My Paternal Moravian Grand Uncle, Robert Albert Mazac, Sr, Texas

[first arrow in back row is my Grandmother], Bessie Annie Mazac, [second arrow in back is my Great Grandfather], Jan “John” Mazac, and [third arrow and sitting in chair is my Great Grandmother], Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac in Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1905. Emigrated from Vsetine, Moravia in June 1892, and arrived August 1892 in Ellis Island, New York, and went by ship to Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. They were hardworking farmers who settled in the Granger and Corn Hill, Texas area.
(courtesy of the “1995 Mazac Reunion Book” held by Sally Frederick Tudor, Houston, TX.)

Birth: Mar. 20, 1890, Moravia
Death: Feb. 24, 1983, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Name:Robert Mazek
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Spouse’s Name:Sophia Pavelka
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Event Date:22 May 1911
Event Place:Williamson County, Texas
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Marital Status:Unknown
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number:M00021-0
System Origin:Texas-VR
GS Film number:1007905
Reference ID:2:3X5L1RX
Citing this Record
“Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 Apr 2013), Robert Mazek and Sophia Pavelka, 22 May 1911.


Family links:
Jan Mazac (1863 – 1931)
Annie Marie Dudika Mazac (1862 – 1939)

Sophie Pavelka Mazac (1891 – 1965)

Married: 22 May 1911 in Granger, Williamson, Texas 

Mary Mazac (1923 – 1923)

Adolph Mazac (1926 – 1988)

Rozalie Mazac Havelka (1881 – 1949)
Albert Adolph Mazac (1884 – 1963)
Anton Mazac (1885 – 1887)
Andrew Mazac (1886 – 1888)
Joe #1 Mazac (1887 – 1888)
Steve Mazac (1888 – 1888)
Johnny Mazac (1889 – 1889)
Joseph Frank Mazac (1891 – 1959)
Johnny #2 Mazac (1893 – 1898)
Marie Mazac Motloch (1894 – 1968)*
Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)*
Eva Christine Mazac McCord (1896 – 1975)
Emma Rosa Mazac Strmiska (1896 – 1985)
Effie Mazac Hurta (1898 – 1979)
John Jerry Mazac (1899 – 1966)
Alberta Bertha Mazac Foyt (1900 – 1987)
Olga Angeline Mazac Kovar (1901 – 1971)
Frank Joseph Mazac (1902 – 1990)
Vlasta Mary Mazac Konecny (1904 – 1999)

Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery
Fayette County
Texas, USA

Created by: Skip Farrow
Record added: Jan 28, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124296651

Vsetin, Moravia the Homeland of my MAZAC Ancestors

MAZAC Family Genealogyín CastleOfficial seal of VsetínVsetín is located in Czech Republic

Vsetín (Czech pronunciation:[ˈfsɛciːn]) is a town in Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 28,500 inhabitants and lies on the Vsetínská Bečvariver.

The area around Vsetín, called Vsetínsko, is spread out on the foothills of the Vsetín, Hostýn and Vizovice Highlands around the Bečva River. This area features the remains of log houses and cultural monuments of significant importance mainly in Vsetín itself.

The folk culture has been kept alive by Wallachian song and dance groups for many decades. Originally a small town, Vsetín has become an important centre of industrial, economic, cultural and sports life during the last century.

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Vsetínská Bečva is a river in the Czech Republic, the left tributary of the Bečva River. It originates in the Javorníky mountain range at the elevation of 896 m and flows for 59.38 km to Valašské Meziříčí, where it joins…

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Moravian Slovakia (Czech: Moravské Slovácko) or Slovácko is a cultural region in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic

My Paternal Grandfather, Karel Fredrick also known as Charles Frederick, was born in Mala Lhota, Moravia on 20 April 1892. My Paternal Great Grandfather, Jan Mazac was born on 28 April 1863 in Usti, Vsetine, Moravia.

Moravian Slovakia (Czech: Moravské Slovácko) or Slovácko is a cultural region in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, Moravia on the border with Slovakia (Czech: Slovensko) and Austria, known for its characteristic folklore, music, wine, costumes and traditions. The area forms part of both the Zlín and South Moravian administrative regions.

Its most important center is the town of Uherské Hradiště which is located on the Morava River. Other important population centers include Uherský Brod, Břeclav, Hodonín, Strážnice and Kyjov. In the 9th century the region of Moravian Slovakia was the centre of the Great Moravian empire.

Native Moravians speak Moravian dialects of the Czech language, and the dialects native to this region are influenced by neighboring Slovak speakers, hence the name “Moravian Slovakia.” Due to these cultural and linguistic links to Slovakia, many ethnographers until 20th century used to consider Moravian Slovaks as a people which politically belonged to Moravia and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown but ethnographically and culturally to the Slovak ethnic group. Historically, there were also significant numbers of German speakers who also influenced local speech.

Moravians (Czech: Moravané or colloquially Moraváci) are the modern West Slavic inhabitants of the historical land of Moravia, the easternmost part of the Czech Republic, which includes Moravian Slovakia. They speak the two main groups of Moravian dialects (the Central and the Eastern), the transitional Bohemian-Moravian dialect subgroup and standard Czech. There are attempts by few Moravian individuals and organizations to create a distinct “Moravian language”.


Spa Town of Karlovy Vary – Czech Republic

My Paternal grandfather, Charles “Charlie” Frederick, also known as Karel Fredrich, was from Polom, Moravia.

Pustá Polom (German: Wüstpohlom) is a village in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has around 1,400 inhabitants and lies 12 km from Opava. The village was first mentioned in a written document in 1238.

There are three towns with protected historical centers. Příbor, the birthplace of Sigmund Freud, was an important center of education for northern Moravia from the 17th century to the first half of the 20th. Nový Jičín, founded under the castle of Starý Jičín, has a well preserved central square dating back to the 14th century, with the Žerotínský château nearby. Štramberk is a unique small town nestled in a valley between lime hills, with many timber houses and the Trúba Spire rising on a hill above the town.

There are many castles and châteaus in the region; the most famous being Hradec nad Moravicí, Raduň, Kravaře and Fulnek. Hukvaldy, in a village of the same name under the Moravian-Silesian Beskids, is one the region’s many castle ruins, known for a musical festival dedicated to the composer Leoš Janáček, who was born there. Another well-known castle ruin is Sovinec under the Hrubý Jeseníks. I would love to be able to travel there one day.

Moravia~Homeland Of My MAZAC and DUDIKA Ancestors


My Grandmother loved pink, so I created this for her. Below is Granger, Williamson County, Texas and the John & Mary Mazac’s farm. John is the big man with the hat, Mary is the short lady beside him.

(from right to left) Great Grandpa “Jan” & Grandma “Marie” Mazac, “Emilie Gelner” & “John” Kovar, & Joe Hurta (in back), Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1920’s.

Grandpa & Grandma Mazac, Grandma & Grandpa Kovar, & Uncle Joe Hurta (in back)

My Paternal Grandmother, Bessie, graduated from Granger High School in 1913. She worked in the cafeteria for Crosby I.S.D. in the 1950’s. Bessie was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. and K.J.S.T.

She was a faithful member of the SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, in Granger, Williamson County, TX; and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Crosby, TX.

My Grandmother honored her Moravian heritage. Her parents emigrated from Moravia in August 1892 to Galveston, Galveston County, Texas.

Bessie & Charlie were hard working Moravian farmers. They moved to Sheldon, TX before 1926, when my Daddy, LeRoy E. Frederick, was born in Crosby, TX. Daddy taught me how to polka.

My poor grandma had a very hard life. She raised her five living children by herself after grandpa Charlie passed away in 1947. She lost a child son, Jerome Frederick, in 1919 in Granger, Williamson County, Texas. She raised Woodie and Charles all their lives. She told me that they were in a car accident, and were never the same again. Charles would not talk at all for years, then when he did start talking grandma wanted him to shut up.

She tended almost an acre of land with her garden. She had a green thumb. She had all kinds of good vegetables and strawberries too! She canned and put up jelly.

Bessie loved music and dancing. Grandma Frederick always had the best kolaches and soda pop for her Grandkids, when they visited. She was a great cook! I loved to climb her trees and pick strawberries out of her garden, that she and the boys (Charles & Woodrow) Frederick helped her tend.
Daughter of Jan “John” & Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac of Granger, Texas.

Resided in Taylor, Williamson County, Texas in 1920, according to the U.S. Census for Williamson County, Texas.

Children: Agnes “Renie” (Christ), LeRoy “Lee” Eugene, Juanita “Punkin” (Christ), Woodrow “Woodie”, and Charles “Chas” Frederick.

She raised the children by herself after 1947, when Grandpa Charlie died of Stomach Cancer.

Grandma Bessie worked for the Crosby ISD in the cafeteria for years. Everyone loved her. Died of hardening of the arteries and Diabetes.

Grandma Bessie liked pink. She told my mother and me that she liked artificial flowers–because they didn’t die. And, she made my mother promise her, that when she died, mother would make sure that all her grandchildren came to her funeral. Of course, we all did. Having flowers at her families gravesides was important to her.

I volunteered to sponsor the online Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery to honor her. Grandma Bessie & Grandpa Charlie and Uncle Woodie, Uncle Charles, and Aunt Rainie are all laid to rest there.

Grandma Bessie even as poor as she was, always made sure that all nine (9) of her Grandchildren got something for Christmas. 

Charlie & Bessie Frederick, October 12, 1914, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

Charles “Charlie” (aka Karel Fredrick) & Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” (Mazac) Frederick, 12 Oct. 1914, Granger, Williamson County, Texas. ~~photo courtesy of Agnes Rainnie Frederick (Christ) their daughter.


Great Moravia~Homeland of Moravian Ancestors

Bratislava Castle is one of the most prominent structures in its namesake city.

Great Moravia (Czech: Velká Morava, Slovak: Veľká Morava), also Moravia or Great Moravian Empire,[4] was the first West Slavic state to emerge from “the most powerful tribal area in Central Europe“.[5][vague] Its core territories were located on the northern Morava River along the present-day border of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Theories of a Great Moravia situated in the region of the southern Great Morava River have not been widely accepted. The exact date of the founding of the Moravian state is controversial, but it is supposed that the state building process was completed in the early 830s under Mojmir I (r. 820s/830s–846), who is the first known Moravian ruler.

Mojmir and his successor, Rastislav (r. 846–870), initially acknowledged the suzerainty of the Carolingian monarchs, but their fights for independence caused a series of armed conflicts with East Francia beginning in the 840s. Moravia reached its largest territorial extent under Svatopluk I (r. 870–894), who was occasionally styled as king in contemporaneous sources. Although the borders of his empire cannot be exactly determined, he controlled the core territories of Moravia as well as other neighboring regions, including Bohemiaand parts of present-day Hungary and Poland, for some period of his reign. Separatism and internal conflicts emerging after Svatopluk’s death contributed to the fall of Moravia, which was overrun by the Hungarians. The exact date of Moravia’s collapse is unknown, but it occurred in the period between 902 and 907.

Moravia experienced significant cultural development after the arrival in 863 of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius, initiated by Prince Rastislav, which introduced a system of writing (the Glagolitic alphabet) and Slavonic liturgy, the latter eventually formally approved by Pope Adrian II.[6] The Glagolitic script and its successor Cyrillic were disseminated to other Slavic countries (particularly Balkan states and Kievan Rus’), charting a new path in their cultural development.

Christmas in the Czech lands – a magical time for children and adults

English: Nativity scenes in Sanok
English: Nativity scenes in Sanok (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas in the Czech lands – a magical time for children and adults

Christmas in the Czech Republic is one of the best times of the year. The streets of towns big and small are bedecked with yuletide decorations and town squares come alive with the hustle and bustle of Christmas markets. Old folk Christmas traditions are revived at open-air museums and children and adults alike stop at the sight of well-crafted figures in nativity scenes with delight in their eyes. Christmas and Advent music can be heard in concert halls, churches, castles and chateaux. A Czech Christmas is above all a time of cheer and friendship so accept our invitation and spend the festive season with us.

The appearance of St Nicholas means Christmas is on its way. While for adults the period leading up to Christmas is like no time at all, children impatiently count off the days on the Advent calendar. This agonizing wait for their Christmas presents is alleviated somewhat by the arrival of St Nicholas, who visits every child in the country on the eve of St Nicholas day December 5. This august figure is traditionally accompanied by an angel and a demon. He may scare the children a bit, but his main task is to give them some small gifts, fruit and sweets. This will be the scene on Charles Square in Třebíč ( Christmas markets will be taking place in this UNESCO-listed town December 19 and 20.

The Czechs’ distinctive nativity scenes
The story of Jesus’ birth has always been an inspiration for the creators of nativity scenes. These are made of various materials including wood, ceramics, paper and even gingerbread. Some of the nativity scenes you will discover in the Czech Republic are some of the finest in the world and can be found in churches, museums and open-air museums. The museum in Jindřichův Hradec ( houses the largest mechanical scenes in the world – the Krýza Nativity Scene. It took the creator more than 60 years to complete this gargantuan undertaking which holds almost 1400 figures! In Třebechovice pod Orebem ( the villagers have even created a Nativity Scene Museum housing nativity scenes from across the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Their most valuable exhibit is the Třebechovice mechanical nativity scene. The prized possession at the Nativity Scene Museum in Karlštejn ( is the Karlštejn royal nativity scene containing figures representing Czech kings. And be sure not to miss the museum’s exhibition of gingerbread nativity scenes.

Music for Christmas and Advent
Czech classical music is some of the world’s finest cultural heritage and there can be no better Christmas present for fans than special concerts of music for Christmas and Advent which take place at concert halls, markets, churches, castles and chateaux. These will often feature the Czech Christmas Mass called ‘Hej mistře, vstaň bystře’ composed by Jakub Jan Ryba at the end of the 18th century. This year it will be performed twice by the Prague State Opera ( December 25 and 26. Concerts of organ music with a Christmas theme will also take place December 25 until January 6, 2007 at the Basilica of St James in the Old Town ( The popularity of music specially written for Advent and Christmas can be seen from the number of festivals taking place.

 Alphonse Maria Mucha, Moravia FAMILY czech-republic christmas angel

My father’s grandparents were from Vsetine, Moravia, and they emigrated in 1892 to Texas.

Leroy Eugene “Lee” Frederick
Birth:  Mar. 6, 1926
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death:  Nov. 16, 2006
Houston County
Texas, USA 

“Services for Leroy Eugene Frederick 80, of Grapeland,Houston County, Texas will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church with Tommy Hutto officiating. Daddy & Barbara resided in Percilla, Houston County, Texas. Burial will follow in Augusta Cemetery under the direction of Bailey & Foster, of Grapeland. Mr. Frederick died Thursday at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Condolence calls will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Grapeland, Texas.” [Palestine Herald-Press Nov 18,2006]Leroy was raised Catholic as all his sisters and brothers were. They attended the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Crosby, Harris County, Texas. Later in his life he was baptized as Methodist. He helped build the Liberty Hill Methodist Church, in Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas.

Leroy was the son of Charlie & Bessie (Mazac) Frederick of Crosby, Harris County, Texas. His ancestors emigrated from Moravia in 1892. He had two sisters, Agnes Rainnie “Renie” (Frederick) Christ and Juanita “Punkin” (Frederick)Christ, both of them resided on Talcott Road, Houston, Harris County, Texas 77049.
He had two brothers, Charles and Woodrow Frederick, who preceded him in death.

Leroy married to first wife, Jean Marie Linderman, 15 Nov. 1947. They had six children by that union, which lasted for twenty one years. Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean [Hyden], Sally Ann [Tudor], Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie[Harrod], and Sarah Kay Frederick [Moore]. Divorced in 1968.

Leroy married Barbara Moore Faulk in 15 Sept. 1969, in Dayton, Texas. She called him Lee.

Barbara had two children, Jeanna and Joey Faulk, from a previous marriage.

Leroy & Barbara had no children from that marriage, which lasted for thirty seven years.

Leroy served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard Merchant Marine supply ships for troops. He served in the U.S. Navy from Jan. 1944, until May 18, 1946. He was shipped out to San Diego, California.

Military Service Records show:
[Frederick, Leroy Eugene, service number was 5772117, Seaman 1C, V-6 USNR, Sheldon, Texas.] He was Honorably discharged. He was sent back to Camp Wallace, TX. after World War II ended.

Daddy worked for Brown & Root, Inc, 4100 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas for [46] forty six years. Started out as a Mechanic’s helper, and retired as Asst. Supt. of the Automotive Dept.

Leroy & Barbara (Moore) Frederick were hosts for several different parks in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, etc… after their retirement. In 1995, all the Grandchildren were taken by Leroy’s son, Joseph Frederick & Brenda (Meyers) Frederick, to visit them in South Dakota & Montana.

Leroy was a loving and loyal Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather. He is greatly missed!
I am proud to be the daughter of such an honorable and hard working man. 

Family links:
  Charles F Frederick (1892 – 1947)
  Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)
  Jean Marie Linderman Mancill (1927 – 2012)

Augusta Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21070006
Leroy Eugene Lee Frederick
Leroy Eugene Lee Frederick

Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

The Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Th...
The Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Thessaloniki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Prague. Saint Cyril and Methodius Church in Ka...
Prague. Saint Cyril and Methodius Church in Karolinenthal (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)
Saints-cyril-and-methodius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: The True Cross. Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius. Khanty-Mansisyk Русский: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cyril and Methodius, painting by Jan Matejko, 1885
Cyril and Methodius, painting by Jan Matejko, 1885 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Monument to Cyril and Methodius in front of the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library in Sofia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Saints Cyril and Methodius
Saints Cyril and Methodius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saints Cyril and Methodius  Catholic Church, Granger, Williamson County, Texas

Historical Marker Text, Granger Texas:
The Czechs/Moravian’s who settled here in the early 1880s initially worshiped in each others’ homes or traveled 12 miles to Taylor, site of the nearest Catholic Church.  As their informal congregation grew so did the community of Granger.  In 1891 they erected a wood frame sanctuary here on land donated by Austinite W. H. Walton, and named their church after the Czech Patron Saints, Cyril and Methodius.
During Rev. Frantisek Machan’s brief tenure as Pastor the church formed several fraternal organizations and established a school.  His successor, the Rev. Frantisek Pridal, helped the congregation build a new school building/parish hall in 1912 and replaced the original church building with a brick structure in 1916.

Following the death of the beloved Father Pridal in 1927, the Rev. John Vanicek became Pastor.  He helped many young parishioners enter the Priesthood and Sisterhood and guided several Parishioners into leadership roles in statewide Catholic Fraternal Organizations.
In 1948 this church became a part of the newly formed Austin Diocese. A 2-story brick school building was added in 1947.  A recreation center in 1959, and a brick convention in 1960.  The Church continues to play an integral role in church and community affairs.  (1993)