Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski (#27 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 27th, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census!  This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012.  Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches.  I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R SowulewskiThis entry is further down on the same page as Josephine’s uncle and aunt Andrew S. Dreffs & Stella Marie (Kryska) Dreffs.  We explored Andrew and Stella’s entries yesterday.

Joseph was 36 and employed as a carpenter at a lumber yard.  Josephine was also 36 and was a housewife.  Their children were Dorothy Sowulewski (15), Arlene Sowulewski (13) and Joseph Sowulewski (10). They owned the home at 2409 Robinwood which was valued at $3,200.

In their household also lived Josephine’s brother Thomas Grabowski. Thomas, age 37, was employed as a core maker in a foundry.

Josephine and Thomas were the children of Hattie (Dreffs) Grabowski, the sister of Andrew S. Dreffs and Walter Anthony Dreffs.

Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski
Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 11A, Lines 33-38.

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