My chart used to show Adam Sanetra as the youngest of 7 children. There was a birth date for Helen Sanetra, (Adam's sister), but no death date on our genealogy report, even though there were death dates for other siblings of Adam's that died as infants. I wondered if maybe Helen immigrated somewhere, but I could not find any further information for her during several years of my searches. Yesterday, I found Helen's death record showing that she only lived 3 months. While looking for Helen's death date, I discovered an error and 4 other children we previously did not know about. Additions: Mikołj (Nicholas in English), Julia, Anna, and Piotr.
The error was that our report showed: Apolonia Sanetra born 11 Jan 1872 married twice:
1) married Józef Klosak in 1894, and had daughter Rozalia Klosak
2) married Józef Oczkowski in 1905
Apolonia Sanetra (sister of Adam Sanetra) was born 11 Jan 1872 and died 17 May 1873. Both the death and birth records state she was the daughter of Józef Sanetra and Franciszka Gowin, at house #76. I knew the genealogist took pictures of records and notations for sourcing, so I went to review those images. The person who married Józef Klosak and Józef Oczkowski was indeed a daughter of Józef Sanetra and Franciszka Gowin. But the name on the records wasn't Apolonia, it was Julia. Both marriage records said Julia was born in 1873. On Julia's second marriage record in 1905 to Józef Oczkowski, her birth date is written on the marriage record, as the exact same day as Katarzyna Sanetra. I have the baptismal record of Katarzyna, but Julia (the twin) was surprisingly not baptized at the same time. Also, at Julia's first marriage, she is listed as living at house #64. Was this a mistake on the record regarding the house number? All of Julia's siblings and 4 generations of Sanetra's said they lived at house #76. But, close Klosak and Biernat family were living in this house #64, when Julia was said to live at #64. I also thought it was strange that on Julia's second marriage record, she is not listed as a widow, and her previous spouse (Jozef Klosak) was not notated. Usually, the previous spouse was notated on Catholic Church marriage records at this time and place. Both marriage records show Julia has same birth year of 1873, with the same parents listed. Julia and Katarzyna are married and having children at the same time, so they are definitely two different people. There are multiple unusual things with Julia showing up differently than the rest of her family. But, I believe Julia's records do show that she is very clearly a twin of Katarzyna Sanetra and the sister of Adam Sanetra.
The name Julia repeats several times. First in 1873: Julia twin of Katarzna and sister to Adam Sanetra. Second Julia Sanetra's niece Julia Caputa (lived 1888-1889), then 3rd Julia Sanetra born 1905 daughter of Adam Sanetra. This Julia in 1905 was also a twin.
Attached is a new and corrected chart to show Adam Sanetra's family. Adam is now child number 9 of 11. Adam is not the youngest on my chart anymore, and Apolonia has been corrected as dying as a baby with sister Julia (instead of Apolonia) married twice. The death records that I've been reviewing show there were very high infant mortality rates, with the majority of babies born in either January or February not surviving. Franciszka Gowin had 11 children that I could find records for. Only 4 of 11 children grew to adulthood. One child lived to be age 3, one lived to be 1 year, and 5 children died under age 3 months. Even when it isn't common (or normal) for babies to survive, I imagine that it still had to be really sad, discouraging, and exhausting for so many of those mothers.
(click on image to view full screen. Formatted to 11x17 inch paper)
|Adam Sanetra's family chart: Poland & America|