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1. Jakub Krazewski ( - ) md Anne Predweck ( - )

    2.1. Jan Kraszewski (1888-1977) md Michalena Tyszka (1890-1960)

        3.1. Mary Kraszewski (1913- ) md Michael Vincent (1911-1974)

        3.2. Tessa Katherine Kraszewski (1916-1994) md1 Glenn S Wright (1913-1993)

            4.5. Margaret Wright ( - ) md Michael Kornitas (1929-1992)

            4.6. David J Wright, Sr (1936-2004) md Joanne T Grimmer (1936- )

            4.7. Arthur F (Wright) Mathews (1938-1998) md1 Carol; md2 Nancy Couzins;
                   md3 Nancy Crisman

            4.8. & 4.9. Twins Wright [died about 6 months of pneumonia]

        md2 John Mathews (1915-1983)

            4.9. Sharon M Mathews (1948-1988) md Gary S Phillips

        3.3. John Kraszewski, Jr (1918-2002) md Sophie Pyc (1924-2005)

        3.4. Helen Kraszewski (1921- ) md Angelo C D’Ambrosia (1916-2007)

        3.5. Stella Kraszewski (1923-2006) md Anthony Sadowski (1923-2006)

        3.6. Stanley Kraszewski, Sr (1926-2003) md Vera Kelly (1926-2002)

        3.7. Walter Joseph Kraszewski, Sr (1929-2002) md Rose Ann Perrone

        3.8. Joseph Kraszewski (1931-1931)

        3.9. Frances X Kraszewski, Sr md Shirley A McGraw

        3.10. Thomas “Tootie” Kraszewski



Kraszewski or Kraszewska is a Polish surname initially given to people originating from a place with red sand. The coat of arms is Jastrzębiec.  It was used by several szlachta families prior to and during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and to the present day. During World War II and the communism reform, many families lost their commonwealth status, and to this day have no right to their manors and sometimes vast lands.  ~Wikipedia

My Polish Ancestors, the KRASZEWSKI's, settled in Herkimer County, Little Falls, New York about 1921. My great grandfather, Jan Kraszewski ("Dziadzi" as we knew him), first immigrated from Poland to Germany about 1910/11.

The family story is that Jan was either the Tyszka family's horse groomer or chauffeur in Poland.  He had fallen in love with their daughter, Michalyna, which was forbidden by her family.  The two of them ran away to Germany to elope. The Tyszka family tried to stop them and met up with them at the German border.  Their daughter refused to return home with them and was then ostercized by her Tyszka family. Soon after, Michalyna gave birth to a daughter, presumely in Germany; but census records in the US state she was born in “Poland” in 1913.   Further more family stories say that to avoid an uprising that was going on in Germany at that time, Jan & Michalyna decided to come to America, starting with Jan in 1912, then Michalyna and baby in 1913.

[11/4/98, I found the "Family of John, Sr. Kraszewski" from Poland on "The Immigrants Wall of Honor" at Ellis Island via The American Immigrants Wall of Honor, but never found his ship records to date.]

Jan stayed in Long Island, New York after his arrival to America and before moving to New Jersey and then on to Central New York.  His second child was born in Huntington, Long Island in 1916.  His third child was born in 1918 in New Jersey and then his fourth child was born in 1921 in New York.  So, this tells us that by the early 1920‘s Jan & Michalyna were settled in Herkimer County, Little Falls, New York on a farm on Lynch Road. This was located in an area known as “Fairfield.” The farm is still in the Kraszewski family to this day.

Once they were settled on the farm they had six more children. Jan knew some English, but Michalyna would only speak Polish and paid hommage to her family by giving to the Polish Catholic Church in Herkimer every week and refusing to wear her fine clothes and furs, she dressed in raggy clothes most of the time.

I have not been able to locate this family in their native Poland nor have I been able to locate them in the US until 1930.  They each had family in New Jersey but I have been unable to make any connections to date.

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