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The Dennis Benarz (Bieniasz) Family

Updated February 14, 2002

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The Benarz family has its roots in Poland. The paternal side of the family - BIENIARZ, BIENIASZ, RAK, SERAFIN, NIEMIEC. OLEXY, GAWLE, PEKALA, KRUPA, LADA and ZMUDA clans - all came from villages in Straszecin parish, Debica county, in old Tarnow & Rzeszow provinces. The maternal side - KURPIEWSKI, ZIELINSKI, WELENC - were Ostroleka and Ciechanow counties up north. Mom was raised in a Catholic orphanage in Chicagoland so data is slim.
While some family members emigrated to North America before the Civil War, Chicago has been OUR home since the turn of the 19th Century. Saint Stanislaus Kostka parish its Plymouth Rock. Now, at the outset of new millenium, the extended family stretches from coast to coast.
While Chicago is a world-class big city, we Benarz's are still governed by our humble, rural Polish-Galician heritage. So, ask a question or offer a riddle. We'll warmly share the information that we have.
I have a related website if you're researching the surnames: Bieniasz Bieniarz Bienias' Bienasz Benarz. It focuses on the towns of Debica, Straszecin, Glowaczowa, Gora Motyczna, Borowa, Grabiny, Rzeszow, Tarnow, Przemysl, and Lwow.
Good luck!
- Dennis Benarz

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Family Photos
  • Debica, Poland c.1998 (21 KB)
    Debica, Poland as it is today.
  • St. Adalbert Church 2001 (15 KB)
    St. Adalbert Church at Paulina and 17th Streets in Pilsen/Chicago.
  • Stanislaw Bieniarz, Age 36 (4 KB)
    Stanislaw Bieniarz (Bieniasz): 1876-1942. Arrived Webster MA 1901. Married Michalina Rak at Straszecin parish 1904. Arrived Utica NY 1905. Settled in Chicago 1905. Farmed at Junction City WI 1913-1917. Relocated to St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, Chicago IL 1917. Father of 13 children.
    Current map of the county of Debica (dem-BITS-ah) in Poland showing the townships, villages and Debica city.
  • Michalina Rak, Age 27 (25 KB)
    Michalina Rak Bieniarz (1884-1961). Born in Grabiny, Galicia (Poland). Arrived USA 1905. Settled on Noble Street, Chicago around 1917. Raised 13 children.
  • Sitting on the Stoop - 1421 Noble Street, Chicago (87 KB)
    Top: George Bieniasz. Middle: Joseph Bieniarz, unknown, Daniel Bieniarz, Evelyn Bieniasz. Bottom: Stephanie and Richard Bieniarz, Stephanie Sosnowski, Edward Bieniasz. 1936 in Chicago IL.
  • Polish Farmhouse, 1930 (68 KB)
    Exact date and location unknown, but it's definitely southeast Poland, around 1930-1935.
    The Straszecin Parish Club of Chicago, founded in 1931, helped to raise funds to rebuild the parish church in Poland in 1945-46.
  • Destroyed Bridge 1945 (4 KB)
    The railroad bridge crossing the Wisloka River, linking Grabiny and Debica, was destroyed by the retreating Germans in late 1944.
  • St.Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 1933 (63 KB)
    Aerial view of Noble Street and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in 1933
  • Graf Waldersee (54 KB)
    The ship that carried my ancestors from Hamburg to New York.
  • St.Stanislaus Kostka Church in 1995 (33 KB)
    St.Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago. Taken about 1995.
  • Bieniasz Kids on Noble Street (11 KB)
    Joseph Bieniarz, Joe Sierakowski, Betty Bieniasz and Nicholas Bieniasz around 1927.
  • Debica, Poland c.1900 (18 KB)
    Debica, Poland before two world wars.
  • Stanislaw Bieniarz Family in 1912 (100 KB)
    Stanislaw Bieniarz and Michalina Rak with their first five children in about 1912.
  • Debica, Poland c.1945 (4 KB)
    Debica, Poland near the end of World War II.
  • Joseph Bieniarz Family 1972 (172 KB)
    The Joseph Bieniarz Family at a reunion in Louisville around 1972.
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