The Torunczyk, Toronchik, Thorner Family from the area of Warsaw, Poland

My mother’s paternal grandmother was Glicke/Gussie Teronchek, born somewhere in Poland, perhaps near Warsaw, in about 1857.
I know that her parents were Meir and Sarah, and that’s all. She and her husband were likely cousins.

Glicke was married to Gedalia Lazar Chshunstofsky, born near Warsaw, in about 1854.
His parents were Yehuda Leib Chshunstofsky and Anna perhapsToronchik.
Gedalia took the name Thorner in the US, after the female Toronchik line.

Of course all spellings of Toronchik are arbitrary. I don’t have any documents from Poland.

Gedalia Chshunstofsky and Glicke Torunczyk wed in Poland

Glicke's 1926 death certificate pdf. Her mother was Sarah Teronchick.
The name of her father on this certificate may be an erroneous reference to her husband (father of informant Meyer Thorner).

Gedalia's 1932 Death Certificate pdf. His mother may have been Anna Toronchik

Yehuda Leib (Louis) Chshunstofsky + Anna Toronchik and/or Sarah Toronchik

this is my great grandfather
this is Paul Thorner's grandfather
c 1920 possibly Gedalia Thorner
from Collection of Barbara Wiseman Steckler
c 1917-18 Abraham Thorner
1854, near Warsaw, Poland - 7/28/1932, Brooklyn, NY
3/15/1865 Kikol Poland - 8/7/1937 Brooklyn, NY
Gedalia son of Yehudah Leib FindAGrave
Abraham son of Yehudah Leib FindAGrave
   
It was not until Paul Thorner's spring 2020 autosomal DNA results matched mine that we could conclude that this was one family!
BUT DID THEY HAVE THE SAME MOTHER?


Signed by Dr. Allen S. Russek,
husband of Gedalia's son Meyer's daughter Molly

Mother: Anna Toronchik; Father: Louis Thorner
Mother: Sarah; Father: Leon Thorner
I don't quite believe either listing. But they may have been half brothers

 


Meir Teroncheky + Sarah Toronchick(?)

Glicke/Gussie Teronchek Thorner
Liba Torunczyk Bromberg
this is my great grandmother
1857, Poland - 6/4/1926, Brooklyn, NY
about 1865 Poland - about 1918 Poland
Ethan Russo collection.
Glicka daughter of Meir FindAGrave
 
Father: Gedalia Thorner (error!); mother: Sarah Toronchick

 

On 2/14/2012 Ethan Russo wrote: My mother [Mildred (Amelia) Bromberg Russo] remembered that Sol Bromberg (my maternal grandfather) and Meyer Thorner were first cousins Additionally, my mother confirmed today that she knew the Thorner family and recognized Glicke’s name.

 

Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, NY. Section A4.
Glika daughter of Meir. Gedalia Eliezer, son of Yehuda Leib.

I've (perhaps) got a double dose of Toronchik!

Other Torunczyk/Toronchik/Thorner families we might be related to

There are other families who claim connection to my own via as-yet undefined familial connections
to my grandfather's brother Meyer Thorner or his daughter Molly Thorner Russek
Meyer Thorner family photos

On 2/14/2012 Ethan Russo wrote: My mother [Mildred (Amelia) Bromberg Russo] remembered that Sol Bromberg (my maternal grandfather) and Meyer Thorner were first cousins Additionally, my mother confirmed today that she knew the Thorner family and recognized Glicke’s name.

On 2/11/2019, Nancy Thorner Southern wrote me,
"Molly Thorner Russek was my father’s cousin. Lived near us on Long Island."

Brian's Thorner's GGGrandfather Harris Thorner's death certificate said he died in 1923 at 238 Hart Street, Brooklyn.  His obituary in the Brooklyn Standard Union further stated that he died "at his home, 238 Hart Street." Paul Thorner was born at 238 Hart Street in 1922.  According to the 1920 Census, this is also where Paul's grandfather, Abraham Chshunstofsky Thorner lived.


The names of Glicka Torunczyk, my great grandmother

Liba-Chaya Torunczyk

The Wolf Thorners

Torunczyk Photos

Polish Books of Residents and Other Lesser-Known Sources by Fay and Julian Bussgang

Success at Last!
originally published in Mass-pocha (Fall/Winter 1997) by Fay Bussgang
this is an excellent account of Fay's discovery of her Torunczyk roots

Thorner Photos (which are simultaneously Torunczyk photos)

Descendants of Parents of Glicke and Liba Torunczyk
available upon request

Background docs Gedalia Chrzadowski Thorner (1854-1932) and Glicke Torunczyk Chrzadowski Thorner (1857-1926)
3/21/2012

Isidor Chrzadowski Thorner (1874-1933)
updated 8/18/2010

Theodore Chrzadowski Thorner (1878-1963)
updated 8/17/2010

David Chrzonstowski Thorner (ca 1879-?)
updated 8/19/2010

Meyer Chrzastowski Chrzastewski Thorner (ca 1881-?)
updated 8/13/2010

Abraham Chrzadowski Thorner (1887-1941)
updated 8/10/2010

Dora Chrzadowski Thorner Schraub (1895-?)
updated 8/11/2010

Anna Rose Chrzadowski Thorner Glaser (1901-?)
updated 8/12/2010

Blank Census Forms 1910 1920 1930 with clear headers

Blank 1940 Census Form (legal-sized, 2pp)

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