Birth record of Marianna Lipa

  • Marianna LIPA was born on April 17, 1889 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Her father was Stanislaw LIPA of 255 Alexandrine, Detroit, son of Jan.
  • Her mother was Karolina NOWAK, daughter of Jozef.
  • The baptism occurred on April 19, 1889 at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit.
  • The godfather was Wojciech SZCZEPANSKI.
  • The godmother was Ludwika LIPA.

What’s interesting to note here is that less than a year ago (May 1888) Stanislaw married Anna NOWAKOWSKA. But this birth record indicates the mother of his daughter is Karolina NOWAK. The difference in surnames is easily enough explained. “NOWAKOWSKA” is the feminine form of “NOWAK” and in Polish it would be written that way in records. The more puzzling thing is the difference in first names. When Marianna’s brother is born (in 1891) that record will show the mother as Karolina NOWAK as well suggesting that either the record keeper at St. Albertus was in error on the marriage record or the lady in question was given one name but was commonly called by another. I’ve found this sort of thing to be quite common in Poland but it makes for much confusion for genealogists.

Another interesting thing to note is the name of the godfather, Wojciech SZCZEPANSKI. One of the witnesses to the marriage of Stanislaw and Anna/Karolina was Adalbert SZCZEPANIK. One often finds the given names Wojciech/Adalbert interchangeable in Polish/American records suggesting that this could have been one and the same individual. Again, one wonders if the record keeper was in error at St. Albertus Church when they recorded the surname of the witness, (or at Sweetest Heart of Mary). I assume the godfather was also the witness at the marriage of Stanislaw and Anna/Karolina.

Ludwika LIPA being Marianna’s godmother is for me further evidence that Stanislaw LIPA was in some way related to Simon LIPA (husband of Ludwika LIPA).