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This page contains the data I collected about the Stanisław PIECZONKA family in response to an e-mail I received from brothers Alan and Chuck.  After a few days' research, I connected Alan and Chuck to someone in my family file.  Alan and Chuck are my half 4th cousins once removed.  I will document that connect at a later time.   BACK to my Miscellaneous Research page.

22 December 2007 -- e-mail from Alan and Chuck
I visited your website regarding births/deaths in  Leki Dolne.  My brother and I are tracing our roots, and we believe that our Grandfather, Stanislaw Pieczonka was born August 3, 1878 in Leki Dolne.  However, I do not find his name on the Leki Dolne or Leki Gorne birth lists.  In addition, he had a sister, Anna Pieczonka, who was born April 15, 1880, supposedly in the same area....

Marge's Note:  I have a website with a partial transcription of the church records for the Parish of Łęki Górne / Leki Gorne.  This is the site that Alan and Chuck are referring to.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/%7Epolishrecords/leki.htm
Not long after receiving this e-mail, I visited my local Mormon Family History Center (FHC), where I have the microfilmed records of the parish church in Łęki Górne, Poland.  I checked these microfilms looking for a birth/baptism record for Stanislaus and his sister Anna PIECZONKA.  I was unable to find records matching the dates given by Alan and Chuck.  I wrote back and asked for additional information about their grandfather that might help me locate his birth record.

They responded saying that their grandmother was a daughter of Josef CYCON.  They also noted that their grandfather had a half sister named Marya KORTZ.  Having the maiden name of Alan and Chuck's grandmother, I checked a few of the databases on the Polish Genealogical Society of America's (PGSA) website at http://pgsa.org.  My search of the marriage index for Polish Parishes in Chicago revealed the following:

Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915: Results
Name Spouse Date of Marriage Parish Volume Page Film Item
Pieczonka, Stanley Cycon, Maria 11-25-1907 St. John Cantius Church 3 121 1704114 6

In addition to the microfilms of the Łęki parish I also have the microfilms for the St. John Cantius Church in Chicago from which this index was created.  On my next visit to the FHC I looked up the marriage record for Stanley PIECZONKA and Maria CYCON with the hope of finding their parents' names on the document.  Stanisław was a son of Andrzej PIECZONKA and Katarzyna nee URYASZ, born in Łęki, Galicia.  Maryanna was a daughter of Jozef CYCOŃ and Anna SZMYT, born in Stara Wieś, Galicia.

Marriage record Stanislaw PIECZONKA and Maryanna CYCON

Prior to finding the marriage record of Stanisław and Maryanna, I checked other online resources to piece together additional information from U.S. sources.  Ultimately I found Stanislaus and Maria in the 1910 and 1920 U.S. censuses for Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  Another database on the PGSA site named two daughters baptized at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.  I  located a World War I draft registration for a Stanley PIECZONKA whose address was the same as that of the Stanley enumerated in the 1920 census.  The draft registration gave Stanley's date of birth as March 19, 1877 -- the 19 had a question mark after it.

1910 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 782, sheet 11A
1351 Augusta St., dwelling 69, family 198
Pirczonka (sic) should be:
Pieczonka, Stanislaus, head, age 31, married once, married 3 years, born Aust. Polish, parents born Aust. Polish, immigrated 1902, alien, plasterer
Pieczonka, Mary, wife, age 21, married once, married 3 years, mother of 1 child, 1 child living, born Aust. Polish, parents born Aust. Polish
Pieczonka, Sophia, daughter, age 0, single, born Illinois, parents born Aust. Polish
Cicon, Sophia, boarder, age 19, single, born Aust. Polish, parents born Aust. Polish, immigrated 1909, tailoring, tailor shop
Jelen, Agnes, boarder, age 22, single, born Aust. Polish, parents born Aust. Polish, immigrated 1906, waitor (sic), restaurant

St. John Cantius Church, Chicago, IL - Birth Index Results:
Surname Given name Father Mother Maiden name Enum Date Film Item # Page Volume
Pieczonka Sophie Stanley Maria Gycon? 465 4-19-1910 1704113 1 116 7
Pieczonka Stephanie Stanley Maria Cyson 1391 12-13-1911 1704113 2 86 8

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1001, sheet 8B
15 January 1920
1430 Grand Ave., dwelling 50, family 171
Pieczonka, Stanley, head, age 42, married, immigrated 1902, naturalized 1913, born Poland, parents born Poland, contractor, plaster
Pieczonka, Mary, wife, age 33, married, immigrated 1906, naturalized 1913, born Poland, parents born Poland, tailor, tailor shop
Pieczonka, Sophia, daughter, age 10, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland
Pieczonka, Stephia, daughter, age 8, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland
Pieczonka, Helena, daughter, age 6, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland

World War I draft registration
Stanley Pieczonka
1430 Grand Av, Chicago, Ill
Age 41, born March 19, 1877 (a ? mark is after the 19)
Occupation drill press operator, Am. Car Foundry Co., 25th & Wood St., Chicago, Cook, Ill
Nearest relative, Wife, Mary Piezonka (sic), 1430 Grand Av., Chicago, Ill
September 12, 1918

When I found Stanley in the 1930 census, his wife was named Veronica.  Alan and Chuck indicated that their grandmother Maria CYCON PIECZONKA died during the birth of her son Stanley.  At the time of the 1930 census, Stanley was age 3 8/12.  The census was taken in April of 1930, therefore we can calculate that Stanley was born about August 1926.  The PGSA death notice index for the Polish newspaper Dziennik Chicagoski had an entry for Maryanna PIECZONKA who died 14 Aug 1926.

1930 U.S. Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 2818, sheet 8A, April 11, 1930
3655 Laramie St., dwelling 6, family 7
Pieczonka, Stanley, head, age 52, married, age 25 when first married, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1903, naturalized, contractor, plasterer
Pieczonka, Veronica, wife, age 50, married, age 23 when first married, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1895, naturalized
Pieczonka, Sophie, daughter, age 20, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland, clerk, dept. store
Pieczonka, Stella, daughter, age 18, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland, factory help, shoe factory
Pieczonka, Helen, daughter, age 16, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland
Pieczonka, Florence, daughter, age 6, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland
Pieczonka, Stanley, son, age 3 8/12, single, born Illinois, parents born Poland
Cucon or Ciecon, John, roomer, age 26, single, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1927, first papers filed, laborer, plasterer

Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notice Index 1890-1929: Results
Surname Given name Death Date Notes Date of Notice Age
Pieczonka Maryanna 14 Aug 1926
16 Aug 1926 38

On the 1910 and 1920 censuses Stanislaus indicated that he had immigrated in 1902; the 1930 census said he immigrated in 1903.  I searched the immigration records at Ancestry.com for that timeframe and found a record for a Stanisl. PIECZONKA, age 25, who came though the port of Baltimore on 24 Sept 1902 on the ship Neckar.  His last residence was Leki, he was going to Chicago to be with his brother Tomasz PIECZONKA.  I am not sure yet if this is the right  Stanislaus, however some of the details match other information we have.



The first e-mail from Alan and Chuck also named a sister of their grandfather:  Anna PIECZONKA, born April 15, 1880.  I did not find an Anna PIECZONKA in the Leki records for this date.  I asked Alan and Chuck if Anna had immigrated and if so, had she married.  Anna did immigrate and was married four times.  Her first husband was Jozef STANEK.  According the to the marriage index at pgsa.org, they were married 7 September 1903.

Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915: Results
Name Spouse Date of Marriage Parish Volume Page Film Item
Stanek, Joseph Pieczonka, Anna 9-7-1903 St. Stanislaus Kostka Church 28 228 1578070 5

1910 U.S. Census, Illinois, Cook County, Town of Cicero, Hawthorne Village, ED 1539, sheet 13B, 22 April 1910
4908 29th Street, dwelling 154, family 242
Stanek, Josef, had, age 32, married once, married 7 years, born Aust Poland, parents born Aust Poland, immigrated 1902, alien, laborer, foundry
Stanek, Anna, wife, age 26, married once, married 7 years, mother of 4 children, 3 children living, born Aust Poland, parents born Aust Poland, immigrated 1902
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Stanek, Wladyslaw, son, age 2, single, born Illinois, parents born Aust Poland
Stanek, Bronislaw, son, age 11/12, single, born Aust Poland, parents born Aust Poland





One of the messages I received from Alan and Chuck mentioned their grandfather had a half-sister named Marya KORTZ.  In the 1920 census, at the same address as Stanislaus and Mary, in another flat were:

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1001, sheet 8B
15 January 1920
1430 Grand Ave., dwelling 50, family 173
Kourtz, Rudolph, head, age 28, married, immigrated 1905, naturalized, born Poland, parents born Poland, machinist, factory
Kourtz, Mary, wife, age 27, married, immigrated 1910, naturalized, born Poland, parents born Poland

I searched the marriage index at the PGSA site and found the following entry:

Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915: Results
Name Spouse Date of Marriage Parish Volume Page Film Item
Kortz, Rudolf Tarczan, Maria 6-13-1914 Holy Innocents Church 2 123 1704698 1

I was not able to locate Rudolf and Maria in the 1930 U.S. census for Illinois, so I expanded my search.  I found them enumerated in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, ED 482
April 19-21, 1930
6230 Fort Street West, dwelling 225, family 38
Kortz, Rudolph, head, age 38, married, age 23 when first married, born (Krakow - crossed through) Poland, parents born Krakow Poland, immigrated 1904, naturalized, dye maker, metal specialty co.
Kortz, Mary, wife, age 37, married, age 22 when first married, born (Krakow - crossed through) Poland, parents born Krakow Poland, immigrated 1910, naturalized

I found death dates for Maria and Rudolph in the PGSA death index and the Illinois death index respectively.

Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notice Index 1930-1971: Results
Surname Given name Record Type Notes Date of Notice
Kortz Maria d 3/10/1945 Tarczon 10 Mar 1945

Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html
KORTZ, Rudolph; Sex/Race, male/white; Age unk; Cert # 0016326;  Death Date, 1947-05-23; County, Cook; City, Chicago; Date Filed



Having found the names of Stanislaus' parents on his marriage record and a birth date noted on his WW I draft registration, I went back to the Łęki Parish microfilmed records.  This time I located an entry for Stanislaus in the birth/baptism records.  In addition to Stanislaus' parents his grandparents were also named.

Birth/baptism record, LDS microfilm 1898739, item 4, page 51
1877, date of birth 31 March, date of baptism 2 April, house 112 Leki dolne
Stanislaus, Catholic, son, legitimate
Father: Andreas Pieczonka, agricola, son of Thomas PIECZONKA and Marianna nee PODLASEK
Mother: Catharina, daughter of Stanislaus URYASZ and Sophia nee BANDUR
Godparents: Joannes Uryasz and Marianna Jelen

Baptism record - Stanislaus Pieczonka


I found records of five other children born to Andreas PIECZONKA and Catharina nee URYASZ.

Thomas / Tomasz PIECZONKA, born 12 Nov 1870, Leki Dolne, Galicia, Poland; house 43
Joannes / Jan PIECZONKA, born 14 Jun 1873, Leki Dolne, Galicia, Poland; house 180
Franciscus / Franciszek PIECZONKA, born 5 Jun 1880, Leki Dolne, Galicia, Poland; house 130, died 8 Mar 1881
Anna, born 14 May 1882, Leki Gorne, Galicia, Poland; house 113, died 25 Mar 1883
Anna, born 17 Apr 1884, Leki Gorne, Galicia, Poland; house 113

Andreas and Catharina were married on the Łęki parish on 18 November 1869

Marriage record, LDS microfilm 1898739, item 9, page 112, #39
Parish of Leki Gorne, Galicia, Poland
18 November 1869
Groom:  Andreas Pieczonka, son of Thomas and Marianna nee Podlasiek, miles (soldier) _____ dimissus
Catholic, age 26, single, house 112
Bride: Catharina, daughter of deceased Stanislaus Uriasz, cmetho, and Sophia Bandurowna
Catholic, age 19, single, house 43
Witnesses:  Petrus Storc, Thomas Zima

I found no other children born to Andreas and Catharina.  Since Stanislaus was supposed to have had a half-sister, I looked through the marriage records and found a marriage record for the widowed Catharina.

Marriage record, LDS microfilm 1898739, item 10, page 45, #1
Parish of Leki Gorne, Galicia, Poland
26 January 1887
Groom:  Thomas Torczon, son of deceased Joannes and Agatha nee Koziol, hortulanus
Catholic, age 24, single, house 111
Bride: Catharina, widow of Andreas Pieczonka, daughter of Stanislaus Uriasz and Sophia nee Bandur
Catholic, age 38, widow, house 223
Witnesses:  Michael Pieczonka, Joannes Tarczon

The entry in the PGSA Marriage index for Rudolph and Maria showed her maiden name as TARCZAN; her death notice gave her maiden name as TARCZON.

After entering the records for Stanislaus and his family into my genealogy file, I made a few connections to other folks in the file.  This is how his pedigree chart looks:

Stanislaus PIECZONKA pedigree chart



Sources - Resources

LDS Microfilms

For a more detailed description of each microfilm visit the LDS web site at http://www.familysearch.org/

Roman Catholic parish register of baptisms, marriages, and deaths for Leki / Leki Gorne / Leki Dolne, Galizien, Austria; now Poland. Text in Latin.

FHL INTL Film 1898738 Birth records
FHL INTL Film 1898739 Birth, marriage and death records
FHL INTL Film 1898740 Death records
FHL INTL Film 1899056 Death records
FHL INTL Film 1899057 Death records

Roman Catholic parish register transcripts of births, marriages, and deaths for Pilzno, Galizien, Austria; now Poland. Text in Latin. This parish included the towns of Pilznionek, Duleczówka / Dulczowka, Słotowa / Slotowa, Bielowy, Kozia Wola, Lipiny, Rędziny / Redziny, Zajączkowice / Zajaczkowice.

VAULT INTL Film 2006695 Death records
VAULT INTL Film 2006701 Birth records
VAULT INTL Film 2006732 Birth records
VAULT INTL Film 2006733 Birth records, Marriage records
VAULT INTL Film 2006734 Marriage records, Death records

Polish Genealogical Society of America website

Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notices 1890 - 1929 http://pgsa.org/dzien9029.htm
Dziennik Chicagoski Death Notices 1930 -1971 http://pgsa.org/dzien3071.htm
Marriage Index for Polish Parishes in Chicago through 1915 http://pgsa.org/Czuchmar.htm
Birth Index for St. John Cantius Church, Chicago http://pgsa.org/USParIndex/StJohnK.htm

Other

Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950 http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html
Online Social Security Death Index http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/
Ancestry.com subscription


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