible step-father) JOHN PIERZCHALA – 2 in 1990 Poland Census in Katowickie & 1 in Nowosadeckie.