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Emigrants' Letters, Part II

In Part I discussed the letters emigrants to America sent back home, analyzing their contents and motivation. I wanted to follow up with an edited list of the names of those who sent the letters in the collection published by Professor Witold Kula, and the names and addresses of those who never received them.

In writing this article, I dedicated myself above all to one goal: to publish a complete list of the senders and addressees. Even though 118 years have passed since they were sent, hope lives that perhaps one letter will find its way to the emigrants' descendants.

After much thought, I decided to omit the American addresses and data regarding letters from Brazil and letters in foreign languages (Yiddish, German).

But if our readers react strongly, then along with the publisher we will agree on a date for publi­cation of the addresses of the emigrants to America.

Not all names and addresses were available; some of the letters had no accompanying envelopes. In cases where the intended recipient's address was not given, I note the place from which the writer sent his letter. The names of people and places are repeated as is, with no attempt to correct errors. Note that the abbreviation p. before a place name is short for powiat, an administrative division comparable to the American "county." Most of these letters were written to people in localities in the powiaty of Rypin, Golub, Lipno, Nieszawa, Sierpc, and Aleksandr6w Kujawski-the northern part of Plock gubernia, which bordered on Prussia.

Jakub Balutowski to wife

Katarzyna Baskiewicka from New York to an aunt

Marianna and Antoni Betlijowskis from Jersey City to Jozef Pipka, Lapinoz, Rypin Stanislaw Binkowski and Katarzyna Lawecka to Antoni Binkowski, Okonin

Teofil Bojanowski to Kazimierz Lutomirski, county Lipno

Franciszka and Jan Borkowski and Wojciech Melerski to Graboskie, Roze, Golub Dobrzyn Wladyslaw Borkowski to Marianna Borkowska, Bialkowo

Jozef Borowski to Paulina Narodzynkowska, Gizynek

Piotr Borowski to Antoni Borowski, Gizynek Andrzej Brudzinski to Andrzej Kamienski, Rumunki

Wojciech Burczik to Franciszek Meyer, Brzozowka

Joe Celmer to Katarzyna Celmer, Szynkowko, Brodnica

M. Celmer to Franciszek Nowacki, Ostrowy, Kutno

Antoni Ciechalski to Jozef Swupecki (Slupecki), Jasien, Lipno

Andrzej Ciezwiez to Franciszka Ciecwiez, Nowa Wies, Lipno

Franciszek Chine to family Jan Chmielewski to mother

Jan Cieszanski to Marianna Cieszanska, Radziki Duze, Rypin

Jan Cybulski to Jozefina Cybulska, Chalin, Lipno

Jozef Cybulski to Zofia Cybulska, Rumunki, Lipno

Adolf Czajkowski to Antoni Czajkowski, Rogowo, Rypin

Bartlomiej Dobierz to wife, Stanislawow, Wloclawek

Franciszek Filarski to Piotr Jablonski, Okalewo, Rypin

Franciszek Glowacki to wife

Michalina Goczewska to Marianna Goczeska, Dulsk, Dobrzyn

Michal Golebiewski to Pawel Golebiewski, Kamionka, Dobrzyn

Michal Golebiewski to Anna Kropkowska, Sokolowo, Dobrzyn

Stanislaw Gorny to Andrzej Brzozowski, Dzialyn, Dobrzyn

Frank Gorski to Jozef Gorski

Ignacy Grabowski to Jozef Wisniewski, Okonin, p. Rypin

Kazmierz Grabowski to Julian Grabowski, Mlyniec, Torun

F. Gregoroski to Gregoroska, Strzygi, p. Rypin Antoni Grzecznowski to Wiktoria Grzecznowska, Lakzyn, Torun

Eny Guzioska to Jakub Mazanowski, Szucie, Rypin

Zofia i Emil Hecht to Jozef Hecht, Skrwilno, Rypin

Jozef Jagielski to Franciszka Jagielska, Dulsk or Frankowo, Dobrzyn

Marianna Jankowska to grandmother

Julian Januszewski to Weronika Januszewska, Dobrzyn county

Antoni Jarzynkowski to Jozef Jarzynkowski, Wyjatkowo, Rypin

T. Jasieniecki to Jozef Romocki, Ugoszcz, p. Rypin

Jan Jaszczenski to nephew, Wyjatkowo Jan Jaworski to wife?

Jan Jesionowski to Karola Frenzki, Rumunki, p. Lipno

Franciszek Jezewski to Tomasz Jazewski, Jazwiny, p. Sierpc

Stanislaw Juger to Gotlib Juger, Okalewko p. Rypin

Marianna and Antoni Kalinowski to Franciszek Kopczenski, Dobrzyn

F. Kamienski to Bartlomiej Surtoctowski, Sosnowo, Rypin

Feliks Kamienski to Stanislaw Kamienski, Kretki, Rypin

Marianna and Franciszek Kapuscinski to Jozefa Guzowska, Dobrzyn

Antoni Kasprowiski to family, Raciaz, Sierpc Stanislaw Kazmirkiewicz to Anna Kazmirkiewicz Ciechanowek, Dobrzyn and to Mr. Tejczer B. Kisielewski from Browerville, Minn. to ? Stanislaw Klosowski to Katarzyna Klosowska, Klonowo, Dobrzyn

Michal Kmieciak from Jersey City to a colleague Antoni Kowalski from Schenectady, NY to a brother

Mateusz Kowalski from Middletown, CT. to his wife

Wojciech and Julia Kozlowski to Jozef Wiszbowski, Swietoslaw, Dobrzyn

Maker Kroneski from Schenectady to mother and wife

Franciszek Kryger to Jan Osinski, Dzialyn Julian Krzeszewski to Kazmierz Sakowski, Plonsk

Pawel Kuchorski (Kucharski ?) from Northampton, MA to wife

Kajetan Kuczmarski to Jozef Kuczmarski, Rakowo, Rypin

Leokadia i Wincenty Kuczmarski to Teofila Milewska, aunt, Cetki, Rypin

Jozef Kurowski from Detroit to brother Franciszka and Jozef Kwestorowski to Walenty Zielenski, Szczawno, Rypin

Marcjanna Kwiatkowska to Wladyslaw Bolewski, Wildno, Rypin

Franciszek Kwiatkowski to Franciszek Beiger, Sokolowo, Dobrzyn

Jan Kwiatkowski to Jadwiga Balcerewicz, Radomin, Dobrzyn

Konstanty Lamka to brother, Boguszewiec, p. Zuromin

Kazimierz Laskowski to wife Jozefa, Pachtarnia, Sierpc

Stanislaw Lewandowski to Jan Lewandowski, Golub-Dobrzyn

Walenty Lewandowski to parents and wife, Obory, p. Lipno

Ignacy Lipinski to Tomasz Lipinski, Dobrzejewice, p. Torun

Ignacy Lipinski from Jefferson County, PA to wife

Jozef Lipinski from Scranton, PA to ?, Lipno Jan Lubiszki (Lubienski ?) to Bartlomiej Lubienski, Bocheniec, Dobrzyn

Leon Makowiecki to Antonina Krolikowska, Okonin, Rypin

A. Makowski from NYC to Stobecki

Julian Makulski from Detroit to brother and sister-in-law

Walenty Malanowski to Antoni Malanowski and parents, Malanowo Stare, Lipno

Jozef Malecki to Jan Lipinski, Tomkowo, Rypin Antoni Malicki from Du Bois, PA to uncle Antoni Markowski to Wladyslaw Kiersnowski,

Skrwilno, Rypin

Franciszek Markowski to Antonina Milewska, Wapielsk, Rypin

Jan Maslankowski to Marianna Swierczenska, Dobrzyn

Jan Matyjanowski to wife, Mosciska, Rypin Julian Miller to Feliks Zgorze, Raciaz, Sierpc Leon Mioduski to Piotr Mioduski, Rojewo, Rypin Ignacy Moken to Franciszka Zbojno, Dobrzyn Jan Muszenski to Katarzyna Muszenska,

Malszyce, p. Dobrzyn

Leon Myszkowski from Brooklyn to wife

Zofia Nadrowska to Rejnold Nadrowski, Ugoszcz, Rypin

Franiszek and Jozef Napolski to Wojciech Golebiowski, a village near Dzierzno, Rypin Franciszka and Jozef Nowowiejski to Jan Jezewski, Podole, Rypin

Ignacy Olezta to Jan Olezta, Dylewo, Rypin Antoni Osowski and Ludwik Gapczenski to Antonina Osowska, Gizynek, Rypin

Frank Paczkowski to Jozef Paczkowski, Plonko, p. Dobrzyn

Jan Pietrowski from Bergen to brother Jan Pietruszewski to Andrzej Kamienski, Lelitowo, Torun

Jan Piotrowski to Jan Piotrowski, Maluszyn / Sierpc

Johan Poll (?) from Erie to ?

Wincenty Polski to M. Gieren, Kleczew, Konin Franciszek Prylewski to Jadwiga Prylewska,

Wielkie Rychnowo, Dobrzyn

Leopold Przewozny from Chicago to family B.R. from Cleveland to Karbowski family Feliks Rabazenski to Antoni Rad .... ?, Dzialyn Ludwik Radka from Cleveland to parents

Aniela and Marian Rakowski to ?, Rakowo / Rypin

Antoni Robaczkiewicz to Stanislaw Pesta, Boguszowiec, Zuromin

Szczepan Rogowski to Antoni Staskiewicz, Wildno, p. Lipno

Antoni Rzepecki to Jan Rzepecki, Swietoslaw, p. Dobrzyn

Jozef Sadakierski to Feliks Brzeski, Kobrzyniec Stary, Rypin

Domicela and Franciszek Sawicki to Katarzyna Sen ... ?, Dulsk, Dobrzyn

August Seger from Bayonne, NJ to wife

Jan Sekulski to Marianna Rygielska, Dobre, Rypin

Leon Sikorski to Jozefa Sikorska, Mokowo, Lipno county

P. and K. Skrobiszewski to Jan Zebrowski, Wielkie Rychnowo, Dobrzyn county

S. Sliwienski from Cleveland to brother Helena and Karol Slonski to Franciszka Murawska, Agnieszkowo, Sierpc

Szymon Sosienski from Braddock to family Marianna, Antoni i Jan Staszkiewicz to Jozef Staszkiewicz, Zasady, Rypin

Jan Strusinski to Adam Strusinski, Rumunki, p. Lipno

Franciszka Strzalkowska to Ludwika Czart ... ?, Dzialyn

Antoni Strzalkowski from Jersey City to ?

L. and M. Szalwienski to Jozef Kopycki, Dobre, Rypin

Franciszek Szalwinski to Marianna Trejchel, Szembekowo, Torun

Jozef Szalwinski to Franciszek Klonowski, Dobrzyn

Jakub Szarafinski to Marcin Szarafinski, Chrostkowo, Lipno

Szymon Szramowski from Chicago to wife Stanislaw Szymanski from Detroit to a priest of Mazowsze parish and to Franciszka Szymanska, Piotrkowo, Lipno

Anna and Jan Tifs to Marii Ekelman, Lawki, Rypin

Franciszek and Franciszka Tychewicz to Maciej Rochnowski, Sadlowo, Rypin

Wojciech Ulkowski to wife Miny, Melno, Rypin Stanislaw Wasilewski to Teofila Lewandowska, Obory, Lipno

Waclaw Wegrzynowski from Jersey City to wife Jozef Wesolowski from Gloucester City to Walenty Wesolowski

Marian Wilgocki to Bartlomiej Grzemski, Chojno, Lipno

Faustyna Wisniewska from NYC to parents Adam Wisniewski to Julianna Wisniewska, Gulbiny, Dobrzyn

Jozef Wisniewski from Philadelphia to wife Teofil Wisniewski to Lukasz Wisniewski, Plonko, Dobrzyn

Mateusz Witkowski from Sault Ste. ? to ? Ignacy Wolanski from Jersey City to Jozef Wolanski, Szafarnia, p. Dobrzyn

Jozef Wydrachowski to Konstancja Pokorska, Julianowo, Rypin

Jan Wysocki to Marianna Wysocka, Radomin, Dobrzyn

Jan Zablotny to Stanislawa Grendzienska, Brodniczka, Rypin

Zajinski ? to Tomasz Krajnik, Radomin, Dobrzyn Konstanty Zakrzewski from Wakefield, MI to brother

Zalewska to sister (Zofia's husband was Julian) Wladyslaw Zawitowski to Jozef Zawitowski, Nowogrod, Dobrzyn

Antoni Zielenski to Marianna Slawska, Rumunki, Dobrzyn

Stanislaw Zielinski from Mansfield to brother Zielinski to Antoni Zielinski, near Kleczewo, Konin

Majk ? Zimowski to Stanislaw Zimowski, Marianki, Rypin

Teofil Zoltanski from Wareham, MA, to colleague unknown from Cleveland to brother, sister-in-

law and Wasilewski, Raciaz, Sierpc unknown from De Lancey to wife unknown from Duryea to wife

unknown from Jersey City to wife, Rypin county unknown from Plymouth to Franciszek Pawlicki, Szczutowo, Sierpc

unknown from Scranton, PA to father and brother Jakub, mentioned Nadrowski unknown to brother, mentioned Tybrzuski unknown to wife (mentioned Jan Lewedoski in Lubicz)

unknown to wife (mentioned Marianna Gesicka, Franciszek Jabluski, Franciszek Rystolka)

Editor--James Czuchra contacted me to point out something I knew at one time but had forgotten. PGSA's Web site has an index, compiled by Marilyn Novak, to the letters in Pofessor Kula's book; it is located at http://www.pgsa.org/writinghome.php and includes a form to order copies of the letters. There is also a link to a short descriptive synopsis written in December 2001 and posted in January 2002.

I believe this was all connected with our printing my article, "Polish Immigrants' Letters Home," in the Winter 2001 issue of Rodziny. That article included translations of the letters from Adalbert Burczik, M. Celmer, Antoni Ciechalski, as well as of a letter in Yiddish and a letter from Brazil.

Iwona Dakiniewicz, Łódź, Poland genealogy@pro.onet.pl

[with translation assistance from William F. Hoffman]

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