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Tafil and his wife, Zofia Szarkowskich,
were born and married in the town of Rajgrod Poland.
The number of children they had is undetermined, but we know at least
three settled in the United States. Jacob
Tafil was the first to emigrate. He
came to Perth Amoy, New Jersey in 1893. He
made at least one trip back to Poland to visit his family, and in 1899 sent for
his family to join him. In 1899,
Jacob’s wife, Rosalia, came over with two of their children, Sigismund and
Boleslaw. They were
accompanied by Jan Grzymala, the
husband of Jacob’s niece, Alexandra Tafil
Around 1900, Jacob’s sister, Mary Tafil, arrived with her daughter
Alexandra Grzymala.. At first they
lived in Perth Amboy, but then moved on to Pennsylvania to live with relatives.
Jan, Alexandra’s husband, worked in the coal mines.
By 1910 the family, including Mary had settled in Chicago and remained
In 1901, Casimir Tafil arrived in Perth
Amboy. He also lived
near Jacob, until his wife, Magdalena, arrived in 1903. The 1910 census
shows the family living on Farrell Street in Chicago, just around the corner
from Casimir's sister Mary and her daughter, Alexandra's family.
They eventually settled in
Allegan Michigan, where they purchased a farm.
Members of Casimir’s family would, from time to time, travel from
Allegan to Chicago, where Mary and her daughter’s family lived.
Casimir and Magdalena spent the later years of their lives in Chicago.
Two of Jacob’s sons, Sigismund and Boleslaw (now know as Paul), would
settle in the Seattle area. Sigismund
later moved on to California.
Casimir’s children settled in Chicago and Allegan Michigan, where many
family members remain today.
We have heard that there were other children of Adam and Zofia. Our goal is to bring our families together.
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