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

Elizabeth Bertha Bilek


Family Links

1. John Viskocil III

2. Michael P. Moroney

Elizabeth Bertha Bilek 105

  • Born: 28 Nov 1872, Cep, Bohemia 106
  • Marriage (1): John Viskocil III on 3 Feb 1889 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74,104
  • Marriage (2): Michael P. Moroney in 1897 34,96
  • Died: 17 Feb 1942, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA at age 69 107
  • Buried: 21 Feb 1942, Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 63,108

bullet  General Notes:

bullet  Research Notes:

No will/probate available on Ancestry 9-2015


bullet  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.
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]

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.
A copy of the marriage certificate is in my file.

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.

Possibly a very interesting note is that there were Moroneys living at 4746 Throop in 1903/4. Is this how she met husband #2 -- they were living 2 doors down? That was William & Mary Moroney and children. William & Mary were 35 and 33 respectfully in 1903.

Residence, 11 Jun 1900, 524 28th St., Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 115 This is now part of the Mark Sheridan parking lot!
Renting, and living with 19 people total in this house. Last names of other renters include Haag (Gustave), Hannes, & Heiderman. Listed in census as Lizzie, married to Michael "Marooney," and living there also is her son, John. She lists that she's only given birth to one child (John), but we know that to not be true based on church records of other births and subsequent deaths. On date of census, she would have been 7 months pregnant with Tessie. Ward 5, Enumeration District 121.
It can be assumed that she sent son John to Mark Sheridan school.

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.

Next door to the south was a three-flat. This address no longer exists as of 4-14-2014 according to the Cook Cty Assessor's Office. Based on the assessor's maps, my guess is that 2915 was in the backyard of 2913.

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.

In the Sanborn map (vol. 3, 1911, sheet 103) it shows this house to be a brick single dwelling home, 2 floors with a 2nd story brick porch off the back.

Religion: Mennonite, around 1920ish. 1 Attended the Twenty-Sixth Street Mennonite Missionary Church.

Residence, 16 Apr 1930, 8016 St. Lawrence, Chicago, Cook, IL. 3,117 Elizabeth was renting here and lived with Claribel and Harold.

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
Edition: Chicago TribuneElizabeth Bertha Moroney, nee Bilek, of 9051 S. Racine avenue, wife of the late Michael, beloved mother of Claribel, John, and Harold Moroney, Mrs. T. Nettleton, and Mrs. H. Hegarty, grandmother of Clarence Nettleton, Jimmy, and Belle Hegarty. Services Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m., at chapel, 6245 S. Kedzie avenue. Interment Cedar Park.Copyright 1942, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune.
Record Number: 19420219dn047
It's interesting to note that no one with the last name of Moroney or Viskocil/Vyskocil signed the guest book at her funeral.

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.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 3 Feb 1889, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 104 "...Joannem Vyskocil ex loco Jehwicke, Boh.
Filium Anna Vyskocil
et Elizabetham Bilek
Filiam Mathya Bilek + Rosalie Kuthin
Praesentibus testibus Mathyo Drye + Josephe Parueka
Franciscus Bobal Rector"

Image 74/382, St. John Nepomucene Church records

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Priest: Francis Bobal. Source: Marriage certificate.

John was 26 (so birth year abt. 1863). Lizzie was abt 17.

Fr. Bobal was pastor of St. John Nepomucene from 1877 to January of 1908.


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.)

bullet  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.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

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.
Also checked All Saints/St Anthony Parish (Chicago: 28th Pl)>Marriages 1898-1907. No luck.

If they went to the Justice of the Peace to get married, note that "Justice of the Peace Court records were destroyed as allowed by Illinois statute in the early 1970s." -- records from 1871-1963 according to the Cook County Circuit Court's office.

The state of IL has no record of their marriage either. Ditto Michigan.

Also checked ss Cyril & Methodius Parish (Chicago: Hermitage) Marriages 1892-1908 for the year 1897, 98, and 1899. This church had Thomas Bobal as pastor. No marriage records found for any family member during this period at this church. Note there is more than one SS Cyril & Methodius Parish.

Checked the All Saints records available online beginning at Image 56/263, which is for marriages beginning Sept. 19, 1896. I ended up at Dec. 31, 1900. Nothing there.

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