|About The Rokosz Family
This website is a work in progress detailing the descendants and ancestors of
Jacob Rokosz and Veronika Jesuit. This website is just a repository of information, not a
search engine and shouldn't ask you to join anything or contain ads.
The inspiration for this family history research was the "Rokosz Book" put
together by Jean Ann Schnettler, Jacob and Veronika's eldest great grandchild. Thank you Jean
Ann for sharing your research and for the time putting together the initial family
information. Your pictures, your Polish letter from a cousin and the many birth and death
details were revelations to me when I received a copy of the book in the late 90's and I have
been eager to learn more about the family history ever since.
Collaborations with cousin Renee have yielded even more information and it is our hope that
this website will allow others to readily view and add to our family history.
Jacob and Veronika emmigrated from Poland, which at that time was part of Galicia in Austria-
Hungary and settled in Michigan in 1910. Jacob came over in 1909 (if not earlier) and stayed
with his nephew in Detroit, Peter Wilczynski while wife Veronika and baby Julia joined him in
Detroit with his nephew in December of 1909.
The following summer of 1910, their children John, Sophie and Peter would join them leaving
Martin 12, Frank 11, Andrew 9 and Walt 5 in Poland. It is not known who cared for these four
children. Frank would emigrate in April 1912 and Veronika would return to Poland in
1913 (accompanied by American born infant Bernice) and bring Walt and Andrew to Michigan. Less than a year
later, Austria- Hungary would be at war. Their son Martin would be unable to emigrate as he was mute and
would have been unable to pass a fitness test for immigrants. Prior to WWI, visas were not required but
there were physical examinations and from a letter from a Polish cousin, it doesn't sound like Martin
attempted a crossing.
Little is known about Veronika and Jacob's ancestors but as more Catholic church records in
Poland become available, more information has been added to the tree. Nearly all of the
information on our tree comes from the Polish Catholic Church Diocese of Tarnow records
microfilmed by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Unfortunately I accidentally wiped out most
of the citations for this source so if you aren't sure where the information came from, most
likely it is the LDS familysearch data. So far our line of Rokosz's appear to have all started
with Luke, or Lukasz (Polish) or Lucas(Latin)Rokosz, Jacob's grandfather who was born about
1774 in Rzeszów Poland. According to the microfilmed Catholic Church Records he was married
three times and had two sons and five daughters that survived childhood. His daughters were
Catharina Barnas, Marianna Strzek, Magdelena Moskel, Victoria Golonka and Catharina ? Lukas
also had twin sons Casimirus and Gregorius, and a daughter Margaretha who all died in infancy.
Son Antonius died at age 26, unknown if he had any descendants. Son Thomas was born in 1802,
married twice, Thomas had one son Joseph born to first wife in 1841 and a second son Jacob born
much much later, in 1868, actually 5 months after Thomas's death. A third son Adalbertus from
Thomas's first wife died at age 6.
Jacob's half sibling Joseph was much older and married several times. The records show three
sons born at House #51, Joannes in 1879, Adalbertus in 1882 and Andreas in 1900.
Rokosz is surprisingly not as an uncommon name as one might think. We've been collecting the
information on most of the US Rokosz's from the various historical records, census, manifests,
etc. and have included them in the family tree, without connections, each as their own branch
in case someday they can be tied to Veronika and Jacob and also as a practical matter since
they keep appearing in the research and need to be eliminated. However, despite residing in
similar geographic areas like Detroit or Standish Michigan, and having very similar names
(Frank, John, Pete, Bronislawa), so far no connections have been made to any other Rokosz's.
Descendants of Lucas have red square in front of their names in this site.
See details under the "STORIES" tab above about some of these other "non relatives".
Use the descendant tab under "VIEW" and put in names and select "Descendants" or "Reports" for
the facts and descendants of the relative you wish to view.
See the Polish history useful link below as well as the "Stories" section under the PEOPLE Tab
at the top of this site for more information. There are instructions below for getting
around the website, it may take some getting used to but it is easy to use to find the
descendants and ancestors of any relative as well as to add stories and pictures.
Don't hesitate to contact me with errors or omissions and please add your photos, stories,
letters,historical info on Poland, Detroit, etc. We need your help to learn about our ancestors
and document the family history for future generations. Thanks in advance for your assistance.