My great grandmother's parents were Franz Otremba who lived in Danzig, Poland. Born 1832. He married Mariea Goniswika, born 1839 in Chzechoslovakia. They lived for a few years in Danzig and then moved to a farm near Torun or Torin, in central Poland. This area was taken over by Prussia about that time. Grandma spoke both Polish and German fluently but had trouble mastering English. In her brother's family bible were pages of Births, deaths and marriages which is where I got most of the information I have on them. There was also a letter written by an 80 year old cousin who explained some of their relationships but a lot of what she said didn't match with the Bible info..I have taken what I considered to be the best bet on some of it. Children of Franz and Mariea (Goniswika) Otremba Katarenia, b 1858, Danzig Otto Anton, b Nov 1 1860 in Danzig, died Roy, Pierce, WA Franz, b 1862 Josefenia & Verona/Veronika (twins) b. 1864, Danzig Verona was my great grandmother, died 1949 in Roy, WA Anna, b. 1866died in early childhood Josef, b. 1868, Torun Tofielie, b. 1870 (don't know if male or female) Apolieonie, b. 1872 (female) Ansteria, b. 1874died early childhood Julinia, b. 1876 Jan, b. 1878 (male) Antonia, b. 1880
Anton came to America in 1882, Verona in 1884-6 Verona told her children she came over at age 16 as an indentured servant. A Nanny to a large well-to-do family who settled in Baltimore. We don't know if this is true or not. Records seem to indicate she was older than that. She found her brother in Texas about 1886 and they made their way to California. We have not found a record of their marriage. Grandma said she married on the way west as soon as they found a Catholic Priest who would marry them. They then lived in a german speaking community in San Francisco where Anton married Antonie Kluck who was b. Jun 24, 1852 in Germany/Prussia, Their first child was born in Oct 1880. Agnies Magdolina, the second was Brsino (Bruno) Franz, b May 24, 1886. We think Antonie Kluck died in California. About 1887 Anton and William Porsch (Grandma's husband) decided to come to Washington Territory to find "Wild Indians". They took a ship to Seattle then took a train southeast to the Nisqually reservation and settled in Roy, Pierce County, WA. They took out claims of 40 acres each and built cabins then went back to San Francisco and brought Grandma, Verona Otremba Porsch,and Anton's two small children back to Washington. Grandma had her first child in the cabin in Roy June 15, 1890. Anton worked on the farm of a widow who lived next door to his own property and eventually married her. Augusta Kamrath Wimmer/Wymer. She had five children and they had four more together.