We are convinced that we have found Frank “McCallum’s” parents! Hard to believe. DNA testing has been the key resource.
A short summary:
- Frank was born October 7, 1890 not October 27, 1891 as he believed.
- He was born in Saginaw, Michigan not Detroit as he believed. He did live in Detroit for a number of years.
- Frank’s mother was Juliana Lugiewicz who married Joseph Franckowiak in 1892 in Saginaw. Clara Lugiewicz, who Frank put on his WWI Military Attestation as his Next Of Kin, was his aunt, Julia’s brother Andrew’s wife. From the beginning of this eight year search we had wondered if Clara was Frank’s mother. His mother, Julia, died in 1911 of tuberculosis, which–we believe–is why he named his Aunt Clara as his NOK. Juliana was born in 1867 in Germany/Poland, immigrating to Saginaw in 1884.
- Frank’s father was Carl Henry Weil from Randegg, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is a 50 minute drive from Zurich, Switzerland. He and a handful of brothers immigrated to Saginaw/Toledo from 1884. They set up a number of fruit wholesale and grocery retail businesses. Eventually, in the early 1890s he moved to Chicago. Then they moved into the cardboard and paper business running Cromwell Paper Co.
- The Weil family of Randegg has a celebrated history including many highly respected Rabbis. One family history goes back to 1135.
- It has been quite a search, over 4 continents and four thousand years. It has been very rewarding.
- Frank had ten half siblings. Three of Julia’s children died young. Meeting many living cousins has been quite wonderful. This continues.
There is a great deal that we do not yet know about Frank’s background, including where he picked up the name McCallum. We have some clues but no evidence yet. It appears that he lived with his mother and step-father for a number of years, even up to 1900.