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Updated December 16, 2007

My quest to find my great-grandparents began in January of 1998.

What I know of our ancestors begins with Herman RING and Helena BLOCH beginning in 1850 in the areas of Biela, Bistra, Kenty, Nowy Sacz, and Tarnow, which are now located in Poland. During their life times these areas were part of Prussia, and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Herman RING was born about 1850 in Nowy Sacz or Grybow , and lived in various areas including Sandez (Nowy Sacz) and Tarnow. According to records in Poland; Around 1870 Herman RING of Nowy Sacz or Grybow went to Kety near Biala (Bielsko) and from Kety he later moved to Bystra near Bielsko. Herman RING died in Bystra house number 8, in July 21, 1884, at age 34. Herman RING is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Bielsko-Aleksandrowice, grave number: F-VIII-2272.

The exact date and location of the marriage of Herman RING and Helena BLOCH is unknown. Herman and Helena RING had several children, to include:
Leopold RING b. 1872 or 1873 and died in South River, NJ, in 1916 (see further records and information below).

Clementina RING DZIEKIEWICZ b. 1879 or 1880 and died in Providence, RI in 1929 (see further information below). The Ellis Island passenger database shows Clementine immigrated from Hungary to the United States in September 8, 1892 on the Elbe. Her destination was Bridgeport, CT, and her occupation is servant Also on the Elbe for September 8, 1892 was Adolph RING, a showmaker, and a native of the United States, whose destination was Hoboken, NJ. Could Adolph RING be Adolph KWASNY / KWASNEY? It seems more than a coincidence that Adolph RING is traveling on the same ship as Clementine RING! Adolph is traveling 1st class and Clementine in 3rd Class.

In 1880 Salca (Sali) RING was born in Bystra house number 8. She died 13.04.1881 in Bystra. Salca is buried in Jewish cemetery in Bielsko-Aleksandrowice in children sector "D".

John RING b. 1883, 1884 or 1885 and died in 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA. (see further information below). Documents in Poland indicate in 1883 a child named Bernhard RING was born to Herman and Helena in Bystra (Poland) house number 8.
Is it possible that John and Bernhard RING are the same person?

In 1885 a child was born to Herman RING and Helena (Leni) BLOCH in Bystra. The child was stillborn and was not named. Baby RING is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Bielsko-Aleksandrowice in children sector "D".

HELENA BLOCH was born abt. 1854 and died aft. 1899. Baruch BLOCH was the father of Helena (Leni) BLOCH-RING. We know nothing of Helena's mother. Helena married HERMAN RING about 1870 in an unknown location. Helena later married ADOLPH KWASNY or KWASNEY (a.k.a. RING?) between 1884 and 1893, after the death of Herman RING. Helena and Adolph were the parents of my grandfather; Felix Michael KWASNY/KWASNEY; a.k.a. Felix Michael RING, who was born in Bridgeport, CT. in 1893. It is unknown when Helena and Adolph immigrated to the United States. It's possible Adolph was a citizen of the United States by 1893. We believe that in 1896 Adolph KWASNY / KWASNEY was returning to Europe. An October, 1896 Trenton Evening Times article states: "The police are looking for Adolph KWASNEY, a German, of Fairfield, who recently lost his reason. His family is wealthy. He was recently discharged from a sanitarium and was to sail for Europe on Saturday."

1899 Fairfield and Southport, CT: RING Clementina, MRS. bds Pine Creek, F (Fairfield) Leopold, rem to Bridgeport. In addition, in 1899 Mrs. Adolph KWASNY is listed as living alone in a house on Pine Creek.

It wasn't until 1999 that an 1893 Bridgeport, CT birth record proved grandpa Felix Michael was not born to the RING surname, but was a KWASNY or KWASNEY. Grandpa died in 1983 and is buried in Adams, New York.

The search continues for the death records of Helena BLOCH and Adolph KWASNY / KWASNEY (a.k.a. RING?)


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  • 1928 death record of Clementine Dziekiewicz (389 KB)
    Note in this 1928 death record that Clementine's parents are unknown. Clementine may also be known as Clementina, and she is believed to have had the maiden name Ring.
  • 1892 portrait of Leopold, John and Barbara Ring (327 KB)
    This portrait was taken in 1892 in Bridgeport, CT at the Alley Warnock Studios. According to the notations on the back of the portrait, left to right; Leopold, John, Barbara Helen Ring. Is the women in this picture Felix Ring's mother?
  • Tombstone of Felix M. (Fred) and Ada(h) Mae (95 KB)
    Final resting place of Fred and Ada Ring.
  • 1928 death record of Alexander Dziekiewicz (384 KB)
    Alexander was the father of George and Walter Dziekiewicz, and the husband of Clementine. Alexander was also known to use the surname Adams.
  • 1892 portrait rear view with notes (402 KB)
    As you can see, the handwriting denotes who is in the picture. In addition, the information below the names remains a mystery. As written: Father Adolph Ring, Sister Clementine, Mothers maiden name Bloch. Who's father? Who was Clementine's sister?
  • First Adams, NY home of the RING's (60 KB)
    First home that Fred and Ada RING lived in in Adams, NY. They purchased it in 1938. It was located on Main St. about a two minute walk from RING's 5 & 10 Store. Grandpa NEVER let it get to this level of deterioration when he owned it.
  • 1956 tombstone inscription of Dziekiewicz (29 KB)
    Inscription reads: DZIEKIEWICZ 1900 George M. 1956 His wife 1905 Mildred C. 1974? Loving parents of Shirley, Delores, George.
  • Dziekiewicz, Alexander and Clementine (21 KB)
    Circa unknown. Contributed by Shirley Dziekiewicz-Sinape, granddaughter of Alexander and Clementine.
  • 1975 Certificate of Death: Ada M. RING (345 KB)
    Department of Health Bureau of Vital Records Certificate of Death 9/10/1975 @9:45 AM
  • 420 Jefferson St., Bellevue, PA (82 KB)
    This picture is of the home where Felix, Ada, Fred and Alan Ring once lived. Alan and Fred Ring were both born in Bellevue, PA. It is believed the family lived here from c. 1917 - 1932.
  • 1893 Fairfield, CT Birth Record of F. M. Ring (73 KB)
    Record is for the birth of Felix M. Ring. Can you decipher the handwriting for the child and father's surname? Record is 2nd from bottom.
  • 1983 Death Record for Felix M. RING (469 KB)
    New York State Department of Health Certificate of Death for Felix M. Ring 2/23/1983.
  • Dziekiewicz, Walter and Felix M. Ring (14 KB)
    This picture is of Walter Dziekiewicz, son of Alexander and Clementine Dziekiewicz. Walter had several alias' which included Walter Ring, Walter Dekwich, Kewpie the Boxing Busboy, and Walter Diekwich. Walter was a professional boxer who fought in the light-weight division. He also worked at the Carlton Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. We believe Walter is Felix (pictured) Ring's nephew. We would like to prove if, infact, he is.
  • 1905 South River, Middlesex County, NJ Census (334 KB)
    This document confirms that Leopold Ring, Regina Kish-Ring, Helene Sady Ring and Felix Michael Ring were all living in South River, NJ in 1905. Why was Felix living with Leopold? Were Felix's parents dead? Was Leopold Felix's brother or step-brother?
  • RING monuments: Anshe Emeth of South River, NJ (48 KB)
    Located at Cemetery of South River Hebrew Association Congregation Anshe Emeth of the Borough of South River County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey
  • Dziekiewicz, Walter (11 KB)
    Do you know this person? Walter Dziekiewicz' last residence was Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA. Walter was born in RI but eventually left home to live with family members in Pitt. It is unknown what family members Walter lived with. If the photo albums I now posess are any indication, it is possible Walter lived with Felix for a time. The albums have over 50 pictures of Walter within them.
  • 1912 St. Lawrence County, NY Marriage Record (139 KB)
    This record denotes the descrepencies in the names of Felix's parents. Note the difference in the names from his birth record and this record? Any ideas?
  • Dziekiewicz, Walter. Birth 7/10/1903 (261 KB)
    Providence, RI birth record of Walter DZIEKIEWICZ, son of Alexander and Clementina DZIEKIEWICZ of Russia and Austria respectively.
  • 1920 US Census RI/Providence/Johnston Part I (129 KB)
    Information transcribed from the 1920 United States Census for the State of Rhode Island, County of Providence, Township of Johnston. The individuals as they appear in order on the census are: Alexander, Clementina, George and Walter Dziekiewicz. Clementina's maiden name was Ring.
  • 1986 death of Leopold Bugen (429 KB)
    Contributed by David Sencer who is researching Bugen, Gross, Kish, Townsley surnames linked to this lineage. If you should have any information on the informant listed in this document, no matter what it is, please email me.
  • Dziekiewicz, George; born 8/12/1900 (339 KB)
    Birth record of George DZIEKIEWICZ, son of Clementine and Alexander DZIKIEWICZ, of Russia and Austria respectively. George is the older brother of Walter DZIEKIEWICZ.
  • 1920 US Census RI/Providence/Johnston II (118 KB)
    Clementina Dziekiewicz was born in Austria. Her mother tongue was German. Her parent's were both born in Austria according to the document and their mother tongue was German.
  • 1916 death certificate of Leopold Ring (81 KB)
    The death certificate states that Leopold Ring drowned. We would like to know the circumstances regarding the incident. If anyone has access to obituaries from South River area newspapers, would you please email me. We would love to know the exact circumstances behind his death, and if the obit lists who his parents were.
  • 1900 Census; Providence, RI; JACOWITZ (DZIEKIEWICZ (940 KB)
    With the discovery of this census record in April of 2001 it shows again the KWASNY / KAWSNY surname for Felix Michael. Although Jacowitz is the incorrect translation of this European surname, and it should read DZIEKIEWICZ, this is documentation that Felix KWASNY or KAWSNY, who later used the surname RING was living with Clementine RING-DZIEKIEWICZ, her husband Alexander DZIEKIEWICZ, and John RING. It is believed that John and Clementine were Felix's brother and sister or step-brother and step-sister.
  • Social Security Record of Helena Sady Ring-Bugen (154 KB)
    Form SS-5. Applied for on 12/27/1951. 136-26-8556
  • Social Security Application of Felix M. Ring (62 KB)
    Again, descrepencies with Felix's parentage. It is believed that when Felix tried to find his birth record to apply for Social Security that he had a difficult time locating the information.
  • 1896 Naturalization Petition of Leopold RING (97 KB)
    The document is self explanatory and shows how little information remains for documents out of Bridgeport, CT for this era. The actual petition documents were all destroyed in a fire.
  • Social Security Application of Leopold M. Bugen (143 KB)
    Form SS-5. Applied for on 6/12/1953. 147-28-6687

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  • Ancestry of Regina Kish and Descendants of Hannah (1 KB)
    Names include Bugen, Gross and Kish from Szendro, Hungary and Nirygahatzy. For more information on this these surnames, please email me. Many names within this file died in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
  • John Joseph Ring c. 1884 or 1885 - 1965 (7 KB)
    This information has been provided by Pat O'Toole. Pat is also researching the Ring family. John Joseph Ring can be seen as a young boy in the 1892 picture listed on this site. Any information on John Joseph Ring, specifically passenger and immigration information from the Elbe c. 1887 - 1892 would be greatly appreciated. It is unknown if John traveled alone or with family members, but it suspected that Leopold Ring may have been with him on his voyage.
  • 12/1916 South River, NJ Newspaper Article (3 KB)
    A detailed article on the death of Leopold RING.

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