Joamis Kuthan
Marie Roubik

Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)


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Matej Bilek

Rosalie Kuthan 779

  • Born: Abt 1844, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia 25,776,777
  • Marriage: Matej Bilek 100
  • Died: 26 Oct 1895, Chicago area, Cook, IL about age 51 38
  • Buried: 27 Oct 1895, St. Adalbert's, Niles, , IL 63,778

bullet  General Notes:

She's listed as "Rose" Kuthan on the marriage records of her daughter, Francis, but Rosalie on the marriage records of daughter Elizabeth.

On the marriage record where the parents were to give their consent to the marriage, Rosalie didn't sign; only Matej is listed, and where the word "mother" should be filled in, it's crossed out.

St. John Nepomucene Church has a Marie Bilek, age 27 who died 9-10-1892, and a Josef Bilek who died four days later at age 30. They also have a Rosa Bilek dying on Oct. 27, 1895. She was 47 years old, it says. The State of IL has record of the same death, but says she was 43 years old.

If the records at Castle Garden are the correct ones, Rosalia was 14 years younger than her husband.

She had 49 grandchildren if I count the descendants correctly. Not all lived to adulthood.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth, 1845. 427

Alt. Birth, 1852. 38

Residence, 1873 ?, Illinois. 38 According to her death cert. in 1895, she'd been a resident of IL since 1873. However, her husband's death cert said he became a resident of the state in 1877. It's doubtful those are correct.

Alt. Name: Rose Guthan, Rosalia, Rosa. 606 The spelling of her first and last name seemed to be all over the board in the church records of St. John Nepomucene in Chicago. She's listed as Rosalia in the birth records of her daughter, Catherine in 1874. On daughter Catherine's baptism record, her last name's listed as "Gothan" or "Goshan" She's listed as Rosalie Kuthan in the marriage records of daughter Rosalia to Carol Kostecka in 1883. She's listed as Rosalie Kuthan in the marriage of Anna Bilek to Ignatium Kotrba in 1885. She's listed as Rosalia Kuthan in the marriage records of her son, Frank in 1888. She's listed as Rosalie Kuthan at the marriage of her daughter, Elizabeth, in 1889. She's listed as Rosalie Kuthan in the baptism of Jan (John) Vyskocil in 1890. She's listed as Rosa as sponsor for the baptism of Anna Novotny, her grandchild, in 1891. She's listed as Rosalie in the baptism of Maria Kotrba, her grandchild in 1892. I believe she's listed as Rosa on the church record of her death in 1895. As parent to Frances on her wedding to Bernard Schroer, she's listed as Rose Kuthan in 1896. She's listed as "Rosae Guthan" as the mother of John at his marriage to Rose Schafrath in 1908. She's also listed, perhaps mistakenly (?), as "Anna" as the wife of Matej Bilek in sponsoring the baptism of Elizabeth & John Vyskocil's baby Frantiska in 1893.

Alt. Death, 27 Oct 1895. 40,780 She's listed as having died on the 27th, age 47.

Immigration: Through Castle Garden, 19 Apr 1873, New York. 781 Came with Matej (listed as Mathias), Maria, Joseph, Rosalie, Franz, Anna, and Elizabeth. Came steerage on the ship, Smidt, departing from Bremen, Germany, place of origin listed as Germany.

From rootsweb:
Further to Harry's post, the details of the SMIDT may be of interest. She
was the first ocean going steamer built on the River Weser, or probably in
Germany as a whole.Owned by Capt. H. Raschen and partners, she sailed from
Geestemunde (between Bremen and Bremerhaven) on 4th Apr.1868 with cargo and
766 passengers. She experienced strong westerly gales during the entire
passage and did not reach New York until 3rd May. Altogether she landed
3,032 passengers at NY in 1868 during the course of 4 voyages, the last
three starting at Bremerhaven. The SMIDT's first voyage in 1869 nearly ended
in disaster. She left Bremerhaven on 11th Jan., called at London and didn't
reach New York until 5th March after experiencing a severe hurricane. She
shipped a huge sea which washed the bridge overboard and filled the second
cabin and engine room half full of water, lost deck stores and everything
moveable on deck. The passengers suffered greatly. She made a further 7
round voyages in 1869-70 and then trace was lost for nearly two years,
partly on account of the Franco-Prussian War. It appears that she changed
ownership as she is recorded as being owned by Bremer Dampschiffahrt Ges. in
1872. She made 9 New York voyages in 1872-73 and in 1874 was sold to
Siedenburg & Wendt, Bremen who removed her engines and ran her for more than
20 years as a 3-masted barque.

1,672 gross tons, length 210ft x beam 39.5ft, one funnel, two masts, iron
hull, single screw, speed 9 knots. Built by Johan Lange, Bremen, she was
launched for H. Raschen on 16th Dec.1867. Her maiden voyage started 4th
Apr.1868 when she left Geestemunde for London and New York and her second
voyage from Bremen - New York commenced 26th Jun.1868. On 9th Oct.1873 she
started her 20th and last New York sailing and in 1874 was sold, engines
removed and converted to three masted barque. In Oct.-Nov. 1896 she was
abandoned at sea, towed to Fayal, Azores and later to Hamburg where she was
condemned. 1897 scrapped South Wales. [North Atlantic Seaway, vol.2, p.720
by N. R. P. Bonsor]

Residence, 16 Jun 1880, 506 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 782 Living here are Michael, Rosa, Francis, Kate, Elizabeth, Rosa, Annie, & Frank. Also 8 others. Listed under "Belleck".

Death, 26 Oct 1895, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 44,104 Cause of death was nephritis and heart failure. Place of death: 478 29th St. The burial place started out as Jefferson Cemetery, crossed out and Dunning written in, but she was buried in St. Adelbert's. (Dunning was the "potter's field," a place for the indigent. At one time it was also called Jefferson.) However, her age on the death cert is 43 (not right, she was about 51 ... maybe. Could this be for a different Rosa Bilek at the same address?)
(Nephritis, interstitial: Nephritis due to disorders of the connective tissue within the kidney, severe allergic reactions, exposure to toxic substances, transplant rejection, urinary blockage, or other factors.) Can also be caused by lead poisoning, gout, overeating or alcoholism.

Cemetery, 1895. 774 Buried with husband Matej, Michael, C. Kostecka, John Bilek, and Kate Bilek. Lot 18, Block C, St. Procopius section of St. Adalbert's.


Rosalie married Matej Bilek, son of Living and Living.100 (Matej Bilek was born on 11 Mar 1830 in Dunajicich, Budejovice, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia,25,34,68,427 died on 19 Jan 1905 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 31,771,772 and was buried on 22 Jan 1905 in St. Adalbert's, Niles, , IL 121,773,774.)

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