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WALTER (WŁADYSŁAW) IN PERTH AMBOY - 230 YEARSy
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Most Biega families around the world are descendents of the Biega farmers who have lived in the village of Dębna in the sub-Carpathian valley of the river San since the 16th century. This page is dedicated to Walter (Władysław) Biega of Perth Amboy, NJ - his ancestors and descendents.
Jan Biega, a farmer resident in the village of Dębna, was born in the early 1770s. In the late 1790s he married Marianna Kołodziej from the village of Liszna, just across the river San. They lived in house #36 in the village. They had four surviving children. The first was Michał (Michael) who was born in 1800, see ../biega-debna-1800.html, reference #101.
When Michael was an adult he moved to the neighboring small town of Mrzygłód, probably to work in one of the small industries that then existed in the town. He married Tekla Rudnicka, seven years younger, November 13, 1825. They established residence in house #9. They had seven children during the next 25 years - Bartłomiej (Bartholomew), Jan, Stanisław, Szymon, Katarzyna, Piotr and Maria.
In the meantime, the French adminstrator of the huge estate of Count Potocki in Łancut, near Rzeszów, de Renefort married Rudnicka of the clan Strzemie and a cousin of the Potockis. Forenames and dates unknown, but the marriage had to be in the late 1830s or early 1840s. They had only one child, a daughter, Waleria (Valery), who was brought up in the company of the Potocki children. Valery followed in the footsteps of many young Polish women and went off to the Russian partition of Poland to take part in the 1863 Uprising as a courier, carrying messages between various rebel groups. Perhaps she was carrying messages from the Count to his kinfolk fighting the Russians? An unrelated young woman could slip through the cordons of Tsarist police and troops much easier than a man or relative.
Now let's see some old pictures. Then continue for more about the family.
Władysław, at age 18, emigrated to the United States in 1900 and settled in Perth Amboy, NJ, see biegacensus.html, #002. There, in 1906, he married Frania (last name unknown) 4 years his junior, who had also arrived in America from Galicia in 1900.
In 1912, Walter's younger brother Jan came to the U.S. and for a while lived with the family. Later on Jan established a print shop in Perth Amboy (see 1930 census. position #142).
At this time little more is known about this branch of the Biega family, except that Andrew had a son Richard born in Perth Amboy in 1947. Richard became a Roman Catholic priest, but in 1984 he was received into the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Texas at St. Mark's Church, Austin. Since 2007 he is Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. One of his daughters, Dawn is a well known cellist and has played in several orchestras and bands.
The webmaster hopes that living descendents of Walter or Andrew will contribute more information about the family, especially photos of Walter and Andrew and other family members. Please send to Bill Biega.
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