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Barbarowa Genealogy Pages

  Harvard-Denison Bridge, about 1910

Main Feature

This site is devoted to the history of the west side neighborhood known as Brooklyn Centre. The heart of the area is at West 25th St. and Denison Avenue in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It was formerly a part of Brooklyn Village before being absorbed by the City of Cleveland. The area lies in the eastern half of the original Brooklyn Township Lot #74.

Available Trees

Starting Points for each tree are the clickable names in the five lines below. Each individual surname is a link. They represent the families that had members who settled in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Also, be aware that just because they are starting points relevant to this site, does not mean that there aren't several generations of ancestors ALSO available here.

Brainerd/Brainard; Foster, Fish of CT and OH

This tree consists of the early pioneers from Connecticut, who settled on the western banks of the Cuyahoga River in what was then known as Brooklyn, Ohio and now Cleveland, Ohio.

The main branches found here are those of the Brainard/Brainerd families, the Fosters (who owned much of the "Barbarowa" neighborhood which is on the west side of the Harvard-Denison bridge), and the Fish families.

Barbarowa Neighborhood Family Tree

This collection of data is devoted to all the families that lived in the Barbarowa neighborhood. This is the area around St. Barbara Catholic Church at W.15th and Denison Avenue (on the west side of the Harvard-Denison bridge), in Cleveland, Ohio.

Although the primary collection is for this area, many of the names are also associated with other Polish neighborhoods of Cleveland as some of the local residents married individuals from outside their immediate location. Thus, families from the Fleet Avenue area (Warszawa), E. 71st and Grant Ave. (Krakowa), Garfield, Sowinski (St. Clair), and the Southside (Kantowa) will be found within.

Here is a quick link to the surnames associated with this neighborhood:

Barbarowa SURNAMES

Some additional Barbarowa families will be found in the Jemiola/Kapusta and Rozhon/Wanicki tree.

Rozhon's from Everywhere else

This tree consists of well over a dozen separate ROZHON family groups that have not, to this point, been connected to the Rozhons who lived in Cleveland, Ohio.

The following lived in Illinois and/or Indiana:

Family #01 - Rozhon, Karel
Family #02 - Rozhon, Michael & Josephine
Family #03 - Rozhon, James & Katerina Stepanek
Family #04 - Rozhon, Joseph & Mary Petrik
Family #05 - Rozhon, John & Josefa Vrba
Family #06 - Rozhon, Charles & Marie Kuska
Family #07 - Rozhon, Anton & Anna Vadleych
Family #08 - Rozhon - Common ancestor of two families below
Family #08.1 - Rozhon, Ignac & Anna Honza
Family #08.2 - Rozhon, Frank & Antoinette Kuchar
Family #09 - Rozhon, Joseph & Marie

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What is Barbarowa?
Originally part of the Connecticut Land Company allotment of the Western Reserve, the neighborhood at the west end of the Harvard-Denison Bridge was settled about 1810. It underwent several transformations, from Connecticut owners to German and then to Polish. By the late 1960's, part of the neighborhood was split in two by the Jennings Freeway.

More About Barbarowa

Further details about this neighborhood, census information, pictures, and recipes.

Cleveland Cemetery Transcriptions

This new database allows you to enter the burial information for your Polish Clevelanders. We hope it can provide a central location for burials from this area.


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