Second Generation

Joseph James Lesneski, son of Frank and Dora Lesneski, was born 16 Mar 1882 in Germany; immigrated to the United States in 1887; worked as a coal miner, and later in a steel mill; died 31 May 1958 in Youngstown, Mahoning, OH. Married Jennie Bozinski about 1907. Jennie was a daughter of Stanley and Martha Bozinski, born 18 Dec 1886 in PA, and died 2 Jun 1979 in Youngstown, Mahoning, OH.

Joseph and Jennie had at least 1 child:

  • Stanley J. Lesneski; born 18 Feb 1916; died 13 Nov 1997

Source information and other documentation for Joseph and Jennie Lesneski

  • 1900 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 25, Sheet 9, 11 Jun 1900. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, PA, ED 40, Sheet 13B, 30 Mar 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Joseph. View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Youngstown City, Mahoning County, Ohio, ED 50-55, Sheet 49B, 19 Apr 1930. Head of House: Lesneski, Joseph. View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Image of registration card is unavailable. View record
  • Joseph Lesneski – World War II Draft Registration Card.  View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, Application for Marriage of Joseph Lesneski and Jennie Borzinski.  View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, Marriage License of Joseph Lesneski and Jennie Borzinski.  View image
  • Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002, published 2006, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/. Listing under Joseph J Lesneski. View record
  • Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002, published 2006, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/. Listing under Jennie Lesneski. View record

 

Martin Lesneski, son of Frank and Dora Lesneski, was born 12 Nov 1886 in Germany; immigrated to the United States in 1887. Worked as a coal miner in the Springfield Coal Co. in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA, and also served in the US Army, where he was stationed in France for a time during WWI. Martin broke his back in a mining accident on 6 Dec 1928, then died several weeks later on 21 Feb 1929 in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA. He is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA. Martin married Catherine “Katie” Golla, daughter of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz (Dennis), on 26 Jan 1910 in Tyler, Clearfield, PA. Catherine was a twin, born on 20 May 1891 in Penfield, Clearfield, PA, and died 14 Oct 1939 in Nanty-Glo, Cambria, PA. She is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA.

  

Martin and Catherine had 7 children:

  • Martin A Lesneski; born 4 Aug 1912; died 8 Mar 1941. Married Elizabeth Marie Smith.
  • Dorothy Lesneski; born 5 Oct 1913; died Nov 1980. Married Nicholas Hottendorf.
  • Joseph Stanley Lesneski; born 30 Dec 1915; died 13 Apr 2005. Married Margaret Mahalko.
  • Francis Edward Lesneski; born 12 Apr 1918; died 25 May 1989. Married 1) Dorothy May Bradford Parker, 2) Lillian Suzanne Planck.
  • John Lesneski; born 17 Oct 1920, died 13 Feb 2000. Married 1) Anne Varhola, 2) Mary Fredley.
  • David George Lesneski; born 30 Apr 1923; died 11 Mar 1984. Married 1) Jane McHugh, 2) Julia Corrigan.
  • Anna Rose Lesneski; born abt 21 Jul 1924; died abt Dec 1965. Married Burton Tiffany.

Source information and other documentation for Martin and Catherine Lesneski

  • 1900 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 25, Sheet 9, 11 Jun 1900. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 85, Sheet 8., 23 Apr 1910. Head of House: Lesneski, Martin. View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 92, Sheet 12 B, 4 Feb 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Martin. View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Nanty-Glo Borough, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 11-93, Sheet 2B, 3 Apr 1930. Head of House: Lesneski, Catherine. View image
  • US Army, Register of Enlistments 1798-1914, entry for Lesneski, Martin F, 1904.  View image
  • US Army, Register of Enlistments 1798-1914, entry for Lesneski, Martin F, 1905.  View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, 1885-1916, FHC film 1,288,682; Application for Marriage of Martin Lesneski and Catherine Golla. View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, 1885-1916, FHC film 1,288,682; Marriage License for Martin Lesneski and Catherine Golla. View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Martin Lesneski, Huston Township, Clearfield County, PA., Date of Registration – June 5, 1919. View image
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Martin Lesneski, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 19797, Registered Number 18, 23 Feb 1929. View image
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Catherine Lesneski, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 87856, 16 Oct 1939. View image
  • Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society, A Compilation of Coal Mine Deaths and Injuries in the Black Lick Valley Area, http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/CoalMIneDnI.html. Compiled from various sources, but predominately from past issues of “The Journal”, a weekly newspaper published in Nanty Glo, PA since 1921. Note two entries related to Martin Lesneski: 1) Lesneski, Martin, 12-06-1928, and Lesnesky, Martin, 02-21-1929.
  • Warholic, George R. (Transcriber), St. Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions, Transcribed on May 29 – October 8, 2000, and updated on September 10, 2005., http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/StMaryNG_K_P.html.
  • Funerals Conducted by the Ondriezek Funeral Home, http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/ondriezek_1.html.
  • Nanty Glo Journal (newspaper), 21 Feb 1929.  Article about Martin Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Nanty Glo Journal (newspaper), 12 Oct 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Altoona Mirror (newspaper), 16 Oct 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Indiana Evening Gazette (newspaper), Indiana, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Record of Burial Place of Veteran, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Military Affairs.  Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards 1777-1999.  Lesneski, Martin.  View image
  • Golla, August, Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History). View document.
  • Orsie, Joanna, Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History). View document.

 

Stanley Lesneski, born Apr 1889 in PA. Stanley was a coal miner like others in the family. Stanley was living at home with his father in 1920.

Source information and other documentation for Stanley Lesneski

  • 1900 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 25, Sheet 9, 11 Jun 1900. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield Couny, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 84. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 91, sheet 4B, 10th and 12th January 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image.

 

Thomas Lesneski, son of Frank and Dora Lesneski, was born Mar 1891 in PA. Thomas was a coal miner like others in the family. Thomas was living at home with his father in 1920.

Source information and other documentation for Thomas Lesneski

  • 1900 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 25, Sheet 9, 11 Jun 1900. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield Couny, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 84. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 91, sheet 4B, 10th and 12th January 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image.

 

James W. Lesneski, son of Frank and Dora Lesneski, was born 28 Jul 1893 or 1894 in Antrim, Tioga, PA (birth year listed as 1893 in the 1900 census and on his WWI Draft Registration card, and listed as 1894 on his headstone, WWII Draft Registration card, and in the Social Security Death Index); died 14 May 1956. Buried at St. James Cemetery, Waverly, NY. James married Estella “Stella” Godomski about Oct 1921. Estella was born 17 Oct 1897 in Poland, and died 22 Apr 1970 in Waverly, NY. James was also a coal miner, and was the Postmaster in Tyler, PA for a time. He was the executor of the Frank Lesneski estate.

James and Estella had at least 13 children, 9 of which reached adulthood:

  • Mary Ann Lesneski; born 5 Jul 1922; died 8 Nov 1983. Married Ellsworth Clifford Johns.
  • James Walter Lesneski; born 9 Sep 1923; died 28 Oct 2003. Married Marian Rose Shermer.
  • Anna Rose Lesneski; born 5 Nov 1924. Married Stanley Warner.
  • Louise Lesneski; born 19 Feb 1926; died 12 Mar 1984. Married Harry Alfred Daniels.
  • Stillborn child; born and died 28 Mar 1927.
  • Leo Lesneski; born 17 Jun 1928; died 27 Aug 1928.
  • Francis R. Lesneski; born 18 Feb 1930. Married Phyllis Riley.
  • Freda Lesneski; born 17 Jul 1931. Married Charles Rice.
  • Martha Lesneski; born 26 Jul 1932.
  • Catherine Lesneski; born 7 Jun 1938; died 1982. Married William Britton.
  • Margaret Lesneski; born after 1940. Married Arthur Bittel, Jr.
  • Dorothy Jane Lesneski; died as an infant.
  • John Lesneski; died as an infant.

Source information and other documentation for James W. and Estella “Stella” Lesneski

  • 1900 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 25, Sheet 9, 11 Jun 1900. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield Couny, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 84. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 91, sheet 4B, 10th and 12th January 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Frank. View image.
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Jay Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania, ED 24-9, Sheet 4B, 4 Apr 1930. Head of house: Lesneski, James. View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/. Registration place – Penfield, Clearfield County, PA. View image
  • Ancestry.com, U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Regist. View image
  • Wilson, Eloise (Transcribed and Contributed by), St. James Cemetery Transcriptions, http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytioga/james11.htm. Waverly Cemetery Commission ( burial records ), Local History books, so named Death Books refers to records in Bradford Co., Pa. Courthouse, Obituaries. PDF copy of this source is available here.
  • Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Available on the Internet at http://www.familysearch.org/. Entry listed under James Lesneski, died May 1956.
  • Clearfield Progress (newspaper), 25 Oct 1921, page 4, Marriage license announcement for James Lesneski. View image (second column, very bottom)
  • Clearfield Progress (newspaper), 26 Oct 1925, mentions James Lesneski accused of theft. View image (first column, fifth story)
  • Ancestry.com, Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971, Original data: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.  View image

What’s New

  • January 2017 - Added obituary sources on Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • January 2016 - Added sources for David G. Lesneski and Francis R. Lesneski on the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • November 2015 - Added sources for Frank and Dora Lesneski (First Generation); added sources for the Martin Augustus Lesneski family on the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • October 2014 - Added death and obituary details for Margaret Lesneski Bittel.
  • August 2014 - Added picture and sources for John William Lesneski.
  • July 2014 - Updated numerous details related to Martin Lesneski, Martin Lesneski Jr., Louise Lesneski Daniels, Leo Lesneski, Dora Lesneski, and a stillborn child of James and Stella Lesneski.
  • March 2014 - Updated details on the Third and Subsequent Generations page.

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