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Rose Golla, daughter of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 24 Sep 1880 in Germany; immigrated to the US in 1881 with her mother; died 5 Mar 1940 in Emporium, Cameron, PA, and was buried 8 Mar 1940 in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, DuBois, Clearfield, PA.  Married Joseph Shivie 26 Apr 1896. Joseph Shivie was born about 1870 in Austria, and immigrated to the United States in 1886. According to census records, Joseph Shivie worked as a railroad laborer.  Rose is also known as Rosella and Rozy in some documents.

Joseph and Rose had at least 6 children:

  • Mary Shivie, born 10 Feb 1897; married Percy Dixon.
  • Frances Shivie, born 10 Feb 1900, died 10 Dec 1990; married Donald Dixon.
  • Katherine Shivie, born 16 Mar 1910.
  • Josephine Shivie, born 13 Aug 1912; married Roy Danner.
  • Maxine Shivie, born 13 Aug 1912; married _____ Puschar.
  • Stillborn child (female), born and died 12 Dec 1922.

Source information and other documentation for Joseph and Rose (Golla) Shivie

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Rosella Shivie, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 27411, Registered Number 13, 5 Mar 1940. View image
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Sandy Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 101, Sheet 15A. Head of House: Shivie, Joseph.  View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Sandy Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 107, Sheet 3B. Head of House: Shivie, Joseph.  View image
  • Findagrave.com, Memorial #121850282 , entry for Rose Shivie, Available on the Internet at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=121850282.

 

 

Frank John Golla, son of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 2 Oct 1882 in Baltimore, MD. Frank was in the army, and was stationed in New York City for three years. Frank married on 12 Feb 1908 Emma Weidenboerner, who was born in Pennsylvania about 1878. Frank worked as a railroad laborer, and was an assistant foreman and a section foreman. Frank died of diabetes 1 May 1914 at Jay, Elk, PA at the age of 31, and was buried 4 May 1914 in DuBois, Clearfield, PA. After Frank’s death, Emma may have relocated to Troy, PA, as there is an Emma Golla listed in the 1920 census that was a housekeeper for the Catholic priest’s house in Troy. Frank and Emma, along with their son Francis, are buried in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in DuBois, PA.

Frank and Emma had 1 child:

  • Francis George Golla, born 22 Jul 1909; died 8 Nov 1918

Source information and other documentation for Frank and Emma (Weidenboerner) Golla

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document.
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Jay Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 40, Sheet 6A. Head of House: Golla, Frank.  View image
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Frank John Golla, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 52902, Registered Number 21, 1 May 1914. View image
  • Findagrave.com, Memorial #119871274 , entry for Frank Golla.  Available on the Internet at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119871274.
  • Possible source for Emma – 1920 US Federal Census, Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 46, Sheet 1B. Head of house: Durkan, Patrick J.  View image

 

 

Joseph Peter Golla, son of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 13 Jan 1886 in Dents Run, PA. Married Elizabeth Regulski (born abt 1885, died 1981) on 29 Oct 1908. Worked as a railroad section foreman. Joseph died 26 August 1975.

Note that census information indicates Joseph was born in Baltimore, MD. It is possible that the family didn’t move to Dents Run, PA after Joseph was born.

Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:

  • Leona Golla, born 3 Aug 1909. Married Harold Schelinberger.
  • Mary Golla, born 29 Jun 1912. Married Joseph Mancuso.
  • Helen Golla, born 2 May 1915, died Nov 1994. Married John Cuba.
  • Theresa Frances Golla, born 4 Jun 1917, died 9 Jan 1932.
  • Joseph W. Golla, born 16 Oct 1919 in Reynoldsville, Jefferson, PA; died 26 Feb 2005 in Fountain Hill, Lehigh, PA. Married Patricia Orner.
  • Anna Margaret Golla, born 29 Jul 1925, died 19 Jan 1993. Married Marion Meme.
  • Paul E. Golla, born 11 Apr 1930. Married Jennie Laboo.

Source information and other documentation for Joseph and Elizabeth (Regulski) Golla

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 165, Sheet 9A. Head of House: Golla, Joseph.  View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Reynoldsville Borough, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 32, Sheet 3A. Head of House: Golla, Joseph.  View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Jefferson County, PA, number 2271.  View image
  • Ancestry.com, U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Regist. View image
  • Findagrave.com, Memorial #112755856 , entry for Joseph P. Golla.  Available on the Internet at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=112755856.
  • Joseph W. Golla (son) – Obituary. Newspaper: Reading Times/Reading Eagle; Publication Date: 1 Mar 2005; Publication Place: Reading, PA. View obituary

 

 

Helen Frances Golla, daughter of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, born 25 Dec 1888 in Dents Run, PA. Also known as Elena, Ellie, or Ella. Married 1) Joseph Ralph Orsie (Orsimarsi) on 4 May 1904. Joseph Orsie died 9 Aug 1913. Helen married 2) John Ross Hawk on 16 Feb 1919. Before marrying John Hawk, Helen worked in a meat market, then as a store clerk. Helen died 6 May 1968 in Ridgeway, Elk, PA.

Joseph and Helen (Orsie) had 4 children:

  • Joanna Orsie, born 5 Feb 1905, died 8 Jan 1999. Married Simon Gurneau.
  • Frances Orsie, born 7 Dec 1906. Married 1) John Batts, and 2) Conrad Mass.
  • Mary Magdaline Orsie, born 5 May 1908. Married Claude Healy.
  • Veronica Orsie, born 20 Mar 1912, died 9 Oct 1999. Married Alfred Mitcheltree.

Photo 1 (abt 1910) – Front, left to right: Joanna, Frances, Mary; Back: Joseph, Helen.
Photo 2 (abt 1917) – Front, left to right: Mary, Veronica, Frances; Back: Joanna.

John and Helen (Hawk) had 3 children:

  • Paul Hawk, born 24 Jul 1920, died Apr 1983. Married Helen Glossner.
  • Helen Amanda Hawk, born 9 Apr 1922. Married Elbert Metz.
  • Grace Elizabeth Hawk, born 7 Oct 1925. Married Chester Bullers.

Source information and other documentation for Helen Golla, Joseph Orsie, and John Hawk

 

 

Veronica Golla, daughter of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 20 May 1891 in Dents Run, PA. Veronica, who also went by “Verona” or “Veronie”, was a twin with her sister Catherine. Veronica married on 7 May 1919 George Stojek, who was born abt 1890 in Poland, and who immigrated to the United States in 1912. George died of cancer when the children were young, and is buried in the Polish cemetery in DuBois, PA. Veronica died 9 Jan 1973 in Phoenix, AZ, and is buried in DuBois, PA.

A church window was donated to St. Michael the Archangel Polish church in DuBois, PA. This window is on the left side as you enter the church, and bears the name Weronika (Veronica) Golla. According to church history, construction of the church occurred between 1910 and May 1917. Veronica was the housekeeper and church organist for Fr. Edward Pawlikowski, and likely moved to DuBois with Fr. Pawlikowski in July 1916 shortly before the main portion of the church was complete.

George and Veronica had 5 children:

  • Frances Stojek, born 22 Mar 1920. Married William Kovach.
  • Joseph Stoyek, born 27 Nov 1922. Married Regina Madison.
  • Albert Stojek, born 22 Apr 1925. Married Frances Pape.
  • Edward Stoyek, born 19 May 1927. Married Rose Cekovsky.
  • Veronica Stojek, born about 1929 and died as an infant about 1929.

Note that some family members kept the original “Stojek” spelling of the last name, while others adopted the spelling “Stoyek”, based on the Polish pronounciation of the name.

Source information and other documentation for George and Veronica (Golla) Stojek

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • 1920 US Federal Census, DuBois City, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 78, sheet 12B. Head of House: Stojek, George.  View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, DuBois City, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 27, sheet 7A. Head of House: Stojek, George.  View image
  • Veronica (Golla) Stoyek – Obituary.  Newspaper: The Courier Express, DuBois, PA, 10 Jan 1973, page 2.  View image
  • Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Available on the Internet at http://www.familysearch.org. Entry listed under Veronica Stojek, died Jan 1973. View record
  • “George Stojek Died on Friday”, DuBois Courier, Dubois, PA, April 5, 1930.  View image
  • “Card of Thanks, Stojek”, The Dubois Morning Courier, April 9, 1930.  View image

 

 

Catherine Golla, daughter of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 20 May 1891 in Dents Run, PA. Catherine, who also went by “Katie”, was a twin with her sister Veronica. She married Martin Lesneski, son of Frank and Dora Lesneski, on 26 Jan 1910 in Tyler, Clearfield, PA. Martin was born in Germany on 12 Nov 1886, and died following a mining accident on 21 Feb 1929 in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA. Catherine died 14 Oct 1939 in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA, and is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nanty Glo, Cambria, PA.

Martin and Catherine had 7 children:

  • Martin A Lesneski; born 4 Aug 1912; died 8 Mar 1941. Married Elizabeth Marie Smith.
  • Dorothy Lesneski, born 5 Oct 1913; died Nov 1980. Married Nicholas Hottendorf.
  • Joseph Stanley Lesneski, born 30 Dec 1915; died 13 Apr 2005. Married Margaret Mahalko.
  • Francis Edward Lesneski, born 12 Apr 1918; died 25 May 1989. Married 1) Dorothy May Bradford Parker, 2) Lillian Suzanne Planck.
  • John Lesneski, born 1920. Married Anne Varhola.
  • David George Lesneski, born 30 Apr 1923; died 11 Mar 1984. Married 1) Jane McHugh, 2) Julia Corrigan.
  • Anna Rose Lesneski, born abt 21 Jul 1924; died abt Dec 1965. Married Burton Tiffany.

Source information and other documentation for Martin and Catherine (Golla) Lesneski

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • 1910 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 85, Sheet 8., 23 Apr 1910. Head of House: Lesneski, Martin.  View image
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 92, Sheet 12 B, 4 Feb 1920. Head of House: Lesneski, Martin.  View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Nanty-Glo Borough, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 11-93, Sheet 2B, 3 Apr 1930. Head of House: Lesneski, Catherine.  View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, 1885-1916, FHC film 1,288,682; Application for Marriage of Martin Lesneski and Catherine Golla.  View image
  • Pennsylvania Orphan’s Court (Elk County), Marriage License Docket, 1885-1916, FHC film 1,288,682; Marriage License for Martin Lesneski and Catherine Golla.  View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Martin Lesneski, Huston Township, Clearfield County, PA., Date of Registration – June 5, 1919.  View image
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Martin Lesneski, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 19797, Registered Number 18, 23 Feb 1929.  View image
  • Vital Records, Death certificate of Catherine Lesneski, Pennsylvania Department of Health, File No 87856, 16 Oct 1939.  View image
  • Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society, A Compilation of Coal Mine Deaths and Injuries in the Black Lick Valley Area,  http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/CoalMIneDnI.html. Compiled from various sources, but predominately from past issues of “The Journal”, a weekly newspaper published in Nanty Glo, PA since 1921. Note two entries related to Martin Lesneski: 1) Lesneski, Martin, 12-06-1928, and Lesnesky, Martin, 02-21-1929.
  • Warholic, George R. (Transcriber), St. Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions, Transcribed on May 29 – October 8, 2000, and updated on September 10, 2005., http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/StMaryNG_K_P.html.
  • Funerals Conducted by the Ondriezek Funeral Home, http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacblack/interests/ondriezek_1.html.
  • Nanty Glo Journal (newspaper), 12 Oct 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Altoona Mirror (newspaper), 16 Oct 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image
  • Indiana Evening Gazette (newspaper), Indiana, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1939.  Article about Catherine Lesneski’s death.  View image

 

 

John Patrick Golla, son of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 17 Mar 1893 in Penfield, Clearfield, PA. John married Victoria Michvick (alternately Majchrzak or Maychrzah) on 15 May 1916. He died from kidney complications on 28 Oct 1950 in New Bethlehem, Clarion, PA, and is buried in Reynoldsville, Jefferson, PA.

John and Victoria had 6 children:

  • Edward J. Golla, born 6 May 1917 in Penfield, Clearfield, PA; died 26 May 2007 in Dubois, Clearfield, PA. Married Katherine Welsh.
  • Lillian Golla, born 30 Oct 1920. Married Tom Neal.
  • Leo Golla, born 25 Sep 1923, died 12 Dec 1987.
  • Gerald P. Golla, born 13 Apr 1926, died 24 Dec 1992.
  • Lois Golla, born after 1930**. Married Vern Kemp.
  • Donna Golla, born after 1930**. Married 1) Jack Black, 2) Gene Hetrick, and 3) Paul Thompson.

Source information and other documentation for John and Victoria (Michvick) Golla

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • 1920 US Federal Census, Huston Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 91, sheet 6A. Head of House: Golla, John P.  View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 32, sheet 5A. Head of House: Golla, John.  View image
  • Ancestry.com, U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Regist.  View image
  • Findagrave.com, Memorial #109984346 , entry for John P. Golla.  Available on the Internet at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=109984346.

 

 

August Leo Golla, son of Joseph Golla and Frances Gdanietz, was born 9 Feb 1895 in Penfield, Clearfield, PA. Attended a school in Philadelphia. August married Anne Kilzen (possibly Kylcenski) on 23 Jun 1920. He died 3 Apr 1986 in Olean, Cattaraugus, NY.

August and Anne had 2 children:

  • Ralph Golla, born 18 Jun 1921; Married Kay Burton.
  • Louise Golla, born 3 Apr 1926; Married Eugene Hickey.

Source information and other documentation for August and Anne (Kilzen) Golla

  • Golla, August; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Gurneau, Joanna Orsie; Joseph and Frances Golla (Family History).  View document
  • Possible source for Anne – 1900 US Federal Census, Benezette Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 29, Sheet 9B. Head of house: Kylcenski, Adela.  View image
  • 1930 US Federal Census, Jay Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania, Enumeration District 8, Sheet 1A. Head of house: Golla, August.   View image
  • Ancestry.com, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System.  View image
  • Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Available on the Internet at http://www.familysearch.org. Entry listed under August Golla, died Apr 1986.  View record
What’s New
  • January 2017 - Added obituary sources to Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • January 2016 - Updates to Third and Subsequent Generations page to several Lesneski individuals
  • November 2015 - Updates to the Second Generation page
  • June 2015 - Updates to the Third and Subsequent Generations page
  • October 2014 - Updates to the Other Golla Families page
  • August 2014 - Added photo and sources for John William Lesneski.
  • July 2014 - Added details to numerous individuals, mostly related to Pennsylvania death certificates and FindaGrave.com references.
  • March 2014 - Details added to the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • October 2013 - Numerous updates and additional details added to the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • October 2012 - New page design, now available at gollafamily.org! Also added new content, including a new section for "Other Golla Families".
  • May 2012 - Added new content, primarily to the George and Veronica Golla Stojek family.
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