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Szczepański Family


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Szczepański, Jakob Small Farmer, (1837-1914) Dalwin, the son of Piotr Jozef Szczepański (1801-1872) & Anna Filtzek (1810-1856), married on 12 June 1859 at St. Jan Nepomuncen, Godziszewo to Barbara Ciesnikowska (1832-1865) Obozin, the daughter of Franciszek Ciesnikowski (1796-1876) & Anna Nierzwicka (1802-1886). Family—Trzcińsk; Jozef (1857), Franciszka Rozalia (1859-1884), Jozefina (1861-1955) & Anna (1864-1866). Barbara died at Trzcińsk on 20 August 1865 aged 33. Jakob then married on 13 May 1867 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Lubiszewo-Tczewskie to Maryanna (Maria) Gręca (1834-1881) Lubiszewo-Tczewskie, the daughter of Jozef Tomasz Gręca (1795-1867) & Maryanna Neuman (1798-1847). They left Trzcińsk for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson, Wellington on 6 August 1874.

Listed aboard were—Jacob Szczepansky 35, Maria 44, Rosalia 14, & Josephina 12. They settled in the Waikaka Valley at Germantown where Jacob worked at times as a labourer & farmer. Maria died at Gore in May 1881 aged 46 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery. Jacob was first admitted into the Otago Benevolent Instituion (Tall Boys), Caversham, Dunedin on 1 November 1895 being unable to find work, residing at Mosgiel at the time. He then settled at Pine Hill, Dunedin and was later admitted back into the Benevolent Institution on 7 June 1898 being out of work. Working as a labourer, he was naturalised a New Zealand citizen on 27 October 1903 residing at Caversham. He died on 6 July 1914 aged 76 and is buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin.

Franciska (Rosalia) Szczepańska married in 1876 to James Henry Chittock. Family—Gore; Agnes Mary Sophia, (1876-1967), Frederick Charles (1879-1968), Josephine Barbara (1882-1970) & James Francis (1884-1971). Rose died at Gore on 9 May 1884 aged 24 and is buried at the Gore Cemetery.

Josephina Szczepańska married on 12 September 1880 at Mckay’s Hall, Gore to Johann Franz Rydzewski (1857-1935) Miłobądz. Family—Hokonui; Agnes Elizabeth (1881-1961), Croydon; James August (1883-1947), Waikaka Valley; Clara Barbara (1885-1975), Ellen Frances (1887-1969), John Francis (1890-1924), Joseph (1893-1907), Josephine (1895-1976) & Frances Victoria (1901-1989).  Josephina died at the Little Sisters of the Poor at Dunedin on 10 November 1955 aged 93 and is buried at the Mataura Cemetery.

Maria Szczepanski (nee Grenc) & Rose Frances Chittock (nee Szczepanski), Catholic Block 48 Plot 12, Gore Cemetery

John & Josephine Rejeski (nee Szczepanka), Block M Plot 4, Mataura Cemetery


Pobόg-Jaworowski, J. W, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand, ed. Warsaw; Chz “Ars Polonia.” 1990, pages 42 & 172.

Research Sources

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

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

Caversham Tall Boys, Patient Records, Dunedin Hocken Library.

Godziszewo, Lubiszewo Tczewskie & Miłobądz Parish Records, Pelplin Diocese, Poland.

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


Andersons Bay Cemetery – Jacob Szczeponski (1837-1914) – Dunedin City Council

Gore Cemetery – Maria Sczepanski (1834-1881) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

Gore Cemetery – Rose Frances Chittock (1859-1884) » Gore District Council (goredc.govt.nz)

                                                                                                        Mataura Cemetery – Josephine Rejefsky (1861-1955) – Find A Grave Memorial


Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)