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Kozłowski Family from the Raczki Area


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Adam Kozłowski:
. . . was identified as the father of Joseph Kozłowski on the latter's 1912 marriage license.
 
. . . was listed as the husband of Agnes Sodowska [sic] on the license.
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Józef Kozłowski:
. . . was born somewhere between 1868 and 1870.
 
On his 1912 wedding license, his age was listed as 44, which would put his birth year about 1868.
 
The documents on which I could find his age or birth year listed generally put the year as 1869 or 1870:
  • 1900 federal census--noted as born in December 1869
  • 1910 federal census--age listed as 40 (placing birth year around 1870)
  • 1912 wedding license--age listed as 44
  • 1915 New York State census--age listed as 46 (placing birth year around 1869)
  • 1920 federal census--his age is illegible
  • 1925 New York State census--age listed as 56 (placing birth year around 1869)
 
. . . generally went by the name of "Joseph Smith" in the U.S.
 
He was so identified on the ship manifests of both my grandfather, Michał Ostrowski, and his sister, Franceszka Ostrowska.
 
He was so listed on the federal censuses of 1900 and 1920, and on the 1915 New York State census.
 
On the 1910 federal census, he was listed as "Kozlowski 'Joe Smith'."
 
On the deeds documenting his several real estate transactions in Greenville, Orange County, New York, he was identified as both Joseph Smith and Joseph Kozlowski.
 
. . . was variously identified as a calf butcher, calf dealer, and dairy farmer.
 
. . . emigrated to the United States sometime between the mid-1880s and the mid-1890s.
 
The 1900 federal census noted that he came to the U.S. in 1886.
 
The 1910 federal census listed him as having come in 1891.
 
The 1925 New York State census reported that he'd been in the U.S. for 35 years, which would put his entry date around 1895.
 
. . . was first married to Felicia.
 
She emigrated to the United States in 1900 via the Belgravia, arriving at Ellis Island on 19 September.
 
Her name spelled "Fieliksia," she was identified as 40 years old, married, and intending to meet her husband Josef from Goshen [Orange County, New York], who'd paid for her passage.
 
Her last residence was listed as Wasilówka.
 
She was travelling with her 9-year old daughter, whose name looks like "Szofka," and who was noted to be in the hospital. I could find no further reference to the child or to the name, other than in the 1910 federal census where "Joe Smith" Kozlowski's wife was identified as "Zophia," as 50 years old, and as having no children. (The confusion in names might be due to the fact that she was identified as speaking only Polish; she may have been the one to provide the census taker with the information.) At that time they were also noted to have been married for 20 years.
 
She died sometime between the 1910 census and June 1912 when, identified as a widower, he remarried.
 
. . . married Katarzyna (Katie) Zaborska, 25 and a widow, on 17 June 1912.
 
The marriage license listed his parents' names as Adam Kozłowski and Agnes Sodowska of Russian Poland.
 
His second wife's parents were identified as James Koback and Mary Ozlmek[sic] of Austria.
 
According to documents in the Orange County Clerk's office, in 1917 he legally adopted the 2 daughters of her first marriage, Mary and Anna.

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Marianna Kozłowska:
. . . was identified as the wife of Paweł Stelmach and mother of Józef Stelmach on the latter's 1916 marriage license.
 
. . . ALTHOUGH I HAVE NO FIRM PROOF YET, is quite possibly the sister both of Józef Kozłowski (identified as my grandfather's uncle) and Rozalia Kozłowska Ostrowska (my grandfather's mother).
 
My father and aunt both remember having called Józef Stelmach "Uncle Joe," and considering his children as their cousins. There seems to be no other means of kinship besides his mother being a Kozłowski.

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Rozalia Kozłowska:
. . . may have been born around 1860, according to family sources.
 
. . . has been identified as my grandfather's mother by family members, as my Great-Aunt Stella's mother on her ship manifest, and as my Great-Aunt Mary's mother on her marriage certificate.
 
. . . ALTHOUGH I HAVE NO FIRM PROOF YET, is quite possibly the sister both of Józef Kozłowski (identified as my grandfather's uncle) and Marianna Kozłowska Stelmach (the mother of my father's Uncle Joe Stelmach).
 
. . . was apparently relied upon by both her neighbors and medical practitioners to grow and/or pick herbs to make into medicines.
 
. . . remarried after my Great-grandfather's death around 1907.
 
It's likely that she didn't remarry until 1910 or later, since in that year she was identified as "Rozalia Ostrowska" on my Great-Aunt Stella's ship manifest.
 
Her second husband was Michał Zawadzki, according to a newly-found family member in Poland.
 
According to the same source, she didn't have any children from this second marriage.
 
. . . is said to have died around 1950 by family sources.

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