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Immigrants from Bohemia to Monroe County

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Bohemians in Ridgeville in 1870

Posted: 1347255870000
Classification: Immigration
Edited: 1347287142000
Surnames: Tomas, Thomas, Novotny, Nechuta
Thanks for your message. I had not taken notice of the Thomas family in Ridgeville, Monroe Co., Wisc., before, but they definitely belong on my list of immigrants from Bohemia and Moravia. I find that in the 1860 census they were in Caledonia, Racine County, Wisc. Novotny and Nechuta families also came to Ridgeville from Caledonia in the 1860s. I had found the ship arrival list for the Novotny family before. On checking now, I see that the Thomas family was recorded immediately below the Novotny family in the arrival list. The thumbnail image below links to a larger, but not huge, image of the passenger list page. Starting on line 15, the Thomas family was recorded as: Jan Tomas, Caecilei Tomas, Catharina Tomas, and Johann Tomas. (Anna was born later in US.) They arrived 8 Dec 1852 on Ship Elise at New York (it would have been at Castle Garden immigrant station in Battery Park -- Ellis Island did not open until 1890s). Interesting that the father got the Czech spelling of John ("Jan") and junior got the German spelling ("Johann"). Will need more of clue on local origins in Bohemia before I could search for them in the parish registers (no comprehensive national or even regional indexes, just parish by parish, page by page, which could take a lifetime to search for common names like Novotny and Tomas). I will keep an eye out for more information on them and let you know by posting here. Do you know when/where John Thomas Sr. and Cecelia died? Also, do you know origin of the Domagala name?
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