Vodraska from Ellsworth, Kansas
I am just beginning to research the Vodraska family from Ellsworth, Kansas. I have not found an indication of what village they were from in Bohemia or Moravia. A relative tells me they came from Moravia, but Bohemia or Austria is in all the records I have managed to find.
Here is what I know:
Joseph Vodraska (my g-great-grandfather) was born in 1828. He married Anna Pertl b. 1831 somewhere around 1858. I don’t know how many children they had besides my great-grandfather, also Joseph Vodraska b. 29 May 1867. Joseph the son married Mary Bartunek (b. 27 May 1868 in NY). By 1885, Both generations of Vodraskas were living in Ellsworth County, Kansas eventually settling in Blackwolf, Kansas. Joseph Vodraska (the father) was killed by lightening in 1897, so family sources tell me.
At some point in time, the family possibly spent time in Cleveland, OH. Someone mentioned they’d gone back to the Czech Republic (Bohemia) for an extended time period and then returned to the U.S. None of this is anything I can substantiate.
Mary and Joseph Vodraska had 10 children, including Antone Vodraska who was killed in action in 1918 and William who died as an infant. My grandmother (their 8th child) was Mildred Vodraska and she married Ralph Vopat. They lived in Ellsworth county, KS their whole lives.
I’d love to hear from anyone who might know where the Vodraska or the Pertl family might have came from in Czech Republic. If anyone has any information on other children that Anna and Joseph might have had, it would be good to have as well.
Thanks in Advance!