Joamis Kuthan
Marie Roubik
Matej Bilek
Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)

Anna Bilek
(Abt 1868-1939)


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Ignatium/Ignac/Michael Kotrba

Anna Bilek 606

  • Born: Abt 1868, Brana, Bohemia 25,106
  • Marriage: Ignatium/Ignac/Michael Kotrba on 26 Jul 1885 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 34,606
  • Died: Jul 1939, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA about age 71 31
  • Buried: 24 Jul 1939, Woodlawn Cemetery, Cook, IL 793

bullet  General Notes:

Is this the Annie Bilek that signed the baptismal certificate for Claribel Moroney?

According to The Boucek Family book by Joan England Murray, "In 1935, Ignatz and Anna Kotrba celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary with a reception at the National Hall on Prairie Avenue in Brookfield on the 27th of July. Thirty-three members of their family were in attendance including Ignatz's sister Mary Rauscher many of the Bileks, and Ignantz's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Before 1939, Ignatz and Anna moved to 2907 Lowe Avenue where they were living at the time of Anna's death. Anna (Bilek) Kotrba died on 20 July 1939 and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. Ignatz went to live with his daughter Mary Boucek and her family at 3714 Morton Avenue in Brookfield after Anna's death. There he died of stomach cancer on 24 May 1941. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery next to his wife Anna." The book includes a photo from the 50th anniversary. I own this book.

There are 2 Kotrbas buried at Resurrection -- Bozena and Blag??na, both 11 months. Bozena died 9-6-1925 and Blag??na died 9-12-1925. Could these be children of this couple? Twins?


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Alt. Birth, Apr 1862. 34

Immigration, 19 Apr 1873, Castle Garden, NY, NY. 68 Coming over were parents Rosalia and 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. 790 Living here are Michael, Rosa, Francis, Kate, Elizabeth, Rosa, Annie, & Frank. Also 8 others. Listed under "Belleck".

Employment: serving girl, 16 Jun 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 25

Residence, 9 Aug 1891, 2857 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 794

Inheritance: from father Matej, 20 Aug 1895, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 Anna was to inherit $700 from the estate of Matej Bilek, her father on the above date. The money came from the settlement of his home at 478 29th St., Chicago. (See probate court records, which I own.)

Residence, 13 Jun 1900, 480 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are "Mekalus" Kotroba, wife Anna, sons John and Frank, daughters Anna, Mamie, and Josephine. Living next door are Anna's father, sisters Kate and Rosa + Rosa's family, and Anna's brother John. Ward 5, District 126, Sheet 18.

Residence, 1-19-1905 thru at least 18 Apr 1910, 2930 Union Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13,116 This house had a total of 20 people living in it at the time of the census. This is the address, 2 years earlier, for the Mennonite Missionary Church according to the book, After Ten Years. The books says this is where the workers for the church lived!
See Vol. 3 of the Sanborne Maps for 1911
Living here are Michael, wife Anna, daughters Annie, Josephine, and Mary, and Frank Kotrba and his wife Mary, and son Frank. The other people in the house don't seem to be any relation.

Employment: Soap wrapper, 23 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13

Residence, Bef 1939, 2907 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 427

Medical. 38 Died of heart disease & diabetes.

Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 23 Jul 1939, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 793 Chicago Tribune (IL) - July 23, 1939
Deceased Name: Mrs. Anna Kotrba [nee Bilck] July
--Mrs. Anna Kotrba [nee Bilck] July 20, 1939, beloved wife of Ignatz, dear mother of Frank, Mrs. Anna Kocka, Mrs. Mary Boucek, Mrs. Josephine Parkos, and the late John, grandmother of twenty four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday, July 24, at 8:30 a.m. from funeral home, 3007 S Union avenue, to St. John Nepomucene church. Interment Woodlawn cemetery. For particulars, call Victory 1623.


Anna married Ignatium/Ignac/Michael Kotrba, son of Thomas Kotrba and Living, on 26 Jul 1885 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 34.,606 (Ignatium/Ignac/Michael Kotrba was born in Mar 1863 in Rapsach, Bohemia,13,34,795 died on 21 May 1941 in Brookfield, Cook, IL 54,796 and was buried on 24 May 1941 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, Cook, IL 796.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage. 104 St. John Nepomucene, image 62/382.
Witnesses Joanne Prasek and Francisco Bilek.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

The Cook County marriage license misspelled Anna's name, listing it as Vilek. The license has the same date as the date on the marriage cert from St. John Nepomucene Church. Joanne Prosik and Francisan Bilek were witnesses. (Frances Bilek?)

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