near Sanok was a nest of the Ruthenian clan Dobrzanski using coat of arms SAS
and Leliwa, having by-names Demkowicz, Hnatusko, Stalony, Nisiewicz,
Dziurdziewicz, Sokolowicz, Hubal. The estate records show that at least since
XVII century there were inhabitants named Popiels. They aparently moved
from nearby village Popiele which they sold in 1431. The Popiels were using coat
of arms SAS and SULIMA and used to marry women from mostly Dobrzanski, Demkowicz
and Sokolowicz families. Part of Popiels remained Greek Catholics, while others
became Roman Catholics. All Popiels involuntarily left Dobra in 1947 during so
called Action Wisla, a measure undertaken by the Polish communist government
against Ukrainians. The action in fact included and harmed all inhabitants of
the Polish South-Eastern frontier, without consideration for actual nationality.
Three Popiel families returned to Dobra later. Presently Roman Popiel and Jan
Popiel with respective families are living in Dobra. First meeting of former
Dobra inhabitants was held in Dobra on August 3 and 4, 1991, which was attended
by close to 300 people from six countries, including Popiels from England, USA,
Canada, Ukraine, Germany and Poland. The idea of the meeting came from Mr. Jan
Popiel from New York, a descendant of the Popiels of Ratne, one of sixteen
hamlets around Dobra. The third meeting was held in Dobra in 1997, also
organized by Mr. Jan Popiel. The photo below shows the Popiels from Poland,
Ukraine, England and USA during the third meeting. First from left is Jan
Popiel, a co-author of The Popiels Internet site. The next meeting of Popiels
and former Dobra inhabitants is planned for June 27 and 28, 2000.
On June 28th, former inhabitants of Dobra will celebrate 600 anniversary of the privilleges by king Jagiello (text at www.dobra.org).