Ok, yesterday I made a note to search for Rusek, a village I never knew of, except that it was not a village near to the ancestral villages of my grandparents (dziadkowie). So I used my usual favorite Polish Gazetteer: the Skorowidz Miejscowości Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej … The above image is from page 1479 of the book (although it is image #1481 online). You can find this gazetteer from my web page at the top of the blog (Index of Place Names in the Republic of Poland).
I did find two Ruseks. The one in Pomerania seemed very unlikely. The other is in the same wojewodztwo (Kielce) near Krakow — I’d bet on this one. If the info in the Ship Manifest (see the previous posting) was correct then Leon Wlecial may have been born in Sułoszowa parish in the village of Rusek-Wrona (actually a settlement/osada according to the gazetteer). I’d have to wonder what would have brought his parents to Sułoszowa parish, given that Maciej Wlecial was a restauranteur and that is a long ways from the family business.
According to the LDS Family Search website – the Library Catalog, we do find they have microfilm for the Sułoszowa, diocese in woj. Kielce but parish in woj. Kraków. That is kind of an odd configuration (parish/diocese). The list of available microfilm is as follows:
- Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1810-1814 – FHL INTL Film [ 876795 ]
- Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1815-1824 – FHL INTL Film [ 876796 ]
- Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1825-1838 – FHL INTL Film [ 876797 ]
- Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1839-1855 – FHL INTL Film [ 876798 ]
- Akta urodzeń, małżeństw, zgonów 1855-1870 – VAULT INTL Film [ 923367 ]
So they have birth, marriage, death records for the years 1810-1870. No help there since by Leon’s age, he would have been born in the 1895 (my guess is 1894, even though he always declared 1897 as the year, it is unlikely unless he was a twin of his sister Julianna (in which case where was Leon’s birth). 1894 would also match his Ship Manifest if he were to become 19 after his arrival date. He was married so I cannot see fittiing him into the gaps for later years (i.e. 1896 or 1900) or he would have been too young to have been married in/before 1913 and immigrate. Perhaps one day I will rent one of these microfilm and look for some Wlecial in that Sułoszowa parish — perhaps they originally came from Rusek to Kwasów (in Pacanów parish).