My Polish Connection
Katarzyna Zmudzinska was born on Nov 24, 1887 in the village of Mosty Male in Galicia, Austria. The village of Mosty Male is now located in southern Poland very near the border with the Ukraine, 34 nm northwest of Lviv. Her parents were Blazi Zmudzinski and Anna Jasniuk and she had sisters named Tekla, Anna and Marynka and brothers named Mikolaj and Michal. Of this family it was believed that only Katarzyna and Anna came to the United States, Katarzyna came in 1907 and her sister Anna followed in 1910. Recently it was learned that brother Michal also came to the United States probably in the 1950s.
Photos: Left: Tekla, Anna (mother) & Michal Center: Anna (sister) & Katarzyna Right: Michal, wife Anna & her brother & sister
Katarzyna departed from Antwerp, Belgium on January 26, 1907 on
the ship Westernland and arrived in the United States on February 10,
1907. She was processed at Ellis Island and arrived in New York where
she worked in 1907 and 1908 as a housemaid for a Mrs. Bryan and for a Mrs. Blumenfeld. It was during this time in New York that she met Karol Dominik Bykantowicz, a house guest of her employer. Dominik Bykantowicz also
used the name K. D. Bennett
or Charlie Bennett. He was born April 17, 1872 in Russia or probably Russian occupied Poland.
Photo: Dominik, Katarzyna, Edna & Helen
Photo: Katarzyna with Edna & Helen
After Dominik's death, Katarzyna married Michael Fitz. He was born Mikhail Ficzaj on July 19, 1891 in Ganya, Hungary (Czechoslovakia), his father was Mikhail Oliksov Ficzaj and his mother was Anna Laurishi. Michael left the port of Fiume, Italy/Austria on December 28, 1908 aboard the Caronia. He arrived in New York on January 3, 1909. Katarzyna and Michael had two children, Anna Fitz born in 1919 and Michail Fitz in 1921.
Photos: Left: Mikhail & Katarczyna Fitz, Right: Michail & Anna
Katarzyna died July 5, 1959 and is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Ks. Today she has many descendants who would like to know more about their Polish roots and the family she left behind in the land of her birth.
Unidentified Photos - Photos from the Slavic community in Kansas City, Ks.