The stories of my Great-grandmother are all but fantastic! What I know is that she met my Great-grandfather, Julian “Jules” Szymoniak (B. 1880-1884 Best guess is Gorki or Wysokie, Mazowieckie, Podlaskie, Poland). The story goes that she was from some sort of Aristocratic family (Possibly to an Andrew and Mary Koch) and was about to be married off in an arranged marriage when she fell in love with my farmer of a Great-grandfather and they ran away together. The oldest time I can place them is Wlosty, Mazowieckie Poland where their third child Victoria was born in 1908. Their first born was Andrew(Antoni, Andy) and second was Marianna (Marie) but I am unsure of the exact years or locations Possibly the same area between 1903 – 1906. Julian left Bremen Germany on on a ship named ‘Chemnitz’ and arrived in Baltimore Maryland on February 1910. He left Michalina in Europe (unable to read location in ship’s log) while he made money to send for her and their three children 2 years later. The person he was travelling with was named Franzischek(sp?) Koch (B. around 1872) (wife left in Europe I was unable to read her name on the log) and they were both going to stay in McKees Rocks Pennsylvania. Michaelina (listed as 35) and her three children (listed as 9, 7, and 4) left Rotterdam Holland on the ship named Noordam and arrived in New York on August 27, 1912. Their last permanent city is listed as Wlosty Wysokie. It lists her place of birth as Grodku, Andy’s as Lukowka, and the young girls each as Wojciech (unsure of correct spelling of these).
I am looking for information on all of the above mentioned people, but mostly Michaelina. There have been 6 people (my neice included) named after her because of the amazing woman she was and I would like to know once and for all where she actually came from.
My mother’s mother was the 7th (and last) child of Julian and Michaelina born in 1920. Once they settled in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania they never left, and neither did we. Once I’ve exhausted my efforts with my mother’s maternal side of Szymoniak and Koch I will move on to her paternal side of Krusweski and Kopicki which I have more documentation on in Poland.