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 Lehota, 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”.

 

Moravia~Homeland Of My MAZAC and DUDIKA Ancestors

Moravia-Mazac-Pink

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.

 

Tomas Dudika (Dudik) and Evy (Chlevestanove) Dudika

Tomas Dudika (Dudik)

Birth:

1842, Czech Republic
Death: 1922, Czech Republic
Tomas Dudika (also spelled Dudik)
Born: 1842 in Mala Bystrici, Hrozenkova, Moravia.
Married: 1861 in Hrozenkova, Moravia to Eve “Evy” (Chlevestanove) Dudika.
Child: Annie Marie “Mary” Dudika (Mazac).
Died: about 1922 in Moravia. 
Buried: MoraviaFamily links:
Spouse:
Evy Chlevestanove Dudika (1843 – 1925)

Children:
Annie Marie Dudika Mazac (1862 – 1939)

Note: Buried in Moravia

 
 
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Record added: Feb 05, 2013
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Evy (Chlevestanove) Dudika

Birth: 1843, Czech Republic
Death: 1925, Czech Republic
My Paternal Great Great Grandmother, Evy “Eve” (Chlevestanove) Dudika.
Born: 1843 in Mala Bystrici, Novy Jiovin, Moravia.
Married: 1861 to Tomas Dudika (Dudik) in Hrozenkova, Moravia.
Child: Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac.
Died: about 1925 in Hrozenkova, Moravia. (exact date and place not known.)Family links:
Spouse:
Tomas Dudika (1842 – 1922)

Children:
Annie Marie Dudika Mazac (1862 – 1939)

 
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Record added: Feb 05, 2013

 

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Town History

The village was founded around the year. 1620 pasekářských of scattered farmhouses, which are founded subjects from Rožnov estate. 1629 has already made a distinction between the Great (today Wallachian) Bystřicí and Small Bystřicí as they talk about Bystřický. Pasekářské homesteads were established here around since the mid-16th century. The inhabitants were farmers. R. 1657 there were 10 settlements, of which 2 are deserted. On Bystričku created after r. 1656 another 13 tapes. R. 1775 there was a bailiff and 7 farmers (půlláníků), the tributary land there were 32 crofters. In one of the estates was floury mill on one composition, grinder box office and saw the plates, one cottager had one mill on the composition of the volatile water.

After the demise of patrimonial establishment r. 1849 the village was part of the political and judicial district Wallachian Mezirici since. 1960 is part of the district Vsetin.

The village gradually formed these societies: Nuke (est. 1925), a reader-Theatre Choral Society, Fellowship of Catholic local farmers, the local branch of the National Union for the eastern Moravia and local Department of National nuts. Your local organization here has MS. People’s Party.

 

Amateur Theatre Association (photo: S. Kubjátová archive) 

Teachers initially attending to the village of Wallachian Bystřice, taught three times a week, teachers receive 68 Cr. for each pupil per year. In 1867 the school was to be built, but hindered the denominational differences. Moravian Governor’s Office decided to r. 1868 to establish two school districts. At that time it was built school buildings on Santa’s for Catholics, Protestants rented a room in the hill Okluce sharp. After r. In 1874 the school was santa declared public. School was canceled r. , 1971.

Since. 1870 has been consulted on the establishment of other schools. School construction, called in the valley was completed in May, 1883. R was canceled. 1978, and the village was then connected to the circuit primary school in Wallachian Bystrica.

Small Bystřice half the population was Catholic and half of evangelical religion, as evidenced by the state of r. 1900, when the village was 384 Catholics and 385 Protestants. Catholics were přifařeni to Wallachian Bystřice and Protestants belonged to the parish in Great Lhota.

Subsistence population had by far the greatest importance to agriculture, before the mid-19th century and livestock after salašnickém method. R. 1900 cadastral municipality covers an area of 1091 ha, of which 369 forests, fields 340, 311 pastures, meadows and gardens 66 5 ha. Of livestock in the same year, 25 horses, 361 head of cattle, 117 sheep and 46 pieces of sheep.

 

R. 1960 was based collective farm. R. 1974 was merged with the collective farm collective farm and small Bystřice reservoir located in Bystřičce.

Besides agriculture formed a supplementary source of livelihood mainly work in the woods, traditional production of wooden furniture, shingles, pocket knives, and scourges Okri bread. R. 1923 there was a pub with a butcher and newsagent, blacksmith and farrier, Tailor, 2 krupařské shops, 2 grocery stores and manufacturers rake and barrows. R. 1957 was erected grocery consumer cooperatives Unity to santa and Unity was another shop since. In 1963 Kocib.

 

Restaurant U Kocib (photo: S. Kubjátová archive) Of the listed buildings in Little Bystřici timbered belfry to santa. Not far from the monument to the fallen Soviet radio operators Timochinové A. and V. Kolomacký of 1 MS. partisan brigade Jan Zizka.

 

On Cyril and Methodius~~Patron Saints~~My Moravian Ancestors, Jan Mazac and Annie Marie (Dudika) Mazac, Helped to Build the SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Williamson County, Texas

On Cyril and Methodius

These two saints are very dear to my heart for two reasons. First of all, they are the Patrons of Europe, along with Benedict. Their contribution to the making of a Christian Europe is the stuff of legend. That they were brothers makes them special as well.

But, the second reason is that my ancestors on my father’s side are all from Bohemia and Moravia. We have personal connections with these areas of Europe where the brothers worked and prayed. Here is a significant section from OrthoWiki:

In 860, Emperor Michael III and PhotiusPatriarch of Constantinople, sent the brothers to the Khagan of the Khazars on a missionary expedition in an attempt to forestall the Khagan from embracing Judaism. The mission was unsuccessful as the Khagan chose Judaism for his people, but many people embraced Christianity. Upon their return, Constantine was appointed professor of philosophy in the university.

The German clergy had used their liturgical language, Latin, as a measure to maintain their influence in Moravia and therefore were unhappy with the work of Constantine and Methodius, and they used this difference to attack the brothers. After laboring for about four years, the brothers were called by Nicholas I to appear in Rome to defend their work. The area in which they worked was within the jurisdiction of Rome. However, before their arrival, in 869 Nicholas died and was succeeded by Adrian II. After Adrian was convinced of the orthodoxy of the brothers, he approved their use of Slavonic in their church services and commended their work. He then consecrated Methodius bishop. Constantine took monastic vows in a Greek monastery in Rome. He was given the name Cyril, the name by which he is now commonly known. Cyril was not to return to Moravia as he died shortly thereafter. The date of Cyril’s death is uncertain, but appears to have been shortly after his consecration, both perhaps in February 869, with his death most probably on February 14.

Adrian II reestablished the old diocese of Panonia, as the first Slavonic diocese of Moravia and Pannonia, independent of the Germans, at the request of the Slavic princes Rastislav, Svatopluk, and Kocel. Here Methodius was appointed to the new diocese as archbishop. However, on returning to Moravia in 870, King Louis and the German bishops summoned Methodius to a synod at Radisbon, where they deposed him and sent him to prison. After the Germans suffered military defeats in Moravia, John VIII freed him three years later and restored Methodius as Archbishop of Moravia. Soon his orthodoxy was again under question by the Germans, particularly over the use of Slavonic. Once again John VIII sanctioned the use of Slavonic in the liturgy but with the stipulation that the Gospel must first be read in Latin before the reading in Slavonic. Also, Methodius’ accuser, Wiching, was named a vicar bishop to Methodius, and from this position he continued to oppose him. With his health damaged during his long struggle with his opponents, Methodius died on April 6, 885, after having recommended as his successor his disciple, the Moravian Slav, Gorazd. The brothers are remembered on May 11. St. Cyril’s repose is also commemorated on February 14, and St. Methodius’ repose is also commemorated on April 6.
St. Cyril is buried in San Clemente’s, one of the most amazing churches in Rome. It is a basilica.
Troparion (Tone 4)
O Cyril and Methodius, inspired by God,
You became equal to the Apostles by your life.
Since you were teachers of the Slavs,
Intercede with the Master of all
That He may strengthen all Orthodox peoples in the True Faith,
And that He may grant peace to the world
And great mercy to our souls.
Kontakion – Tone 3

Let us praise the two priests of God who enlightened us,

And poured upon us the fount of the knowledge of God by translating the Holy Scripture.

O Cyril and Methodius, as abundant learning has been drawn from this work,

We exalt you who now stand before the Most High,

Interceding with fervor for the salvation of our souls.

My Paternal Great Grandmother~Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika)~Moravia

Annie Marie Mary <i>Dudika</i> Mazac

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

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Birth: 

Apr. 2, 1862

 Mala Bystrici, Novy Jiovin, Moravia

Death:  Mar. 21, 1939
Granger
Williamson County
Texas, USA 

My Paternal Great Grandmother, Daughter of Tomas “Tom” Dudika (also known as Dudik) & Evy “Eve” (Chlevestanove) Dudika of Mala Bystrici, Novy Jiovin, Moravia.Wife of Jan “John” Mazac, Mother of 21 children.
Emigrated on 19 January 1892 from Moravia to Ellis Island, New York, New York. Moved to Texas to meet her husband, John Mazac.

[LEO BACA’S BOOK ON CZECH IMMIGRATION: 
MARIE MAZAC, AGE 29, ARRIVED ON JAN. 19, 1892 IN NEW YORK ON THE SHIP EIDER FROM MORAVIA, WITH ROZALIE AGE 8, ROBERT AGE 2, AND JOSEF AGE 1/2 [6 MONTHS] BOUND FOR TEXAS. IMMIGRATION PAPERS SHOW MAZAC, MARIE, DCERA TOMASE DUDIKA, DOMKARE V MALE BYSTRICI A JEHO MANZELKY EVY CHLEVESTANOVE.]

Settled in Granger, Taylor, and Corn Hill, Williamson County, Texas areas. 

Children: Rosalie, Albert, Anton, Andrew, Joe #1, Steve, Johnnie, Robert Albert, Frank, Johnny #2, Marie, Elizabeth Annie (Bessie), Emma, Effie, Baby (sex unknown), John Joseph, Alberta “Bertha”, Olga, Frank Joseph, and Vlasta Mary Mazac.

Loving wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother.
Hardworking Czech-Moravian, farmer’s wife, and a devout Catholic. Member of the SPJST. 

Member of the St.Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Williamson County, Texas. Mary & John Mazac helped build the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.

Note: Burial Information taken from Williamson County Cemetery Book, Vol.1. 

Family links: 
 Parents:
  Tomas Dudika (1842 – 1922)
  Evy Chlevestanove Dudika (1843 – 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Jan Mazac (1863 – 1931)
 
 Children:
  Rozalie Mazac Havelka (1884 – 1949)
  Joe Frank Mazac (1891 – 1959)
  Marie Mazac Motloch (1894 – 1968)
  Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)
  Effie Mazac Hurta (1898 – 1979)
  John Jerry Mazac (1899 – 1966)
  Frank Joseph Mazac (1902 – 1990)
  Vlasta Mary Mazac Konecny (1904 – 1999)
 

 
Inscription:
MARIE MAZAC, NAR, CERVEN 2, 1862, which means Born on April 2, 1862, and ZEM, BREZNA 21, 1939
(which means Born on April 2, 1862, and ZEM, BREZNA 21, 1939), which is Czech for Died on March 21, 1939.

 
Burial: 
Holy Cross Cemetery 
Granger
Williamson County
Texas, USA 
 

 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007 
Find A Grave Memorial# 21074105
 

Annie Marie Mary <i>Dudika</i> Mazac(from right to left) Grandpa “Jan” & Grandma “Marie” Mazac, “Emilie” & “John” Kovar, & Uncle Joe Hurta (in back), Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1920’s.

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Annie Marie Mary <i>Dudika</i> Mazac

Juanita Elizabeth “Punkin” (Frederick)Christ, Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac, and Agnes Renie (Frederick) Christ, Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1918.

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[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 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.)

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)

 

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

Image courtesy of the Williamson County Commis...

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

Pusta_Polom_CoA_Moravia

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)