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Vincentas (Vincent)  WANICKI  Vincentas (Vincent) WANICKI[1, 2, 3]
 1871 - 1936

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  • Birth  12 May 1871  Sapiegiskis, Kaunas, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Christened  Sapiegiskis, Kaunas, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    IMMI  19 Mar 1898  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mar 1936  Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  11 Mar 1936  Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I337  Wanicki/Rozhon and Kapusta/Jemiola
    Last Modified  28 Dec 2006 19:06:27 
    Father  Unknown VANICKIUTIC, b. Abt 1845, , , Lithuania  
    Family ID  F376  Group Sheet
    Family 1  Karolinka JUSKIEWICYTIE, (Juszkiewicz) 
    Married  Abt 1895  Sapiegiskis, , Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    >1. Ona (Anna) WANICKI, b. 26 Jul 1897, Sapiegiskis, Kaunas, Lithuania
    Family ID  F124  Group Sheet
    Family 2  Aniela (Angela) DZIEMBAK, b. 1881, Borkowa, Sierpc, Plock, Poland  
    Married  19 Jun 1905  St. Casimir Church, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    >1. Isabel WANICKI, b. 27 Apr 1906, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    >2. Louis Stepan WANICKI, b. 25 Aug 1907, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
     3. Teckla (Tillie) WANICKI, b. 28 Apr 1909, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    >4. Genevieve D. WANICKI, b. 10 Apr 1910, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
     5. Mieczystaw Kasimir WANICKI, [infant], b. 26 Dec 1912, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    >6. Irene WANICKI, b. 1 Jan 1914, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
     7. Clara (Jennie) WANICKI, (infant), b. 18 Sep 1915, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    >8. John W. WANICKI, b. 21 Oct 1916, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    >9. Stanley Anthony WANICKI, Sr., b. 27 Jul 1918, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
     10. Felix WANICKI, (infant), b. 31 May 1920, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
    Photos Wanicki Children Wanicki Children
    Isabel, Irene, Tillie, Genevieve, and Stanley (all children of Vincent and Aniela Wanicki)
    Family ID  F122  Group Sheet
  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 12 May 1871 - Sapiegiskis, Kaunas, Lithuania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - - Sapiegiskis, Kaunas, Lithuania Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos Wanicki, Vincent - 1905Wanicki, Vincent - 1905
    Wanicki, Vincent - Wedding 1905Wanicki, Vincent - Wedding 1905
    With his bride, Aniela Dziembak.
    Wanicki, Vincent - Church in Zapyskis, LithuaniaChurch in Zapyskis, Lithuania
    Church in Zapyskis, Lithuania
    Wanicki, Vincent - S.S. PalatiaWanicki, Vincent - S.S. Palatia
    The S.S. Palatia. The ship that Vincent sailed on when emigrating from Lithuania in 1897.
    Documents Wanicki, Vincent - Declaration of Intention (1912)Wanicki, Vincent - Declaration of Intention (1912)
    This document provides the name of the place Vincent came from in Lithuania.
    Headstones Wanicki, Vincent 1871-1936Wanicki, Vincent 1871-1936
    Status: Located. Calvary Cemetery
    Section 59, Lot 310, Grave 2
    Seven rows back from Grave 230.
    OJCIEC (Father)
    Vincenty Wanicki
  • Notes 
    • Vincent's family was said to be well-to-do and owned a large, prosperous farm in Lithuania where they employed several field hands. When the Russians came to try to take over their property, they worked a deal to save their farm where Vincent would join the Cossacks and serve in their Army. Whether this is true or not, is uncertain. During the late 1800's, males had to serve 25 years in the military. One of the few stories that have been passed down through the family about this experience is that he got to play clarinet for the Czar of Russia as part of a Cossack band. After the feast, the band members were allowed to go to the table to eat upon gold plates. He had never seen such a feast before in his life.

      His daughter, Isabel, was supposedly named for his sister.

      He was described variously as dear, sweet, home person, pious, good father, very nice, religous, but very strict.

      Naturalization papers specify his birthplace as Sapiergizkis. Various other spellings of this town are also usable: Sapiezyszki, Sapienyszki, Sapizishok or Sepizishok (Jewish version), and the modern version, Zapyskis. The town is located NW of Kaunas at 54N55 23E40 on the south bank of the river. Classification of the town is Zapyskis, Marijampole Uszd, Suwalki Gubernia, Lithuania -- probably the equivalent of our City, County, State, Country.

      The Zapyskis Estate was set up on the first half of the 16th century. It was owned by the Sapiega family, thus carrying the name of Sapiegikis for some time; later on, it was renamed Zapyskis. The small town of Zapyskis was mentioned in the late 16th century. The Kaunas-Virbalis trading and mail track went through Zapyskis. On the second half of the 16th century, P. Sapiega initiated and funded building of a church. (It was repaired and reconstructed in 1677, 1744, 1763, after the 1812 War and after the 1846 Flood. Sermons have not been held since the early 20th century). A parish school functioned in the 17th century. The town was devastated during the wars in the mid-17th and early-18th centuries. Annexed to Prussia in 1795, Zapyskis was incorporated into Russia in 1815. Trade livened up (markets and fairs were organised). In 1825-1847, Zapyskis had the urban rights. The flood in 1846 caused much damage to the town, as did the 1957 fire and WWI. In 1919-1950, Zapyskis was the centre of a rural district. Inhabitants of Zapyskis were engaged in agriculture, fishing, and small crafts. (Source:

      Zapyškis thru the ages
      1501 Panemune
      1559 Zopijskei
      1578 Sapiežyszki
      1599 Sopežiški
      1613 Sapieczyški
      1808 Zapieciszki
      1883 Sapežiški
      1900 Sapiežiškiai
      1911-1917 Zapiškis
      1915 Szapjechischki
      1920-1923 Zapyškis
      1941 Sapieschyschken

      Per his naturalization papers, Vincent departed from Hamburg on the SS Palatia 19 Mar 1898 and arrived in New York City on 31 Mar 1898. He stated that his destination was Wooster (Worcester?), Massachusetts. He arrived in Cleveland on 21 Oct 1898. The actual ship manifest, so far, has not been found.

      On 29 Jan 2003, this researcher (Sandra Wanicki Rozhon) discovered that a Kazimiery Juszkiewicz arrived at Ellis Island on 03 Apr 1912 aboard the FINLAND. His destination was his brother, Wilunas (spelling?) Juszkiewicz. His home town is listed as Szapieziskis! He was 30 years of age, so born about 1882 and married (his wife's name isn't quite legible on the ship's manifest). He stated that he had been in the U.S. in 1905 in Worcester (Vincent's destination, also), but his final destination in 1912 was Elizabethtown, N.J.. The question certainly is whether this fellow is possibly a relative of Vincent's first wife?
      Attempts to find Vincent listed in the ship's manifest for those dates has been fruitless -- the closest record resembling his name and age was Julian (or Yulian) Winitzki who was headed for Milwaukee where his cousin (named Marcin Adamsky) lived. This fellow listed Chovocz as the city he emigrated from. It so happens that there is a town only 4 miles away from where our Vincent was born that sounds much like this one, though not spelled the same. One strike against this name is that if this is an exact spelling, most Winitzki's that have been found seem to be Jewish.
      A second possibility is Vicent Bielansky if he was travelling under someone else's name. Another possibility is a Wincenz Wanicki who arrived 13 Aug 1901 on the Friedrich Der Grosse out of Bremen. He emigrated from Rzcgocin?? and listed his ethnicity as Galicy. He had a wife and child with him. While not from the right timeframe, there is a "Kasimir Winicki" (listed as Kasmimir Wunicki on the Ellis Island website index) who arrived in 9 April 1909 on The Rhaetia from a town called "Piple" which I've determined is only 4 miles east of Zapyskis, so also possibly a relative of some sort. His destination was his sister-in-law, Veronica Loslowicz, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Kasimir's age is difficult to decipher. It could be 22 or 42. He lists his wife as a close relative back in Lithuania. Her first name is also difficult to decipher from the original manifest. Starts with an "M"
      Pg 153 0012. Winitzki, Yulian M 28y M Russian, Pole Chovocz [destination - Milwaukee)
      Pg 168 0011. Bielansky, Vicent M 26y M Russian, Pole Pokosny [name may be Pielansky] [destination - Shenandoah,PA]
      Wanicki, Wincenz M 29y M Galicy Rzcgocin
      Wanicki, Bronislawa F 24y M Galicy Rzcgocin
      Wanicki, Marya F 9y S Galicy Rzcgocin

      1910 Ohio Census (Ward 24, E.D. 362, sheet 5, 8205 Pulaski Avenue N.E.) lists Wincenty Wanicki; wife Angelica; children Anna (13), Isabel (3), Ludwig (2), and Tekla (11 months). Vincent's age at the time was 40, second marriage, married for 5 years (so they must have married around 1905), arrived in USA in 1899 (this differs from what he claimed on his Naturalization papers), he spoke English, worked in a Drill Factory, and was renting upstairs at that address.

      1920 Ohio Census (ED 299, sheet 27B [?], lines 99-100 4100 E.59th, Cleveland.
      1920 " " " " sheet 28A, lines 51-57
      Lists all children except for Anna.

      1899 - 138 Sowinski (city directory)
      1900 - 156 Hoffman (census - possibly as Fritz Winitzski though month of birth is different. Everything else matches well. Right neighborhood.)
      1904 - 81 Pulaski (city directory) Helper
      1905 - 81 Pulaski (city directory) Helper
      1906 - 91 Pulaski (city directory) Car Repairman
      (noted on Isabel's birth certificate)
      1907 - 8301 Pulaski (city directory) Car Repairman
      1908 - 8210 Sowinski (city directory) Car Repairman
      1909 - 8210 Sowinski (city directory)
      1909 - 8209 Pulaski (city directory) Finisher
      1910 - 8205 Pulaski (as noted in 1910 Census) Machine ??? Drill factory
      1910 - 7988 Sowinski Milkman
      1911 - 8002 Sowinski (city directory) Milkman
      1912 - 8002 Sowinski (city directory) Milkman
      1912 - 1187 East 80th St. (Declaration of Intention) Milkman
      1913 - 8002 Sowinski (city directory) Polisher (reamer)
      1914 - 2492 Thurman (westside)(Irene's birth certificate) Polisher
      1915 - 4116 East 59th St. (city directory & Jennie's deathcert)Polisher
      1916 - 4116 East 59th St. (city directory) Polisher
      1917 - 4116 East 59th St. (Petition for Naturalization) Polisher
      1918 - 4127 East 56th St. (city directory) Polisher
      1919 - 4127 East 56th St. (city directory) Polisher
      1920 - 4100 East 59th St. Purchased this home Polisher
      1921 - 4100 East 59th St. Polisher
      1922 - 4100 East 59th St. Polisher
      1923 - 4100 East 59th St. Polisher
      1924 - 9815 Greenview Purchased this home Polisher (Garfield Hts)
      1925 - 4184 East 75th St. (city directory) Polisher
      1926 - 4280 East 71th St. (city directory) Polisher
      1927 - 4184 East 75th St. (city directory) Laid off (never returned to work)
      1929 - 7014 Claasen (city directory)
      Remained on Claasen until he died in 1936.

      Married at St. Casimir's Church on Sowinski Ave.. Witnesses: Anthony Subonis, Sophie Mrocinska, Bern Getsewicz (in 1910 census as GECAWICZ, a carpenter, of 1107 E. 79th St.), Mary Nowakowska

      Wanicki Vincent Address: 4116 E.59 St. Cleveland,Ohio 713175-Vol.41,pg.16 Court of CommonPleas, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio Born: * Russia May 12,1871 Date and Port: March 19, 1898 - New York Naturalized: Sept.11,1917 Witnesses: Karl Lachowski - 6923 Clement Ave. Martin Budniak - 3736 E. 69 St. Notes: * country of allegiance Soundex: W520

      WANICKI, Wincenty Death date: 3/11/1936, Cuyahoga County Certificate #15937
      Died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

      Calvary Cemetery, Sec 59, Lot 310, Grave 2

      Unsuccessfully searched for an obituary in the Cleveland Press. It's possible that an obit was published in the local Polish newspaper.

      Name: Wanicki, Vincent
      Date: 1936
      Source: Cemetery record; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #083.
      Notes: 1872-1936. Calvary Cemetery Cleveland, O.
  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Property Deeds, Cuyahoga County, #2160474, Vol. 3777, pg 575, 15 Oct 1928.
      House purchased by Vincent Wanicki on 7014 Claasen Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, Mortgage #2160475, Vol. 3710, pg 159, Purchase price: $4,800, Case #365-855 at Common Pleas Court.

    2. [S10] Property Deeds, Cuyahoga County, #1291662, Vol. 2498, pg 533, 2 Jun 1921.
      House purchased by Vincent Wanicki on 4100 East 59th Street V9 Pg2 - Sublot 97

    3. [S10] Property Deeds, Cuyahoga County, #1562208, V. 2982, Pg. 238, 17 Nov 1923.
      House purchased by Vincent Wanicki on 9815 Greenview (Garfield Heights), V.54 Pg.2 - Sublot 54

    4. [S12] U.S. Naturalization Records, 713175-Vol.41,pg.16 , 11 Sep 1917.
      Wanicki Vincent Address: 4116 E.59 St. Cleveland,Ohio 713175-Vol.41,pg.16 Court of CommonPleas, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio Born: * Russia May 12,1871 Date and Port: March 19, 1898 - New York Naturalized: Sept.11,1917 Witnesses: Karl Lachowski - 6923 Clement Ave. Martin Budniak - 3736 E. 69 St. Notes: * country of allegiance Soundex: W520

    5. [S8] Death Records - State of Ohio, Vol 8077, Cert #15937.
      Found vol/cert on Ohio Death Index however previous research had #2348 as the certificate number. I'm not sure why there would be a discrepency unless there were another Vincent Wanicki in Cuyahoga County or a different filing system used.

    6. [S25] Church Records - St. Casimir Church.
      Per a conversation with the Pastor of the church, Vincent and Angela were married there. No marriage license was found in the County Archives and it is likely that there never was one and only the church banns were published to legitimize the wedding.


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