Tessewreck surname - changed from something else?
Hello everyone! I’m new here.
Well, here’s my situation. My great-great grandmother, according to her obituary, was named Mary Tessewreck, born around 1870, and came to Pompton Lakes, Passaic County, New Jersey.
She immigrated around 1886-1887, and I figured I could find her with her family in the 1890 census, but that was destroyed by a fire apparently…? The next census is the 1895 one, and she has married Charles (Charley) Cherney (listed as Churney in one census..) at that point. Some of the censuses with them list Germany as their birthplace, others list Bohemia. It’s quite confusing.
Okay, so… basically, I am lost. I have found a family with the surname Tesarik that immigrated around 1914 and were living in Passaic County, New Jersey. I’m trying to see if I can find a link between Mary and this family, but so far I’ve come up with nothing.
When you google or search records for Tessewreck, either only my forum questions over at Ancestry.com show up, or there’s Teszarik, Tzrik Tsirak, Tesarik, Tesarek, etc.
What is the likelyhood that Mary’s last name, Tessewreck, was an “Englishified” version of her real Czech surname?
I am DESPERATE to find out who she was, who her parents were, and where she came from.
I’ve checked immigration records for Tessewreck – zip, nada, zero.
Any suggestions to help me out at this point would be SO appreciated. I’m just incredibly lost. :(