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Overview of Bochnovich Family History
The oldest identified member of our direct ancestors of the BOCHNOVICH family are Bartholomew BOCHNOVICH and one of his three wives: Anastasia. It is estimated that they were born in the 1840's. Bartholomew owned most of Stawisza and was considered wealthy. Both Bartholomew and Anastasia had died by 1887, leaving their children as orphans. There were at least four children born to Bartholomew: Anastasia (1863 to ?), Onyfer (1865 to ?), a sister and Tekla (1875 - 1933) who was our grandmother. For additional information about Tekla and her husband, Anthony KUZMICH, see the hand-out about the KUZMICH family lines. When Bartholomew died, Peter BASALYSA's father, John, Mayor of Snietnica, and Bishop Benjamin's father were made the controllers of Bartholomew's property.
The children of Bartholomew BOCHNOVICH are described below as follows:
- Anastasia (1863 to ?) was the oldest of the four children. She married Panko (Michael) MOSHWA. Panko was an aristocrat and an officer in the Czar's army. Apparently, he did something wrong and was sent away from Moscow with his penalty being exilement to Galicia. He was of Royal Russian blood and people in Galicia never accepted a Moscovite in their midst. While in Stawisha he lived in common-law with Anastasia. Bartholomew BOCHNOVICH disowned Anastasia for living with the "maskal" (is what the Russian people were called in Galicia). Even today, Russians and Galicians do not get on very well. Anastasia was treated as an outcast and worked for the priest. In Europe, people considered a priest to be a person of very high authority. Panko (Michael) MOSKWA father three children: Kyril (oldest), Neftodius (1878 or 1881 to 1963) and Joanna. Kyril was killed in a raid when cossacks visited Stawisha to kill Panko MOSKWA and mistakenly killed his son. Neftodius and Joanna immigrated to the U.S.A. in about 1900-1901. They were sent for by Tekla, who had immigrated in 1898. On May 9, 1908, Neftodius and Mary YACENIEK (1889 to ?) were married in Passaic, New Jersey. They lived for a while in Bayonne, New Jersey, then for thirty years in New Market, New Jersey. Neftodius and Mary had six children: Anastasia (Nancy, 1909- to 1983), Ann ( to 1976), Semeon (1916 to 1942), Michael, John and Peter. Joanna was the youngest child of Panko MOSKWA and Anastasia, immigrated to the U.S.A. and moved to the Coaldale, Pennsylvania area. She had eleven children. I recently have learned of a number of descendants of Joanna who are also doing family history research.
- Onyfer (1865 to ?) also immigrated to the U.S.A. and died in New York City in about 1914. At that time he was married and had three children (Johnny and two girls). The wife apparently had moved to Pittsburgh before Onyfer's death. Little else is known about this family line. Nor are any living descendants known.
- Tekla is my paternal grandmother. She married Anthony KUZMICH in Passaic, New Jersey in 1899 and had four children live as adults: Olga, Mary, John and Walter. Five other children died in early childhood. More information is available about Tekla in the KUZMICH family line section of this home page.
- Metro is possible a fifth child born of Bartholomew. He apparently immigrated to this country. Nothing else is known about him, except that he is a possible step-brother to Tekla.
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