The Birth and Baptism of Paweł Dańko – 1835

The fourth child of Paweł Dańko and Zofia Szymańska was born in 1835 and was given the name Paweł. His record is the last entry on the image below.

Birth and Baptismal Record of Pawel Danko - 1835

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Paweł Dańko -1835

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish of the Immaculate Heart of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Dubiecko, Poland. Liber Natorum et Baptisatorum (Book of Births and Baptisms). 1835. Paweł Dańko. Text in Latin, translated by Stephen J. Danko.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record of Paweł Dańko -1835. The record, translated from the Latin, states:

  • Paweł Dańko was born on 19 Jan 1835, in house number 158 in Nienadowa, a boy legitimately born to a Catholic family and delivered by the midwife Agnieszka Pilchowa
  • He was baptized the next day, 20 Jan 1835, in the church in Dubiecko by Aleksander Bylina, Assistant Pastor
  • His parents were Paweł Dańko, a farmer, and Zofia, daughter of Andrzej Szymański, a farmer
  • His Godparents (Sponsors) were Marcin Janoski, a farmer, and Rozalia, the wife of Błażej Wayda, a farmer

Many early church records in the Dubiecko parish were not signed by anyone other than the priest. This record shows that the midwife and the Godparents all signed the record with an “X” inside a circle. The “X” mark was circled to distinguish it from the cross “+” that indicated death.

The fact that the midwife and the Godparents signed with a mark “X” indicates that these three people were not able to read and write. Most Polish peasants could not read or write and relied on the priest to correctly record the births, marriages, and deaths in the village.

Paweł’s Godparents were Marcin Janoski and Rozalia, the wife of Błażej Wajda. The two daughters previously born to Paweł Dańko and Zofia Szymańska had the same Godparents. The Godparents of the other child, Szymon, were the spouses of Marcin Janoski and Rozalia Wajda.

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