Ankiewicz family in Poland
Origin of the name
Source: the name of the pre- seventeenth century.
Meaning: from the name of Han (Hans), which in medieval Poland was used interchangeably with Jan (John).
Changes: the mid-eighteenth century remained two forms: Hankiewicz and Hanke
The location of the family
Family nest was town Babimost (in German called Bomst).
Links about town:
Other important places: Wolsztyn, Obra, Sława (District Wschowa), Kębłowo. Earlier probably Byszwałd near Lubawa [northern Poland].
An outline of the history of family
The oldest records: in 1693 the baptism of Anthony, in 1696, Michael, sons Wojciech (Adalbert) and Anna Ankiewicz (literally: Chankiewicz) from Babimost.
In addition, in 1640, in Byszwałd near Lubawa [northern part of Poland], the office of mayor of the village served as Melchior Ankiewicz (according Inventory Bishopric Goods of Chełmno).
Status of the nineteenth century: the townspeople, family profession was shoemaking, in the nineteenth century, the owners of agricultural farms.
General Description: From the first half of the eighteenth century in Wolsztyn . The main lines are derived from Andrew, Francis, James, and Kasper Hankiewiczs (eighteenth century). The family plays a significant role in the history of Wolsztyn, including in the eighteenth century, the former parson of the parish in Komorow was Fr. Nicholas Ankiewicz, the mayor of Wolsztyn - Valentine Ankiewicz .
Source: Families of Wolsztyn-Babimost land, book by Krzysztof Raniowski.
South African Progenitor:
Johann Matheus Ankiewicz was born in 1846. Hie was a farmer and shoemaker. He, his wife (Constanzia) and 4 children originated from countryside near Babimost (German spelling: Bomst) small town in Province of Poznań (German spelling: Posen). It was part of Poland that in the 19th century was under the rule of king of Prussia (as Great Duchy of Poznań). Two children were born in Bremen (city in Germany), the next five in South Africa.
Johann Matheus Ankiewicz was in the Prussian army, and he was known for his bravery. He received in South Africa a medal for his participation in the Buffalo War (Ninth Xhosa War 1877–1879). Ankiwiczs were members of the Catholic church. Johan Matheus, his wife Constanzia, and their first 6 children, arrived in East-London, South Africa on 22 August, 1877.
In 1890 family moved to Pretoria, the capitol of South African Republic (Transvaal), the Boer independent state.
Johann died in 1893 in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, near to the South African border.
Source: Reports from Carl Ankiewicz (b5) and Ludwig Ankiewicz (b7c3d2)