Mary Kroliczak was born to parents Piotr Kroliczak and Antonina (Nowak) Kroliczak on 8 July 1896 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was their 7th child, and only the third to be born in the United States. She was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. John Cantius in Philadelphia on 12 July 1896.
As a young girl, Mary lived at 4485 Livingston Street in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. By the age of four her parents Peter and Antonina relocated to a farm located on Byberry Road in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Before Mary got married to John Wisniewski on 13 January 1918 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, she had a son out of wedlock named Joseph (Kroliczak) Wisniewski. Joseph would take the surname of her first husband, but his biological father was likely an Adam Krotowski, a farmhand living in Bensalem. At the time of Joseph's birth, Mary was only 16 years old. She was living with her parents Peter and Antonina on the farm when she had her first child, and it is very feasible that they, along with her sister Helen Kroliczak, assisted in raising him.
Mary and John got married when she was 22 years old. They moved back to Philadelphia and lived at 2618 Ash Street in the Bridesburg neighborhood. They had two children together: Frances Wisniewski, who died as a young girl, and Edward F. Wisniewski.
Her marriage to John Wisniewski did not last long. In 1927, she had remarried to a Jacob Huk, who had emigrated from Poland leaving behind his family. With Jacob, she moved to 2740 Haworth Street in Bridesburg, Philadelphia -- a home that would stay in the family for several generations. With him, she had three more children, Francis Huk, who died as a young boy due to rabies, Anna May (Huk) Donato and Rita (Huk) Rivera.
As Mary aged, she eventually moved in with her son Edward Wisniewski at 1258 Southampton Road in the Somerton area of Philadelphia. She would reside here until her death.
Mary (Kroliczak) Huk passed away on 6 October 1960 in Holy Redeemer Hospital located in Abington Township in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. She was buried four days later at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem Township in Bucks, Pennsylvania.
Mary's married name was Huk which is traditionally spelled with a "u." On many official documents including her husband's draft card and her own death certificate, Huk is spelled "Hook." They seem to have been used interchangably throughout their lives. (Spiker-309 16:19, 19 November 2017 (EST))
On Francis Huk
At the moment, it is unclear if Francis Huk was Mary's biological child or not. Records have him born between 1922 and 1927, while Mary married Jacob Huk in 1927. The death certificate for Frances lists a "Maryana Truchuk" as the mother, but this could very well be a bad transliteration of "Mary Kroliczak." If anyone has further information, please leave a comment on this profile. (Spiker-309 16:19, 19 November 2017 (EST))
On Joseph Wisniewski
Joseph Wisniewski is Mary Kroliczak's biological child, but not John Wisniewski's, even though Joseph carries the surname. His baptismal papers identify Adam Krotowski as Joseph's birth father, but indicates that they were not married. Their exact relationship is not known, but Adam Krotowski did not play any kind of role in Joseph's life. (Spiker-309 16:19, 19 November 2017 (EST))
↑ "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3WH-NFX : accessed 22 September 2017), Mary Krwliczak in household of Peter Krwliczak, Philadelphia city Ward 25, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 582, sheet 18A, family 347, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,466.
↑ 3.03.1 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGDC-H9H : accessed 22 September 2017), Mary Krolizzak in household of Peter Krolizzak, Bensalem, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 4, sheet 13A, family 264, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1319; FHL microfilm 1,375,332.
↑ 5.05.1 "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JV94-MQJ : 7 December 2014), Wisniewski and Mary Kroliczak, 1918; citing license number 377616, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.
↑ "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFYR-RG3 : accessed 22 September 2017), Mary Wisniewski in household of John Wisniewski, Philadelphia Ward 45, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 1689, sheet 13A, line 23, family 241, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1637; FHL microfilm 1,821,637.
↑ "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJBC-Z8X : 25 September 2017), Jacob Hook and Wisniewski, 1927; citing license number 553139, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XH4F-HHD : accessed 22 September 2017), Mary Huk in household of Jacob Huk, Philadelphia (Districts 1001-1236), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1115, sheet 23A, line 29, family , NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2138; FHL microfilm 2,341,872.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQJ6-7Q8 : accessed 22 September 2017), Mary Hook in household of Jacob Hook, Ward 45, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 51-1901, sheet 8A, line 24, family 136, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3746.
↑ Death Certificate of Mary Hook, File Number 095718-60, Commonwealth of Pennysylvania Department of Health Vital Statistics, Personal digital copy in the files of Christina Marie Spiker
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