I’m looking for any information pertaining to my great-grandparents who emigrated to the US separately in 1914 (kind of) and sometime around 1923-25, respectively. There’s a lot of myth and legend about them in the family, but they were always pretty secretive about their prior lives in Poland, and they didn’t like to be asked about it. I’m trying to separate fact from fiction and understand who the actual people were. I know they were married in Poland, but from what I can find through US records, Dzadzi (as we called my great-grandfather) joined the US military in 1914 and was stationed in France until 1918. After that, he emigrated to the US and worked in Pennsylvania coal mines until Babci joined him a few years later. The story goes that Dzadzi and Babci were separated and put into some sort of camp and that my dzadzi managed to sneak onto a wheel barrel full of bodies, pretended to be dead, escaped when the bodies were dumped, and found a way to join the US embassy from there. The most we were told about Babci was that she stayed imprisoned until the “end of the war” (my guess is this must refer to the end of foreign rule around 1920?), but they both thought the other was dead until he ran into one of her relatives in (I think) Detroit and saved up money to send for her. The story is quite romantic in a way, but I also want to know what if anything was lost over time and in translation. What was this camp they were put in? Was it a camp? Who were they prisoners of, what did they value and what did they fight for? Again, they themselves would almost never talk about it, and Babci barely ever learned English, so things were sort of pieced together here and there and a lot of it is heresay. I’ve reached a point in my research where I need the help of someone fluent in the language and history to get to the bottom of what might have happened to them before the US. I put Białystok as the location because my mom said she knows someone mentioned someone being from there, but she doesn’t remember who. But there was also mention of Warsaw. I can’t really be sure of either. What I do have, thankfully, are names and even some dates. He was Władysłav Zielinski, son of Pawla and Kamili Zielinksi (maiden: Choiriskieh) and she was Marianna Bartnicka, daughter of Jacoba and Marianny (maiden: Pawlakow). We don’t know anything about their parents other than that, but we believe Władysłav was born in 1892 and Marianna in 1894. In the states, they went by Walter and Mary.
My grandfather Bron Michael Prososki immigrated to America in 1904. He was born 9 July 1886. The son of Wladsyl...Quest Details