The Polish and Belarusian Villages of Dymki

Several of my cousins are descended from Józef Dymek.  Rercently, I learned that the Dymeks came from Dymki, Kolno (Powiat?), Łomża (Gubernia?).  There are brief records of three villages by this name in the Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries).

Słownik Geograficzny Entris for Dymki

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Dymki

SOURCE:  Sulimierski, Filip Chlebowski, Bronisław, and Władysław Walewski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1881, Volume II, page 251.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Dymki. Translated from the Polish, the entry reads:

  Dymki 1.) a Kurpie village in the Kolno Powiat, Czerwone Gmina. Peasants own 136 morgs [in the Russian partition 1 morg = 1.388 acres] of land, of which 70 are arable.  2.) Dymki, a hamlet in the Czarnożylski estate, Wielun Powiat, Lututów Gmina and Parish; about 3 milas [7 versts per mila] from Wielun, about 4 versts [0.66 miles per verst] from Lututów, on the border of the Sieradz Powiat.  It has 12 homes, 100 residents, 3 morgs of peasant land.  The area of the manor is 53 włókas [30 morgs per włóka] (in which there are 20 włókas of arable land, 6 włókas of meadows, and 25 włókas of forests), there is an active distillery with machinery of old construction; there is a windmill.  In the year 1827 there were 13 homes and 105 residents here. W…r.

  Dymki, a little village in the Borysów Powiat [now in Belarus], across the town of Borysów on the right side of the Berezyna River.  In the year 1812 on the last day of November, this place was witness to a terrible battle at the time of the retreat of the French.  It was turned to ashes.
 Aleksander Jelski

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