Discovering our Ancestors' Travels and Travails

My grandparents were Jan Skrok and Agnieszka Kapuścińska. Jan‘s sister was Stanisława Skrok before her marriage to Adam Kiec. These Skrok siblings immigrated to Buffalo, New York, in 1913.

In researching my family history, I found other Skrok families in Buffalo, but did not know if they were related to my family.

Skrok entries in 1929 Buffalo, New York city directory

The 1929 Buffalo, New York city directory listed four Skrok couples, including my grandparents John and Agnes at 55 Townsend Street:

  • Anthony (Josephine)
  • John (Agnes)
  • Thos (Kate)
  • Walter (Mary)

Who were Anthony, Thomas, and Walter Skrok and where were they from?

I found the answer as I was researching Stanisława‘s husband (and after her death, Agnieszka‘s husband) Adam Kiec, who was born in 1892 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne in the Radom province of Russian occupied Poland.

Jan and Stanisława Skrok were born in Kaliszany to Wincenty Skrok and Marianna Kaszpryk in the Radom Province of Russian occupied Poland in 1892 and 1894 and baptized in Wojciechowice near Opatów and Sandomierz in what is now the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship of Poland.

Malice Kościelne is about ten kilometers from Wojciechowice.

Jan and Stanisława Skrok were born in Kaliszany and baptized in Wojciechowice; Adam Kiec and his brothers were born in Dobrocice and baptized in Malice Kościelne

While looking through the records for the Kiec family, I discovered that Tomasz Skrok, Władysław Skrok, and Antoni Skrok were born in the nearby village of Pielaszów and also baptized at Malice Kościelne.

Tomasz, Władysław, and Antoni Skrok were born in Pielaszów and baptized in Malice Kościelne

Some older maps and documents list the village name as Pilaszów. Polish Wikipedia states that “The first mention of Pielaszów comes from the 13th century. The village belonged to the holdings of the Cistercian monastery in Koprzywnica.”

While Tomasz Skrok was the son of Marcin Skrok and Anna Ciamaga, Władysław and Antoni Skrok were brothers, the sons of Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin.

Tomasz Skrok

Tomasz Skrok was born 10 Nov 1885 in Pilaszów to Marcin Skrok and Anna Ciamaga. He was baptized in 1885 in Malice Kościelne, Lipnik, Opatów, Radom in Russian Poland.

1885 birth Tomasz Skrok, Pilaszów, Marcin Skrok and Anna Ciamaga, baptism Malice Kościelne

29 October/10 November 1885. Marcin Skrok 25 age father, Anna nee Ciamaga 21 age. Child : TOMASZ born 29 Oct/10 Nov. Godparents Józef Skrok and Helena Ciamaga

abstract, baptism record Tomasz Skrok, Malice Kościelne

Tomasz Skrok immigrated on 25 Feb 1909 to New York, New York, United States on the ship Vaderland from Antwerp, Belgium with a final destination of Buffalo, New York.

Tomasz Skrok on ship Vaderland from Antwerp, Belgium, arrived in New York on 25 Feb 1909

Tomasz SKROK and Katarzyna GAJEWSKA were married on 11 May 1910 at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Marriage, Tomasz SKROK and Katarzyna GAJEWSKA, 11 May 1910, St. Stanislaus RC Church, Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Katarzyna Gajewska, the daughter of Józef Gajewski and Maria Sliwińska, was born in Pielaszów about 1888.

Tomasz Skrok worked as a machinist at the United States Rubber Reclaiming Company in Buffalo and was caught in the moving belting of some shafting on July 1, 1913. His right arm was broken and one of his feet crushed in the accident.

WANTS RELEASE SET ASIDE AND ASKS FOR $10,000
Alleging he was misled into signing two releases, for claims for damages covering injuries received while in the employ of the United States Rubber Reclaiming Co., Thomas Skrok brought action against that company for $10,000 damages. The case was tried before Justice Woodward and a Supreme Court Jury yesterday.
Skrok worked as a machinist for the company, and on July 1, 1913, was caught in the moving belting of some shafting, and when rescued his right arm was broken and one of his feet crushed. He alleges a claim agent for an Indemnity insurance company told him he would receive his pay while he was laid up and would be given a job when he recovered if he would sign a release. He was induced to sign a release for $560. He now seeks to have the release set aside, crediting the defendant with $560 on any judgment given him.

Buffalo Courier, Buffalo, New York, 20 February 1918, page 7

Claiming the insurance agent acted fraudulently in inducing the immigrant into signing two separate releases promising a future job and source of income, a settlement was reached in 1918 and Thomas Skrok was awarded $1,500.

GETS VERDICT OF $1,500
A verdict of $1,500 in favor of Thomas Skrok against the United States Rubber Reclaiming Co. was returned to Justice Woodward by a supreme court jury yesterday. Skrok was injured on July 1, 1913, when he was caught in a belt at the company’s plant.

Buffalo Courier, Buffalo, New York, 21 February 1918, page 4

In 1930, Thomas and Catherine Skrok were living with their family at 36 Lyman Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

1930 federal census, Thomas and Catherine Skrok and family at 36 Lyman Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Tomasz SKROK and Katarzyna GAJEWSKA had the following children:

  • Helena Bronislawa SKROK, born 26 Mar 1911, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; married William G. KERNIG; she died 16 Oct 1995, Bryan, Williams, Ohio.
  • Maryanna SKROK was born on 13 Mar 1912 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died 29 Mar 2006 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Stefania Anna SKROK, born 30 Oct 1914, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; married Franklin KUMRO; she died 21 Dec 1999, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Bolesław SKROK born 5 Mar 1916 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 30 Jan 1961 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Edward SKROK born 6 Sep 1917 and died 19 Oct 1917 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Stanisława SKROK, born 21 Apr 1919, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Teodor DZIELSKI; she died 8 May 2004.
  • Pelagia SKROK was born 21 Apr 1919, Buffalo, Erie, New York. Known as “Peggy,” she died 1 Oct 1998 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Leon SKROK born 17 Apr 1924 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died Feb 1976.
  • Franciszek SKROK born 4 May 1927 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died before 1930.
Dziennik dla Wszystkich, 22 Nov 1930

Tomasz Skrok died as a result of an accident on 21 Nov 1930 at the age of 45 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. His death notice was published in Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], the Polish newspaper in Buffalo, New York, on 22 November 1930.

It listed his family.

Katarzyna, wife. Helena, Maryanna, Stefania, Stanisława and Pelagia, daughters; Bolesław and Leon, sons. V. Gajewski, brother.

Dziennik dla Wszystkich, 22 November 1930.

Katarzyna Skrok died on 20 Feb 1975. She was buried alongside her husband at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Katarzyna and Tomasz Skrok, St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York (FindaGrave photo courtesy of gravefinderStStans)

Władysław Skrok

Władysław Skrok was born in 1888 in Pilaszów to Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin. He was baptized in Malice Kościelne, Lipnik, Opatów, Radom in Russian Poland.

1888 birth Władysław Skrok, Pilaszów, Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin, baptism Malice Kościelne

Władysław Skrok born 16/28 December. Father Paweł Skrok 38 age m. Apolonia nee Serafin 30 age, witness Józef Skrok 48 age, Michał Dębowski 36 age. Godparents Jan Skrok and Marianna Mędrzychowska.

abstract, baptism record Władysław Skrok, Malice Kościelne

Władysław Skrok immigrated on 28 Apr 1913 to New York, New York on the ship Lapland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York.

Władysław Skrok and Maryanna Gałęza were married on 20 Oct 1914 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Maryanna Gałęza, daughter of Szymon Gałęza and Salomea Palacz, was born about 14 Oct 1890 in Bidziny, Wojciechowice.

Władysław Skrok declared his intention to become an United States citizen 2 Oct 1926, and petitioned for naturalization 5 Jan 1929.

Naturalization card, Wladyslaw Skrok 1926-1929

In 1930, Walter and Mary Skrok were living with their family at 98 Sweet Avenue in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

1930, federal census, Walter and Mary Skrok and family at 98 Sweet Avenue in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Władysław Jan SKROK and Maryanna GAŁĘZA had the following children:

  • Władysława SKROK, born 23 Aug 1915, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Maciej WOJCIECHOWSKI, 1 Jun 1935, Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died 14 Mar 2000, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Maciej SKROK, born 23 Dec 1919; married Viola SINICKI, Sep 1941, Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 15 Sep 1967, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Jan Szymon SKROK, born 18 Feb 1928; married Alice OLEKSIAK; he died Jan 1985.

Walter Skrok died on 18 May 1956 at the age of 67 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

SKROK—Walter. May 16, 1956. of 98 Sweet Ave., beloved husband of Mary (nee Galeza); father of Mrs. Matthew (Lottie) Wojciechowskl, Matthew and John; father-in-law of Matthew, Betty and Alice, survived by grandchildren; brother of Andrew and the late Anthony. Funeral Monday at 9:30 A. M. from Casper C. Urban Funeral Home. 188 Clark St., off Broadway, and at Corpus Christi Church at 10. Burial In St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend.

Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, New York, 18 May 1956, page 34 Section III Vital Statistics

Maryanna Skrok died in Jun 1976 and was buried alongside her husband at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Antoni Skrok

Antoni Skrok was born in 8 June 1891 in Pilaszów to Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin. He was baptized in Malice Kościelne, Lipnik, Opatów, Radom in Russian Poland.

1891 birth Antoni Skrok, Pilaszów, Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin, baptism Malice Kościelne

Antoni Skrok born 27 May /8 June 1891 year, 10 am, Father Paweł 38 age, mother Apolonia nee Serafin 30 age. Witness: Józef Skrok 48 age. Godparents Michał Serafin and Katarzyna Szymańska.

abstract, baptism record Antoni Skrok, Malice Kościelne

Antoni Skrok, along with a possible cousin, Zygmunt Skrok, immigrated on 4 Dec 1912 to New York, New York on the ship Zeeland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York.

Zygmunt and Antoni Skrok arrived in New York 4 Dec 1912 on the ship Zeeland from Antwerp

Antoni Skrok and Marya Olejniczak were married in Oct 1916. Marya Olejniczak was born on 2 Sep 1893 and died on 28 Oct 1918 at the age of 25. She was buried at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Antoni Stanisław SKROK and Marya OLEJNICZAK had the following child:

  • Florentyna SKROK, born 8 Jul 1917, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Bernard KILANOWSKI, 25 May 1946, Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died 28 Jun 1959, Bellevue, Erie, New York.

Widower Antoni Skrok then married Józefa Andrzejewska 28 Jan 1919 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Józefa Andrzejewska, daughter of Adam Andrzejewski, was born on 27 Feb 1894.

Antoni SKROK and Józefa ANDRZEJEWSKA had the following children:

  • Benedykt SKROK born 8 Nov 1919 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 3 Jan 1990.
  • Henryk SKROK born 18 Dec 1920 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 5 May 1996 .
  • Ryszard SKROK born 1 Oct 1922 in Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died in Feb 1985.
  • Dorota SKROK, born 31 Aug 1925, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Alfred SKORUPA 11 May 1946, Buffalo, Erie, New York.

In 1930, Antoni and Józefa Skrok and their children lived at 40 Goodyear Avenue in Buffalo, Erie, New York, along with Józefa‘s father and brother.

Antoni Skrok died on 10 Nov 1951 at the age of 60 in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York. Józefa Skrok died in Nov 1991 at the age of 97. They were both buried at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Zygmunt Skrok

Together with Antoni Skrok, Zygmunt Skrok immigrated on 4 Dec 1912 to New York, New York on the ship Zeeland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York. Zygmunt Skrok was born in 1888 in Pilaszów to Franciszek Skrok and Jadwiga Gach. He was baptized in Malice Kościelne, Lipnik, Opatów, Radom in Russian Poland.

1888 birth Zygmunt Skrok, Pilaszów, Franciszek Skrok and Jadwiga Gach, baptism Malice Kościelne

Unfortunately, I do not know what happened to Zygmunt. Perhaps he moved on or returned to Poland. It is possible he died or changed his name. I did not find any variation of the name Zygmunt Skrok in subsequent American records.

Andrzej Skrok

Walter Skrok‘s death notice in 1956 says that he was survived by a brother Andrew in Poland. Andrzej Skrok was born in 1896 in Pilaszów to Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin. He was baptized in Malice Kościelne, Lipnik, Opatów, Radom in Russian Poland.

1896 birth Andrzej Skrok, Pilaszów, Paweł Skrok and Apolonia Serafin, baptism Malice Kościelne

Andrzej Skrok was still young when his brothers Władysław and Antoni immigrated to the United States. Although he may have later thought to join his brothers in America, the era of open immigration ended in 1914 with the outbreak of the Great War. From an average of a million immigrants annually in the years before the war (approximately 98% of applicants were admitted, and about three quarters of them were processed through Ellis Island), immigration went down to 110,618 people in 1918.

Skrok Relatives?

While we now know more about where these Skrok men were from, we do not yet know how closely we may be related!

There were other Skrok men (and probably women, as well) who came to Buffalo, New York, from the Radom province of Russian Poland. Brothers Filip Skrok (1867-1929) and Feliks Skrok (born in 1871) arrived in 1907, and Kazimierz Skrok (born in 1880, Gierczyce) arrived in 1910. Józef Skrok (son of Józef Skrok and Helena Mazur, born in 1894, Daromin, Sandomierz) served in the U.S. Army in WWI. Joseph Skrok died in Buffalo, Erie, New York, in 1951 and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Stanisław, Adam, and Paweł Kiec immigrated to Buffalo, Erie, New York, in the early 1900s. They were the sons of Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak from Dobrocice near Sandomierz in the former Russian occupied province of Radom.

Siblings Waleria Kiec Barańska, Marianna Kiec Lipka, Józefa Kiec Kołacz, and Stanisław Kiec also immigrated to Buffalo, Erie, New York, in the early 20th century. They were the children of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek.

Children of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek immigrated to Buffalo, New York

They were born in Gierczyce and Brzezie, Opatów, about 10 kilometers from Dobrocice! The church in Ptkanów is located near the village of Podole in the map below.

Brzezie and Gierczyce, Opatów, about 10 kilometers from Dobrocice, Sandomierz

Waleria Kiec Barańska Jaworska

Waleria Kiec, daughter of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, was born on 7 Dec 1885 in Gierczyce, Wojciechowice, Opatów. She married Antoni Barański on 22 Oct 1902 at Kościół św. Idziego in Ptkanów, Opatów. Antoni Barański, son of Wojciech Barański and Marianna Barycka, was born on 27 May 1876 in Leszczków, Lipnik, Opatów, in the Russian occupied province of Radom.

Marriage record, Antoni Barański and Waleria Kiec, 22 Oct 1902, Ptkanów, Opatów

Waleria Barańska and two children immigrated on 7 Sep 1908 to New York, New York, United States on the ship Finland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York, where they were joining husband and father Antoni Barański.

Walarya, Maryan, and Feliks Baranski arrived in New York on 7 Sep 1908
  • Marian Barański, born 10 Jun 1904 and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów, Radom, Russian Poland; married Agnieszka Kolasa, 28 Oct 1925, Buffalo, Erie, New York .
  • Feliks Barański, born 2 Dec 1906 and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów, Radom, Russian Poland; married Marya Zandrowicz, 28 Nov 1928, Buffalo, Erie, New York .

Antoni and Walerya had more children in Buffalo, New York, including:

  • Genowefa Barańska (1909 -1997)
  • Leon Barański (1911-1957)
  • Janina Barańska (1914- )
  • Teodor Barański (1921-1976)
  • Józef Antoni Barański (1922-1995)

Antoni Barański died on 8 Sep 1933 at the age of 57 at 497 Howard Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York. He was buried on 12 Sep 1933 at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

In Buffalo, Walerya called herself Viola. After the death of her first husband, she married Bolesław (William) Jaworski. Viola B. Jaworska died 24 June 1946 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Maryanna Kiec Lipka

Maryanna KIEC was born about 1888 near Opatów, Radom, Russian Poland. She married Józef Lipka on 17 Sep 1912 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Józef Lipka was born on 19 Mar 1889 in Russian Poland.

Józef Jan Lipka and Maryanna Kiec had the following children:

  • Henryk Lipka (1915-1993)
  • Teofila Lipka (1917- 1943)
  • Feliks Lipka (1918-1996)
  • Alfreda Lipka (1920- 2005)
  • Leon Lipka (1923 -1998)

Maryanna Lipka died on 18 Dec 1936 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Her death notice was printed in in Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], the Polish newspaper in Buffalo, New York, on 19 December 1936.

Rodzina is the Polish word for family.

Józef Lipka died on 1 Oct 1948 at the age of 59 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States.

Józef and Marya Lipka were buried at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Józefa Kiec Kołacz

Józefa Kiec was the longest lived of her siblings. The daughter of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, she was born on 19 Aug 1890 in Brzezie, Opatów, and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów.

Józefa Kiec, daughter of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, born 19 Aug 1890 in Brzezie and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów

Józefa Kiec married Adam Kołacz, who was born on 30 Jul 1886 in Słabuszewice, Wojciechowice, Opatów, in Russian occupied Poland. Joining his brother-in-law Antoni Barański, Adam immigrated in 1909, and his wife and child followed him to Buffalo, New York.

Adam Kołacz and Józefa Kiec had the following children:

  • Władysława Kołacz (1908- 1997)
  • Stanisław Antoni Kołacz (1911-1990)
  • Henryk Jan Kołacz (1913 -2006)
  • Mieczysław Kołacz (1914 -before 1920)
  • Regina Kołacz (1916-2013)
  • Helena Kołacz (1918-1938)
  • Zofia Kołacz (1919-2014)

Adam Kołacz died on 13 Jan 1965 at the age of 78 in New York, and was buried at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Józefa Kołacz died on 31 May 1991 at the age of 100. She was buried at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Stanisław Kiec

Stanisław Kiec, son of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, was born on 27 Apr 1893 in Brzezie, Opatów, and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów, in the Radom province of Russian occupied Poland.

Stanisław Kiec, son of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, born 27 Apr 1893 in Brzezie and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów

Stanisław Kiec and Aniela Dziąbak were married on 19 Oct 1915 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Aniela was also known as Angeline Kiec.

Stanisław Kiec and Aniela Dziąbak had the following children:

  • Józef Stanisław KIEC (1917-1989)
  • Irena KIEC (1918-1991)
  • Marian Edward KIEC (1920-2006)
  • Stanisław Edward KIEC Jr. (1923-2005)
  • Marya G. KIEC (1926-2010)

Stanislaus Kiec died 1 Jun 1975 and Angeline Kiec died 1 Aug 1989. They were both buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York.

Family Connections

I began looking at the Kiec family in Buffalo because both my grandfather’s sister Stanisława Skrok and my grandmother married Adam Kiec, and my mother had many Kiec cousins. I continued to research this Kiec family when I learned I was a distant DNA match to a granddaughter of Marian Barański and Agnieszka Kolasa. We know the Kiec family comes from Radom, the Russian occupied area of Poland that my mother’s Polish ancestors were from. Agnieszka Kolasa‘s parents Józef Kolasa and Joanna Jernatowska had come from West Prussia, the German occupied area of Poland where my father’s grandparents had originated. Their descendants had met and married in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

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LGBTQ Relatives

Not all of our relatives in previous generations married and had children. However, my parents were very reticent, and I do not remember them ever talking about gender or sexual orientation.

As I matured, I started to understand that my father’s mother’s brother and my mother’s brother were “lifelong bachelors.” When I wondered why none of my father’s father’s three sisters ever married, I was assured that one of them had once been engaged to a neighbor, who died at a young age.

While there may be many reasons my great-aunts remained single, I now suspect that Great-Uncle Barney and Uncle Chet were gay.

Bernard “Barney” Szczepański

Bernard Szczepański, the son of Marcin Szczepański and Anna Kalinowska, was born on 7 Aug 1892 in Buffalo and baptized 8 Aug 1892 at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Buffalo, Erie, New York. He moved with his parents to a farm in Bennington, Wyoming, New York at the turn of the century. He was called Barney.

He served in the United States Navy in World War I from 19 Feb 1915 to 19 Feb 1919.

The pictures of Barney in what my Uncle Ben Maciejewski called his “salad days” were taken with men. His reputation was of a gregarious fellow, well-liked, but not romantically involved with any women.

Attica News, Attica, New York, 26 September 1957.

I remember my dad trying to distinguish that while Barney worked on a farm, he was not a “married” farmer. My father told me that Barney would come to the city of Buffalo to celebrate his birthday each August for several days with friends. In his later years, Barney worked for the town of Bennington.

Barney Szczepanski died on 25 Sep 1957 at the age of 65 at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, Genesee, New York, and was buried at Sacred Heart of Jesus RC Cemetery in Bennington, Wyoming, New York.

Czesław Jan / Chester John “Chet” Skrok

Czesław Jan SKROK, the son of Jan Skrok and Agnieszka Kapuścińska, was born on 25 Sep 1919 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Before his first birthday, his parents took Czesław and his older sister Helena to Poland. They arrived on 20 Sep 1920 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on the ship Kaiserin Auguste Victoria. His father returned to the United States 2 February 1923. His mother, with three small children (Tadeusz was born 11 February 1923 in Sosnowiec, Poland) sailed from Danzig on the S. S. Lituania on 18 July 1923 and arrived in New York 1 August 1923.

Czesław was also known as Chester John “Chet” Skrok.

Chester J. Skrok served in the United States Army in WWII. He enlisted on 11 Feb 1941 in Buffalo, Erie, New York and was released from the military on 26 Jun 1945. He served in Africa and Europe, where he was wounded in May 1945. He returned from the war a disabled veteran. Shrapnel was still exiting his body when he was in his sixties.

He completed his high school education on 25 Jun 1946 at Hutchinson Evening (East) High School in Buffalo, Erie, New York, and enrolled in college.

As a child I thought Uncle Chet always looked good. He was very smart. He was always bringing over interesting toys and puzzles to play with us. With my Uncle Ted, I remember him putting together a bench seat for my sister and me. Chet was there when I got my first trike, and I am pretty sure he is the one who brought me a pedal car. I spent hours trying to figure out angles turning the wheel and pedaling back and forth.

He acquired a reel to reel tape player and brought it over to our house. He signed me up for several monthly enrichment offerings, including a butterfly collection that I found exquisite. Alas, my sisters and I were too young to properly appreciate it. He once gave me a broken mechanical clock that I was allowed to take apart myself! I remember hiding in the closet so my younger sister Donna would not wreck it as I slowly dismantled the gears and levers. My sister Macy remembers Chet bringing over challenging puzzles and games.

Chet was dapper. As a young woman at family weddings, he would take me on the dance floor and try to teach me to dance. I was not good, but he was fun.

I suspect that Chet was one of the reasons that I grew up knowing I would go to college. Although my father earned his GED in the military, neither of my parents had graduated from high school. They sent my sisters and me to parochial grammar school, and then to Catholic college preparatory high schools. In my first year at Cornell University, Chet sent me an encouraging note with $100 in it. I was so appreciative! When I was a young mother, he correctly identified me as a matron. I was mildly offended, but later appreciated how apt his description was.

Chet lived with and took care of my grandmother at 209 Stanton Street in Buffalo. He was a tutor for young children in his neighborhood. But, I later learned from my parents, he was being shaken down by thugs who would extort him for money. My mother was alerted by the bank about suspicious withdrawals, but my uncle insisted everything was fine.

Looking back, too much of his life was spent in the closet. I never knew if he had any long-term relationships, although I knew he had friends.

At the end, he was a victim of his own secrets. While he had been invited both to my parents’ and his Solowski cousins’ house for Thanksgiving dinner in 1992, he declined both invitations. He led each family to believe he was dining with the other, so neither was expecting to hear from him. He died at home two days after Thanksgiving, 28 Nov 1992, when he was 73 years old. His cremains were interred alongside his mother in the Resurrection Section of St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Changing Times

Years ago, at a family reunion, my cousin’s wife bragged that she herself did not know anyone who was gay or lesbian. While I doubted that was true, I could understand that her family, friends, and acquaintances were wise enough to not share that information with someone so hateful.

Today, I am happy to report, things have changed. Now able to be “out,” several of our gay and lesbian relatives have married their life partners. Some may be raising families. At least one family member by marriage has transitioned gender. The youngest generation is less rigid and more gender fluid, both in who they are and to whom they are attracted.

While it may be too late for Barney, Chet, and our other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Queer closeted relatives, I am glad that our family and society have matured to where we accept and love our openly LGBTQ relatives, as well as those still figuring it all out.

Sources

  • St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr RC Church,  Buffalo, New York, Church records, FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Baptism Register, Book III, page 240.
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I like family history. My husband and I researched his Hopkins, Place, and related families decades ago, from colonial settlers to Irish immigrants.

One of our more interesting finds was the book The John Round family of Swansea and Rehoboth, Massachusetts : the first six/seven generations by H.L. Peter Rounds (Riverside, California : H.L.P. Rounds, c1983). “John Round (ca.1645-1716) and his family emigrated from England to Rehoboth, Massachusetts during or before 1689 and later moved to Swansea, Massachusetts. Descendants lived in New England, New York, Wisconsin and elsewhere. Some descendants immigrated to Québec, Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.”

I found it years ago in Rhode Island libraries at 929.273 R76, and even wrote the author’s widow asking to buy a copy, but was not successful. Luckily, it is now available online at https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/253494-redirection.

The author explained “It was the practice in early Rehoboth, as in virtually
every part of early New England colonies, to support their ministers by “Ministerial Rates,” special taxes on the inhabitants.” However, some Anabaptists were exempted. “As Baptists, they supported their own ministry and felt it was wrong for the clergy to be supported by public funds.”

In the “Third Generation,” the author quotes Alverdo Hayward Mason, Genealogy of the Sampson Mason Family (E. Braintree, MA: Printed by A. H. Mason, 1902), how ancestral families Round, Seamans, Salisbury, and others came to move from Swansea, Massachusetts to Scituate, Rhode Island, about 1744. Briefly, they objected to paying civil taxes for church ministers, and were thrown in jail. The townspeople rioted, broke down the jail, the governor sent troops, and several families decided to move to Scituate, Rhode Island.

The John Round family of Swansea and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, H.L.P. Rounds, 1983
The John Round family of Swansea and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, H.L.P. Rounds, 1983


This story clearly shows how Rhode Island accommodated people who promoted the separation of church and state. It’s also a personal record of a slave-owning ancestor setting free a slave.

From Wikipedia, “In 1652, Rhode Island passed the first abolition law in the Thirteen Colonies banning slavery, but the law was not enforced by the end of the 17th century. By 1774, the slave population of Rhode Island was 6.3 percent, nearly twice as high as any other New England colony.”

Learning how your family was involved makes history real!

Round – Hopkins – Place

The book First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins & Meanings, by George W. Helon and William “Fred” Hoffman, has this entry for the name Stanisław.

Stanisław, First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins & Meanings,
by George W. Helon and William “Fred” Hoffman (1998)

Polish diminutives for Stanisław include Stach, Stan, Stańko, Staś, Stasio, Stasiu, Stasiek, and Staszek. While the Anglicized and Latinized version is Stanislaus, in America he might also be called by the English name Stanley.

Based on federal and state censuses, Buffalo city directories, and other records, there were at least five men named Stanisław, Stanislaus, or Stanley Kiec in Buffalo, Erie, New York, in the early to mid 1900s.

Two of the men were immigrants named Stanisław Kiec who gave their sons the same name. The other Stanisław Kiec was the son of Adam Kiec and Stanisława Skrok.

Men named Stanisław Kiec in Buffalo, New York

More information about Wojciech and Maryanna Gierczak Kiec and their children is in “Kiec Family from Dobrocice near Sandomierz.”

More information about Józef and Teofila Dudek Kiec and their children is in “Other Kiec Siblings in Buffalo, New York.”

Stanley and Barbara Kiec

In 1930, Stanley and Barbara Kiec lived at 142 Townsend Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

1930, Stanley and Barbara Kiec, 142 Townsend Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Stanisław Kiec, son of Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak, was born 22 October 1890 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne, Opatów, Radom, in Russian occupied Poland. He died on 31 Oct 1959 at the age of 69 in Buffalo and was buried at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Stanisław KIEC and Barbara ZALEWSKA were married about 1910. Barbara was born on 6 Dec 1894 in Radom, Russian Poland. She died on 8 Nov 1939 at the age of 44 in Buffalo and was buried at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Stanisław KIEC and Barbara ZALEWSKA had the following children:

  • Stanisław J. KIEC, born 3 Feb 1913; married Adela Karolina SŁOWIK, 6 Nov 1937, Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 22 Feb 1979, West Seneca, Erie, New York.
  • Stefan KIEC, born 25 Dec 1914, New York; married Clara R. NOGALSKA; he died 13 Jul 1992, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Genowefa KIEC, born 4 Aug 1917, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Bronisław KUBICKI, 16 Oct 1937, New York; she died Mar 1987, Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Adam and Stella Kiec

Adam and Stella Kiec lived at 60 Townsend Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York, in 1930.

1930, Adam and Stella Kiec, 60 Townsend Street in Buffalo, Erie, New York

Adam Kiec was born on 8 Nov 1892 in Dobrocice, and baptized at Kościół Matki Bożej Wniebowziętej in Malice Kościelne. He came to the United States in 1913 and returned to Poland about 1920. He left 9 Oct 1923 on the ship Estonia from Gdansk, which was then called Danzig, and returned to Buffalo, where his wife and children joined him in 1929.

Adam KIEC and Stanisława SKROK, daughter of Wincenty SKROK and Maryanna KASPRZYK, were married on 31 Aug 1914 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Stanisława died 18 Nov 1938 and Adam died 18 May 1947. They were buried at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.

Adam KIEC and Stanisława SKROK had the following children:

  • Jan A. KIEC, born 22 Jun 1915, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Pelagia A. RZEPKA, 28 Sep 1940, Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 10 Jul 1960, Eden, Erie, New York.
  • Helena E. KIEC, born 27 Oct 1916, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Józef A. GOŃ, 9 Jul 1935, Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died 5 Feb 2001, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.
  • Stanisław KIEC, born 3 Sep 1918, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Adele A. WINIARCZYK, 17 Jul 1944, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi; he died 25 Nov 1992, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Wacław KIEC, born 12 Aug 1920, Sosnowiec, Polska; married Florence M. GERLING; he died 31 Aug 1968, Buffalo, Erie, New York.
  • Stefania KIEC, born 17 Feb 1923, Sosnowiec, Polska; married Mitchell Michael CORAL; she died 9 Jun 1995, Lakeland, Polk, Florida.
  • Eugeniusz Józef KIEC, born 17 Mar 1931, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Phyllis MACCARONE; married Jane HAMILTON, 22 Apr 1973, Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada; married Kay Louise SYLOR, 4 Jul 1989, Clark, Nevada; he died 28 Apr 2004, East Amherst, Erie, New York.

Adam KIEC and Agnieszka KAPUŚCIŃSKA SKROK were married on 6 Feb 1943 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Stanislaus and Angeline Kiec

In 1930, Stanislaus and Angeline Kiec lived at 273 Strauss Street in Buffalo New York. They later moved to Depew, Erie, New York.

1930, Stanislaus and Angeline Kiec, 273 Strauss Street in Buffalo New York

Stanisław Kiec, son of Józef Kiec and Teofila Dudek, was born on 27 Apr 1893 in Brzezie, Opatów, and baptized in Ptkanów, Opatów, near Sandomierz, in the Radom province of Russian occupied Poland. This is now in the Świętokrzyskie province of Poland. Stanisław immigrated to America in 1912.

Stanisław KIEC and Aniela DZIĄBAK were married on 19 Oct 1915 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. Aniela was also known as Angeline Kiec. Stanley died 1 Jun 1975 and Angeline 1 Aug 1989. They were both buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York.

Stanisław KIEC and Aniela DZIĄBAK had the following children:

  • Józef Stanisław KIEC, born 20 Nov 1917, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Adele Theresa ODWAZNA; he died 15 Feb 1989.
  • Irena KIEC, born 14 Dec 1918, New York; married Edmund BIELAK, 8 Oct 1938, Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died Feb 1991.
  • Marian Edward KIEC, born 4 Feb 1920, New York; married Rozalia Katarzyna NOSAL, 11 Aug 1945, Buffalo, Erie, New York; he died 13 Oct 2006, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.
  • Stanisław Edward KIEC Jr., born 29 Oct 1923, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Elinor Alberta BENZ, 7 Jun 1947, Buffalo, Erie, New York; married Donna Lucille ORREN, 23 Nov 1955; he died 19 Feb 2005, Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania.
  • Marya G. KIEC, born 2 Feb 1926, New York; married John J. SKOWRON, 26 Jun 1946, Buffalo, Erie, New York; she died 4 Dec 2010, West Seneca, Erie, New York.

Stanisław/Stanley Kiec Timeline in Buffalo, New York

In the 1941 Buffalo city directory, there were four men named Stanislaus or Stanley Kiec, although it appears that the entry at 142 Townsend should also be for Stanley (Barbara).

Kiec entries in 1941 Buffalo, New York city directory

Here is a timeline of men named Stanisław/Stanley Kiec in Buffalo, New York.

Timeline of men named Stanisław/Stanley Kiec in Buffalo, New York

There was another Stanisław Kiec, with a wife Margarett, at 50 Sweet in the 1915 Buffalo New York State census. His given age was 28, which would put his date of birth about 1887. He was identified as being from the Austrian partition of Poland. I did not definitively find either of them in any other records, so they remain a mystery.

1915 Stanislaus and Margaret Kiec, 50 Sweet, Buffalo, Erie, New York

I consulted many personal, civil, church, and online records to try to make sense of these Kiec families in Buffalo. With so many people with the same or similar names–Stanisław, Stanislaus, Stanley, Stanisława, Adela, Aniela, Angeline–in English, Polish, and Latin, it has been challenging. There may be some omissions or mistakes. I have listed my sources below, but please comment if you have corrections, if you would like more detail, or if you have any questions.

Sources

  • United States, Selective Service System, “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, National Archives and Records Administration (online : accessed April 2018), Stanley Kiec.
  • Genbaza, “Genbaza,” database, Polish Genealogical Society, Genealodzy (Metryki.GenBaza.pl: accessed 12 November 2019), GenBaza / AP_Kielce / AP_Sandomierz / Malice_Koscielne / 1890 / IMG_0388.JPG; citing Urząd Stanu Cywilnego (Civil Registry Office).
  • “Passenger Lists,” database, Staatsarchiv Hamburg, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed November 2017), Stanislaw Kiec; citing ship manifests.
  • “Passenger Lists,” database, The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Ellis Island (www.libertyellisfoundation.org: accessed November 2017), Stanislaw Kiec; citing ship manifests.
  • 1940 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Ward 6, enumeration district (ED) E.D 61-116, sheet 62A, Stanley Kiec; digital images,  (online : accessed 23 November 2014); Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Social Security Applications and Claims (online : accessed 23 November 2019), Stanley Kiec, 071017130, Claim Date: 6 Sep 1955.
  • New York State, Death Index Beginning 1957, , Stanley Kiec, 31 October 1959; digital images,  (https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957 : accessed 7 December 2014).
  • St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery (Cheektowaga, New York), https://gravefinderatststans.com, Stanley Kiec.
  • 1920 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Stanley Kiec; digital images, National Archives (online : accessed February 2016); Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Records of the Bureau of the Census,.
  • 1930 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, Erie, New York, enumeration district (ED) 0065, Barbara Kiec; digital images,  (online : accessed ); Fifteenth Census of the United States.
  • Barbara Zalewska Kiec, Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], Buffalo, New York, 9 November 1939, page http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83045091/1939-11-09/ed-1/seq-13/.
  • Buffalo, New York, death no. 923 6846 (1939), Barbara Kiec; City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, Reclaim the Records, archive.org.
  • New York State, Department of Health, Vital Records Index, Death, Certificate Number: 62414, Barbara Kiec, 8 November 1939Albany, New York.
  • St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery (Cheektowaga, New York), gravestones and record cards, Barbara Kiec.
  • Stanley Kiec. 142 Townsend st.—Adeline Slowik, 232 Leslie st., Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, New York, 25 October 1937, page 28, column 3.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Marriage Index, Certificate Number: 58203, Stanley Kiec, Adeline Slowik.
  • 1940 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Buffalo, Stanley Kiec.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Adele Caroline Kiec, 134050159, 1937.
  • Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York, 23 July 1997.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Stephen William Kiec, 070053071, 1936.
  • “Enlistment Record,'” Stephen Kiec, United States, http://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=7&cat=all&tf=F&q=kiec&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=2706836&rlst=2706836,2843884,24783,3001493,3003851,3285458,4421835, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
  • “Find a Grave,” database, Find a Grave (findagrave.com: accessed 23 November 2019), Stephen William Kiec; citing cemetery records.
  • Find a Grave, Clara R. Nogalski Kiec.
  • Buffalo News, 13 May 2018.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Birth, Certificate Number: 65870, Genivieve Kiec.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Death Master File (: accessed February 2016), Genevieve Kubicki, 126-36-5482, 1963.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Marriage Index, Certificate Number: 53044, Genowepha Kiec, Brownislaw Kubicki.
  • “United States Public Records Index, ” database, “United States Public Records, “United States Public Records” (ancestry.com: accessed February 2016), Genevieve Kubicki; citing Original Data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.
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  • “United States Public Records”, Dorothy G Kubicki.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Social Security Applications and Claims (online : accessed 15 August 2015), Adam Kiec, 071054412.
  • Genbaza, “Genbaza,” database, Polish Genealogical Society, Genealodzy (Metryki.GenBaza.pl: accessed 4 November 2019), Adam Kiec birth, Malice Koscielne; citing Urząd Stanu Cywilnego (Civil Registry Office).
  • “First Papers filed,'” Court District: New York, Adam Kiec, United States, Index, 1906-1966 Petitions for Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Western Dist. of New York, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
  • Adam Kiec, Petition 27646, , U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; 1907-1966; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D. C.
  • New York State, Department of Health, Vital Records Index, Death, Certificate Number: 28220, Adam Kiec, 18 May 1947, Albany, New York.
  • St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery (Cheektowaga, New York), gravestones and record cards, Adam Kiec, daughter Helena moved her parents’ remains together to Mausoleum.
  • St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery (Cheektowaga, New York), https://gravefinderatststans.com, Adam Kiec.
  • Adam Kiec, No. 36 Gibson – Stanislaw Ekrok, No. 36 Gibson, Buffalo Courier, Buffalo, New York, 28 August 1914.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Marriages, 25931, Stanislaw Skrok.
  • 1930 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Adam Kiec; digital images,  (online : accessed August 2015); Fifteenth Census of the United States.
  • “Ancestry Passenger Lists,” database, Ancestry (ancestry.com: accessed March 2019), Stanislawa Skrock; citing Passenger Lists.
  • Stanislawa Kiec, Dziennik dla Wszystkich [Everybody’s Daily], Buffalo, New York, 19 November 1938.
  • Buffalo, New York, death no. 921 6427 (1938), Stanisława Kiec; City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, Reclaim the Records, archive.org.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Death, Certificate Number: 63966, Stanislawa Kiec.
  • St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery (Cheektowaga, New York), gravestones and record cards.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Cert No. 3423 Buffalo, Adam Kiec.
  • Kiec-Skrok, Buffalo Courier Express, Buffalo, New York, 31 January 1943, page 8D, column 4.
  • Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne, “Geneteka, Metryki,” database, Polish Genealogical Society, Genealodzy (genealodzy.pl: accessed 28 August 2019), 1895 38 Agnieszka Kapuścińska Koprzywnica; citing church records or Urząd Stanu Cywilnego (Civil Registry Office).
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Death Master File (: accessed April 2016), Agnes Kiec, 112-14-3159.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Agnes Skrok Kiec, 112143159.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Agnes Skrok Kiec, 112143159, 1958.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, John Kiec, 071-05-4410, 1951.
  • New York State, Death Index Beginning 1957, https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957/vafa-pf2s, John Kiec, 10 July 1960; digital images,  (https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957 : accessed 7 December 2014).
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 11 July 1960.
  • John Kiec and Pearl Rzepka, marriage, Holy Mother of the Rosary Polish National Church; church records from 182 Sobieski Street, Buffalo, New York, Lancaster, New York.
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 20 September 1940.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Marriage Index, Certificate Number: 392??, John Kiec.
  • Petition for Naturalization (7 Nov 1960).
  • Pearl A. (Rzepka) Kiec, Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York, 7 February 2008.
  • Daniel J. Kiec, Hamburg Sun, Hamburg, New York, 19 August 1970, page 4.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Birth, Certificate Number: 84005, Helena Kiec.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Helen Kiec, 058122737, 1938.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Helen Gon, 058122737, 1938.
  • Two Brothers, Sister in Service, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, New York, 27 May 1944, Local News page 3.
  • Buffalo News, 6 February 2001.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Marriage Index, Certificate Number: 25799, Helen Kiec, Joseph Gon.
  • 1940 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Stephanie Kiec.
  • Buffalo News, 22 April 2006.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Stanley Kiec, 122107237, 1937.
  • “Enlistment Record.” Stanley Kiec.
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 6 April 1945.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Birth, Certificate Number: 56098, Adela Winiarczyk.
  • “United States Public Records Index, [database on-line],” database, “United States Public Records, “United States Public Records” (ancestry.com: accessed 31 January 2016), Adele A Kiec; citing Original Data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.
  • Buffalo News, 4 February 2016.
  • “Enlistment Record.” Wallace Kiec.
  • “United States Department of Veterans Affairs,” database online,  (online : accessed December 2015), Wallace Kiec.
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 2 September 1968.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Death Master File, Wallace Kiec.
  • New York State, Death Index Beginning 1957, # 61606, Wallace Kiec, 31 August 1968.
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 30 May 1957.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Stephanie Gertrude Kiec, 104140050, 1940.
  • “Enlistment Record.” Stephanie Kiec.
  • Buffalo Courier Express, 30 May 1944.
  • “Florida Death Index,” database, Ancestry.com (: accessed February 2016), Stephanie Coral; Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records.
  • “United States Public Records”, Mitchell Coral.
  • “United States Public Records”, Stephanie Coral.
  • “United States Department of Veterans Affairs,” database online, >, Mitchell Coral.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Mitchell Michael Coral, 363163899, 1937.
  • 1940 Federal Census, Michigan, population schedule, Blackman, Jackson, Michigan, Mitchell Coral; digital images, HeritageQuest (heritagequestonline.com : accessed April 2018).
  • Buffalo Evening News, March 1931.
  • New York State Vital Records Index, Birth, Certificate Number: 16682, Eugene J. Kiec.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Eugene Joseph Kiec, 074248512, 1947.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Eugene Kiec, 074248512, 1947.
  • “United States Department of Veterans Affairs,” database online, >, Eugene Kiec.
  • Buffalo Evening News, 29 January 1951.
  • Buffalo News, 29 April 2001.
  • “United States Public Records”, Phyllis Kiec.
  • Buffalo Evening News, 27 April 1957.
  • Phyllis Kiec v. Eugene J. Kiec, The Daily Record, Rochester, New York, 1964.
  • 1940 Federal Census, New York, population schedule, Lancaster, Erie, New York, , Phylis Maccarone.
  • Buffalo News, Nov. 23, 2010.
  • Nevada, State Marriage Index, Eugene Joseph Kiec, Jane Hamilton, 22 April 1973, Reno, Nevada.
  • Nevada State Marriage Index, Book: 713: Page: C138313, Instrument number: 92966, Eugene Joseph Kiec, Kay Louise Sylor.
  • “United States Public Records”, Kay L Kiec.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Kay Lou Sylor, 1954.
  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Kay Kiec,1954.
  • Buffalo News, 11 October 2006.
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  • Genealogiczne, Genealodzy, Kiec.
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  • Find a Grave, Angeline Kiec.
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  • Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index”, database, Social Security Applications and Claims, Adele Theresa Kiec, 050129706, 1938.
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  • Buffalo News, 7 June 1996.
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  • New York State Vital Records Index, Birth, Certificate Number: 10472, Marian E Kiec.
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My grandfather Jan Skrok‘s sister Stanisława Skrok married Adam Kiec in Buffalo, Erie, New York, on 31 Aug 1914.

Adam Kiec was born 8 November 1892 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne near Sandomierz in what was at that time the province of Radom in the Russian occupied part of Poland. Accordingly, the records were written in Cyrillic. As were listed in American records, Adam’s parents were Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak.

Adam Kiec born 8 November 1892 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

#115 Dobrocice, Kiec Adam

Birth registered and child baptized in Malice [>Kościelne] on 29 October/10 November 1892 at 10 am
Declarant/father: Wojciech Kiec, 26 yo, peasant farmer from Dobrocice
Witnesses: Franciszek Markot, 40 yo, and Jan Chadała [Hadała], 50 yo, peasant farmers from Dobrocice
Newborn boy: “born in the village of Dobrocice on 27 October/8 November of the current year at ten o’clock in the evening”, named Adam by priest Czerwiński
Mother: Marianna née Gierczak, 22 yo
Godparents: Franciszek Wojna and Marianna Siudak

abstract, Adam Kiec born 8 November 1892 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

Wikipedia identifies “Dobrocice is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Wilczyce, within Sandomierz County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in south-central Poland. It lies approximately 5 kilometres west of Wilczyce, 14 km north-west of Sandomierz, and 70 km east of the regional capital Kielce,” while “Malice Kościelne is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Lipnik, within Opatów County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, in south-central Poland. It lies approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) north-east of Lipnik, 8 km (5 mi) south-east of Opatów, and 65 km (40 mi) east of the regional capital Kielce.”

The Catholic Church in Malice Kościelne is Kościół Matki Bożej Wniebowziętej, Our Lady of the Assumption. It has an interesting history.

According to the oldest tradition, the Malice parish was founded in the 12th century. It certainly operated before 1326, when it paid the Holy Feast. At that time there was a wooden church, Virgin Mary’s Assumption. It survived until the 16th century, when a new larch temple was built. Soon after, it was converted into a Calvinist church by the Malicki family. In 1635, bishop J. Albert appointed a parish priest in Malice Wacław Kostecki. In the same year, the clergyman and the local people took the church from Calvin, carrying out an effective armed attack (in the form of an inn). After this event, the temple was restored and consecrated solemnly by Bishop T. Oborski, but it was plundered by the Swedish and Transylvania troops at the same age. Once again, the church was renovated and consecrated by Bishop M. Oborski. Further renovations of the building took place during the time of Fr. Ignacy Dzisiewski (1848-1866) and priest Gabriel Pfadt (1905-1928). This church eventually burned down in 1942.

https://diecezjasandomierska.pl/malice-koscielne-matki-bozej-wniebowzietej/

Dobrocice is about 5 kilometers from Malice Kościelne.

Dobrocice is about 5 kilometers from Malice Kościelne in Świętokrzyskie

Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak of Dobrocice were married 17 Oct 1889 in Malice Kościelne.

1889 marriage of Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak of Dobrocice in Malice Kościelne

04.10.1889/ 17.10.1889

Wojciech 23 years old, son of deceased Józef, born and residing with mother Marianna nee Zimoląg in Dobrocice. Marianna 20 years, born in Leszczków, daughter of Franciszek and Marianna nee Jasińska, living with parents in Dobrocice.

Abstract, 1889 marriage of Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak of Dobrocice in Malice Kościelne

Wojciech Kiec was born in 1866 in Dobrocice, the son of Józef Kiec and Marianna Zimoląg. He was baptized at Malice Kościelne.

Wojciech Kiec born in 1866 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne
Ancestry of Adam Kiec and his siblings

While the surname Kiec is uncommon, William F. Hoffman writes in Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings that it is derived from kiec, kiecka, meaning “skirt,” or kiec, “the corncrake” (bird).

Kiec entry, Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings, Third Edition

The name Zimoląg describes a “person extremely sensitive to cold, chilly person.”

Zim- entry, Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings, Third Edition

Adam Kiec’s Brothers

Adam‘s older brother Stanisław Kiec was born 22 October 1890 to Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne.

Stanisław Kiec born 1890 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

Stanisław Kiec born 22 October at 2 pm. in Dobrocice Son of Wojciech Kiec 24 age and Marianna nee Gierczak 20 age. Godparents Wojciech Kędzierski and Anna Markot

abstract, Stanisław Kiec born 22 October 1890 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

Stanisław KIEC immigrated on 3 Mar 1909 to New York, New York, on the ship Kroonland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York, although he may have made other journeys. He died on 31 Oct 1959 at the age of 69 in Buffalo and was buried at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, United States.

Stanisław KIEC and Barbara ZALEWSKA were married about 1910. Barbara ZALEWSKA was born on 6 Dec 1894 in Radom, Russian Poland. Barbara died on 8 Nov 1939 at the age of 44 in Buffalo and was buried in Nov 1939 at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, United States.

Stanisław KIEC and Barbara ZALEWSKA had the following children:

  • Stanisław J. KIEC, born 3 Feb 1913; married Adela Karolina SŁOWIK, daughter of Jakub SŁOWIK and Karolina SZOPA, 6 Nov 1937, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; he died 22 Feb 1979, West Seneca, Erie, New York, United States.
  • Stefan Wilhelm KIEC, born 25 Dec 1914, New York, United States; Stefan served in the United States Army, enlisted on 7 Jan 1941; married Clara R. NOGALSKA; they lived at 359 Tremont Avenue in Kenmore, Erie, New York; he died 13 Jul 1992, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States.
  • Genowefa KIEC, born 4 Aug 1917, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; married Bronisław KUBICKI, 16 Oct 1937, New York, United States; she died Mar 1987, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States.

Another brother, Paweł Kiec, was born 22 March 1895 to Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne.

Paweł Kiec born 22 March 1895 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

Paweł Kiec 10/22 March 1895 born and baptised. By the date his father Wojciech is 28 and Maryanna is 25.

abstract, Paweł Kiec born 22 March 1895 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

Paweł Kiec immigrated on 2 Jun 1914 to New York, New York, on the ship Kroonland from Antwerp, Belgium, with a final destination of Buffalo, New York. He married Wiktorya Rój 11 May 1915 at St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Paweł Kiec and Wiktorya Rój were married 11 May 1915 at St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, New York

Wiktorya Rój, daughter of Antoni Rój and Katarzyna Pszczoła, was born in 1891 in Kujawy, Iwaniska, Opatów, in Russian Poland. Paul Kiec was a firefighter living on Metcalfe Street in Buffalo in 1915.

There may have been other Kiec siblings whom I was not able to verify, except for Wawrzyniec Kiec, who was born in 1897 to Wojciech Kiec and Marianna Gierczak in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne. I did not find that he emigrated, even searching for Lawrence, the English equivalent for the Polish name Wawrzyniec.

Wawrzyniec Kiec born 1897 in Dobrocice and baptized at Malice Kościelne

There was a Lawrence Kiec in the 1915 New York State census at Buffalo, Erie New York, who was born about 1876 and had come to America about 1903. In 1915, he and his wife Mary lived at 127 Sears Street with their children Julia, Sophie, Lottie, and Joseph. I suspect this family may have moved on or returned to Poland, because I did not see them again in the records.

I found other immigrants named Kiec from Radom, Russian Poland, to western New York in the early 1900s, including siblings Stanisław Kiec, Marianna Kiec Lipka, Waleria Kiec Barańska, and Józefa Kiec Kołacz, born in Gierczyce and Brzezie, Opatów (about 5 kilometers from Malice Kościelne), and Józef Kiec, son of Michał Kiec and Marianna Batak, whose first wife, Agnieszka Dudek, was born in Stopnica, Busko. These places, like Dobrocice, are all in the current Polish province of Świętokrzyskie.

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In its Vital Records column on 31 January 1943, the Buffalo Courier Express reported that a marriage license had been issued to “Adam Kiec, 928 Clinton—Agnes Skrok, 924 Smith.”

Buffalo Courier Express, 31 January 1943, marriage license

Both had previously been married. Adam Kiec was the widower of Stella Skrok Kiec and Agnes Skrok was the widow of John Skrok.

They all–Adam, Agnieszka, the siblings Stanisława and Jan–had been born in the Radom province of Russian occupied Poland. They immigrated to Buffalo, Erie, New York, where Adam and Stanisława married 31 Aug 1914, and Jan and Agnieszka married 17 Jan 1917. The couples had children in Buffalo, moved back to Poland where they had more children, then returned to Buffalo, where they completed their families.

Jan Skrok

My grandfather Jan Skrok died 15 May 1936. He left my grandmother Agnieszka Kapuścińska Skrok with five children, my mother the youngest.

  • Helena (born 29 Oct 1917), age 18
  • Czesław (born 25 Sep 1919), age 16
  • Tadeusz (born 11 Feb 1923), age 13
  • Janina (born 12 Jun 1925), age 10
  • Stanisława (born 8 May 1931), age 5

Jan‘s death notice in Dziennik dla wszystkich, the Buffalo Polish newspaper Everybody’s daily was published on page 11 on 16 May 1936.

On Friday the 15th of May at 3:45 in the morning, he said goodbye to this world after a short and serious illness and receiving the Sacraments.

The late Jan Skrok was born in Poland and was 43 years old.

The funeral will take place on Monday on the 18th of May at 9:30 in the morning from their home at 55 Townsend street, to St. Stanislaus Church at 10:00, and from there to St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cemetery.

To this sad rite, relatives and friends are invited to join with the bereaved,

Agniezszka Skrok, wife; Helena, Janina, Stanisława, daughters; Czesław, Tadeusz, sons; Stanisława Kiec, sister.

Funeral arrangements through E.L. Kazmierczak, Mortuary.

Stanisława Skrok Kiec

Jan‘s sister Stanisława Skrok Kiec died 18 November 1938 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States. She left her husband Adam Kiec with six children:

  • Jan (born 22 Jun 1915), age 23
  • Helena (born 27 Oct 1916), age 22
  • Stanisław (born 3 Sep 1918), age 20
  • Wacław (born 12 Aug 1920), age 18
  • Stefania (born 17 Feb 1923), age 15
  • Eugeniusz (born 17 Mar 1931), age 7

Stanisława‘s death notice in Dziennik dla wszystkich, the Buffalo Polish newspaper Everybody’s daily was published 19 November 1938.

On Friday the 18th of November, 1938, at 11:45 at night she said goodbye to this world after a long and serious illness and receiving the Sacraments.

The late Stanisława Kiec was born in Poland and was 44 years old.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday the 22th of November, at 9:30 in the morning from their home at 22 Fleming street, to St. Stanislaus Church at 10:00, and from there to St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cemetery.

To this sad rite, relatives and friends are invited to join with the bereaved,

Adam Kiec, husband; Stanisław, Wacław, Eugeniusz, sons; Helena Goń and Stefania Kiec, daughters; 1 grandson and 1 granddaughter.

Funeral arrangements through E.L. Kazmierczak, Mortuary.

Surprisingly, Adam and Stanisława‘s oldest son Jan Kiec was not listed in his mother’s death notice, perhaps an oversight because he was grown and may have been no longer living in the family home.

Adam Kiec and Agnieszka Kapuścińska Skrok

On 6 Feb 1943, these cousins became step-brothers and step-sisters when their remaining parents married.

Marriage Certificate, Adam Kiec and Agnes Skrok, Buffalo, New York, 6 Feb 1943

The witnesses were Casimer A. Mańka and his wife Katherine B. Mańka. Katherine, who was born Katarzyna Szczepańska, was the daughter of Jan Skrok‘s cousin, Marianna Rzepka Szczepańska, and a close friend of Agnes.

The newly combined family included:

Cousins became step-siblings

The oldest three, Helen, Helen, and John, were already married, and Stanley and Jane would be married in a few years.

Marriages

Several of their children had enlisted in the United States military during World War II.

Military enlistments

Perhaps in part because of the pressures of the war both for family in America and Poland and children serving in the American Armed Forces, this marriage was not a happy one. It was especially hard on Agnes‘ youngest daughter, Stella Skrok. She had the same name as her aunt, Adam‘s first wife, and was almost twelve years old when her mother married Adam Kiec.

Adam Kiec died 18 May 1947 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, at age 54 and was buried in Section FF of St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York. Although their older children were grown and back from the war, his youngest, Eugene Kiec, and her youngest, Stella Skrok, were still teenagers.

That same year, Jan and Stanisława‘s half-sister Aniela Kwiatek Jankowska wrote from Poland asking about family members in Buffalo.

Agnieszka Kapuścińska Skrok Kiec lived to age 82. She died 12 Oct 1977 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, and was buried next to her daughter Helen in the Resurrection Section of St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York. In December 1992, the cremains of her son Czesław/Chester Skrok were buried alongside his mother.

I remember visiting the St. Stanislaus Cemetery with my mother, and we could not find the gravestones for her aunt and step-father. It was a puzzle, because my mother had been to the cemetery dozens of times and since she had been at their funerals, she clearly remembered their locations. When we asked in the office, we were told that Adam and Stella‘s daughter Helen Kiec Goń had had her parents remains disinterred and placed side by side in the St. Stanislaus Cemetery mausoleum.

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