This is a long shot. I have a mysterious gr-grandmother. She was Maryann Silakowski, born in Poland in 1866, and died probably in Detroit, MI, on 2 Jul 1929. She was married to Jacob Kolodziejski, and had 3 children. My late grandfather pointedly would not talk about her, and hated his father with a passion. In a moment when I did get him talking, it appears there was serious child & spouse abuse involved. In any case, while we thought her name was SLOWKOWSKI for many years, it was suggested by another researcher that SLOWKOWSKI has shown up as an Americanized form of SILAKOWSKI. Ring any bells with anyone? The Kolodziejski's mainly settled in Baltimore.