Elizabeth Bertha Bilek
Elizabeth Bertha Bilek 105
No will/probate available on Ancestry 9-2015
Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Birth: Cep, Bohemia. 109,110 She lists Illinois as her birthplace on the 1920 census, and in her funeral program, it says she was born here, but we find her name on the ship manifest, so she wasn't born stateside.
• 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. Elizabeth was age 6 months on arrival to New York.
• Alt. Name: Alzbeta Bilek. 111 Listed in this way on church records. On birth cert of her final child, she's listed as Lillie Bilek Moroney.
• Education. 8 Possibly attended Wentworth Ave. Primary School at Wentworth and 20th St., Chicago. The school closed in 1887.
• Residence, 16 Jun 1880, 506 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 25 Living here are Michael, Rosa, Francis, Kate, Elizabeth, Rosa, Annie, & Frank. Also 8 others. Listed under "Belleck". She was going to school, age 8.
• Religion: Catholic. 104 Member of St. John Nepomucene
• Marriage, 3 Feb 1889, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 74 Marriage to John Viskocil. Priest: Francis Bobel, who was a priest at St. John Nepomucene in Chicago, a Bohemian congregation. (He later moved to SS Cyril & Methodius parish, in 1891 - "Czechoslovaks of Chicago" book.
• Residence, 17 Apr 1890, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 112 This home doesn't appear in the 1911 Sanborn maps. Was probably torn down in the interim years. A blank block appears where possibly houses stood. It was near a coal company. (Sanborn maps vol. 3, 1911, sheet 107.)
• Residence: 3119 Butler, 1890, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 113 No definitive evidence that SHE lived here. Just one of the John Viskocils that was a carpenter & that John's father who also was a carpenter. Butler was between S. Canal St. and S. Parnall. It's a couple blocks away from Asbury M.E. Church. It was the 3rd house from the corner of 31st and Butler. On the Sanborn Map, it's listed as a 2B, D structure, non-brick. This house is 2 blocks due south of where Michael Bilek is listed as living in 1890 (478 29th St.) It is also 3 blocks east and 1 1/2 blocks south of St. John Nepomucene church. In the 1900 census, John and Antonia Visckocil lived here with 27 others. I think it must have been closer to All Saints than St. John Nepomucene. All Saints was at 518 W. 28th Place.
• Residence, 5 Aug 1891, 4750 Throop St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 114 The street name is spelled Troop on the birth cert of Marie, but I believe that's a misspelling.
• Residence, 11 Jun 1900, 524 28th St., Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 115 This is now part of the Mark Sheridan parking lot!
• Residence, 12 Apr 1902, 411 26th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 92
• Inheritance: none, Jun 1905-1906. 116 Her sister Kate (unmarried and possibly not well or having special needs) received $980 in property from their parents' estate, while her sister Anna got the value of the home on 29th St. These were the only two heirs of the nine children.
• Residence, 3 Jun 1907, 2918 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 88
• Residence, 13 Apr 1908, 2918 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 86 This address was listed on son Harold's birth cert. The person who filled out Harold's birth cert certainly couldn't spell with a darn. She spelled Harold "Harld", Emerald Ave. is "Emarald", so did she get this house number correct? I'm not sure. The census for 1910 has them living nearby so this could be wrong. Interesting note: This is listed as the 7th child of Elizabeth, 5 of whom are living. This tells that her other Moroney children may have been aware of the existence of the children who had died. She didn't falsly report the number of children as she did on other birth certs of her other children. Midwife was Mrs. Jos. Belo(s?)hradsky.
• Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 2915 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here were Michael Moroney, wife Elizabeth, John Viskocil (Elizabeth's son by her first marriage), Tessie, Clarabelle, Helen, Harold, and some other people by the name of Vesely, Williams, McGre??ra, and Fitzmorris. A total of 21 people living in a house that was about 43' long, about 23' wide and two stories tall, so about 1,978 square feet. It was a brick house made to be used as a single family unit with a slate or metal roof and coped walls. No basement. There were two brick porches (one on each level) in the back of the house. At this time, the next block west -- S. Halsted -- had yet to be developed except for a public bath house in the 2800 block of S. Halsted. I have a photo of that bath house in the Bilek file.
• Occupation: washerwoman for a private family, 20 Apr 1910. 13 A washerwoman does people's laundry.
• Residence, 6 Jan 1920, 3920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Living here were Elizabeth Moroney (head), her son John, daughters Tessie, Claribelle, Helen, and son Harold and son-in-law Clarence Nettleton. They were renting. Elizabeth is listed as being married. She has no employment.
• Residence, 1916-1922 or later, 3920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 80 In 1916, the phone was listed under Michael Moroney. In 1917, the name switches over to "Mrs. Elizabeth Moroney". In subsequent years, it's placed in Claribel Moroney's name (her daughter's). This leads me to believe that Michael Moroney left or died around 1916. The phone number was Drover 9524 in 1916. In 1922, their number was Victory 6525.
• Religion: Mennonite, around 1920ish. 1 Attended the Twenty-Sixth Street Mennonite Missionary Church.
• Residence, 15 Apr 1940, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are Elizabeth as head, and children Claribelle, John, Tessie, and her grandson Clarence Nettleton.
• Residence, at time of death -- 2-1942, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 12,81 Living at this address were Elizabeth, daughters Claire and Tessie, grandson Clarence (Ned), and son John Viskocil Moroney. She shared the front bedroom with daughter Claire. They maybe lived here from about 1939 on.
• Death. A photo of the death certificate in the photo box above. Death date may be Feb. 18, can't quite read and it's listed as Feb. 18 in the Illinois Deaths & Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947.
• Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 19 Feb 1942. 1942-02-19Chicago Tribune (IL)MORONEY
• Funeral: Justice, IL. 63,118 Belle Radcliffe has a small newspaper clipping made at the time of her death, source unknown.) There is mention of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Polish National Catholic Church. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL. However, this is incorrect. Who printed this incorrect info and why? Who supplied the info to the paper? Was it changed at the last minute? The Chicago Tribune obit has the correct information. It says service was to be at chapel, 6245 S. Kedzie ave., interment at Cedar Park. Also buried at Resurrection are Uncle John Viskocil's father, Frantiska Bilek (died 1964, Eliz.'s niece), Frank Bilek, Jr. (died about 1961, Eliz.'s nephew), and Rudolph Bilek (died 1959, Eliz.'s nephew).
• Cemetery: Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park, Cook County, IL. 63 Located in NW corner of rose garden, lot 8, block 7, face #3.
Elizabeth married John Viskocil III, son of John Viskocil II and Antonia Rejsek, on 3 Feb 1889 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74.,104 (John Viskocil III was born in 1863 in Bohemia,41,119,120 died on 4 Nov 1904 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 121 and was buried on 6 Nov 1904 in Resurrection Cemetery, Cook County, Illinois 44,122.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage, 3 Feb 1889, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 104 "...Joannem Vyskocil ex loco Jehwicke, Boh.
Priest: Francis Bobal. Source: Marriage certificate.
Elizabeth next married Michael P. Moroney, son of Michael K. Moroney and Catherine Barry, in 1897 34.,96 (Michael P. Moroney was born in Aug 1871 in Illinois,13,63,86,123 died on 20 Aug 1923 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 124 and was buried on 23 Aug 1923 in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, IL 31,63.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage, 2 Aug 1922, 8 p.m, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 125 That marriage date can't be right! Gram was born in 1903 so that's waay off.
There's no record of their having been married at All Saints Parish (Chicago: Wallace St) . I checked the marriage register at the church at least twice. Checked Bilek, Viskocil/Vyskocil, and Moroney/Maroney. And also note that Michael's brother attended & got married at All Saints (John Joseph, who m. a Fitzgerald.) So where is this marriage? My guess as of 2-2-2015 is that they never married, just shacked up -- producing 4 children. Then Michael went on to marry in the Catholic church because technically he hadn't been divorced and could marry legitimately.