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Jacob Byanski and his Descendants from Indiana

Updated March 21, 2010

Nancy Reece
1899 Sturbridge Dr
Lancaster, PA 17601
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In order to make this site easier to find, I have taken the "e" off of Jacob's last name. He spelled it "Byanskie". It may have originally been spelled Bajenski? So, does anyone know how all the different variations came about? Bianski, Byanski, Byanskie

Jacob was born in Poland/Germany July 25, 1839. He married Catherine Wisnewski or Wisnewska ( not sure of this spelling) who was born in 1839 in Poland

. I know that the first three children were born in Poland/Germany. Catherine had a sister who lived near her in Garrett, IN. What was her sister's name?

Jacob was a tailor in Poland.

They brought their family to the United States in 1875. Can anyone tell me how they got here? What port did they arrive at?
Does anyone have the naturalization information?

They settled first in Albion,IN and then moved to Garrett, IN.

Jacob was a laborer on the railroad. In his later years he kept up the grounds around the railroad depot.

He dedicated a stain glass window in St. Joseph Church in Garrett, IN

Catherine was a very small lady (4'2") and was known as "Tiny Grandma".

Jacob and Catherine had seven children:
Joseph, Louis, Augusta, Helena,Francis, Thomas and Anna. Make sure to check the family picture I have attached.


Their son Joseph D. Byanskie was my great grandfather. His birthday was December 25, 1863 Germany/Poland? He died October 14, 1933 in Fort Wayne, IN. He was a firefighter in Fort Wayne, IN. The 1905 Fire Department Information was sent to me by the Fire Fighters Museum in Fort Wayne, IN. It said that Joseph was 5'4" tall and weighed 145 lbs.

Joseph was married twice. First to Catherine Kenney and second to Anna Luley on June 21, 1920 in Decatur,Adams Co., IN. Five children were born to Joseph and Catherine.

Joseph, November 13, 1888 Creston, Iowa- August 11, 1919 Fort Wayne, IN. I haven't found the reason for the family living in Iowa. Joseph's WWI draft record does show this as correct information.
He married Anna Veronica Clark in 1911 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Garrett,IN . Anna was raised in Garrett. Her birthday, August 10, 1891.

Joseph died at the age of 31 on August 11, 1919 from the influenza epidemic. He left his wife and four very small children. Mary Frances, Anna Catherine,John Joseph,and William Robert.

After Joseph's death, his widow Anna had to work to support the family. The relationship with her deceased husband's family seemed to dwindle.

Cecelia (died at two months) February 19, 1890 to April, 1890

Bertha,March 16, 1891,Ohio - 1969 Fort Wayne, IN. Married Arthur Getz July 5, 1913 in DeKalb Co., IN

Leo, November 1, 1894 Wellsville, Columbiana Co., OH -July 16, 1962 Fort Wayne, IN . Married Ethel Koch May 12, 1917 in Fort Wayne, IN

Bernard,August 16, 1898 Wellsville, Columbiana Co., OH -September 16, 1955 Fort Wayne, IN. Maried Effie Lucille Fry. Divorced in 1953

I believe that after Joseph and Catherine were divorced, the family didn't have much contact with him. His mother was apparently upset over the divorce.

Catherine married Jesse Hower on August 8, 1904 in Wells Co., IN. Her death in 1906 was a cause for several newspaper articles which can be found at



My father, William Robert was born on March 28, 1918 in Fort Wayne, IN. He married Doris Magers on August 26, 1939 at the Cathedral in Fort Wayne, IN. He was known as Bill. Bill died at the age of 39 from a ruptured tumor on his adrenal gland.
Five children were born to this couple. Nancy, Thomas, Jerome, Michael and Joseph.

I have been told that many of the Byanski men suffered from a hearing loss. My father wore a hearing aid. Has anyone else heard this family story?

I find it quite sad that we had no contact with my father's family when we were growing

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