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  • Matej (Mike) BLECHA

    Matej (Mike) BLECHA

    Male 1823 - 1903  (79 years)

    Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

    • Name Matej (Mike) BLECHA  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
      • Mathias is another for Matej.

      Nickname Mike 
      Born 27 Sep 1823  Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Christened 28 Sep 1823  Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Gender Male 
      Naturalization 22 Aug 1854  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
      Matej Blecha declared his intention to become and American citizen. 
      Matej Blecha Pledge for Naturalization in 1854
      Matej Blecha Pledge for Naturalization in 1854
      Document provided to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Immigration 4 Aug 1856  Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Arrived on the ship "Julius" 
      • From Leo Baca's Czech Immigration Passenger Lists:

        Blehcher

        Surname: BLEHCER - from Leo Baca's Czech immigration passenger lists
        First Name: Mathias
        Age: 33
        Other Family Members: Anna 35, Wenzel 10, Maria 7, Ludmilla 5, Maria 25 [Sister to Mathias]
        Departure Country: Bohemia
        Ship: Julius

        Arrival Date: 4 August 1856
        Arrival Port: Baltimore
        Destination: Wisconsin
        Volume: 8
      • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

        Name: Matej Blecha
        Arrival Year: 1855-1856
        Arrival Place: Iowa
        Source Publication Code: 2853.20
        Primary Immigrant: Blecha, Matej

        Annotation:
        Date and port of arrival or date and place of first mention of residence in the New World. Much genealogical and historical information is also provided. The editors only indexed names of persons who the source stated were immigrants. Originally published

        Source Bibliography:
        HABENICHT, JAN. History of Czechs in America. St. Paul, MN: Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, 1996. 581p. Page: 237

        Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.
        Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
      Census 1860  English River, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Residence for 1860 Census 
      Other 12 Oct 1861  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Matej Blecha purchases land  
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1861 B
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1861 B
      Document provided to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Other 17 Oct 1861  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Mathias purchased property. 
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1861   Oct. 17, 1861
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1861 Oct. 17, 1861
      Document given to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Naturalization 1864  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
      Matej Blecha Naturalization in 1864
      Matej Blecha Naturalization in 1864
      Copy of document shared with me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Census 1870  English River, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
      1870 Census for Matej Blecha, Wife Anna, and Children: Wenzel, Lizzie, Frank, Katie & John
      1870 Census for Matej Blecha, Wife Anna, and Children: Wenzel, Lizzie, Frank, Katie & John
      Other 3 Jan 1870  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Matej Blecha purchases 40 acres of land. 
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1870
      Matej Blecha Land Purchase in 1870
      Document provided to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Residence 1874  Richmond, Washington County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
      Matej Blecha owned 100 acres of land 
      Matej Blecha Property in 1874
      Matej Blecha Property in 1874
      Copy of land map given to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Census 1880  English River, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
      1880 Census for Matej Blecha and Frank Blecha Families in Iowa
      1880 Census for Matej Blecha and Frank Blecha Families in Iowa
      Residence 1894  Richmond, Washington County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
      Matej Owned 60 acres of land 
      Matej and Frank Blecha Property in 1894
      Matej and Frank Blecha Property in 1894
      Copy of land maps given to me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Died 30 Apr 1903  Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
      • Some other source had a death date of Apr. 9, 1904.
      Matej Blecha Obituary in 1903
      Matej Blecha Obituary in 1903
      From "The Evening Journal", May 7, 1903. Washington, Iowa

      Provided by Robert Blecha, Hays, Kansas
      Matej Blecha Death in Newspaper 1903
      Matej Blecha Death in Newspaper 1903
      Kalona News, Page 8, May 8, 1903

      Shared with me by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Matej Blecha Sick in Newspaper 1903
In the Kalona News, Page 7, 1 May 1903
      Matej Blecha Sick in Newspaper 1903 In the Kalona News, Page 7, 1 May 1903
      Shared with my by Robert Blecha of Hays, Kansas
      Buried May 1903  Riverside Cemetery, Riverside, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
      • From Findagrave.com

        Matej Blecha

        Birth: Sep. 22, 1823
        Death: Apr. 30, 1903

        Burial:
        Riverside Cemetery
        Riverside (Washington County)
        Washington County
        Iowa, USA

        Created by: Fawn
        Record added: Dec 30, 2013
        Find A Grave Memorial# 122449787
      Person ID I169414  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 15 Jan 2017 

      Father Vojtech (Adalbert) BLECHA,   b. 10 Nov 1784, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1865, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
      Mother Barbora ZEITHAML,   b. 1795, Darova 7, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Married 1 Jul 1817  Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
      Vojtech Blecha Marriage in 1817
      Vojtech Blecha Marriage in 1817
      Stupno 07, Page 87 of 124
      Family ID F125474  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Anna HINEROVA,   b. 24 Apr 1818, Ujezd u Svateho 7, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1894, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
      Married 28 Jan 1845  Ujezd u Svateho 7, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
      Marriage record for Matej Blecha and Anna Hirmanova in 1845
      Marriage record for Matej Blecha and Anna Hirmanova in 1845
      From Radnice 17, Page 315 of 368
      Children 
       1. Vaclav (Vencil) BLECHA,   b. 9 Dec 1845, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1916, Narka, Republic County, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
       2. Vojtech BLECHA,   b. 14 Nov 1847, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1856, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
       3. Maria BLECHA,   b. 23 Feb 1849, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location
      +4. Ludmilla Elizabeth BLECHA,   b. 15 Nov 1850, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1928, Washington, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
       5. Josef BLECHA,   b. 20 Feb 1853, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1856, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
       6. Josef BLECHA,   b. 6 Aug 1854, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1856, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
       7. Frantisek BLECHA,   b. 19 Jul 1855, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1856, Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
      +8. Frank BLECHA,   b. 10 Aug 1856, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1911, English River, Washington, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
       9. Catharine "Katie" BLECHA,   b. Abt 1859, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
      +10. John BLECHA,   b. 16 May 1866, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1940, Narka, Republic County, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
      Last Modified 16 Jan 2017 
      Family ID F61764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Sep 1823 - Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Sep 1823 - Vranovice 16, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Jan 1845 - Ujezd u Svateho 7, Czech Republic Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsNaturalization - Matej Blecha declared his intention to become and American citizen. - 22 Aug 1854 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsImmigration - Arrived on the ship "Julius" - 4 Aug 1856 - Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - Residence for 1860 Census - 1860 - English River, Washington, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsOther - Matej Blecha purchases land - 12 Oct 1861 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsOther - Mathias purchased property. - 17 Oct 1861 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1864 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - English River, Washington, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsOther - Matej Blecha purchases 40 acres of land. - 3 Jan 1870 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Matej Blecha owned 100 acres of land - 1874 - Richmond, Washington County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - English River, Washington, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Matej Owned 60 acres of land - 1894 - Richmond, Washington County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Apr 1903 - Washington County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - May 1903 - Riverside Cemetery, Riverside, Washington, Iowa Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Photos
      Matej Blecha 1823 1903 and Anna Hirnova
      Matej Blecha 1823 1903 and Anna Hirnova
      Photo from Ancestry.com attached to Slugget1 Family Tree
      Matej Blecha 1823 1903 and Anna Hirnova older
      Matej Blecha 1823 1903 and Anna Hirnova older
      Photo from Ancestry.com attached to Slugget1 Family Tree

      Documents
      Matej Blecha mentioned in History of Czechs
      Matej Blecha mentioned in History of Czechs
      From "The History of Czechs in America" by Dr. Jan Habenicht (1996), Page 237.

      Shared with me by Robert Blecha, Hays, Kansas

    • Notes 
      • Lorraine Kos PHLEGER Descendants Charts

        I obtained detailed family charts, prepared by Lorraine, from Art Lang.

      • Jan Zajicek did not include a birth for this child.

      • Another reason that this Matej Blecha probably does not fit in this marriage is that his birth date is 7 months prior to the next child born in this marriage. The next child was documented by Jan Zajicek.


      • I have altered the birth location from what Art Lang had listed, "Hlince, Kralovice Plzen, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia" to the location was used for siblings close in age to Matej.
      • 1870 United States Federal Census
        Name: Matthias Blacher
        Age in 1870: 47
        Birth Year: abt 1823
        Birthplace: Bohemia
        Home in 1870: English River, Washington, Iowa
        Race: White
        Gender: Male
        Post Office: Lexington
        Household Members:
        Name Age

        Matthias Blacher 47
        Anna Blacher 52
        Wencel Blacher 24
        Lizzie Blacher 19
        Frank Blacher 14
        Katie Blacher 11
        John Blacher 4

        Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: English River, Washington, Iowa; Roll: M593_424; Page: 77A; Image: 157; Family History Library Film: 545923.


    • Sources 
      1. [S1267] Czech Church Records for Birth Death Marriage, Stupno 01, Page 129 of 209.
        Birth Record for Matej Blecha

        Actual Image at: http://www.portafontium.cz/iipimage/30069040/stupno-01_1290-n



      2. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Stupno 05, Page 398 of 550, entry #3.
        Birth record for Maria Blecha in 1848
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30069044/stupno-05_3980-n?x=-10&y=378&w=769&h=260


      3. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Stupno 05, Page 437 of 550, entry #2.
        Birth record for Josef Blecha in 1854
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30069044/stupno-05_4370-n?x=82&y=331&w=641&h=217


      4. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Stupno 05, Page 444 of 550, entry #3.
        Birth Record for Frantisek Blecha in 1855
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30069044/stupno-05_4440-n?x=43&y=319&w=647&h=219


      5. [S1267] Czech Church Records for Birth Death Marriage, Radnice 17, Page 315 of 368, Entry #1.
        Marriage of Matej Blecha and Anna Hirmanova in 1845. Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30067803/radnice-ro-17_3140-o?x=84&y=125&w=510&h=174


      6. [S1955] Intention for Naturalization for Matej Blecha.

      7. [S1954] Copy of land transaction for Matej Blecha.

      8. [S1953] Naturalization Paper for Matej Blecha in 1864.

      9. [S1951] Iowa Land Map from 1874.

      10. [S1952] 1894 Iowa Land Maps.

      11. [S1137] Findagrave.com.

      12. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Stupno 07, Page 87 of 124, Left Page, entry #3.
        Marriage of Vojtech Blecha and Barbara in 1817
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30069046/stupno-07_0870-o?x=20&y=482&w=543&h=239



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