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The Siwiec, Woratschek, Ambrosio & Welch Families of NJ

Updated April 10, 2012

Louise Eleanor (Siwiec) Welch

94 Asbury Avenue

Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

A-United States

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I am currently researching my family trees for SIWIEC,SMIALEK, WORATSCHEK, STOCK, POHRER, AMBROSIO, WELCH, FINN,WILKE and KIRCHNER.

Valenty Siwiec lived in Small Poland with his 2nd wife: Sophie Lochol. One of his many children, Wojciech Siwiec, also known as George Siwiec lived in Perth Amboy New Jersey with his wife Mary Smialek. Wojciech was my grandfather. Since I was told he came from a large family, I would love to obtain information regarding his siblings etc so I can possibly meet cousins of mine.

John Woratschek was born in Boehmen, Koenigreich, Austria. He married Mary Kunz, daughter of Peter Kunz and Barbara Weinstein. They settled in Pittsburgh, PA. One of their children, Charles Woratschek, was my grandfather. He married Anna Stock, daughter of George Stock and Johanna Pohrer. Johanna Pohrer's parents were Joseph and Maggie Pohrer. Charles and Anna also resided in Pittsburgh before moving to New Jersey. They had four girls. Their 2nd, Mary Woratschek is my mom who married Jacob Siwiec.

Giuseppe (Joseph) Ambrosio was born in Italy and was married to Maria Giuseppa Tamilio . Joseph came to America and remarried Emma since Maria Giuseppa refused to come to the USA. He settled in Jersey City, NJ. Joseph had one son by his wife in Italy named Anthony. He had several other children with his wife in the USA. Anthony worked for PATH in Jersey City, NJ. He married Anna Maria Ragni and they had one son. Their son Joseph was my 1st husband.

Bernard Welsh came to America during the Potato famine in Ireland. He was born in April of 1860. His parents were James Welch and Margaret Burns. Bernard married Mary Catherine Kane between 1882 and 1883. Mary was born in New Jersey in March of 1871. They had four children and settled in in the Middletown area of Monmouth County, NJ. Their 2nd child, Thomas Francis Welsh was born August 29, 1886. Thomas was my husband's grandfather. Thomas married Margaret Finn, and his son, Bernard C Welch (also known as "Uncle Barney") is my father in law. Some of the family also moved to and settled in Vermont.

Michael Finn was born in 1790 in Ireland and married Margaret Callaghan (born in 1799). They were my 2nd Husband's Great-Great grandparents. Their child, Patrick Finn married Catherine Crean, daughter of Michael Crean. Their daughter, Margaret Finn married Thomas Francis Welch - see above.

Albert Wilke married Elise Wermert. They lived in the German Empire. Their daughter, Ella Wilke, was born June 10, 1898 also in Germany. She married Alfred Kirchner, son of Albert Kirchner and Malwine Link. Alfred and Ella Kircher resided in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey. They had only one child, Clair Ellen Kirchner who married Bernard C Welch. Clair is my mother in law.

Albert & Malwine Kirchner also lived in the German Empire. Their son, Alfred Kirchner was born in Seerappen, Germany. He was my husbands grandfather. Alfred had one brother, Henry Kirchner. Henry was married to Connie and lived in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

If anyone has information regarding any of the above surnames, I would greatly appreciate any information you could share.


Family Photos

  • Giuseppe Ambrosio (2 KB)
    Husband's grandfather - born in Morrone del Sannio, provincia di Campobasso, Italy & settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
  • Wojciech Siwiec & Mary Catherine Smialek (20 KB)
    Grandparents Wedding picture - Married January 24, 1905 in the Visitations BVM Church, Princeburg, PA
  • Connie and Henry Kirchner (12 KB)
    Husband's Great Aunt and Uncle. Connie was often called "Tanta Kuni"
  • Wojciech (George) Siwiec (36 KB)
    Grandfather - born June 23, 1880 in Zagarzyca, Post Office Sedzjsaw, County Robczyce, Small Poland. Died May 16, 1955 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, NJ
  • Thomas F Welch and Margaret Finn (217 KB)
    Thomas Francis Welch was born August 29, 1886 in Middletown, NJ and died December 16, 1973. Margaret Finn (his wife) was born in Castlerea, County Roscommon, Ireland July 1885 and died October 21, 1932. They are my husband's paternal grandparents.
  • Ella Wilke (1 KB)
    Husband's Grandmother - Born June 10, 1898 in Germany. Died January 07, 1973 in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey
  • Maria Giuseppa Tamilio (111 KB)
    Husbands Grandmother - Born in Italy
  • Mary Catherine Smialek (36 KB)
    Grandmother - Born 1882 in Gelarorva, post office Lisansk, Tesansko, County of Lancut, Small Poland. Died May 30, 1943 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
  • Catherine (Kate) Crean (165 KB)
    Kate was born between 1853 & 1856 in Fairymount, County Roscommon, Ireland and died in 1923. She was married to Patrick Finn (1838-1894). Kate was my husband's paternal Great Great Grandmother. Her daughter was Margaret Finn.
  • Elise Wermnest (6 KB)
    Husband's Great Grandmother.
  • Antonio (Anthony) Ambrosio (28 KB)
    Father-in-law - Born August 25, 1921 in Morrone del Sannio, Provincia di Campobasso, Italy. Died August 29, 1986 in Elizabeth General Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA
  • Jacob Siwiec (25 KB)
    Father - Born July 26, 1912 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey. Died February 8, 1994 in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Joseph Ambrosio (4 KB)
    Husband - Born May 15, 1955 in Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA. Died July 8, 1980 in Elizabeth General Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, USA
  • Anna Marie Ragni (8 KB)
    Mother-in-law - Born April 17, 1925 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Johanna Pohrer (5 KB)
    Great Grandmother - Born in April in Bavaria, Germany. Died between 1924 and 1925.
  • Dominick De Cenzo (14 KB)
    Husbands Great maternal Grandfather - Born in Italy
  • John Woratschek (22 KB)
    Great Grandfather - born May 18, 1865 in Boehmen, Koenigreich, Austria. Died October 13, 1925 in Mt Oliver, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Maria Josephine De Cenzo (2 KB)
    Husband's Grandmother - Born February 12, 1890 in Larino, Province Compa Bosso, Italy. Died December 13, 1936.
  • Alfred Kirchner (1 KB)
    Husband's Grandfather - Born July 01, 1892 in Seerappen, Germany. Died October 28, 1957 in Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Charles Woratschek and Anna Stock (132 KB)
    Grandparents Wedding picture - June 6, 1917
  • The Stock Siblings (79 KB)
    Taken in 1912 - From Left to Right - Louis Schairer & Adam Stock in Background, Anna Stock, Margaret Stock, Marie Stock, Kathryn Stock & Nellie Stock
  • Bernard C Welch (30 KB)
    "Uncle Barney" - Father-in-law - Born December 27, 1921 in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Charles Woratschek (8 KB)
    Grandfather - Born March 22, 1896 in Mt Oliver, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. Died January 15, 1957 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Louise Eleanor Siwiec and Joseph Ambrosio (18 KB)
    Wedding Picture - April 8, 1978 - St. James RC Church, Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Clair Ellen Kirchner and son Bernard Welch Jr. (4 KB)
    Mother-in-law & husband's older brother who died at age 7 from Cerebal Palsy. Clair was born December 07, 1923 in Union, Union County, New Jersey, USA. She died January 11, 1987 in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Bernard Welch Jr. (also known as McGee)was born in 1949. He died March 17, 1956.
  • Anna Stock (9 KB)
    Grandmother - Born July 04, 1892 in Wilkensburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Died April 02, 1961 in Perth Amboy General Hospital, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Louise Eleanor (Siwiec) and Thomas Alfred Welch (19 KB)
    Wedding Picture - June 9, 1990 - St. Agnes RC Church, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA.
  • Clair Ellen Kirchner with Elise Wermnest (91 KB)
    Clair Ellen Kirchner with her Grandmother (Mother-in-law and husband's Great Grandmother)
  • Louise Eleanor (Siwiec) Welch (3 KB)
    This is me!

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