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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Anna Maria Vorlicky

Anna Maria Vorlicky is the sister of my wife's Great Grandfather, Joseph Vorlicky.

Anna was born in Bohemia on 16 August 1875.  She was the daughter of Vaclav Vorlicky and Antonia Kaspara.  I received a typed version, most likely a transcribed copy, of a birth certificate from Doug Roberts, the Great Grandson of Anna's brother, Joseph Vorlicky.  There are few interesting things about this document.  The first is the spelling of her last name as Vorlicka - the way I understand it is that would be the 'female' spelling of the last name.  Also the description of the father, Vaclav, as a home owner of Velma Shoty.  Why would that description be relevant?  Is it important to note that he is a home owner?  This is the document where we see the maiden name of her Mother, Antonia.  It lists Antonia as the daughter of Gana Kaspara.  Would Gana be the mother or the father of Antonia?  Now that I am reading this document again I am thinking Gana, and the spelling of the last name ending in an 'a', would lead me to the conclusion that this is Antonia's mother - not father.  Now look at the Godfather that is listed - Gosef Kospar.  Kospar looks to be the 'male' spelling of Kaspara.

I'm now wondering if the maiden name of Antonia is Kospar - not Kaspara as I have noted in a previous blog. 

Anna emigrated to the United States in 1879 with her parents and siblings.  On the ship manifest for the S.S. Leipzig she is listed as Maria and being 4 years old.  We find her next in the 1880 Federal Census living with the same family in Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota. We see Anna next in the Minnesota State Census for 1885 still living with her parents in Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota.  This is the last 'official' record found for Anna.  I have linked her to a few additional records but those are based on assumptions - no proof.

UPDATE!!!  I found a marriage announcement for Anna Vorlicky in The Bimidji Daily Pioneer newspaper.  She did indeed marry Frank W Wetherbee.  The marriage date is 14 September 1906.

The first of those is the 1910 Federal Census for Beltrami County, Minnesota.  In this Census she is married to a Frank Wetherbee.  We do know that Anna married a Wetherbee from photo's that were supplied, again, by Doug Roberts and from her brother's, Joseph, obituary.  This is the only Wetherbee in the area, and he is married to an Anna from Bohemia - so it is a guess at best.  This record very well may not be of Anna Vorlicky.

We also know that Anna lived in Portland, Oregon from the obituary for Joseph Vorlicky. The next record is from Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon for the year 1930.  There is an Anna Wetherbee listed.  She is now widowed, born in Bohemia, and emigrated to the U.S. in the year 1880.  I figure that 1880 is pretty close to 1879 and I assume this to be Anna Vorlicky.  Her occupation is listed as a janitor.

Here are some pictures of Anna that I received from Doug Roberts.

The death date for Anna Maria Vorlicky is 17 September 1947.  This information comes from Doug Roberts also.  I assume she died in Multnomah County, Oregon.  I haven't been able to find an obituary for Anna or a place of burial.


  1. HI Steven
    Anna is quite an elegant lady and you're doing quite a job here -- researching both you and your wife's families. I liked the 70s photos I saw in previous posts too. Those 40 years just flew by. I see your blog is just about a month old. Welcome to the genealogy community. It's a very supportive bunch. I don't know how names may have changed for females and males in a family with Bohemian names. They don't in German, but each language is unique. Good luck in your pursuits. Sounds like you're doing all the right research! And thanks for your comment on Family Archaeologist!

  2. Linda - thanks for the comments! I am truly enjoying blogging and reading other blogs too. It nice to see other people out there who have the same passion (addiction) that I do!