Countries other than Polska
There are about 9000 Mierzejewskis in Polska today, and about
1000 in other countries, mainly the USA, making a total of about
10,000 world wide. Because Mierzejewskis have been around for at
least 25 to 35 generations, the number of people alive with
Mierzejewski "blood in their veins" is probably in the millions.
Besides Polska and the USA, Mierzejewskis have lived in
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile,
England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New
Zealand, Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and
Zambia. There are probably some in Austria, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Siberia, and Slovakia.
recent wars Mierzejewskis have died or been killed in Korea,
Marshall Islands, Philippines, and Russia.
At the Ellis
Island website 88 Mierzejewska/i and 82 Mirzejewska/i immigrants
are listed, but because of spelling variations the total is closer
to 550 than the above 170. Many returned to Polska.
The 1900 federal census states Felix, wife Pauline, and daughter
Wanda Mierzejewski of Milwaukee, WI, arrived in 1880. It
appears they lived in Maryland before moving to Milwaukee.
The 1903 naturalization record of Julius Julian Mierzejewski of
Milwaukee, WI, lists April 1881 as his arrival date. He lived
in St. Joseph, MO, before moving to Milwaukee. His son Julian was
born in St. Joseph in 1887.
Agniska and Leonhard Mierzcjewski arrived at Baltimore, MD, 29
January 1883, on the ship “Amerika”.
Auguste Mierajewski [female] arrived at Baltimore, MD, 20 June
1883 on the ship “Herman”.
Jozef Mierzyeski, wife Antonina, and children Stephen and Pelagia,
arrived 4 May 1887 at Baltimore, MD, on the “Hermann”. The
family lived in south western Pennsylvania and used the name Majesky,
but the original spelling was Mierzejewski.
The above arrivals follow the pattern of the earliest Polish
immigrants coming from the German Partition, and note that they all
arrived at the port of Baltimore, not New York.
On the 1920 Federal Census Peter Mierzejewski of Milwaukee stated
his age was 66, making him the oldest Mierzejewski in the US
(born about 1854 in Poland). On the 1930 Census Damazy Mierzejewski
of Milwaukee said his age was 76, making his Polish birth year also about 1854.
On the 1920 Federal Census the age of Casimir Mierzejewski of
Milwaukee, WI, is listed as 35 and born in Maryland, making him the
earliest known Mierzejewski born in the USA (about 1885). Agnes Mierzejewski, who died in 1890 in Milwaukee, was born in Maryland
(Baltimore) in 1886.
Anthony T. Mierzejewski wrote on his 1942 Draft Registration Card
2 August 1886 as his Pittsburgh, PA birth date.
Other early arrivals were Franciszek (Frank Baker) Mierzejewski and
wife Anna Milewska and family who lived in Watervliet, NY, about
1890. In 1889 in Baltimore, MD, John Frank Mierzejewski was born. In
1890 an Aleksander Mierzejewski arrived at the Port of NY. This time
period is one generation earlier than the period of the "great
immigration" which lasted until WWI (1915).
Where We Live
The top eight Mierzejewski states (in alphabetical order) are
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Connecticut, the state with the highest
percentage of Poles, is probably the state with the highest
percentage of Mierzejewskis.
Mierzejewskis are known to have resided in 47 of the 50 United States, leaving
only Hawaii, Maine, and Nevada. A Mierzejewski who was killed in WW
II is buried in HI, a daughter of a Mierzejewski lived and died in
ME, and a granddaughter of a Mierzejewski lives in NV.
The top six US Mierzejewski cities have traditionally been (in
alphabetical order) Cleveland, OH, Meriden, CT, Milwaukee, WI, New
Britain, CT, Pittsfield, MA, and Toledo/Rossford, OH. The
descendants of the original immigrants have now spread out to
suburbia and the rest of the country.
There were about 350 publicly listed Mierzejewski [land line]
telephone numbers in the US as of a few years ago.