According to a letter I received from a cousin in Canada, Jan(?) Brodzinski was supposed to have exchanged passports with Jan Czerwinski after the fall of Poland. Jan Brodzinski fought with the Polish Army against the Russians during the 1830-1831 uprising. After the Russians crushed the uprising, Jan Brodzinski and a large number of Polish soldiers crossed into East Prussia and were interred. Before returning home and apparently fearing persecution by the Russians, he exchanged passports with a man from Eastern Poland named Jan Czerwinski and under this name he returned and settled in a village (Dobrzejewice) approx. 12 miles from the city of Torun and some 30 miles West from the rest of the family.
I am interested in getting in touch with the Brodzinski or Czerwinski family in Poland to verify the information passed on to me. I am also interested in a death date for Jan Czerwinski (1816-?)