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Wiktoria Dorota Maciejewska was born on 19 Oct 1886 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States, the daughter of Jan Maciejewski and Weronika Lewandowska. She was baptized Wiktoria on 24 Oct 1886 at St. Stanislaus RC Church in Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States.

She was listed with both parents in Buffalo, Erie, New York, in the New York State Census of 1892, and as a daughter of Veronica Maciejewski in Buffalo, Erie, New York, in the census records of 1900, 1905, and 1910.

She was a long-term housekeeper for Rev. Adalbert Cichy, Roman Catholic priest. In 1920, she appeared in the census as Victoria Maciejewska at 1920 Victoria Maciejewska census284 Broad Street in Salamanca, Cattaraugus, New York as a Housekeeper in the household of Rev. Adalbert Cichy, pastor of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church.

She appeared in the New York State census in 1925 at 77 Water Street in Perry, Wyoming, New York. Rev. Adalbert Cichy was the pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, a parish that served the Polish workers recruited from Buffalo and Depew to work in the Perry mills.

1930 Dorota Maciejewska census croppedIn 1930 she was at the same address with Adalbert Cichy, listed as a Housekeeper/Servant with the name Dorota Maciejewska.

1940 Cichy Maciejewski census croppedIn the 1940 census Dorothy Maciejewski was identified as a Servant in the household of Rev. Adalbert Cichy at 77 Water Street in Perry, Wyoming, New York.

Although she was 61 years old when she died on 9 Apr 1948, 1948 Victoria Maciejewski death Buffalo Courier Express 4-14the death record in the Buffalo Courier-Express on April 14th listed her age as 55. She was buried alongside her mother at St. Stanislaus RC Cemetery in Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, United States.

Update: In 2015, my daughter, grandchildren, and I went camping in Letchworth State Park, and spent some time in nearby Perry. I’ve since learned about the Polish community working at the Perry mills, and that Rev. Adalbert Cichy was pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Perry.

January 2022: Women named Viktoria were sometimes nicknamed “Toria,” “Doria,” “Dora,” or something similar. One can see how that could be interpreted as the name Dorota, or Dorothy in English.


St. Stanislaus Kostka R.C. Church, Perry, NY, Polonia Trail, Western New York, Polish-American Congress WNY,

“St. Stanislaus Kostka.” Polish Parishes of WNY – Detail. PGSNYS – Polish Genealogy Society of NY,

Comments on: "Great Aunt Vicky, AKA Dorothy Maciejewski" (5)

  1. […] three daughters did not live quite as long. Victoria (Dorothy) Maciejewski lived only five years after her mother’s death, dying in 1948 at age 61, Marie (Mack) […]


  2. […] printed, I was asked “What about the Maciejewski side of the family, especially Great-Aunts Vicky, Marie, and Ann?” Well, there was not much to tell from a family history point of view, […]


  3. […] New York, with their infant Antoni. The family grew with the arrival of Konstanty (August), Wiktorya (Dorota), Marya, Anna, and Ludwik. Jan and Weronika had been married in 1869 in Kościół św. Jana […]


  4. […] Gust, which became Gustav and August. Baptized Wiktoria, Victoria was called first Dorota and then Dorothy. Marya Magdalena was Maria, Mary, and Marie in the records. The Polish name Anna was recorded both […]


  5. […] and her never married daughters Victoria, Marie, and Ann were close to Sophia all her life, so it really was not surprising that after their […]


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