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Stelmach Family from Raczki Area


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Paweł Stelmach:
. . . was listed as the father of Józef Stelmach in the latter's 1916 marriage record (Schenectady County Clerk, 1913-1920 Marriage Records, # 6560).
 
. . . in that same marriage record, Józef's mother was listed as Maryanna Kozlowski [sic].

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Józef Stelmach:
. . . was born somewhere between about 1887 and 1890.
 
The 1925 New York State census listed his age as 38, which would put his birth year at about 1887.
 
His 1916 marriage license identified his age as 28, which would put his birth year at about 1888.
 
His 1944 obituary identified his age as 54, which would put his birth year at about 1890.
 
The inscription on his tombstone identifies his birth year as 1889.
 
. . . served as a witness to my grandparents' wedding on 9 September 1906 in Schenectady, NY.
 
. . . therefore, had to have emigrated to the United States sometime before 1906. Of all of the possible entries on the Ellis Island website that I've been able to find, the most likely is the one for a "Josef Stellmach," 20, from Suwalki, on 14 June 1905 from Bremen via the Grosser Kurfuerst.
 
He had to have been here in 1906 for my grandparents' wedding.
 
His first marriage occurred in 1907 in Schenectady.
 
If in fact this entry is for him, he had a brother, Andrzej Stellmach [sic], in Bayonne City, NJ, to whom he was travelling.
 
 
. . . married Alexandra [Sadowska] on 26 October 1907 in Schenectady (New York State archives).
 
An Alexandra Sadowska, 19, arrived on 4 June 1907 from the Noordam, meeting her uncle, K. Zaborowski, who lived at what looks like 28 Paton Street, Stapleton, Staten Island, NY. Her hometown was listed as "Rudniky."
 
She died on 14 March 1916; her death record listed her age as 27 years and 2 days, with her birthdate given as 12 March 188-- (the last digit was left off, but if she were 27, the year would be 1889). Her parents were listed as Jan "Tadowski" (could it be Sadowski"?) and Katarzyna Zaborzanka.
 
He and Alexandra apparently had three children: Anna, John J., and Mary.
 
He remarried on 10 September 1916 (Schenectady County records).
 
His second wife was Marianna Morawska (or Murowska); she was noted to have been born in Russian Poland to Benedict and Franceszka Czaplicka.
 
Together, they apparently had as many as eight children: Irena, Joseph T., Henry, Frank, Winifred, Josephine, Mary J., and an unknown child.
 
He owned a dairy in Schenectady, which my father said was called Fifth Avenue Dairy.
 
. . . died on 30 January 1944 and is buried in St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Schenectady.

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Bronisława Stelmach:
. . . was born around 1894.
 
Her 1912 ship manifest listed her as 18 years old.
 
. . . emigrated to the United States in 1912 via the Main from Bremen, landing at Ellis Island on 5 December.
 
According to the ship manifest, "Brunislawa" was going to meet her brother, Josef [sic] Stelmach, who resided at 132 "Kern" Street, Schenectady; this was probably 132 Crane Street, at which the 1913 and 1914 city directories place him.
 
Her last residence was listed as Suwalki.
 
Her contact person in Poland was identified as Maria Stelmach, her mother.
 


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