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Dutkevich

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 7:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
From what I have been told, the original Dutkevich part of our family came from the Slavic part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

My great-great grandfather was named Meletius (Melety) Dutkevich. I do not know his patronymic or the name of his wife. He had 11 children. My mother was told that he was a professor of biology and Latin at the University of Warsaw and before that, Vienna, Austria. There were 4 Dutkeviches in the lists at the University of Vienna, but none were Meletius.

I cannot find any trace of his having been a professor, but I did find information about his being a photographer. He had a photographic atelier in pre-revolutionary Warsaw and I found a photographic credit from about 1860 in Vienna.

Everyone in the family seems to have stuck to the Dutkevich/Dutkewich(Дуткевич) spelling.

Re: Dutkevich

Posted: 25 Apr 2013 8:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
US Passport Application

Meletius P. Dutkewich, a naturalized citizen of the US, applies to the US Embassy in London for a passport for himself; born at Warsaw, Poland; 18 July 1871; emigrated to the US via Halifax in the spring of 1889; resided for six years in Chicago; naturalized in the Cook County Circuit Court on 19 December 1895; currently holds a passport issued in Melbourne in 1902; permanent residence in New York; photographer; since leaving the US has been living in London, British East Africa; needs passport to travel to Russia (representing Messrs. Underwood and Underwood of New York). Dated 17 May 1909.

The reference from 1860 in Vienna cannot be him given his birth date.

The 1902 passport application indicates that he has been travelling around the world as an artist for Messrs. B.W. Kilburn & Co., New York.

His first passport was issued in 1895; indicates he is single. If this is your great-grandfather, it would seem he was never married.

He must have served in WWI, as he is given a military internment in Pinelawn Cemetery, Long Island, New York; died 9 December 1939.

Re: Dutkevich

Posted: 26 Apr 2013 12:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
That is my great-grand-uncle, Meletius Peter Dutkewich. He lived with my mom when she was very young and died in the United States. I have a great deal of information on him, since he was a photographer and travelled the world. At that time, you applied for a new passport every time you took a trip outside of the US. He took many!

Meletius Senior never set foot in the United States, which is why I am having a harder time locating him. The only traces I can find put him in Vienna in 1860 and Warsaw in the 1870s, where it seems that his children were born.
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