My Paternal Moravian Grandparents: Charlie Frederick & Elizabeth “Bessie” Annie (Mazac) Frederick

Granger Church

The Williamson County Courthouse located at 30...Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius_Catholic_Church_Granger-Texas

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Seal of Williamson County, Texas

My Paternal Grandmother was Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” Mazac Frederick from Granger, Williamson County, Texas. They married on October 12, 1914 at the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Granger, Texas.  Charlie and Bessie were both Catholics.

My Grandmother loved pink, so I posted the pink background of the Moravian-Czech flower. She liked artificial because she said they never die.

She lost my Grandfather in 1947 to Stomach Cancer, and she had a hard life raising her five children on her own. Grandma was an excellent cook, a good mother, and she also grew a garden with her sons, Woodrow and Charles for years to help feed the family. 

Charles F. “Charlie” Frederick also known as Karel Fredrich, and Charles Fredrick, was born on April 20, 1892 in Mala Lhota, Vsetina, Moravia and he emigrated from Moravia in 1894 to New York, and then on to Austin, Travis County, Texas. His last known residence according to his naturalization papers was in Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia. He was a poor farmer and a cobbler. My father told me that he helped the other Moravians to learn English. He was an avid reader, and read his Bible everyday. 

Obec Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia


He received his American citizenship papers by serving in the Czech-Slovak Army during World War I in France.  According to the  1930 U. S. Census for Harris County, Texas, Charles Fredrick emigrated in 1894 from Czechoslovakia. 

Bessie was born on October 12, 1895 in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.

Bessie’s parents, Jan “John” Mazac emigrated in 1891, and Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac emigrated in 1892 to Ellis Island, New York, New York. They were poor tenant farm laborers. 

Seal of Travis County, Texas
Seal of Travis County, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


    1. Could be. My Mazac’s emigrated in 1892 from Moravia to Ellis Island, New York. They settled in Granger, Williamson County, Texas. I don’t speak Czech, so I don’t know who Jiriho “George” Mazac’s parents were. Everyone who would know are deceased. I love looking at pics of Moravia, but I am too old to travel anymore.


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