Yesterday, I posted the Marriage Certificate for my grandparents, Kostanty Niedzialkowski and Helena Chmielewska. In that document, my grandfather listed his parents as Theophil Niedzialkowski and Xaveria Zygmuntowicz. I found one other record for my grandfather that also lists the names of his parents – Kostanty’s Application for a Social Security Account Number (SS-5).
Kostanty Niedzialkowski’s SS-5
Click on the link for a PDF copy of Kostanty Niedzialkowski’s Application for a Social Security Account Number. The record states that:
Kostanty Niedzialkowski received Social Security Number 034-09-4891
He was living at 18 Huntington Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts
Kostanty was working for Worcester pressed Steel, 100 Barber Avenue in Worcester
He was born on October 28, 1892 in Poland and was 44 years old in 1936 when he applied for his Social Security Account Number
His parents were Teofil Niedzialkowski and Ksavera Napierkowski
He was a white male
In this document, Kostanty stated that his mother was Ksavera Napierkowski. However, in his Marriage Certificate, he stated that his mother was Xaveria Zygmuntowicz. What’s going on here?
Did Kostanty forget his mother’s maiden name in one or both of these documents and simply guess at her name? The first name could be different spellings of the same name in both documents – Xaveria and Ksavera – but there is no way the surname could be variants of the same name.
Is the name of Kostanty’s mother incorrect on one of these documents? If so, which one?
Clearly, the document that would answer this question is Kostanty’s Birth and Baptismal Record from Poland. Unfortunately, I could not find his Birth and Baptismal Record in the Parish Records where he said he was born, nor could I find the Marriage Record for his parents.
I did find Birth and Baptismal Records for what appear to be two brothers and a sister, and these three records list the mother as Ksawera Zygmuntowicz. However, this is not clear evidence that Kostanty’s mother was the same woman.
Here are two hypotheses on the correct name of Kostanty’s mother. The first assumes that only one of the two documents is correct and the second assumes that both documents are correct:
- Kostanty’s mother’s maiden name was Ksavera Zygmuntowicz and he simply made a mistake on his SS-5
- Kostanty’s mother was married twice, meaning that either Napierkowski or Zygmuntowicz was her maiden name, and the other name was the surname of her first husband
The only Szwelice parish records where I found the surname Zygmuntowicz were the Birth and Baptismal Records for Kostanty’s brothers and sister. In Szwelice, the surname Napierkowski is extremely common. At this point, I assume that Ksawera was from a different parish, and that Teofil married Ksawera and the couple gave birth to Kostanty in Ksawera’s parish, not in Szwelice. Which parish that was, I have no idea.
This document contains two other interesting facts. Kostanty was working for Worcester Pressed Steel in 1936. He continued to work at Worcester Pressed Steel until he retired in 1961. In 1936, the family was living at 18 Huntington Avenue in Worcester. This house was owned by Kostanty’s uncle, Frank Niedzialkosky.