Re: Interestnig challenge in discovering Polish family name...
It's been a long time since I've posted and spent the time searching records. I've finally found some information.
I now know that Woichiech had three brothers (that I know of) and a father who emigrated as well. They were all from a village outside of Lomza, called Bronowo.
I still have not found Woichiech's immigration information but from his brothers and fathers info, the name is recorded as Chojinski on all of their paperwork. After they arrived, the brothers chose to use either Hoinski, or Choinski, but my gr. grandparents chose Kolenski.
Here are the particulars that I know:
"Frank" Franiszek Chojinski: b. 1870 emigrated 1910 Baltimore-married to Josefa (still in Bronowo)at time of emigration.
"George" Woichiech Chojinski. b. April 23, 1878 em.either 1901 or 1902 probably AWOL from Russian army. (Told tales about maiming himself in the knees to avoid fighting)m. Aniela Geslak in PA in 1905. Had dairy farm in Abrams, PA.
"Stanley" Stanislav Chojinski b. 1885 em. 1905
married Alexandra Kodinska in PA
"Stevan" Stefan Chojinski b. 1888 em. 1909 thru Philadelphia, PA
Father of all of the above:
Stanislaw Chojinski b. 1853 emigrated through Ellis Island, NY on April 6, 1911. He was accomipanied by my gr. grandmother Aniela and her first two sons Leo and Josef who went back to get him apparently. He was listed as "Senile" and in very poor health. I haven't turned up any information on whether he was rejected entrance and have no information on any death information about him. He is also listed as "widower" and I have no info on his wife.
If anyone can help me with a connection to Polish documents surrounding this family or have a family connection, please contact me at email@example.com