Titled “News Notes” and sub-titled “Briefs” from Elyria, Ohio – September 21, 1937 — these short and seemingly insignificant titles reveal important information that tells of a much bigger story.
1937 city directory of Cleveland. Michael Sherwood
Surnames, either correct or erroneous, found in various records.:
Bender, Zagorsky, Sherwood, Jurisch/Yurisch /Urich, Ott, Bosar, Bartosch,
In Europe: Reșița in present day Romania; also known as Resicabánya, Resicza. Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița
In the United States: Ohio – Lorain and Elyria (Lorain County) and Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
My DNA has a strong match with Michael Sherwood’s grand-daughter. Sadly, the older generations have passed away. Also, and rather ufortunately, the grand-daughter at this point doesn’t feel too connected to me because she had never heard about Michael Zagorsky before.
My DNA with hers is: 189cM across 8 segments
Let me start with the fact that Michael Zagorsky was my maternal grandfather’s brother. My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky.
It seems that Andrew (Andy) Juris – Jursich Yurisch was a brother-in-law to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky when he came to America in December of 1904 to go live with Andy Juris in Lorain, Ohio. Also with Andrew Zagorsky (listed as Sagorski) on the voyage was a nephew named Joseph Bender aged 3.
All of the records that I have for Michael Sherwood show his birth date of September 12, 1899. On his Social Security application he shows his name as Michael Joseph Ott. His father’s name as Carl Ott and his mother Anna and her maiden name of Bender.
Could Joseph Bender aged 3, who came to America with his uncle Andrew Zagorsky, be the same Michael Joseph Ott — who would be the same Michael Sherwood — who was the son of Michael Zagorsky?
However, this birth record shows Michael Sherwood born in Cleveland, Ohio. :
Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 :
Name: Michael Sherwood
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1899
Birth Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Mother: Anna Urich
FHL Film Number: 1852525
There are a lot of surnames in play here so it is not easy to sort them all out so they would make some kind of sense.
I saw in 2005 there was a thread in a Rootsweb message board from someone with just the name Pam looking for more information. Her query was in part.:
“My great grandmother came to the US in 1904. My great grandfather came in 1906 to find and marry my great grandmother. His name was Carl Ott. My great granmother’s maiden name, according to my grandmother, was spelled Yurisch (Anna). I need the correct Hungarian spelling. She had a sister Mary Urosch, which makes me believe they translated their names differently in English. Also, when she came to America, she had fled from her current husband and took their son. Translated, his records show his name as Michael Sherwood.”
I wish I would have seen this query when it was written because I could have told Pam that Michael Zagorsky was Michael Sherwood’s father. This is further supported by several Elyria Chronicle-Telegram newspaper “social notes” where some have mentioned that Mike Zagorsky visited with Michael Sherwood, his son.
Anna Jurisch’s May 4, 1907 marriage record is also attached where we see even more surnames. Her father was listed as Stefan Jurisch, her mother’s name appears to be Zuzanna Bosar, and that Anna Jurisch was divorced when she married Carl Ott. Her previously married name is listed as Bartosch. So, somehow we lost Bender as Anna’s maiden name (per Michael Sherwood’s Social Security Application) that appeared in her marriage record to Carl Ott.
To note: The parents of Andrew and Michael Zagorsky were Michael Zagorsky and Mary Motrich. (Mary Motrich Zagorsky did marry a second time to an unknown man with the surname that appears to be “Stechwach”).
Resicza in Hungary seems to be a city or village that played a part in these people’s lives when they were living in Europe.
Thus, I hope to hear from some who is a descendant of Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Katherine Karcher in 1922. Their children as I know their names to be were: Marian J., Robert J., Elizabeth “Betty”, Frances, and Ruth Elaine who died young.