Andrew & Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky) – from Anina in Caras-Severin County, Romania to Lorain, Ohio

Andrew and Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky)

From the Banat (Anina – Caras-Severin County, Romania) to Lorain, Ohio

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

April 14, 2020

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Andrew Zagorsky

Andrew Zagorsky - early photograph restored & colored - 3-30-2015 - WITH TEXT AND FRAME

Undated photograph of Andrew Zagorsky – restored and colorized version 

My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky (born Andreas Zagorszky). He was born Decenber 15, 1880 in Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania.  Reșița is the capitol and listed as his last residence on his Ship’s Manifest when he left for America in 1904.

Reșița is the Romanian spelling.  It is also known as Resicabánya, Resicza and Oláh Resicza  depending on the language. :

https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resicab%C3%A1nya

Per my Aunt Irene Zagorsky Ferner, as a young lad living in the 1880’s and 1890’s, Andrew Zagorsky roamed Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and France as an orphan.  He learned to speak several languages and, along the way, taught himself to play the button box.

After Andrew matured into a young adult, he became a miner by trade to earn a living.

RESICZABANYA TO STAJERLAKANINA IN CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY ROMANIA - MAP 1910 - RESICA AND ANINA

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1910 partial map – Caras-Severin County Romania

                                      Resiczabanaya (Resicza or Reșița in Romanian)       

To the south is Stajerlakanina (Anina).

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1880 born 15, bapt. 16 Dec[embris] [=of December]

Andreas

ma[sculinus] [=male]

illeg[itimus] [=illegitimate]

Joan̄es [=Joannes (Latin) =Johann(es)] Zagorszky operarius [=worker/worksman] et [=and] Maria Motzicz

both Rk = Roman Catholic

Theresienthal

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORZSKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MAIDEN NAME MOTRICS

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORSZKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - FATHER JOANNES - MOTHER MARIA

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Source typed from Ancestry.com

Description of the Baptismal record for Andreas Zagorszky (Andrew Zagorsky)

Under the second column on the right side of the document.:
“Theresienthal is a valley in the Western part of the former cole-mining region near Steierdorf.  It seems the place has become a street in Steierdorf later on.”

So it was when Andrew Zagorsky  was 23 years old that America beckoned him to its shores, and specifically, to Lorain, Ohio, where (per the ship’s manifest list) that his brother-in-law, Andreas Juris (Andrew Jurisch), was already living. 

It was almost the end of the year – December 14, 1904, and the day before Andreas Sagorski (Andrew Zagorsky) would turn 24 years old that he landed in America with the sum of $18.00 in his pants pocket.

The next leg of his long-distance journey would be to board a westbound train and head for his final stop – Lorain, Ohio, where as it turned out, where he would spend the rest of his life.

There he would meet and marry a young (17 or 18 year old and also born illegitimate – father unknown) Polish immigrant girl named Jozefa (Josephine) Szczepankiewicz who was living with her uncle, Antoni (Anthony) Szczepankiewiz.  It is said that she could speak only her native tongue, but she could understand Slovak which is one of the languages that Andrew spoke. 

Andrew and Josephine Zagorsky wedding photograph in color with Text and Frame   

Together Andrew and Josephine’s married life moved forward. Through the years, their family ultimately grew to include 11 children.

By the 1930s, the family did what was necessary when it came time to enduring one of the darkest decades in American history – a time forever defined by its name – “The Great Depression.”   

During those years, Andrew was able to keep working at least 3 days a week.  Also, some of the older children left school early and went to work; some even temporarily moving out of state to West Virginia.  As younger adults, they found work in such places as glass factory or a tobacco factory where there was still employment to be had.  They sent what income they could spare back home to help their parents and the younger siblings.  

ANDREW AND JOSEPHINE ZAGORSKY FAMILY - CIRCA - 1923-1924 - WITH FRAME & TEXT - COLORIZED

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Below is the Passenger Record for Andrew Zagorsky

His name is shown as Andreas Sagorski

ANDREW ZAGORSKY ANDREAS SAGORSKI - ELLIS ISLAND SCREEN PRINT SHOWING ADRES SAGORSKI

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - FULL VIEW LINE 22

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - LEFT SIDE - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE -MIDDLE SECTION - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - RIGHT SIDE - WITH RED BOX

Hand stamped as “Admitted” – Listed on Line 22: 

Sagorski, Andreas; age 25 years; Gender:  M for Male; Marital Status: Not sure if “M” for Married or “S” for Single;

Calling or Occupation:  Miner;

Able to Read or Write:  No for both;

Nationality (Country of Last Permanent Residence): Hungary;

Race of People: German;

Last Residence (Province, City or Town): Resica;

Final Destination (State, City or Town): Lorain, Ohio;

Whether having a ticket to such destination: No; 

By Whom was such passage paid: Self; 

Whether in Possession of $50, and if less how much?: $18.00;

Whether ever before in the United States,

and if so when and where?:  No.; 

Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address:

Brother-in-Law, Juris, Andreas (Andrew Jurisch) State Street 506, Lorain, Ohio. 

(July 24, 1909, State Street was renamed West 25th Street in Lorain.)

Line 23 lists Josef Bender, Male, age 3.  

Andreas Sagorski is listed as his uncle. 

All of the same information as Andreas Sagorski except listed as Single with no occupation.  Noting the “Admitted” stamp for both Andreas Sagorski (Zagorsky) and Josef Bender.

After Andrew matured into a young adult while still living in Romania he became a miner by trade to earn a living. 

The record of citizenship intention and application documents for Andrew Zagorsky more than hint at his ambition to renounce his allegiance to Franz Joseph I, (later Charles – 1916 – 1918), Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary and become a naturalized American citizen.  We can imagine that his mind may have swirled with such long-term goals when he disembarked from the ship, S. S. Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, after it docked in New York from sailing its final voyage of the year from Bremen, Germany. 

Andrew Zagorsky - Dec of Intention - 1919

ANDREW ZAGORSKY DECLARATION OF INTENTION - JANUARY 3 1935 - Page 2

ANDREW ZAGORSKY NATURALIZATION - APRIL 16 1937

ANDREW ZAKORSKI NATURALIZATION - DECEMBER 8 1937

ZAGORSKY FAMILY 1940S COLORIZED & WITH FRAME & TEXT

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - OBITUARY

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Michael Zagorsky

 

Michael Zagorsky and Andrew Zagorsky were brothers; and their grave sites, and that of their wives, are next to each other at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

Michael, whose name is often seen as “Mike” in the many “Elyria-Chronicle Telegram” Society News columns of the 1930s and 1940s, mentions his brother, Andrew Zagorsky, of Lorain, who survived him in his published obituary. 

Yet, and somewhat surprisingly, their baptism records from Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania tell us that there may be more to the story of their true relationship as brothers.  Perhaps they were really half-brothers?  At this point, personally I am not able to state for certainty either way, but one thing I do know is that I have a high DNA match with a descendant of Michael Zagorsky leading me to believe there had to be a strong family connection between Andrew and Michael Zagorsky. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSKY BAPTISM RECORD APRIL 6 1874 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MARIA LIKO - WITH SOURCE CITATIONSMICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSZKY - LINE 128 - ANINA - BIRTH BAPTISM - APRIL 5TH AND 6TH 1874 - WITH RED BOX - TEXT & FRAME

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MICHAEL MIHALY ZAKORSZKY - SHIP MANIFEST RECORD EXPLANATION

MIHALY ZAGORSZKY SHIP MANIFEST LINE 16 - MICHAEL ZAGORSKY CLOSE UP

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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

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Below are a trio of newspaper clippings from the “Elyria Chronicle Telegram”

They each relate to Michael Zagorsky. 

Two are ‘tidbit’ type announcements; and one is his obituary.:   

NEWS NOTES mentioning  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voykofka and their son visiting  the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky that was published July 26, 1938. 

Michael Zagorsky’s obituary published September 3, 1941.  His brother, Andrew Zagorsky, and their sister were mentioned.  His sister’s surname was misspelled, however. The surname was Voykofka.  The family’s surname was later changed to Wykof.

Also, the third one is dated September 21, 1937 under the heading of “BRIEFS” and it is a short yet highly informative one sentence that tells of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky  entertaining the former’s son and family from Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY OBIT & VOYKOFKA & MIKE SHERWOOD

 

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