The Birth of Józef Niedziałkowski

While in Salt Lake City a week ago, I found the Baptismal Record for Józef Niedziałkowski, born in 1801 in Mosaki Godacze.  He is the son of my great-great-great-great grandparents, Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chodkowska.  The record of his baptism is record 39 for the year and the second record on page 202 of the Book of Baptisms of the Krasne Church 1781-1807.

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Józef Niedziałkowski - 1801

The Birth and Baptismal Record of Józef Niedziałkowski - 1801

Click on the image to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Baptismal Record for Józef Niedziałkowski.  Translated from the Latin, the record states:

Page 202

39 Mosaki Godacze, the 5th Day of July in the Year 1801

I, Andrzej Roman, Canon Regular of the Laterans, baptized an infant by the name of Józef born on [illegible] day, the son of the Noble Tomasz and Cecylia née Chotkowska Niedziałkowska, a lawfully married couple.  The Godparents in the Sacred Font were the Noble Augustyn Obydzieński and Małgorzata Kierzkowska.

As compared to the Baptismal Records for the children previously born to Cecylia Chodkowska and Tomasz Niedziałkowski, this record apparently has a reference to the actual date of birth.  The word after “natum die” may tell when Józef was born.  Unfortunately, I can’t tell what that word is.  The only thing I’m relatively sure of is that the word is not “hodie” meaning “today”.

Notice, too, that the priest referred to Tomasz and Cecylia as “Noble”.  This probably doesn’t mean that they had any high status in Poland, but rather that they owned land in the village.  They probably belonged to the “lesser nobility”.

Copyright © 2006 by Stephen J. Danko

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