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Tomasz Maciejewski from Tylice and Nieżywięć (1814-1894)

My father’s grandparents Jan Maciejewski and Weronika Lewandowska immigrated to the United States in 1883 when my grandfather Antoni was an infant. I had identified their descendant families in America and knew my father’s cousins and my second cousins and many of their descendants. In 2019 I was surprised and pleased to find a new DNA cousin with KG, a man from Poland. MyHeritage said we share 3.4% (243.8‎ cM) with 8 Shared segments of DNA and estimated that we are 1st cousin once removed – 2nd cousin once removed.

We found a common location for our ancestors, the little villages of Tylice and Nieżywięć in what was Strasburg, West Prussia and is now the powiat Brodnica in Kujawsko-Pomorskie in north-central Poland. We also share the family name Maciejewski in our ancestry!

My great-grandfather Jan Maciejewski was born 15 Apr 1845 in Tylice. His father was Thomas (in Polish Tomasz) Maciejewski. Jan‘s mother was Anna Trojanowska.

1845 birth, Joannes, son of Thomas Maciejewski and Anna Trojanowska, Tylice, Nieżywięć

KG‘s great-grandmother Salomea Maciejewska was born 28 March 1870 in Tillitz (German for Tylice). Her father was Thomas Maciejewski. Her mother was Gottliebe (Bogumiła in Polish) Barbarska.

1870 birth, Salomea, daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe gab. Barbarska, Tillitz, Nieżywięć

Was this the same Thomas/Tomasz Maciejewski?

Tomasz Maciejewski and Anna Trojanowska

Nieżywięć church records showed that Thomas Maciejewski and Anna Trojanowska, from Tylice, were married 23 Nov 1837.

1837 Marriage, Thomas Maciejewski and Anna Trojanowska, Nieżywięć

Thomas Maciejewski was 24 years old, the unmarried son of Nicolai (in Polish Mikolaj) and Hedvigia (in Polish Jadwiga). Anna Trojanowska was a 23 year old unmarried woman.

1837 Marriage, Thomas Maciejewski and Anna Trojanowska, Nieżywięć

Thomas Maciejewski was born in December 1814 in Buczek, a small village 3 kilometers (2 miles) east of Nieżywięć.

1814 birth Thomas, son of Nicolaus Maciejewski and Hedwiga Stefanski, Buczek, Nieżywięć

Thomas was the son of Nicolai (in Polish Mikolaj) Maciejewski and Hedwigia (in Polish Jadwiga) Stefanska.

1814 birth Thomas, son of Nicolaus Maciejewski and Hedwiga Stefanska, Buczek, Nieżywięć

Tomasz and Anna had the following children in Tylice, including three male infants who died before being named.

  • Baby boy MACIEJEWSKI (29 Jul 1840-29 Jul 1840)
  • Marianna MACIEJEWSKA (20 Aug 1841-)
  • Katarzyna MACIEJEWSKA (24 Sep 1843-)
  • Jan MACIEJEWSKI (15 Apr 1845-30 Apr 1896)
  • Baby boy MACIEJEWSKI (6 Sep 1847-6 Sep 1847)
  • Maciej MACIEJEWSKI (11 Nov 1848-)
  • Baby boy MACIEJEWSKI (3 Apr 1851-3 Apr 1851)
  • Jakób MACIEJEWSKI (20 Jul 1852-)
  • Anna MACIEJEWSKA (10 Jul 1855-27 Jul 1855)

Anna Trojanowska Maciejewska died on 14 Jul 1855, four days after giving birth to her last daughter, also named Anna.

1855 deaths of Anna Trojanowska Maciejewska and her daughter, also named Anna, in Tylice

The church record listed Anna‘s surviving spouse and children.

Anna was survived by her husband and children

Sadly, the baby Anna died 27 Jul 1855.

Tomasz Maciejewski and Bogumiła/Gottliebe Wittkier Barbarska

The following year, Thomas Maciejewski and Gotliba Theophila Barbarska were married on 25 Nov 1856 in Nieżywięć. Both were from Tylice.

1856 marriage, Thomas Maciejewski and Gotliba Theophila Barbarska, Niezywienc
1856 marriage, Thomas Maciejewski and Gotliba Theophila Barbarska, Niezywienc

The groom, Thomas Maciejewski, was a 44 year old “viduus,” widower. The 26 year old bride Gotliba Teophila Barbarska was listed as “libera,” meaning that she was “free” to marry, “unmarried” or “single.” Her name was Gottliebe in German and Bogumiła in Polish, meaning “dear to God.” William F. Hoffman, one of the authors of First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins & Meanings, wrote that there is a Latin equivalent, Amadea, but “it’s pretty darned rare!” Another Polish name meaning “dear to God” is Teofila, from the Greek theós, θεός, meaning god, and filos, φίλος, meaning friend or dear.

Tomasz and Bogumiła had these children in Tylice:

  • Leon MACIEJEWSKI (15 Nov 1857-)
  • Konstanty MACIEJEWSKI (23 Oct 1859-1 Feb 1872)
  • Marcela MACIEJEWSKA (10 Nov 1861-23 Jan 1862)
  • Franciszek MACIEJEWSKI (2 Dec 1862-8 Feb 1863)
  • Józefa MACIEJEWSKA (19 Dec 1863-)
  • Julianna MACIEJEWSKA (13 Jan 1866-1 Feb 1866)
  • Julian MACIEJEWSKI (18 Feb 1867-)
  • Salomea MACIEJEWSKA (28 Mar 1870-1906)
  • Anna MACIEJEWSKA (13 Apr 1871-)

Leonardus was born in Tylice on 15 Nov 1857, the son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gotliba nata Barbarska.

1857 birth, Leonardus, son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe gab. Barbarska, Tylice, Nieżywięć

Constantinus was born in Tylice on 23 Oct 1859, the son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottlieba nata Barbarska.

1859 birth, Constantinus, son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe nata Barbarska, Tylice, Nieżywięć

Marcella was born in Tyllitz on 10 Nov 1861, the daughter of Thom. Maciejewski and Gotliebe Witkierewicz.

1857 birth, Marcella, daughter of Thom. Maciejewski and Gotliebe Witkierewicz, Tyllitz, Nieżywięć

Franz was born in Tylice on 2 Dec 1862, the son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Barbarski.

1862 birth, Franz, son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Barbarski, Tylice, Nieżywięć

Josephina was born in Tylice on 19 Dec 1863, the daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Wittke.

1863 birth, Josephina, daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Wittke, Tylice, Nieżywięć

Julianna was born in Tyllice on 13 Jan 1866, the daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Bogumiła Barbarska.

1866 birth, Julianna, daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Bogumiła Barbarska, Tyllice, Nieżywięć

Julian was born in Gr. Tyllitz on 18 Feb 1867, the son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Barbarska.

1867 birth, Julian, son of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Barbarska, Gr. Tyllitz, Nieżywięć

Salomea was born in Tyllitz on 28 Mar 1870, the daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottlieba gab. Barbarska.

1870 birth, Salomea, daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe gab. Barbarska, Tillitz, Nieżywięć

Anna was born in Tyllic on 13 Apr 1872, the daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Wittkier.

1871 birth, Anna, daughter of Thomas Maciejewski and Gottliebe Wittkier, Tylic, Nieżywięć

Tomasz Maciejewski died in Tillitz on 12 Jul 1894 in his 80th year, leaving behind his widow, Bogumiła Maciejewska.

1894 death Thomas Maciejewski, age 80, Tillitz, Nieżywięć

In her children’s birth records, Gottliebe/Bogumiła‘s family birth name was listed as Barbarska, Witkierewicz, Wittke, and Wittkier. I suspect that her birth name may have been Babarska or a variant, and her mother’s name was Wittkier, resulting in differences in the records. The first name Gottliebe/Bogumiła was not common in the little village of Tylice (Tillitz in German), described in Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego as having 45 Domow (houses) and 249 Mieszkancy (inhabitants) in 1885.

Tylice, Nieżywięć, Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego, 1885

DNA Connection

As direct descendants of Tomasz/Thomas Maciejewski with different women, KG and I are half third cousins.

Krzysztof and Sandra are half third cousins

Statistically, half third cousins (Half 3C) share about 61 centiMorgans of DNA, with an expected range between 0 and 178 centiMorgans. KG and my relationship of half third cousins accounts for some, but not all, of our 243.8‎ centiMorgans of shared DNA.

The Shared cM Project 3.0 tool v4 from DNA Painter indicates these relationship probabilities for people who match each other with 243.8 cM DNA.

Relationship probabilities, 243.8 cM, DNA Painter

KG and I share a 58.4‎ cM segment of DNA on chromosome 18. A segment this large usually indicates a relatively recent common ancestor. But we are not that close. My grandparents lived all their lives in the United States after their parents immigrated in 1881 and 1883. KG‘s grandparents lived in Poland, so our connection, or more likely, connections, have to go back further in our ancestry. KG‘s mother has tested her DNA, and she and I do not match her, so KG and my connection has to be on his father’s side. Perhaps we have common ancestors in the family lines of Trojanowski, Lewandowski, Szczepański, Babarski, Wittkier, Gulda, or Radzimiński.

Since so many of our families came from the same area of the world, it seems likely that we have other ancestors in common somewhere in the past.

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