Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Grand Parents, Joe & Sophie HNT

This is Josef Czechlik, my grand father on my father's side and his wife and my grand mother Sofiya Wyochihoyitz. Josef was from Zembry, Russia and all I know about where Sofiya is from, is that she told my mother that she was White Russian. Today that is Belarus, Russia, so maybe she's from there.

Question of the day: If Joe & Sophie are both from Russia, why did they tell me I'm half Polish?


If any of you have an answer for that question, I'd be very interested to know what it is.


EDIT: The question was driving me crazy, so this morning I started search on line for the answer. So with the help of Google, I have the answer.

In 1569, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth was established. In 1795 the territory was invaded and divided up between Russia, Prussia and Austria. From 1795 until 1918 there was no independent Polish state. Joe came to the USA in 1911 and Sophie came around that time too. So it looks like when Joe and Sophie lived there, they were both living in Russia, but since their ancestors were Polish, they called themselves Poles.

This jogged my memory and with things my mom told me and again with the help of Google, I know why Sophie called herself White Russian.

Sophie's father was the mayor of a town in eastern Europe and a member of the White movement (White Russian), which at some point opposed the communist (Red Russian) take over of Russia and the White controlled territory of Eastern Europe. At some point, Sophie's father saw a civil war coming, so he sent Sophie along with her 11 brothers and sisters and their nanny to the USA for their safety. His wife and him stayed behind. The Russian Civil War broke out in 1917 and lasted until 1921. In 1922 the Soviet Union was established under Communist rule.


13messages said...

Polish influence from elsewhere maybe? That's such a great picture. Lifelong love captured in a single image. Beautiful.

Vixen said...

Haha...I have no idea. But interesting bit of info! :)

Osbasso said...

My dad's family came from Czechoslovakia, and we basically know nothing beyond his grandparents. Would love to know more...

BTExpress said...

Os, is wealth of info. I found the 1920 & 1930 census forms for my grand parents. They are adding new info all the time.

cavernofthebeast said...

Hmmm- I am stummped! :P