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  • Frantisek "Frank" BLECHA

    Frantisek "Frank" BLECHA

    Male 1831 - 1912  (81 years)

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    • Name Frantisek "Frank" BLECHA  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
      Born 04 Oct 1831  Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
      • All of the early research had Franks's birth year as 1833. That is what was listed on his death certificate. However, I found the original birth record which was written in 1831.
      Frank Blecha birth in 1831
      Frank Blecha birth in 1831
      Radnice 11, Page 120 of 376
      Gender Male 
      Arrival 22 Apr 1867  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
      Departure Bremen Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
      Immigration 22 Apr 1867  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Residence 1870  Baltimore Ward 2, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Residence 1880  Stemaner, Pawnee, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
      Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self 
      Residence 1885  Clear Creek, Pawnee, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Residence 1900  Maple Grove, Johnson County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10
      Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
      Residence 1910  Turkey Creek, Pawnee County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
      Died 25 Dec 1912  near Steinauer, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
      Frank Blecha 1831 to 1912 Death Certificate
      Frank Blecha 1831 to 1912 Death Certificate
      Frank Blecha Nebraska Obituary 1913
      Frank Blecha Nebraska Obituary 1913
      Buried 27 Dec 1912  Saint Anthony's Cemetery, Steinauer, Pawnee Co. NE Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
      Frantisek Blecha Margaret Zachardova Headstones
      Frantisek Blecha Margaret Zachardova Headstones
      Person ID I375062  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 24 Sep 2016 

      Father Adalbert (Vojtech) BLECHA,   b. 2 Nov 1788, Krise 20, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1854, Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
      Mother Anna Veronica ZALOUDKOVA,   b. 5 Mar 1788, Korecovsky Mlyn, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1866, Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
      Married 31 May 1808  Krise 20, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
      Adalbert Blecha Marriage to Anna Zaloudkova in 1808
      Adalbert Blecha Marriage to Anna Zaloudkova in 1808
      Stupno 07, Page 69, right pg, Entry #3
      Family ID F3034  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Margaret ZACHARDOVA,   b. 23 Nov 1839, Radnice, House No. 22, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Aug 1923, near Steinauer, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
      Married 30 May 1864  Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
      Frank Blecha Margareta Zachardova Marriage record in 1864
      Frank Blecha Margareta Zachardova Marriage record in 1864
      Radnice 17, Page 117 368
      Children 
       1. Unknown BLECHA,   b. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  []
       2. Unknown BLECHA,   b. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  []
       3. Anna BLECHA,   b. 13 Oct 1865, Radnice, House No.264, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 4 years)
       4. Vaclav "James" BLECHA,   b. 18 Mar 1867, Radnice, House No.14, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1933, Padonia, Brown, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
       5. Frank F. BLECHA,   b. 26 Nov 1871, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Mar 1947, Gage CO, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
       6. Fannie B. BLECHA,   b. 20 Jun 1874, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1962, Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
       7. Mary BLECHA,   b. 30 Jul 1877, Steinauer, Pawnee CO, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1895  (Age 18 years)  []
       8. Joseph Frank BLECHA, Sr,   b. 07 Dec 1878, Steinauer, Pawnee CO, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1946, Benkelman, Dundy, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  []
       9. Anna (Annie) E BLECHA,   b. 24 Jul 1881, Steinauer, Pawnee CO, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1955, near Tecumseh, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  []
      Last Modified 26 Nov 2015 
      Family ID F136036  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Oct 1831 - Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 May 1864 - Radnice, House No.19, Bohemia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsArrival - 22 Apr 1867 - Baltimore, Maryland Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDeparture - - Bremen Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsImmigration - 22 Apr 1867 - Baltimore, MD Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Baltimore Ward 2, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, United States Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self - 1880 - Stemaner, Pawnee, Nebraska, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - 1885 - Clear Creek, Pawnee, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1900 - Maple Grove, Johnson County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1910 - Turkey Creek, Pawnee County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 1912 - near Steinauer, NE Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Dec 1912 - Saint Anthony's Cemetery, Steinauer, Pawnee Co. NE Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Photos
      Art Lang Letter about Frank Blecha genealogy 1995
      Art Lang Letter about Frank Blecha genealogy 1995
      Frank Blecha and Margaret Zachardova
      Frank Blecha and Margaret Zachardova
      Photo from Art Lang's genealogy
      Frank Blecha and Margaret Zachardova
      Frank Blecha and Margaret Zachardova
      Photo from Art Lang's genealogy

      Documents
      Frank Blecha History by Art Lang
      Frank Blecha History by Art Lang
      Art Lang, from DuBois Nebraska, was a great genealogist who did all of his work "the old fashioned way" without the use of computers. I am grateful to Art for the many large boxes in my office filled with genealogy documentation on the Blecha family.

    • Notes 
      • I had worked on the genealogy of Frank Blecha for many many years. It proved to be very difficult in locating his actual birth record (for himself and his wife, Margareta). Part of this was complicated by the fact that it had incorrectly been assumed that he was born near Hlince, Bohemia. Hlince is the village from which my own Blecha family originates. Because Frank's family lived fairly near the other Blecha's from Hlince, it was assumed that he, too, was from that area.

        The new information that I uncovered in November 2015 connects Frank Blecha's family with the Matej Blecha who settled in Iowa and the Albert Blecha family that settled in Kansas.

      • Immigration (added 2-21-2014)

        Surname: BLECHA - from Leo Baca's Czech immigration passenger lists
        First Name: Franz
        Age: 36
        Other Family Members: Margaretha 27, Anna 2, Wenzel 1/4
        Departure Country: Bohemia
        Ship: Union
        View ALL Czech passengers that arrived on this specific ship
        Arrival Date: 22 April 1867
        Arrival Port: Baltimore
        Volume: 8

        DEATH: He died at home.

        BURIAL: Buried in St. Anthony's Cemetery.


        [The following was the description provided by Art Lang. Please be cautioned that it is incorrect with respect to some information]


        BIOGRAPHY: Frank and Margaret (SACHER) BLECHA were married in the Kingdom of
        Bohemia which was in the Empire of Austria-Hungary prior to 1918. Their home
        was in the village of Hlinec, near the larger city of Kralovice, in the county
        of Llzen. It is believed that three infant children passed away before they
        came to America in April of 1866 with their son James, an infant of six weeks.
        The next nine years were spent in Baltimore, Maryland. This is where Frank P.
        & Fannie BLECHA were born.

        BIOGRAPHY: In approximately 1875, Frank & Margaret brought their family to the
        prairies of Southeast Nebraska in the Steinauer, Nebraska vivinity. They made
        their home in sections 16 & 17, Clear Creek Twp, Range II, East of the 6th P.M.
        , Pawnee County, Nebraska. Here the family prospered, and in due time, Mary,
        Joseph, & Anna BLECHA were born. In December 1895, tragedy was to strike again
        Mary (BLECHA) SIMMONS died leaving a small infant daughter, Hazel. Hazel was
        raised by her grandparents, the BLECHAS, & was know as Hazel BLECHA.

        BIOGRAPHY: On December 25, 1912, Frank passed away and was buried at St.
        Anthony's Catholic Cemetery east of Steinauer, Nebraska. His wife Margaret
        lived on until August 3, 1923, and was laid to rest beside her husband.

        BIOGRAPHY: A note to future Historians. There are many BLECHA families in
        Southeast Nebraska & Northeast Kansas. It is worthy to note that most came fro
        the same village, Hlinec, Bohemia now Czechoslovakia since 1918. At the time o
        this history in 1986, the author has been unable to connect this Frank BLECHA
        family with other BLECHA families. A baptismal certificate would be most
        helpful. It is believed that the Catholic Church in Hlinec would have this
        information. The author of this history has many other baptismal certificates
        of other BLECHA families in this time period.

        CONTACT_NAME: Art LANG [Now deceased]



        BIOGRAPHY: Art LANG, BLECHA HISTORIAN

        BIOGRAPHY: SOURCES OF INFORMATIO:
        Mrs. Ruth Ann (BLECHA) NESTER, Rt. 2 Box 142, Hiawatha, KS 66434 Mrs. Emma HAHN
        I73 N. 3rd., Tecumseh, NE 68450
        Mrs. Rosie M. HIMBERG, Box 544, St. Francis, KS 67756 Mr. Arvid BLECHA, 3427
        East 16th Ave., Denver, CO 80206 Mr. George HENZEL, Box 56, Virginia, NE 68458
        Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph J. BLECHA, 21967 Road "W", Fort Morgan, CO 80701

        BIOGRAPHY: OTHER SOURCES:
        The Nebraska Historical Society, Lincoln, NE
        NEBRASKA, KANSAS CZECH SETTLERS, by Margie SOBOTKA

        DEATH: Frank BLECHA an old and respected citizen of this county, died at his home four miles northwest of Burchard, Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church here Friday, conducted by Father Ress and internment was made in the Catholic Cemetery east of town. Mr. BLECHA was a native of Bohemia and resided near Steinauer for many years. He is survived by a widow, three sons and two daughters. STEINAUER STAR 03 Jan 1913

    • Sources 
      1. [S3798] U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Collection Number: G&M_105; Roll Number: 105.

      2. [S3797] Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), National Archives and Records Administration; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1885; Series/Record Group: M352; County: Pawnee; Township: Clear Creek; Page: 3.

      3. [S3807] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 2, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: M593_571; Page: 360A; Image: 706; Family History Library Film: 552070.

      4. [S3808] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Stemaner, Pawnee, Nebraska; Roll: 753; Family History Film: 1254753; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 253; Image: 0588.

      5. [S3802] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

      6. [S3801] Web: Nebraska, Find A Grave Index, 1854-2012, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

      7. [S3800] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Turkey Creek, Pawnee, Nebraska; Roll: T624_852; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1374865.

      8. [S3803] Nebraska, Homestead Records, 1861-1936, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;).

      9. [S3805] Baltimore, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1872, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).

      10. [S3799] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Maple Grove, Johnson, Nebraska; Roll: 931; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0025; FHL microfilm: 1240931.

      11. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Radnice 11, Page 120 of 326, Entry #1.
        Birth record for Frantisek Blecha in 1831
        Actual image at:http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30067797/radnice-ro-11_1200-n?x=94&y=60&w=683&h=301
        This entry is actually slightly incorrect. It states that his father's name is Joseph, son of Vojtech, when it was actually Vojtech, son of Vojtech.

      12. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Radnice 17, Page 117 of 368, Entry #2.
        Marriage record for Frank Blecha and Margareta Zachardova in 1864.
        Actual image at:http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30067803/radnice-ro-17_1160-o?x=65&y=207&w=651&h=287


      13. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Radnice 29, Page 12 of 529, Entry #6.
        Birth record for Anna Blecha in 1865
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30067815/radnice-ro-29_0120-n?x=147&y=511&w=558&h=246


      14. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Stupno 07, Page 69 of 180, Right Page, entry #3.
        Marriage record for Adalbert Blecha in 1808
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30069046/stupno-07_0690-o?x=303&y=467&w=804&h=272



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