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Jarka Families

Jarka Families

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 7:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jarka, Karczewski
Anyone who is searching or has researched the Jarka families in Illinois or the midwest, I would love to contact you to pick your brain. My line goes to Anton Jarka, brother of Josef, Thomas, John and Lucy mentioned elsewhere on this site. I also have some agggitional information that may help some folks researching the Josef Jarka family. Anton was married to Frances Karczewski of Chicago from 1899 to her death in 1925. Thanks in advance

Re: Jarka Families

Posted: 31 Jan 2009 4:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jarka, Rokowski, Czych
Hi, Raymond Thomas York (Jarka) was my grandfather. His father was Thomas Jarka. My grandfather was born in Chicago and spent his final years in Wayland, Michigan. I have a little more information but none prior to the family's immigration to the states.
Susan York Morris

Re: Jarka Families

Posted: 31 Jan 2009 5:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jarka, Karczewski, Nickel, Figiel, Nowakowski, Bsufka, Gerke, Sych
Thanks for the reply. I would suppose that Raymond Thomas York then is the Roman Jarka listed in the 1900 Census (changed to Raymond on the 1910 census). I was able to determine the relationships in Anton and Thomas's siblings through the obituary of my Great Grandmother Frances (Karczewski) Jarka that I obtained from Dziennik Chicagoski, the Polish newspaper (I attached the file to this post). Translation follows:

"To all relatives and acquaintances we report the sad news that the most beloved, my wife and our sister
the late
Frances Jarka
nee Karczewski

member of the brotherhood of the Holy Rosary <1 Tow. Polek na Obezyzne Grupa 10 Zwaiazku Polek>, after a short but severe illness departed from this world, provided with the blessed sacraments on 05 february 1925 at 9 am, having lived 43 years.

The funeral will take place Sunday, 09 February at 9 am, from the house of bereavement at 2617 N. Monticello Ave. to the lower church of St. Hyacinth, from there to St. Adalbert's Cemetary. To this sad ceremony we invite all relatives and friends, we, burdened with deep grief.

Anthony, husband; Helen, daughter; Joseph, Earl, Francis and Robert, sons; Peter and John Karczewski, brothers; Amda Nickel, Helen Figiel and Lorraine Nowakowski, sisters; Marianne and Elizabeth Karczewski, sisters-in-law; Joseph Nickel and Ignatius Figiel, brothers-in-law; Joseph, Thomas and John Jarka, Andrew Bsufka, brothers-in-law; Sally, Aniela Jarka and Lucy Bsufka, sisters-in-law, along with the whole family."

Do you have any information on Thomas' parents? Other posts list them as Johan Gerke and Catherine Sych, but the dates that are associated with these people make no sense. Also, is there any story about why and when Thomas moved frm Chicago to farm in Michigan? One more thing on Thomas' brother (my Great Grandfather) Anton, he lists his hometown on his Philadelphia Passenger List as Kleszczyn which is now in Kujanske-Pomorskie Poland but then (1880s) was in Prussian Germany. The eldest brother, Josef, I think is the key to finding more about the family from Poland as he was the first to emmigrate. I would love to share any other Jarka information with you. My direct e-mail is tightheadprop55@hotmail.com.
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