The Birth and Baptism of Justyna Zygmuntowicz – 1849

Justyna Zygmuntowicz was the half-sister of my second great-grandmother, Ksawera Zygmuntowicz. She was born on 17 September 1849 in Skierki, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland, and she was baptized on 18 September 1849 in the Roman Catholic Church in Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland.

Birth and Baptismal Record of Justyna Zygmuntowicz - 1849

Birth and Baptismal Record for Justyna Zygmuntowicz – 1849

SOURCE: Roman Catholic Parish in Przasnysz (Przasnysz, Przasnysz Powiat, Płock Gubernia, Congress Kingdom of Poland), “Duplicate Civil Registrations of the Parish of Przasnysz for the Year 1849,” folio 48 verso, entry 277, birth and baptismal record for Justyna Zygmuntowicz, recorded 18 Sep 1849; State Archives in Pułtusk, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 12 May 2016).

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Birth and Baptismal Record for Justyna Zygmuntowicz – 1849. Translated from the Polish, the record states:

277.
Skierki. This happened in the city of Przasnysz on the sixth/eighteenth day of September in the year one-thousand eight-hundred forty-nine at the hour of one in the afternoon. Stanisław Zygmuntowicz appeared, a farmer from Skierki, twenty-seven years old, in the presence of Jan Kwasniewski, eighty years old, and Józef Kłoszewski, forty-five years old, both servants of the church residing in Przasnysz, and he showed us a female child born in Skierki yesterday at the hour of three in the afternoon of his wife Anna née Imielska, twenty-eight years old. At Holy Baptism performed today, this child was given the name Justyna, and the Godparents were: Bernard Gołoczewski and Anna Kowalska. This document was read aloud to the declarant and witnesses who are unable to write, and it was signed by us.
The Reverend Kamieński, Assistant Pastor

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The Death of Teofil Niedziałkowski – 1933

My great grandfather, Teofil Niedziałkowski, died on 01 May 1933 in Pomaski, Maków Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic and his death was recorded on 04 May 1933 in Szwelice, Maków Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic.

Death Record of Teofil Niedziałkowski - 1933

Death Record of Teofil Niedziałkowski – 1933

SOURCE: Parafia pw. św. Jana Chrzciciela (Szwelice, Maków Powiat, Warsaw Voivodeship, Second Polish Republic), “Duplikat Aktów Stanu Cywilnego Urodzonych, Zaslubionych i Zmarłych w Parafji Rzymsko-Katolickiej Szwelicach w 1933 Roku
[Duplicate Civil Registrations of Births, Marriages, and Deaths in the Roman Catholic Parish in Szwelice in the Year 1933],” folio 53 recto, entry 22, death record for Teofil Niedziałkowski, recorded 04 May 1933; Archiwum Państwowe w Pułtusku, digital images, Genbaza (http://metryki.genbaza.pl : accessed 23 April 2016).

Click on the lilnk for a PDF copy of the Death Record of Teofil Niedziałkowski – 1933. Translated from the Polish, the record states:

Pomaski.
No. 22.
This happened in the village of Szwelice on the fourth day of May in the year one-thousand nine-hundred thirty-three at the hour of ten. There appeared Stanisław Niedziałkowski, thirty-one years old, and Jan Pomaski, forty-four years old, both farmers residing in the village of Pomaski, and they stated that on the first day of May of the current year at the hour of twelve in the village of Pomaski, Teofil Niedziałkowski died, a farmer, seventy-two years old, son of the married couple Wojciech and Julianna née Gutowska Niedzialkowski, born and residing in the village of Pomaski, and is survived by his widowed wife, Ksawera née Zygmuntowicz. After visual confirmation of the death of Teofil Niedziakowski, this document was read aloud and signed by us and the declarants. Maintaining the records of the Civil State. Pastor of the Szwelice Parish. –
[signed] Reverend Stanisaw Chedmiński
[signed] St[anisław] Niedziałkowski
[signed] Jan Pomaski

This record shows that, after my grandfather left for the United States and after the end of the Great War (World War I), my great grandparents lived in the Second Polish Republic, the first independent Polish state in over a century. I don’t yet have a copy of my great grandmother’s death record but, since she was still alive at the time of Teofil’s death, she died sometime after 1933.

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The Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

My last day in French Polynesia was spent at the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort in Papeete, Tahiti. I didn’t do much of anything except have a meal, drink a bottle of Hinano (local Tahitian beer), and relax.  Pārahi, Tahiti (Goodbye, Tahiti).

Watching Waves

Watching Waves

SOURCE: Watching Waves (Tahiti, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 April 2016.

Incoming Wave

Incoming Wave

SOURCE: Incoming Wave (Tahiti, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 April 2016.

The Beach

The Beach

SOURCE: The Beach (Tahiti, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 April 2016.

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

SOURCE: Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort (Tahiti, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 April 2016.

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The Huahine Pearl Farm

Tahitian black pearls are world renowned. On Huahine, there is a single pearl farm that cultures these beauties, the Huahine Pearl Farm. A boat carries visitors from the Sofitel Heiva dock to the farm in the middle of the lagoon near the village of Faie.

To produce a pearl, a donor oyster (Pinctada margaritifera) that has a shell of the desired color is selected. A shell bead and a small piece of the donor oyster’s mantle are inserted into the reproductive gland (pearl pocket) of another healthy oyster. The seeded oysters are then grown for 18 months in carefully constructed wire nets to protect the oysters from predators. I purchased an iridescent black pearl with green highlights. Other pearls had blue, violet, or red highlights. The fourth picture below is a banana flower (Musa sp.) from a plant growing on Huahine.

Huahine Pearl Farm

Huahine Pearl Farm

SOURCE: Huahine Pearl Farm (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Culturing Pearls

Culturing Pearls

SOURCE: Culturing Pearls (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

A Black Pearl

A Black Pearl

SOURCE: A Black Pearl (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Banana (Musa sp.)

Banana (Musa sp.)

SOURCE: Banana (Musa sp.) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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The Blue-Eyed Eels of Faie

In a river that passes through the village of Faie there lives a population of eels with blue eyes. These eels are considered sacred by the locals and can be attracted by feeding them mackerel. While these eels live in fresh water, they are able to climb up on land, especially if some food is waiting for them there. While visiting the eels, a group of mynas gathered, probably looking for some food, too. The mynas are not native to Huahine. They were imported to help control insect pests.

Blue-Eyed Eel - 1

Blue-Eyed Eel – 1

SOURCE: Blue-Eyed Eel – 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Blue-Eyed Eel - 2

Blue-Eyed Eel – 2

SOURCE: Blue-Eyed Eel – 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Blue-Eyed Eel - 3

Blue-Eyed Eel – 3

SOURCE: Blue-Eyed Eel – 3 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

SOURCE: Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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The Beach at Mare Manunu

The beach at Mare Manunu is beautiful, although the rocks and coral make it treacherous to swim in the lagoon here. The map in the fourth photo is on display in the fare pōte’e in Maeva, and it shows the location of Marae Manunu (the rectangle marked “3” at the bottom), the fare pōte’e in Maeva (labelled “17” on the upper right) and the marae in Maeva (Marae Vai-‘ōtaha is “18”, Marae Fare Tai is “19”, and Marae Fare Ro’i is “20”). See my previous posts on “The Fare Pōte’e of Maeva” and “The Marae at Maeva.”

Huahine Beach 1

Huahine Beach 1

SOURCE: Huahine Beach 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Huahine Beach 2

Huahine Beach 2

SOURCE: Huahine Beach 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Huahine Beach 3

Huahine Beach 3

SOURCE: Huahine Beach 3 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Map of the Maeva Area

Map of the Maeva Area

SOURCE: Map of the Maeva Area (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Marae Manunu

Being of great historical and spiritual importance on Huahine, the marae are scattered everywhere. Marae Manunu is located on the motu, across from the main marae complex in Maeva. Marae Manunu is dedicated to Tane, Huahine’s god of war and fishing. I don’t know the identity of the spathe flowers in the fourth picture, but they certainly are beautiful.

Marae Manunu 1

Marae Manunu 1

SOURCE: Marae Manunu 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Manunu 2

Marae Manunu 2

SOURCE: Marae Manunu 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Manunu 3

Marae Manunu 3

SOURCE: Marae Manunu 3 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Spathe Flowers

Spathe Flowers

SOURCE: Spathe Flowers (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie

In January 1846, the inhabitants of Huahine fought a group of French soldiers and sailors of the ship Uranie. The bodies of twenty-four of the dead soldiers and sailors were buried near the bridge that connects the village of Maeva to the nearby motu. Just across the bridge, several ancient fish traps are still in use.

Tombes des Marins de l'Uranie 1

Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 1

SOURCE: Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Tombes des Marins de l'Uranie 2

Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 2

SOURCE: Tombes des Marins de l’Uranie 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fish Traps 1

Fish Traps 1

SOURCE: Fish Traps 1 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Fish Traps 2

Fish Traps 2

SOURCE: Fish Traps 2 (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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Marae Tefano

On Huahine, just inland from the fare pōte’e in Maeva, there lies a hiking trail. The trail passes a large mango tree before leading uphill to Marae Tefano. There, at one end of the ahu (altar), a huge banyan tree dominates the scene. The marae itself has been somewhat swallowed by the forest, but the ahu can still be seen.

Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)

Mango Tree (Mangifera indica)

SOURCE: Mango Tree (Mangifera indica) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Tefano from Below

Marae Tefano from Below

SOURCE: Marae Tefano from Below (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)

SOURCE: Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Ahu at Marae Tefano

Ahu at Marae Tefano

SOURCE: Ahu at Marae Tefano (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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The Marae at Maeva

Adjacent to the fare pōte’e in Maeva are several Marae. Like the marae on Raiatea, these marae were sacred and social spaces. Each marae includes a row of standing stones and a paved courtyard. The marae served as places for the people and the gods. Sucessively to the left of the fare pōte’e (seen to the far right in the first photo, below), are Marae Vai-‘ōtaha, Marae Fare Tai, and Marae Fare Ro’i. Land crabs (Cardisoma carnifex) make their homes in burrows in the soil of the marae.

Marae Vai-'ōtaha

Marae Vai-‘ōtaha

SOURCE: Marae Vai-‘ōtaha (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Fare Tai

Marae Fare Tai

SOURCE: Marae Fare Tai (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Marae Fare Ro'i

Marae Fare Ro’i

SOURCE: Marae Fare Ro’i (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex)

Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex)

SOURCE: Land Crab (Cardisoma carnifex) (Huahine, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April 2016.

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