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Elizabetha, the first wife of Franciscus Kostohryz (1737), (my 4th great-granfather)died here 23 January 1784.
The daughter of this union, Magdalena (half 3rd great-grandaunt) was born here 31 December 1778.  This means that Franciscus had been living here prior to that date.
The children of Franciscus' second marriage to Mariana Magdalena Kosar were:  Joannes Nepomuk (1785--my 3rd great-grandfather), Rosalia (1787), Frantisek Xaverius (1789), Elenora (1791), Veronika (1796), and Magdalena (1778).   All of these children were born in this house at Podoli 14.
As seen in the photo, there has been extensive rebuilding.  The enlarged photograph reveals that the rear portion of the house is older.
This house is located across the road from my granfather's birthplace which is shown farther down this page.
NOTE: The following is information for further research:  Franciscus probably was born in another area.  In the 1654 land records, there were only two Kostohryz registered in Southern Bohemia. They were in Predni Zborovice and Rohozna.  We need to search the records of Strakonice to see if Franciscus appears in that area. Search the wedding records there.  Franciscus'  first wife was named Elisabetha who died 23 January 1784 at age 30.  This union bore a chid, Magdalena, born 31 December 1778 in Podoli 14.  This means that their marriage was prior to 1778.  That marriage record to his first wife will probably give a clue as to who the father of Franciscus was for tracing back further in the Kostohryz line.

 
 

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Franciscus Kostohryz (my 4th great-grandfather)
born 1737  place unknown
died1808  Podoli #32  The new designation of this house is Rastory #21
This is a picture of the house where he died. There was a grandson, Francz Kostohryz (1808) that was born in this house.  This was the same year that his grandfather, Franciscus, died. This means that his father, Joannes Nepomuk Kostohryz (my 3rd great-grandfather) had been living there and was probably caring for his father Fanciscus at his death.

 
 

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Mariana Magdalena Kosar  (my 4th great-grandmother)
born 1750
second wife of Franciscus Kostohryz
died in this house, Podoli 31. The new designation of the  house is Podoli #20.  The house is just across the field from the house where her husband Franciscus died which is shown in the previous picture. The records also show that Johannes Nepomuk Kostohryz, my 3rd great-grandfather also had children born in this house. He would have been aged 47 at the death of his mother so she was probably living with him at the time.  The records indicate that Mariana Magdalena Kosar died a beggar.  I questioned people concerning this and they say there would have been no beggars in these villages.  She would have simply been part of the communities welfare system.  Her husband, Franciscus, had preceded her in death by 24 years.

 
 

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My grandfather, Jan Kostohryz (1874) was born on this site, Podoli 14 or Rastory 26, as well as were his siblings (my granduncles and grandaunts), Vaclav (1875), Marie (1877), Anna (1880), Josef (1882), Frantisek (1889), and Antonin (1889).
The original house burned down and was built on the original site the beginnings of the 1900's. The trees surrounding the house were full of apples and plums when we visited.  The house is now inhabited by Anna Kostohryz, the widow of a 2nd cousin, Josef Kostohryz.  The grand father of this Josef Kostohryz was also named Josef Kostohryz (1882) who was the brother of my grandfather Jan Kostohryz (1874).  Josef Kostohryz (1882) came to the USA on the same ship with his mother, my grandfather and other brothers.  After arriving in the US, Josef was sent back to his home country because he had an infectious eye disease.  I believe that he eventualy did return to the USA but in the end returned to his home country to pass out his life on this site. Pictures of the decendendants of Josef Kostohryz are posted aong with miscellaneous trip pictures on a separate page.

On the same land behind the above mentioned house and across a field are some woods.  My son, James, is standing besides a truck and the woods.  No doubt my grandfather as a boy roamed and hunted in these woods.  Further up the road are some more woods that are apparently some community-property woods.  Within that beautiful forest there is a ten meter stretch of trees that runs about a kilometer long.  That narrow stretch belonged to the ancestral site.  Walking there was like walking back in time to the youthful days of my grandfather.


 
 

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Across the road a short distance from the site where my grandfather, Jan, was born was a house that was a mystery. It was known that a Kostohryz family had lived there.  There was no house number posted in the front of the house.  In one run-down room, we found items that would be an antique picker's delight.  Pictured with my son, James is what is left of a beautifully painted trunk which seems to be typical in the Czech Republic.  I estimate this one to be at least 150-200 years old.  Among the piles of antique junk we also found a big clue--a house-number sign bearing the number 40.   This might have been Krenovce 40.  The brother of my great.grandfather, Jan Kostohryz (1849) was Josef Kostohryz (1852). Josef would have been my great-granduncle and sired five children in this house, their names being, Marie (1886), Jan (1878), Josef (1840), Frantisek (1883), and Josefa (1885).  These  five Kostohryz children would have been my 1st cousins twice removed.

 
 

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The wife of my great-grandfather Jan Kostohryz (1849) was Marie Kolar(1849). This is where my family tree branches from the Kostohryz to the Kolar line. The records show that a Joannes Kolar (my 5th great-grandfather) had a son, Joannes Baptista Kolar (1774) born in this house in Piseca Smolec #17.This Johannes Baptista was my 4th great-grandfather who continued to live in that same house where my 3rd great-grandfather, Jan Nepomuk Kolar (1792) was also born.  The man presently living in this house says that his grndmother was a Kolar

 
 
 

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The Jan Nepomuk Kolar (1792) moved to this house located at Nemejice #16 where my 2nd great-grandfather Josef Kolar was born in the year 1882.  Josef remained at this house and had a daughter born here in 1849.  She was Marie Kolar (my great-grandmother) mother of my grandfather Jan Kostohryz (1874).

 
 

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The mother of my great-grandmother, Marie Kolar (1849), was Marya Andel (1826).  So, at this point, the Kolar line branches into the Andel line.  Many Andels lived in Borovany.  One of them was my 5th great-grandfather, Antonin Andel (1737). His wife, Katerzina Kottschmid (1743) died in the house pictured here, Borovany #24. 
When we were at this house, the cameras were giving problems but fortunately the kind lady living there had given us this photo taken in 1960,  This is a picture of that photograph.

 
 

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The oldest recorded Andel was Jan Andel (about 1625--birth records did not begin in the Bernartice parish until 1685)).
he would have been my 9th great.grandfather.  A death record of Waczlaw Andel (Jan's son born 1651)  was found. 
The interesting thing about this death record is that it mentions that Waczlaw Andel was the son of the vladyka .Jan Andiel from Ronovec at Mirovice.  Vladyka means duke in English.  This line of Andel of Ronovec is mentioned since the 14th century.  We found no remains of Andel of Renovec stronghold in Mirovice.  We did, however, find the ruins of a Ronovec castle near Dolní Krupá. 
If you enlarge the second picture on the left you will see a picture taken of a diagram etched on a copper plate at the ruins.  You will see where I have indicated the words "back wall" in white with a white "X" marking the position on that wall where my wife, Mercedes and I are standing.

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