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Posted by: Norbert Stevens (ID *****7365) Date: November 25, 2012 at 17:24:09
In Reply to: HELP: Lublin, Poland to Detroit, MI - MACHENSKY by Jön-Eric Thomas of 56452

Hi Jon,
It appears that the family surname was MISZCZYSZYN before it was anglicized to Machinski/Machenski/Machan.
I was able to locate 1910, 1920 and 1930 U.S. census records for the family as well as a May 10, 1906 New York arrival record for Tekla, Jane, William and Louis.
Jozef/Joseph Miszczyszyn was born around 1871 in Russia/Poland (He died between 1920 and 1930, presumably in Wayne County, MI). He married Tekla/Tillie around 1892, presumably in Russia/Poland. Tekla was born around 1872 in Russia/Poland (or Galicia?). Joseph and Tekla Miszczyszyn had five (5) children, all born in Poland; Genowefa/Jennie/Jane born in 1894, Waclaw/William born on April 27, 1895, Jan/John born in 1898, Louis born in 1902 and Marion born on April 17, 1906.
The 1910 U.S. census is indexed as the Joseph M. “Maschenspy” family living at 61 Weeger Street in Rochester, Monroe County, NY (present-day zip code 14605).
The 1920 U.S. census is indexed as the Joseph “Machinsky” family living at 1018 East Ferry Street in Detroit Ward 13, Wayne County, MI (present-day zip code 48211).
The 1930 U.S. census is indexed as “Lillie “Machenski” (a widow) and her three (3) sons living at 6451 Barlum Avenue in Detroit, Wayne County, MI (present-day zip code 48210).
There is a May 10, 1906 Ellis Island arrival record for a “Tettla Miszczsyza” and her three (3) children, “Genofava, Waslaw and Songin”. The family sailed from Antwerp Belgium on board the S.S. Westernland. Their destination was 26 Holland Street in Rochester, NY where they are going to join their husband and father Josef. They listed Lublin Russia/Poland as their last residence.
There is an annotation on the ship manifest that Waclaw/William applied for his U.S. Naturalization papers in the U. S. District Court of Detroit and that his arrival was verified and he was given certificate of arrival #8A3812 on February 25, 1942.
It seems that Marion’s birth occurred just a few days prior to her mother’s departure for the U.S. Obviously, Tekla had to make a painful decision to leave Marion behind in Poland and continue on with her travels to the U.S. In her mind, Tekla probably thought it would be for a short duration until Marion would join the rest of the family, but as it turned out, it was for 14 years.
There is an Ellis Island arrival record for a “Jozsef” Miszczyszyn that may be the subject of your search. This guy arrived at Ellis Island on January 5, 1905 on board the S.S. Brandenburg that sailed from Bremen, Germany. He was 35 years old (dob. 1870) and married when he arrived. His destination was St. Clair, Schuylkill County, PA. He listed Czaszyn Galicia/Austria/Poland as his last residence. His ethnicity was listed as Ruthenian. Do you know if the family was Eastern Rite Catholics?
There are also Detroit records for a John Muszynski and/or John Mysenski (dob May 16, 1893) that may or may not be the subject of your search.
Good luck,

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