My Paternal Great Moravian Grandfather, Jan “John”MAZAC

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My paternal great grandfather.

Son of Jiriho/Jiri “Georg” Mazac & Annie Marie (Skybarove) Mazac of Moravia. Husband of Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac.

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Emigrated in August 1891 from Vsetin, Moravia to Ellis Island, New York, New York on 10 October 1891, and then by ship to Galveston, Galveston, Texas.

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Galveston, Galveston, Texas, 2017

COPY OF IMMIGRATION PAPERS FROM VSETIN, MORAVIA:

SHOW: MAZAC, JAN, DELNIK NA VSETINE, SYN JIRIHO MAZACE, DOMKARE V ROKYTNICI A JEHO MANZELKY ANNY SKYVAROVE. 1 ZARI 1891 IS THE DATE FILED TO LEAVE MORAVIA AND ENTER THE U.S.A.]

[LISTED IN BOOK SEVEN OF LEO BACA’S BOOKS ON CZECH IMMIGRATION: JAN MAZAC, AGE 29, ARRIVED IN NEW YORK ON BOARD THE SHIP ELBE FROM BOHEMIA ON OCTOBER 10, 1891. CAME BY SHIP TO GALVESTON, TEXAS.]

John & Mary MAZAC, Granger, Williamson County, Texas, 1904. (back row from left) Bessie, Rosalie, Jan, Albert, Robert (Rosalie was added to the family portrait)
(front row from left)Joseph, Emma, Olga (little girl with headband), Frank, Mary and baby-Vlasta, Marie, and Bertha Mazac.

MOVED TO GRANGER,TEXAS ABOUT 1893; LATER MOVED TO CORN HILL, TEXAS ABOUT 1899, AND THEN RETURNED TO GRANGER,TEXAS.

(from right to left) Great Grandpa “Jan”  John & Grandma “Marie” Mary MAZAC, “Emilie Gelner” & “John” Kovar, & Joe Hurta (in back), Granger, Williamson County, Texas, c. 1920’s, photo courtesy of my paternal aunt, Agnes Rainnie Frederick Christ.

Jan & Marie Mazac had five of their sons die, before they emigrated from Moravia. They settled in Granger, Corn Hill, and Taylor areas, in Williamson County, Texas. Father of twenty (20) children. Hard working, honorable, Czech-Moravian, poor tenant farmer.
John helped build the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.  source: 1995 MAZAC Family Reunion Book, held by past reunion president, Sally Frederick Tudor, Houston, Harris County, Texas, 1998-2017

Headstone in the Granger Cemetery reads: JAN MAZAC, NAR, DUBEN 28, 1863, which is Czech for Born on April 28, 1863, and ZEM, KVTNU 3, 1931, which is Moravian for Died on May 3, 1931.

Emigration papers for Josef Mazac, son of Jan and Marie (Dudika)Mazac, 31 Aug. 1891, recorded on 12 September 1947

1900 CENSUS SHOWS JAN AND MARIE MAZAC WITH CHILDREN: ROZALIE AGE 19, MARIE AGE 6, ALBERT AGE 16, ROBERT AGE 10, JOSEF AGE 9, BESSIE AGE 5, EMMA AGE 4, EFFIE AGE 2, JOHN AGE 1, AND BERTHA MAZAC.

Name John Mazac
Event Type Death
Event Date 03 May 1931
Event Place , Williamson, Texas, United States
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Birth Date 28 Apr 1863
Birthplace , Czechoslovakia
Certificate Number 26497
Citing this Record
“Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K33Q-2ZF : 5 December 2014), John Mazac, 03 May 1931; citing certificate number 26497, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,135,601.

Obit for my Paternal Great Grandfather Mazac. It is written in Czech, and I don’t read Czech. Received posthumously from my Aunt Agnes (Frederick) Christ’s papers. He died 3 May 1931, in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.

Jan “John” Mazac (large man on right of Model-T with mustache), Williamson County, Texas, 1920.

Birth: Apr. 28, 1863, Moravia, Czechoslovakia

Death: May 3, 1931, Granger, Williamson, Texas, USA 

My Paternal Grandfather, Son of Jiriho/Jiri “George” Mazac (Moravian) & Annie Marie (Skybarove) Mazac of Moravia.

Born: 28 April 1863 in Usti, Vsetin, Moravia.

Husband of Annie Marie “Mary” (Dudika) Mazac.
Emigrated in 1 August 1891 from Usti, Vsetin, Moravia to Castle Garden, New York, New York on 10 October 1891, and then by ship to Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. Migrated by land by covered wagon to Williamson County, Texas area.

They settled in Granger, Corn Hill and Taylor areas, in Williamson County, Texas. Father of twenty (20) children. Hard working, honorable, Moravian Farmers. Everyone in the family worked, if you did not work then you did not eat unless you were sick, disabled, or elderly.
John helped build the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, Williamson County, Texas. Member of the SPJST.
[source: 1995 Mazac Family Reunion Book, held by past reunion president, Sally Frederick Tudor, Houston, Harris County, Texas, 1998-2016]

Headstone in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Granger, reads: JAN MAZAC, NAR, DUBEN 28, 1863, which is Czech for Born on April 28, 1863, and ZEM, KVTNU 3, 1931, which is Moravian for Died on May 3, 1931.

1900 CENSUS SHOWS JAN AND MARIE MAZAC WITH CHILDREN: ROZALIE AGE 19, MARIE AGE 6, ALBERT AGE 16, ROBERT AGE 10, JOSEF AGE 9, BESSIE AGE 5, EMMA AGE 4, EFFIE AGE 2, JOHN AGE 1, AND BERTHA MAZAC.

1910 Census for Williamson County, Texas:
name: John Mazac
birthplace: Austria
relationship to head of household: Self
residence: Justice Precinct 2, Williamson, Texas
marital status: Married
race : White
gender: Male
immigration year: 1891
father’s birthplace: Austria
mother’s birthplace: Austria
family number: 231
page number: 16
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self John Mazac M 47y Austria
wife Mary Mazac F 48y Austria
son Robert Mazac M 19y Austria
son Joe Mazac M 18y Austria
dau Mary Mazac F 16y Texas
dau Bessie Mazac F 13y Texas
dau Emma Mazac F 12y Texas
dau Eva Mazac F 11y Texas
son John Mazac M 10y Texas
dau Bertha Mazac F 9y Texas
dau Olga Mazac F 8y Texas
son Frank Mazac M 7y Texas
dau Vlaster Mazac F 6y Texas

My family blog: https://mazacgenealogy.wordpress.com/

Family links: 
Parents:
Jiriho/Jiri Mazac (1843 – 1923)
Annie Marie Skybarove Mazac (1844 – 1925)

Spouse:
Annie Marie Dudika Mazac (1862 – 1939)

Children:
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)
Robert Albert Mazac (1890 – 1983)
Josef 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)

Sibling:
Pavil Mazac (1862 – 1917)

[there are no records to prove a positive link]

Burial: 
Holy Cross Cemetery
Granger
Williamson County
Texas, USA 

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21074090

 

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