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Gręca Family



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Gręca, Marcin (1825-1896) Małe Turze, the son of Jozef Gręca (1790-1852) & Florentyna Zurawska (1795-1834), married on 16 November 1851 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Maryanna Anis (1826-1880) Sobowidz, the daughter of Szymon Anis (1798-1865) & Regina Demmer (1804-1890). I was unable to locate any children in Poland. They left Turze Wielkie for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 Aug 1874.

Old cottage on section 16 of block 19 at Waihola.

Listed aboard were—Martin Grenz 44, Marianna 44 & Anna 9. Anna (1864-1921) Godziszewo, was possibly a niece, the daughter of Paweł Gręca & Rozalia Stolc. They travelled south to Waihola to join with family there where Martin purchased section 16 of block 19 at Waihola on 21 Nov 1876. Here Marianna died four years later on 15 August 1880 aged 53 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery. Martin moved to Greytown where he purchased sections 1 & 2, block 11 on 1 March 1881. Martin then married on 27 March 1881 at Church of Immaculate Conception, East Taieri to Mary Frawley, Ireland, the daughter of Patrick Frawley & Bridget Hayes. He was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 14 November 1893, a gardener, residing at Greytown. Martin died on 9 December 1896 at Allanton aged 71.  Both Martin & Mary are buried at the Allanton Cemetery.

Anna Grenz (1864-1921) while residing in Dunedin had a child; James Frederick (1881-1881) but died one month old and is buried at the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin. She married on 25 December 1889 at Knox Church, Dunedin to William Robertson MacDonald (1859-1939) Glasgow, the son of James MacDonald & Jane Robertson. Family—¬Port Chalmers; Agnes Robertson (1890-1954) & James Martin (1893). Anna died at Blackball on the West Coast on 27 January 1921 and is buried at the Blackball Cemetery.  William later died at Christchurch on 7 August 1939 and is buried at the Bromley Cemetery.

Research Sources

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

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records.

Godziszewo & Trąbki Wielkie Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Naturalisations, Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Waihola Cemetery Records, Clutha District Council, Balclutha.


Allanton Cemetery – Martin Grants (1825-1896) – Dunedin City Council

Blackball Cemetery – Anne MacDonald (1864-1921) – Find A Grave Memorial


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)