The ancestors of John Joseph Surma

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  • ID: I17
  • Name: Wojciech Labuz
  • Surname: Labuz
  • Given Name: Wojciech
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1868 in Mszana Dolna, Austria, Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
  • _UID: 2A7DC4E6E93387408303F4D106FA89B2BAC0
  • Note:
    Notes for Wojciech Łabuz:

    The original Polish language spelling of his last name was Łabuz. That Polish letter that looks like an "L" with a line through it, is pronounced like an English "W". The Polish pronunciation of Łabuz is WAH-booz, or close to that.

    Since that "Ł" does not exist in English, it became written as an "L" in the United States. And since the "z" and "s" sounds are fairly similar in both Polish and English, the last letter in Wojciech's last name was variously written in the United States as a "z" or an "s". So the properly written name in Polish of Łabuz was written as either Labuz or Labus in English.

    In July of 1905, Wojciech Łabuz, 47, a farm laborer, and his wife Marianna "Marya" Łabuz, 43, left their home in Mszana Dolna, in the Galicia region of Austria, Austria Hungary, and traveled to the port of Bremen, Germany. On July 25, they boarded the S.S. Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. The ship arrived in New York on August third.

    They stated that they could read and write Polish. They stated that they had never before been in the United States. Their stated destination was the home of Wojciech's cousin Kasper Łabuz who lived on 24th Place, in Chicago.

    After some length of time in Chicago, apparently about four years and nine months, until somewhere in the first few months of 1910, the couple returned to Austria. Then, after only a short time in Austria, they returned to Chicago in late 1910.

    In October of 1910, Wojciech Łabuz, 52, a farm laborer, and his wife Marianna "Marya" Łabuz, 47, left their home in their birth town of Mszana Dolna, in the Galicia region, in Austria, Austria Hungary, and travelled to the port of Hamburg, Germany. On October 19th or 20th, they boarded the S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria. The ship made stops in Cherbourg, France, and Southampton, England, before cruising to New York, where it arrived on October 29th.

    Wojciech stated that the name and location of his nearest relative where he came from was his brother Maciej Łabuz in Mszana Dolna. Wojciech and Marya stated that they could read and write Polish. Their stated destination was the home of someone named Jakub Niedospial who lived at 2204 W. 19th St., in Chicago.

    Wojciech and Marya also stated that they had previously been in Chicago from 1905 through 1910 (column 17). But the year they stated that they left Chicago was the same year they returned, 1910. So if that information was accurate, then the couple had gone to the huge expense and inconvienience of a round trip to Austria, to just stay there a few months. Maybe the reason was the birth of their daughter Wiktorya's daughter Franciska, which happened March 7, 1910. If Wiktorya asked them to come home, it may have been because Wiktorya's husband had died, deserted her, or left the country to find work.

    There is a St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Mszana Dolna, Poland, which is probably the church the Łabuz family members attended, until at least mid 1911. About mid 1911, the Visitation of Blessed Mary Virgin Church was built in nearby Kasinka Mała. Both churches are within the Archdiocese of Krakow.

    St. Michael's kept records of parish baptisms and marriages. If those records from 1900 through 1910 still exist, and are ever posted online, then those could be searched to see who married Wiktorya, and who was listed as the father of Wiktorya's baby Franciska in 1910. If both names are Wojciech Łabuz, then maybe the man who was listed on the above manifest was Wiktorya's husband.

    By February of 1913 at the latest, Marianna and probably her husband Wojciech returned to Kasinka Mała, apparently so they could take care of young Franciska while Wiktorya moved to Chicago to work and save money.
  • Change Date: 27 Nov 2012 at 16:45:55

    Marriage 1 Marianna "Marya" unknown b: ABT 1872 in Mszana Dolna, Austria, Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
      1. Has Children Wiktorya "Victoria" Labuz b: ABT 1886 in Mszana Dolna, Austria, Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
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