William Thomas Zukowski
- Born: 6 Nov 1876, Watervliet, Albany County, New York
- Marriage (1): Victorine Surprenant circa 1902 in New York
- Died: 4 Jan 1941, Colonie, Albany County, New York at age 64
- Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York
Cause of his death was cyst of lung.
William Thomas Zukowski [1876-1941]
William was born on 6 Nov 1876 in Watervliet, Albany County, New York, the son of Robert Henry and Ellen A. Zukowski. He was the oldest of the nine children born to Robert and Ellen. I have not been able to find Ellen's maiden name or who her parents were.
By 1878 William's father Robert is working at the Arsenal and the family is living on Montgomery Street in Watervliet.
By the time the census of 1880 is taken his parents are living on Stafford St in Watervliet. His father is now 30 yrs old and works in the Arsenal and his mother is 20, having been born circa 1860. She keeps house and takes care of William T. Zukowski who is three years old.
From 1883 to 1894 William and his family are living with his maternal grandmother on Albany Street in Watervliet and William's father is still working at the Arsenal.
In 1892 William is age 15 and lives with his parents at Watervliet Election District 03.
Robert Zukoskie [as spelled on the census sheet] William's father is age 42 and a machinist. William's mother is age 32 and does not work outside the home. William works as a clerk and has the following siblings still living at home: Ida, 11, Robert 8, Ellen 6; Jessie 3 and George the baby is one year old.
In 1900 William is still living with his parents and they are @ 1317 2nd Ave in Watervliet. His father now works as a Lock Tender on the Erie Canal at Lock #4. William who is 24 works as a moulder [iron worker]. His sister Ida who is 20 works in a laundry. Another sister, Nellie, who is 14 works as a collar creaser and the rest of his siblings are at home or school. His sister Jessie is 12. He has three younger brothers: George 9, Daniel 5 and Joseph who is 2. Also still living in the household is Cynthia Zukowski, William's eighty year old maternal grandmother. "Grandmother Cynthia" says her father was born in England and her mother born in New York State.
According to the 1901 Troy City directory William T Zukowski boards @ 1317 2nd St with his mother. His brother Robert and Robert's wife and children have also moved back with Robert's mother, probably to care for her as she is now in her early eighties and may even be infirm.
Sometime around 1902 William married Victorine Suprenant. She was about five years younger than William and was born in nearby Green Island, NY. and by 1903 Wm T. Zukowski and wife Victorine have removed to Cohoes
By 1910 William and Victorine are at @ 225 Nineteenth St - Ward 7, Watervliet, NY. William "Zackawski" [name wrongly spelled by census enumerator] is age 33 and has been married 8 years. He is working as a carpenter at the Arsenal. His wife Victorine, age 28 [whose parents were born Canada English] keeps house. Victorine and William have had three children and only two are living. Alena age 6 born 1904 NY [daughter] and Joseph their son age 5, born 1905. A son Eugene William died in 1907 in infancy. Victorine's father Joseph Surprenant age 64 born 1846 Canada English, is also living with them. He emigrated 1868 and is a naturalized citizen and works as a carpenter at a door (?) factory.
According to the City Directory in 1911 Wm T. Zukowski's residence is @ 812 Twelfth St. [Watervliet[. The entry says William is a helper [no location give.]
For the years of 1912 and 1913 Wm T. Zukowski works as a helper at 1605 Broadway and resides @ 1327 Sixth Ave.
At the taking of the 1915 census, William and Victorine are living @ 1317 2nd Ave, Ward 3 in Watervliet, NY. William at age 39 is a stationary engineer. Victoria is 33. Their children are: Helene age 12; Joseph age 10; Raymond age5 and Edna about one year old.
By 1924 Wm T Zukowski, Victorine and their children are living at 51 Ninth Street in Watervliet. William is working at the Arsenal as a "rigger.  Riggers help operate machines that move heavy objects including steel plates, bundles of steel rods, drilling towers, platforms, and the heavy construction equipment used to build and take down steel structures.] Still living at home and single are William's twenty year old daughter Allenah (sic) who works as a collar worker His son Joseph W who is nineteen works as. a "rougher" [ An iron worker who is engaged in the early stages of roughing out or rolling iron sheets down to the required thickness. It can also mean someone who roughed out things in the early stages of production.] and also lives at home. Also in the household is William's father Robert who is now about seventy-five and widowed.
In 1925 William and Victorine are in residence @1251 10th Ave in Colonie A.D. 03 E.D. 06 Albany Co, NY. This is a neighboring community to Watervliet. William, now age 49 is still working as a "rigger." His wife "Victorne" is 44 and keeps house for William and the children. Their son Joseph is age twenty and works as a mill hand. The younger children are at home and are: Raymond 15, Edna 11 and Elizabeth age 7. Williams' father Robert, now 76, has gone to live with his daughter Nellie Christie on Russell Street.
In 1926 Wm T. Zukowski and Victorine are still living @ 1251 Tenth Ave .William works at the Arsenal as a "rigger." Their son Joseph W. Zukowski has moved out and is married to Grace O'Neil.and still works at the Arsenal as a rougher. Williams' father is still with William's sister Nellie and they live on Thirteenth Street.
By 1927 William T. and Victorine Zukowski; have moved back to 51 Ninth Ave, [Watervliet] to live with their married son Joseph W. Zukowski and his wife Grace.[Joseph and Grace had a son born in 1926 who died at birth. And was named Joseph W. Zukowski Jr] Joseph works as a rougher and William still works as a rigger at the Arsenal. William had the following probable children still living with him: Alena age 23 [not yet married]; Raymond age 17, Edna 13 and Elizabeth age 9.
In 1930 William is age 54 and works as a machinist at the Arsenal. Victorine is 46. They are renting at #1251 a dwelling in Mansville,[Town of Colonie]. William says he was married at age 25 and Victorine at 18. [This would make their date of marriage around 1901 or 1902. Their son Raymond lives with them and works as a messenger boy for Western Union. Raymond is 19. Edna a 16 year old daughter works as a manufacturer at a clothing factory. Elizabeth, the youngest daughter at twelve also lives at home.
William's father who is now eighty remains with William's sister Nellie Christie who has either divorced her husband or the husband has died.
From 1935 to 1940 William age 64 and Victorine age 59 "Lueonski"-[Surname badly corrupted by census enumerator on census sheet] are now living on Walnut St in Colonie, Albany County, NY William still ;works at the Watervliet Arsenal. The only children still living at home are "Ray" age 29 and Elizabeth age 22.
[Alene has married to George Romain and has a daughter Leona born in 1932. [Leona (Romain) Ericsen died in 2009 in Samaritan Hospital in Troy]
Edna married Rudolph Normandin and they had a daughter Barbara born in the mid 1940s.
Joseph W. who married Grace still lives in Watervliet and in the 1940 census it indicates they had six children.
William's father died in 1934 and William died 4 January 1941 as a result of a "cyst on lung." Victorine died 11 July 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, NY of pulmonary edema and cardiac decompensation.
William married Victorine Surprenant, daughter of Living and Josephine Gadowoix, circa 1902 in New York. (Victorine Surprenant was born on 14 Sep 1881 in Green Island, Albany County, New York, died on 11 Jul 1950 in St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, New York and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.). The cause of her death was pulmonary edema and cardiac decompensation.
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