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The Ziemba / Zięba Family

Galus Family in Omaha, Nebraska early 1940's My Dad's sister, Laura M. GALUS was born 16 Dec 1923 in Ewing, Holt County, Nebraska.  In the early 1940's Laura moved from the Columbus, Platte County, area with her parents, Stanislaus and Martha KUDRON GALUS, to South Omaha in Douglas County.  The photograph on the right is of my GALUS family after they moved to South Omaha.  In back are my grandparents, Stanislaus and Martha, and my aunts Frances and Laura.  In front is my aunt Mary and my Dad, Edmund.

Laura married Chester Joseph ZIEMBA in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan on 27 Dec 1948. Chester was born 6 Jan 1914 in Detroit, Michigan.  In December 1955 they adopted Chester Jonathan who was born 24 Jul 1955 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.  He died tragically from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 16 Mar 1975 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Chester Sr. died of cancer on 20 Jul 1961 in Detroit.  Laura died on 10 Oct 2001 at her home in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.  Laura and Chester, and their adopted son Chester Jonathan, are buried in St. John's Cemetery in Omaha (Bellevue) Nebraska.

Laura's parents were both born in Leki Gorne / Łęki Górne, Galicia, Poland, which was part of Austria at the time of their birth. Chester was a son of Thomas and Sophie (nee SOSNOWSKI) ZIEMBA, both of whom were from this same parish in Poland. 

Laura and Chester ZIEMBA with adopted son Chester Chester Jonathan ZIEMBA
Chester and Laura GALUS ZIEMBA
Chester, Jr.
Chester Jonathan ZIEMBA, Jr.

Thomas ZIEMBA was born 5 Mar 1885 in Leki Dolne / Łęki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland; he died 27 Dec 1950, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan and is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. According to the 1920 U.S. census for Michigan, Thomas immigrated from Poland about 1913. His wife was Sophia nee SOSNOWSKI, a twin daughter of Stanislaus SOSNOWSKI and Anna nee RECZKOWSKI. Sophia was born in Łęki Dolne, Galicia, Poland, on 12 Aug 1888.

1920 U.S. Census, Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit
Orleans St., 959, Dwelling 434, Family 479
Ziemba, Thomas, head, age 34, married, immigrated 1913, born Galicia Poland, occupation tailor, Tailor shop
Ziemba, Sophia, wife, age 32, married, immigrated 1913, born Galicia Poland
Ziemba, Stephen, son, age 7, single, immigrated 1913, born Galicia Poland
Ziemba, Chester, son, age 6, single, born Michigan

1930 U.S. Census, Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit
5209 McDougall Ave., dwelling 13, family 19
Zienba (sic), Thomas, head, male, age 43, married, age 25 when first married, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1914, first papers submitted, Tailor, Tailor shop
Zienba, Sopia, wife, female, age 42, married, age 22 when frist married, born Poland, parents born Poland, immigrated 1914, alien
Zienba, Mary, daughter, female, age 9, single, born Michigan
Zienba, Helen, daughter, female, age 8, single, born Michigan
Zienba, Walter, son, male, age 3, single, born Michigan

These two census entries show that Thomas, Sophia and their son Stephen immigrated in 1913 or 1914.  I searched the Ellis Island One Step search at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/eidb/ellisgold.html for a T Zieba with an arrival date of 1913.  Tomasz, Zofia and Stefan ZIEBA arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on the ship Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse on 9 July 1913.  They were going to Detroit, Michigan, to be with their brother-in-law Wojciech Nowak, who lived at 962 Archer (maybe?) St. in Detroit.

At least two of Thomas' brothers immigrated to the United States. Louis immigrated in 1910 and settled in Nance County, Nebraska. He married Julia UZENDOWSKI.  John ZIEMBA was born 6 Jun 1882 and died May 1973 in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska.

See Thomas ZIEMBA Family Page at Rootsweb's World Connect for more information.

Thomas, Louis and John ZIEMBA were sons of Joseph and Agnes PIECZONKA ZIEBA / ZIEMBA. Their father's first marriage was to Sophia KOZIOL.  I did not find any children born to them in Łęki Church records.

Josephus ZIĘBA and Sophia KOZIOŁ
16 October 1877, Parish of Łęki Górne, Poland
Groom:  Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK, born in Szynwałd / Szynwald, house #69, Catholic, age 23, single
Bride:  Sophia KOZIOL, daughter of Joannis and Hedvigis nee PAPROCKI, house #120, Catholic, age 18, single
Witnesses: Stanislaus Podraza, Andreas Miczek
Source: LDS reel #1898739, item 10, page 3, #18 - Marriage records for Łęki Górne and Łęki Dolne / Leki Gorne, Leki Dolne, Poland

Joseph's second marriage:

Josephus ZIĘBA and Agnes PEICZONKA
13 September 1881, Parish of Łęki Górne, Poland
Josephus ZIEBA, widower of Sophia KOZIOL, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK, house #119, Catholic, age 27, widower
Agnes PIECZONKA, daughter of Joannis and Catharina nee NOWAK, house #117, Catholic, age 20, single
Witnesses: Franciscus Swialek, Joannes Tragarz
Source: LDS reel #1898739, item 10, page 16, #5 - Marriage records for Łęki Górne and Łęki Dolne, Poland

Joseph's parents were Petrus and Rosalia CZARNIK ZIĘBA. Joseph's place of birth was shown as Szynwałd (Galicia, Austria Poland) on his first marriage record. Based on his age at the time of his marriage, he was born about 1854.  In October 2006 I ordered one of the LDS microfilms for the Parish of Szynwałd.  The church records show that Joseph was born 15 Oct 1854 in Szynwałd, Galicia, Poland, house #65.

According to the biography information for Louis ZIEMBA in the Sts. Peter and Paul centennial book (Krakow, Nance county, Nebraska), he and Thomas were two of sixteen children born to Joseph and Agnes PIECZONKA ZIEBA/ZIEMBA. I've found birth records for twelve of them in the Łęki parish. The microfilm I have stops at 1904, so the others were probably born after that.

Following is the information I found on the birth/baptism records for twelve of the children born to Joseph and Agnes PIECZONKA ZIEBA/ZIEMBA:

  1. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 77, #27
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 6 Jun 1882, Bapt 8 Jun 1882, house #119
    Child: Joannes, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Joannes Koziel, Catharina Podraza

    Joannes / John died May 1973 in Columbus, Platte County, NE

  2. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 85, #41
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 28 Sept 1883, Bapt 30 Sept 1883, house #119
    Child: Franciscus Thomas, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Jacobus Miczek, Agnes Swialek

  3. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 96, #12
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 5 Mar 1885, Bapt 8 Mar 1885, house #119
    Child: Thomas, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Thomas Kotlarz, Marianna Pieczonka

  4. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 103, #39
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 19 Oct 1886, Bapt 21 Oct 1886, house #119
    Child: Carolus, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Joannes Tragarz, Anna Sztorc

  5. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 116, #36
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 25 Aug 1888, Bapt 25 Aug 1888, house #119, + 18/4 945 (died 18 Apr 1945)
    Child: Michael, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Stanislaus Podraza, Marianna ?

    Michael married Maria KANTOR on 20 Sep 1914 in the Parish of Łęki Górne, Poland.  Maria was a daughter of Adalbertus KANTOR and Maria MICHALESKI.

  6. Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 13 May 1890, Bapt 14 May 1890, house #119
    Child: Ludovicus Theofilus, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Joannes Ziaja, Marianne Miczek

    Ludovicus / Louis ZIEMBA married Julia UZENDOWSKI on 9 May 1915 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Krakow, Nance County, Nebraska USA.  Julia was born to Peter UZENDOWSKI and Catharine SPES (SPEAS, SPIECE) on 24 Jun 1900.  They were the parents of Thaddeus, Emily, Theodore, Martin and Edward.  Louis died 21 Feb 1970; Julia died 4 Dec 1981.  They are both buried in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska USA.

  7. Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 20 Aug 1891, Bapt 22 Aug 1891, house #119
    Child: Sigomundus Bartholomeus, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Adalbertus Kantor, Marianna Szafanski

    Sigomundus married Sophia PODRAZA on 1 Oct 1916 in the Parish of Łęki Górne, Poland.  Sophia was a daughter of Stanislaus PODRAZA and Agnetis GONSIOR.

  8. Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 1 Mar 1894, Bapt 6 Mar 1894, house #119
    Child: Marianna, Catholic, daughter, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Franciscus Swiatek, Catharina Zieba

  9. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 162, #25
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 5 Jun 1895, Bapt 6 Jun 1895, house #119
    Child: Ladislaus, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Stanislaus Cha???, Marianna Ziaja
    Note on Baptism record: copul 5/2 921 in ????kow -- married 5 Feb 1921 in _______

  10. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 176, #44
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 29 Nov 1897, Bapt 2 Dec 1897, house #119, + 12.XII.1976 (died 12 Dec 1976)
    Child: Casimirus Ignatius, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Ignatius Szafanski, ? Stafinska

  11. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 186, #26
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 15 May 1899, Bapt 18 May 1899, house #119, + 24/5 1980 (died 24 May 1980)
    Child: Pelagia Catharina, Catholic, daughter, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Thomas Zieba, Pelagia Pieczonka

  12. Birth/baptism record, LDS reel 1898739, item 4, p 201, #14
    Leki Dolne, Galicia, Austria Poland
    Born 12 Mar 1901, Bapt 14 Mar 1901, house #119, + 26/6 901 (died 26 Jun 1901)
    Child: Stephanus, Catholic, son, legitimate
    Father: Josephus ZIEBA, son of Petrus and Rosalia nee CZARNIK
    Mother: Agnes PIECZONKA, daugther of Joannis and Catharinae nee NOWAK
    Godparents: Adalbertus Kielbasa, Maria Zieba

Petrus ZIĘBA / ZIEMBA and Rosalia CZARNIK
Marriage: 16 Feb 1847, Parish of Szynwałd, Galicia, Poland
Groom:  Petrus ZIĘBA, son of Michael ZIĘBA, cmethonis, and Marcella GĘBICOWNA; Catholic, age 20, single, house 63
Bride:  Rosalia, daughter of Adalbertus CZARNIK, hortulanus, and Margaretha SIEMKOWNA; Catholic, age 18, single, house 52
(Source LDS microfilm 2037802, item 9, page 46, #8; Parish of Szynwałd, Poland)

On 25 Aug 2007 the following entry was posted by Jan Maria Musielak to my online Guestbook:

Adalbertus CZARNIK, hortulanus, and Margaretha SIEMKOWNA are my great great great great grandparents. Rosalia CZARNIK is sister of my great great great grandmother Franciszka. Adalbertus (in Polish - Wojciech) born in 1798 from Kazimierz Czarnik and Marianna Stanczyk; Margaretha (in Polish Malgorzata) born in 1799 from Jan Siemek and Katarzyna Stanczyk. I have some informations about siblings of Franciszka and Rosalia; of Wojciech and of Malgorzata.



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