Leon Sejda
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Leon Sejda (1870 - 1935)

Leon Sejda
Born in Chorzele, Polandmap
Husband of — married 13 Feb 1901 in Krzynowloga Mala, Polandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 65 in Hammond, Lake, Indiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Jan 2021
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Contents

Biography

Leon Sejda has Polish Roots.
Leon Sejda was a Hoosier.

Leon Sejda was born on April 18, 1870 in Chorzele, Poland. His parents were Marcin Sejda (~1827 - ) and Lowyza (Szydlik) Sejda (~1824 - <1889).

His siblings were...

  1. Jakub Sejda (~1857 - )
  2. Anna (Sejda) Kilian (~1865 - 1895)
  3. Aleksander Sejda (1868 - )

Leon married Kammila Murawski (1877 - 1960) on February 13, 1901 in Krzynowloga Mala.

Their children were...

  1. Wincenty Sejda (1902 - 1971)
  2. Leon J. Sejda Jr (1912 - 1981)
  3. Henry Joseph Sejda (1913 - 1980)
  4. Walter L. Sejda (1916 - 1961)
  5. Stanley S. Sejda (~1917 - 1982).

Leon died on October 13, 1935 in Hammond, Lake, Indiana, United States aged 65. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleums, Calumet City, Illinois.


Life in Poland

Leon Sejda was born on April 18, 1870 in Chorzele, Poland to Marcin Sejda and his wife, Lowyza (Szydlik) Sejda. He was baptized on April 22, 1870.[1]

Leon Sejda's Birth Record in was written Russian using the Cyrillic alphabet except it appears that the name where re-written using the latin alphabet, so the names are quite clear.[1]

Leon married Kammila Murawski on February 13, 1901 in Krzynowloga Mala, Poland.[2] They had a son, Wincenty Sejda on June 3, 1902 in Poland.[3] Wincent, who was known as "Vincent" to his U.S. relatives, remained in Poland.[4][3]

Immigration to the United States

Leon departed Rotterdam on June 26, 1902 for the United States on the SS Ryndam. He was traveling with his sister-in-law Marianna Murawski. Leon and Marianna arrived in New York City on July 6, 1902. They planned to join Marianna's brothers in Wethersfield, Conneticut.[5]

Leon Sejda and Marianna Muraswki did not appear next to each other on the manifest. Leon is on line 6 and Marianna is on line 10.[5]
Further along the page, both Leon and Marianna indicate they are going to Murawski relatives and Marianna's line is annotated to show she is traveling with her brother in law on row 6.[5]

Kammila (Murawski) Sejda joined Leon Sejda in the United States 9 years later. She departed Hamburg on the SS Amerika on June 28, 1911 and arrived in New York on July 8, 1911, reporting she was going to join Leon in Hammond, Indiana.[6]

Life in the United States

By 1909, Leon was in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana where he worked for the Standard Steel Car Company as a fitter until 1929.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

By 1913, Leon and Kammila had settled into a house at 511 Fields Ave, Hammond, Indiana. The address for this house changed in 1930 or 1931 to 1027 Fields Ave.[15][16]

Leon and Kammila had four more sons in the United States, all probably born in Hammond, Indiana.

Leon and Kammila Sejda with their four youngest sons

Death & Legacy

Leon died at home on October 13, 1935 from a heart attack. His funeral was held on October 16, 1935 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hammond, Indiana. He was buried the same day at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Illinois.[14][20][21]

Photo of Leon Sejda's Gravestone. The disturbed earth may mean it was taken soon after he was buried.[21]

Timeline

April 18, 1870 - born in Chorzele, Poland to Marcin Sejda and his wife Lowyza (Szydlik) Sejda.[1][2][22]

April 22, 1870 - baptized in Chorzele, Poland.[1][23]

Before 1901 - Leon may have resided in Deb Konskie Village, Poland before his marriage.[2]

February 13, 1901 - married Kammila Murawski in Krzynowloga Mala, Poland. This appears to be a double wedding with Kammila's sister Stanislawa and Franciszek Kawiecki who were married at the same date and place.[2][24]

1901-1902 - Leon and Kammila Sejda may have lived in Kryznowloga Mala, Poland after thier marriage.[25]

June 3, 1902 - Leon and Kammila (Murawski) Sejda's son, Wincenty Sejda, is born in Dębe Wielkie, Poland. [26][27][3]

June 26, 1902 - departed Rotterdam for the United States on the SS Ryndam. He was traveling with his sister-in-law Marianna Murawski.[5]

July 6, 1902 - arrived in New York City. Leon and his sister-in-law Marianna reported they we traveling to Wethersfield, Hartford County, Conneticut where his brother-in-laws John Murawski and Roche Muraswki lived.[5]

From between 1904 and 1909 until 1935 - Leon resided in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana. He was a boarder in various houses until sometime between 1911 and 1913, when he moved with his wife, Kammila (Murawski) Sejda to 511 Fields Ave. In about 1930, the address for this house changed to 1027 Fields Ave. He died at this address in 1935.[28][7][29][15][16][14]

About 1910 until 1929 - worked as a fitter at the Standard Steel Car Company in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana. He may have started working for the company as early as 1904, although the Hammond factory did not open until 1902. It's possible, but not proven, that he started at the original factory in Pennsylvania.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

1910 - appeared in the 1910 U.S. Census in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana. He was a boarder in the company house of Wadislaw Czabinski near his employer, the Standard Steel Car Company.[7]

July 8, 1911 - Kammila (Murawski) Sejda arrives in New York on the SS Amerika and reports she is joining her husband, Leon, in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.[6]

April 10, 1912 - Leon and Kammila (Murawski) Sejda's son , Leon Sejda Jr, born in Indiana.[30]

October 17, 1913 - Leon and Kammila (Murawski) Sejda's son , Henry Joseph Sejda, born in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.[15]

January 11, 1916 - Leon and Kammila (Murawski) Sejda's son , Walter Sejda, born in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.[18]

1917 - Leon and Kammila (Murawski) Sejda's son , Stanley Sejda, born in Indiana.[9][13][31][19]

September 12, 1918 - registered for the World War I draft in Lake County, Indiana.[8]

1920 - appeared in the 1920 U.S. Census in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana with his wife Kammila, sons Leon, Henry, Walter and Stanley. In addition, Tony Sejda was enumerated with them, listed as a step-brother. Finally, they had three boarders living with them, Walter Bukowski, Walter Vanchowski and Adolph Shuperski.[9]

May 12, 1925 - Leon Sejda became a naturalized United States Citizen.[32]

1930 - appeared in the 1930 U.S. Census in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana with his wife, Kammila Sejda and his sons, Leo Sejda, Henry Sejda, Walter Sejda and Stanley Sejda.[13]

October 13, 1935 - died from a heart attack at home, 1027 Fields St, Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.[14][20][21]

October 16, 1935 - buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, Cook County, Illinois.[14][33][20][34] His funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.[20]

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Leon Sejda migrated from Poland to United States.
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Leon was a Roman Catholic.

Research Notes

See: Research Summary for Leon Sejda

Open Research: When and why did Leon Sejda (Sejda-7) move from Connecticut to Indiana?

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Leon Sejda, Chorzele, Przasnysz District, Poland birth registration no. 92 (22 April 1870); files of civil status; digital images, Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne (Polish Genealogical Society), Projekt indeksacji aktow stanu cywilnego (https://metryki.genealodzy.pl/ : downloaded 10 December 2020); Akta stanu cywilnego parafii rzymskokatolickiej w Chorzelach powiat Przasnysz.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Carol Curry, [e-mail for private use], to Robert P. Bongiovi, e-mail, 7 November 2020, “Marriage Record,” Sejda-Murawski Sources; privately held by Robert P. Bongiovi, [e-mail & address for private use], 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Grobonet, Cmentarze komunalne w Słupsku (Municipal cemeteries in Słupsk), database with images (https://slupsk.grobonet.com/ : accessed 29 November 2020), Wincenty Sejda.
  4. Family tradition relayed to Rob Bongiovi II
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 ”New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1368704 : downloaded 27 November 2020), Roll 288, vol 485-486, 5 Jul 1902-9 Jul 1902, image 157 of 652; SS Ryndam, arrived New York 6 July 1902; citing NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. 6.0 6.1 ”New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1368704 : downloaded 27 November 2020), Kammila Sejda, SS Amerika, arrived 8 July 1911; Roll 1705, vol 3766-3767, 5 Jul 1911, image 710 of 869; citing NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 1910 United States Federal Census, Lake County, Indiana, population schedule, Hammond Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) 64, 17B, house 48, family 249, Leon Seida; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 26 December 2020); Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 ”U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 12 December 2020), Leon Sejda, Indiana, Lake County, Draft Board 2, Draft Card S; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 1920 United States Census, Lake County, Indiana, population schedule, Hammond Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 20A, dwelling 315, household 349, Levon Sijda and family; database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : downloaded 15 September 2020); NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 445; FHL microfilm 1,820,445.
  10. 10.0 10.1 ”U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 12 December 2020), image, “Entry for Leon Sejda,” p 539; Smith’s Directory of Hammond, Ind and West Hammond, Ill. for 1923-1925.
  11. 11.0 11.1 ”U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 12 December 2020), image, “Entry for Leon Sejda,” p. 391; Polk’s Hammond (Indiana), Calumet City and Burnham (Illinois) City Directory 1926.
  12. 12.0 12.1 ”U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 12 December 2020), image, “Entry for Leon Sejda,” p. 417; Polk’s Hammond (Indiana), Calumet City and Burnham (Illinois) City Directory 1928.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 1930 United States Census, Lake County, Indiana, population schedule, Hammond Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) 45-145, Sheet 7B, dwelling 119, family 133, Leon Sejda and Family; database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : Downloaded 15 September 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 602; FHL microfilm 2,340,337.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, 1935 roll 11, image 757, Leon Sejda, 13 October 1935; digital images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 10 December 2020); Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Lake County, Indiana, births, roll 8, image 3112, Henry Saida, 17 October 1913; digital images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60871/ : downloaded 12 December 2020); Indiana State Board of Health. Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  16. 16.0 16.1 ”U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 12 December 2020), image, “entry for Leon Sejda,” p. 381; Polk’s Hammond (Indiana) City Directory 1931.
  17. ”Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998,” database, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org: accessed 21 December 2020), Leon Sejda, 9 Feb 1981; citing County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Lake County, Indiana, births, Roll 11, Certificate 26731, Władysław Boleslaw Sejda, 11 January 1916; digital images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/ : downloaded 16 December 2020); Indiana State Board of Health. Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  19. 19.0 19.1 ”Sejda, Stanley S.,” undated clipping, March 1982, from unidentified newspaper; Bongiovi Family History Files, Clipping of original provided by Irene or Barbara Sejda; privately held 2020 by Robert P. Bongiovi, [address for private use], El Segundo, CA.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 ”Leon Sejda Dies of Heart Attack,” Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana), 14 October 1935; online images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/ : downloaded 27 December 2020), Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana); Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Photograph of Leon Sejda’s gravestone, Bongiovi Family History Files; privately held by Robert P. Bongiovi, [address for private use], El Segundo, California, 2016. black and white photo of gravesite. Original photo provided to Robert P. Bongiovi by Barbara Sejda, grand daughter of Leon Sejda.
  22. Leon's birth was recorded in part of Poland in the Russian partitian, so the date is likely using the Julian calendar. The reported date is April 6, 1870 which is the same day as April 18, 1870 on the Gregorian calendar.
  23. Leon's baptism was recorded in part of Poland in the Russian partitian, so the date is likely using the Julian calendar. The reported date is April 10, 1870 which is the same day as April 22, 1870 on the Gregorian calendar.
  24. Leon and Kammila's wedding was recorded in part of Poland in the Russian partitian, so the date is likely using the Julian calendar. The reported date is probably 31 Jan 1900 which is the same day as 13 Feb 1901 on the Gregorian calendar, but it could be 31 Jan 1901 which would be 13 Feb 1902.
  25. Carol Curry, [e-mail for private use], to Robert P. Bongiovi, e-mail, 29 September 2020, “Murawski Family History- Part 2,” Murawski-Ploska Sources; privately held by Robert P. Bongiovi, [e-mail & address for private use], 2020.
  26. Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne (Polish Genealogical Society) "Geneteka." Index. Geneteka. (https://metryki.genealodzy.pl/metryka.php?ar=6&zs=0130d&sy=1902&kt=1&plik=099-102.jpg#zoom=1&x=0&y=1428: accessed 13 Sep 2021), Birth Record for Wincenty Sejda, born 3 Jun 1902, Krzynowłoga Mała, Przasnysz District, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland. Translation provided by Мария Голик via Genealogical Translations Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenealogicalTranslations/posts/878653596414074/?comment_id=880198152926285 : accessed 13 Sep 2021).
  27. Wincenty Sejda Death Certificate, died 29 Nov 1971, Family History Papers and Artifacts, 1993-Present; Robert P. Bongiovi, [Address for Private Use,] El Segundo, California, 2021. Digital copy of original death certificate provided via email by Aldona Bedka on 8 August 2021. Slupsk, Koszalin Voivodeship, Poland. Death Certificate number 552/71. Certificate dated 30 Nov 1971.
  28. ”Advertised Mail,” The Times (Munster, Indiana), 7 September 1909, List of uncalled mail, including Leon Sejda; online images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 28 December 2020).
  29. ”U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995,” Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Downloaded 12 December 2020), image, “Smith’s Directory of Hammond, Indiana including West Hammond, Illinois for 1911-1912,” p. 245; Entry for Leon Sada.
  30. ”Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998,” database, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org: accessed 21 December 2020), Leon Sejda, 9 Feb 1981; citing County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.
  31. 1940 United States Census, Lake County, Indiana, population schedule, ward 6, north township, enumeration district (ED) 45-116, Sheet 16B, household 333, Kammila Sejda and family; database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : downloaded 15 September 2020); Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1068.
  32. ”Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (http://FamilySearch.org: downloaded 22 December 2020), Leon Sejda, 1925; citing NARA microfilm publication M1285. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d..
  33. ”Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org: downloaded 22 December 2020), Leon Sejda, 16 Oct 1935; citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois. FHL microfilm 1,530,596.
  34. Irene Sejda, Grandmother of Robert P. Bongiovi, [address for private use], Munster, Indiana, interview by Robert P. Bongiovi, 20 August 1995; Notes on genealogy forms, privately held by Robert P. Bongiovi, [address for private use], El Segundo, California, 2020. Author cannot recall if this was in person or over the phone. Notes in possession of Robert P. Bongiovi.


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