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Family in Toledo, Ohio, USA from Poland (Rodzina w USA z Polski)
Gwidon Bolewski
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Witam! Jestem z Gniezna w Polsce. Moja babcia, Alicja Dyczek (zd. Mikołajczak, ur. 1930 r.) opowiada mi często o tym, jak mój pra pra dziadek, tzn. jej dziadek od strony jej mamy, Pelagii Mikołajczak (zd. Wojtkowiak, ur. 1903 r.), wypłynął do USA "za chlebem". Zostawił córkę (wspomnianą wyżej Pelagię) oraz żonę, czyli moją pra pra babcię, a później wysłał im bilety na prom, by do niego przypłynęły. Wiem, że one nie popłynęły, bo się bały, więc sprzedały bilety i kontakt jakoś się urwał. Wiadomo jest, że pra pra dziadek Wojtkowiak miał jednak kontakt z jakąś naszą rodziną z Witkowa, jakimiś kuzynami, pisał do nich listy przez jakiś czas, z których wynika, że założył nową rodzinę w USA. Prawdopodobnie Wojtkowiak wypłynął do USA między 1903 a 1910 czy jakoś tak, bo Pelagia, była wtedy bardzo mała. Co więcej - kiedy Pelagia jeszcze żyła (zmarła w 1981 roku), to opowiadała mojej mamie, czyli swojej wnuczce, że jej ojciec, wspomniany Wojtkowiak, płynął tym statkiem do miasta Toledo w stanie Ohio nad jeziorem Michigan. Podobno znała ona nawet cały adres (!), ale niestety dziś go nikt już nie pamięta. Jestem ciekaw, czy uda mi się dojść do tego, czy mamy tam jakąś rodzinę.

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 Hello! I'm from Gniezno in Poland. My grandmother, Alicja Dyczek, (nee Mikołajczak, born in 1930), often narrates stories about my great-great-grandfather, her grandfather from her mother's side, I mean Pelagia Mikołajczak (nee Wojtkowiak, born in 1903). And this great-great-grandfather sailed to the USA for job and money, leaving his wife and little daughter Pelagia, and later he send them tickets for ship, so they can arrive to him. But they were scared so Pelagia's mother, my great-great-grandmother, sold this tickets and there was no contact with her husband Wojtkowiak anymore. I just know that Wojtkowiak wrote letters to his family, cousins from Witkowo (small city near Gniezno) for short time. We know that he probably settled-down in the USA and he had new family there. He sailed to the USA between 1903 and maybe 1910 I think, because Pelagia was little girl when he left them. While Pelagia was still alive (she died in 1981) she talked to my mother and rest of family and she told that Wojtkowiak, her father, sailed to the Toledo city in Ohio state. She even has known all adress (!) but today nobody remember this. I am curious is there, in the USA, any our family.    

 

Gwidon Bolewski
Gniezno, Polska
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RE: Family in Toledo, Ohio, USA from Poland (Rodzina w USA z Polski)
Linda Rooney Hess
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Are  you still looking for information? I found a Joseph Wojtkowiak, arrived in NY on 16 June 1920 from Danzig. If you look at the ship manifest at www.ellisisland.org you will find his information on two pages of the manifest and it shows an address in Toledo, OH. Here is the link to ione of the pages:

http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=14886544120022400384&pID=603639140407&lookup=603639140407&show=192.168.100.11imagesT715-2781T715-27810873.TIF&origFN=192.168.100.11IMAGEST715-2781T715-27810874.TIF

Could this be a connection?

Name:Peter Wojthowiak
Titles and Terms: 
Event Type:Death
Event Date:24 Dec 1944
Event Place:Toledo, Lucas, Ohio
Residence Place: 
Address: 
Gender:Male
Age:75
Marital Status:Married
Race:white
Occupation: 
Birth Date:19 Jun 1869
Birthplace:Poland
Birth Year (Estimated):1869
Burial Date:28 Dec 1944
Burial Place: 
Cemetery:Calvary Cemetery
Father's Name:Joseph Wojthowiak
Father's Titles and Terms: 
Father's Birthplace:Poland
Mother's Name:Kathryn
Mother's Titles and Terms: 
Mother's Birthplace:Poland
Spouse's Name:Rose
Spouse's Titles and Terms: 
File Number:fn 79732
GS Film number:2032413
Digital Folder Number:004020873
Image Number:01958

There are many other strong possibilities at www.familysearch.org - it is free. You can look at the Census records for any possible children's names and look at obituaries if you find death records and then maybe find living family members listed in the obituaries.

Linda Rooney Hess
Millsboro, DE
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RE: Family in Toledo, Ohio, USA from Poland (Rodzina w USA z Polski) [2]
Gwidon Bolewski
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Yes, I am still interested in this, Linda. Thank you very much for your help! I'm going to check this out.
Gwidon Bolewski
Gniezno, Polska
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