The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 3: What’s in your cellar? March 19, 2019.


We started the day off in Kołaki, hoping to find a Budny family residing there. Unfortunately, a local informs us that the last Budny family moved away years ago. However, a descendant of that family lived in Sadykierz. Daniel and I make the quick trip Sadykierz to learn more about this family to see if they could be related to Adam Budny. Meeting with Jadwiga Budna didn’t reveal any connection. Jadwiga contacted her sister in Warsaw for us to visit. Jadwiga’s niece had done a family tree that went back several generations. Daniel and I were able to photograph the tree when we returned to Warsaw on the third day. Again, the brick wall keeps getting bigger. We can find no connection to my great-grandfather Adam.


At Chojnowski’s place.


We return to Mamino to visit the Chojnowski’s home. We meet with his wife, who calls her husband to the house.  Mr. Chojnowski confirms that his great grandfather Władysław Leon Chojnowski met one representative of Borucki family from Mamino in United States and received some type of authorization to purchase or obtain the land belonging to Ksawery Borucki family in Mamino.  This land agreement was used in the mid-1940’s to acquire part of Ksawery’s land. 

Mrs. Chojnowski brought several old documents from the cellar.  These two documents contained noteworthy information regarding Franciszek Borucki, Mary’s father. These documents have survived two World Wars. They are not archived or index anywhere. The documents in their possession are:


  • Notarial Land Purchase Agreement dated June 22, 1874 that lists Jakub Borucki as Franciszek Borucki’s father. 
    • Franciszek’s marriage record suffered damage and part of the name is burned away. This document confirms Franciszek is the son of Jakub. 
    • The buyers are listed as Franciszek Borucki, with his father, Jakub Borucki from the village of Mamino Lipniki and Jan Stepnowski together with his wife Małgorzata Stepnowska nee Budna from the village of Mamino Wyszki.
  • A Purchase Agreement dated April 24, 1924, that describes the land purchased by Władysław Chojnowski. One side of the border refers that the parcel belongs to Franciszek Borucki’s inheritors.

Researching the individuals in the purchase agreement may lead me to the discovery of Adam Budny’s parents.  

Mr. Chojnowski graciously allows us inside the family windmill for a tour. The same windmill seen when entering the village. The Chojnowski family ran a flour mill for several generations.


We finish the day with trips to Sieluń and Sypniewo to attach the flyer to any Borucki or Budny gravestone. The flyers contained information about me and my ancestors, a couple of family photos and Daniel’s contact information. Daniel did get some phone inquiries after my visit. But again, nothing panned out.

By happenstance, we meet Father Mamiński near the gravestone of Ksawery Borucki and Julianna Borucka nee Budna (Zakrzewska). He is descended from Julianna Budna’s first marriage to Antoni Zakrzewski, son of Walenty Zakrzewsi and Zuzanna Budna. The priest bought the renewal rights to the family plot so he can be buried there. The cake top style headstones are quite interesting to see.  Poles regularly visit cemeteries to leave flowers and lanterns.

Caroll Budny

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