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.


My Paternal Moravian Great Aunt Rozalie “Rosie” (Mazac) Havelka

Rosie (Havelka) Mazac, Annie Marie Dudika (Mazac), and Marie Mazac (Motloch), Granger, Williamson County, circa 1900'

Rosie (Havelka) Mazac, Annie Marie “Mary” Dudika (Mazac), and Marie Mazac (Motloch), Granger, Williamson County, circa 1900’s.

Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac, her granddaughter, Rosie Havelka (Nemec), & her daughter, Rozalie (Mazac) Havelka, boarding train, Granger, Williamson County, Texas, 1920’s

Rozalie “Rosie” (Mazac) Havelka

March 19, 1881


July 5, 1949

Taylor, Williamson County, Texas

Family links:

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

Frantisek Havelka (1879 – 1940)

Josef Havelka (1902 – 1989)
Rosie Havelka Nemec (1906 – 1963)
Frank P Havelka (1911 – 1950)
Louis Joseph Havelka (1912 – 1995)
Stanislav Joseph Havelka (1914 – 1983)
Vlasta Joanna Havelka Nemec Michalek (1916 – 2011)

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)
Robert Albert Mazac (1890 – 1983)
Joe Frank Mazac (1891 – 1959)

Johnny #2 Mazac (1893-1898)

Marie Mazac Motloch (1894 – 1968)
Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)
Emma Rosa Mazac Strmiska (1896 – 1985)
Baby Mazac (1896 – 1896)
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 Mary’s Catholic Cemetery
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 2

Maintained by: Yvonne
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: May 26, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27094047


All my Moravian ancestors had praying hands on their headstones, they were Catholic.


Jan & Marie Mazac, Granger, Williamson County, Texas, 1904. (back row from left) Bessie, Rosalie, Jan, Albert, Robert. Family of Rozalie “Rosie” (Mazac) Havelka (not in pic)Rosie married in 1901 to Frantisek Havelka.[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 Vsetin, Moravia in June 1891, and arrived August 1891 in 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.) (front row from left) Joseph, Emma, Olga, Frank, Mary and baby, Vlasta, Marie, and Bertha Mazac.

My Paternal Great Grandparents Were Jan “John” Mazac, and Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac

My paternal great grandparents were Jan “John” Mazac, and Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac. Jan emigrated in 1891 to Ellis IslandNew York, New York, and then by ship to Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. Settled in Williamson County, Texas. Marie and their children Rozalie, Robert, and Josef Mazac emigrated in 1892 to  Ellis IslandNew York, New York, and on to Williamson County, Texas. 

They were poor farmers. They were both Catholic. John and Mary had five infants die before leaving Moravia. They had twenty one children together. They had a farm in Granger, Williamson County, Texas from 1892 to 1931. 

Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac, Rosie Havelka, & her Mom-Rozalie (Mazac) Havelka, boarding train, Granger, Texas,1920’s

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

(from right to left) Great Grandpa “Jan” & Grandma “Marie” Mazac,

“Emilie” (daughter of Bartholomew Gelner & Veronica Mohel) Kovar & “John” Kovar, & Joe E. Hurta (husband of Effie Mazac  (in back), Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1920’s.

Jan (John) Mazac-obitBessie, Joe, Effie, & Frank Mazac, Nov. 1912, Granger, TX

Image courtesy of the Williamson County Commis...
Image courtesy of the Williamson County Commissioner’s Court (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Seal of Williamson County, Texas
Seal of Williamson County, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Czech-Moravian Kolache Recipe

Moravian Star
Moravian Star (Photo credit: vlasta2)
Moravian Church Motto
Moravian Church Motto (Photo credit: vlasta2)
English: Home made poppy seed kolaches on a plate
English: Home made poppy seed kolaches on a plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Moravian Seal, or Agnus Dei, stained ...
English: Moravian Seal, or Agnus Dei, stained glass window in the Rights Chapel at Trinity Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Czech Kolaches2

My paternal, Moravian grandmother, Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” Mazac (Frederick) made the best kolaches, that I have ever eaten. I am going to learn to make them. 

Czech Kolaches

Czech-Moravian Kolaches

Czech Kolaches Fillings


Kolache /kɵˈlɑːi/ (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech andSlovak plural koláče, sg. koláč) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.[1] Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert fromCentral Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States. The wordkolache (колаче) itself means ‘a small cookie’ in Macedonian.

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