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Joseph Mikolyskis from Poland / Schnetz from Germany

Updated April 6, 2002

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Joseph and Mary Mikolyski (Mikolajewski) immigrated to the US with a baby girl in 1903 and settled in Exeter, New Hampshire. Joseph was born in 1881 in Wrzesnia, Poland. His mother's name was Marianny M. Mizerska. Mary, his wife, was born in 1875, birthplace unknown. Joseph's death cert. states that Mary's maiden name was Hollar. I'm almost positive this is an Americanization of her name. Don't know their marriage date or route from their home in Poland to US or port of entry. Some people have said they entered at Ellis Island. But I'm not so sure. By 1920, they were still living in Exeter, New Hampshire with 9 children, Adasia-1901, Frank-1904, Victoria & Sylvester,twins-1906,(Sylvester moved to MO and changed his name to McClasky) Philip-1908, Theodore-1911, Edward-1914, Lucy-1915, and Stafford-1919, my father-in-law. Sometime in early 1920's another daughter was born, Mary-1921, married name, Bruno. I know a little about spouses and children of these siblings.

Charles/Carl Schnetz was married to Elizabeth Heinzelman in 1884 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He immigrated in 1882 and she immigrated in 1884. He was from Baden, Germany and was 80 yrs old when he died in 1935, and she was from Switzerland and was 55 yrs old when she died in 1915. They raised a family and died in Louisville, KY. One of their sons, William Edward Schnetz, my grandfather,b. 11 Apr 1896, d. 10 Feb. 1946, married Guadalupe Garcia in Arizona, 1922. They gave birth to William Charles in Arizona-1923, Mary Louise in Indiana-1924, Elizabeth Hope in Kentucky-1925(my mother), and Frank in Arizona-1927 or 28. I have found Schnetzes in Sacramento-i don't know if they are related or not. I believe relatives were or are in Kentucky and Indiana, still trying to locate some. Guadalupe was supposedly born in Ajo, Arizona in 1907, but Arizona civil records show no birth record for her. Perhaps she was born in Mexico as her sister, Frances Loretta's SSDI record shows she was born in Mexico. Two sisters and a brother were also born, but died before they reached adulthood. Their mother, Esperanza Quiroz, may have been born in Barcelona, Spain, or Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, in 1882. She tells stories of fearing Poncho Villa. Sometime after Esperanza's children were born, Francisco Loretto Garcia, her husband, died and she moved back to Ajo to live with her brother, Ignacio (Nacho) Quiroz. The legends about my grandmother's family haven't been documented yet. They further say that there is Navajo Indian blood somewhere-not too distant. No one ever wanted to admit any real facts about that detail. I have located Esperanza's death certifacte-d.10 August 1964 in San Bernardino, CA. as Esperanza Q. Martinez. In 1922, when she signed a permission to marry for my grandmother, she was Esperanza Q. Rivera.

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