MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: History
the bojar Antonia Stanislawa Radwan Janowicz
nee the Kniasowna (Princess) Woynek Tomkow Tomkowicz called Topacz Wojnek Tomkiewicz, (1)
The Tomkiewicz are the Roman Catholic Polish branch of a n
ancient noble royal bojar Lithuanian family
from the Upita
The Tomkiewicz family give the Grand Duke Lutuver, died 1292, as the founder of their family He was the father of the Grand Duke Vitennis died 1315, whose son, Woyno (Woynok) built a castle called Woyneko and founded the Woyneko estate ( today called Woynekany) which is still located in the Upita county, (Samogitia), Southern Lithuania. His descendants took the name of Woynek (Wojneko). The Grand Duke Vitennis was succeeded by his brother the Grand Duke Gedeminis, who was not friendly to the sons of Vitennis.
Kniaz (Prince) Woyno descendants, the Tomkow Woynek Tomkiewicz, retained ownership of Woynekany, which was much divided through the years, until after 1885, ex 60.
The Tomkow Woynek Tomkiewicz pedigree begins with the Royal Bojar Kniaz (Prince) Maciej Tomkiewicz , born circa 1490, ex ? , grandfather of the Royal Bojar Tomko Macieyewicz, born circa 1515, dead in 1585, ex ?. Sometime in the middle of the 15th century the family began to use the nicknames of Tomko, Tomkowicz, or Tomkiewicz. Tomko was the name of a Wojneko estate, ex 58. In time the family began droping the Woyneko name and using primarily the Tomkowicz or Tomkiewicz form. The last known member of the family to use the combined Woyneko name with the Tomkiewicz name was the distinquished author, painter and poet ////// ?????????? Woyneko Tomkiewicz, died 1889?. n?.
The title of kniaz (prince) was
used spoaradicaly by various members of the family
through the generations. The last known member to actively use it was alive in
1950 and lived in
Since the Woynek Tomkiewicz used the title" knias" through the generations and since there is no proof that they do not have that right, I have kept that tradition and included it in my pedigree.
The family uses two coat of arms, the original ancient Lithuanian arms called the Tomkow Herb, n ? (which is similar to arms used by many Lithuanian medieval dukes and princes) and the Polish arms called Topacz Herb. The topacz arms Polish nobility was granted to Theodisius Tomkiewicz in 1654 by King Casimir for his military services to the Commonwealth, ex 61.
In 1825 ?.The Commission on Nobility confirmed that the Woynek Tomkiewicz family has also the right to the Topacz arms, ex. .
I believe that the original ancient Tomkowicz arms is the primary arms of the family and submit it in this report.
The most extensive printed materail
regarding the Tomkiewicz appears in Zychlinski,
Gold////////, ex 58. The archive ????? in
In the 19th century the Tomkiewicz produced distinquished and highly decorated officers. Franciszek, Jozef, and Jocob in the Napoelianic war. Major Kazimierz and captain Wincenty in the revolution of 1831, ex 58. .
The noted professor of Theology at the Lublin University, Poland, the Rev. Dr. Francasek Tomkiewicz is a member of the Woynek Tomkiewicz family.
Some historian claims the the Woynek Tomkiewicz are descendants of the princely tartar house of
Tomkiewicz, ex ? 62, and that this descent gives them the right to the title of prince.
MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Pedigree for five generations
the Noble Antonia Stanislawa Radwan Janowicz
nee the Kniasouna (Princess) Wojnek Tomkow Tomkowicz called Topacz Woynek Tomkiewicz,
Kniasz,(Prince) Stanislaus Marcel
Wojnek Tomkow Tomkiewicz called Topacz Woynek Tomkiewicz
marr: ex 54.1
Rydzewski coat of arms called Suchekomnaty (Kownata)
the Noble Krystyna Suchekomanty Rydzewski
The (Suchekommaty) Kownata Rydzewski are a Roman Catholic Mazovian ancient noble family, n ?
Kniasz (Prince) Nikodym Andrzej
Wojnek Tomkow Tomkowicz called Topacz Woynek Tomkiewicz, ex 57, nr 41
born: 1803, Zlobin, Krasnopol, Russian Poland, ex 55
the noble Katharzyna
born: 1806, Zlobin, Krasnopol, Russian Poland
died: after 1850
It is not clear to which herb the Namiotkiewicz family belong. It is said that they are "Namiot". But they are not listed as such in any of the pertinent Polish literature. Prince ?
is said to be the founder of their family. The Kisiel family did belong to the Namiot herb.
The family is documented as having come to the Seyny area before 1641 as colonists from Grudno, Lithuuania. The family
has not as yet been researched in either the
Kniasz (Prince) Francizek
Wojnek Tomkow Tomkowicz called Topacz Wojnek Tomkiewicz, ex 57, nr 26
born: 1744, ex 56
marr: the Noble Marianna Pozniak ?Pozniak, ex 56
born: 1759, ex 56
The Pozniak did not belong to a "herb" they had their own individual arms. They are an ancient Roman Catholic Lithuanian family, n ?
Kniasz (Prince) Stanislaus
Wojnek Tomkow Tomkowicz callled Topacz Woynek Tomkiewicz, ex 57, nr 16
marr: before 1744
None of the survieving documents mention his wife name.
For information regarding the branches of Tomkowicz aka Tomkiewicz family in Belarus, see ex. 55, part I.