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
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.
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