anna friedl…

I mentioned Mansuet’s wife, Anna, a few times but didn’t say much about her. Let’s meet her family, the Friedls…

Mathias Friedl was born in 1759 in Birkenhaid, Bohemia to Adalbert Friedl (mother not listed). Eva Rosina Steidl, daughter of Martin and Maria Steidl, was born in Birkenhaid on February 19, 1753. Mathias and Eva were married in Obermoldau on October 22, 1780. They had at least 4 children together – Bartholomew, Apolonia, Mathias, and Johann. Mathias died at the young age of 34 on July 14, 1793. The cause of death was listed as dropsy which would indicate congestive heart failure. His youngest son, Johann, was about 1½ years old. His wife, Eva, outlived him by many years as she reached the unbelievable age of 98. She died of a stroke on April 29, 1851. Both her birth and death records were found in the parish records from Birkenhaid, Bohemia so I was able to confirm her age.

Johann Friedl was born to Mathias Friedl and Eva Rosina Steidl on January 22, 1792 in Mehgarten, Bohemia. His father, Mathias, died a year and a half after he was born. Johann married Katharina Friedberger, daughter of Ignaz Friedberger and Johanna Bablitzko, on January 10, 1825 in Gansauerhaid, Bohemia. Johann and Katharina had at least four children – Adalbert, Johann, Wenzl, and Anna. The family lived in Gansauerhaid and Johann worked as a master tailor. Johann died (of old age) on May 17, 1871 at the age of 79. Katharina died (of old age) on March 10, 1873 at the age of 75. Interesting fact…after Katharina’s death, her oldest son, Adalbert, married his first cousin, Katharina Friedberger (daughter of his maternal uncle, Johann Jakob) on August 18, 1873. A dispensation was required from the bishop due to the close blood relation. Katharina had given birth to an illegitimate son, Alois, earlier that year in June. The father was listed as unknown and the child died when he was 9 days old. After their marriage, Adalbert and Katharina would have two children who both died when they were just days old. I was fascinated to find this yet again in this family. At this point, I had already discovered that Anna and Mansuet married as second cousins…I guess everyone thought it was no big deal since Anna’s paternal uncle had married his first cousin…who just happened to be Mansuet’s maternal aunt…I guess they were into keeping it all in the family. Or there just weren’t that many people around. This is where it became confusing and hard to keep track of everyone, as my tree grew there were many people in it with the same names! First and last! I’ve mentioned that it took me months to go through the Czech archives parish records for southern Bohemia. There are birth, marriage, and death books for all of the towns and villages in the area and seeing the same surnames in every other entry took some time to figure out.

Back to the Friedls…

Johann Friedl was born to Johann Friedl and Katharina Friedberger on October 20, 1831 in Gansauerhaid, Bohemia. Veronika Schonbauer was born on October 27, 1838 in Ferchenhaid, Bohemia to Josef Schonbauer and Franziska Matejka. Johann and Veronika were married on May 9, 1864 in Ferchenhaid. They had at least four children together – Alexander, Pius, Anna, and Maria. The family lived in Rabitzerhaid, Ferchenhaid, and Birkenhaid and Johann worked as a weaver and eventually a master tailor. It is unknown when or where Johann and Veronika died, I wasn’t able to track them down in the parish records.

The Friedl siblings…

Alexander Friedl was born on February 2, 1865 in Ferchenhaid, Bohemia to Johann Friedl and Veronika Schonbauer. I was unable to find a marriage record for him but his wife, Aloisia Novotny, was listed in his death record. Alexander died in Winterberg on September 23, 1904 at the age of 39 from a ‘twisted intestine.’ That is the translation…I used google translate and failed so I posted the cause of death on Facebook groups that I belong to regarding German and Czech genealogy and that was the consensus. Twisted intestine. Not sure what it means but sometimes the causes of death are odd, random, and hard to define.

Pius Friedl was born on September 5, 1866 in Ferchenhaid, Bohemia to Johann Friedl and Veronika Schonbauer. According to parish death records, Pius was single, worked in a factory, and was in the military at the time of his death. He died in Winterberg on December 10, 1888 at the age of 22. The cause listed in the death record translated to ‘stab injury to the heart.’ Another odd cause of death! Although sad, I’ll admit it was a tad bit exciting because most of the people I had found up until these guys died of pneumonia, tuberculosis, old age, etc. Pretty boring stuff. But poor Pius, only 22 years old and I’m sure hard for the family.

Anna Friedl was born on January 31, 1869 in Rabitzerhaid, Bohemia to Johann Friedl and Veronika Schonbauer. We already know that Anna had an illegitimate son, Rudolf, in August 1890 and married his father and her second cousin, Mansuet Plaschko, several months later on February 9, 1891. We also know that she left Bohemia with her new husband, their baby son, and her mother-in-law and arrived in America in April 1891. More on her life in America later.

Maria Friedl was born on December 1, 1872 in Ferchenhaid, Bohemia to Johann Friedl and Veronika Schonbauer. And that is all I found. I wasn’t able to locate Maria in the parish marriage or death records but that may have been because the records only went so far into the 1900s and she may have lived longer than that. The only other thing I have is a card that was in my Aunt Marie’s stuff when she died. That’s her writing on the side – Mama’s sister who lived in Germany.Maria Friedl

Once again I turned to google translate and, from I could tell, it seemed to be some kind of funeral card. I’m guessing her married name was Linhedeln. I also googled the last line “Eberle, Kaelin & Comp., Einsiedeln,” and found this was probably a printing company located in Einsiedeln, a village in Switzerland. Whether that means Maria ended up in Switzerland and died there, I don’t know…it’s just another needle in the haystack.


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