My grandparents, Józef Królikowski and Franciszka Łepkowska, came to America in the early 1900's. Franciszka emigrated in May of 1904 with her two sons Anton and Józef and her in-laws Anton and Teofila Królikowski as well as her husband's cousin Jósef Belkowski. My grandfather arrived in America a few years earlier in the fall of 1902 where he lived on the east side of Buffalo, NY with his sister Józefa Fenslau.
By 1906 my grandparents had moved to Scranton, Pa. They had seven more children: Steffie, Charlotte, Anastasia, Helen, Franciszek, Anna and my father Stanley. Józef was employed as a coal miner in Scranton.
Józef was born in 1875 in (Upper) Lubicz which was located at that time in the Kingdom of Poland, Russia. Franciszka was born in 1877 in Łaszewo, West Prussia, Germany. Today Lubicz is located in the district (gmina) of Dobrzejewice in the county (powiat) of Toruń. Łaszewo is located in the district (gmina) of Grążawy in the county (powiat) of Brodnica. Both towns are presently located in the province (wojewodztwo) of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland.
Although my great-grandparents, Anton and Teofila (nee Zarzecka) Królikowski, immigrated with daughter-in-law, there are no records of them since their arrival. Anton was recorded on the passenger manifest as being senile and crippled from an old fractured leg. Anton was also born in Lubicz and was a farmer in Lubicz until he emigrated at the age of 67. He married Teofila in the Roman Catholic parish of Dobrejewice in 1859. Teofila was 22 years old at the time of her marriage and was born in Wierzbolowo located in the Russian province (gubernia) of Augustowo now part of Lithuania.
Anton and Teofila had six children: Bronisława, Józefa, Walerya, Bronisława, Wladysława and my grandfather Józef Jan.
My great aunt Józefa emmigrated from Toruń, Poland in August of 1900 with her three sons Bronisław, Zygmunt and Wladisław. From Ellis Island she went to meet her husband Ignacy who was living in Buffalo where two daughters were born: Genowefa and Wanda Józefa. Józefa and Ignacy moved back to Toruń by the early 1920's with at least Bronisław and Genowefa.
Except for the Zarzecki's which came from Lithuania, the Królikowski's have been found in Dobrzejewice parish records from the early 1820's. Previous to this time, the Królikowski ancestors can also be found in the nearby parishes of Ciechocin and Papowo Toruńskie.
The Łepkowski's have been found in Grążawy parish records from the late 1700's primarily in Łaszewo. Previous to this time, the Łepkowski ancestors can also be found in the nearby parish of Szczuka.
Other Surnames include Gołębiewski, Krainik, Kwiatkowski, Ruśkowski, Szymański, Wiśniewski, Zimakowski and Ziółkowski
Alternate spellings include: Kraynik, Krolikoski, Krolikowski, Krulikowski, Ruskowski, Ruszkowski, Szymanski, Wepkufsky, Wevkovski. Wisniewski, Zbikowski, Ziolkowski
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