Descendants of Joseph SMOLIK



First Generation



1. Joseph SMOLIK was born about 1835 in Czechoslovakia.

General Notes: 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Smolik
Home in 1880: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: 1835
Birthplace: Bohemia
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Mary Smokik
Father's Birthplace: Bohemia
Mother's Birthplace: Bohemia
Neighbors:
Occupation: Tailor
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:
Blind:
Deaf and Dumb:
Otherwise disabled:
Idiotic or Insane
Household members:
Joseph Smolik, age 45
Mary Smolik, born Bohemia, age 27
Terressa Smokik, daughter, age 10, born 1870
Mary Smolik, daughter, age 8, born 1872
Ann Smolik, daughter, age 5, born 1875
Emelia Smolik, daughter, age 4, born 1876

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Smolik
Age in 1910: 79
Estimated Birth Year: 1831
Birthplace: Bohemia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Bohemia
Mother's Birthplace: Bohemia
Home in 1910: Chicago Ward 10, Cook, Illinois, West 17th Street
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1867
Neighbors:
Household Members: Joseph Smolik, age 79
Anton Novy, age 53, born Bohemia, Immigrated 1880, Occupation, Tailor
Bushelman

Research Notes: **These are NOT confirmed death records**
Illinois Death Index

Last Name: SMOLIK
First Name: MARY
Middle Name:
Sex & Race: F/W
Age: UNK
Certificate #6033181
Death Date: 1918-10-24
County: COOK
City: CHICAGO
Date Filed: 18-10-24

Last Name: SMOLIK,
First Name: JOSEF
Date: 1910-07-17
City: CHICAGO
Age: 72 YR
Sex: U
Certificate Number: 00016987
County: COOK


Joseph married Mary. Mary was born about 1853 in Czechoslovakia.

Marriage Notes: This is not confirmed as being this Josef and Mary Smolik; unless they married after all the children were born, or unless this was a second marriage for Josef and the second wife's name was Mary.
Illinois Marriage Record
SMOLIK, JOSEF
KRESS, MARY
1884-08-30
OOO/ 00084829
COOK



Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 F    i. Theresa SMOLIK *NOT CONFIRMED* was born in 1870 in Chicago(COOK)IL.

+ 3 F    ii. Mary SMOLIK was born about 1872 in Illinois.

+ 4 F    iii. Ann SMOLIK was born about 1875 in Illinois.

+ 5 F    iv. Emelia SMOLIK was born about 1876 in Ilinois.

Second Generation (Children)


2. Theresa SMOLIK *NOT CONFIRMED* was born in 1870 in Chicago(COOK)IL.

General Notes: United States Census, 1880
Name: Theresa Smolik
Residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Birthdate: 1870
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Relationship to Head: Daughter
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name: Joseph Smolik
Father's Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
Mother's Name: Mary Smolik
Mother's Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: (Expanded): 10 years
Occupation: At School
NARA Film Number: T0-0191
Page: 118
Page Character: D
Entry Number: 4403
Film number: 1254191

Theresa married Frank BETLACH, son of Bernard BETLACH and Frantiska(Frances) SCHMITH, on January 4, 1890 in Chicago(COOK)IL. Frank was born on May 11, 1859 in Bohemia, died on March 27, 1921 in Leoti(WICHITA)KS at age 61, and was buried in March 1921 in Marienthal(WICHITA)KS.

General Notes: Stillwater State Prison records
September 4, 2002: The original Stillwater Prison where Frank was incarcerated burned down, arson is the probable cause.
A description of Frank:
Frank was in the Merchant Marine. He was a Lather and a Puppeteer, carving his own puppets. He spoke several languages and wrote scripts and did all the speaking parts himself for the puppet shows he would put on in the Bohemian Flats Circuit.
He was 5' 91/4" tall with dark, curly hair and dark eyes.
^^
He returned to Minneapolis in 1888 (approx) and wanted a divorce from Jenny. After that, Jenny is listed in the city directories as "widow". Frank ended up in Kansas and married Mary Preyer. I suspect that he married a Theresa Smolik in Illinois before his marriage to Mary Preyer. I have a marriage record for this, and he possibly used his sons name, Frederic to obtain the license. I'm not sure he was divorced from Jenny at this time. I have done a request through Cook County for divorce records and so far have found nothing.

1910 United States Federal Census

Age in 1910: 40
Estimated birth: about 1870 (this is wrong)
Birthplace: Austria
Relation to head of house: Head
Father's birthplace: Austria
Mother's birthplace: Austria
Spouse's name: Mary
Home in 1910: Leoti (WICHITA) KS
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1893
Occupation: Retail Merchant
Household members: Frank, Mary, William, Otto

1920 United States Census
Name: Frank Betlach
Residence: , Wichita, Kansas
Estimated Birth Year: 1860
Age: 60
Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
Relationship to Head of House: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
Mother's Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
Film Number: 1820554
Digital Folder Number: 4300899
Image Number: 00085
Sheet Number: 4
Household:
Frank Betlach M 60y
Mary Betlach F 38y
William Betlach M 14y
Otis Betlach M 13y
Susie Betlach F 9y
Elsie Betlach F 6y

Research Notes: I believe Frank was married to Terressa (Theresa) after Jenny and before he went to prison. She may have been the one mentioned in the family story about Frank wanting to be with a woman from Chicago.
Copy of marriage record for Frederic F. Betlach and Theresa Smolik

Noted events in his life were:

Cemetery: St. Mary's Cemetery.

Death Certificate: From the Church in Leoti Kansas. Not an official death certificate

Cause of Death: Cancer of the stomach.

Online Burial Memorial: www.findagrave.com #61665856.

3. Mary SMOLIK was born about 1872 in Illinois.

4. Ann SMOLIK was born about 1875 in Illinois.

5. Emelia SMOLIK was born about 1876 in Ilinois.