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Chiłkowski Family



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Albrecht Chiłkowski (b. 1810–d. 1875) was born at Bączek, the son of Jozef Chiłkowski (b. 1751–d. 1826) and Maryanna Klass (b. 1762–d. 1831).  Albrecht married on 5 May 1833 at the church of St. Jan Nepomuncen in Godziszewo to Katarzyna Stolc (b. 1810–d. 1881), the daughter of Andrzej Stolc (b. 1784–d. 1850) and Leonore (b. 1789–d. 1829). The family born at Damaszka were Jozefina (b. 1834–d. 1914), at Turze Wielkie; Maryanna (b. 1836–d. 1838), Katarzyna (b. 1840–d. 1874), Weronika (b. 1842–d. 1902), at Damaszka; Barbara (b. 1845–d. 1854), at Turze; Rozalia (b. 1848–d. 1911), at Małe Turze; Jan Jakob (b. 1851–d. 1914), Jozef (b. 1854–d. 1874) and Franciszka Apollonia (b. 1857–d. 1886).  In 1874, Franciszka Apollonia left the village of Małe Turze with her sister Weronika and husband Franciszek Anis and their young family for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874. They arrived at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874.

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Annie, Fanny (nee Chilkowska), Frank & Felix Klimeck. Waihola Ca. 1886. Provided by Martin Klemick, Nightcaps.

Listed aboard was—Francisca Chilkowski age 17 and travelled with family south to Waihola in the South Island. She was soon followed by her godparents, Johann & Apollonia Klass who went to the newly established settlement of Greytown (Allanton). In the next year, her sister Rozalia and husband Jan Marcin Kreft left Stanisławie for Hamburg and set aboard the Lammershagen for New Zealand where they were sent to Jackson’s Bay. Fanny (b. 1857–d, 1886), a domestic servant, married on 22 April 1882 at the House of Franz Annis in Waihola to Frank Klimeck (b. 1855–d. 1919), the son of Maciej Klimek (b. 1819–d. 1899) and Anna Smolińska (b. 1820–d. 1882). The family born at Waihola were Felix (b. 1884-d. 1961) and Annie (b. 1885–d. 1968). Tragically Fanny died of apoplexy at Waihola on 2 October 1886 aged 29 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery behind the Annis family plot. Sometime after their mothers death, Felix and Annie were sent to live with their uncle and aunt, Frank and Mathilda Tikey at Fairfield.

Franciszka’s brother, Jan Jakob, immigrated to America with his wife Barbara Rozanowska and their young family aboard the Belgenland. They departed from Antwerp, Belgium, arriving at Philadelphia, Pensylvania on 14 August 1891 and settled in Milwaukee, Winsconsin.  In 1892 her eldest sister Jozefina also migrated to Milwaukee with her youngest daughter Jozefina .after the death of her husband Jozef Wolke.

Grave of Fanny Klimeck (no headstone), behind the Annis Family Plot, Waihola Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski J. W., History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 42 & 43.

Research Sources

Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973, FamilySearch.

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register.

Godziszewo & Kokoszkowy Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

Waihola Burial Records, Clutha District Council, Balclutha.

Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)