My Aunt Bronisława Dańko died when she was one year old and was buried with two other infants in an unmarked grave in Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts. In order to erect on monument on the grave, the cemetery requires that the names of all three infants be included on the monument. The cemetery provided the following information on the three infants:
Notre Dame Cemetery No. 01 – Owner: Owner, unknown
Lot – Sec-3 Lot-1464 Grv-1A-1C
3 1C 3
3 1B 3
3 1A 3
Space Deceased/Reserved Burial Date Age Container
1A Kurpiel, John 12/21/1912 1Month
1B Danka, Bronislawa 01/15/1913 1
1C Stonia, Franciszek 08/30/1914 8Months
AAAEnd of ListAAA Perpetual Care Unpaid — No Activity Allowed Until Full Payment
Since the cemetery had misspelled my aunt’s surname and did not have the dates of birth or death for any of the three infants, I set out to find the birth and death records for the children. In the blog entry Aunt Bronislawa Has Been Misplaced, I described my efforts to find the vital records for the trio.
During my recent trip to the Massachusetts Archives, I found the records for all three children. The birth record of Bronisława Dańko was recorded in a ledger in January 1913, although she had been born almost a year earlier.
The Birth Record of Bronisława Dańko – 1912
In the image above, I cropped the ledger just under the entry for Bronisława, so it appears that she is the last entry on the page, but the original image included quite a few more entries below her name.
The entry states that:
- Bronislawa Danko was listed as entry number 961 in Massachusetts Births, volume 608, page 486
- She was a female child, born in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts on January 3, 1912
- Her father was Mike Danko and her mother was Mary Ginsky who resided in Worcester
- Her father was a laborer
- Both her parents were born in Austria
- Her birth was registered in the City of Worcester in January 1913
Note that her mother’s maiden name was actually Dziurzyńska, not Ginsky. This error was likely due to difficulties of hearing and spelling the polish surname or to transcription errors. The entry were made a year after the event and the family was probably not present at the time the birth was recorded in the ledger.
The death record of Bronisława Dańko was recorded on a standard form which was completed at the time of death.
The Death Record of Bronisława Dańko – 1913
The Death Record states that:
- Bronislawa Danko’s death was recorded in Massachusetts Deaths volume 107, number 290
- She was a single, white female, born in Worcester on January 2, 1912 and was 1 year, 11 days old at the time of death
- Her father was Michal Danko who was born in Austria
- Her mother was named Mary and was born in Austria
- P. H. Nichol, M.D. attended her from January 7, 1913 until January 13, 1913
- She died at 2:30 PM on January 13, 1913 at the family home at 3 Moran Court in Worcester after suffering for 6 days with broncho pneumonia
- Michal Danko of Worcester was the informant
- The statement of death by P. H. Nichol, M.D. was made on January 14, 1913
- She was buried in Worcester on January 15, 1913 by the undertaker Lucian Karolkewicz of Worcester
- The Death Certificate was filed by the registrar on January 20, 1913
Note that the date of birth on the birth record is January 3, 1912, while that on the death certificate is January 2, 1912.
Tomorrow: The birth and death of John Kurpiel.
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