I have a real mystery on my hands and would appreciate any suggestions. As a favor to my boss, Terry Halleck, I agreed to research his father’s family history. I started with these “facts”:
1. His surname is HALLECK, but Terry was told by a cousin that was not always their name – that it was KIOSKIEWICZ !!
2. Terry showed me a family missal with this handwritten inscription: “Mrs. Agnes KIOSKIEWICZ, wife of ADAM KIOSKIEWICZ, died Nov 17 1918, buried Nov 20 1918, born in Poland Germany Jan 6 1871 – age 47 years, 10 months, 17 days”
3. Adam Halleck (Terry’s grandfather) was married twice – 1st wife’s name unknown, and there were children in that marriage but names unknown. Adam remarried to a widow, Agnes, who brought several children into the marriage by her 1st husband, John Kovidge (Frank, Kathryn, Marie, Pauline, Stella and Veronica). Adam and Agnes would have four sons: Anthony “Tony”, Edward, Theodore and Stanley.
4. Florida Death Index: JOSEPH ADAM HALLECK d. 1955, Dade Co FL. He was living in Miami at time of his death. Terry said his grandfather was 104 when he died.
5. Adam Halleck is listed on 1945 Florida State Population Census living with son Edward and family, 901 NW 46th St., Precinct 35, Dade Co FL. His age is 88, b. GER, grade school education, retired.
1920 Census, Iosco Co MI, Tawas Township, Tawas City, residence Third Ave, shows:
Ln 34 - HALLECK, Adam, head, male, white, 62, widowed, immigrated 1879, naturalized 1881(?), POL/POL/POL, occupation: railroad section hand
Ln 35 – KOVIGE, Veronica, step-daughter, female, white, 18, single, MI/GER/POL
Ln 36 – HALLECK, Edward, son, male, white, 13, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 37 – HALLECK, Theodore, son, male, white, 11, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 38 – HALLECK, Stanley, son, male, white, 9, single, MI/POL/POL
== Note Veronica (age 18) is listed as step-daughter; three boys are sons of Adam & Agnes. Anthony died in 1919. All children born in Michigan.
1910 Census, Iosco Co MI, City of Tawas City, residence Second Avenue, shows:
Ln 90 – KSURZURGA [KSURZARGA], Adam, head, male, white, 50, M1/18, GER(POL)/GER(POL)/GER(POL), immigrated 1887 [blurred], NA, speaks Polish, occupation: laborer railroad shop
Ln 91 – KSURZURGA, Agnes, wife, female, white, 39, M1/18, 4 children/4 living,GER(POL)/GER(POL)/GER(POL), immigrated 1893 [blurred], speaks Polish
Ln 92 – KSURZURGA, Tony, son, male, white, 13, single, MI/GER(POL)/GER(POL)
Ln 93 – KSURZURGA, Frank, son, male, white, 12, single, MI/GER(POL/GER(POL)
Ln 94 – KSURZURGA, Veronica, daughter, female, white, 8, single, MI/GER(POL/GER(POL)
Ln 95 – KSURZURGA, Edward, son, male, white, 3, single, MI/GER(POL)/GER(POL)
Ln 96 – KSURZURGA, Freda, daughter, female, white, 2, single, MI/GER(POL)/GER(POL)
Ln 97 – PAZIN, Thomas, father-in-law, male, white, 72, widowed, GER(POL)/GER(POL)/GER(POL), immigrated 1888, naturalized, speaks Polish
== Note Adam and Agnes have been married one time for 18 years (married c1892) and all five children born in Michigan are listed as Adam’s children.
1900 Census, Iosco Co MI, Tawas City, enumerated 8 Jun 1900, shows:
Ln 54 – KOVIDGE, John, head, white, male, b. Jan 1867, 33, M/12, POL/POL/POL, immigrated 1887, in US 13 years, naturalized, occupation: day laborer
Ln 55 – KOVIDGE, Agnes, wife, white, female, b. Jan 1872, 28, M/12, 6 children/6 living, POL/POL/POL
Ln 56 – KOVIDGE, Katie, daughter, white, female, b. Oct 1888, 11, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 57 – KOVIDGE, Mary, daughter, white, female, b. May 1890, 10, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 58 – KOVIDGE, Stella, daughter, white, female, b. Nov 1892, 7, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 59 – KOVIDGE, Pauline, daughter, white, female, b. Nov 1896, 3, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 60 – KOVIDGE, Frank, son, white, male, b. Nov 1898, 1, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 61 – KOVIDGE, Peter, son, white, male, b. May 1900, 0, single, MI/POL/POL
== Note that John and Agnes have been married for 12 years (married c1888) and have 6 children/6 living in 1900:Katie age 11, Mary age 10, Stella age 7, Pauline age 3, Frank age 1, and Peter (infant).All children born in Michigan – John says he immigrated from Poland in 1887.
1900 Census, Iosco Co MI, Tawas City, shows:
Ln 72 – HALLECK, Joseph, head, white, male, b. May 1853, 47, M/17, POL/POL/POL, immigrated 1885, in US 15 years, naturalized, occupation: Day Laborer
Ln 73 – HALLECK, Felkia?, wife, white, female, b. Jun 1864, 35, M/17, 6 children/5 living, POL/POL/POL
Ln 74 – HALLECK, Philip, son, white, male, b. May 1885, 15, single, POL/POL/POL
Ln 75 – HALLECK, Francis, daughter, white, female, b. Apr 1888, 12, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 76 – HALLECK, Lottie, daughter, white, female, b. Mar 1891, 9, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 77 – HALLECK, Eddie, son, white, male, b. Feb 1893, 7, single, MI/POL/POL
Ln 78 – HALLECK, Leo, son, white, male, b. Jul 1894, 5, single, MI/POL/POL
== Note that Adam and Felkia have been married for 17 years (married c1883) and have 5 children living in 1900: Philip age 15, Francis age 12, Lottie age 9, Eddie age 7 and Leo age 5. The oldest child Philip Halleck was born in Poland c1885; the others born in MI. Joseph/Adam says he immigrated in 1885
I found marriage records for Agnes to her first husband, John, and to her second husband, Adam, and something does not add up !!
Marriage record of John and Agnes, Tawas City, Iosco Co MI:
License issued 7 Jan 1888 – Married 16 Jan 1888 in St. Joseph’s Church, East Tawas MI
Groom: John KEWICZ, age 23
Groom’s Parents:Thomas Kewicz and Frances Kurch
Bride:Agnes PASEY/PASEG, age 17
Bride’s Parents:Thomas Pasey/Paseg and Martha Kastwin
== Agnes’ marriage record in Jan 1888 appears to match 1900 census with husband John. Their 1st child was born in Oct 1888 in Michigan. So 1893 immigration date for Agnes is incorrect.
Marriage record of Adam and Agnes, Tawas City, Iosco Co MI:
License issued 15 Aug 1902 – Married 20 Aug 1902 by Fr. J. A. Mercer, Catholic priest
Groom:Adam KSIOJKIEWICZ, age 46
Groom’s Parents:J. Ksiojkiewicz and Mary Nowizki
Bride: Mrs. Agnes Jarkewicz (maiden name Agnes Parzzse), age 32
Bride’s Parents: J. Parzzse and mother’s name unknown
== Agnes’ marriage record to Adam in Aug 1902 does not match information on 1910 census where she says she has been married once for 18 years.She also says she has had 4 children and 4 are living in 1910 – yet 5 children are listed in their 1910 household.
Why did Adam change his surname from HALLECK (1900 census) when he was married to first wife, to KIOSKIEWICZ (1910) census when he was married to Agnes?
Then on 1920 census, he is Adam HALLECK once again!!
Why did Adam say he and Agnes had been married for 18 years (1910 census) when they married in 1902?
Why did Agnes say she had only 4 children (1910 census) when she had 6 children with 1st husband John?
So many puzzling questions – the primary one being the unexplained name change by Adam. He states he was born in Germany/Poland and immigrated c1885. HALLECK does not appear to be a German/Polish surname.
Any suggestions in helping me resolve this mystery are gratefully appreciated.