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Re: CzechPoint
Posted by: Harold Brooks Date: January 01, 2002 at 10:07:30
In Reply to: CzechPoint by Anne Blocker of 435

My wife is descended from Konstantin Chovanec, who immigrated in 1856, settling in Dubina, but moving to Fayetteville a few years later. At Christmas, one of her brothers dug out a copy of Julia Ripple Pearce's book, "Czechs in Texas: Generation by Generation" about the Ripple (immigrated 1852) and Chovanec families. The Chovanec family came from Trojanovice (near Frenstat) in Moravia. (It's on Rick Steves's tour of eastern Europe next year.) It's south of Ostrava.

In the Ripple section of the book, she lists the following Czech passengers on the Maria in 1852:

Johann Szornowsky, Johannah Shiller, Johann Shiller, Josef Jezek, Josef Leshikar, Anton Botowa, Vincenz Rypl, Josef Shiller, Vincenz Shiller, Carl Shiller, Josef Rypl, Josef Shiller, Josef Marech, Josef Shiller, Wenzel Motyl, Johann Rosler, and Johan Coufal.

They were all from the Cechy region, near the Moravian border, from the villages of Cermna, Ceska Trebova, and Lanskroun. As best I can tell from mapquest, all of
those places are north of Brno near the current Polish

On the web, Jerome Malek has a web page (
where he says that Vaclav Malek was born in Policna, Moravia in 1801. (His son, John, married Agnes Chovanec, Konstantin's daughter.) His wife, Marianna Schiler (could be related to the Shillers of the Ripple book)was born in Krivem, Moravia. The web site has her as the daughter of Josef Schiler.



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