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The FURMANSKI / FOREMAN / FORMAN Family

This is the paternal line for a couple of my first cousins through my GALUS line. Following is what I have gathered on the FOREMAN family.  I have connected with two other FOREMAN researchers.  This family connects to the MORITZ Family.


 Joseph and Marianna FURMAN

In the NE 1900 Federal Census Butler Twp., Platte County, NE, is the following listing:

Soundex F655, page 05a, Dwelling 085, Family 086
Furman, Joseph, age 87, born Apr 1813 in Poland Aust
Head; Married 49 years, c1851; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs. Papers submitted; Cannot read, write or speak English; Owns a house, free of mortgage.
Furman, Mariana, age 69, born Jul 1830 in Poland Aust
Wife; Married 49 years, c1851. She had 8 children, 4 living; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs; Cannot read, write or speak English.

Questions yet to be answered:

 We have not found where in Poland Joseph and Marianna are from.  I found a Sebastian FURMANSKI in the microfilmed parish records of Łęki Górne / Leki Gorne, Galicia, Poland.  This is the village where my GALUS and KUDRON families originated.  Sebastian's first wife was Anna PODRAZA, a daughter of Joannis PODRAZA and Catharina SZYMANSKA. Sebastian gave his birthplace as Szynwałd / Szynwald, which is a few kilometers south of Łęki Górne.  I checked the Szynwałd microfilms, but did not find anyone from Joseph and Marianna's family.

 We have not found the FURMANSKI Family on a ship passenger list as yet.  Some time back I wrote to the Nebraska State Historical Society asking them to search for the naturalization papers of the FURMANSKI / FOREMAN family.  I received a packet of information, which included the Final naturalization papers for Mike FURMAN of Duncan, Nebraska.

Items of note on Mike's naturalization papers:
 Date of Naturalization was 22 Sep 1906
 Mike Furman of Duncan, Nebraska, occupation Farmer, was born in Austria on 29 Sep 1867
 Mike arrived in the United States at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, on or about Sep 1867 (name of the ship was blank).
I wonder if this date is in error. According to his naturalization papers, Michael was born in September 1867.  (His tombstone has his birthdate as 18 September 1868.)  ALL of the census entries for the FURMANSKI / FOREMAN family indicate they immigrated in 1880.
 Mike first resided in Arkansas for 3 years, and has been residing in the State of Nebraska for the last Thirty-six years, which computes to the 1867 year of arrival.

 We have yet to determine where Joseph and Marianna are buried.  Since they were living in Butler Township in Platte County Nebraska, it is reasonable to speculate that they may be buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Duncan.  Two of their sons, Martin and Michael, are buried in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Based on information I've extracted from various sources, I believe the following are the children of Joseph and Mariana

Children of Joseph and Mary FURMAN / FOREMAN

1. John / Yan FOREMAN

 Marriage Record
Platte County marriage record:
John FURNAMSKI and Mary MORYAZ
7 Oct 1890, Burrows [Burrows is now Tarnov Nebraska]
John, age 24 (c 1866), residing in Platte County, born Aust, parents: Joseph Furnamski and Kosz Marcyanna
Mary, age 18 (c 1872), residing in Platte County, born Aust, parents: George Moryaz and Anna Korus

 1890 Gazetteer for Platte County
In the 1890 online Nebraska State Gazetteer Farmer List for Platte County are the following listings:
Forman John, Platte Centre.
Forman M, Platte Centre.
Forman Mich, Platte Centre.
Formanski A, Duncan.

 1900 U.S. Census
From the 1900 online Nebraska Census, Butler Twp, Platte County
Soundex F655, page 05b, Dwelling 097, Family 098
Forman, John, age 36, born May 1864 in Poland Aust
Head; Married 8 years, c1892; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs. Alien.
Forman, Mary, age 24, born Jun 1875 in Poland Aust
Wife; Farmer; Married 8 years, c1892. She had 4 children, 3 living; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1881; In the US 19 yrs; Cannot read or write; Owns a mortgaged farm, ag. sched. #74.
Forman, Kathe, age 6, born Jun 1893 in Nebraska
Daughter; Single; Parents born Poland Aust; Cannot read, write or speak English.
Forman, Mary, age 3, born Feb 1897 in Nebraska
Daughter; Single; Parents born Poland Aust.
Forman, Domik, age 10m, born Jul 1899 in Nebraska
Son; Single; Parents born Poland Aust.

 1910 U.S. Census
Extracted from the 1910 Nebraska Census, Lost Creek Twp, Platte Center Village, Platte County
Dwelling 136, Family 136
Forman, John, head, male, white, age 45, married once, 20 years, born Aust Poland, immigrated 1875, naturalized, farmer
Forman, Mary, wife, female, white, age 35, married once, 20 years, mother of 6 children, 4 living, born Aust Poland, immigrated 1876
Forman, Mary, dau, female, white, age 14, single, born Nebraska
Forman, Dominic, son, male, white, age 12, ditto
Forman, Charles, son, male, white, age 8, ditto
Forman, Phelix, son, male, white, age 3, ditto
-- Dwelling 137, Family 137 was George and Anna Moritz, parents of Mary Forman --
(Omaha Nebraska Public Library - 13 Feb 2000)

In the cemetery extracts for Platte County is the listing for:
Yan FURMANSKI 9 Grud 1910, St. Michael's Cemetery, Tarnov, Nebraska.
The date of death translates to 9 Dec 1910. My Aunt confirmed that this is my Uncle Felix's father. Felix would have been about 3 1/2 years old at the time of his father's death. John worked for the railroad at that time. He was accidentally hit by a train while working. His leg was completely severed and he bled to death.

Photos by Bruce and Marge Sandlier, October 2000

Mary Moritz Foreman Weiss    Mary Moritz Foreman Weiss     In an email earlier this year (2000) from my cousin, she wrote about her grandmother: "My grandmother was widowed when my dad was quite young and then married John Weiss, a widower. Mr. Weiss had two or three children. He and my grandmother had Sally and George. Sally passed away many years ago of cancer--probably in the 50's. Actually, she died within months of my grandmother. She married Dan Capazo. George passed away a year ago."

 Second Marriage of Mary MORITZ
Platte County marriage record:
John WEEZ (sic) married Mary TURMAN (sic) on 15 Apr 1913 in Platte Center Nebraska
John, age 31, was residing in Platte Center, born in Aust, his parents were: Michael WEEZ & _________
Mary, age 35, was residing in Platte Center, born in Aust, her parents: Geo. Morrotz & Annie Velbus

 1920 U.S. Census
By the 1920 Nebraska census Mary is again widowed:
1920 Nebraska census, Lost Creek Twp, Platte Center Village, Platte County
Dwelling 100, Family 100
Wiess, Mary, head, owns home free and clear, female, white, age 45, widow, immigrated 18(8?)5 na 1885, born Poland
Foreman, Dominic, son, male, white, age 20, single, born Nebraska
Foreman, Charle, son, male, white, age 13, single, born Nebraska
Francis, son, male, white, age 10, single, born Nebraska
Wiess, Stacia(?), dau, female, white, age 6, born Nebraska
Wiess, George, son, male, white, age 4, born Nebraska
(Omaha Nebraska Public Library - 13 Feb 2000)

Mary died 3 Nov 1951 in Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska. She is buried in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Platte Center.

John FOREMAN and Mary MORITZ had the following children:

  1. Anna Catherine FURMANSKI was born 15 Oct 1891 and baptized on 17 Oct at St. Michael Church, Tarnov, Platte County, Nebraska.
  2. Catherine / Kate FOREMAN was born 17 Jun 1893 in Nebraska and baptized on 18 Jun at St. Michael Church, Tarnov, Platte County, Nebraska. Catherine married Frank COUPONS / COUPENS 31 Jan 1910 at Platte Center, Nebraska (son of Peter COUPONS and A. MICEK). Frank was born about 1883 (he was 27 at the time of his marriage).  Catherine died about 11 Jun 1970.  Catherine and Frank had two children.
  3. Mary FOREMAN was born 2 Feb 1897 in Nebraska and was baptized on 14 Feb at St. Michael Church, Tarnov, Platte County, Nebraska. Mary married Clinton JONES 5 Feb 1916 at Columbus, Nebraska (son of I.N. / Isaac N. JONES and Sophia MISTERS). Clinton was born about 1895 in Nebraska (he was 21 at the time of his marriage).  Mary died about 29 Sep 1980.

      Three of Mary and Clinton's children are buried in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery near Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska:
      Clifford N. JONES, born Dec 23, 1917, died Mar 6, 1918
      Betty JONES, born May 15, 1925, died Jun 9, 1925
      Donna L. JONES, born Jan 5, 1936, died Dec 16, 1936

  4. Dominic Josef FOREMAN was born 13 Aug 1899 in Nebraska; he was baptized on 20 Aug at St. Stanislaus Church, Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska. Dominic married Francisca (Frances) CIELOHA, born 11 Aug 1904. Frances was a daughter of Joseph and Katherine MOSTEK CIELOHA. Dominic died 11 August 1941 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. He was fishing with his son by the Missouri River; he fell in and drowned.  Frances died Mar 1967.  Dominic and Frances are buried at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery (48th & Q Streets), Omaha, Nebraska. Dominic and Frances had three sons. Frances' sister Stella/Tekla/Tillie CIELOHA married John Louis SOKOL (son of Louis and Anna KUDRON SOKOL), Marge's first cousin twice removed. Another sister, Catherine, married Dominic's cousin Leo--son of Martin.
  5. Vera FOREMAN, born about 1904 in Nebraska. Vera married Frank J. BANDUR 20 Jun 1922 in Platte Center, Nebraska (son of Barney BANDUR and Catherine RIBA). Vera and Frank had a daughter Rita (Mickie). Vera and Frank divorced. Vera second married Oscar JONES, brother of Clinton JONES who married Vera's sister Mary.  Vera died about 19 Apr 1966.
  6. Charlie FOREMAN, born 29 Apr 1906 in Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska.
    According to Charles' obituary he married Stella V. SHEMEK on 19 Feb 1932.  The Tarnov, Nebraska, St. Michael's Church 125th anniversary book shows that Stanislaus* FORMANSKI married Stephania SIEMEK on 21 Feb 1933. Stella was born 9 Apr 1910 and died about 10 Nov 1963 in a car accident in Colorado.  Charles died 15 Dec 2006 at the age of 100.  Both are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, near Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska. Charlie and Stella had two children who are still living.
    Online obituary
    * I have yet to figure out why many Polish men named Stanislaus also went by the name of Charles.

  7. Marriage photograph of Anna GALUS and Felix FOREMANFelix Philip FOREMAN was born 4 Jul 1908 in Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska. Felix married my Aunt Anna Frances GALUS on 24 Oct 1938.  Anna was a daughter of Stanislaus GALUS and Martha nee KUDRON.  She was born 28 Nov 1915 near Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska.  They lived in Utah for a time and then moved to South Omaha, Nebraska.  Both of them worked in the packing houses near the Stockyards in South Omaha.  My GALUS grandparents, my parents and the FOREMAN family lived next to each other in the South Omaha neighborhood around St. Francis Assisi parish.  Felix died 3 Apr 1997 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska;  Anna died 24 Jul 2007 in Omaha.   They are both buried at St. John Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska.  Felix and Anna had two children who are still living.


  8. Francis (aka Dom) FOREMAN, born about 1910 in Nebraska. Dom married Julia ELSEN on 9 May 1935 in Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska.  Julia was born about 1914 in New York.  According to a daughter of Dom and Julia's, Julia was part of the Orphan Train. She was adopted by Hypolt ELSEN and his wife Louisa BROWN.

John WEISS and Mary MORITZ had the following children:

  1. Sally WEISS, born about 1914 in Nebraska. Sally married Don CAPAZO.
  2. George WEISS, born about 1916 in Nebraska. George married Mary Frances PROROK 20 Oct 1937 (daughter of Frank PROROK and Catherine KUSH). George died 12 Oct 1998. Mary Frances was born 20 Sep 1915 in rural Genoa, Nance County, Nebraska; she died 16 Feb 2000 in Gretna, Nebraska. Mary is buried at Sts Patrick/Joseph Cemetery, Platte Center.
    Reference for George's death: 1998 deaths reported in the Columbus Telegram
    Reference for Mary's information: 2000 deaths reported in the Columbus Telegram

    While researching my GALUS family, I discovered that Mary Frances PROROK's paternal grandparents were John and Marianna GALUS PROROK. In tracing Marianna's GALUS line I found that she is my half first cousin once removed. I have more about John and and Marianna on my Related GALUS Families page. George and Mary Frances PROROK WEISS' descendants are all distant cousins of mine.

2.

Martin FOREMAN

 Marriage Record
Platte County marriage record
Date: October 22, 1888
Martin FURMANSKY, age 24, son of Joseph FURMANSKY and Martha KAST
Married
Mary DROST, age 18, daughter of Joseph DROST and Katie BUITAS

 1890 Gazetteer
In the 1890 online Nebraska State Gazetteer Farmer List for Platte County are the following listings:
Forman John, Platte Centre.
Forman M, Platte Centre. I am guessing this is Martin.
Forman Mich, Platte Centre.
Formanski A, Duncan.

 1900 U.S. Census
In the online NE 1900 Federal Census Butler Twp., Platte County, NE, is the following listing:

Soundex F655, page 05a, Dwelling 084, Family 085
Furman, Martin, age 34, born Sep 1865 in Poland Aust
Head; Farmer; Married 9 years, c1891; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs. Papers submitted; Owns a mortgaged farm, ag. sched. #64.
Furman, Mary, age 26, born Mar 1874 in Poland Aust
Wife; Married 9 years, c1891. She had 5 children, 5 living; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs; Cannot read, write or speak English.
Furman, Mike, age 10, born Sep 1889 in Nebraska
Son; At School; Single; Parents born Poland Aust; Attended school 1 months; Cannot read, write or speak English.
Furman, John, age 9, born Feb 1891 in Nebraska
Son; At School; Single; Parents born Poland Aust; Attended school 1 months.
Furman, Helena, age 7, born Mar 1893 in Nebraska
Daughter; Single; Parents born Poland Aust.
Furman, Leo, age 4, born Jun 1895 in Nebraska
Son; Single; Parents born Poland Aust.
Furman, Ladislaus, age 2, born Jun 1897 in Nebraska
Son; Single; Parents born Poland Aust.

 1910 U.S. Census
1910 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Platte County,  Butler Township, ED# 176, Page 6a
Dwelling 102, Family 72
Forman, Martin, head, m, w, age 49, divorced, born Austria Poland, parents same, immigrated 1880, naturalized, Farmer, Farm
Forman, Mike, son, m, w, age 20, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland, Laborer, farm
Forman, John, son, m, w, age 14, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland, Laborer, Railroad
Forman, Helena, daughter, f, w, age 17, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland, none
Forman, Leo, son, m, w, age 14, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland
Forman, Wladislaus, son, m, w, age 12, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland
Forman, Philip, son, m, w, age 9, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Poland

 Farmer's Directory of Butler Township
In the online Farmers' Directory of Butler Township, Platte County, Nebraska - 1923 is the following listing:
Forman, Martin. Ch. Mike, Walter and Phillip. P.O. Duncan, R. 1. O. 139.68 ac., sec. 19. (30.)

I also found the marriage records of two of Martin and Mary's children in the Platte County marriage extracts. Mary's maiden name is given as DROZD on one and as DRODZ on the other. The 1900 census listing notes Martin and Mary's birth month and year. Martin died 6 Aug 1928, Mary died 15 Apr 1905. Both are buried at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska.

Martin and Mary DROZD were the parents of the following children:

  1. Michael was born 20 Sep 1889 in Nebraska. He died in 1968 and is buried in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska.
  2. John was born 15 Feb 1892 in Nebraska. He married Cecelia BOGUS (b. about 1904, dau of Wm BOGUS and Mary NYADA) 21 Feb 1922 in Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska.
  3. Helena was born 6 Mar 1893 in Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska. She married Joseph CZARNICK/CZARNIK (b. 6 Mar 1893, son of Kazimierz and Katherine KANTOR CZARNICK) 8 Nov 1916 at St. Stanislaus Church, Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska. They were the parents of five children. Helena died 19 Sep 1985; Joseph died 27 Sep 1976. Both are buried at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Krakow, Nance County, Nebraska.
  4. Leo was born 6 Jun 1895 in Nebraska. He married Catherine CIELOHA (b. 15 Aug 1903, dau of Joseph and Katherine MOSTEK CIELOHA) 4 Feb 1923 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Krakow, Nance County, Nebraska. Catherine's sister Stella/Tekla/Tillie CIELOHA married John Louis SOKOL (son of Louis and Anna KUDRON SOKOL), Marge's first cousin twice removed. Another sister, Frances, married Leo's cousin Dominic--son of John.
  5. Ladislaus/Walter was born 21 Jun 1897 in Nebraska. He died in 1966 and is buried at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Duncan, Platte County, Nebraska.
  6. Philip was born 26 Dec 1900. Philip married Genevieve D. IWAN (b. 26 Mar 1912) 9 Feb 1931. Philip died 21 May 1958, Genevieve died 24 Jun 1992; both are buried at St. Bonaventure Catholic Cemetery in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska. I have photos of their tombstones at St. Bon's Cemetery. I have connected with a son of Philip.
  7. Stephen died at birth.

Information from a grandson of Martin and Mary indicates Martin married after the death of Mary to a woman named Tekla ZMUDA from Chicago. They divorced shortly afterward.

The Polish Genealogical Society of America website pgsa.org has a Marriage Index of Polish parishes in Chicago through 1915.  The marriage of Martin FURMANSKI and Thecla ZMUDA is included in this index

 Furmanski, Martin, Zmuda, Thecla, date of marriage 18 Sep 1906, parish St. Adalbert Church, vol. 4, page 122, LDS microfilm 1704766 item 4

 The divorce decree, which was signed 24 Dec 1909 in the District Court of Platte County, Nebraska, named a 2-year-old child, Mary, from this marriage.  A copy of the divorce decree was posted to the FOREMAN MyFamily site.


3.

Michael FOREMAN

 Marriage Record
Platte County marriage record:
Date: Nov. 22, 1887
Michael FOREMAN, age 22, son of Joseph FOREMAN and Marjorie KUSZ
Married
Anna CHILOCHA, age 16, daughter of Joseph CHILOCHA and Mary MARLOW

 1890 Gazetteer for Platte County
In the 1890 online Nebraska State Gazetteer Farmer List for Platte County are the following listings:
Forman John, Platte Centre.
Forman M, Platte Centre.
Forman Mich, Platte Centre. I am guessing this is Michael.
Formanski A, Duncan.

 1900 U.S. Census
In the online NE 1900 Federal Census Butler Twp., Platte County, NE, is the following listing:

Soundex F655, page 02b, Dwelling 037, Family 037
Forman, Mike, age 31, born Sep 1868 in Poland Aust
Head; R. R. Laborer; Married 12 years, c1888; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs. Naturalized citizen; Rents a house.
Forman, Anna, age 27, born Jun 1873 in Poland Aust
Wife; Married 12 years, c1888; Parents born Poland Aust; Immig. 1880; In the US 20 yrs.

 1910 U.S. Census
1910 U.S. Census, Nebraska, PlatteCounty, Butler Township, ED# 176, Page 3b
Dwelling 53, Family 32
Furman, Mike, head, m, w, age 43 married once, 22 yeras, born Austria Poland, parents same, farmer, farm
Furman, Anna, wife, f, w, age 38, married once, 22 years, no children, born Austria Poland, parents same

 Tombstone
In the Platte County Cemetery extracts for St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Duncan, Nebraska:
Michael FURMAN, born 18 Wrzes [September] 1868, died 9 Mar 1912

In October 2004 my husband and I visited St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Duncan and photographed several of the tombstones there.  St. Stanislaus Cemetery Tombstone photos.


Another FOREMAN?
In the 1885 Nebraska State Census for Platte County, Nebraska I found the following family:
Page 3, ED 631, Burrows Precinct (this would be around Tarnov, NE)
Dwelling 21, Family 21
Furmasky J., white, male, age 45, farmer, born Poland
Furmasky, Mary, white, female, age 40, wife, keeping house, born Poland

I do not know if this family is connected to the FOREMANs or not.


Sebastian FURMANSKI

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