The Birth of Ludwika Niedziałkowska – 1808

A daughter, Ludwika, was born to my 4th great grandparents, Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chodkowska, on 24 Jun 1808.

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Ludwika Niedziałkowska - 1808

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Ludwika Niedziałkowska - 1808

SOURCE: Parafia Podwyższenia Krzyża Świętego (Krasne, Krasne Gmina, Powiat Przasnysz, Departament Płock, Duchy of Warsaw). Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1808-1817, Ludwika Niedziałkowska birth (1808); FHL microfilm 702791.

Click on the image to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth Record of Ludwika Niedziałkowska. Translated from the Polish, the record states:

Mosaki Godacze. In the year one thousand eight hundred eight, on the twenty fourth day of the month of June at the hour of seven in the morning. By Us, pastor of Krasne, performing the duties of the Civil Registrar for the Gmina [Municipality] of Krasne, Powiat [County] of Przasnysz in the Departament [District] of Płock. the well-born Tomasz Niedziałkowski presented himself, heir of his part, forty five years of age, residing in Mosaki Godacze, and he presented us with a child of the female sex who was born in his home under the Number Two, on the twenty fourth day of June of this year, that she is begotten of him and Cecylia nee Chotkowska, thirty seven years of age, his wife, and that it is his wish to give her the name Ludwika. After making the above statement and presenting the child in the presence of the well-born Piotr Bartołt, heir to his part, twenty six years of age, living in Mosaki, as well as Jan Chotkowski, heir to his part from the village of Mosaki Rukle located in the gmina of Krasne, who had completed his twenty eighth year. Whereupon the present birth document was read aloud to the declarants and signed by Us, inasmuch as none of the witnesses know how to write.

Reverend Franciszek Sukowski, pastor of Krasne, performing the duties of the Civil Registrar.

This entry is one of the Niedziałkowski family records from Krasne parish that I have not yet translated and posted, even though I’ve had this record for several years.

One unusual thing about this record is that it records the birth, but not the baptism. Most of the Polish documents I’ve encountered record either the baptism or both the birth and baptism.

The Family History Library has microfilmed two sets of records from Krasne, a set of church records and a set of civil transcripts. The church records of births/baptisms end in 1807 and the civil transcripts begin in 1808, corresponding to the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

Ludwika’s birth occurred just after Napoleon liberated Poland. In 1807, this region was transferred from the Kingdom of Prussia to the Duchy of Warsaw (with allegiance to France).

In the twenty year period from 1795-1815, the area around Krasne changed hands no fewer than four times:

  • Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth (before 24 Oct 1795)
  • Kingdom of Prussia (24 Oct 1795 – 09 Jun 1807)
  • Duchy of Warsaw – with allegiance to France (09 Jun 1807 – 09 Jun 1815)
  • Congress Kingdom of Poland – with allegiance to Russia (After 09 Jun 1815)

During the lives of my 4th great grandparents, they lived in four different countries even though they never moved far from the places they were born.

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