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Josef Frantisek Bernasek

Male 1831 - 1906  (75 years)


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  • Name Josef Frantisek Bernasek  [1, 2
    Born 20 Jun 1831  Brodeslavy, Kralovice, Plzen, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jul 1906  Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 19 Jul 1906  Bohemian Brethren Cemetery (AKA Cesky Bratri Cemetery), Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • "Josef Bernasek was born in the village of Prodeslady, town of Kravovice, county of Plzen in Bohemia on June 20, 1831.

      His death certificate lists his parents as Ondrej Bernasek and Katherine Vcela. He was married in Bohemia to Josefa Urbanek. He came to the Milligan area from Europe twice, his name being first recorded in a book of Homestead records at the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln as filing a claim to 80 acres in Section 10 of Glengary Township on October 17, 1870. John Bernasek cliamed 80 acres in the same quarter on the same day. Vaclav Bernasek, a son of John's, recived the patent on the farm Joseph Bernasek claimed. It is not definately known how John and Joseph were related. They could have been brothers. MILLIGAN NEBRASKA 1988-2008 indicates that the claim for 80 acres in section 10 used a 3 letter abbreviation for his first name, probably read as JOS. for Joseph, but may have actually been Jas. for James, with his given name actually being VACLAV. The patent on that land would later go to Vaclav Bernasek. (p. 113).

      Josef and Josefa and their three children, Frank 16, Cyril 13 and Marie 10 came to the United States a second time on the Steamship "Zoffie," leaving Hamburg, Germany on March 20, 1879 and docking in the New York Port on Good Friday April 10, 1879. Daughters Emilye, Marie, Frantiska, Josefa and Kristina died of diptheria in Bohemia. This is possibly why Joseph did not prove the homestead. He may have received word from Bohemia of the illness of his daughters, and returned for sometime with his wife and children before returning to the United States. When the family returned, they migrated to the homestead of John Bernasek (assumed to be his brother by this compiler) where they lived until they were able to move to their farm.  Joseph contracted 80 acres, the E 1/2 NE 1/4 of Section 21 in Glengary Township on July 1, 1879, with the Burlinton and Missouri River Railroad Company. He received the deed on October 3, 1889. The farm was given to his son, Frank, on July 11, 1895. It is still in the Bernasek family, owned by Ervin and Carol Bernasek. Joseph and oldest son Frank went to Geneva on July 3, 1879 to file their naturalization papers. Joseph was sworn in as a citizen on Mary 31, 1887.

      Joseph contracted another 80 acres, the E 1/2 NE 1/4 of Section 17 in Glengary Township on October 24, 1879, with the Burlington and Missouri. This contract was made for 10 years at $5.50 an acre. Joseph received the deed on July 9, 1887 from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. This farm was given to his son Cyril. (Milligan, p 202). He made a stipulation that Cyril must give his parents one-third of the crops raised and a comfortable room in the house. Cyril and his wife sold the farm to Frank Kassik on April 30, 1908 for $7,600. (Milligan, p 199)

      Joseph met with a fatal accident on July 17, 1906, at age 75. He and his wife were riding in a buggy when the horses were frightened by a pile of manure at the stockyards on the south end of the city limits. Joseph was thrown from buggy, killed almost instantly. Josephine was also thrown, but escaped with a few bruises. The funeral was conducted from the Catholic Church. (Milligan, p 202).

      [Note: Ken Chromy instead has his location of birth as Babina (Plasy), Bohemia.]
    • (Research):

      Census Listings:

      FamilySearch 1880 National Census

      Census Place:Glengary, Fillmore, Nebraska
      Source:FHL Film 1254748  National Archives Film T9-0748     Page 51 RelationSexMarrRaceAgeBirthplace
      Joseph BENNESEK Self M M W 52 BOHEMIA Occ:Farmer Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Josefine BENNESEK Wife F M W 51 BOHEMIA Occ:House Keepe rFa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Cirrall BENNESEK Son M S W 15 BOHEMIA Occ:At Schoo lFa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
      Mary BENNESEK Dau F S W 12 BOHEMIA Occ:At School Fa: BOHEMIA Mo: BOHEMIA
    Person ID I3854  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Ondrej Bernasek,   b. Abt 1800, Liblin, Kozojedy, Plzen, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Katherine Plosova,   b. Abt 1800, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ken Chromy also notes that they had a infant son that was born and died in Bohemia.
    Family ID F2196  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Josefa Urbankova,   b. 16 May 1831, Bohy, Plzen-Sever, Plzenský Kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1914, Atlanta Township, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Children 
     1. Frantisek "Frank" Bernasek,   b. 28 Nov 1862, Bohy, Plzen-Sever, Plzenský Kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1952, Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Cyril Bernasek,   b. 10 Jul 1865, Bohy, Plzen-Sever, Plzenský Kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1958, Crete, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Marie Bernasek,   b. 25 Mar 1868, Bohy, Plzen-Sever, Plzenský Kraj, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1960, Friend, Saline County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2010 
    Family ID F2197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jun 1831 - Brodeslavy, Kralovice, Plzen, Bohemia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Jul 1906 - Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Jul 1906 - Bohemian Brethren Cemetery (AKA Cesky Bratri Cemetery), Fillmore County, Nebraska Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S219] Milligan Centennial History Book Committee HISTORY OF MILLIGAN, NEBRASKA 1888-1988 (Walsworth Publishing, Marceline, MO), p 202 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S482] Chromy, Ken & Kathy, 706 Road 19, Ohiowa, NE 68416; Our Bohemian & Moravian Ancestors in Nebraska; Ver. 2007-03-05 14:07:03; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=kchromy.