Notes from the files of Joseph A. Kenny
New as of December 2005, you can search various Janda Census records here.
How is Joe Kenny related?
Here's what I know about the Janda family, starting as far back as I know.
* This first section is from an article that I wrote about
Janda. Cyril lived in a
small town in Moravia, in the village of Plesice, (then the Austrian-Hungarian Empire),
now the Czech Republic. His family had little money and were common villagers. Cyril had eleven brothers and two sisters, with his oldest sibling being 17 years older than himself.
Times were rough in his country around the 1870's. The king of this Empire persecuted
Christians and recently had called for a mandatory military service that the Czech's were
required to do for the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, that went from a 2 year tour of duty,
to a 12 year tour of duty.
* Now there were several American companies that advertised in Moravia and other areas, with the purpose of transporting Czech's to the US. Also US train companies were looking for laborers to continue the train tracks and productions. The word at that time was that land was cheap, or even free for the taking.
* Cyril's eldest brother Tomas, decided to come to America and see if things were truly as people had said they were. After one years time, in 1879, the rest of the Janda family had made the decision to leave Moravia. Cyril, at the age of 19 and his new bride of less than two months, being good Christians with hearts of gold, knew of three orphan children in their small village, Jon, Josef and Marie Chyba and brought them with them.
I was corrected here and will need to look through my
records, but apparently, Jon and Joseph did not arrive with the Jandas, but came
separately. Please read the following that Edwin Hiber sent
Ed Hiber writes: "Marie did not arrive with
John and Josef Chyba (Hiber) As shown by Steamship Passenger Ship entries furnished
to me by Joe Noble and secured from Des Moines, Iowa Genealogy records on Czech
immigrants: John (Hiber) Chyba age 18 and his brother Josef (Hiber)
Chyba age 16 i.e.
Ed Hiber writes: "Marie did not arrive with John and Josef Chyba (Hiber)
As shown by Steamship Passenger Ship entries furnished to me by Joe Noble and secured from Des Moines, Iowa Genealogy records on Czech immigrants:
John (Hiber) Chyba age 18 and his brother Josef (Hiber) Chyba age 16 i.e.the Joseph T. (Jasper) (Hiber) Chyba ....... arrived in New York on the steamship "Main" on July 7, 1877. Also as shown by such Lists their sister, Marie (Maria) (Hiber )Chyba ........ arrived in New York as a young teenager on July 25, 1879 on the steamship "Oder" and .... Emalie (Emma) Toman, who became the wife of John (Hiber) Chyba ...... arrived in New York as a child ,with other members of her family, on July 3, 1877 on the steamship Pommerania"
* They sold most of their belongings and packed the rest of their things in large wooden chests and made their way by horse and wagon to the nearest train station that would take them to Bremen, Germany. It is there that they boarded the steamship "Oder", which would take 14 days crossing the Atlantic, with a destination for Ellis Island, New York. They embarked on US soil on the 25 July, 1879. The fare's for the journey was approximately $68.00 in US currency for adults, about half that for children and free for very little ones. On board the Steamer, 'Oder' were the following: Frantisek Novacek and his wife Petronila Janda, which was Cyrill's sister, with their child Mary, and Cyrill's brothers Frantisek (Frank), Anton and his wife Marie Prepejchal with five children, Catherine, James, Anton Jr., Julia, and 2 month old Hermina. Cyrill's father, Tomas, and his second wife Katerina Otoupal with children Josef , Karolina, Jacub, Jan, and Marie, the last three being hers. Cyril, age 19, and his brand new wife of less than 2 months, Pauline Martinek, age 21, was also aboard. Cyril had brought three orphans with him. They were John, Josef, and Marie Chyba, which was pronounced similar to (Heba), so therefore later changed their name to Hiber. Marie Chyba was 13 years old at their time of travel. Marie Chyba ended up being my Great Grandmother, marrying Anton Toman, who was also mentioned above as the vice-president in the church committee.
Vladimir Canek in Plesice, Moravia and Vitezslav Canek in Kazichovice, Moravia.
Some of this material was inspired or from text written by Marie Hammons Toman in the "History of Cass County" book Other text was from various Plattsmouth newspapers provided to me by Joe Kvapil.