The origin of Zygmunt Gnatowski

from "Die Gnatowskis. Die Geschichte einer masowischen Familie" by Alfred von der Lehr
ISBN-Nr: 3-00-005311-5


Unfortunately from Mrs Jablonska we learn no details about the relationship of Zygmunt and Jan Gnatowski. Neither the already quoted Nobility Books (compare segment 2.1. and 2.2.) are explicit about the origin of Zygmunt Gnatowski as there are a variety of family trees.

From the text of "Rocznik Towarzystwa Heraldycznego we Lwowie" (Yearly of the Heraldic Association in Lwow") (section 2.2) we have following family tree:


This family tree gives only a possible graphic of Zygmunt Gnatowski's origin. To what extent it is complete, we don't know. In two points it's wrong: first, the father of Zygmunt and Pawel was not Josef, but Henryk and, second, the brother and prelate Jan Gnatowski is missing in this picture.

Another riddle gives Mrs. Jablonska herself: when Zygmunt Gnatowski, because of his illness, quickly left for home and died shortly after, Pawel wrote a Telegram to his close friends in Zakopane. In one place in her book Mrs. Jablonska writes that the telegram was sent not on the 7th, but already one day earlier and here she speaks of a Pawel (Paul) Gnatowski, a cousin of Zygmunt Gnatowski, who reported the death of Zygmunt on June, 6th, 1906.

Pawel was a cousin of Prelate Jan Gnatowski - reports Mrs. Jablonska 1). According to the above family tree Paul was rather brother of Zygmunt.

Adam Boniecki also writes in his "Herbarz Polski" (Polish Heraldry) (compare section 2.1) that Henryk had sons Zygmunt, Paul and Stanislaw and Henryk was the son of Paul. Concerning Jan Gnatowski Boniecki reports only shortly: "To this family belongs priest and later Prelate Jan Gnatowski, who used to work as a secretary of the Pope's Nuntius in Munich."

This results in a more appropriate origin of this family tree:


Pawel and Stanislaw are, because of the uncertain source of information, marked only with dotted arrows.

One can hope that with the Koliba house not only the memory of this interesting epoch of Polish history of arts will be secured, but also of this man, who, in giving Witkiewicz his order, created these possibilities and has thus secured his place in the history.