The Marriage of Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chotkowska

My great-great-great-great grandparents, Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chotkowsa were married in 1785 in the Church in Krasne, Poland.  Theirs was the 20th marriage in Krasne that year.

The Marriage Record of Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chodkowska - 1785

The Marriage Record of Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chodkowska - 1785

Click on the image to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Marriage Record for Tomasz Niedziałkowski and Cecylia Chodkowska.  Translated from the Latin, the record shows that:

20. Mosaki Rukle, the 15th day of November 1785

I, Jan Napierkowski CRL pastor of Krasne: a Marriage Contract between the Nobles Tomasz Niedziałkowski, an unmarried man from the village of Kłonowo of the Pałuki Parish, and Cecylia Chotkowska, an unmarried girl from the village of Mosaki Rukle of the Krasne Parish, immediately following the presentation of three banns before the people to the divine audience of the congregation made in the Krasne Parish Church as well as in the Pałuki Parish Church in order that no testimony shown on either part stands as an impediment being free in appearance the Church confirms and blesses.  The witnesses present were the noble Adam Łyczkowski, the noble Stanisław Milewski, and the noble Wiktor Chrzanowski, and a number of others.

Of particular interest is the fact that Tomasz Niedziałkowski was from a different parish, explaining why I could not find earlier records for the Niedziałkowskis in the Krasne Parish.

UPDATE (24 June 2007): Thanks to an email from Agnieszka, the correct spelling of Tomasz Niedziałkowski’s parish is Pałuki. The Family History Library has microfilmed records from this parish from 1658-1904, opening up a whole new set of records for me to search! I have now found both the village of Klonowo and the parish of Pałuki on a map.

The name of the month is shown as 9bris, an abbreviation referring to November.  While one might expect that the 9th month should be September, the number nine refers to the Latin word for nine – novem, and the fact that November was once the ninth month of the year.  In fact, the last four months of the year take their names from the Latin numbers seven through ten:

September – septem – seven
October – octo – eight
November – novem – nine
December – decem – ten

I had a bit of trouble translating this document.  I suspect this is because my high school Latin is rusty, but it doesn’t help that I don’t have a proper Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin (in case anyone is wondering what they should get me for Christmas).

Copyright © 2006 by Stephen J. Danko

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