Uncovering the Mystery of the Relationship of Mike Zagorsky and Mike Sherwood as Father and Son -Thanks to my Own Unexpected DNA connection.

Michael (AKA Mike) Zagorsky was my grand-uncle on my mother’s side of the family.  He was an older brother to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky.  Both brothers immigrated to the Lorain/Elyria area in Lorain County, Ohio. 

Mike Zagorsky’s wife was Marie (AKA Mary) Novascek Zagorsky.

Mike Zagorsky immigrated to America in April, 1907, however, his wife Marie and a daughter named Anna, immigrated to America in September 1907.  

For Mike Zagorsky.:

“Mihály Zagorszky’s ship manifest shows that he was born in Stajer…something. This is possibly Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița. Mihály was joining his brother Andreas in Lorain, Ohio:

Name: Mihaly Zagorszky

Gender: Male

Race: German

Birthdate: 1874

Age: 33

Arrival Date: 10 Apr 1907

Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany

As stated on Marie Zagorsky’s Petition for Naturalization, she married Mike Zagorsky on May 5, 1905 in “Resicza” Austra-Hungary. 

On Marie Zagorsky’s Petition for Naturalization there is information about her husband Mike Zagorsky being naturalized December 2, 1924 with a certificate number.  Unfortunately, that record was not able to be located.

Continuing with my research, I accessed some historical newspaper articles for Mike or Michael Zagorsky in the “Elyria Chronicle-Telegram”.  That is how I learned of his and his family’s visits to Mike Sherwood and his family who lived in Cleveland. 

One such brief mention stood out for me.  It was the September 21, 1937 “Brief” only a one sentence statement that caught my eye right away.: 

“Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky entertained Sunday the former’s son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood of Cleveland.” 

If correct, Mike Sherwood was a son of Mike Zagorsky.  I did some follow up with one set of estate papers that didn’t produce much for proof even though Mike Sherwood and his wife were named in them.  But more recently, another set of estate papers for the administration of Mike Zagorsky’s estate did show Mike Sherwood and named him as a son!  I thought wow, my thinking is on track.  

Now on to DNA.:  About a year ago I did my DNA test with Ancestry.  I rather quickly learned that I have a 3rd cousin match for the grand-daughter of Mike Sherwood who also did her DNA!

Unfortunately, the older generations before her are now deceased and she had no knowledge of someone named Mike Zagorsky.  Even so, can DNA lie?  Somehow I don’t think so.

I have more research to do, but not being assured at this point that I’ll learn more than I already have, I feel that the DNA results have worked to help me reach a more solid conclusion. 

Anna Edna Zagorsky Provoznik was definitely Marie Zagorsky’s daughter, however, not 100% sure she was Mike Zagorsky’s daughter as she was born prior to their marriage.  But, she was the administratrix for his estate — Mike Zagorsky died intestate.  

There are more stones to uncover and mysteries to solve, but I wanted to share at this juncture while so much of the recent information that has come to light is fresh on my mind. 

Below is a random sampling of some of the documents I have discovered in my research that relate to Mike and Marie Zagorsky as well as to “the former’s son” Mike Sherwood.  

Elyria Chronicle Telegram MAY 9 1939 - ZAGORSKY PROVOZNIK SHERWOOD - WITH FRAME & TEXTElyria Chronicle Telegram NOVEMBER 2 1937 - ANDREW AND MIKE ZAGORSKY - WITH FRAME & TEXTElyria Chronicle Telegram October 19, 1937 - ZAGORSKY PROVOZNIK SHERWOOD - WITH FRAME & TEXTElyria Chronicle Telegram -September 21 1937 - MIKE ZAGORSKY AND MIKE SHERWOOD - SON REFERENCE WITH TEXT AND FRAMEMARIE ZAGORSKY PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION - 1MARIE ZAGORSKY PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION - 2MARIE ZAGORSKY PETITION FOR NATURALIZATION - 3MARIE ZAGORSKY SHIP MANIFESTMICHAEL SHERWOOD - BIRTH RECORD - BIRTH RETURN 1899 - CUYAHOGA COUNTY OHIO FROM FAMILY SEARCH

Above is a Delayed Birth record for Michael Sherwood – note there is no surname for the father; stating only Michael. 

The typed page appears to be affixed over an older piece of paper that once served as the form for a “Return of Birth”. 

Below is the Ship Manifest for Mike Zagorsky – Line #16

MIHALY ZAGORSZKY SHIP MANIFEST LINE 16 - MICHAEL ZAGORSKY CLOSE UPMIKE ZAGORSKY DEATH CERTIFICATEMIKE ZAGORSKY ESTATE - 1942 - Widow daughter son - 1

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A Look Back at Life 130 years ago in the Village of Greenfield (Highland County) Ohio

Recalling how life was 130 years ago in Greenfield, Highland County Ohio, where many of the Limes ancestors lived in the village — and not far from it — in both Highland and Fayette Counties.

This snippet from the “Greenfield” column includes a tidbit about Mrs. William Limes. The Mrs. William Limes in this story was Savilla Jane Beals (Beals was often shown as Bales back then; and so we see it in this instance.) Her father was Noble Beals and her mother was Margaret Ann Berry Beals. Savilla Jane was married to William Limes II.  Their first-born child was named Noble Harrison “AKA Harry” Limes.

Included are the rest of the Greenfield news items of the day.

Greenfield is the second largest city in Highland County after the county seat of Hillsboro.

Hope you enjoy the look back!

 

Don’t Overlook that Unlikely Newspaper for Anecdotes about Your Ancestors

I already had the unusual photo of my 2nd cousin (twice removed), Ellza Limes, with the squirrels perched on his arms that I acquired some years ago.  So when I “bumped into” the little article about him (even though his first name was misspelled in the newspaper) while searching for stories on my father and grandfather who lived in Lorain County, I thought how neat that the little story is about one of my more colorful distant ancestors — and his pet squirrels, apparently dozens of them as I just learned!  

Of course, this was not the type of information I expected to find in an Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio newspaper knowing he had lived his whole life in the small village of Ridgeway, in Hardin County, Ohio.  

The experience confirms for me that human interest stories about our ancestors exists in places we might easily overlook.  Yet, if we follow that “little voice from within” we are led to them.  

Often the accounts are little more than anecdotes, such as this one is, but whatever their content, we instinctively treasure our newfound discovery about our ancestor.  We even gloat about the fact we believe we were meant to find their story despite the obvious odds, indeed we were right because if they want to be found, they will be!

ELLZA LIMES COLLAGE WITH SQUIRREL PHOTO AND STORY AND RIDGEWAY GARAGE