Kozlowski Family Genealogy Forum
Hi Samuel, My husband's line has a Frank Stanley Kozlowski (his great grandpa), later changed to Kolaskey, born on Jan.22,1880 according to his military registration. On his death certificate it lists his birth as Jan.22,1879 and his parents as Anthony and Maggie(Ludki)Kozlowski (Margaret Loehdki?), all three were born in Suwalki, Germany. Suwalki was actually in the Podlaski Province of Poland and is next to the Lithuanian border. It has been under Russian and German rulers and may have been considered part of Germany when he died but I don't know for sure why they put Germany when it's in Poland. He indicated that he was from Lithuania (1900&1910) and Poland (1920&1930)and his wife from Poland (1900-1920) and from Mass.?(1930)on census records though they both spoke Lithuanian and their children were described as first generation Americans. He immigrated in 1900 and I have been trying to find his immigration record to see if he came over with any siblings. I found a Margaret Kolaskey (Margaret Kozlowski?)in a tuberculosis hospital, I think it was in the 1920 census but can't remember now, and at that time I wondered if she was related because she wasn't old enough to be his mother but had the same spelling of the last name. Could that be your Margaret? The last name was really murdered (none the same)in those census records and because of that I had to go page by page through the Milwaukee census of 1920 to find him. He was in New York, NY 1900, Peoria, Ill 1910, Valparaiso, Ind in 1919 and in Kent Co., Mi in 1930. He was a meat cutter and had his own meat shop at one time in Mich. before moving to Calif. where he cut meat for the military. He died in 1945 and his wife in 1964. His wife's name was Ellen Alice Stanley who also goes by Helen or Ella and the name may have been Englishized from Stanlius or Stanisjewski or Stanisjaski. Her mom and dad's names were George and Eva. When they baptized my husband's grandpa (b.1908)his name was written as George Francis Kozlowski, later changed to Kolaskey. The Godparents were B. Diminski and Bertha Gazaclis. Could Diminski be a variation of Daminaitis? I will try to find that census again of Margaret's in case it's your Margaret. If you've come across any info that may be helpful to me, please pass it on. As an after thought, another relative on the other side of his family was Kunegunda Keb and one of her husband's was a Bishop. I believe they had one son. Any connection there? Thanks, Diane Kolaskey
P.S. I've received a paper from a ? Kaunas who says this, "Many a Lithuanian Pole wannabe added "icius" (the Lithuanianized Polish "icz") to his last name, and Kazlauskas became Kazlauskevicius or even a more vulgerized Kazlauskewicz and if he had Russian aspirations Kozlowski-and when he got to Ellis Island his name really was transmogrified by the semiliterate clerks who had no clue that the husband was Kazlauskas, the wife Kazlauskiene and their unmarried daughter Kazlauskaite. These are the reasons Lugans (Lithuanians?) have trouble tracing their roots." How's that for a mouthful? Hard telling what they came over as after reading that!
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