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  • Jozefa "Josephine" BLECHA

    Jozefa "Josephine" BLECHA

    Female 1852 - 1938  (85 years)

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    • Name Jozefa "Josephine" BLECHA  [1, 2, 3, 4
      Born 17 Mar 1852  Skorice 6, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
      Jozepha Blechova Birth in 1852
      Jozepha Blechova Birth in 1852
      Skorice 06, Page 43 of 318
      Christened 18 Mar 1852  [4
      Gender Female 
      Arrival 12 Jan 1858  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Departure Bremen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
      Reference Number 644 
      Residence 1860  Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Died 06 Jan 1938  St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Buried Athens, Marathon, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Person ID I375827  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 13 Apr 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  [5, 6
      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 Peter SCHMITT,   b. 06 May 1851, Reihnprice, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1918, Athens, Marathon, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
      Married 09 Nov 1875  Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Notes 
      • !MARRIED: 9 May 1876
      Children 
       1. Josephine SCHMITT  []
       2. Helen SCHMITT  []
       3. Mary Francis SCHMITT,   d. Waukesha, Waukesha County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  []
       4. Anna Josephine SCHMITT,   b. 30 May 1879, Madison, Rock, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1971, St. Claire Shores, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  []
       5. Francis Joseph SCHMITT,   b. 18 Jul 1886, Athens, Marathon, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  []
      Last Modified 13 Apr 2016 
      Family ID F136310  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Mar 1852 - 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 MapsDeparture - - Bremen, Germany Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 09 Nov 1875 - Newburg, Washington County, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 06 Jan 1938 - St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - - Athens, Marathon, WI Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Notes 
      • !SOURCE: Obit of John Blecha, brother, and death certificate. In 1926lived in St. Paul, MN.

        !NOTES: Date of birth from death certificate.

        !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.

        !CENUS:1910 Federal Cenus for Athens Township, Marathon County, Wisconsin. Schmitt, Josephine, 58 years, page 1B, line 94, house 17.

        !MARRIED: Peter Schmitt, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Newburg, Washington, WI, 9 May 1876 as listed in th obit of Peter Schmitt, dated 7 March 1918. Marriage certificate #2339 says married by Augustin Joseph Lang, Catholic Pastor.

        !CENSUS: July 6, 1860 census, post office, Myra, Town of Trenton, WI, page 168, line 17, to be 8 yrs of age.

        !DIED: Ancker Hospital, now Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul MN 55101, 651-221-3456. This is from her death certificate, State Of Minnesota, # 12905, second number is 23099, registration book #57. Mrs. George Hubing was with her at the time of her death.

        !DIED FROM: Fell from chair, braking leg. Cause of death was Broncho Pneumonia.

        !FUNERAL HOME: Kessler & Maguire, 640 7th St. SW, St. Paul MN, 55102-3196, 1-612-224-2341.

        !BURIED: Funeral was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Athens, Marathon, WI. Probably buried in the same cemetery as her husband, in the Athens cemetery.

        !OBIT: Dated 1937. Mrs. Peter Schmitt buried here Monday. Funeral services were held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church Monday forenoon at 9 o'clock by Rev. A. E. Muehlenkamp for Mrs. Peter Schmitt, 85, a former Athens resident, who died at a St. Paul hospital Thursday morning, as chronicled by the Record last week. Pallbearers were Frank and Emil Hubing, J. P. Wojciechowski, Guet Grunewald, Joe Bauman and T. A. Hartman.

        During the past 22 years she has been almost helpless on account of rheumatism. Just a week before her death she fell from a chair, fracturing her hip. She was taken to the hospital on Tuesday, where she died the following Thursday [January 4].

        The deceased, nee Josepine Blecha, was born in Bohemia March 17, 1862. [Date is 10 yrs off for being 85]. When she was 6 years old , her parents came to America , settling at Newburg, Wis. She was married at Newburg to Peter Schmitt. They moved to the Athens community 57 years ago and made their home on what is now the Frank Hart farm, east of Athens. In 1891 they moved to Athens building the home now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dahl.

        Her husband died 1 March 1918. Since the fall of that year she has lived at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lorenz. F. Nuernberg, at St. Paul.

        Surviving her are four daughters, and one son-Mrs. Mary Mickler of Waukesha, WI, Mrs. Anna Bell of Toledo,OH, Mrs. Helen Hubing of Athens, Mrs. Lorenz F. Nuernberg of St. Paul, and Frank Schmitt from the state of Washington. There are 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

        Many of the older residents of this community, especially the pioneer women, remember her as a kindly and neighborly woman who unselfishly extended her services and help in times of illness and other need.

        Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Nurenberg and son Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Lawter Nurenberg of St. Paul, Mrs. Anton Mickler and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Reichard of Waukesha; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Walters [she is a daughter of Frank Schmitt] of Milwaukee; Mrs. Kenneth Hoernell and Mrs. Marti Cresterson of Racine; Frank Schuman of Mankato, MN; Mr. and Mrs. Willam Kubat of Granton; F. N. Blecha, Miss Cella Blecha, Mrs. Wm. Nuernberg and Mrs. Wm. Lansdorf of Wausau; Mrs. George Schlegel and son Fredrick and Grandma Hanson of New London.

        29 Oct 2009 Inquiry from Mary Alyce Crane, macrane@labarrington.com Mary Alyce Crane
        1360 Illinois Parkway
        Elgin, IL 60123
        (847)741-1191 home
        (847)428-8565 ext 223 work (my backdoor number)

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

      2. [S3934] New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902; NAI Number: 2824927; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85.

      3. [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.

      4. [S1258] Old Czech Church Records online, Skorice 06, Page 43 of 318.
        Birth record for Jozepha Blechova in 1852
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30068287/skorice-06_0430-n?x=32&y=588&w=674&h=228


      5. [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


      6. [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


      7. [S3929] Obit of Peter Schmitt, March 7, 1918.


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