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  • Jan Nepomuk "John" BLECHA

    Jan Nepomuk "John" BLECHA

    Male 1839 - 1926  (87 years)

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    • Name Jan Nepomuk "John" BLECHA  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
      Born 04 Jul 1839  Skorice 6, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
      Jan Blecha Birth in 1839
      Jan Blecha Birth in 1839
      Skoric 05, Page 29 of 181
      Christened 5 Jul 1839  [8
      Gender Male 
      Arrival 12 Jan 1858  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
      Residence 1860  Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Military Service 1 Nov 1862  Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
      John enrolled and served in the Union Army in the Civil War 
      Arrival 1870  [3
      Reference Number 37 
      Residence 1880  Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
      Marital status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self 
      Residence 1900  Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
      Residence 1910  Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head 
      Died 02 Nov 1926  Chattaroy, Spokane, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Obituary for John Blecha 1839 to 1926
      Obituary for John Blecha 1839 to 1926
      Buried Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Person ID I375791  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 27 Jul 2016 

      Father Frantisek "Frank" BLECHA,   b. 15 May 1811, Skorice 6, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1899, Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
      Mother Jozefa "Josephine" BILKOVA,   b. 10 Dec 1819, Skorice 10, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1890, Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
      Married 6 Jun 1837  Skorice, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
      Marriage of Frantisek Blecha and Josepha Bilkova in 1837
      Marriage of Frantisek Blecha and Josepha Bilkova in 1837
      Family ID F136294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Anna K KLINKA,   b. 21 Apr 1852, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1900, Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
      Married 10 Nov 1874  Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Children 
       1. James John BLECHA,   b. 16 Sep 1876, Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1953, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  []
       2. Frank Joseph BLECHA,   b. 07 Apr 1878, Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1918, Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  []
       3. Mary Anna BLECHA,   b. 13 Mar 1881, Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Mar 1967, Marshfield, Wood, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
       4. Anna B. BLECHA,   b. 13 Oct 1885, Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1951, Spokane, Spokane, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  []
      Last Modified 13 Apr 2016 
      Family ID F136285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Jul 1839 - Skorice 6, Bohemia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsArrival - 12 Jan 1858 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - John enrolled and served in the Union Army in the Civil War - 1 Nov 1862 - Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Nov 1874 - Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self - 1880 - Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1900 - Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1910 - Eaton, Clark Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Nov 1926 - Chattaroy, Spokane, WA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - - Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Notes 
      • !PORT OF ARRIVAL: From Ruth Blecha, 1857, New Orleans, LA

        !IMMIGRATION: Source was Czech Immigration Passenger Lists, author a Leo Baca, 1983, revised in 2000. Vol. 1, page 92 relates that between the years of 1848 to 1879 some 4,400 Czechs immigrated though the port of New Orleans and headed for Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Texas. Information in this book was found at the National Archives. Page 94 has the vessel Bessel arriving at the Port of New Orleans on 12 Jan 1858, with 12 Czech immigrants on board. Page 98 has the following listing. Blecha, Franz 46, Josepha 37, Johann 18, Franz 16, Maria 6, Josepha 10, Thomas 8, Anna 2, Skortiz; Bessel, 12 January 1858; St. Louis. Reference was found for the Bessel, Type:, steamship. Built:, 1854 by Caird & Co., Greenock, Scotland for the Cunard Line. No known photo or information available. This listing for the steam ship had a link to the family name RIEPE, which said a Mary came to America at age 38 years on the "Ship Bessel" with her husband and children. The ship bearing the RIEPE family departed from Bremen, Germany and arrived in St. Louis, MO on December 7, 1858. The Blecha's arrived some eleven months earlier in the year on January 12, 1858, in St. Louis on the same ship. If you look at the map of Germany, the inland Port of Bremen is some 42 miles by river from the North Sea at the Port of Bremenhaven giving a direct link to the North Atlantic Ocean via the North Sea. Bremen to Skortiz is some 320 airmiles, quite a distant to travel by road in 1858. Question, was the Steamship Bessel employed in a series of round trips from Bremen to St. Louis? If so, checking of the records of departures from Bremen would be in order. The missing Thomas is listed with the family on this record. Most of the ages given on the record are within one or two years of what is already recorded, and the difference would depend on how you round off the ages. One slight difference is with Josephine, who is listed as ten years old when prior records would have her about seven years old when on the ship. Another difference is with Maria [Mary] who would of been 12 years of age, not 6 as listed on the ship's record.

        !MARRIED: From Carol Olson, Newburg, Washington, WI, in a Catholic Church by a priest as stated on his disability application. Had a second date of 10 NOV 1875 from notes of Belva Blecha Stonecipher.The church in question in Newburg, WI is Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The church corner stone is dated 1859. During a visit in June, 1995 the parish pastor indicated to Jerry and Rosemarie Konoske that early sacraments were performed and recorded by a well known missionary. These records may be in the diocese chancery office in Milwaukee. Marriage Certificate, Newburg, Washington, WI, 10 November, 1874. John Blecha, farmer, white, living in the town of Trenton, born in Bohemia, Europe, married Anna Klinka, according to the rites of the Rom. Cath. Church at Newburg, Washington Co., Wis. on the 10th of November 1874. Witnesses a Francis Klinka and Anna Blecha. Father of the groom is a Frank Blecha and mother Josefa Bilek. Father of the bride is Frank Klinka and mother a Catherine Smertena. Marriage certificate number 2081.

        !OCCUPATION: On pension request it shows him to be a farmer.

        !LAND: Plat of Trenton, Township 11 North, Range 20 East, Washington County, WI, dated 1892, showed John Blecha owing land just east of Newburg, north of the river. South and west of his property, between Newburg and Myra, property was owned by Martin Chesak, John Klinka, Frank Klinka and John Krejci, who all show up in different records associated with the Blecha's.

        !DIED AT: Chattaroy, Spokane, WA at the home of his daughter, Anna White.

        !BURIED: At St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, Loyal, WI.St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery Assn., 3241 Prais Street, Stevens Point, WI. 54481, (715) 341-3236.He, together with his wife Anna, are buried at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Loyal, Wisc. They are buried with Will and Mary Kubat, their daughter and her husband. Both the Blecha and Kubat names are on the grave. The grave is in the middle section towards the front. S.E. Section. This information is from Carol Ann Wright Olson.

        !FUNERAL: Services held at St. Balthasars Church, Loyal, WI. This church is now St. Anthony's, church and rectory at 407 N. Division Street, Loyal, WI. 54446, (715) 255-8017.

        !OBIT: Said he came to America in 1856 at 17 years of age with his parents, three sisters and three brothers and located in Washington County, WI. From the obit record Jan Blecha came to the U.S.in Jan.his parents, three brothers and three sisters from Bohemia and settled in Washington County, WI. Spelling of the town where he came from could be Skoric, Skorice, or Skoritz since there was no standard grammar during that time period.

        !NOTES: John and his wife, Anna Klinka were both from Bohemia according to Belva Blecha Stonecipher. John came to the United States about 1858, and settled in Washington Co, WI. John enrolled/joined for duty in the Civil War on 10 NOV 1862 at Newburg, Washington County, WI. He was mustered into Company B, 34th Reg. of Wisc. Volunteer Infantry on 20 Dec. 1862, Miluaukee, WI, as a PVT.Appointed CPL. 1 JAN 1863, and Musician 24 FEB 1863. [Drums/Bugle ?] John was a Cpl Co. I, 34th Rgt. WI Volunteer Infantry at some point. He was discharged 8 SEP 1863 at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, WI. He returned a sick man and his doctor put in for a one half disablity pension due to severe diarrhea, bad lungs, rhematisim and neuralgia. At the time of his death he was receiving 65$/month in pension. He was described as being 5 feet 8 inches, blue eyes and brown hair. His place and date of birth came from his army records. Along with information regarding his wife and children. John and Anna lived in Clark County, WI for 40 years and resided for many years at what is now N 7918 Borglin Ave.,Greenwood WI. Off HW 73, E on 26 RD. and then S on Borglin Ave. First house on the left withi large pine trees infront. House was built by a well known builder by the name of Frank Zeche [Zechie].
        Oct. 11, 1991 during a personal visit of Gerald "Jerry" and Rosemarie Konoske with Mrs.Anna Haile in Chattaroy Washington the following information was learned. Mrs. Haile lived one-quarter of a mile up the road from John's daughter, Anna Blecha White, her husband Frank White, and their son, John. The two Anna's were the best of friends. John Blecha came to Chattaroy some time after his wife Anna Klinka died. He lived with the White family until his death in Chattaroy. Anna Blecha White and her son took John Blecha back to Loyal, Wisconsin by train for burial.The house built by Jan in Greenwood, WI is still standing. Visited by Jerry and Rosemarie Konoske in June, 1995, the present owners, John and Sueallyn Marz allowed them to tour the house and property. The house is virtually the same as in the picture dated 1905. The current address is N 7918 Borglin Avenue, Greenwood, WI 54437. Borglin Avenue runs south from 26th Road.
        March 17, 1996. Letter from Lawrence Wolf, neighbor, 1-715-267-7481 N7773 Borglin Ave, Greewood, WI 54437. Mr. Wolf wrote tht his mother mentioned that when she was in school in 1900, that the large white pine trees near the Blecha house were only about three feet tall. His mother who was rasied by her grand mother and two bachelor uncles had more then a passing interest in the house as they were thinking about building their own house also. A carpenter and brick layer by the name of Garvin built, or helped build the Blecha house and three other nearby houses. There is a spring located about 40 rods due east of the Blecha house. Frank Blecha and a neighbor Hugo Lenz were hunting buddies and did a lot of hunting together. [Note-this Hugo Lenz may be one of the ones in the hunting camp picture we have] Hugo Lenz oldest son Ray, near ninety yrs old now, lives at Jim Falls, WI 54748, 1-715-382-4949. Mr. Wolf remembers visiting Mary [Blecha] Kubat in Loyal, WI, with his mother in the late 1950's or early 1960's. Rosemarie and Jerry Konoske visited Lawrence Wolf, May, 1996.

        !DECLARATION OF INTENT: Location, Washington County Court House, West Bend WI, Vol. III, p. 116, Oct. 31, 1867. Born in Austria in 1839. From Ruth Blecha June 1995. The actual declaration is not available at this location although indicated on the Court House index.

        !CENSUS: July 6, 1860 census shows him to be 21 yrs old, M and a farm laborer, post office Myra, Town of Trenton, WI. PAGE 165, line 14, shows name to be John F [?]
        1880 Census, Eaton, Clark, WI. Page 2, SD 3, ED 158, line 42, shows him as WM 40, farmer, he and his parents all born in Bohemia. 1890 Special Census of surviving soldiers, sailors, and marines, and widows etc. Pg 1, SD 4, ED 171, line 15-Blecha, John-Corporal, Co I, 34 Wis Inf, enlisted Nov 10 1862, discharged Sept 1863.
        1900 Federal Census, Clark County, Township of Eaton, WI. Living together was Jan [John], Anna [Annie K], James J, Frank J, Mary A and Anna [Annie] M. Names in brackets are as listed on the census report, last name listed as Blechy 1905 WI state census shows him in the Town of Eaton, County of Clark, with wife, Frank, Mary and Anna living at home.
        1920 Census shows him living with the widow of Frank Blecha his son, the wife of Frank is Bertha Blecha. SD 6, ED 17, sheet 13A, line 7. He is listed as being 80 yrs old.

    • Sources 
      1. [S3926] Researched by Gerry Konoske.

      2. [S3935] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: 1781; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0018; FHL microfilm: 1241781.

      3. [S3941] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: T624_1704; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 1375717.

      4. [S3943] U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).

      5. [S3931] 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: Eaton, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: 1419; Family History Film: 1255419; Page: 366B; Enumeration District: 158.

      6. [S3933] U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Place: New Orleans, Louisiana; Year: 1858; Page Number: 91.

      7. [S3932] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Year: 1860; Census Place: Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1438; Page: 489; Image: 495; Family History Library Film: 805438.

      8. [S1258] Old Czech Church Records online, Skorice 05, Page 29 of 181.
        Birth record for Jan Blecha in 1839
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30068286/skorice-05_0290-n?x=19&y=182&w=779&h=264


      9. [S1781] U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865.

      10. [S1258] Old Czech Church Records online, Skorice 10, Page 3 of 64.
        Marriage record for Franisek Blecha and Rozalie in 1835
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30068291/skorice-10_0030-o?x=11&y=514&w=817&h=277


      11. [S1258] Old Czech Church Records online, Skorice 10, Page 6 of 64.
        Marriage of Frantisek Blecha and Josepha Bilek in 1837
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30068291/skorice-10_0060-o?x=-44&y=535&w=812&h=275



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