Josef Zvacrek, Josef Zvacek
Josef Zvacek and his wife Frantiska Tichy were farmers in Chrundim County in the village of Teleci, Bohemia, just as their parents, grandparents and great grandparents had been before them, all scratching a subsistence from the earth in close knit villages in central Bohemia. Unlike their relatives, however they left Bohemia, the land they would forever refer to as the “Old Country” to emigrate to America in 1854, a brutally courageous undertaking, since it was the very beginning of the Czech migration and there was no support awaiting them in America.
Daughter, Anna Zvackova (Anna Zvacek upon marriage) was born on October 17, 1849 in her father’s home #74 in Telici, Chrudim County, Bohemia (Now Czech Republic) Her Godfather, Jan Dostal witnessed her baptism in accordance with the custom of the Evangelical Church. He lived in house #121 in Teleci. Her Godmother Annie Smatlan, wife of Joseph Smatlan lived in house #2 in Teleci. The Midwife was Christine Filipi also from Telici. Her baptismal record was signed by Vaclav Karafiat, Pastor of the Evangelical Church in Telici.
My great grandmother, Anna Zvacekova was four years old when her family left their beloved Bohemia in 1854 for a journey to America.