Surname Saturday – Stroik
October 15th, 2011 by Jessica

This week we take a look at the lineage of the Stroik surname as it pertains to my family’s history.

Earliest Known Ancestor

My 3rd great grandfather was Andreas Stroik.  Andreas was born around 1802 in either Lipusz, Prussia or Gandsk/Danzig, Poland.  He married a woman named Marianna Pellowski (or Pelowska) around 1824, based on the birth years of all of their children.  We don’t have their marriage record nor we have their immigration records.

I honestly don’t know how my ancestors were able to manage with such large families, especially with as poor as they were.  It simply amazes me.  The children of Andreas and Marianna were:

Victoria (1825 – 1917), Dorothy (1828 – 1914), Andreas (1831 – 1832), Mariana (1833 – 1898), my 2nd great-grandfather Francis Stroik (1835 – 1918), Magdalene (1836 – 1916), Rosalia Julianna (1837 – 1837), Albert (1840 – 1841), Josephine (1842 – 1862), Joseph (1843 – 1919), Christoph (1845 – 1915), John M (1849 – 1920) and little Elizabeth Stroik (1852 – 1852).

All 13 of their children were born in Prussia, Poland so I believe they immigrated to the United States sometime after 1852.  Andreas died on 26 Jan 1868 in Sharon, Portage, Wisconsin.

Lineage for the Stroik Surname

Lineage for the Stroik Surname


Jessica Marie Cole > Diane Marie Dreffs > Mary Rose Stroik (1910 – 1994) > Andrew Anton Stroik (1876 – 1929) > Francis Stroik (1835 – 1918) > Andreas Stroik (1802 – 1868)

Items of Interest

  • The Stroik families have led very, shall we say, productive lives?  Andreas and Mariann had 13 children.  Their son Frances and his wife Mary had at least 7 children, although I am sure I haven’t found them all yet.  Frank and Mary’s son, my great-grandfather Andrew Anton Stroik and his wife Helen Goretski had 11 children, including a set of twins.  Their daughter, my grandmother Mary Rose Stroik had 16 children including three sets of twins.  Andreas and Mariann Stroik have hundreds of descendants in the United States today.
  • Marriage License Announcement for Andrew and Helen Stroik

    Marriage License Announcement for Andrew and Helen Stroik

    The marriage announcement for Andrew Stroik and Helen Goretski was printed in the Stevens Point Journal in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 8, 1906.  A strong Polish accent may have contributed to the spelling of Helen’s name in the newspaper: “Ellen Gerechi.”

Family Notes

  • I need to complete the following basic research for Andreas and Mariann Stroik:
    • Grave locations
    • Immigration details
    • Naturalization records
    • Death Records

Additional Information

Check out my Ancestry Family Tree for Andreas Stroik.

See the grave of Andrew Anton Stroik on Find A Grave.

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