05 January 2011

Wednesday’s Child -- Theodore Hruszczak

I have no photo of a tombstone for my great-uncle.  Sadly, I have yet to find where he is buried. One of my Genalogical Goals this year is to locate the burial location of PANKO and BESSIE MATYZ HRUSZCZAK's first child -- THEODORE.

Theodore was born in 1916 but he died tragically in before 1918. My grandfather (JOSEPH) was born in 1917 and is the one who told me the story of how Bessie was cooking Easter lunch. She set the pot of boiling water on the floor and Theodore was just starting to crawl and scalded himself to death.

Their third son was also named THEODORE. The 1920 census shows only Panko, Bessie, Joseph and (the second) Theodore.

I know Theodore (the baby) was NOT buried with the rest of the family at our church cemetary - HOLY GHOST UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CEMETERY in COATESVILLE, CHESTER COUNTY, PA - but am not sure where exactly he is buried. Panko and Bessie married in Coatesville. He worked at the steel mills. Shortly after marriage I did find the two of them and one son - presumably my missing Theodore - living in Columbia, Lancaster County, PA (according to Panko's WW1 Draft Registration Card).

1 comment:

  1. Eke - that is a tragic & sad story.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)