Stefania Chmielewska Arrives at Ellis Island

In her Naturalization Papers, Great Aunt Stephania couldn’t remember the ship on which she emigrated to the United States, although she stated that she arrived at New York from Bremen on September 16, 1901.  Two ships did arrive at New York from Bremen on September 16, 1901:  the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse and the SS Friedrich der Grosse.  Stefania wasn’t aboard either of these ships.

The SS Barbarossa

Today, I received a message from Drew Smith (one of the Genealogy Guys) who told me that he found Stefania’s Passenger Manifest on the Ellis Island site, and indeed he had!  Stefania arrived on the SS Barbarossa on May 22, 1901 (a few months earlier than she reported in her naturalization papers)!

S. S. Barbarossa

S. S. Barbarossa

Passenger Manifest for Stefania Chmielewska

Passenger Manifest for Stefania Chmielewska – 1901

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Passenger Manifest for Stefania Chmielewska – 1901.  The manifest shows that:

  • Stefania Chmielewska traveled on the S.S. Barbarossa, leaving Bremen on May 11, 1901 and arriving at New York
  • Although this page does not state the date of her arrival, other pages in the manifest show that the ship arrived in New York on May 22, 1901
  • Stefania is listed on page 255, line 9 of the manifest
  • She was a 14 year old single female with no occupation who could read and write
  • Her nationality was Russian, her last residence was Likiszki, and she would be landing at New York
  • Her final destination was Worcester, Mass., she had a ticket to her final destination, and her passage was paid by her brother
  • She had $7 with her, she had never been in the United States before, and she was planning to join her brother, Josef
  • She had never been in prison, almshouse, or supported by charity
  • She was not a polygamist and she was not under contract to work in the United States
  • Her mental and physical health were good, and she was not disabled or cripple

The Ellis Island indexes have Stefania listed as follows:

  • First Name:  Stefnie [the manifest actually says Stefania]
  • Last Name:  Chmielewska
  • Ethnicity:  Russia
  • Last Place of Residence:  Likiizki [the manifest actually says Likiszki]
  • Date of Arrival:  May 11, 1901 [the actual date of arrival, as indicated on another page of the manifest, was May 22, 1901]
  • Age at Arrival:  14y
  • Gender:  F
  • Marital Status:  S
  • Ship of Travel:  Barbarossa
  • Port of Departure:  Bremen
  • Manifest Line Number:  0009

The Ellis Island index contains three transcription errors.  I’ll write to them and ask them to correct these errors.  The folks at Ellis Island are happy to correct transcription errors, but they won’t change misspellings or errors in the manifests, themselves.

But, notice the checkmark in the first column of the manifest, in front of Stefania’s name.  This doesn’t look good for Stefania, because this check mark means that Stefania was detained at Ellis Island.

Tomorrow:  What happened to Stefania when she was detained

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5 Responses to Stefania Chmielewska Arrives at Ellis Island

  1. Doug Bowerman says:

    I have been following your blog hoping to find out how to research my family. I’m looking at what you are finding.
    As I started in April and making my way through May you looked up in Ellis Island records to find another ancestor of yours. I too found an ancestor in the Ellis Island records. I saw it mentioned about obtaining the manifest from the Source Port, Bremen.
    Here you found another Ellis Island Manifest from the source port Bremen. Well I searched Google for Bremen Port Manifests and some page found said the records for Bremen were destroyed in a fire from WWII bombings. In this case are these records something that we do not pursue? For the records that did survive how are they obtained?

  2. Doug,

    The Bremen Emigration Records are an interesting enough story that I’ll just make it the subject of tomorrow’s post.


  3. Pingback: Steve’s Genealogy Blog » The Bremen Emigration Lists

  4. Lorraine Dineen says:

    An ancestor boarded the SS Barbarosa in Antwerp to come to Australia around 1902.
    I am currently compiling a family tree history for around 30 people and would like your permission to use the picture of the SS Barbarosa. I await you reply. Thank you.
    Lorraine Dineen

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