Kazimierz J. Zaborowski

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At first he was hard to track down until I started playing with Americanizing his name.  Casimer and Casimir were found with a lot more information relating to a Buffalo area Zaborowski.  The birth years I found range from 1894 to 1896 which is very close to the age of 35 in 1932.

His parents are listed as George and Victoria Zaborowski on the US Census.  He was the oldest of six children.  In 1910 Anna Machowiz 19 was listed as the family servant.

At the age of 21 in 1916 he enlisted in the National Guard for the 1916 Mexican Punitive Campaign.  He was a Private in the 3rd Field Artillery.  On July 23, 1917 he mustered in the New York National Guard as a corporal.

Casimir Zaborowski

In 1932 he still lived with his parents and some siblings at 132 Peck Street on Buffalo’s east side.  Two years later he died.

Having his address listed on the prayer card was a big help determining the name spelling difference was very likely the same person.

 
Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Death Index, 1852-1956 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: NY State Death Index, New York Department of Health, Albany, NY.
  • Source:
    New York State Death Index, 1880-1956
    MyHeritage.com [online database]. Lehi, UT, USA: MyHeritage (USA) Inc.
    https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10701/new-york-state-death-index-1880-1956Record:
    https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10701-3071048/casimer-j-zaborowski-in-new-york-state-death-index
    Casimer J Zaborowski
    Country: United States; State: New York; County: Erie; City: BuffaloCitation:
    Casimer J Zaborowski
    Death: Oct 17 1932 – Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States
  • Ancestry.com. New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

    Original data: New York State Marriage Index, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY.

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

    Original data: New York State Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Adjutant General’s Office. Series B0808. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

  • Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

    Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Mexican Punitive Campaign Muster Rolls for National Guard, 1916-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

    Original data: Abstracts of Muster Rolls For National Guard Units Mustered Into Federal Service During the 1916 Mexican Punitive Campaign, 1916-1917. Series B0802 (38 volumes). New York (State). Adjutant General’s Office. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

  • Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

    Original data: New York, State Census, 1905. Population Schedules . Various County Clerk Offices, New York.

  • 1910 United States Federal Census
    MyHeritage.com [online database]. Lehi, UT, USA: MyHeritage (USA) Inc.
    https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10132/1910-united-states-federal-census
    Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration publication T624, 1,178 rolls.
  • Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of National Guard Service in WWI, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

    Original data: Abstracts of National Guard Service in World War I, 1917–1919. New York State Adjutant General’s Office. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

April 22, 1925

In the past month I have been working on blogs about the prayer cards I found going through my mother’s stuff.  In the same box I found a clipped article about my great grandfather Jozef Alajko.

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I had no other information but this was an interesting story.  So, in March with the help of the wonderful genealogists on Twitter I was presented with this article.

 

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Nothing about my great grandmother’s story makes logical sense.  There was no note, he had a job at the railroad, and he had a part time job as a reserve cop.  Even the police at the time seemed confused.  It’s almost like they saw what happened and helped cover it up.

So this Easter Sunday I discussed this with my aunt and 2 uncles.  Here are some  possibilities that lead to that night:

One uncle was told by his father Joseph that …

Ok I have to stop for a minute.  Story telling at this point is nuts because Joe Alajko told me that Joe Alajko told him that Joe Alajko slept with a gun under his pillow.  He had a nightmare and grabbed the gun in his sleep.  So the middle Joe was the son that was in the home when the shooting happened.  It is possible that he was just told that story as a child so he wouldn’t have problems deal with the truth.

My aunt thinks he may have killed himself after finding out his wife cheated and his daughter was not his.  After Joe’s death she raised the children alone and did not remarry.  I could not find and reoccuring men in her life like a boarder.

Lastly, great grandma shot him.  We just don’t know why.  Maybe he did hurt her or the kids but they kept it quiet.  Or the police knew and found a way to solve the problem.

We may never know since my family never wrote things down for posterity.  That gene is one of the reasons I have so much trouble writing this blog.


We also noticed that both articles misspell Alajko as Atajko.  All the other facts bear out as the correct family.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Adam Rynski

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Adam was born 24 Dec 1892 in the Polish area of Russia.   On 31 May 1911 at 18 Adam arrived in the US from Russia.  He left Europe from  Antwerp, Belgium on the ship Finland.  The final destination was 945 Exchange Street in Buffalo, NY.

Two years later his cousin Roman Micrnowski came through Ellis Island and joined him in Buffalo, NY.

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Adam was a Private in France during World War I from July of 1918 to May of 1919.  He served in Company G, Horsed Battalion then the 304TH ammunition train of the 79th Division.  He left St Nazaire, France on 15 May 1919 aboard the Minnesotan.  He listed Ignatz Rynski, his cousin, as his next of kin.

Nineteen twenty started out with Adam marrying Anna Chiminski on  20 Jan 1920.  I couldn’t find a 1920 Census that I was positive was them.  I did find that he was still living on Exchange St. in 1927 working as a laborer.

I find Adam has a family in 1930, still on Exchange Street.  Beside his wife Anna he has children: Natalie Rynski 12, Jennie Rynski 9, Bertha Rynski 7, Edward Rynski 6.  I wonder about Natalie being 2 years older than the marriage date of Adam and Anna.  But if she was conceived in 1918 right before he left for war it would make sense.  This is why I’m not sure about the 1920 Census, it shows another child a year older than Natalie.  Or the marriage date is just wrong.  I find it doubtful that they had two children out of wedlock in this neighborhood.  Even today it raises eyebrows when it happens.

Two years later Adam died.  I think the connection to the family was WWI.  My great grandfather Joseph E. Switkowski was in the 77th Division.  At one point during the war the 77th and 79th spent time close to each other.  During the battles in Argonne Forest many of the units ended up side by side.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Death Index, 1852-1956 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: NY State Death Index, New York Department of Health, Albany, NY.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

    Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

  • Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

    Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

    Original data: New York State Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Adjutant General’s Office. Series B0808. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

    Original data:

    Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917-1938. Textual records. 360 Boxes. NAI: 6234465. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

    Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917-1938. Textual records. 255 Boxes. NAI: 6234477. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

  • Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

    Original data:

    Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. NAI: 6256867. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

  • Ancestry.com. New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

    Original data: New York State Marriage Index, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY.

  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

    Original data: Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory title page image for full title and publication information.

  • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957 (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, roll 2022); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85.

Wednesday revisit

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Um. on February 19, 1932. the funeral was held on February 22, 1932 from p n 931 exchange ul, to the church of s. ap. and pawel corpses placed in the cemetery in stanisława b and m. sec g2 line 12 grob 75

prayer

the most merciful Jesus, through the goodness of your heart, let this soul forgive me all the heat, for humiliation and for the pleas of our mankind, for yours.

Zdrowas marya, etc. eternal rest, etc.

 

 

Felix Kopacz

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Feliz is confusing me.  I found a record that shows he died in Dannemora, New York which is near the Canadian and Vermont borders.  That is a couple hundred miles from Buffalo, NY.

I found a Feliz Kopacz in Buffalo born in 1900.  The 1905 US Census shows he was the youngest of four sons with one younger sister and his parents were Thomas and Marie Kopacz. 1910 and the family was still intact.  1915 shows the same family still living on the east side of Buffalo, NY.

City directories show in 1922 he rented with a Thomas and Wanda Kopacz 1428 Broadway.  Oddly, in 1922 there was a Kopacz living at 7 Dover.  This is 3 blocks away from 18 Newton St. where I grew up, and where the best man from my wedding grew up.  He spoke to his mother and that is her maternal grandparents surname.

No family relations but an interesting fact found.

 

Sources:

 

  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index

    Source Information

    Ancestry.com. New York, Death Index, 1852-1956 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

     

  • Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

    Original data: State population census schedules, 1915. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.

     

  • https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-10132-147769100/felix-kopacz-in-1910-united-states-federal-census?s=484165821
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

    Original data: New York, State Census, 1905. Population Schedules . Various County Clerk Offices, New York.