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Re: Historical Information on Village of Darow Poland, Ruthenians' rich heritage
Posted by: Tadeusz Wysocki (ID *****3449) Date: January 14, 2013 at 03:25:41
In Reply to: Historical Information on Village of Darow Poland by Ted of 56449

Ted,
Your Darow with some Polish historical and etymological sources: noted from 1548-49 as Daraw, 1563 as W Darowie, 1565 as Daraw, 1665 as Darow (in Polish language - Darów), 1794 and 1880 as Darow (Darów), going from the name of nearly located hill Darow (Wierch Darow - 1263 m). Thus, the village was located in the second half of the 16th century on the Wolos rights by Polish Kings. The village mayors were: according to census 1765 Polish noble Stefan Ostrowski (privillege done by Polish King August III), in 1811 bought from Austria government by Ignacy Urbanski, in 1880 the historical sources tell the owner was Tomanek, a druggist from Lwow.
Some descriptions from the time of living there your family ancestors in the 19th centurty:
This was the country, land, and rich and old culture of Ruthenians (also names as Lemkos, Rusyns, etc.), in 1880 this village Darow counted 238 inhabitants (235 Ruthenians and 5 Poles), in the village was located a wooden orthodox church under the name Nawiedzenia (Pokrowy) Bogarodzicy and local cemetery, other creed was Greek Catholic - belonged to GC parish Surowice, and Roman Catholic - belonged to RC parish Nowotaniec and Jaslicka. In the 1900 the village counted 244 inhabitants, after the WWII soviets deported almost all all inhabitants to Ukraine and 3 families to Polish Miastko and Olsztyn area with the very cruel Akcja Wisla, where it was idea of soviet Stalin and his Polish collaborators to destroy in the empire all local nations and cultures.
The village Darow vanished then from geographical maps, but remains in Polish hearts, here are some images from Polish website preserving traces of the vanished villages from the area, here is your family ancestral Darow with mapping, and few images of the local remains:
http://www.beskid-niski.pl/index.php?pos=/miejscowosci&ID=29
Here is the example I've tried with my family to preserve Lemkos' village Bodaki:
http://www.narodowa.pl/Pamietniki/33/eksponat.htm
Good luck in your search!
Tad
Warsaw, Poland


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