I have been unable to find information in Poland for my great grandfather Simon Czaplinski and great grandmother Paulina Janowski Czaplinski. I would very much like to learn about my ancestry prior to their emigration to the U.S. Below is the extent of their history available to me. I would appreciate any information you may be able to gather about Simon and/or Paulina amd their ancestors in Poland.
On 12/31/1872 Simon Czaplinski (born about 1834) arrived in New York alone aboard the ship America. His name on the passenger list was incorrectly spelled Schaplinsky. One to two years later his wife Paulina Janowski (born about 1844) and their children Gustav (b- 1865), Emmaline (b- 1868), Anna (b-1869) and Frederick Vincent (b- 1870) arrived in the U.S. No record of their ship and exact departure date has been found. No information they have documented indicates the town or section of the country they emigrated from. One source shows Danzig as Simon’s birthplace but this may or may not be true. The death certificate for Paulina indicates a birthplace that is difficult to read but it is something like ?orren. Otherwise they only listed their places of birth as Poland or West Prussia in documents. No family documents or information on Ancestry.com or My Heritage.com indicates any sibling or parental names for Simon. A death certificate for Paulina Czaplinski lists her father as John Janowski and mother as Barbara Soboczynska. An 1885 census from the U.S. state of Iowa shows that a widow Anastasia Janowski ( born 1853) and daughter Anna Janowski (born 1873) were living with the Czaplinski’s. Anastasia was born to Thomas Soboczynski in West Prussia and married Joseph Janowski according to death records. It is presumed that Anastasia was a cousin to Paulina and that she was widowed before arriving in the U.S. in 1884. On 6/23/1884 the ship Nurnberg arrived in New York that carried Anastasia and Anna Janowski, along with Johann Czaplinski (born 1824), and Marianne Czaplinski (born 1834), and sisters Catherina Soboczynski (born 1859) and Rozalia Soboczynski (born 1866). These individuals were traveling together. No additional information has been found for Johann or Marianne. Catherine and Rozalia have been documented to be closely attached to the Simon Czaplinski family. The death certificates for both Catherine and Rozalia list their father as Bartholomew Sobocheska and mother as Barbara Janowski. They also listed their birth place as Rodomno, Poland.
Through a My Heritage DNA comparison with matches that I have with members in Poland I found an ancestry tree managed by a very distant relative, Ryszard Zawadzki. In his tree I found several Czaplinski’s dating from the 1600-1800’s that appear to all have been from Rozental Poland, so perhaps this is the town or area that they are from. I have been unable to make a link yet for these Czaplinski’s to my Simon Czaplinski. Any help or advice to help me on my search would be appreciated.
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