Josepha Francisca Ciupka

1 July 1877–7 February 1955 (Age 77)
Richtersdorf, Tost-Gleiwitz, Silesia, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Josepha Francisca

When Josepha Francisca Ciupka was born on 1 July 1877, in Richtersdorf, Tost-Gleiwitz, Silesia, Prussia, Germany, her father, Valentin August Ciupka, was 40 and her mother, Francisca Hedwig Czyrt, was 36. She married Joseph Alexander Zając on 23 October 1898, in Gleiwitz, Silesia, Prussia, Germany. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 7 February 1955, in Katowice, Silesia, Poland, at the age of 77.

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Joseph Alexander Zając
Josepha Francisca Ciupka
Marriage: 23 October 1898
Bolesław Zając
Hanna Zając
Magdalena Zając
Josef Zając
Martha Zając
Johann Zając
Konrad Ludwig Zając

Spouse and Children

23 October 1898
Gleiwitz, Silesia, Prussia, Germany


    Bolesław Zając


    Hanna Zając


    Magdalena Zając


    Josef Zając


    Martha Zając


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Valentin August Ciupka


    Francisca Hedwig Czyrt




    Catharina Agnes Ciupka



    Magdalena Franciska Ciupka


    Hedwig Florentine Ciupka


World Events (8)

1881 · Great Synagogue

Age 4

Located in Łódź, Poland, the Great Synagogue of Łódź was built in 1881. Adolf Wolff designed the layout. Referred to as The Temple, it served the reformed congregation for many years. Unfortunately, the synagogue was burned and destroyed by Germans in 1939.

Age 13

Young William (Wilhelm) II dismisses Bismarck.
1901 · Września Children Strike

Age 24

In March of 1901, the German administration that ruled over the region of Greater Poland ordered all religion classes to teach in the German language. Students and parents were enraged by this decision. A group of roughly 118 students expressed their discontent in April; the teachers responded immediately with corporal punishment and detention. By May, a protest of 100 to 200 people began outside the school, consisting of children and adults. The administration threatened permanent suspension to individuals that rebelled, but the protests continued. The German government imprisoned 20 of these individuals over the following years and two children would end up dying from beatings. The last of the protesters would give up by 1904 and many parents ended up moving their children to other schools.

Name Meaning

Probably a respelling of eastern German Schupke, which is in part from a short form of the Slavic personal name Czepan (a vernacular form of Latin Stephanus ( see Steven ), and in part a nickname from Middle Low German schupe ‘fish scale’, or potentially a nickname for a tardy or indecisive person, from Middle High German schup ‘delay’, ‘procrastination’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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