My Dańko ancestors came from the Polish village of Nienadowa in Galicia (the Austrian partition of Poland) and I know that the Dańkos have lived in Nienadowa for over 200 years. In the village, there is a manor house, built by Antoni Dembiński, a member of the noble family that owned Nienadowa.
In researching Nienadowa, I found a pastel drawing of the manor in Nienadowa on the internet.
The drawing was created by Rafał Marian Bogusławski who describes himself as the “grandson of Casimir Bogusławski” – he must be a genealogist himself!
An English translation of the Polish description that Rafał wrote is as follows:
The Manor in Nienadowa
The estate is located on the San River east of Dubiecko, on the highway from Dynów to Przemyśl. A beautiful, classical manor is located there. The history of the village of Nienadowa extends back to the 16th century. At this time it was the property of the Stadnicki family. After 1588, the goods of Nienadowa passed into the hands of Anna Pilecka from Sienno, who took over the property, giving Łancut to Stanisław Stadnicki in exchange. Later, the property passed from hand to hand. The village belonged to the Sienieńskis, the Derszniaks, the Krasickis, the Dubrawskis, so that in the beginning of the 18th century it became the property of the Dembińskis of the Rawicz coat of arms. The last inheritor of Nienadowa before agricultural reforms was Maria Dembińska, the wife of Stanisław Mycielski. At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, a wooden manor existed there, in which Alexander Fredro spent his childhood. Antoni Dembiński (an officer in the Kościusko insurrection), the husband of Eleanor Bardeleben, dismantled this manor and erected in its place a new brick manor which has survived to this day. A beautiful park, full of old trees, was located in the neighborhood of the manor. Tall linden trees planted right next to the eastern section of the building bestowed much charm. After World War II the manor held the Agricultural Mechanization Personnel Training Center and presently belongs to the Mechanical Equipment Plant “Kamax” in Kańczuga.
Described by Rafał Marion Bogusławski, Count of Ostoja (grandson of Casimir Bogusławski)
A couple of comments to put some things into perspective:
- The Kościusko insurrection occurred in 1894 and was an attempt by Tadeusz Kościusko to free Poland from the partitioning powers. Kościusko had earlier distinguished himself by fighting for the colonies in the US Revolutionary War, and was a good friend of Thomas Jefferson. The Kościusko insurrection failed, and in 1895, Poland was partitioned for the third time and effectively wiped off the map of Europe.
- Stanisław Stadnicki was known as “the devil of Łancut” for his reckless courage in war and because he spent much of his life raiding his neighbors’ lands with a band of mercenaries.
- Before the agricultural reforms mentioned in the description, the land was owned by the nobility. After agricultural reforms, peasants could own land themselves.
- The Alexander Fredro mentioned in the description is a renowned Polish poet and playwright who served in the military during the Napoleonic wars. In 2002, Fredro’s play “Revenge” was made into a film starring Roman Polanski.
- From a genealogical standpoint, the history of the village may extend back to the 16th century, but the church records only extend back to the late 18th century.