Name: Jacob Johann (1) DORR
Birth: 9 MAY 1856 in West Prussia (now N. Poland) 1 2
Death: 20 FEB 1921 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York 3
Burial: 23 FEB 1921 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY 4
Occupation: Farmer, Laborer
On his "Declaration of Intention" Jacob stated his birth date as 9 May 1856. His death certificate, signed by his son Joseph, gives his birth date as 16 March 1853.
From 1879 until at least 1882, Jacob Dörr and his family were residents of Preussisch Konigsdorf (now Olesno) in Kreis Marienburg, West Prussia (now Gdansk Province, North Poland). Pr. Konigsdorf is a small village 18 kilometers east-northeast of Marienburg (now Malbork). In 1820 this village had a population of 267 (133 Roman Catholics, 114 Lutherans, and 20 Mennonites). In 1925 it had a population of 311. Its Roman Catholic inhabitants, including Jacob and his family, belonged to the Parish of Fischau.
Jacob Dörr, his wife Marie, and their infant daughter, Elise (Elisabeth), arrived at the port of New York on 3 April 1886. Marie was about 7 months pregnant with their next child. They were passengers #160-162 on the _S.S. Baltic_, Geo. Burton, Master, from Liverpool and Queenstown. They were listed as citizens of Germany and had left Germany from the port of Hamburg. Jacob's occupation was listed as farmer. He and his wife and daughter traveled in the aft steerage room. Jacob carried 2 pieces of baggage and Marie carried one piece. Also on the same ship, and listed as passengers #154-159, were Marie's father and mother, Michael & Maria (Hahn) Kowalski, and her younger brothers and sisters.
Source: United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service. _Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897_. Washington, DC : National Archives, 1957-58, 1963, 1970. [LDS Microfilm #1027361].
The family was settled in Rochester, NY by 13 June 1886 when their next child, Frank, was born. Jacob and his family were members of the parish of St. Joseph's Church which was built 1843-1846 by German immigrants in the simple monumental tradition of the Greek Revival, with a gray stone facade of series of arched bays on the exterior facade. St. Joseph's served as the mother church for the German Catholic churches in the region. A fire destroyed the church in October 1974. The facade was preserved and the interior was made into a public park known as St. Joseph's Park.
Jacob Johann Dörr filed his "Declaration of Intention" to become a U.S. citizen in the Monroe County Court on 8 November 1894. His "Naturalization Petition" was filed on 13 February 1901. He stated that he emigrated to the U.S. on 4 April 1886 and arrived at the port of New York. He further stated that he was born on 9 May 1856 and was 43 years of age on his last birthday. He was by occupation a canner, and he was residing at 43 Kelly Street, Rochester, NY. His witnesses at the final hearing were James A. Fox of 269 Joseph Ave. and Gottlieb Minkau of 19 Loomis Street. The petition/certificate was granted at the final hearing on 4 March 1901. [Note: If he was born on 9 May 1856, he would have been 44 years old on his last birthday, not 43.]
Sources: New York. Courts (Monroe County). _Declarations of Intention, 1821-1898_. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975.
New York. Courts (Monroe County). _Naturalization Petitions, ca. 1823-1906_. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975. [Microfilm # 0983973, Petition #30327].
In 1888 he lived at 41 Kelley Street and in 1890 he lived at 141 St. Joseph.
He is listed in the 1892 NY State census of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY, age 37 (Ward 13, ED 01).
In 1895 he lived at 163 St. Joseph (rear).
He is listed in the 1900 census of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY living at 43 Kelly St. (ED 58, 8th Ward, image 47).
He is listed in the 1910 census of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY living at 43 Kelly St. (ED 83, 8th Ward, image 15).
He is listed in the 1920 census of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY, age 56 living on Joseph Ave. (ED 89, p. 2B, image 4).
He died at St. Mary's Hospital, 19th Ward, Rochester, NY of pulmonary tuberculosis. He is buried in Lot 279, Section N of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Maria "Mary" A. KOWALSKI b: 11 JAN 1857 in Schlablau, Kr. Marienburg, W. Prussia
10 NOV 1878
in Grunau, Kreis Marienburg, Prussia (now N. Poland) 2
- Jacob DORR b: MAY/JUN 1879 in Pr. Konigsdorf, Marienburg, W. Prussia
- August Carl DORR b: 20 OCT 1880 in Grunau, Pr. Konigsdorf, Kr. Marienburg, West Prussia
- Carl August DORR b: AUG/SEP 1882 in Pr. Konigsdorf, Marienburg, W. Prussia
- Elisabetha "Elise" DORR b: 04 MAR 1884 in Grunau, Pr. Konigsdorf, Kr. Marienburg, West Prussia
- Frank John (2) DORR b: 13 JUN 1886 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- Mary Elisabeth DORR b: 20 NOV 1887 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- John Henry DORR b: 10 AUG 1890 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- Joseph August DORR b: 8 JUL 1892 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- Clara Rosalia DORR b: 23 JUL 1894 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- Bernard Albert J. DORR b: 22 FEB 1898 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York
- Author: New York. Courts (Monroe County)
Title: Naturalization Petitions, ca. 1823-1906
Publication: Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975
Page: Petition #30327.
- Author: Ancestry.com
Title: Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945 [database on-line]
Publication: Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016
Original data: Zivilstandsregister, 1874-1945. Digital images. Landesarchiv, Berlin, Deutschland.
Death Certificate for Jacob Dorr, 20 February 1921, Registered No. 591, stamped no. 8242, New York State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Uncertified copy in possession of author.
- Title: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery [database online]
Publication: Rochester, NY
Note: Cemetery Section: SEC. N, Lot/Tier: 279, Grave Number: 4N.