The following is a direct translation from the classical genealogical and heraldic reference "Herbarz Polski" by Kasper Niesiecki, S. J., Lipsk edition, 1839-1846.
Neither Paprocki nor Okolski wrote about these arms. There is a single oseka [kind of hooked knife or spear - Trans.] on a red field, not pointing straight up but rather inclined toward the right of the escutcheon, and on the helm are three ostrich feathers. In the church of the Cistercian Fathers in Bydgoszcz I saw among the other arms a single silver oseka on a blood-red field but pointing straight up.
The Bronikowskis in Great Poland use these arms. The most ancient of them of whom I read was Jan Bronikowski, Bledzew abbot, Poznan canon in 1577. 5o Singularia. There were: a Piotr in 1632; Adam, Dobrogost, and Jan in 1648; Hieronim, captain of the royal cavalry; Alexander, Przeclaw, Wojciech z Babina; Jan Dobrogost; Jedrzej, Kalisz sub-voivode in 1674; Stanislaw canon and official of Przemysl, pastor of Sambor, who died in 1677, donating his library to our Przemysl collegium. Stanislaw, his nephew by birth, dedicated his life to the order of the Society of Jesus, and was noted for his zeal from various pulpits. Konstancya Bronikowska was the wife of Wojciech Biskupski of Niesobia arms; Anna was the wife of Jan Glinicki, of Junosza arms, and her sister was the wife of Grabski of Wczele arms. Hieronim was the Poznan steward of the household; his son was married to Przyjemska, the daughter of the Kalisz chamberlain. Przeclaw, Jan, Wladyslaw flourished in the year 1696. There was also a Bronikowski who was a meritorious colonel of the crown's forces, of Cudzoziemski soccage.
Piotr Bronikowski in 1704 signed the general confederation at Sendomierz. Andrzej Bronikowski in 1734 was counsillor of the confederation of Great Poland provinces. Boguslaw z Opolna, Poznan canon, was a deputized representative to the crown tribunal of 1768 from the Poznan chapter. Antoni, of Poznan province, and Adam, Jan and Alexander from Kalisz province, signed for the election of King Stanislaw August. Andrzej was Wielun lesser seneschal in 1792. Samuel Bronikowski, His Majesty's chamberlain, was a knight of the order of St. Stanislaw. N. Bronikowski was president of the Piotrków chamber in 1794. Heraldyka Wieladka.
Bronikowski, general in the Saxon forces, signed the confederation of the Torun Dissidents, and along with the Golczes was at their head in 1766-7-8. Jan Bronikowski was Ostrzeszów cupbearer. In Belz province Józef Bronikowski was Lubacz master of the hunt. - Krasicki's Notes.
Among these Bronikowskis was certainly the famous writer in Germany, Alexander Bronikowski, who, living in Dresden and having free use of materials in the Royal library, wrote (in German, however) many historical tales which are almost all excerpted from the annals of Poland. - All his stories were translated into Polish and are popular reading, even though the author often wrote unfavorably of the country of his ancestors. He died in his place of birth, Dresden, 22 January 1834, in his 51st year.
Copyright © 1992 William F. Hoffman. Used by permission. This article originally appeared in Polish Genealogical Society Newsletter (Vol. XV, No. 2, Fall 1992), the bulletin of the Polish Genealogical Society.