Looking for help finding "lost" JABLONSKI relatives in Poland. "Lost" because after WWII, our side ended contact with their side--some squabble about the black market. Below is what I DO know. If any of this rings any bells with somebody, please contact me. Thanks very much.
My fraternal grandfather, Jacob Jablonski, was born July 4, 1886 in the little town of Chody, which is about fifty miles southeast of Posen/Pozan. I can't find Chody on any maps. He was the youngest, and the only son. He had about three older sisters. His father was Anthony and his mother was Josephine. They lived on an estate governed by a landlord (a "schlackta:" or "starostas" ?). When Jacob was a boy, this area was Russian. He had a uncle who was a Russian army colonel. One of Jacob's sisters married a Frenchman. (I've always wondered whether OUR Jablonski blood fought on the French AND Polish sides in the European wars). Jacob made his way to Hamburg, Germany in 1905 at age 19 and took ship on the S.S. Hamburg America, landed in Baltimore, MD and (probably by train on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad) traveled to Chicago and thence to Milwaukee. He married Mary Teresa Karolczak in Milwaukee and raised six children.
My fraternal grandmother, Mary Teresa KAROLCZAK, was the daughter of John and Mary (KAZMIERCZAK) Karolczak. She was born in Posen (then in Germany) on June 26, 1884. Her father John was 5'11" tall and walked with a little hitch in his right leg. Her mother had wealthy relatives, who disowned her when she married beneath her station. Both parents, with daughter, took ship in 1892 and on the way to the USA, birthed a little boy they named Joseph.
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