Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jan J. Marcinczyk

"My mother had told me so many stories about Jan and Daniel. When she was a little girl, she used to go over to visit "Aunt Magda" and there was always a warm plate of cookies waiting. On Sundays, the brothers would get together and have a mini-concert in the kitchen. Daniel would play the balalaika and Jan would play the fiddle." Joyce-Marie Andy

On December 22, 1867 Jan J. Marcinczyk was born to Jan J. Marcinczyk and Marianna Panasewicz. At the time of his birth, the family resided in Ostrowa, Dąbrowa, Białostocka , Poland.

Jan "Marzinzik" departed from Rotterdam, Holland aboard the S.S. Noordam on April 8, 1905 and arrived in New York on April 19. He gave his last place of residence as Ostrowo and indicated he was coming to his brother-in-law, W. Karpacz, at 79 Oren (probably Orange) Street in New Britain, CT.

Soon after arriving, he relocated to Bridgeport, CT where he met and married Magdalina S. Kowalewska, the daughter of Jan Kowalewski and Katarzyna Kiejko, in Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT on October 6, 1908. Magdalina was born in Szuszalewo, Podlaskie, Poland on May 24, 1883.

The ships manifest for the SS Amerika indicates "Magda Jbowalewska" arrived in New York on November 18, 1906 and was going to her brother-in-law, Wincenty Skarzinski, at Bridgeport, CT. [Wincenty was the husband of Magdalina's sister, Zofia.]

Jan started using the name "John Martensky" as early as August 24, 1909 when he signed the birth certificate of his first born child, Bronislawa [Bertha] Catherine Martensky. Other children born to John and Magdalina were Leokadya [Lucy] Martensky, born January 24, 1911 and Antoni [Tony] J. Martensky, born July 1, 1915.

John died in New Britain on February 26, 1947. Magdalina died there on May 19, 1958.


  • 1910 Census -- "Mastenki" living at 495 Park Ave., Bridgeport.
  • 1920 Census -- "Martinchik" living at 164 Columbia St., Bridgeport.
  • 1924 Nov 10 Declaration of Intent -- Living at 21 Horace St., New Britain. Signed "Martensky".
  • 1926 Dec 14 Petition for Naturalization -- Living at 21 Horace St. Signed "Marcinchyk". Asks to have his name changed officially to "Martensky".
  • 1927 Sep 26 Certificate of Naturalization [No. 2584221] issued to "Martensky".
  • 1930 Census -- "Martenski" living at 157 Broad St., New Britain.
  • 1934/1935/1936 Directory -- "Marcinczyk" living at 161 Broad St., New Britain [emp. benchwrkr/filler CSCorp].
  • 1937 May 17 SSN Application -- Living at 161 Broad St. Signed "Martenchyk".


Magda & Claudia

Daniel Joseph Marcinczyk

Daniel Joseph Marcinczyk was born to Jan J. Marcinczyk and Marianna Panasewicz on February 17, 1870. At the time of his birth, the family resided in Ostrowa, Dąbrowa, Białostocka, Poland.

His first voyage to America was made in 1909 when he arrived in New York aboard the SS Kroonland on July 6, 1909. He stated that he was coming to his brother, Jan Marcinczyk, in Bridgeport, CT and named his brother Matheus Marcinczyk as his nearest reative in his place of origin. When the 1910 census was taken, Daniel was living in the same household as Jan.

Daniel then returned to Poland, where he married Wiktoria J. Hryniewicz, the daughter of Piotr Hryniewicz and Franciszka H. Chryniewicka, on October 7, 1912 in Ciszowa, Stabinie, Poland. Victoria was born in Grodzisk, Podlaskie, Bialystok, Poland on December 8, 1894.

On January 29, 1913, Daniel and Viktoria "Marzinczik" departed for New York from Bremen aboard the SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie [shown here], gave their last place of residence as Ostrowo and stated they were coming to Jan in Bridgeport, CT. He named a brother Maciej as his nearest relative in their country of origin.

Children born to Daniel and Victoria were: Joseph Anthony Marcinczyk born June 3, 1915, Stanley K. Marcinczyk born October 1, 1917, Edward Joseph Marcinczyk born January 17 1920, Helen Theresa Marcinczyk born March 30, 1922, Mary Theresa Marcinczyk born December 31 1923, Anna Marcinczyk born July 13, 1928 and Sophie Clare Marcinczyk [living].

Daniel died in New Britain, CT on March 19, 1948. Victoria died there on October 1, 1983.


  • 1910 Census -- "Dona Mastenki" living at 495 Park Ave., Bridgeport [see Mystery Solved!].
  • 1920 Census -- "Marcincik" living at 113 Orange St., New Britain.
  • 1930 Census -- "Marcinzyk" living at 186 Lyman St., New Britain. [In process of becoming a citizen.]
  • 1934/1935/1936 Directory -- "Marcinczyk" living at 104 Gold St., New Britain [emp. mach opr SWks].

Photograph: Daniel, Victoria and their sons Joseph, Edward and Stanley.


Daniel & Victoria [young woman unknown)

Mystery Solved!

The 1910 census for Bridgeport, CT shows a John "Mastenki" [b. 1870 imm. 1905], his wife "Margurete" [b. 1886 imm. 1906] and daughter Bertha [b. 1909]. Despite the misspelled names and skewed dates there is no doubt this is Jan and Magdalina because they are shown as living at 495 Park Avenue where Bertha was born the year before.

The mystery was a SINGLE brother named "Dona Masteki" [b. 1873 imm. 1909] who is living in the same household. From what we know of Daniel, he and Victoria were married when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1913. Hmmm ...

It was time to go back online to the original 1913 ship's manifest for Daniel and Victoria ... this time through where records can be enlarged. Starting at the top and reading across the page, there is a column that asks if the immigrant had been to the U.S. before and when. Reading down the column to the entry for Daniel and Victoria, the solution to this mystery was revealed: Daniel had been to the U.S. before in 1909!

This lesson proves the importance of reading entire documents carefully and noting home addresses at the time they were created. Remember also that the name "Marcinczyk" has many variant spellings. Throughout this site, the Marcinczyk name ... as it appeared at the time of the event described ... has been used to help you locate related documents. Spellings found so far:

  • Marcensky
  • Marcincik
  • Martinchi
  • Martenchyk
  • Martenki
  • Martin
  • Martinchik
  • Martinchil
  • Martinski
  • Marz
  • Marzinzik
  • Mastenki

Friday, May 15, 2009

Children of Jan Marcinczyk & Magdalina Kowalewska

Bronislawa Catherine Martensky was born August 24, 1909 in Bridgeport, CT and died February 1, 1988 in Hartford. [Note: Date indicated on her death certificate and obituary was "Marcinczyk".] Bertha married:

Claude Raymond Morin, son of Wilfred Morin and Jennie Holmes, in New Britain, CT on August 1, 1927. Claude was born in Pittsfield, MA January 1, 1907 and died in New Britain June 21, 1954. [See also]

Their children: Claudia Florence Morin and Roswell Robert Morin.

John H. McInnis, son of Norman McInnis and Kathryn Misker, in New Britain, CT on January 15, 1955. "Mac" was born July 21, 1881 and died in New Britain February 12, 1959.

Chester J. Bobinski, son of Alexander Bobinski and [Unknown], in New Britain, CT on February 14, 1960. "Chet" was born March 16, 1906 and died in Fort Macon, GA December 27, 1993.

Leokadya Martensky was born January 24, 1911 in Bridgeport and died November 20, 1968 in Hartford. Lucy never married.

Antony J. Marcinczyk was born July 1, 1915 and died September 14, 1937 in New Britain. Tony never married.


John Marcinczyk & Bertha

Mrs. John McInnis 1/15/1955

Children of Daniel Marcinczyk & Wiktoria Hryniewicz

Joseph Anthony (Marcinczyk) Martin was born June 3, 1915 in New Britain and died August 22, 1995 in Spring Hill, FL. Joseph married Anna "Annie" Mary Lejkowski, daughter of Stanley Lejkowski and Salomea "Sadie" Bartosz, in New Britain on April 29, 1939. Joe changed his name to "Martin" because he was a police officer and people had difficulty pronouncing his name.

Their children: Ted Martin and Thomas J. Martin

Stanley K. Marcinczyk was born October 1, 1917 in New Britain and died December 21, 2004 in Bristol. Stanley married Helen G. Gorski, daughter of William Gorski and Anelia Niemczyk, in WHERE on DATE. Helen was born March 17, 1917 in Bristol and died February 25, 2001 in New Britain. Stanley refused to change his name even though people had difficulty pronouncing it.

Their children: Daniel Marcinczyk, John R. Marcinczyk, Stanley A. Marcinczyk Jr., Edward Marcinczk, Diane H. Marcinczyk and Patricia Ann Marcinczyk.
Edward Joseph (Marcinczyk) Marz was born January 17, 1920 in New Britain and died July 13, 1982 in Baraboo, WI. Edward married Norma Phyllis Shumway, daughter of Oliver A. Shumway and Margaret M. Tolleth, in Boca Raton, FL on January 15, 1945. Norma was born May 9, 1925 in Kilbourn, WI and died December 15, 2001 in Wisconsin Dells. He changed his name to "Marz", a name they called him when he was in the Air Force.
Their children: John Edward Marz, Peggy Ann Marz, Peter William Marz, Jane Elizabeth Marz and Daniel Joseph Marz.
Helen Theresa Marcinczyk was born March 30, 1922 in New Britain and died there on May 12, 1922.
Mary Theresa Marcinczyk was born December 31, 1923 in New Britain and died November 20, 2006 in Hebron. Mary married Joseph S. (Andrzejczyk) Andy, son of Joseph Andrzejczyk and Anna Dabkowska, in New Britain on September 29, 1945.
Their children: Christine Mary Andy, Carolyn Mary Andy and Joyce-Marie Kathleen Andy.
Anna Marcinczyk was born July 13, 1926 in New Britain and died there on April 16, 1990. Anna joined the order of Daughters of Mary of Immaculate Conception about 1944 and took the name Sister Mary Ancilla.
Sophia Clare Marcinczyk married Michael Angelo Nardelli [living], son of Rocco Nardelli and Filomena Brunetti, in New Britain on May 12, 1956. He was born in Springdale, PA July 8, 1929 and died in Woburn, MA on January 13, 2012.
Their children: Marianne Michelle Nardelli, Michael Angelo Nardelli Jr., Susan Claire Nardelli, Stephen Rocco Nardelli, Kathleen Marie Nardelli and Judith Ann Nardelli.

"Happy is the man who thinks of his ancestors with pride, who likes to tell of their deeds and greatness, and rejoices to feel himself linked to the end of their goodly chain" -- J.W. Goethe

Daughters of Mary of Immaculate Conception

The Congregation of Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception was founded in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1904, by the Reverend Lucian Bojnowski.

Urged by the desire to honor the Blessed Mother in a special way, on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, and wishing to ameliorate the sad plight of orphaned children, Father Bojnowski brought together a group of devoted Sodalists from his parish and, with ecclesiastical approbation, formed the nucleus of the present Community.

In accordance with Canon Law, the primary aim of the Institute is the personal sanctification of its members by the observance of the evangelical counsels, and secondary, to further the apostolate through the exercise of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Candidates are high school graduates between 15-30 years old. The 6-month postulancy is followed by a two-year novitiate. Temporary vows are made for five years after which perpetual vows are pronounced. After first vows the sisters are sent to various Catholic centers of learning to obtain the cultural and professional training necessary for their apostolate.

The sisters wear a royal blue habit, a black veil and rosary, and a white sash.

Anna Marcinczyk, the daughter of Daniel Marcinczyk and Victoria Hryniewicz, graduated Sacred Heart School and received her Bachelor's and Masters Degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She joined the order of Daughters of Mary of Immaculate Conception around 1944 and became known as "Sister Mary Ancilla".

Sister Ancilla taught school in Ware MA, Harrison NJ, Springfield PA and at Mary Immaculate Academy in New Britain CT, where she was an Assistant Principal and Secretary General of the Daughters of Mary from 1972 to 1977. She also traveled quite a bit and went to several countries, including India. Her niece, Susan Claire Nardelli, recalls Sister Ancella was a gifted artist, played guitar and had a beautiful singing voice.

She was 63 years old when she died and is buried at the convent's cemetery.


Sophia & Mike

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Grandchildren of Jan & Daniel Marcinczyk

Children of Mary Theresa Marcinczyk and Joseph S. (Andrzejczyk) Andy:

Carolyn Mary Andy [living] married Jon Sherman, son of WHO and WHO, in Avon in 1978 [D].

Their children: Jennifer Sherman, Jonathan Sherman and Amanda Sherman.

Christine Mary Andy married Bruce Meacham, son of WHO and Helen Barton, in New Britain on August 24, 1968.

Their children: Cindy Meacham, Scott Meacham, Laurie Meacham, Bruce Meacham Jr. and Chrissy Meacham.

(Photos from Bruce's wedding, August 2008.)

Joyce-Marie Kathleen Andy married Shelby Barnes Jr., son of WHO and WHO on August 23, 2003.

Their children: Brian Barnes [by previous marriage]

Children of Stanley K. Marcinczyk and Helen G. Gorski:

Daniel Marcinczyk married Patricia A. Mlynick, daughter of Joseph Mlynick and Genevieve Bednarczyk, in Meriden on July 14, 1972.

Diane H. Marcinczyk married Carl E. Brown, son of Clarence Brown and Jennie Skinner, in Manchester on August 24, 1985.

Edward S. Marcinczyk

John R. Marcinczyk married Alycia J. Aylward, daughter of WHO and WHO, in Bristol on October 30, 1982.

Patricia Ann Marcinczyk married Paul M. Segill, son of William Segill and Shirley Blond, in W. Hartford on May 18, 1986.

Stanley A. Marcinczyk Jr. married Sandra Bogdan, daughter of Henry Bogdan and Annie WHO, in New Britain on May 23, 1987.

Children of Joseph Anthony (Marcinczyk) Martin and Anna Mary Lejkowski:

Theodore Stanley Martin married Martha Jean Donahue, daughter of WHO and WHO, in Chicopee, MA on DATE [D].

Children of Theodore & Martha:
Gregory Martin and Laura Martin

Thomas J. Martin married 1st Maria Burke [D], daughter of Michael Burke and Bridgett WHO, in England on DATE. Married 2nd to Deborah Kim Treloar, daughter of Robert Treloar and Daphne Ambler, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 30 Jun 1984.

Children of Thomas & Maria: Sean Thomas Martin and Marc Michael Martin; Child of Thomas & Deborah: Kristoffer James Martin

Children of Edward Joseph (Marcinczyk) Marz and Norma Phyllis Shumway:

Daniel Joseph Marz married Lauren Elisabeth Hatch, daughter of Stephen W. Hatch and Leslie L. Paholke, in Madison, WI on November 23, 1996.

Their children: Devan Joseph Marz and Sydney Elisabeth Marz

Jane Elizabeth Marz married Steven Alan Sheline, son of Norman E. Sheline and Nancy L. Vandersall, in Wisconsin Dells, WI on July 23, 1983. Jane died March 7, 2009 in Fitchburg, WI.

Their children: Zachary Stephen Sheline and Chad Alan Sheline

John Edward Marz married Suellyn Kay Schmitz, daughter of Lewis J. Schmitz and Yvonne L. Mooney, in Arcadia, IA on February 6, 1965.

Their children: Susan Jane Marz and Sara Jane Marz

Peggy Ann Marz
married Peter Lee Pitts, son of Frank G. Pitts and Lorraine A. Nance, in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6, 1974 [D].

Their child: Christopher James Pitts

Peter William Marz married Barbara Ann Bonnan, daughter of Joseph A. Bonnan and Albeina H. Kodis, in Chicago, IL on July 23, 1977.

Their children: Timothy Peter Marz and Anthony Jacob Marz

Children of Bertha Catherine Marcinczyk-Martensky and Claude Raymond Morin:

Claudia Florence Morin married Stanley Edward Grala, son of Bronislaw J. Grala and Maryanna A. Boguslawska, on May 12, 1945. Stanley was born in Baba, Ostroleka, Mazowieckie, Poland on July 11, 1923. He died in Port Charlotte, FL on November 1, 1991. [See also]

Their children: Judith Ann Grala, Diane Lynn Grala and Stanley Edward Grala, Jr.

Roswell Robert Morin
was born August 5, 1928 in Hartford. He died there on January 26, 1929.

Children of Sophia Clare Marcinczyk and Michael Angelo Nardelli:

Judith Anne Nardelli married David Andrew Scalley, son of John Scalley and Barbara Hunt, in Woburn, MA on June 5, 1993.

Their children: Teresa Marie Scalley, Julia Anne Scalley and Olivia Jean Scalley.

Kathleen Marie Nardelli married Daniel J. Moran, son of Daniel Moran and Imelda WHO, in Woburn, MA on October 8, 1995.

Marianne Michelle Nardelli married Stephen Harold DeCelles, son of Kenneth DeCelles and Marge WHO, in Woburn MA on April 15, 1989. Stephen was born August 16, 1949 in Woburn, MA and died there on May 4, 1995.

Their children: Sarah DeCelles and Amy DeCelles.

Michael Angelo Nardelli Jr.

Stephen Rocco Nardelli married Catherine Bennett, daughter of Norman Bennett and Gloria L. WHO, in WHERE on September 9, 1999.

Their children: Adam Nardelli and Joshua Nardelli.

Susan Claire Nardelli married Mark Collins, son of Richard A. Collins and Clara C. Mooney, in Lowell, MA on December 22, 1979 [D].

Their children: Melissa C. Collins, Matthew J. Collins and Kyle A. Collins.

"Family is everything. It defines you ... the heart of your spirit, the heritage of your smile ... not only the color of your eyes but how they see the world. You are bound by kinship. You add your own link to the chain, and that is where you strengthen or weaken what you have been blessed (or burdened) with. That is where you use the indefinable quality that belongs to only you, the bit of uniqueness you pass on to your children for good or bad, the part of you that will always be separate from those who share your name, your blood and your past." -- Deborah Smith, from Blue Willow

D=Divorced; Birth dates & places of living individuals unpublished for security reasons; Unless otherwise indicated, all events took place in the State of Connecticut.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Gregory Martin & his mother Martha

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Great Grandchildren of Jan & Daniel Marcinczyk

Brian Barnes [son of Shelby Barnes] ... pictured here.

Kyle A. Collins [grandson of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Matthew J. Collins [grandson of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Melissa C. Collins [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk] married Paul Mehigan, son of WHO and WHO, in WHERE on WHEN.

Their children: William Mehigan, Rachel Mehigan, Damien Mehigan and Brooke Mehigan

Amy DeCelles [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Sarah DeCelles [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Diane Lynn Grala [grandaughter of Bertha Marcinczyk] married John "Butch" Joseph Hook, Jr., son of John P. Hook and Elizabeth A. Dickenson, in Newington on August 25, 1973. Butch died there on 19 January 1998.

Their children: John Joseph Hook Jr. and Thomas Edward Hook

Judith Ann Grala [grandaughter of Bertha Marcinczyk] married Ralf Heit, son of Otto Heit and Elfriede Barkleit, in Greymouth, New Zealand on October 15, 1987.

Stanley Edward Grala, Jr. [grandson of Bertha Marcinczyk] married Elzbieta "Ella" Monika Orzel, daughter of Ignacy Orzel and Katarzyna WHO, in New Britain on August 10, 1985.

Their children: Brett Stanley Grala Stanley Edward Grala III

Gregory Martin [grandson of Joseph Marcinczyk/Martin]

Kristoffer James Martin [grandson of Joseph Marcinczyk/Martin]

Laura Martin [grandaughter of Joseph Marcinczyk/Martin] married William Buckman, son of Jack Buckman and Wilma WHO, in Northampton, MA on November 29, 2003.

Their child: Scarlet Buckman

Marc Michael Martin [grandson of Joseph Marcinczyk/Martin] married Angela Miranda, daughter of Ernesto Miranda and Margaret Sutton, in La Jolla, CA on November 12, 2000.

Their children: Ava Miranda Martin and Zoe Makenna Martin

Sean Thomas Martin [grandson of Joseph Martin]

Anthony Jacob Marz [grandson of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz]

Devan Joseph Marz [grandson of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz]

Sara Jane Marz [grandaughter of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz] married Charles Asbeck, son of Roy Asbeck and Marlene WHO, in Baraboo, WI on November 22, 1972.

Their children: Maya Renee Asbeck and Ethan Charles Asbeck

Susan Jane Marz [grandaughter of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz] married Vincent Thomson, son of William H. Thomson and Rosemary Weismantel, in Madison, WI on October 25, 1977.

Their children: Jack William Thomson and Michael Lewis Thomson

Sydney Elizabeth Marz [grandaughter of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz]

Timothy Peter Marz [grandson of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz] with Carla Kearns, daughter of WHO and WHO.

Their child: Kaydin James Marz

Bruce Meacham [grandson of Mary Marcinczyk] married Amanda WHO, daughter of WHO and WHO, in WHERE on WHEN.

Chrissy Meacham [grandaughter of Mary Marcinczyk]

Cindy Meacham [grandaughter of Mary Marcinczyk] married Kevin Joseph O'Connor, son of WHO and WHO, in WHERE on WHEN.

Their children: Kaitlyn Ann O'Connor, Kevin Joseph O'Connor, Jr. and Ryan Andrew O'Connor

Laurie Meacham [grandaughter of Mary Marcinczyk]

Scott Meacham [grandson of Mary Marcinczyk]

Adam Nardelli [grandson of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Joshua Nardelli [grandson of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Christopher James Pitts [grandson of Edward Marcinczyk/Marz] with Deanna L. Harrison, daughter of Dean Harrison and Connie VonBehren.

Their child: Parker Dean Harrison

Julia Anne Scalley [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Olivia Jean Scalley [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Teresa Marie Scalley [grandaughter of Sophia Marcinczyk]

Chad Alan Sheline [grandson of Edward Marz]

Zachary Stephen Sheline [grandson of Edward Marz]

Amanda Sherman [grandaughter of Mary Marcinczyk]

Jennifer Sherman [grandaughter of Mary Marcinczyk]

Jonathan Sherman [grandson of Mary Marcinczyk]

"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?" -- Marcus Tullius Cicero