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Zakrzewski's of Detroit

Donna (View posts)
Posted: 12 Jan 2000 5:47PM GMT
I a looking for desendents of Peter and Theophila.
He may have had another wife named Augusta.Peter was from German-Poland ( acorrding to 1910 census). His wife Theopila was born Feb. 1852 and died Oct. 1925 and had a son named Walter born April 1883 and died May 1942, although he was an only child I am hoping to find siblings of Peter. They came to Detroit about 1887. And Walter owen a Sundries store in Hamtramck.
Any info would be great.

Joseph Zakrzewski

Posted: 18 Apr 2000 9:54AM GMT
Edited: 6 Jun 2006 10:02PM GMT
I too am searching for any information on my Zakrzewski side of my family.
My Great-grandfather was Joseph Zakrzewski born 1883 in Germany ( Was Poland at one time) we believe he came to America @ the age or 19. No documented proof.
He was a tailor and owned a store in Detroit @ Connat and Chene Streets. He married Helen Rutkowski. His first 5 children were born in Detroit,later moved out in the country between Belleville and Ypsilanti Michigan.He later sold Realestate. Had more children. He changed the family name to Saksewski. I have no knowledge of his siblings or parents. When he died in 1968 he was married to Margret Golka Saksewski.
His oldest son was John Zakrzewski. He kept the family name. He moved out to Chicago and started another family there. NO knowledge of that family but would like to.Please contact :


Donna Artalejo (View posts)
Posted: 8 May 2000 7:25PM GMT
Sorry it has taken me so long to rely. My Great great grand father was Wladyslaw (Walter) he was also born in German Poland in 1883 (April 19), he also owned a store in Detroit on Jos. Compeau it was a Sundries/candy and ice cream store. He was an only child but it is possible that they could have beem cousins. His parents were Peter Zakrzewski and his wife was Teofila (not sure on the last name). If any of this sounds familiar to you let me know.


Candice Cregier (View posts)
Posted: 24 Sep 2000 9:27PM GMT
I am having such a hard time with these Zakrzewski's (which in a strange way would include me). My grgrgrandfather Wojtec and wife came from "Ger/Pol" in ~1897 had Stanley, Walter, Joseph, Agnes and Alex(my grgrandfather). There are SOOOO many stories with Walters and Josephs Im beginning to wonder if they all arent the same person! My group had a farm for quite some time in MN and then all moved to Chicago then Florida. (Another common story) As of late I have found out that Anna changed her last name for some reason to Krigne (which is now Cregier) and that some others such as Alex (above)and his wife Tillie may have gone by Saseski like you mentioned. Do you have any more info of that whole name change other than that it probably made it easier for everyone else to pronounce? (btw, my dad went to Poland...they pronounce Zakrzewski "Zak-Shev'-skee" Thanks for any input. Candice


Posted: 1 Jun 2001 6:23AM GMT
Edited: 6 Jun 2006 10:02PM GMT
Our Family too pronounced the Zakrzewski name the same way. Zok-Shhev-ski
I'm not sure when My Great grandfather arrived in Detroit, Mi. ,But my grandma Wanda Zakrzewski was the first born June 1906. I was told Joseph and Wife Helen Rutkowski Zakrzewski came straight to Detroit.Also there is a possability they has a child younger than my Grandma Wanda, a girl that was born/died as an infant in Poland.??? Other family members say No!
As for the name change,Saksewski. I believe the remaining Great Uncle thinks the change was never legally changed. I'm not sure how to look into that.On my oldest Uncles paper work, the name appeares in both spellings, just different documents.
I heard the change was due to famimly belonged to a Polish gang like the Mofia. Who Knows!! Other family say story is way off the wall. Too many stories not to be something to it. Great grandfather Joseph owned a Tailor/ dry Cleaners business in Detroit. Was this a cover-up for his "Other" life????
All I know it's a mystery
Joseph's oldest son John deserted his wife and 2 young sons here in Michigan and went off to Chicago with a woman he met in Detroit. I here he had at least 2 more children with her. Don't know if they even carry the Zakrzewski name.
My Great Uncle Joe had told me he thought the Zakrzewski family came from Turan Poland.??

joseph zakrzewski

Posted: 1 Jun 2001 5:15PM GMT
Edited: 22 Aug 2005 5:27AM GMT
Well, I have our Joseph listed on a 1920 census as 46 years old and single. That would mean that his yr of birth is 1874, but it doesn't sound right, since that is when they say their immigration year is. I'll check again for a dob. Thanks for your reply.
Candice Cregier

Re: Zakrzewski

Posted: 8 Jul 2006 9:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Jul 2006 12:30PM GMT
hi Donna!!
I hope your email address is good after all these
years. I think we are tracing he same line and I would
like to get in touch with you.
Your Wladyslaw may have had a sister Anna who was
my gr gr grandmother. There were also other
siblings. Their parents were
Peter and Theophila Zakrzewski.
Please email me so we can see if we can connect
the dots.

Re: Zakrzewski

Posted: 28 Jun 2008 11:18AM GMT
Classification: Query

Re: Zakrzewski's of Detroit

Posted: 21 Oct 2013 11:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
My father was peter adam zakrzewski, born april 29 1918 to the best of our knowledge. His father was leopold zakrzewski. Peter may not have been his real legal name. He was raised by his ,others sister, as his mom and siblings all died when my dad was an infant, we believe his mom died shortly after his birth from infection, but his siblings all died from influenza. His aunt izdjikowski raised him with his cousin richard. Dads aunt had a small grocery and meat market in an old polish neighborhood in detroit. Dads first name could be frank or some family called him fonte. Another family member owned the mazurka bar in hamtramck many years ago.
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