I’d heard a few times as a child that my grandmother, Helen, was also a Mierzejewski. My mother told me this a few times, but I had never heard that information directly from my father or his sister. Not having known my grandmother since she died months before I was born, I kept that information in the back of my mind and wasn’t sure how accurate that information was.
However, that information was recently confirmed to me via Garret Mierzejewski, who did extensive research on the Mierzejewski family and name. He provided me with family trees that indicate that Helen’s parents were Stanislaw Mierzejewski and Anna Keijewska. So, it’s very likely that Jan and Konstanty are from Helen’s branch of the family tree–and this is something I’ll have to investigate further.
Even more interesting, Walter Sr.’s (Wladyslaw) father, was also named Jan. Jan was born sometime between 1834 and 1838 in Gorowowo, and had resided in Tomasze, Poland. Jan had married three times:
Jan’s marriage was to the elder sister of Anna Budziszewska. This marriage produced a son, Ignacy. Jan’s first wife died sometime around 1854.
- Ignacy was married twice. His first wife was Marianna Dabkowska. His second wife was Alexandra Mierzejewska.
Jan’s second marriage was to Eleonora Guszkowska. This marriage produced a daughter, Konstanja. Eleonora died in 1864.
- Konstancja married Antoni Mieczkowski.
The third marriage was to Anna Budziszewska. Jan and Anna had married July 31, 1864 in Gorowowo. This marriage produced six children:
Twins: Franciszka and Franciszek, born about January 27, 1868.
Ludwik, born January 31, 1871.
- Ludwik married Katarzyna Goclowska.
Jozef, born February 14, 1874, died February 16, 1953 in Tomasze.
- Jozef married Bronislawa Goclowska.
Wladyslaw Antoni (Walter, Sr.), my grandfather. Wladyslaw was born November 27, 1876 in Tomasze.
- Wladyslaw (Walter, Sr. ) married Helena Mierzejewska.
Marceli Mierzejewski. Born January 16, 1881 in Tomasze, died June 22, 1965 in Tomasze.
- Marceli married a Mierzejewska–Czeslawa Mierzejewska.
So, there are a few twists. My grandfather married a Mierzejewska and three of his offspring married a Mierzejewska. Just how many branches are to this family? And just how are they all related? It also seems as if Lukwik and Jozef could have married sisters.
I’ll ask Garret for permission to post the trees he sent here.
Another interesting tidbit that I’ve noticed was that when Wladyslaw came here in 1909, the manifest shows him traveling with a Marzel Mierzejewski. The arrived from Borowiec, and the manifest notes “sister ill” and that his wife was Helena Mierzejewski. The manifest states their final destination is Pittsfield, Massachusetts. See records 11 and 12 on the manifest.