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Subject: [PBS] CAPEK from Bohemia
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 16:16:05 -0800


CAPEK
The Capek family originated in Ponedraz, Bohemia, a town in the
Jindrichuv Hradec region of the Czech Republic. The town of Ponedraz is
located about 70 miles south of Prague. There are only 118 inhabitants of
this tiny village. The Capeks are of Czechoslovakian ancestry. The
earliest known Capek was Katherine Capek born in 1839. She and her family
immigrated to New York in 1883. The earliest documents on the Capek family
are United States Census records from 1900. Also included in this family
line are members of the Viturka Family, the Pavlecka Family, the Wranek
Family, the Baumann Family and the Errol Family.


Generation 1


Katherine Vislka1839
- 1911
Born:August 1839 in Bohemia to unknown parents
Married:Frank Capek in unknown year in Boehmia
Children:Frank Capek (1857 - 1912)
John Capek (1865 - unknown)
Annie Capek (1869 - unknown)
Unknown Capek
Died:February 10, 1911 in Queens, New York

Katherine "Katie" was born in 1839 in Bohemia. She married Frank Capek. She
must have married young as her first son Frank was born in 1857 when Katie
was only 18 years old. She had three other children, John born in 1865,
Annie born in 1869, and another child for whom there are no records.
Nothing is known about Katie's life until she immigrated to the United
States in 1883 when she was 44 years old. It is believed she and her family
all immigrated together to New York. Her husband died sometime before 1899
when she was 60 years old. In 1900 Katie lived with her daughter Annie and
her family on 813 DeBevoise Avenue in Queens New York that was later changed
to 2nd Avenue. She could read and write her native Bohemian language, but
was unable to speak English. She died at home in 1911 at 74 years old and is
buried in St. Michael's Cemetery.


Generation 2


Frank Capek1857
- 1912
Born:January 12, 1857 in Bohemia to Katherine Vislka and Frank
Capek
Married:Katerina Viturka (1860 - 1941) in 1882 in New York
Children:Frank Capek (1882 - unknown)
Joseph Capek (1885 - 1918)
Died:June 9, 1912 in Queens, New York

Frank was born in Bohemia in 1857, the oldest of four children. Nothing is
known of his life until he immigrated to the United States in 1879 at 22
years old. Four years later, his mother and siblings immigrated to New York
as well. When he was 25, he married Katerina Viturka. They had two sons,
Frank and Joseph. Frank became a naturalized citizen before 1900.
According to the 1900 United States census, Frank owned his home at 205 Park
Place in Queens, New York and operated a grocery store also located on Park
Place. Both of his sons worked as grocery clerks in his store. Frank died
of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1912 at the age of 55 and is buried in St.
Michael's Cemetery.


Katerina Viturka1860
- 1941
Born:October 8, 1860 in Bohemia to Josef Viturka and Rozalie Sima
Married:Frank Capek (1857 - 1912) in 1882 in New York
Children:Frank Capek (1882 - unknown)
Joseph Capek (1885 - 1918)
Died:February 9, 1941 in Queens, New York

Katerina was born in Bohemia in 1860. When she was 16 her sister Anna was
born. Katerina immigrated to the United States in 1881 at 20 years old.
She married Frank Capek the next year and gave birth to son Frank. She
worked as a housewife. Her second son, Joseph, possibly named for her
father, was born when she was 25 years old. When Katerina was 52 years old,
her husband Frank died. After her husband's death in 1912, Katerina lived
with her sons and their families in a duplex. She lived upstairs with her
son Frank's family. Her son Joseph's family lived downstairs. Katerina
would watch her grandchildren after school until their mothers returned home
from work. In October 1940, Katerina became ill and died four months later
of heart disease in February 1941. She was 80 years old. Katerina is buried
in St. Michael's Cemetery in New York.


John Capek1865 -
unknown
Born:October 1865 in Bohemia to Katherine Vislka and Frank Capek
Married:Mary (1868 - unknown) in 1888 in New York
Barbara Martin (1867 - unknown) in 1907 in New York
Children:John Capek, Jr. (1892 - unknown)
Helen Capek (1894 - unknown)
William Capek (1896 - unknown)
Katherine Capek (1898 - unknown)
Died:unknown

John immigrated to the United States in 1883 at 18 years old with his mother
and siblings. His brother Frank had immigrated four years earlier and had
established a home. In 1888, John married Mary in New York. They lived
with his brother Frank and his family at 205 Park Place in Queens, New York
until 1900. John became a naturalized citizen before 1900 and worked as a
cigar maker. His wife Mary also worked as a cigar maker. They had four
children, John Jr., Helen, William, and Katherine. Between 1900 and 1907
John's wife died. John moved to East 77 Street and married a neighbor
Barbara Martin on May 29, 1907 when he was 41 years old. The time of John's
death is unknown.


Annie Capek1869 -
unknown
Born:February 1869 in Bohemia to Katherine Vislka and Frank Capek
Married:Joseph Idelbek (1859 - unknown) in 1887 in New York
Children:Mary Idelbek (1890 - unknown)
Joseph Idelbek (1892 - unknown)
Rose Idelbek (1893 - unknown)
Died:unknown

Annie immigrated to the United States with her family in 1883 at 14 years
old. She married Joseph Idelbek 4 years later in New York. She and her
family owned their home at 813 DeBevoise Avenue (later 2nd Avenue) in
Queens, New York and lived with her mother, Katherine. Annie worked as a
cigar maker and her husband Joseph as a wagon and building painter. They
had three children whom as teenagers worked as weavers and pickers in a silk
mill and as a painter. Annie and Joseph were godparents for their nieces
Elsie and Rose Capek. No information is known about Annie and Joseph after
1913.


Anna Viturka1877
- 1967
Born:May 13, 1877 in Bohemia to Josef Viturka and Rozalie Sima
Married:Thomas Pavlecka (1872 - unknown) in unknown year
Children:Charles Pavlecka (1898 - 1980)
Rose Pavlecka (1900 - unknown)
Anna Pavlecka (1906 - unknown)
Died:December 1967 in Queens, New York


Thomas Pavlecka1872 - unknown
Born:1872 in Bohemia to unknown parents
Married:Anna Viturka (1877 - 1967) in unknown year
Children:Charles Pavlecka (1898 - 1980)
Rose Pavlecka (1900 - 1967)
Anna Pavlecka (1906 - unknown)
Died:unknown

Thomas Pavlecka was born in Bohemia in 1872. He married Anna Viturka and
they immigrated to the United States in 1896 when Tom was 24 years old. Tom
worked as the proprietor of a grocery store and owned a flower shop. In 1901
he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Tom and Anna had
three children, Charles born in 1898, Rose born in 1900 and Anna born in
1906. In 1910, Tom and his family rented a home at 928 2nd Avenue in
Queens, New York. He was a registered Republican voter in the 1st Assembly
District. In 1920, Tom and his family were renting a home at 206 Park Place,
the same home where brother-in-law Frank and Katherine Capek lived in the
early 1900s. It is believed that after Frank Capek's death in 1912 that the
Pavleckas moved in to the Capek's home and took over the running of the
grocery store. After 1920 there are no records for Thomas Pavlecka so the
time of his death is unknown.


Generation 3


Frank Capek1882 -
unknown
Born:September 1882 in New York to Frank Capek and Katerina
Viturka
Married:Emily Wranek (1882 - unknown) June 12, 1904 in New York
Children:Emily Capek (1906 - unknown)
Frank Capek, Jr. (1912 - 1996)
Died:unknown in Queens, New York

Frank was the first Capek to be born in the United States. He worked with
his father and brother in the family grocery store as a teenager. He later
became a salesman and bookkeeper for the grocery. He married Emily Wranek
at 21 and had his first child at 23. He and his family lived with his
parents at 205 Park Place in Queens New York. He moved his family back to
his grandparents' house on 2nd Avenue in Queens between 1910 and 1920,
possibly in 1912 after his father's death. Their children went to school
with their cousins, Cecilia, Rose and Elsie. In 1910, Frank was registered
in New York's 27th election district as a Republican voter. After the 1920s
Frank worked in real estate. Frank was an avid baseball fan. A perfect day
for Frank was described as watching a doubleheader at Queens Park, then to
hop in his car and turn on the radio to hear major league scores as he drove
to New Hyde Park to watch his son, Frank, Jr. play second base for the
Barton Nighthawks, a local New York team. He was always accompanied by
baseball players or those who liked to talk baseball. Frank died suddenly
while listening to a World Series game. The year of his death is unknown.


Emily Wranek1882 -
unknown
Born:1882 in Bohemia to unknown parents
Married:Frank Capek (1882 - unknown) June 12, 1904 in New York
Children:Emily Capek (1906 - unknown)
Frank Capek, Jr. (1912 - 1996)
Died:unknown in Queens, New York

Emily was born in Bohemia in 1882 and immigrated to the United States in
1899 when she was 17 years old. She married Frank Capek and had two
children. She worked as a housewife and lived on the top floor of a duplex
she shared with her brother-in-law, Joseph Capek's family. The time of her
death is unknown.


Joseph Capek1885
- 1918
Born:April 3, 1885 in New York to Frank Capek and Katerina
Viturka
Married:Cecilia Stepanek (1885 - 1973) July 14, 1906 in New York
Children:Cecilia Capek (1907 - 1999)
Rose Ann Capek. (1909 - )
Elsie Anna Capek (1913 - 1997)
Died:October 21, 1918 in Queens, New York

Joseph was born in 1885 in New York City. He worked as a grocery clerk at
the age of 14 in the family grocery store. At 21 years old, he married a
neighbor, Cecilia Stepanek on July 14, 1906 at 323 East 61st Street in
Manhattan. Thomas Pavlecka and Frank Capek witnessed the marriage. Joseph
worked as a builder. Their oldest daughter, Cecilia was born two years
later. Around age 23, Joseph moved his family to a farm in Henderson
Maryland located at Henderson Schoolhouse and Meadmill Road in Caroline
County. He had one farm hand from Hungary to help with the land. His
second daughter, Rose was born in 1909 at the farm. Within the next 4
years, Joseph moved his family back to New York. His father died in 1912, so
the move could have been a result of that death. In New York, Joseph and
his family lived with his brother Frank and his family and their mother,
Katerina at 926 2nd Avenue in Queens. There, Joseph worked as a contractor
for sand and gravel. His daughter, Elsie was born in 1913. In 1918, the
United States was hit with the worst epidemic in the country's history. The
flu epidemic killed 600,000 Americans in less than one year. In October of
that year 851 New Yorkers died of influenza in just one day. World War 1
contributed to the horror, as there was a nationwide shortage of caskets.
The dead were stacked in caskets on front porches, trucks drove through the
streets picking up the corpses and people hid indoors, afraid to interact
with their friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, Joseph caught this deadly
strain of flu and died on October 21, 1918 at age 33. His daughters were
only 11, 9, and 5 years old. He is buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in New
York.


Charles Pavlecka1898
- 1980
Born:December 16, 1898 in New York to Anna Viturka and Thomas
Pavlecka
Married:Lillian (1901 - 1980) in New York
Children:unknown
Died:April 1980 in Suffolk, New York


Rose Pavlecka1900 - 1967
Born:October 6, 1900 in New York to Anna Viturka and Thomas
Pavlecka
Married:Unknown Ireland in New York
Children:Patricia (unknown - unknown)
Died:April 1967 in Astoria, New York

Rose was born in 1900 in New York City. She lived with her family at least
through her 19th birthday and worked as a stenographer. She married after
1920 and became a hairdresser. She died in 1967 at the age of 66.


Anna Pavlecka1906 - unknown
Born:1906 in New York to Anna Viturka and Thomas Pavlecka
Married:Unknown Taylor in New York
Children:unknown
Died:unknown


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