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  • Thomas BLECHA

    Male 1848 - 1884  (35 years)


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

    • Name Thomas BLECHA  [1, 2, 3, 4
      Born 15 Dec 1848  Skorice 6, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
      Tomas Blecha birth in 1848
      Tomas Blecha birth in 1848
      Skorice 06, Page 23 of 318
      Gender Male 
      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
      Residence 1860  Trenton, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Died 06 Jul 1884  Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Person ID I375832  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

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Dec 1848 - 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 MapsDied - 06 Jul 1884 - Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Notes 
      • !NOTES: Year of birth from Ruth Blecha

        !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.

        !CENSUS: July 6, 1860 Census shows him living at home and 11 yrs of age.
        Post office, Myra, town of Trenton, WI. 1880 Census has him living with his brother John and is listed as a laborer and 32 years old. This would have his date of birth as 1848. Census from Eaton, Clark,WI. Family history film #1255419. NA film number T9-1419, page 366B.

        June 1880 Census, Eaton, Clark County, WI, page 2, supervisors dist 3, ED 158, line 46, shows him living with his brother John Blecha and family, he is listed as a laborer, brother to John, born in WI and both parents born in Bohemia.

        !NOTES: April 2005. Ruth Blecha enlisted the help of a Kay Scholtz, W755 Todd Rd., Granton, WI 54436, 1-715-238-7603, e-mail at Scholtz@tznet.com. This researcher found two entries in the Neilsville Republican & Press for Thomas Blecha. The first one is dated Sept 27, 1883, page 3, and is as follows. "The foundation for the Presbyterian church at Greenwood will be commenced at once, the contract having been let to Thomas Blecha. The building will be 26 X 40". The second entry in the same newspaper is dated July 24th, 1884, page 4, and is as follows. "Thomas Blecha, a citizen of Greenwood, has disappeared strangely. He was last seen about a mile south of Greenwood on Sunday, July 6th, about 9 p.m. It is thought that he started for his brother's, who lives four miles south of town; but what has become of him is now the question. He left a good job of masonry [Joe Gibson's new house] unfinished and without getting his pay for what he had done. He had been indluging in the "ardent" some what freely for a day or two, and it is feared that he wandered into the woods, and got lost or hurt. A party of about fourty men have searched for one day but found no traces of him. He was a single man, about 28 years old, and was well liked and a good mechanic". Of interest is that he was living with his brother in the 1880 census report. The family house was about four miles south of Greenwood at N 7918 Borglin Avenue, Greenwood, WI. which Rosemarie and Jerry visited in person. The dictionary has the word ardent as passionate, enthusiastic, glowing and a associate use of the word ardent is ardent spirits, meaning alcoholic beverages: distilled alcoholic beverages, for example, whiskey and rum. It would appear that Thomas was intoxicated when he wandered off. The researcher checked the newspaper for the six months after his disappearence and did not find any followup notes regarding finding Thomas.

    • 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.
        Birth record for Tomas Blecha in 1848
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.eu/iipimage/30068287/skorice-06_0230-n?x=44&y=583&w=687&h=232


      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



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