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Jim Summers' Polish and East Frisian (and Other) Ancestors

Updated December 29, 2001

James D. Summers

8554 W. Catherine Av.

Chicago, IL 60656-2527

773-693-4815

suchgo@aol.com

Welcome! My family background is of Polish origin on my father's side, and of East Frisian (German near the Holland border), French and Irish origins on my mother's side.
Paternal surnames I am researching include: SUCHOMSKI (Anglicized to SUMMERS), KLOPOTEK-GLOWCZEWSKI, MYSLINSKI, TOPOLINSKI. The ancestral area is near Tuchola in present-day Kujawy-Pomorze province, Poland. These ancestors settled in Chicago, IL in the late 19th century.

Maternal surnames: VANDERHORST, VAN GOENS, REEMTS, MOORE, LOYER (LAWYER), DE HART. The Vanderhorsts and Van Goens came to Chicago in the late 19th century from Emden, Germany. One of my Loyer ancestors, Mark Loyer, a private in Company F, 10th New York cavalry, was wounded in the Civil War at Stony Creek, VA in December, 1864.

My ancestry is meticulously described back to ten generations in World Family Tree [tm] Vol. 5, Tree # 3498, and Vol. 2, Tree # 956.

Be sure to visit my Suchomski Ancestry Website. It has many interesting articles, links and multimedia features.

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Family Photos

  • Television Appearance of Eugene Summers (346 KB)
    Photograph of Eugene Summers (left), being interviewed by Fahey Flynn on the "Standard News Round-Up" television program, WBBM-TV broadcast, Chicago, Feb, 1957. From a private collection.
  • Photograph of Hedwig and John Suchomski (33 KB)
    Photograph from the announcement of the Suchomskis' 50th anniversary in the 14 November 1923 issue of the Dziennik Chicagoski [Polish language newspaper]. From the Polish Museum of America Library, Chicago, IL.
  • Death Notice of Hedwig Suchomski (172 KB)
    Hedwig Suchomski's death notice in the 27 June 1925 issue of the Dziennik Chicagoski [Polish language newspaper]. It lists her maiden name as Myslinski; her husband and children's names; and their spouses' names; her sister, Anna Urban; and that she had grandsons, granddaughters and one great-grandson. She belonged to the Polish Women's Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. From the Polish Museum of America Library, Chicago, IL.
  • Photograph of Anastasia Glow Summers (13 KB)
    Anastasia Glow (Glowczewski) Summers, wife of Edmund Summers, c. 1942, Ephraim [?], WI. Courtesy of Jeanne Karabin.
  • Photograph of Hilkea and Dirk VanderHorst (231 KB)
    Wedding portrait of Hilkea and Dirk VanderHorst, 22 November 1884, Wetter (Ruhr), Germany. Courtesy of Carole Allen.
  • Polish R. C. Union Record of Hedwig Suchomski (306 KB)
    Beneficiary Certificate No. 12352 [in Polish and English], in File for Claim No. 16009 (1925), for Hedwig Suchomski, a member of Society No. 53, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. From the Polish Museum of America Library, Chicago, IL.
  • Photograph of Eugene Summers (75 KB)
    Portrait photograph of Eugene Summers, c. 1946, Chicago. From a private collection.
  • Photograph of Edmund Suchomski (Summers) (9 KB)
    Edmund Suchomski (Summers) at age 71, 11 May 1947, Nielsen's Restaurant, Chicago, IL. Courtesy of Jeanne Karabin.
  • Earliest Record of the Suchomski Surname (401 KB)
    Mateusz Suchomski of Zdroje is mentioned three times on this page as a marriage witness: 14 Feb 1715 (2nd entry, left column); 14 Jul 1715 (3rd entry, left column); and 25 Oct 1716 (3rd entry, right column). From the St. Catherine Roman Catholic parish marriage records [in Latin], Sliwice (Tuchola), in present-day Kujawy-Pomorze province, Poland; FHL film 0840101, item 4, p. 54, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Obituary of Abraham DeHart (104 KB)
    Obituary of Abraham DeHart, 16 Nov 1896, Ft. Wayne [IN] Sentinel, p. 1. The cathedral mentioned is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. From the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN.
  • Photograph of Lillian and Frederick VanderHorst (12 KB)
    Wedding portrait of Lillian and Frederick VanderHorst, April 1916, Oak Park, IL. Courtesy of Perry Parsino.
  • 1880 U.S. Census Listing of Abraham DeHart (284 KB)
    Census listing of Abraham DeHart and his wife Elizabeth, 39 Wall St, Ft. Wayne, Allen Co, IN; E.D. 127, Sheet 29, Lines 10 and 11; National Archives Microfilm.
  • Letter describing Mark Lawyer's (Loyer's) wounds (260 KB)
    Affidavit of Dr. N. K. Clarke of Geneva, NY, entitled "Additional Evidence," dated 20 Aug 1878. From the pension record of Pvt. Mark Lawyer (Loyer), Co. F, 10 NY Cav, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Photograph of Esther and Peter Barrand (51 KB)
    Photograph of Esther (Lawyer) and Peter Barrand, c. 1950s, Chicago, IL. Courtesy of Shirley Carter.
  • Map of Prussia, abt. 1871 (246 KB)
    A detail of a map of Preussen [Prussia], after 1871, showing the provinces of West and East Prussia (north is up). The Suchomski ancestral area is in West Prussia between Tuchel (now Tuchola) and Schwetz (now Swiecie) and is circled. Source: "Meyers Grosses Konversations-Lexikon" ["Meyers Large Conversation Lexicon"], Bibliographic Institute: Leipzig and Vienna, 1909; from a private collection.
  • Skirmish at Stony Creek, VA, 1 Dec 1864, part 1 (289 KB)
    A decription of the engagement in which Mark Loyer was wounded. From "History of the Tenth Regiment of Cavalry, New York State Volunteers, 1861-65," by N. D. Preston, 1892, p. 233, Civil War and American History Research Collection, Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL [Stony Creek is about twenty miles south of Petersburg, VA]
  • Likeness of Mark Loyer (13 KB)
    A digitally reconstructed likeness of Mark Loyer (Lawyer) based upon the photograph of Esther Barrand, one of his daughters. Set against a background vintage photograph of a New York cavalry regiment. By the author.
  • Suchomski Ancestral Area in W. Prussia (165 KB)
    A detail of a map of Preussen [Prussia], after 1871, showing the provinces of West and East Prussia (north is up). The Suchomski ancestral area is in West Prussia between Tuchel (now Tuchola) and Schwetz (now Swiecie) and is circled. Source: "Meyers Grosses Konversations-Lexikon" ["Meyers Large Conversation Lexicon"], Bibliographic Institute: Leipzig and Vienna, 1909; from a private collection.
  • Skirmish at Stony Creek, VA, 1 Dec 1864, part 2 (357 KB)
    A description of the engagement in which Mark Loyer was wounded. From "Hisory of the Tenth Regiment of Cavalry, New York State Volunteers, 1861-65," by N. D. Preston, 1892, p. 234, Civil War and American History Research Collection, Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
  • Female Descendants of Mark Loyer (56 KB)
    (from left), Mark's daughter, Anna Lawyer Moore (in May, 1946, Chicago, from an 8 mm movie clip); Anna's daughter, Lillian Moore Vanderhorst Lohagen (11 May 1947, Chicago); Lillian's daughters: Annette Vanderhorst Summers (13 Mar 1981, Chicago); and Dorothy Lohagen Wozny. From a private collection.
  • Chicago Street Map, 1898 (248 KB)
    A detail of a street map of Chicago, 1898, showing the heart of the old Polish neighborhood (north is up). W. Division St. is lower middle. Noble St. is one block east of Cleaver. St. Stanislaus Kostka is at the southeast corner of Noble and Ingraham [now Evergreen] Sts. The small numbers on the blocks indicate the house numbers in the old Chicago address system. Source: "The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad Map of Chicago," Issued 1898. Reprinted 1995 by Central Electric Railfans' Association; from a private collection.
  • Civil War Marker at Stony Creek, VA (58 KB)
    A marker describing military actions at Stony Creek in June and December, 1864. Virginia State Historical Marker, U.S. Highway 301 and Lee St., Stony Creek, VA, erected 1928. Photographed by the author in September, 1995
  • Photograph of Anna VanderHorst (4 KB)
    A portrait of Anna VanderHorst, daughter of Dirk VanderHorst, c. 1905, Chicago. Courtesy of Perry Parsino.
  • Photograph of Society No. 53, Polish R. C. Union (300 KB)
    A photograph of Society No. 53, the Polish Women's Association of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1917. Hedwig Suchomski belonged to this organization. She is the woman, second full row, third woman from the left, with hands clasped in front. From the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish (Chicago) 50 Year Jubilee Book, p. 167, Polish Museum of America Library, Chicago, IL
  • Photograph of John Martin VanderHorst (11 KB)
    Dirk VanderHorst's son, John, c. 1920. Courtesy of Perry Parsino.
  • Photograph of Hedwig Suchomski (412 KB)
    Detail of a photograph of Society No. 53, the Polish Women's Association of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1917. Hedwig is the woman, lower center with hands clasped in front. From the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish (Chicago) 50 Year Jubilee Book, p. 167, Polish Museum of America Library, Chicago, IL
 

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