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Michał Ostrowski's Siblings


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Franceszka Ostrowska:
. . . was probably born in 1885 in the Suwałki area.
 
The inscription on her gravestone lists her birth year as 1885.
 
The 1905 ship manifest listed her age as 20.
 
The 1915 New York State census listed her age as 29.
 
 
. . . at the age of 20 emigrated to the United States in 1905 on board the Zeeland, which left Antwerp and arrived at Ellis Island on 27 June.
 
The ship manifest listed her former residence as "Wasilewka," which would have to be "Wasilówka," a settlement in the Raczki gmina just west of town.
 
She was listed as travelling to her uncle, Joseph Smith, in Johnson, NY. This is the same uncle to whom my grandfather travelled in 1904; her uncle also paid her passage.
 
The ship manifest also noted that she had only $5.00 in her possession, and that she was travelling with a 14 year-old cousin, Władysław "Zablocky," also from Wasilówka, who was meeting his father in Johnson, NY.
 
 
. . . married Klemens Minkiszewski within the next 3 or so years, and had 5 children: Bessie, Mary, Frank, Jacob, and Peter.
 
. . . lived most of her life in Schenectady, NY.
 
. . . died in 1954, according to her tombstone in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Schenectady.

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Maria Ostrowska:
. . . was born on 8 December 1893, according to the Social Security Death Index.
 
. . . emigrated to the United States sometime before 1915, when she appeared on the New York State census, lodging with her sister and brother-in-law in Schenectady, NY. The census form listed her as having been in the U.S. for 2 years, and as working in wire and cable.
 
. . . married Joseph Smith on 5 March 1916, according to the New York State Archives; he died in 1918, according to his tombstone. She later married John Dereszke. She had a total of 5 children: Jean, Katherine, Bernice, Mary, and Phyllis.
 
. . . died on 23 January 1974, and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Schenectady.

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Stella Ostrowska:
. . . was born on 20 June 1894, according to the Social Security Death Index.
 
. . . emigrated to the United States on the Noordam from Rotterdam, arriving at Ellis Island on 5 April 1910.
 
Her age was listed as 15, and her former residence as "Rudanik" (Rudniki).
 
The nearest friend or relative listed for her was her mother, Rosalia [sic] Ostrowska, also from "Rudanik."
 
With $25.00 in her possession, she was travelling to Schenectady to her brother-in-law, Klemens Minkiszewski, who paid her passage, and to her sister.
 
. . . married Adam Dobies on 2 February 1917 in Schenectady, NY.
 
On the marriage record available in the Schenectady County Clerk's Office, her parents are listed as Michael Ostrowski and Rozalia Kozłowska; both bride and groom were noted as working for General Electric.
 
. . . had 4 children: Benjamin, Clara, Jean, and Jessie.
 
. . . died on 30 November 1975, and is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Schenectady.

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Stanisław W. Ostrowski:
. . . was born on 14 April 1896, according to the Social Security Death Index.
 
. . . first emigrated to the United States in 1914.
 
He arrived at Ellis Island on 18 February onboard the Lapland, which sailed from Antwerp.
 
His last permanent residence was listed as "Rudnik," with his closest relative in Poland identified as his mother, "Rosa Ostrowski" of Rudnik.
 
His contact person in the U.S. was his brother, Michael "Ostrowsky" (my grandfather), of Schenectady, NY, who'd paid his passage.
 
. . . re-entered the country in 1922.
 
The ship manifest for the Polonia, which arrived at Ellis Island on 13 September 1922, listed a Stanisław Ostrowski who was travelling to his brother-in-law, Adam Debierj [sic] (Adam Dobies, husband of Stella Ostrowska).
 
It was noted that he had been in the U.S. between 1912 and 1918. It was further noted that his passage, as well as that of all of the passengers on at least that manifest page, was paid by the Polish government.
 
His place of birth was noted as Rudniki.
 
. . . between 1918 and 1922 was back in Poland as a member of Haller's Army.
 
A "Stanislaw Ostrowski" from Schenectady, NY, is listed among those in the U.S. who served in Haller's Army.
 
The 1922 manifest noted that he, along with all of the other men on the page, was a member of Haller's Army; their passage back to the U.S. was paid by the Polish government.
 
. . . married Felicia Bednarczyk and had 2 children: Robert and Stanley.
 
According to family, he got married in Poland and Robert was born in Poland.
 
. . . worked at General Electric in Schenectady.
 
. . . died on 13 August 1969, and is buried in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Schenectady.

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Józefa Ostrowska:
Pan Łabędzki, Sr. Teofania, Józefa Łabędzka. . . was born in 1898, according to a newly-found family member in Poland.
 
. . . apparently was married twice: the first time to someone whose last name was Pacewicz, and the second time to someone whose last name was Łabędzka.
 
The photo on the right, taken around 1974, shows Pan Łabędzki, Sr. Teofania (Mary Minkiszewska, daughter of Franceszka Ostrowska Minkiszewska), and Józefa Łabędzka somewhere in the Raczki area.
 
. . . had four children: Bronisława; Antoni; Piotr; and Jadwiga, who married someone named Zukowski.
 
A letter from Sr. Teofania dated 5 April 1983 noted that Józefa was then living with her daughter Jadwiga Zukowska in the village of Sobolewo, Powiat Suwałki.
Józefa and daughter Jadwiga, 1974  
On the right is a picture of Józefa and daughter Jadwiga that was taken around 1974.
 
. . . died in 1983, according to the same family source--presumably after 5 April, the date of the aforementioned letter.

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Anna Ostrowska:
 
. . . was born in 1900, according to her daughter Bronisława, with whom I've recently made contact.
 
. . . married twice: first to someone whose last name was Tylman, and then to someone whose last name was Nowikowski.
 
. . . had seven children with her first husband: Mieczysław; Jan; Józef; Bronisława, who married someone named Kulbacki; Stanisław; Piotr; Jadwiga.
 
A letter dated 5 April 1983 noted that Anna Nowikowska was then living with her daughter Bronisława Kulbacka in the city of Suwałki.
 
. . . died in 1987, according to her daughter.

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Piotr Ostrowski:
picture of Piotr Ostrowski. . . was born in 1903, according to a newly-found family member in Poland.
 
. . . was a twin to a brother named Jan.
 
. . . is the person in this picture, according to a relative.
 
However, someone who is an Ostrowski living near Raczki says that this is a picture of his half-brother; yet, the name he gave as his father is not the name of my great-grandfather. Further, the Piotr in the picture resembles my grandfather a great deal. Mystery still to be solved!
 
. . . died in 1991, according to my source.

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Jan Ostrowski:
. . . was born in 1903, according to a newly-found family member in Poland.
 
. . . was a twin to Piotr.
 
. . . had five children, according to my family source.
 
. . . died in 1993, according to my source.

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Józef Ostrowski:
. . . was born in 1905, according to my family source. Since my grandfather left Poland in 1904, he never knew this brother.
 
. . . had six children, according to my source.
 
. . . died in 1980, according to my source.
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