These are families who are associated with the Chachula family through marriage or friendship. Documentation of the wealth of oral information provided by the various branches of the family is ongoing.
Piotr Kulik, d. 1914)
Piotr KULIK/KULIG was said to be the son and heir to the neighboring estate in Turobin. According to her daughters, Piotr Kulik was betrothed to Mariana CHACHULA from childhood. They were thought to have married some time prior to departure for the US. Piotr Kulig (sic) listed Marya Kulig, his wife, as his next-of-kin in the Ellis Island passenger record of his arrival in New York. Additional information provided in the Passenger List of the SS Kaiser Auguste Victoria, which arrived at Ellis Island on November 18, 1910, record Piotr Kulig, age 28, married, as a Polsih-speaking farm worker from Przedmiescie, Russia. He named the home of his brother-in-law, Jan Hahula (sic), on Sherman Avenue in Newark, NJ as his destination. Interestingly enough, his arrival did not predate that of his wife, as the family had always thought. Marya Hachula (sic) arrived in New York in June 1910. The ship's manifest listed her age as 20 and her marital status as single. She named her mother, Elzbieta, in Przedmiescie, Russia as her next of kin. Her destination was Newark, NJ, the home of a friend whose name is illegible in the manifest. We know Piotr Kulik/Kulig had some connection with mining. He was killed in 1914 in a mining accident in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, where he is buried. Piotr Kulik and Mariana Chachula had one child, Helen Kulik, born 1913. The family has no known photos of Piotr Kulik.
Michal Polski (1876-1938)
According to family lore, Michal POLSKI was born in either 1882 or 1876 in either Turobin, woj. Lublin,or Cracow, both part of Russian Poland. Both his grave marker and his Ellis Island record support the later date. It is known that he was orphaned as an infant when his mother died. His father was supposedly killed by the Russians before Michal's birth. Neither parent's name is known. Michal was reputed to have a large number of older sisters; either four, five or six, depending on the source. Michal's older sisters were believed to have been sent to Canada to live with relatives after their parents' deaths. Michal, considered too young to travel, was fostered in Poland, possibly on the Chachula estate.
Research in the Ellis Island archives paints a somewhat different picture. The passenger list from the SS Main shows that Michal Polski, age 28, arrived in New York in October 1910 from Bremen. His residence was listed as Rokatow, Russia, and his place of birth as Cracow. His destination was a friend in Jersey City, NJ. Michal Polski's next of kin in the country of last residence was his sister, Jadwiga Polski.
According to family lore, two of Michal Polski's sisters married closely-related Galka males, brothers, first cousins, or an uncle/nephew combination. Despite the story of the older sisters immigrating to Canada, at least one of Michal Polski's sisters married Jacinty Galka and lived in Przedmiescie. Michal Polski served in the Russian Army, reputedly in a cossak unit. It is known that he was a superb horseman. According to Helen Kulik Pagano, Michal Polski, Jan Chachula, Piotr Kulik and Jozef Goleniak were close friends even before they came to the US. After arrival, they all lived in the Newark, New Jersey area. Initially they all worked in the same bedspring factory before moving into other types of jobs. In 1914, Michal Polski married the recently widowed Mariana Chachula Kulik in Newark, NJ. In addition to Helen Kulik, Mariana and Michal had five more children: Czeswov, Boleslaw, Michal, Mary, and Jennie.
The Polski family has ties in Turobin to the Chachula family through marriage. They were also related to the Galka, Wojtas and Smagala families. Church records of the Turobin district reveal many entries with these surnames.
Although he had some connection to the Chachula stables while in Poland, Michal Polski worked as a laborer and a miner in the US. After his marriage, he moved his family to Oxford, New Jersey, probably to work in the iron mines there. In 1925, he moved again to Palmerton, Pennsylvania where he spent the rest of his life working at the zinc refinery. He died in 1938 at the age of either 62 or 56, depending on which date of birth is accepted. He is buried in Palmerton. His grave marker lists his date of birth as 1882, which would make him six years younger than his daughters believed him to be but agrees with the age given in Ellis Island records. He had somem local reknown as a musician and played mandolin, guitar and violin. He was also known for his tall tales and practical jokes. His daughters remembered childhood visits from their Galka and Smagala cousins when the family lived in Palmerton. These paternal family connections are explored in more detail under the Galka and Smagala listings. The names of Michal Polski's parents and most of his sisters are unknown. Jadwiga Polaki appears in his Ellis Island record as his sister. Another sister is supposed to have married Jacinty Galka of Czerniecin on the outskirts of Turobin.
of _____ Polski
_____1 POLSKI died Abt. 1876 in Poland. He married UNKNOWN.
She died Abt. 1877 in Poland.
of _____ POLSKI and UNKNOWN WIFE are:
POLSKI, b. 1876 or 1882, Cracow, Poland; d. January 1938, Palmerton, Carbon Co, Pa.
ii. SISTER A
iii. SISTER B POLSKI.
iv. JADWIGA POLSKI: We do not know whether Jadwiga was one of the sisters who married into the Galka family or not.
2. MICHAL2 POLSKI was born 1876 or 1882 in Cracow, Poland, and died January 1938 in Palmerton, Carbon Co, Pa. He married MARIANA CHACHULA in 1914 in Newark, New Jersey. She was the daughter of JOZEF CHACHULA and ELZBIETA BIZIOREK. She was born 1886 in Turobin, woj. Lublin, Poland, and died January 1949 in Palmerton, Carbon Co, Pa.
of MICHAL POLSKI and MARIANA CHACHULA are:
i. MARY ELIZABETH3 POLSKI, b. May
16, 1922, Oxford, New Jersey; d. October 23, 1998, Harrisburg, Dauphin
ii. MICHAEL EDWARD POLSKI, b. August
01, 1919, New Jersey; d. September 14, 1990, Perry County, Pa.
iii. CZESVOW "CHESTER"
POLSKI, b. Abt. 1915, New Jersey; d. 1917 New Jersey.
iv. BOLESLAW "BEN" POLSKI,
b. 1917, New Jersey; d. January 1949, Long Island, New York.
7. v. JANINA "JENNIE" POLSKI, b. 1924, Oxford, New Jersey.
Galka descent continued below ]
The Galka Family
According to the family history, two of the older sisters of Michal Polski (1876-1938) married members of the Galka family who were, themselves, related--possibly brothers, cousins, or an uncle and nephew. This is supposed to have taken place in Canada after their arrival but new information from members of the Galka family indicates that at least one of them married and remained in Poland  The Galkas who married the Polski sisters are alleged to share blood ties to the Chachula family, although the exact connection is not known. The information below was provided by Marilyn Pagano Leffler, daughter of Helen Kulik Pagano, and is currently all the information we have on the Galka family.
Known Descendants of Polski Sisters and Unknown Galkas:
Generation No. 2 Continued
SISTER A2 POLSKI
She married Jacinity GALKA.
of A POLSKI and Jacinty GALKA are:
i. SOPHIE3 GALKA, b. May 11, 1897;
d. May 04, 1988.
ii. MICHAEL GALKA.
iii. PAUL GALKA.
iv. JOHN GALKA.
B SISTER2 POLSKI
She married B GALKA.
of B POLSKI and B GALKA is:
i. STANLEY3 GALKA.
SOPHIE3 GALKA ( was born May 11, 1897, and died May
04, 1988. She
married (1) ANDREW SMAGALA.
She married (2)
of SOPHIE GALKA and ANDREW SMAGALA are:
STANLEY SMAGALA, b. August 28, 1916; d. August 26, 1998.
iii. FRANK SMAGALA.
ARTHUR4 LISKIEWICZ, b. December 19, 1925.
19. v. FLORENCE LISKIEWICZ, b. February 12, 1928.
9. MICHAEL3 GALKA
of MICHAEL GALKA is:
i. WANDA GALKA, Lublin, Poland
PAUL3 GALKA (A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1)
of PAUL GALKA is:
22. i. SALLY GALKA.
11. JOSEPH3 GALKA
of JOSEPH GALKA is:
i. EDWARD4 GALKA.
JOHN; GALKA He married
of JOHN GALKA and ANTOINETTE CIASTULA are:
i. CHESTER GALKA.
ii. BERTHA GALKA.
iii. JEAN GALKA.
iv. ESTELLE GALKA.
ARTHUR LISKIEWICZ was
born December 19, 1925. He married ELSIE HOLMAN November 23, 1946.
She was born December 24, 1924.
of ARTHUR LISKIEWICZ and ELSIE HOLMAN are:
i. ARTHUR LISKIEWICZ5 JR., b. December 10, 1948; m. NANCY CHAKNOVA.
23. ii. ALLAN LISKIEWICZ, b. September 18, 1950.
19. FLORENCE LISKIEWICZ was born February 12, 1928. She married STANLEY SMAGALA September 28, 1947, son of ANDREW SMAGALA and SOPHIE GALKA. He was born August 28, 1916, and died August 26, 1998.
of FLORENCE LISKIEWICZ and STANLEY SMAGALA are:
i. LINDA5 SMAGALA, b. April 07,
ii. ROBERT STANLEY SMAGALA, b. January 04, 1951; m. DEBORAH KIDD.
iii. DREW SMAGALA
iv. JIM SMAGALA
v. TOM SMAGALA
vi. STANLEY "STASH" SMAGALA
vii. GARY SMAGALA
ANN SMAGALA (SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) She
married JOSEPH ZIELINSKI.
of ANN SMAGALA and JOSEPH ZIELINSKI are:
i. JOANNE ZIELINSKI.
26. ii. JOSEPH ZIELINSKI.
STANLEY SMAGALA (SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) was
born August 28, 1916, and died August 26, 1998. He married
FLORENCE LISKIEWICZ September 28, 1947, daughter of ALEXANDER LISKIEWICZ
and ANNA SAMPLOWSKI. She was born February 12, 1928.
are listed above under (19) Florence Liskiewicz.
SALLY GALKA (PAUL3, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) She married
of SALLY GALKA and JOZEF CHACHULA is:
i. BONNIE CHACHULA.
Generation No. 5
ALLAN LISKIEWICZ (ARTHUR4, SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI,
PAN1) was born September 18, 1950. He married JOANN WALKER June
15, 1974. She was born August 09, 1953.
of ALLAN LISKIEWICZ and JOANN WALKER is:
i. CAROL ANN LISKIEWICZ.
LINDA SMAGALA (STANLEY4, SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) was
born April 07, 1948. She married CHARLES JOSEPH KUZMISKAS August
05, 1972. He was born February 04, 1947.
of LINDA SMAGALA and CHARLES KUZMISKAS are:
i. DEBRA ANN KUZMISKAS.
ii. STEVEN MICHAEL KUZMISKAS.
iii. JAMES JOSEPH KUZMISKAS.
JOANNE ZIELINSKI (ANN4 SMAGALA, SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2
POLSKI, PAN1) She married MICHAEL HALLANBECK.
of JOANNE ZIELINSKI and MICHAEL HALLANBECK are:
i. MICHAEL HALLANBECK.
ii. KRISTEN HALLANBECK.
JOSEPH ZIELINSKI (ANN4 SMAGALA, SOPHIE3 GALKA, A SISTER2
POLSKI, PAN1) He married UNKNOWN POC.
of JOSEPH ZIELINSKI and UNKONWN POC is:
i. JASON ZIELINSKI.
Generation No. 6
MICHAEL HALLANBECK (JOANNE5 ZIELINSKI, ANN4 SMAGALA, SOPHIE3
GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) He married UNKNOWN.
of MICHAEL HALLANBECK and UNKNOWN is:
i. AMANDA HALLANBECK, b. March 20,
KRISTEN HALLANBECK (JOANNE5 ZIELINSKI, ANN4 SMAGALA, SOPHIE3
GALKA, A SISTER2 POLSKI, PAN1) She married UNKNOWN KROGER.
of KRISTEN HALLANBECK and UNKNOWN KROGER is:
i. MATTHEW KROGER.
Sally Galka (1912-1988)
Sally Galka c. 1930
Sally GALKA was the daughter of Paul Galka (see above), son of one of the two Polski sisters who married Galka men in Poland. She lived in Hillside, NJ in the 1920s-1930s. She appears to be the same person who married Joseph Chachula, son of Jan Chachula and Maryna Jablonski. They had one child, Bonnie Chachula.
Mary Polski and John Hahula (1945)
According to Mamie Polski Camplese, the paternal grandfathers of John HAHULA and Mariana and Jan Chachula were brothers. This made them second cousins. He immigrated to the US and settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At some point, he changed the spelling of his name to "Hahula". He had four children.
Descendants of John Hahula:
(1) JOHN HAHULA
(2) VICTORIA HAHULA - married Martin Gregor.
(3) STELLA HAHULA
(4) CZESVOW"CHESTER" HAHULA - deceased.L/
Catherine SKIBA, the sister of Anna Skiba, was born in Poland. She married Walter Wojtas in Newark, New Jersey and they had four children. She was already in the US in 1912, as she acted as godmother to her sister's child, Bronislawa Chachula. When Bronislawa returned to the US, in 1929, she lived with Catherine's family until her marriage.
Helen, Betty and Catherine Wojtas
Children of Catherine Skiba and Walter Wojtas:
(1) ELIZABETH "BETTY" WOJTAS never married. She lives in New Jersey.
(2) WALTER WOJTAS married and had two children.
(3) MARY WOJTAS married, no children.
(4) HELEN WOJTAS married, no children.
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