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Jan ("John") Krupa

  • Birth 25 Apr 1881 Rzeszow, Podkarpackie, Poland
  • Death 23 Jun 1942 Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Row M, Lot #257
  • Memorial ID 66626577

Jan Krupa was born in 1883 in Rzeszow, Poland, which was part of the Galicia region that was under Austrian rule at the time of his birth. The son of Andrew and Catherine Krupa, he emigrated to the United States in 1902. Sailing on the steamship, S.S. Molte, he departed Hamburg on 28 June 1902, stopping with his shipmates briefly in Boulogne, France and Plymouth, England before arriving at Ellis Island in New York. (The spelling of his parents' names may have been different; the version used here is what was provided by one of his children for his death certificate.)

Although his World War I draft registration card (completed for him by the draft registrar), death certificate, and gravemarker indicate that he was born in June of 1883, his marriage license application indicates that his date of birth was 25 April 1881. (The marriage license application was also completed for Jan since he did not speak or write English. It was filled out and certified by Father Benedict Tomniak, the parish priest at St. Josaphat's Roman Catholic Church. Jan then made his mark, signifying his agreement.) Although the priests at Jan's parish did (and still do) read, speak, and write Polish fluently, and were/are adept at translation from Polish to Latin and English and vice versa, it is likely that the April version of his birthdate was incorrect.)

Jan Krupa took Rozalia Tuczek as his bride in 1906. They were both residing at 423 North 2nd Street in Philadelphia at the time, according to their marriage license application. The address was most likely the site of an apartment building or boarding house where multiple Polish immigrants were living.

Jan and Rozalia were married on 28 October 1906 by Father Bernard Tomniak at St. Josaphat's Roman Catholic Church, which was and is a part of the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Home to a large Polish settlement in the early 1900s, Manayunk and St. Josaphat's were major gathering places for Polish immigrants.

Jan listed his occupation on his marriage license application as "Ironworker." His surviving grandchildren were told by their respective parents that, prior to emigrating, he worked as a tailor in Poland.

Their first child, a daughter, was born 9 August 1907 in Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Baptized at St. Josaphat's on 18 August 1907 as "Marianna Krupa", this oldest child of the Krupa family was known throughout her life as "Mary".

Early records (marriage records of Jan and Rose and the baptismal record of their daughter, Mary) document the spelling of his given name as "Jan." Later records, including his burial records from St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Minersville, indicate that he often went by the name of "John." His gravemarker clearly shows the spelling as "Jan."

Sometime between Mary's birth and the birth of their second child (a daughter, Stanistawa "Sophia" Krupa, born in 1909), John and Rose Krupa moved with Mary to Minersville in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

John Krupa became a "powder monkey", setting charges in the anthracite coal mines so successfully that he never had an injury during more than 30 years of this job that was known as one of the most dangerous of all mining occupations.

While John worked in the mines, Rose cared for their brood, which grew to include: Estelle (Stella, born in 1911), Frances (born in 1913), Stephania (Theresa or Tessie as she was known to family, born in 1915), Genovefa (Genevieve or Jennie, born in 1918), Edward (born in 1921), and the twins, Tomash and Francizk ("Thomas" and "Frank"), who were born in 1924 and died in 1925 and 1926, respectively.

Jan Krupa was eventually felled by black lung disease. He began showing signs of miners' asthma sometime in 1928, according to his death certificate, and eventually succumbed on 23 June 1942.

He is interred with his wife, Rose, and their daughter, Stephania "Tess" (Krupa) Gauntlett, in Row M, Lot #257, at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery on Llewellyn Road in Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

His twin sons, Thomas and Frank, are buried nearby with William ("Bill") Allar, the husband of Jan and Rose's daughter, Marianna ("Mary") Krupa Allar in Row N, Lot #264. Bill Allar passed away in 1956.

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  • Added: 7 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66626577
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jan ("John") Krupa (25 Apr 1881–23 Jun 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66626577, citing Saint Stanislaus Kosta Cemetery #2, Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by lesnyder1 (contributor 47451559) .