Following is a copy of what we emailed you individually in case someone else on this website might benefit from this info:
We (Mark and wife, Diane) just found your correspondence of last year regarding the Iwinskis in Milwaukee, from whom Mark also descends.
Mark's father, Roman, is one of nine (8 survived) children of Josef Sylvester Iwinski and Helen Clementine Rewolinski, both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Josef Sylvester Iwinski is one of 5 children of Frank Iwinski and Wanda Dulka (Wladyslaw or "Walter", Josef Sylvester, John F[rank?], Laura, and Theresa).Frank and Wanda emigrated to Ellis Island April 5-14, 1913 with their 3 young children (the 1st three above).Laura and Theresa were apparently born in the U.S. (More on the immigration below)
Until reading your correspondence we did not know the names of Frank's parents.THANKS!
We have a slightly confusing family tree sketch that was drawn for Mark by Hildegarde Wieckawska (now deceased?) of Milwaukee years ago.It depicts Wanda and Wladzia Dulka's family line, including their father, Albert Dulke, and what appear to be 2 brothers: Joseph and Mie(or"l")czyslaw, with the notation that the latter was killed in WWI.The sketch shows that Wladzia and Wanda married brothers, Joseph and Frank, respectively, and that Joseph and Wladzia had 5 children: (Lucian (aka "Lottie"), Louise, Jane, Mildred (Cathleen's Aunt Mellie?), and Sadie); Frank and Wanda also had 5 children: (Wladyslaw, Joseph, John, Laura, and Theresa).Adjacent to this, is Joseph Dulke (we assume Wanda and Wladzia's brother), connected with a line to Sally Suri***** (wife?) and beneath are the names "Gilbert, Joseph, Bernadine - Bette".
Beneath all this, is :
1918Albert DulkeJoanna Gasiarzewicz (sp?)
We don't know who the latter group of people are or the significance of the +s and -s.
I hope some of this proves interesting/helpful to both of you.If you can clarify any of the above for us, we'd be thrilled to get the help.Our scanner isn't working right now, so we couldn't email an image of the sketch to you, but can copy and mail or fax the document to either of you.
We also have some interesting documents we'd be happy to share, such as the immigration inspection document for Josef when he came over on the George Washington in April 1913 with his parents, etc.Josef (later Joseph) is also buried at St. Adalbert's Cemetery.While the oral history had always indicated the Iwinskis came from Bydgoszcz, Poland, the only paperwork we've found to date indicates they came from Wiescherhafen, Germany.We have come to think that indicated the port they left from and that perhaps at best they'd lived there a while prior to sailing for the U.S., but we really don't know.
We sent for Ship Passenger Arrival Records from the National Archives last fall and have yet to receive any further documentation, which we'll be happy to share as well.Do either of you know if Josef and Frank and Valentine emigrated together on the George Washington?
As a final note, Mark once spoke with the Russian poet, Joseph Brodsky, about the name Iwinski.Brodsky told him that the name Iwinski derives from willow basketmaking, from the root "iwina", and is related to a low geographic area near a river.Pretty vague, but interesting, and perhaps helpful one day.
Much of our family tree data is computerized - on Family Tree Maker - and we'd love to exchange info with you in that or another convenient format - or even snail mail!
We look forward to hearing from y'all,
Mark Iwinski and Diane Masters (firstname.lastname@example.org)