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John Piechowiak
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1850, Poland
Death: Aug. 13, 1933
Bay City
Bay County
Michigan, USA

my great maternal grandfather was born June 12, 1850 in Lokowo Poznan Poland, died August 13, 1933 in Bay City Michigan. Jan emigrated to the USA in 1880 with friends of his family (CHMIEL). He departed Antwerp, Belgium on the vessel MONTPELIER arriving at SAULT STE MARIE via ST JOHNS on the Canadian Pacific Railroad in the fall of 1880. He settled for a few years in EAST TAWAS, Michigan. The story that has been passed down is that Jan was born of wealthy parents who were large landowners in Poland. He did not follow the wishes of his parents thus they gave him money to come to America with their friends the CHMIELS. Lived for a time on Michigan Avenue when first moving to Bay City around 1884 then bought a homestead in 1888 at 1215 33rd Street where he remained for over 40 year until his death. He worked as a woodcutter, foundry worker and engineer. A description of him given by a surviving great aunt is: about 5'7" tall, dark eyes, mustache, very active, participant in PULASKI Hall, grand marshal riding white horse in many parades in Bay City, presented himself as very dignified. After years of attending St Stanislaus Church he was one of the founding members of St Hyacinth's in 1906. Jan had one sister who remained in Poland. Jan's father's name was Laurentis, mother's name is unknown.

A friend recently found the marriage record of my great grandparents on LDS Church films. It indicates Jan Piechowiak and Franciszka Luczak were married on August 30, 1874, in Kostrzyn. Jan was 24 and Franciszka was 17. The witnesses were Wojciech Luczak of Czerlejno and Tomasz Cieslinski of Kleszczewo.



Bay City Times August 14, 1933

John Piechowiak,83 died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Wanda Slezak yesterday following a 2 year illness. Born in Poland June 12, 1850 he had lived in Bay City for more than 50 years. Piechowiak was a member of St. Hyacinth's church and St. Stanislaus' society of that church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Slezak and Mrs. Bessie Lepczyk.Bay City: six sons, Wallace, John and Edward all of Bay City, Stanley of Flint, Walter of South America, and Frank; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Slezak Wednesday at 8:30a.m. and at the church at 9:00a.m., with Rev. Joseph Lewandowski officiating. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frances Piechowiak (1857 - 1930)
 
 Children:
  Walenty Piechowiak (1878 - 1915)*
  Wallace Piechowiak (1883 - 1956)*
  Wanda Piechowiak Slezak (1888 - 1963)*
  Bessie Piechowiak Lepczyk (1890 - 1971)*
  John Piechowiak (1892 - 1967)*
  Edward Piechowiak (1897 - 1986)*
  Anna Piechowiak (1900 - 1900)*
  J. Robert Adams (1902 - 1973)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery
Bay City
Bay County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: Lawrence Adams
Originally Created by: J. Cooper
Record added: Sep 17, 2011
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John Piechowiak
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John Piechowiak
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John Piechowiak
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I still remember you great grandpa!
- Lawrence Adams
 Added: Jan. 25, 2012

- J. Cooper
 Added: Sep. 17, 2011
 
 
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