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


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Josephine Petch

Joseph Bilek 371

  • Born: Mar 1862, Bohemia 34,371
  • Marriage: Josephine Petch on 10 Oct 1880 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA
  • Died: 16 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 38 38
  • Buried: 16 Jun 1900, Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL 38

bullet  General Notes:

A Joseph Bilek married Anna Kadlik on 7-25-1893 -- source: InterOcean. Jos. was 22. Anna was 19.

Not sure of that death date -- thinking it's wrong. Thinking he should be buried in St. Adelbert's, not Bohemian Nat'l. Not sure of his death info!

In the St. John Nepomucene "Deaths 1888-1916" from FamilySearch, they list a Josef Bilek who died 9-14-1892, age 30 years.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth, Abt 1860. 371

Immigration, 19 Apr 1873, Castle Garden, New York City, , NY. 68 Came with his family:
Father listed as Mathias Bilek, age 43. Came with wife Rosalia, age 29; Maria 15; Joseph 13; Rosalie 10; Franz 7; Anna 5; and Elizabeth, 6 mo's. 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, 2 Jun 1900, 2431-39 Dearborn, Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are Joseph as head, wife Josephine, and children Joseph Jr., Anna E., Mary, and Lizzy. They are renting.

Occupation: Janitor, 2 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34

Alt. Death, 14 Sep 1892, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 771 This is more likely the death info. Age is correct, Catholic parish is correct. Church record says he was 30 years old.


Joseph married Josephine Petch, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 10 Oct 1880 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. (Josephine Petch was born in Jan 1864 in Bohemia 34.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 10 Oct 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 104 St. John Nepomucene Church, image 42/382. Witnesses were Adalberto Hana and Vito Florian. Francis Bobal, Rector.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Marriage certificate signed by priest Francis Bobal.

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