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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Joseph Shiller: Birth: 14 MAR 1810.

  2. Rosalie Shiller: Birth: 30 MAR 1812. Death: 1854

  3. Jan 'John' Shiller: Birth: 15 FEB 1816.

  4. Karel 'Charles' Shiller: Birth: 29 SEP 1816. Death: 10 JUL 1879

  5. Anna Silar: Birth: 11 NOV 1820.

  6. Theresia Silar: Birth: 05 OCT 1822.

  7. Vincenc Silar: Birth: 03 JAN 1824.

  8. VINCENT Joe Shiller: Birth: 25 APR 1825 in Czechoslovakia. Death: 24 SEP 1886 in Cat Spring, Austin Co., TX

  9. Frank Shiller: Birth: 10 JUN 1827.

  10. Bernard Shiller: Birth: 08 NOV 1829.


Sources
1. Title:   "The Shiller Family that came on the Ship 'Maria', Feb. 1853"
Page:   p. 204
Author:   Shiller, Rosalie & Barler, Beatrice
Publication:   Name: Name: July, 1985;;
2. Title:   "An Account of the First Group Migrations of Czechs to Texas"
Author:   Woodrick, James
Publication:   Name: Texas Czech Genealogical Society; Date: 2005 and 2007;
3. Title:   "The Shiller Family that came on the Ship 'Maria', Feb. 1853"
Author:   Shiller, Rosalie & Barler, Beatrice
Publication:   Name: Name: July, 1985;;

Notes
a. Note:   1. See: "The Shiller Family that Came on the Ship 'Maria', Feb. 1852", Rosalie Shiller & Beatrice Ripple Barler, 1985... "Johanna Balcar, a widow, sailed from Liverpool on ship "Maria" in early December, 1851 with 8 children and 19 grandchildren. They arrived in New Orleans 2 February, 1852. Only 38 of the original 74 passengers survived the voyage. Those survivors of Johana's group settled in Catspring, TX. It is not known if Johanna was one of the survivors." (Note: According to the article referenced below, Johanna died and was buried in Houston...."Arriving in Houston on February 18, the Czechs again faced delays due to illness and difficulty in obtaining land transportation. They were in Houston for 14 days, during which time 18 more of the group died, including their leader Johanna Balcar Silar. It is presumed that these dead were buried in the old city cemetery by Jeff Davis hospital."
  2. An excerpt from "AN ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST GROUP MIGRATIONS OF CZECHS TO TEXAS" by James Woodrick published in “Czech Family Histories” by Texas Czech Genealogical Society, 2005 - 2007. "Details of how the Czechs of the Lanskroun area prepared for their departure have been uncovered in Czech archives and reported by Frantisek Silar, historian from the Landskroun area, in the 1970's and 1980's. On August 19, 1851, about 118 passports were issued to Czechs desiring to leave their homeland. The passports for the Czechs were issued in Vienna, Austria. Most of the people began making final preparations for the journey. They sold their property if they had any, and many of their personal belongings in order to have enough money to make the journey and hopefully to have enough left to purchase land and the essentials to live in the new land. As the day for departure approached, however, about 44 of the people who had obtained passports decided, for various reasons, not to go. Mr. and Mrs. Josef Lidumil Lesikar and their four sons originally did plan to go with the group in 1851, but later Mrs. Lesikar decided that she could not abandon her way of life and start over in an alien land. This left the group without a dominant leader, but apparently a 61-year-old widow from Nepomuky, Mrs. Pavel (Johanna Balcar) Silar, became the spokesperson for the group. This partially blind and devout Christian woman was leaving her homeland with eight of her children and nineteen grandchildren. Another son of Johanna Silar, Frantisek Silar, recently married to widow Rosalie Coufal Lesikar, remained behind. They later came with a second group on the SUWA."



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