So great to get all this information! I can't thank you enough. Yes, Aunt Bea is the only one left from that generation - my mom tells me she's in a home now, that they've sold the house she and Fred built on the river in Burlington (was there once when I was about 9 years old, but I still remember how beautiful the location was...which, I understand, was across the street from Aniela and Jan's house which was torn down years before? True?) and that she's also suffering from dementia. So sad...she was always so full of life and energy; I loved to see her as a kid...maybe because she was about my size! Hee hee...
I can't imagine how your husband's dad wasn't mentioned in our family lore? Maybe as the oldest, he was out of the house before Virginia was old enough to remember?
I only have two stories to relate, and they're actually more like questions, I suppose:
Something about some homemade Prohibition-era hootch kept locked away upstairs with a spigot for access in the kitchen? Tsk tsk...
The brothers and Jan had a polka band that would play parties - I can't remember exactly who played what, but I understand there was bass, piano, clarinet, sax, and maybe more? I'm a musician, too, and I attribute it mostly to those Polka genes!
Virginia's husband/my grandfather Allen Myers getting sauced with her brothers to the point he became very sick and swore off drinking from then on (I never knew him to take a drink)?
My mom, Lynda, and Susan, Fred and Bea's daughter, are in touch regularly, but I never knew any other cousins - are there very many? Any info you might have about birth and death dates for them would be very helpful for my genealogy records (I'm on Geni.com - great website!), as well as where they are buried. It's been very difficult for me to find anything about them, but maybe it's because I always spelled their name as 'Wojcik,' not 'Wujcik.'
As for my family, my mom was an only child, grew up in and around Chesterfield, NJ, where she met my dad, Edwin O Margerum. They married in 1961, and had three boys, Allen ('63), Bryan ('66), and me ('72). My dad was in the Navy in the early '60s, then settled in Paradise, Lancaster County, PA where he was an engineer for Sperry New Holland, designing combines, balers, and other farm implements. My mom worked as a bank teller both as a young woman in Jersey and later in PA. They divorced in '88,she remarried and lives in Strasburg, PA. Both of my parents are in good health and I treasure my time with them, especially bringing MY three boys around to see them. My wife, Leah, and I have Will ('99), Jack ('06), and Henry ('08), and live in the city of Lancaster, near Franklin & Marshall College.
Interesting to know about Jan's Cavalry days! From what I understand about Zarnowa in 1907, it was maybe a bit hostile for the Polish natives, as the Russian Empire ruled that part of Poland and suppressed an uprising in nearby Lodz around that time. Have you had any luck deciphering the Polish records of Jan and his parents? You said his father was named Gregory (or a Polish variation of that?)
Again, I'm so grateful to hear back from you: sorry my message is a bit long-winded, but like I said, I've been searching for years to find this sort of information. Thank you!