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Last update 10/12/2016


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On August 10, 1851, Wawrzyniec Dyszkiewicz was born in Poland. I have found some evidence that I have not been able to verify that he may have been born in Jaswily, Poland, in the Podlaskie province (formerly Bialystok). The English version of the Polish name Wawrzyniec (pronounced vahf-ZHIN-yets) is Lawrence. In any event, Lawrence married Maryanna Mazurkiewicz in Poland around 1880. Marya, as she was more commonly called, was born there around 1860. I don't know her father's first name, but her mother was Aniela Malecki. Aniela was born in February of 1852, the daughter of Felex Malecki and Juzefa Dzinyts.

The first child born to Lawrence and Marya that I have documented was Edward Dyszkiewcz, born in Poland around 1889. Since there is a 9-year gap between their marriage and Edward's birth, there may have been other children that I am not aware of. Another son, Stanley Dyszkiewcz was born in Poland around 1891 before the family immigrated to America that same year and settled in Newark, NJ.

At first, the family lived at 118 Court Street in Newark. Lawrence worked as a blacksmith in a wagon shop. Two more sons were born here in Newark: John Dyszkiewcz on January 5, 1892, and Henry Dyszkiewcz on July 1, 1893. They were followed by three daughters. By the time Sophie Dyszkiewcz was born on October 29, 1895, the family had moved to 97 Mercer Street in Newark. When my grandmother Frances Dyszkiewcz arrived in 1899, they were living at 644 S. 11th Street in Newark. In 1901, Louisa Dyszkiewcz was born. There was one more child, Adolphina Lilla Dyszkiewicz, born July 10, 1904. Lilly, as she was affectionately called, died less than a year later on April 14, 1905. She was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange, New Jersey.

On the 1910 Federal Census, Marya confirmed my suspicions by stating she was the mother of 12 children, 10 of whom were still alive in 1910. Besides the 8 that I know of, that means she had 4 more, most certainly the first 4 born in Poland. I have no idea who they were or where they went.

By 1910, 20-year-old Edward was working as a mason, 18-year-old Stanley was a file cutter, 16-year-old John worked in a button shop, 15-year-old Henry worked in a novelty shop, and 14-year-old Sophie was a trimmer in an underwear factory.

On October 4, 1916, Sophie married Michael Kramer at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Newark. Michael was a plumber and later worked for the Kreuger Brewing Company in Newark. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 27, 1890, the son of Henryk Kramer and Malgorrata Dauenhauer. Michael was 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds. He had gray eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion.

By 1916, Marya and Lawrence were still living at 644 South 11th Street in Newark. Living with them was Marya's mother, Aniela (Malecki) Mazurkiewicz. In December of that year, Aniela became ill and was treated at the home by Dr. Lewis Weiss. On April 16, 1917, Dr. Weiss was called back to the home when Aniela suddenly collapsed. By the time the doctor arrived, Aniela was already dead. The official cause of death was listed as "old age." She was 65 years old.

Sophie and Michael lived first in Irvington before moving to Chapman Street in Newark and raising two daughters, Mildred Kramer, born 1917, and Claire Kramer, born around 1921. By 1930, Sophie's brother Henry was living with them in Newark. In the early 1920's, the Dyszkiewcz siblings changed their surname to Smith. Mildred was a schoolteacher. Sophie was into ceramics. I still have some of her exquisite creations. Michael died in 1966; Mildred in 1978. They are interred in a mausoleum at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, NJ. Sophie was 86 years old when she died in Maplewood, NJ on November 24, 1981. She is with Michael and Mildred at Hollywood Memorial Park.

Sometime around 1920, Louisa Dyszkiewicz married Charles Maas. After one child, a son named Charles Maas, Jr., was born in 1922, the couple divorced. Louisa and her son continued to live at their home at 939 Grove Street in Irvington, NJ. The house was next door to George and Katherine Bauer, who lived at 941 Grove Street.

On November 21, 1925, Frances (Dyszkiewicz) Smith married my grandfather, John Murphy. Unfortunately, Lawrence was not there to see them married. He and Marya were still living at 644 South 11th Street in Newark when he died on November 18, 1924, a year before John and Frances were married. He was 73 years old. Marya moved in with her divorced daughter Louisa at 939 Grove Street in Irvington. Marya died there from the effects of diabetes at the age of 66 a few years later on March 31, 1927. She and Lawrence are buried together in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in East Orange.

John and Frances were living on Kuna Terrace in Newark when my father, William Murphy was born on October 22, 1929. John worked as an engineer for the phone company. He died in Irvington on December 7, 1963 at the age of 65. Frances died five years later on December 16, 1968, when she was 69 years old. They are buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ.

I have no idea whatever became of Edward, Stanley, John, or Henry.

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