Discovering our Ancestors' Travels and Travails

The marriage register from Kosciól św. Jana Chrzciciela (Church of St. John the Baptist) in the village of Nieżywięć shows the marriage of 25 year old Johann Maciejewski and 21 year old Veronica Lewandowska on 26 October 1869.

1869 Maciejewski Lewandowska marriage

1869 Marriage Record, Nieżywięć, West Prussia

1869 Maciejewski Lewandowska marriage cropped

1869 marriage record Johann Maciejewski and Veronica Lewandowska, Nieżywięć, West Prussia

 

Nieżywięć,_kościół

Parish church of St John the Baptist, built turn XIII/XIV c.

In 1869, this area was under German rule, and the church records are a mixture of Latin, Polish, and German. I can read little more than the names and some of the places, but all the first names are German: Johann instead of the Polish Jan, Veronica instead of the Polish Weronika. The last names are Polish: Maciejewski and Lewandowska.

In German, Nieżywięć was Niezywienc, and the nearby village of Tylice was Tillitz. They were in the Kries (district) of Strasburg (Polish Brodnica), in the Regierungsbezirk (administrative region) Marienwerder of Westpreußen (West Prussia). After the 1871 unification of Germany, even more effort was made to Germanize the area.

After World War I, the country of Poland was re-established in the Treaty of Versailles. Poland was guaranteed a route to the sea. Most of the inhabitants of this area were Polish, so between the world wars this area was the Polish Corridor to the Baltic Sea and the Free City of Danzig (Gdańsk).

The powiat of Brodnica was part of Pomerania, the Bydgoszcz Voivodeship, and since 1999, is in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, or Kujawsko-Pomorskie.

I wonder what happened between their marriage in 1869 and the year 1884, when Jan and Weronika Maciejewski came to America with their infant son, our grandfather Antoni Maciejewski?

Update: I had at first found the marriage record on microfilm, which was dark and difficult to read.

1869 Maciejewski Lewandowski marriage Poland 1

In 2018, I replaced the image above with the easier to read digitized version from the LDS Family History Center. I also added the picture of the Parish church of St John the Baptist, built turn XIII/XIV c.

Sources

Church photo by Eder~plwiki – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52061791

 

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Comments on: "1869 Marriage of Johann Maciejewski and Veronica Lewandowska in Nieżywięć, Prussia" (11)

  1. […] villages were not consistent, but by finding places near to each other, I was able to find the Maciejewski-Lewandowski 1869 marriage record on LDS […]

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  2. […] John, Veronica, and Anthony Maciejewski came from the area of Poland known as West Prussia. I had mistakenly thought they had come from  Lower Silesia. In the 1880s, both areas were part of Germany. Thus, while ethnically Polish, our Maciejewski ancestors were technically German. And the difference seemed to matter to them, since both American born younger brothers opted to use a Germanic name in the trade as mechanics and manufacturing inspectors. […]

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  3. […] Update: This was not the right Tylice! See Maciejewski Family from Tylice near Nieżywięć and Marriage of Johann Maciejewski and Veronica Lewandowska in Nieżywięć, Prussia. […]

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  4. […] finding our great-grandparents Jan Maciejewski and Weronika Lewandowska‘s marriage record in what was then the district of Strasburg in West Prussia (see the the map below), I wanted to […]

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  5. […] father John Maciejewski‘s grandparents (and perhaps his father) had been born in that area. Nieżywięć, where Jan Maciejewski and Weronika Lewandowska were married in 1869, is fewer than thirty miles from Toruń. Szembruczek, the village of Marcin Szczepanski and Anna […]

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  6. […] of Antoni’s siblings at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Buffalo, New York, I was able to find Jan and Weronica’s 1869 marriage record in the parish registers of Kościół św. Jana Ewangelisty (Church of St. John the Baptist) in […]

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  7. […] of Antoni’s siblings at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Buffalo, New York, I was able to find Jan and Weronica’s 1869 marriage record in the parish registers of Kościół św. Jana Ewangelisty (Church of St. John the Evangelist) in […]

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  8. […] was called Emily, although close friends called her Imelda. Her father’s mother had been born Weronika Lewandowska on 2 Apr 1848 in Niezywienc, Strasburg, Marienwerder, Westpreußen, Preußen, now Nieżywięć, […]

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  9. […] In December 1883, Jan and Weronika Lewandowska Maciejewski immigrated to Buffalo, New York, with their infant Antoni. The family grew with the arrival of Konstanty (August), Wiktorya (Dorota), Marya, Anna, and Ludwik. Jan and Weronika had been married in 1869 in Kościół św. Jana Chrzciciela, Nieżywięć, West Prussia. […]

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  10. […] and Weronika were married in Nieżywięć, West Prussia, in 1869 and immigrated to the United States with their infant son in 1883. I had wondered what had […]

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