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This page contains the data I collected about the John MATYJA family of Omaha, Nebraska USA in response to an e-mail I received from Agata.  I have no personal family ties to this family.   BACK to my Miscellaneous Research page.

22 April 2006 -- e-mail from Agata
My name is Agata ... I’m from Poland (Leki Gorne) and I’m looking for some Matyja Family - my [great grandfather's] (Fillip Matyja) brother came to Omaha (John Matyja and I know he had 12 children)

23 April --  I also know Roman and Maria Matyja (sibling of John came with him but they stayed in Chicago and they never got married).
Before beginning my search for John MATYJA, I was going to ask Agata if she had any more information about him.  I decided to first check the census records at to see if I could find him listed.  I chose 1910 as an arbitrary starting point.  Wonder of wonders -- I immediately found a John MATYJA in Omaha, Nebraska.  There were only two children enumerated with John and his wife Kate.  They had been married only three years at this time.  I went to the 1920 and 1930 censuses and found in total 12 children.  John's brother Roman was enumerated with him in the 1920 census.

1910 U.S. census, Nebraska, Douglas County, South Omaha - 5th Ward, ED 120, Sheet 8a
Dwelling 150, family 150
Matyja, John, head, age 27, married once, married 3 years, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1903, naturalized, Beef butcher, packing house
Matyja, Kate, wife, age 21, married once, married 3 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children living, born Nebraska, parents born Poland
Matyja, Louis, son, age 2, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Walter, son, age 10/12, single, born Nebraska

1920 U.S. census, Nebraska, Douglas County, Omaha - Ward 7, ED 81, sheet 3B
3906 Patterson Avenue, dwelling 38, family 40
Matyja, John, head age 36, married, immigrated 1903, naturalized 1915, born Poland, parents born Poland, Butcher, Packing house
Matyja, Katie, wife, age 31, married, born Nebraska, parents born Poland
Matyja, Luis, son, age 12, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Walter, son, age 10, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Mary, daughter, age 8, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Leo, son, age 6, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Theodor, son, age 5, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Frank, son, age 4 9/12, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Emley, daughter, age 1 6/12, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Roman, brother, age 27, single, immigrated 1910, filed naturalization first papers, born Poland, parents born Poland, Butcher, packing house

1930 U.S. census, Nebraska, Douglas County, Omaha, ED 75, sheet 39B
3906 Patterson Avenue, dwelling 371, family 383
Matyja, John, head, age 46, married, age 23 when first married (married about 1907), born Poland Austrian, parents born Poland Austrian, immigrated 1903, naturalized, laborer, packing house
Matyja, Katherine, wife, age 42, married, age 18 when first married, born Nebraska, parents born Poland Austrian
Matyja, Louis, son, age 22, single, born Nebraska, laborer, meat packing
Matyja, Marie, daughter, age 18, single, born Nebraska, waitress, restaurant
Matyja, Leo, son, age 17, single, born Nebraska, cook, restaurant
Matyja, Theodore, son, age 15, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Frank, son, age 13, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Amelia, daughter, age 11, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Lucile, daughter, age 9, born Nebraska
Matyja, Margaret, daughter, age 7, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Katherine, daughter, age 5, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, John, son, age 5, single, born Nebraska
Matyja, Joseph, son, age 1 7/12, single, born Nebraska

The 1910 census indicated that John and Kate MATYJA were married for three years.  The Omaha Downtown Public Library has the Douglas County marriages on microfilm.  I located the marriage record for John and Catherine.

Marriage Record, State of Nebraska, Douglas County, No. 17449

Mr. John Matyja, color white residing at So. Omaha aged 23 years; born at Poland
His father's name was Joseph Matyja
His mother's name was Agnes Matyja
M. Catherine Urzendowska color white residing at So. Omaha aged 18 years; born at Omaha
Her father's name was Louis Urzendowska
Her mother's maiden name was Mary Wrinstock

Be it remembered, that at So Omaha, Nebr. in said County, on the 19 day of June 1906, Mr. John Matyja residing at So. Omaha, Nebr. aged 23 years and M. Catherine Urzendowska (alias Sandowska) residing at So. Omaha, Nebr. aged 18 years, were duly joined in marriage by me, in presence of Joseph Urzendowski (Sandowski) residing at So. Omaha, Nebr. and Anna Konolek residing at So. Omaha, Nebr. witnesses present at the ceremony.
Fr. Cyril Mitera, Rector St. Francis Ch

John's World War I draft registration gave his date of birth as 14 May 1883.

WW I Draft Registration, Douglas County, Nebraska
John Matyja
3906 Patterson Ave., Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Age 35; Date of birth May 14, 1883; Naturalized citizen
Butcher, Cudahy Pkg Co., So. Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
Nearest relative: Kate Matyja, 3906 Patterson Ave., Omaha, Nebraska

In the Genealogy Room at the Omaha W. Dale Clark Public Library I found obituaries for two of the MATYJA sons.

Omaha, Nebraska; World-Herald newspaper, 14 June 1974
MATYJA - Walter S., 1511 So. 58 St.  June 13, 1974.  Survived by wife, Rose M. Matyja.  Brothers, Louis, Leo, Theodore and John Matyja, Omaha; Frank, Richmond, California, Joseph, North Platte, Nebraska.  Sisters, Mrs. Maries Stillmock, Mrs. John (Emily) Onik, Mrs. LaVerne (Marge) Von Tersch, Mrs. Thaddeus, (Kay) Madei, all of Omaha., Mrs. John (Lucille) Staroski, La Grange, Illinois.
     Funeral Saturday, 9:15 AM, Chapel to Holy Cross Church, 10 AM. Interment Calvary Cemetery.
Staskiewicz Mortuary, 4018 L St. (Omaha)

Omaha, Nebraska; World-Herald newspaper, 5 November 1979
MATYJA - Theodore A. age 65 yrs. of 4104 V St.  Retired Douglas County Deputy Sheriff.  Survived by wife, Geraldine D.; daughter, Mrs. James (Barbara) Baji; son, Theodore C. both of Omaha; sisters, Mrs. Clarence Stillmock, Mrs. John Onik, Mrs. LaVerne VonTersch, Mrs. Ted Madej all of Omaha, Mrs. John Staroska, LaGrange Illinois; brothers Frank and Leo in California, John of Omaha, Joseph, North Platte, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren.
     Services Wed. Chapel, 9:30 AM to Sts Peter and Paul Church at 10 AM.  Interment St. Johns Cemetery.
Larkin Funeral Home, 24th & J St. (Omaha)

I checked the Tombstone Transcription Project listing for St. John's Cemetery, the online Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and the California Death Index.   I found these entries.

MATYJA, John, 1883  -  1959;  MATYJA, Catherine, 1888  -  1975 (St. John's)
VON TERSCH, Margaret, 8-13-19[xx]  -  (St. John's)
LOUIS MATYJA, born 02 Aug 1907, died Nov 1974, last residence 68107 (Omaha, Douglas, NE), last benefit  (none specified), SSN 505-01-3094, issued Nebraska (SSDI)
California Death Records - MATYJA, LEO. L, born 04/10/1913, Mother's maiden name URZENDOWSKI, sex M(ale), birthplace NEBRASKA, death place LOS ANGELES(19), Date of death 04/17/1982, SSN 505-01-8000, age 69 yrs
MATYJA, Theodore A., 10-12-1914  -  11-4-1979;  MATYJA, Geraldine D., 1-30-1919  - (St. John's)

While visiting my Mother's grave at St. John's Cemetery, I located the grave of John and Catherine MATYJA.

John and Catherine MATYJA

Sources - Resources

St. John Cemetery, Sarpy County - just south of Omaha on 36th street (St. John's Cemetery 7605 So. 36th St., Omaha, NE),  Walked by Don Nichols
Posted at Tombstone Transcription Project

Online Social Security Death Index

Online California Death Records

Census records (paid subscription),

Obituaries, Downtown Omaha Public Library, 3rd floor, Genealogy room

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