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Marcia Augustan Mroshinskie
Birth: Jan. 6, 1858, Poland
Death: Sep. 9, 1916
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA


Researcher's Note: The last name used by this researcher, the great-grandson of Matthew, for this Find A Grave Memorial is Mroshinskie. Due to problems translating the original Polish name to English, several variations of the name emerged. This included: Moroschinski, Moroshinskie, Mroshinskie, and Moroshinska. In America, most of his family finally decided on and used Mroshinskie. One grandson, Francis John Mroshinskie further shortened that name to Moshinskie in 1963.


September 7, 1914, Bethlehem Globe

Marcia, wife of Matthew Stephen Morshinskie, died of complications of disease in her home, 1147 Broadway, yesterday. Born January 6, 1858, she was 57 years old and nine months. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons and two daughters:
Anthony of the home, Stephanie of the home
John A. of Bethlehem, and Mrs. Helen Lux of Bethlehem.

MORSHINSKIE -- In South Bethlehem, Sept. 6, '14, Marcia, wife of Stephen Morshinskie, aged 57 and 6 months, funeral from the family home, 1147 Broadway, Saturday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. High mass in Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 9 a.m. Interment in Holy Ghost Cemetery. J.L.B.
(J. L. Bolich, early Bethlehem undertaker)

Home on Broadway still stands (1988). It was built by my great grandfather, who also built the home at 938 Itaska Street.

She came with her husband from Poland and settled in Bethlehem. She was a very sickly woman; missed her native Poland.


Notes for Matthew Stephen and Marcia A. MOROSCHINSKI -
2/17/91 - collected by Dr. Jim Moshinskie, Waco, Texas USA, her great-grandchild.

The 18th Century was not a good time for Poland. The country has long been divided between Russia, Germany, and Austria since the 1700's. Troops from these warring countries constantly harrassed the proud Poles who were in strong hopes of uniting their land. That Poland has
survived so many frontal reverses is a testimony to its volatile spirit of Freedom.

Among the families feeling this political strike was the Moroschinskis. Relatives recall Marcia Moroschinski talking about troop raids and the problems and fears during this time. It was a search for political freedom in Poland and other old world countries that made America the great melting pot for all types of people. As the exodus began, many Poles joined and relocated in many American cities including Bethlehem, Pa., home of the developing steel mills. It is recorded that the first Polish immigrant to Bethlehem was Sebastian Germuga in 1885.

Matthew Stephen Moroschinski (Family lore says the last name means Frost) was a native of the Prussian border area of Poland. James Mitchner's novel POLAND explains that the SHINSKI suffix were land owners whoe enjoyed the Golden Freedom. Matthew Stephen Moroschinski and wife Marcia Augustan, were married in Poland and came to America in the mid 1880's.

He and his wife came over through Ellis Island with their infant daughter, Helen (born, July 19, 1882 and who died May 20,1973 at age 91.)

The Bethlehem, Pa. City Directory first shows Matthew in 1895 as a laborer residing at 704 Buttonwood. The 1887 director lists him at 821 East 3rd Street. In 1904, the directory lists Matthew as an employee of the silk company, residing at 444 Walnut, South Bethlehem. His son, Anthony, then age 16, was a weaver at the Bethlehem Silk Co., and his daughter Helen, age 22, was a dressmaker. In 1906, Matthew's occupation was listed as blacksmith residing at 8 East 4th, South Bethlehem. His son, John, then age 16, was shown as a clerk.

Matthew was remarkable handy with his hands. He worked as a boiler maker at Bethlehem Steel and was an inventor also (Received a patient at the US Patient Office for a spindle design for the silk industry. The design was stolen or loss in the mail). He was also a blacksmith. He was also a home builder, and around 1916, built multi-level duplexes in south Bethehem at 938 Itaska, 1038 Broadway, and his own home at 1147 Broadway. The home on Itaska was sold to his son John in 1917. Helen and her husband George moved into the other side of the duplex for a while. The Frees lived there afterwards.

Marcia was remembered as a sickly woman and was confined to a wheelchair. Her medical complications increased and on September 6, 1914, she died at the family home at 1147 Broadway (Still standing in 1988) at age 57, according to records of Louis Bolick, early Bethlehem undertaker. Burial was in the Holy Ghost Cemetery developed aside a hill at Christian and Sioux Streets in Bethlehem.

Her original tombstone became cracked, and it was replaced with a new granite marker ordered by her grandchild, Marie Mroshinskie, in 1986.

She and Matthew had four children:

(1) Helen - She married George Lux - See Find-A-Grave memorial
(2) John A. - See Find-A-Grave memorial
(3) Andrew J. - See Find-A-Grave memorial
(4) Stephanie - As a young woman, Stephanie was a looper in Full Fashion hosiery industry. After her mother died in 1914, she married a Mr. Anderson of Alabama and moved there. She became pregnant, but during this time, a terrible flu epidemic raced through the South killing thousands of people. She became ill and died in 1918 before the couple's first child was born. Place of burial is unknown.

After his wife died 8-6-1914, Matthew lived on the third floor of 938 Itaska Street, but did not get along with son, John, who was trying to get his plumbing business started. He moved out to take a job at the state hospital in nearby Allentown where he attended church. There he met a Catholic widow named Mary from Poland, and they married at age 60. She was a good cook, and trips to visit them were remembered. She had three sisters in Poland, and she and Matthew decided to sell everything in America and move back to Poland. This proved to be a bad decision. Farms were taken by the government and life was hard. They never returned to America, and both were buried in Poland, date of death unknown. He died around age 90 in WWII era.

Matthew had a sister who also came to America and settled in Mississippi. No information about her is available, including her name.
Family links: 
  Matthew Stephen Mroshinskie (1858 - 1943)
  Andrew Jackson Mroshinskie (1886 - 1951)*
  John A. Mroshinskie (1888 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
DIED SEPT. 6, 1916
AGE 57
Note: After learning that Marcia was buried at Holy Ghost Cemetery, this researcher started a long search to find the grave. Finally, it was located on the left side of the cemetery, almost on the back row. The old stone was almost impossible to read.
Holy Ghost Cemetery
Northampton County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie,...
Record added: Dec 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81463071
Marcia Augustan Mroshinskie
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
Marcia Augustan Mroshinskie
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
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