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Both Maryanna and Agnieszka Kapuścińska came to America and settled in Buffalo, New York.

Maryanna came first, on the S. S. Chemnitz sailing from Bremen, Germany, on January 13th, 1912 and arriving in New York on January 27, 1912.

1912 Ellis Island Marya KapuscinskaIn the ship’s passenger manifest from Ellis Island, Marya Kapuscianska is described as 22 years old, female, single, maid or servant, 4 feet 10 inches tall, with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. She can read and write, is a “Russian citizen or subject” of “Polish race or people”, last residing in Nieszowice, Russia. The place of her birth is spelled Gnieszowice, Russia.

1912 Ellis Island Marya Kapuscinska1Her mother Marya Kapuscinska is listed as her nearest relative in Gnieszowice, Radom, and her final destination is Buffalo, New York.

She has a ticket to her final destination, $18, and paid for her passage herself. She was not in the United States before and is going to her brother-in-law, Jozef Prus, at 482 Fillmore Street in Buffalo, New York.

The following year, Marya paid for passage for her sister Józefa Kapuścińska 1913 Ellis Island Jozefa Kapuscinskaon the S. S. Kroonland, which sailed from Antwerp, Belgium, April 26th, 1913, and arrived in New York on May 7th, 1913.

In the ship’s manifest, Jozefa Kapuscinska is described as a 19 year old single female servant 5 feet tall, with fair skin, light hair, and blue eyes. She  is a “Russian citizen or subject” of “Polish race or people”, last residing in Nieszowice, Russia. It is also the place of her birth.

1913 Ellis Island Jozefa Kapuscinska1Her mother Maryanna Kapuscinska is listed as her nearest relative in Nieszowice, and her final destination is Buffalo, New York.

She has a ticket to her final destination, $27, and her passage was paid by her sister. She is going to join her sister, Maryanna Kapuscinska at (unreadable, perhaps Seneca st) 817 in Buffalo, New York.

But Józefa never joined her sister. Family lore is that she decided not to go, and rather than waste the ticket, their mother decided to send Marya‘s younger sister Agnieszka in her stead. The story is that Marya was not pleased to see Agnieszka instead of Józefa, and it was a continuing source of friction for the sisters in America.

Comments on: "The Wrong Kapuścińska Sister?" (8)

  1. […] Świętokrzyskie province of Poland. Her sister Maryanna had come to the United States in 1912, and paid for her sister’s ticket the following year. Maryanna married Grzegosz Matyka in 1915, and Agnieszka married Jan Skrok in […]


  2. […] Maryanna Kapuścińska had arrived in the United States on 27 Jan 1912. She filed first papers (declared her intention to become a citizen) in 1928, and was naturalized as an American citizen in Buffalo, Erie, New York, on 12 Sep 1932. […]


  3. […] Witoń (1865-aft 1929) married Wincenty Kapuściński in Koprzywnica 15 Feb 1887. Two of their daughters immigrated to Buffalo, New York. Maryanna Kapuścińska married Grzegorz Mastykarz in 1915. Agnieszka Kapuścińska married Jan […]


  4. […] This story helped me identify the sisters’ arrivals in America. Maryanna Kapuścińska came to Buffalo in 1912. She had wanted her sister Józefa to join her, and she had paid for Józefa‘s ticket. In looking through the records, I found a ship manifest for Józefa Kapuścińska in 1913, but no ship manifest for Agnieszka. […]


  5. […] and Jan–had been born in the Radom province of Russian occupied Poland. They immigrated to Buffalo, Erie, New York, where Adam and Stanisława married 31 Aug 1914, and Jan and Agnieszka married 17 Jan 1917. The […]


  6. […] The Wrong Kapuścińska Sister? […]


  7. […] grandparents Jan and Agnieszka immigrated to the United States in 1913. They married in 1915 in Buffalo, Erie, New York and returned to Poland in 1920. Two […]


  8. […] it was not a surprise to see that when my great aunt Maryanna Kapuścińska came to America in 1912, the ship manifest said that she was going to her brother-in-law Józef Prus at 482 Fillmore Street […]


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