Hi, Kathie: While searching the web today, I ran across a great site www.radzilow.com/ellisisland2.htm . Take a look at it.. quite interesting.. history, maps, surnames, etc. The site has a list of Polish names associated with the address of Radzilow. Three names came up which interested me greatly. And they will you, too, I'm sure. They are: Alexander Chunlewski, Wladyslaw Brzoska, and Stanislaw Brzosko.
These spellings are from the EllisIsland.org database. Alexander "Chunlewski" is my grandfather. The surname is actually spelled "Chmilewski" or Chmielewski. I could never find my grandfather in the Ellis Island records because of the incorrect spelling of his name.
Happily, I found Alexandre's passenger record and discovred that he and Stanislaw "Stanley" Brzoska arrived on the same ship, the Trave, on Sept. 17, 1907. If you have not seen Stanley's passenger record.. please look at it.. and spell his name Bzrosko so you can find it. He named his mother, Emilia Bzroska, as his relative from Slucz, Poland. This is the same town that my grandmother, Teofila was living in before coming to the US. She was born in Okrasin, Poland/Russia.
Stanley was 5 ft 7 in., blond haired and blue eyed. His destination was Westfield, Mass., and.. get this... he was going to join his brother, Alexander Brzoska! Another brother to add to your list!
Next, I thought surely Wladyslaw Brzoska might be "Walter" Brzoska. It think it is. Wladyslaw's passenger record says he was born in Radzilow. This agrees with your information b. in 1886. He arrived in NY on May 19, 1905 at age 19 and he was also going to Westfield, Mass. to join up with brother Alexander!
There is a passenger record for an Alexander Bzroska from Lasks, Russia, who arrived in NY at age 20 on May 15, 1902. He was going to join his brother, Franz Brzoska, in Jersey City. Now doesn't this agree with your information of a New Jersey connection? Other brother, Joseph, was in Bayonne, NJ, right?
A Franz Brzoska, age 33, from Janowa, Russia, arrived Sept. 25, 1901 and his destination was Jersey City.. and he was going to join his brother-in-law. Unfortunately, no name given.
I think it would be very interesting to plot out the towns these Brzoskas came from. I wonder if they were close together.
Anyway, I made unexpected progress by finding my grandfather in the Ellis Island records today. It was wonderful to discover that he and Stanley must have known each other before coming over. They remained close the rest of their lives. And I looked again at Teofila's record. Her record names brother J. Mordasuje (? hard to read - take a look at it and tell me what you think) as her relative in Slucz. So now I have 3 different ways to spell that surname. I have no further info on that family.
That's all for now. Maria
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