The Grinkevich Family

The Grinkevich Family
For years this family with the many varied name spellings has been a source of fascination. I never knew my great grandparents-- we visited when I was very young, but I have no memory of this momentous occasion. Pictures show them as two tiny, wizened people aglow with love for each other. Perhaps therein lies the source of my interest. Though they went through many trials in their lives, from living in poverty in a Russian ruled country with no hope of a happy future, to burying several children in the spring of their young lives. Their tenacity carried them through. That, and their devotion, and faith in God.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eva and John Wisneski/Wisneswski Family

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The spelling variations of this surname pose difficulties in family history research.

There’s nothing but this to show that Eva’s husband John Wisneski died in 1918.  Whether he died of influenza in the pandemic, a mining accident, or other causes, is unknown t0 me.  At the time of John's death it appears he was survived by his wife Eva, and seven children ranging in approximate ages from 2 to 16.  John was laid to rest in the old part of St. Stanislaus Cemetery --his tombstone is either missing or illegible.
Thanks to John Haile for the above record.        
According to the 1920 U.S. Census Enumeration (remember to take this information with a grain of salt):
Widowed, Eva, age 38, lived at 1209 Hemlock Street in Coal Township, PA with her five sons and two daughters.  They are John, age 19; Anna, 16; Anthony, 13; Stanley, 11, Albert, 6; Victoria, 8; and Victor, 4.  The children were all born in Pennsylvania, and save for the two eldest who worked outside the home, and four year old Victor were attending school.  Nineteen year old John was a laborer at a coal mine, and sixteen year old Anna worked as a winder in a silk mill.

Eva had a mortgage on the house.  The enumeration lists Eva’s place of birth as Russia/Poland, with Polish as her mother tongue—she could not speak English, nor could she read or write, and didn’t work outside the home.  She is listed as having immigrated in 1895, and being naturalized in 1900.  She did have a boarder, 50 year old Stanley Moroski, who was a naturalized citizen.

~May They Rest In Peace~

Note that the above obit states Eva is the daughter of "the late Mr. and Mrs. William Grincavage" and that among her survivors are "one sister, Mrs. Anna Manakas, Chicago, Ill., and a brother, William Grincavage, Wisconsin."

 Obituaries dated June 21 & 22 courtesy of the “Shamokin News Item.”
         Eva Wisneski died June 20, 1962.


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Eva Wisneski’s tombstone at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.[1]

For more on EVA WISNESKI click  Findagrave

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Eva's daughter Victoria and son-in-law Joseph Zushin are also laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Coal Township, Pennsylvania.

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[1] Photos courtesy of John Haile.                                              

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