The Zawisza Family

About the Zawisza Family

Potok, Poland

Unfortunately, I haven’t found too much information on about my Zawisza ancestors prior to arrival here in the U.S., though I am connected to one cousin who is also very into ancestry.

Grandmother – Genevieve Zawisza

1916

Genevieve Zawisza was born on February 6, 1916 to  Josef, 25, and Genowefa, 20 in Buffalo, NY.

1921 

Genevieve lived at 147 Peter Street, in Buffalo Ward 21, New York.


Genevieve, Genowefa (mother), Helen, and Stella (on lap) Zawisza picture taken around 1923.

1925

Jenny Zawisza (9) lived at 295 Amherst St. in Buffalo, NY.

1930

Jenny Zawisza (14) lived at 295 Amherst St. in Buffalo, NY.

1931 

Genevieve’s father, Josef, passed away when she was 15 and he was 41.

1938

Genevieve married Walter Kiebzak on October 22, 1938.

Genevieve and Walter, marriage photo.

1940

Genevieve (24) lives at 556 Amherst with husband, Walter. She works on the assembly line in a radio factory. She works 40 hours a week.


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Grandpa (Walter), Grandma (Genevieve), Helen and Joann?

1941

Jean Kiebzak lives at 566 Amherst with husband, Walter.

1956

Genevieve E Kiebzak and husband, Walter, live at 109 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY.

Grandma (Genevieve), Aunt Sharon, Uncle Donny, Uncle Jim


Grandma (Genevieve), Aunt Sharon, Uncle Donny, Uncle Jim


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Grandmother Genevieve in center, in black dress, next to husband Walter.


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Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve)


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Grandpa (Walter) and Grandma (Genevieve) with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve) with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve) with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve) with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve)


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Grandma (Genevieve) with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve) and mom, Dorothy, with me.


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Grandma (Genevieve)


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Grandma (Genevieve), me, and Pink Floyd.


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Me, at Crystal Beach, with grandma and mom and the day we won Pink Floyd.

1987 

Genevieve “Jenny” Zawisza Kiebzak passed away. She is buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetary in Buffalo, NY.

Great-Grandmother – Genowefa Samotyck (Samolyk)

1895

Genowefa Samotyck was born on December 29, 1895 in Radomysl, Poland.

1909

In 1909, she left Hamburg, Germany and arrived in New York.

1912

She married Jozef Zawisza on January 14, 1912, when she was 16 years old and he was 21 in Perry, NY.

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They had four children together.

 

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Genevieve Zawisza (center) Genevieve (left) Stella (lap) and Helen (right)

 

1920

In 1920, Genowefa may have voted for the first time while she was living in New York.

1932

Her husband Jozef passed away on March 23, 1932, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 42. They had been married 20 years.

She also had one son with Joseph Dudek.

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1964

She died in 1964 in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 69.

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Great-Grandfather – Josef Zawisza

1890

Josef Zawisza was born on March 18, 1890, in Poland, the son of Mary and John.

1912

Josef (21) married Genowefa Samotyk (18) on January 14, 1912, in Perry/Wyoming County, New York. She was born in Austria. They had five children during their marriage, including my grandmother,Genowefa Zawisza.




Matthew (age 10-11), Joseph, and Stephanie on lap (age 2-3).

1920

In 1920, the Josef (30) and his family lived in Buffalo Ward 21, Buffalo, New York on Peter Street. He was a Rubber Tender at a Mill.

1930

In 1930, Josef (40) and his family lived at 295 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY. He was a Coremaker.

1932

Josef died on March 23, 1932, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 42, and was buried in Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.

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 Jozef Zawisza

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