My great-grandfather was Josef Frankowicz (b. about 1876), he immigrated to the US in 1907. His wife was Tekla (Tillie) Pula (b. about 1882), immigrated to the US in 1913. They had two sons while living in Fall River: Miecsystaw (Matthew) (b. 1916) and Walter, my grandfather (b. 1917).
My dad had always said that we had relatives in Fall River, which no one has ever confirmed. Digging up info about this family has proved to be a lot of detective work - they all called themselves by a number of different first names, traded birthdates around, etc. My search for immigration records for Josef and Tillie has also proven futile. Based on what I know about that side of the family, I would not be surprised if they came here illegally.
Anyway, I found my great-grandparents on the 1920 US Federal Census, listed as "Frenkowicz." Based on the data here, my scrappy family history, and what I know about migration, I have a theory that Marcin (Martin) Frankowicz (b. 1888) is a relative of my great-grandfather:
- Martin lived at 138 Peckham, immigrated in 1906, and worked as a doffer in a cotton mill.
- Josef lived at 148 Peckham, immigrated in 1907, and worked as a carder in a cotton mill.
I am looking for anyone with information about Martin Frankowicz...specifically, if he had siblings, if/when they immigrated, and where they settled. I know there are still Frankowiczes living in Bristol County; I am hoping that tracing a bit of Martin's family will help me find out more about my great-grandfather.
I am still pretty green at the genealogy thing- thanks in advance for any information or search tips you can provide!