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 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.



Apr. 2, 1862

 Mala Bystrici, Novy Jiovin, Moravia

Death:  Mar. 21, 1939
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.


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: 
  Tomas Dudika (1842 – 1922)
  Evy Chlevestanove Dudika (1843 – 1925)
  Jan Mazac (1863 – 1931)
  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)

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.

Holy Cross Cemetery 
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.



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.




[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)


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

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

Seal of Williamson County, Texas

My Paternal Grandmother was Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” Mazac Frederick, and she was the Matriarch of the Frederick family. She was born in Granger, Williamson County, Texas in 1895. Charlie and Bessie obtained their marriage license in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas.

Name Charlie Frederick
Spouse’s Name Annie B. Mazac
Event Date 12 Oct 1914
Event Place   Williamson, Texas
 Citing this Record

“Texas Marriages, 1837-1973,” database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Charlie Frederick and Annie B. Mazac, 12 Oct 1914; citing , Williamson, Texas, , reference 2:1FZK0L0; FHL microfilm 1,007,899.

They married on October 12, 1914 in Williamson County, Texas.  Charlie and Bessie were both Catholics.  They resided in Taylor, Texas for the U.S. Census for 1920. They rented a house at 210 Davis Street. I still have not figured out why Agnes was not on the 1920 Census but a son Barnie age 4 (my family never said a word about them having a son that age), and Anita age 3 was. I did find records for a Jeromie Frederick that was born in 1919 and died in 1919. ????

name:Charlie Fredrick
residence: Taylor, Williamson, Texas
estimated birth year:1892
relationship to head of household:Self
marital status:Married
father’s birthplace:Russia Poland
mother’s birthplace:Texas
film number:1821857
digital folder number:4390329
image number:00875
sheet number:2
selfCharlie FredrickM28yEurope
wifeBessie FredrickF24yTexas
sonBarnie FredrickM4yTexas
dauAneta FredrickF3yTexas

name: Charlie Fredrick
residence: , Williamson, Texas
estimated birth year: 1892
age: 28
birthplace: Europe
relationship to head of household: Self
gender: Male
race: W
marital status: Married
father’s birthplace: Russia Poland
mother’s birthplace: Texas
film number: 1821857
digital folder number: 4390329
image number: 00875
sheet number: 2
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Charlie Fredrick M 28y Europe
wife Bessie Fredrick F 24y Texas
son Barnie Fredrick M 4y Texas
dau Aneta Fredrick F 3y Texas
Citing this Record
“United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 Jan 2013), Charlie Fredrick, , Williamson, Texas; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 2A, family 29, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821857.

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. Bessie worked in the Cafeteria for Crosby I.S.D. for years.

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 Moravian’s to learn English. He was an avid reader, and read his Bible everyday. 

Obec Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia



My grandfather was a a Private in the 23rd. machine gun regiment in the Legionnaire Czechoslovak Foreign Army in America. He received his American citizenship papers by serving in the Czechoslovak Army during World War I in France for the United States and Allies.  According to the  1930 U. S. Census for Harris County, Texas, Charles Fredrick emigrated in 1894 from Czechoslovakia. 

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 farm laborers.