JOHN WILHELM HEINNRICH THEODORE "BILL" KAY was born November 03, 1873 in Balje, Germany, and died March 18, 1952 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.

Bill was the first child of CARL FREDERICH and ANNA SOPHIA to immigrate to the United States and did so on May 8, 1890, settling in San Francisco, California.

Found at a German Immigration Ships Passengers Lists was John's name. Information given:

Family Name: Kosznicki
Given Name: Wilh (elm)
Age in Years: 17
Family Members (traveling with): None
Place of Residence: Stade (a district in the province of Hannover)
State of Residence: Hannover
Profession: Arbeiter (worker)
Place of Destination: New York
Passenger Number: 01.0021
Then under Passage:
Passage Number: A1890.0138
Date of Departure: 08.05.90
Ship's Destination: New York
Ship's Name: Columbia
Shipping Company:
Hamburg-Amerikanizche Packetfahrt-Actien
Country Flag: Deutschland
Captain's Name: Vogelgesang
Accommodations: Zwischendeck (Steerage)
Ship Type: Dampfschiff (Steamship)
Agent: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-

Bill's port of entry was possibly Castle Garden-Port of New York, located at the Battery in Lower Manhattan. It closed in 1890 and had registered over 8 million immigrants. Ellis Island opened in 1892.

More About John Wilhelm Heinrich Theodore "Bill" Kay:
Name Change: June 16, 1921, Koschnitzky to Kay.
Namesake: Koschnitzky
Naturalization: 1900, per 1900 Census


TILDA MICHAELIS was born January 1876 to George E., born about 1844 in Saxony, died between 1880 and 1900 in San Francisco and Helena "Annie" Michaelis, born July 1844 in Westphalia, Germany, died December 12, 1915 in San Francisco. Tilda died in 1935, San Francisco, California. She was more commonly known as Tillie to her family and friends.


Bill met and married TILDA MICHAELIS in 1900 in San Francisco, California. Bill and Tillie had one child,

I. FERNA HELENA KAY was born on September 20, 1903 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California and died March 22, 1992 in Alameda, Alameda County, California.

Ferna was named after Tillie's mother, Helena.

Ferna Helena Kay married STEPHAN PARKANS who was born December 13, 1896 in New York and died November 3, 1975 in Albany, Alameda County, California.
Stephan and Ferna had one child.


According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Bill (age 36), Tillie (age 33) and Ferna (age 6) were living with Tillie's mother, Helena (age unknown), owner, at 3117 Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Bill's occupation was a carpenter. In 1920, according to the U.S. Census, apparently Tillie's mother had passed away by then as it only listed Bill (age 45), Tillie (age 40), and Ferna (age 16)at the same residence as in 1910. Bill' occupation was a carpenter at the ship yards.

Bill met and married GUADALUPE MARIA NIEBLAS. She was born September 20, 1892 in California and died August 18, 1949 in San Francisco, California. At this time, I do not have their marriage date.

My father, Roy William Kay, was named after Bill.

Bill's obit:
Source: S.F. Examiner, Thursday, March 20, 1952, page 23. KAY - In this city, March 18, 1952, William T., beloved husband of the late Guadelupe Kay, loving father of Ferna H. Parkans, brother of Charles A. and Henry F. Kay and Mrs. Marie Johnson and the late Charles Schrader, John, Frederick and Albert Kay; a native of Germany, aged 78 years. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Friday, March 21, at 1 p.m., at the Maneely-Matthews Chapel, Divisadero St., at O'Farrell.