This is in response to the first response by "C WIERZBOWSKI" to the post by "Ellen" posted on 19-May-2000. This isn't specifically about Ellen's search, but is about some of the history of the WIERZBOWSKI name, and specifically about my ancestor Bartlomiej (Bartholomew) WIERZBOWSKI.
While searching the internet this evening (26-Oct-2001) on my surname, WIERZBOWSKI, I finally came upon this site and found a quotation from a family history written by my cousin, Sister Edith Willow, a religious sister of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Des Plaines, Illinois. The quotation is on my great-grandfather, Bartlomiej [= Bartholomew in English] WIERZBOWSKI, (born ca. 1835, died ca. 1900) who was the village chief in a village called Zabien, near the municiplality of Pomorzany (= Pomoryany in Ukrainian), between L'wow (= L'viv, Ukrainian) and Tarnopol (= Ternopol, Ukrainian), which is now in Ukraine.
Whomever posted this exact quotation on this board, should give their full name and GIVE CREDIT to the source of the biography, since it is the work of someone else, namely Sr. Edith Willow (nee WIERZBOWSKI) !!
(I am almost certain that one of my cousins must have posted that information, and another post to the message which I am responding to.)
I am a descendent of Bartlomiej WIERZBOWSKI
His third wife was Marta RAWKOWSKA
Their eldest son was Joseph WIERZBOWSKI (born in Zabien â€“ Pomorzany, POLAND on 15-Aug-1882 and died on 08-Sept-1971, Santa Barbara, CA)
His eldest son was Hieronim (aka â€œHarryâ€) WIERZBOWSKI, (born 06-Dec-1915 in Chicago, and died 21-Aug-1974) who was my father.
I lived in Krakow, Poland, from September, 1988 to July, 1989. I wasn't able to do much research on the WIERZBOWSKI name, but I can say, that although it is not too common a name, it is a very old family name, having a number of nobe men and women, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in particular a number of noble ladies. As a result of the fact that there werenâ€™t many noblemen â€œWIERZBOWSKIâ€, the gentry rank of the family name did not flourish. This information is according to the well-known genealogical work, â€œHERBAGE POLSKIEGOâ€ published, ca. 1880, which lists all the noble family names in throughout Polandâ€™s golden history. This work should be readily available in any decent Polish library, and certainly in any large city library in the eastern half of the USA.
It is interesting that in Poland, families were grouped together under large clan names. Most of the WIERZBOWSKI families in Poland were grouped under the crest called â€œJASTRZEBIECâ€ which comes from the word â€œJastrzabâ€ which means â€œhawk.â€ This clan goes all the way back to the days of the Tartars and Teutonic Knights, ca 1000 A.D. If anyone is really interested in this, I may be able to send an image file with the â€œJASTRZEBIECâ€ crest. But as I said, this is readily available in the work cited above, â€œHERBAGE POLSKIEGO.â€
There were at least two Catholic prelates, (that is, Catholic bishops), by the name of Wierzbowski, and quite possibly more.
One of these bishops, Stanislaw, I believe, lived circa 1660 in or near Warszawa (= Warsaw) Poland. I know about him because he helped to establish a newly forming men's religious community, the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, who are well-known both in Poland, the USA and abroad for their evangelistic work in spreading the messages and mission of DIVINE MERCY, received by Saint Faustina Kowalska. Bishop Wierzbowski gave a piece of land (with possibly buildings and a chapel) to the founder of the Marians, Stanislaw Popczynski, circa 1660, called â€œKalwaria Goraâ€, (I believe), near Warszawa (= Warsaw), Poland. The Marians in Stockbridge, Massachusetts published a little booklet with a very brief history of their founder, Stanislaw Popczynski, which included the acknowledgement of Bishop Wierzbowskiâ€™s generous help to their founder.
The other Bishop Wierzbowski was bishop of Augustow, Poland in the 19th century. He was consecrated (I believe) by the famous Pope Pius IX, (aka "Pio Nono"). This bishop wrote a short treatise in Latin (on spirituality, I believe). I discovered this information when I lived in Krakow.
So, for anyone's information, the Wierzbowski name, as far as I can tell, is quite diverse. I have found the name WIERZBOWSKI in many locales throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Canada.
Some day I would like to set up some kind mutual resource for the name WIERZBOWSKI, so that we can begin to establish ties of the family name over the generations, especially over the last two centuries.
If anyone would like to be a part of such an endeavor, please respond to this message and this message board should automatically send me an e-mail.
P.S. Who is "theprez" who posted the bio on Bartlomiej WIERZBOWSKI? I think it had to be one of my cousins.
Also, is "C WIERZBOWSKI" my cousin Cindy, daughter of Raymond?
P.P.S., One branch of the family in Chicago changed their name from WIERZBOWSKI to WILLOW in 1942.