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Katherine Baranowski

Female 1833 - 1911  (77 years)


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  • Name Katherine Baranowski 
    Born 16 September 1833  Cegielnia, Kruszewo, Posen, Prussian Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Housewife; she had eight sons, five of whom died relatively young 
    Died 13 January 1911  Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Appendicitis
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    • IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR
      Kate was born in Cegielnia (means “brickyard”), Kruszewo, Posen, Prussian Poland on 16 September 1833, and baptized on the 22nd, the first child of Joe Baranowski and Rosela Gackowiak/Gacek. She was one of ten (or nine?) siblings. The family journeyed 350 miles to Hamburg, Germany were they boarded the “Aurora” on May 1, 1854 for New York City. They arrived at the end of the month and met the eldest son, Martin, who had travelled ahead of them to Detroit to avoid induction into the Prussian Army. The family was thus reunited.
      A few days after they arrived in West Michigan, five of the family contrated cholera. Kate’s mom and brother Frank died of it in late July and early August 1854.
      Kate’s father Joe bought 40 acres in Wright Township, Ottawa County, the SE corner of the NE 1/4 of Section 25 on July 8, 1856. The Baranowskis thus became the first Polish family to permanently settle in West Michigan. Rose and Frank were buried through Holy Trinity Church, Alpine and rest in a cemetery that no longer exists. The family worshiped at St. Adalbert’s (the “Polish” parish) in Grand Rapids and St. Joseph’s in Wright.
      Kate was the godmother of her niece Juliana Tloczynski on 3 Jul 1857 at St. Andrew’s Church.
      The sacramental records at Holy Trinity in Alpine show that Kate and William were not married there in 1855; there were no marriages performed in 1856 and 1857, and theirs was not in 1858.
      After her husband William died in 1891, Katherine lived alone, according to her grandaughters. She is found, however, in the 1900 US Census living with her son Michael and his family:

      1900 US Census:
      Living in rented home at 20 West Bridge St. in Grand Rapids
      Tennis, Michael, head, b. 1859, age 40, b. in Michigan, both his parents b. in Germany, stone mason
      Tennis, Emma, wife, b. 1865, age 35, b. in New York, both her parents b. in NY
      Tennis, William, son, b.1888, age 12, b. Michigan as was his father. Mom b. in NY
      Tennis, Margaret, daughter, b. 1897, age 3, b. in Michigan as was his father. Mom b. in NY
      Tennis, Catherine, mother, b. 1830, age 70, b. in Polland Ger. as were both her parents, said she came to US in 1858 (it was really 1854), that she had five children and they were all alive (she really had 8 sons and 5 were alive), and the census enumerator said she could read English, but not write or speak it. I’m pretty sure she could NOT read and write English, but she COULD speak it, as her granddaughters, Maria Tennis Westveer and Helen Tennis Reynolds, talked to her frequently when they were young and said she had but a slight accent which appeared on a few words.

      On October 10, 1891, Katherine petitioned the U.S. government for a Widow’s Pension. Her request was denied on November 18, 1891 on the grounds that William “did not serve 90 days in the Army or Navy” during the Civil War. It further says “Claimant’s late husband was a civil employee, hence no title.” He was a bricklayer for the Union side, a civilian employee in the QM (Quartermaster) Department. At the time of filing, Katherine was living at 63 W. Bridge St. in Grand Rapids.

      1910 US Census:
      Living in her own home on Marion St. NW in Grand Rapids
      Tennis, Catherine, head, 70 (!), born in Germany as were both her parents.

      Katherine’s granddaughter Maria Tennis would walk over to visit and Katherine would bake bread, wrap it in newspaper, and give it to Maria to take home. But Maria was embarassed by the newspaper wrapping and pretended to forget to take the bread home. She also made beautiful quilts and gave one to each of her daughter-in-laws.
      Katherine spoke with a very slight accent and was about 5' tall. As was the custom for widows, Katherine always wore a black dress and a black bonnet. Before her death that custom finally changed, however, and so did Katherine's wardrobe.
      On New Year's Day 1911, Katherine had her whole family over for a celebration. Less than two weeks later she was dead of a ruptured appendix. She had received Last Rights from a priest at St. Mary’s Church.
      The "Telegram Herald" reported on Jan 15, 1911 on page 2: "Katherine Tennis, aged 81 years, died Thursday at her home, 20 Marion St. Funeral Services will be held at 7:30 tomorrow morning from the home and at 8 o'clock from St. Mary's Church. Internment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery."
      Kate is buried with her husband underneath a large monument in Section I 64 & 65, which run right along Leonard St., just west of the Leonard St. entrance to the cemetery. Her death certificate cannot be found on SeekingMichigan.com, although it can be found at the Kent County Clerk’s office.
    Person ID I46  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 21 January 2017 

    Father Joseph Baranowski,   b. 10 May 1805, Promno or Kruszewo, Posen, German Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 June 1896, Ottawa County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Rosalia /Gacek/Gottseit Gackowiak,   b. 1807, Kruszewo?, Posen, Prussian Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1854, Ottawa or Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 11 November 1832  St. Mary Magdalene Church, Czarnków, Posen, Germany or Prussian Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F195  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse William F. Tennes,   b. 1827, Trier, Prussian Rhineland (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 September 1891, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 4 September 1857  Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Michael Tennis,   b. 27/28 July 1858, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 December 1928, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +2. Joseph Tennis,   b. 10 September 1860, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 July 1916, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     3. William A. Tennis,   b. 10 September 1860, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 October 1881, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    +4. John Tennis,   b. 19 June 1862, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943  (Age 80 years)
     5. Frank Tennis,   b. December 1864, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 March 1900, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
    +6. Theodore A. Tennis,   b. 5 January 1866, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 August 1910, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     7. Walter Tennis,   b. 21 September 1868, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1887, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     8. Edward Tennis,   b. 2 February 1872, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1947, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Family ID F188  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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