Subcarpathian – village Kopki
In Kopki, I am searching for traces of the ancestors of Mierzów and Pasiak as well as Szyja and Szeliga –
for now, I am trying to gather all available information, which may allow me to arrange next parts of the
“puzzle” with time.
The history of this place goes back many centuries.
In 1985, bishop Myszkowski transferred the castellans of the Kopki parish to Rudnik, founded in 1853 by
Anna Lipnicka – the widow of Pius (Zbożny) Komarnica – Anna was the daughter of Katarzyna from
Tarnowiec and Feliks Lipnicki.
In the mid-16th century, the land of the village of Kopki belonged to Katarzyna from Tarnowiec.
“Before the founding of the town, the owner of Kopki and Bieliny was Katarzyna from Tarnowiec
(Tarnowska), who inherited this property from her first husband, Jan Herbut. Katarzyna’s second
husband was Feliks Lipnicki (Boniecki’s armorial p.315, 1.14 – Paprocki’a armorial , p.219), from 1526
hereditary mayor of the village of Zbigniew (Zbydniów). In 1546, Katarzyna Feliskowa Lipnicka is already
a widow. According to the documents, Zygmunt August appoints a commission to separate the royal
property of Zbigniew from Turbia, Zaleszany and Kotowa Wola. The village of Zbigniew is leased by
Feliksowa Lipnicka, the burgrave of Kraków and her children: Stanisław, Katarzyna and Anna. The
children from a marriage with the mayor Feliks Lipnicki (Hołobóg coat of arms). The next entry says, that
in 1553 Feliksowa Lipnicka was Krzystofowa Gnojeńska (Krzysztof Gnojeński was her third husband).
The Gnojeński house had estates in Sandomierskie and in the 16th century, they held officess in
Ruthenia. The members of the house sealed with Warnia coat of arms”*
The Geographical Dictionary of the Polish lands and other Slavic countries mentions Kopki when
describing Rudnik nad Sanem*
” During the Swedish wars, the rittmeister of Stefan Czarnecki attacked here in 1656, Karol X, who was eating
dinner the the presbytery in Kopki, and almost captured him in captivity. The event was presented by H.
Sienkiewicz in The Deluge”*
The map shows the places described as: Pod Psiarnio, Karczmisko, Chałupku, Siedlisko, Ispisko or
Jspisko, Rędzina, Kolipki.
The fields belonging to the village of Kopki from the San river from the east.
Surnames appearing in this region: Bujak Baran, Hasiak, Kolano, Konior, Koszałka, Kak, Kołodziej,
Kostyra, Łach, Maczuga, Madej, Mierzwa, Olej, Olko, Pakulski, Pikuła, Pasiak, Podkowa, Pawłowski,
Sagan, Skiba , Szast, Socha, Szeliga, Sztaba, Worsa, Zastawny, Zygmunt…
“In the Autrian partition, the verification of the surnames took place twice. The first was held in 1792. If
someone did not have properly documented property, he would lose the ending “-ski”, “-wicz”.”* From the
page concerning Olko/Olków house.
At the end of the 19th century, in 1890, births were recorded in Kopki:
Books from 1890-1905 concerning Rudnik nad Sanem with a part concerning Kopki are kept in the State
Archives in Kielce, branch in Sandomierz
Below is one example of a file from Rudnik:
On July 31, 1901, Szyja Maria, age 31, sails from the port of Bremen – she sails to her husband –
With her is the daughter of Maria Leontyna, 5 and a half years old.
Other entries for the region:
to be continued
author: Ania Bernat-Mścisz
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