The Polish Villages of Smoleń

Ezechiel Chodowski, my 5th cousin, 3x removed, was born in Suwino. Helena Chodkowska, my 6th cousin, 2x removed, was living in Brzęczki when she was married. Finding the locations of these two villages gave me fits because neither is listed by those names in the Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries). Neither are those two villages located under those names on the current map of Poland.

But, perseverance pays off. From the death record of Ezechiel Chodowski and the marriage record of Helena Chodkowska, I knew that these villages both belonged to the parish of Węgra. I looked for these villages in the vicinity of Węgra on the map of Poland at mapa.szukacz.pl and found them about 4 km to the northeast of Węgra. The names of the villages on the map? Smoleń-Suwino and Smoleń-Brzęczki. Interestingly, these two villages are not named on Google Maps at all.

The Słownik Geograficzny includes three main entries for Smoleń. The second entry includes descriptions of five smaller villages: Smolen-Brzęczki, Smoleń-Daćbogi, Smoleń-Poluby, Smoleń-Suwino, and Smoleń-Trzcianka. These five small villages appear on the Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary on Sheet 39-53, Ostrołęcka, although they are collectively named Smoleń. Both Smoleń and its parish Węgra are highlighted on the map below by boxes surrounding the names of the villages.

Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary for Milewo

Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary for Smoleń

SOURCE: Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary, 39-53, Ostrołęcka. Onlinehttp://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/200e/39-53.jpg; downloaded 26 July 2016.

The places called Smoleń where my ancestors lived are described in subentry 2 and includes the descriptions of 5 different small villages.

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Smoleń

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Smoleń

SOURCE: Sulimierski, Filip, Bronisław Chlebowski, and Władysław Walewski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1889, Volume X, page 897, digital images, University of Warsaw ICM (http://dir.icm.edu.pl/pl/Slownik_geograficzny/Tom_X/897) : accessed 04 July 2016). Text in Polish, translated by Stephen J. Danko, 04 July 2016.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Smoleń. The record, translated from the Polish, states:

Smoleń 1) village, folwark [a large manorial farmstead], and castle ruins, Olkusz powiat [district], Pilica gmina [community], Strzegowa parish, it lies on the road from Pilica to Wolbromia, in a high position; the nearby mountain is 1540 feet high. There are castle ruins, a beautiful garden, and a scenic location, 40 settlements, 293 residents. In 1827, there were 32 homes, 194 residents. In 1876, the area of the folwark was 691 mórgs [in the Russian partition, 1 mórg = 1.388 acres], 248 mórgs of arable land and gardens, 2 mórgs of pastures, 396 mórgs of forests, 45 mórgs unused; 1 brick building, 6 wooden buildings, unimproved forest, deposits of limestone. The village of Smoleń has 40 settlements, 409 mórgs. In 1877, leon Epstein purchased the folwark here (from Hubicki) and he contributed to the goods of Pilica. Smoleń reportedly entered the goods into Ogrodzieniec (see that entry) where the owner Seweryn Bonar had erected (or perhaps had only rebuilt) the local castle. It consisted of three parts: the lower two parts stopping at a rocky mountain wall were built on a slope, and the third was located above, at the very top. According to the registers of nearby Krków powiat, in 1490, the village of Smoleń had 4 fields. In 1581, the village of Smoleń in Pilica parish, the property of the Padniowskiegos, had 9 peasant fields, ½ agricultural, 1 enclosure with animals. (Pawiński, Małop., 81, 434). In the second half of the eighteenth century, there was a gravel factory here. There is a cave called The Clock. Therefore, the people say that, therein, “at Christmas midnight the clock hour tolls”. A description and image are provided in Tyg. Illustr. (1877 r., t. IV, 263).

2) Smoleń, an area of nobles, Przasnysz powiat, Chojnowo gmina, Węgra parish, 7 versts [1 verst = 0.663 miles] from Pułtusk. Within this are:
a) Smolen-Brzęczki, a village with 3 homes, 22 residents, and 68 mórgs. In 1827, there were 5 homes and 31 residents;
b) Smoleń-Daćbogi, a village with 3 homes, 26 residents, and 44 mórgs.
In 1827, there were 3 homes and 18 residents;
c) Smoleń-Poluby, a village with 13 homes, 127 residents, and 450 mórgs (120 mórgs unused). In 1827, there were 13 homes and 79 residents;
d) Smoleń-Suwino, a village with 12 homes, 25 residents, and 70 mórgs.
e) Smoleń-Trzcianka, a village with 12 homes, 188 residents, and 123 mórgs cultivated and 290 mórgs uncultivated.
Br[onisław] Ch[lebowski]

Smoleń, a folwark in the Przewrotne area, Rzesów powiat, not far from the Młynówka River, a tributary of the Zyzogi.
Br[onisław] G[ustawicz]

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The Polish Village of Milewo

There are seven main entries for Milewo in the Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries). The first main entry includes several villages located in the Ciechanów Powiat and includes villages where my ancestors lived. These villages appear on the Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary on Sheet 39-53, Ostrołęcka. The village of Milewo is highlighted in the image below by a box surrounding the name of the village. The village of Krasne, the parish for most of these small villages called Milewo is also highlighted. Note that one village, Milewo-Rączki, belongs to the parish in Zielona, not Krasne.

Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary for Milewo

Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary for Milewo

SOURCE: Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary, 39-53, Ostrołęcka. Online http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/200e/39-53.jpg; downloaded 04 July 2016.

The places called Milewo where my ancestors lived are described in subentry 3 and includes the descriptions of 11 different small villages.

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Milewo

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Milewo

SOURCE: Sulimierski, Filip, Bronisław Chlebowski, and Władysław Walewski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1885, Volume VI, page 424, digital images, University of Warsaw ICM (http://dir.icm.edu.pl/pl/Slownik_geograficzny/Tom_VI/424 : accessed 04 July 2016). Text in Polish, translated by Stephen J. Danko, 04 July 2016.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Milewo. The record, translated from the Polish, states:

Milewo 1.) a peasant village in Sierpc powiat [district], gmina [community] and parish of Koziebrody, about 22 versts [1 verst = 0.663 miles] from Sierpc. There are 11 homes, 116 residents, 161 mórgs [in the Russian partition, 1 mórg = 1.388 acres] of good land, 5 mórgs of wastelands. In 1827 there were 8 homes and 130 residents.
2.) Milewo, a village in Płońsk powiat, Sochocin gmina, and parish of Wiezbowiec, 5 versts from Płońsk, it has a windmill, 22 homes, 279 residents, and 785 mórgs of good land. In 1827 there were 6 homes and 77 residents.
3.) Milewo, an area of nobles on the Sona river in Ciechanów powiat and bordering a wide stretch of Maków. Within its area are found the villages in Ciechanów powiat, Zalesie gmina, and Krase parish:
a) Milewo-Brzegędy, a village on the Sona River, about 23 versts from Ciechanów. There are 13 homes, 116 residents, 371 mórgs of good land, 14 mórgs of wastelands. In 1827 there were 18 homes and 108 residents. Lesser nobility live here.
b) Milewo-Bylice, a settlement on the Sona River, about 22 versts from Ciechanów. There is 1 home, 10 residents, 54 mórgs of good land, and 3 mórgs of wastelands.
c) Milewo-Gawory, a village on the Sona River, about 22 versts from Ciechanów. There is an elementary school, 4 homes, 17 residents, 54 mórgs of good land, 3 mórgs of wastelands, and lesser nobles.
d) Milewo-Kułko, a village with 2 homes, 22 residents, 70 mórgs of good land, and 3 mórgs of wastelands. In 1827, it had 4 homes and 24 residents.
e) Milewo-Rączki, a village on the Sona River with 16 homes, 156 residents, 360 mórgs of good land, and 7 mórgs of wastelands. It belongs to the parish Zielona. In 1827 there were 19 homes and 116 residents here. Lesser nobles.
f) Milewo-Ruszczyny, a village with 3 homes, 25 residents, 200 mórgs of good land, and 4 mórgs of wastelands. In 1827, there were 4 homes and 38 residents. Lesser nobles live here.
g) Milewo-Szwejki, a village and grange [a large manorial farmstead] on the Sona River with 10 homes, 187 residents, 560 mórgs of good land, and 7 mórgs of wastelands. In 1827 there were 9 homes and 76 residents. In the entire area 7 mórgs belong to the peasants (57 souls). The rest of the estate belongs to the property of Augustów Count Ludwik Krasiński.
h) Milewo-Byki, a grange and expanse of 130 mórgs with 2 mórgs of arable land and gardens and 7 wooden buildings in Mazowieck powiat, Piszczoty gmina, and Kobylin parish, lying on the Ślina River.
i) Milewo-Zebielne, where in 1827 there were 28 homes and 84 residents,
k) Milewo-Żółtki, where in 1827 there were 6 homes and 19 residents,
l) and Milewo-Leśne. Milewo-Zabielne is mentioned in documents from 1442, Milewo-Leśne and Milewo-Żółtki are mentioned in 1516 (Gloger, Ziem. bielska).
4.) Milewo is a village of nobles, Szczuczyn powiat, Grabowo gmina, Niedżwiadno parish. In 1827 there were 8 homes and 47 residents.
5.) MilewoSokola łąka is a village of nobles and peasants on the Gać River in Łomża powiat, in the gmina and parish of Puchały. In 1827 there were 20 homes and 153 residents. Mentioned in documents from 1454, it constituted one whole out of Milewo Białodwory (from 1444) and Milewo-Wielkie. It was the Milewski family nest. The grange and village Milewo-Dokola łąka. In the year 1866 its expanse amounted to 300 mórgs: 150 mórgs of arable land and gardens, 29 mórgsof meadows, 41 mórgs of forests, 52 mórgs of pastures and bushes, and 20 mórgs of wastelands and squares. The village of Milewo-Sokola łąka settlement with 90 mórgs of land.
6.) MilewoWielkie is a village of nobles in Ostrołęka powiat, gmina and parish of Piski. In 1827 there were 14 homes and 89 residents.
7.) MilewoWierzchonie, Milewo-Wypychy and Milewo-Malonki are villages of nobles in Maków powiat, gmina and parish of Karniewo. In 1827, Milewo-Wierzchonie had 5 homes and 23 residents; in 1827, Milewo-Wypychy had 3 homes and 21 residents, and Milewo-Malonki had 23 homes and 86 residents.
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The Death and Burial of Ezechiel Chodkowski – 1915

Ezechiel Chodkowski died on 16 December 1915 in Cichowo, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic, and was buried on 16 December 1915 in Dzierzgowo, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic.

Death and Burial Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski – 1915

Death and Burial Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski – 1915

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dzierzgowo, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Dzierzgowo for the Year 1915,” folio 128 verso, entry 214, death and burial record for Ezechiel Chodkowski, recorded 16 December 1915; State Archives in Mława, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 03 July 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Death and Burial Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski – 1915. Translated from the Polish, the record states:

Cichowo No 214.
This happened in the village of Dzierzgowo on the sixteenth day of December in the year one-thousand nine-hundred fifteen at the hour of eleven in the morning. Jan Rudziński, twenty-eight years old, and Stanisław Borowy, twenty-eight years old appeared, both farmers residing in Cichowo, and they stated that on the sixteenth day of the current month and year, at the hour of two in the morning, Ezechiel Chodkowski died, a farmer residing here in Cichowo, seventy years old, born in Suwino in the Węgra parish of the deceased Piotr and Jadwiga née Suwińska, leaving behind his widowed wife Pelagia née Ropelewska. After visual confirmation of the death of Ezechiel Chodkowski, this document was read aloud to the declarants who do not know how to write, and was signed only by the Pastor of the Parish of Dzierzgowo
Maintaining the records of the civil state.
[signed] The Rerverend Józef Smólczyński

Ezechiel Chodowski was my 5th cousin, 3x removed. He was married three times in his lifetime: first, to Józefa Grabowska in 1870, second to Rozalia Borowa in 1882, and third to Pelagia Rozalia Ropelewska in 1884.

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The Death and Burial of Andrzej Paweł Chodkowski – 1929

Andrzej Paweł Chodkowski died on 08 February 1919 in Olszewiec, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic, and was buried on 08 February 1919 in Węgra, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic.

Death and Burial Record for Andrzej Chodkowski – 1929

Death and Burial Record for Andrzej Chodkowski – 1929

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish of Saint John the Baptist (Węgra, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Węgra for the Year 1929,” folio 40 recto, entry 7, death and burial record for Andrzej Chodkowski, recorded 08 February 1929; State Archives in Mława, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 03 July 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Death and Burial Record for Andrzej Chodkowski – 1929. Translated from the Polish, the record states:

40.
No 7. This happened in the village of Węgra on the eighth day of February in the year one-thousand nine-hundred twenty-nine at the hour of ten in the morning, agricultural farmers from the village of Olszewiec appeared, the brothers Bolesław Chodkowski, 43 years old, and Ezechiel Chodkowski, 33 years old, and they stated that today at the hour of five in the morning, their father Andrzej Chodkowski died, 88 years old, son of the deceased married couple Piotr and Jadwiga née Suwińska, having been born in the village of Załogi in the parish of Płoniawy, leaving behind his widowed wife Ewa née Cichowska. This document was read aloud and signed by me, the pastor, maintaining the records of the civil state.
[signed] The Rerverend Stan[isław] Mystkowski

Andrzej Paweł Chodowski was my 5th cousin, 3x removed.

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The Marriage of Ezechiel Chodkowski and Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska – 1884

Ezechiel Chodkowski, the son of Piotr Marek Chodkowski and Jadwiga Suwińska, was married to Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska, daughter of Paweł Ropelewski and Marianna Bagieńska, on 24 February 1884 in Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland. Ezechiel Chodkowski was my 5th cousin, 3x removed.

Marriage Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski and Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska – 1884

Marriage Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski and Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska – 1884

SOURCE: SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish in Przasnysz (Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Przasnysz for the Year 1884,” folio 92 recto, entry 54, marriage record of Ezechiel Chodkowsk and Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska, recorded 24 February 1884; State Archives in Pułtusk, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 25 June 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record for Ezechiel Chodkowski and Rozalia Pelagia Ropelewska – 1884. The record, translated from the Russian, states:

52.
Kobylaki Czarzaste and Suwin. This happened in the city of Przasnysz on the twelvth / twenty-fourth of February in the year one-thousand eight-hundred eighty-four at six o’clock in the evening. We delare that, in the presence of the witnesses Piotr Selski, residing in Nalęcze, thirty years old, and Dominik Borkowski, residing in Mchowo, twenty-five years old, on this day a religious marital union was contracted between Ezechiel Chodkowski, widower of the late Rozalia née Borowska (who died in Suwin, Węgra parish), residing in Suwin, born in Załogi, Płoniawy parish, son of the married couple Piotr Chodkowski and Jadwiga née Suwińska, thirty-six years old, and Rozalia Pelagia (two first names) née Ropelewska, daughter of the married couple Paweł Ropelewski a farmer in Kobylaki Czarzaste and his wife Marianna née Bagieńska, residing in Kobylaki Czarzaste, eighteen years old and residing with her parents. This marriage was preceded by three readings of the banns on the tenth, seventeenth, and twenty-fourth of February of the current year in the parishes in Przasnysz and Węgra, and also, verbal permission was given by the bride’s father who was present for the drawing up of the marriage record. No impediments to the marriage arose. The newlyweds stated that a marriage contract was concluded by Teofil Selski, notary of the Przasnysz Uyezd. This religious ceremony of marriage was performed by us, the pastor, who has signed below. This document was read aloud to the newlyweds, the witnesses, and the father of the bride, and was signed by us and the father of the bride. The newlyweds and the witnesses are illiterate.
Pastor of the Przasnysz Parish
[signed] Paweł Ropelewski
[signed] The Reverend Stanisław Czapliński

This was the third marriage for Ezechiel Chodkowski. His first wife, Józefa Grabowska, died in 1881. His second wife, Rozalia Borwoa, died in 1883.

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The Birth and Baptism of Helena Chodkowska – 1885

Helena Chodkowska was born on 27 March 1885 in Kobylaki Czarzaste, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland and was baptized on 29 March 1885 in Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland. She was the daughter of Ezechiel Chodkowski and Pelagia Rozalia Ropelewska.

Birth and Baptismal Record for Helena Chodkowska - 1885

Birth and Baptismal Record for Helena Chodkowska – 1885

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish in Przasnysz (Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Przasnysz for the Year 1885,” folio 19 recto, entry 111, birth and baptismal record for Helena Chodkowska, recorded 29 March 1885; State Archives in Pułtusk, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 24 Jun 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record for Helena Chodkowska – 1885. Translated from the Russian, the record states:

111. Kobylaki Czarzaste.
This happened in the city of Przasnysz on the seventeenth / twenty-ninth of March in the year one-thousand eight-hundred eighty-five at three o’clock in the afternoon. Ezechiel Chodkowski appeared, a farmer in Kobylaki Czarzaste, thirty-six years old, in the presence of Paweł Ropelewski, a farmer from Kobylaki Czarzaste, fifty-six years old, and Tomasz Dziadowicz, a church servant from Przasnysz, fifty years old, and he presented to us a female child born in Kobylaki Czarzaste on the fifteenth / twenty-seventh of this same month, at seven o’clock in the evening of his lawful wife Pelagia née Ropelewska, nineteen years old. At Holy Baptism performed on this date, this child was given the name Helena, and her Godparents were Paweł Ropelewski and Julianna Nestempska. This document was read to the declarant and illiterate witnesses and was signed by us, the Pastor of the Przasnysz Parish
[signed] The Reverend Stanisław Czapliński

Helena Chodkowska was my 6th cousin,2x removed. She would later marry Stanisław Morawski.

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The Birth and Baptism of Stanisław Morawski – 1876

Stanisław Morawski was born on 25 September 1876 in Bartołdy, Ciechanów Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland and was baptized on 01 October 1876 in Zielona, Ciechanów Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland. He was the son of  Jan Morawski and Domicela Golanowska.

Birth and Baptismal Record for Stanisław Morawski – 1876

Birth and Baptismal Record for Stanisław Morawski – 1876

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish in Zielona (Zielona, Ciechanów Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Zielona for the Year 1876,” folio 16 verso, entry 64, birth and baptismal record for Stanisław Morawski, recorded 01 October 1876; State Archives in Mława, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 19 Jun 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record for Stanisław Morawski – 1876. Translated from the Russian, the record states:

N 64. Bartołdy
This happened in the village of Zielona on the nineteenth day of September / first day of October / in the year one-thousand eight-hundred seventy-six at twelve o’clock in the afternoon. Jan Morawski appeared in person, a landowner, thirty-six years old, in the presence of Michał Bartołd, forty-two years old, and Frants Rączkowski, forty-six years old, landowners residing in Bartołdy, and he presented to us a male child stating that it was born on the thirteenth / twenty-fifth / of September of this same year, at four o’clock in the afternoon of his lawful wife Domicela née Golanowska, twenty-five years old. At Holy Baptism performed on this date by the Reverend Andrzej Drewnowski, this child was given the name Stanisław, and his Godparents were Michał Bartołd and Anna Golanowska. This document was read to the declarant and illiterate witnesses and was signed by us.
[signed] The Reverend Andrzej Drewnowski, Pastor of the
Zielona Parish, keeper of the documents of the civil state

Stanisław Morawski’s death certificate originally stated that he was born on 15 September 1882 and was corrected to read 15 September 1877. His birth and baptismal record, however, states that he was born on 25 September 1876. Stanisław married my 6th cousin, 2x removed, Helena Chodkowska.

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First Sunset of Summer 2016

Today was the first day of Summer and, in San Francisco, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

First Sunset of Summer 2016

First Sunset of Summer 2016

SOURCE: First Sunset of Summer 2016 (San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, USA); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 20 June 2016.

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The Marriage of Stanisław Morawski and Helena Chodkowska – 1903

Stanisław Morawski, son of Jan Morawski and Domicela Golanowska, was married to Helena Chodkowska, daughter of Ezechiel Chodkowski and Pelagia Rozalia Ropelewska, on 13 September 1903 in Węgra, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland. Helena Chodkowska was my 6th cousin, 2x removed.

Marriage Record for Stanisław Morawski and Helena Chodkowska - 1903

Marriage Record for Stanisław Morawski and Helena Chodkowska – 1903

SOURCE: SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish of Saint John the Baptist (Węgra, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Węgra for the Year 1903,” folio 51 recto, entry 19, marriage record of Stanisław Morawski and Helena Chodkowska, recorded 13 September 1903; State Archives in Mława, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 18 June 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record for Stanisław Morawski and Helena Chodkowska – 1903. The record, translated from the Russian, states:

Suwin and Brzęczki 19.
This happened in the village of Węgra on the thirty-first day of August (thirteenth day of Steptember) in the year one-thousand nine-hundred three at six o’clock in the afternoon. We delare that in the presence of the witnesses, farmers Jan Balcerczyk, residing the village of Brzęczki, forty-one years old, and Jan Kraśnicki, residing in the village of Kijewice, forty years old, on this day a religious marital union was contracted between Stanisław Morawski, a bachelor, born in the village of Bartołdy, Ciechanów Uyezd, son of Jan Morawski, a laborer, and his wife Domicela née Golanowska, residing with his parents in Suwin, twenty-four years old, and Helena Chodkowska, a maiden, born in the village of Kobylaki Czarzaste, Przasnysz parish, daughter of Ezechiel Chodkowski, a landowner, and his wife Pelagia née Ropelewska, residing with her parents in the village of Brzęczki in the local parish, eighteen years old. This marriage was preceded by three readings of the banns in the local parish church on the twenty-third and thirtieth of August, and on the sixth of September of the current year. Permission was given verbally by the bride’s parents who were present in person for the drawing up of the marriage record. The newlyweds stated that they had made no prenuptial agreement between them. The religious marriage ceremony was performed by us, who has signed below, Administrator of the Węgra parish, the Reverend Ludwik Saliński. This document was read aloud to those present who are illiterate, and was signed only by us. Administrator of the Węgra parish, keeper of the documents of the civil state. [signed] The Reverend Ludwik Saliński

It took me a while to figure out where the bride and her parents were living at the time of this marriage. The record states that they were living in Brzęczki in the parish of Węgra, but I couldn’t find a place with that name on any map or in any gazetteer. Then, I found a place called Smoleń-Brzęczki on http://mapa.szukacz.pl/ and it was clear that this was the correct village. This village also appears in the Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego, but, curiously enough, it does not appear on Google maps.

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The Marriage of Józef Nowakowski and Bronisława Władysława Gadomska – 1930

Józef Nowakowski, son of Wincent Nowakowski and Wincentyna Milewska, was married to Bronisława Władysława Gadomska, daughter of Władysław Gadomski and Waleria Rudzińska, on 08 November 1930 in Dzierzgowo, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic.

Marriage Record for Józef Nowakowski and Bronisława Władysława Gadomska – 1930

Marriage Record for Józef Nowakowski and Bronisława Władysława Gadomska – 1930

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dzierzgowo, Przasnysz Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Dzierzgowo for the Year 1930,” folio 114 recto, entry 70, marriage record of Józef Nowakowski and Bronisława Władysława Gadomska,
recorded 08 November 1930; State Archives in Mława, digital images, Genbaza
(http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 12 June 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record for Józef Nowakowski and Bronisława Władysława Gadomska – 1930. The record, translated from the Polish, states:

Warsaw and Kitki № 70.
This happened in Dzierzgowo on the eighth day of November in the year one-thousand nine-hundred thirty at the hour of six in the evening. We make it known that in the presence of witnesses Józef Rojewski, twenty-eight years old, a mechanic in Warsaw, and Władysław Gadomski, sixty-two years old, a farmer from Kitki, on this day a religious marriage was contracted between: Józef Nowakowski, a bachelor, twenty-eight years old, born in Chrzanowo, Maków Mazowiecki parish, of the married couple Wincenty and Wincentyna née Milewska Nowakowski, blacksmiths residing in Warsaw, and Bronisława Władysława ∫Nowakowska Gadomska, an unmarried woman, twenty-four years old, born in Kitki of the married couple Władysław and Waleria née Rudzińska Gadomski, farmers residing there. This wedding was preceeded by three announcements of the banns in the local parish church on the days, the nineteenth, the twenty-sixth of October, and the second of November, and in the parish of Saint John the Baptist in Warsaw on the days: the twenty-sixth of October, and the second of November of the current year. Two were announced and the third was granted a dispensation by the Archdiocesan Curia of Warsaw on October 29 of the current year, under № 6014. The newlyweds stated that they had made no prenuptial agreement between them. This marriage was performed by the Reverend Stanisław Makowski, the local vicar here in the parish church. The newlyweds are permanent residents of the following gminas: the groom in the Szelków Gmina, Maków Powiat, and the bride in the Dzierzgowo Gmina. This document was read aloud to the newlyweds and witnesses, and was signed by us and by them.- ∫Do not read the crossed out word “Nowakowska”.
Maintaining the Civil Registers
[signed] The Reverend St[anisław] Makowski
[signed] J[ózef] Nowakowski
[signed] Br. Władysława G Gadomska
[signed] Józef Rojewski
[signed] W.[ładysław] Gadomski

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