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Czerniewiec is a village is southwest of Rawa and on the road to Piotrkow. The Hoffman family history says that my ancestor Christian Hoffmann lived in Stanislowow Studzinski (Stanislowow near a well) "near Piotrkow" and he did indeed as confirmed in records at the local archives. Christian's parish church was this one in Czerniewiec; the name of the church is St Andrews and it was built in 1750. Click here for the three parts of the scan of the marriage record in the Czerniewiec churchbook (page 1, page 2, and page 3) in Polish.

His marriage to Rosina Hahn and christening of his first children were at this church; apparently later christenings such as my great-great-great grandfather Samuel were at another church like the Evangelical Church in Rawa. Christian Hoffmann was born in Krolikow, Grudzic Parish between Poznan and Lodz; his father was Andreas Hoffman and his mother was Anna Rosina. This we know from the records that needed to be filed at the courthouse in Rawa prior to their marriage (click here to see page 1, page 2 and page 3 of his records). Rosina Hahn was from Nekla further north and towards Poznan (click here to see page 1 and page 2 of her records); her father was Samuel Hahn and mother was Rozalia Rutke.

In about 1833 Christian and Anna Rosina Hoffmann moved to Volhynia in the Ukraine.

I might note that Hahn is literally hen in German. The Hahn family was also known as the Kurowski family (Polish hen = Kura plus add owski to Polanize the name) in the Rawa records.

Here are two views of the exterior of the church:



Here are pictures of the interior including the font where his children were baptized.


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February 29, 2008