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RENNSPIES, Adolf

Male 1888 - 1966  (77 years)


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  • Name RENNSPIES, Adolf  
    Born 15 Aug 1888  Pomocnia, Pomiechowek, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Masovia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Physical Description 11 Mar 1918  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    5ft 4in; blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; scar on left hand 
    Naturalization 11 Mar 1918  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 11 Mar 1918  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    31 Laidlaw Avenue 
    Departure 23 Aug 1928  Bremen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sailed aboard the SS Karlsruhe for New York 
    Residence Mar 1933  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    34 Beacon Avenue 
    Property Jul 1933  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    sold duplex at 34 Beacon Ave. to Emil Fausak 
    Property Jul 1944  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    sold two-family building at 245 Sherman Ave to Francis Lee Pompeo 
    Social Security Number Bef 1951 
    071-12-1734 issued (as Adolph Renspis) in NY 
    Name Adolf RENN 
    Name Adolf RENSPIS 
    Occupation Baker 
    Reference Number 947 
    _UID 843E13388CE14A4D943A136183390C4C6740 
    Died Jan 1966  Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Adolf Rennspies immigrated to America in 1907 with Emil Fausak; a copy of the entry register is available at www.ellisisland.org, indexed under Adolf Rewzlis (sic) or Emil Farzak (sic). They arrived in New York on 28 June 1907 aboard the SS Smolensk out of Rotterdam on 18 June 1907. Both Adolf and Emil listed Edward Fausak (180 Warren Streen, Jersey City NJ) as their American contact or sponsor; significantly, Edward Fausak is listed as "stepbrother" of Adolf and brother of Emil.

      Adolf's name was shortened from Rennspies (or Renspis) to Renn some time after 1918 when he was naturalized. His name is spelled Renspis on his naturalization papers, dated 11 March 1918, but some of the precursor documents show his signature as Renn. There remains much confusion about usage of the name. His wife Pauline's probate notice in 1933 shows "RENSPIS, or RENN, PAULINE...."

      Adolf appears in a formal studio photograph taken circa 1913 that also shows Adolf Fausak, Peter Ludwig Fausak, and Emil Fausak.

      Edward Fausak Sr. related in 1997 that as a small child he remembers Renn, who was a small man and was called Little Renn. Edward recalls that in 1964 his father visited his Aunt Martha in Connecticut and also saw Renn, who was severely crippled with arthritis and spent most of his time sitting in a chair. Ed's father Edward sponsored Adolph Renn when he came to America.

      There is a probable connection, possibly brothers, between Adolf Renn (Rennspies) and the Edward Rennspies who Bertha Fausak married in Poland or East Prussia.

      Certificate of Naturalization number 12571 dated 26 January 1918 in Jersey City, Hudson County NJ. Wife shown as Pauline, age 31, and children shown as Helen, 5 years, and Edward, 1 year. Address at that time was 38 Laidlaw Avenue, Jersey City NJ. (From grandson RB, July 1999). His naturalization application papers clearly show his date and place of birth, father's name Friedrich Renspies and mother's name Karolina Hein.

      Adolf (listed as Adolf Renspis on the Bremen Passenger Lists) sailed from Bremen on 23 Aug 1928 aboard the SS Karlsruhe bound for New York. He appeared to be traveling alone, although this trip coincided with a visit to East Prussia by Emil Fausak and his family to attend the wedding of Emil's brother Albert Fausak. Rennspies may have accompanied the Fausaks to Muschaken, Prussia for the wedding.
    Person ID I947  Fausack
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2017 

    Father RENNSPIES, Frederich,   b. 1859, Jezewo, Pultusk, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. late 1930s, Obromb (Obrąb), Ciechanow, Russian Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother HEIN, Anna CAROLINE,   b. 30 Aug 1858, Pomocnia, Pomiechowek, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Masovia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930, Obromb (ObrÄ…b), Ciechanow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1881  Nasielsk Ev. parish, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 WILKES, Pauline,   b. 1887,   d. 30 Aug 1931  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1912 
    Children 
     1. RENN, Helen Emma,   b. 25 May 1912, Hoboken NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1995, Garden City, Nassau Co. NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. RENN, Edward,   b. 27 Aug 1916, Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1931  (Age 14 years)
     3. RENN, Elsie Florence,   b. 1919,   d. 25 Feb 1975  (Age 56 years)
     4. Living
    Last Modified 14 May 2006 
    Family ID F678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 NEUMANN, Emily,   b. 09 Dec 1886,   d. 29 Oct 1988, Hackensack, Bergen Co. NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Married 30 Jul 1932 
    Last Modified 14 May 2006 
    Family ID F964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Aug 1888 - Pomocnia, Pomiechowek, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Masovia, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPhysical Description - 5ft 4in; blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion; scar on left hand - 11 Mar 1918 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 11 Mar 1918 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 31 Laidlaw Avenue - 11 Mar 1918 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - sailed aboard the SS Karlsruhe for New York - 23 Aug 1928 - Bremen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 34 Beacon Avenue - Mar 1933 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - sold duplex at 34 Beacon Ave. to Emil Fausak - Jul 1933 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - sold two-family building at 245 Sherman Ave to Francis Lee Pompeo - Jul 1944 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1966 - Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1922 ca; with Pauline nee Wilkes and children Helen Emma at age 10, Edward at age 6, and Elsie at age 3.
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1922 ca; with Pauline nee Wilkes and children Helen Emma at age 10, Edward at age 6, and Elsie at age 3.
    Fausak, Adolf; 1913 ca
    Fausak, Adolf; 1913 ca
    Adolf seated with (l to r) step-brother Adolf Rennspies, brother Emil Fausak, and half-brother Peter Ludwig Fausak.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Renn, Adolf; 1933 ca; with daughter Elsie (1919-1975) and sister Ottilie (1890-  ).
    Renn, Adolf; 1933 ca; with daughter Elsie (1919-1975) and sister Ottilie (1890- ).
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Renn (Rennspies), Adolf; 1933 est;
    Renn (Rennspies), Adolf; 1933 est;
    Renn (Rennspies), Helen; c 1923; Helen Renn standing outside of father Adolf Renn's bakery in Hokoken NJ.
    Renn (Rennspies), Helen; c 1923; Helen Renn standing outside of father Adolf Renn's bakery in Hokoken NJ.

    Documents
    Fausak, Emil; 1907; entry record
    Fausak, Emil; 1907; entry record
    Surname misspelled (not uncommonly) as Fauzak. Emil was traveling with Adolf Rennspies (badly misspelled and Renzlis); both indicated their destination as E. Fauzak in Jersey City NJ. Emil showed Edward as "brother" and Adolf showed Edward as "Step-brother".
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1928; US re-entry
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1928; US re-entry
    Adolf was returning from Europe aboard the SS Karlsruhe from Bremen, Germany
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1917; WWI draft registration card
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1917; WWI draft registration card
    Rennspies (Renn), Adolf; 1939; Social Security application
    Rennspies (Renn), Adolf; 1939; Social Security application
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1942; WWII draft registration card
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1942; WWII draft registration card
    Renn, Helen Emma; 1912; baptismal certificate
    Renn, Helen Emma; 1912; baptismal certificate
    Witnesses were August Wilkes and Aunt Ottilie Renn.
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1944; property sale
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1944; property sale
    Adolf Rennspies sold property at 245 Sherman Avenue.
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1933; property purchase
    Rennspies, Adolf; 1933; property purchase
    purchase from Emil Fausak of 34 Beacon Avenue, Jersey City NJ
    Fausak, Emil; 1931; property sale notice
    Fausak, Emil; 1931; property sale notice
    Sales of property a 315 Forty-fifth Street, Union City by Emil Fausak to Adolf Rennspies.
    Fausak, Emil; 1931; record of property sale
    Fausak, Emil; 1931; record of property sale
    Sale of property at 315 Forty-fifth Street, Union City NJ by Emil Fausak to Adolf Rennspies.
    Renn nee Wilkes, Pauline; 1931 ca; estate papers
    Renn nee Wilkes, Pauline; 1931 ca; estate papers
    Statement for the benefit of daughter Helen Renn

    Ships
    SS Smolensk, 1901-1922
    SS Smolensk, 1901-1922
    Built in Hebburn-on-Tyne, England, 1901 for the Russian Volunteer Fleet; 486 x 58 ft. Transferred to Russian Navy in 1904 and renamed Rion. Transferred to Russian Volunteer Fleet in 1906 and reverted to Smolensk. Libau-New York (1907-08) service. Scrapped in Italy in 1922.

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] New York Times, 26 Jul 1933, p. 32 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S31] New York Times, 15 Jul 1944, p. 24 (Reliability: 3).