In my last post, I was looking at different methods I could use to track down Anton’s origins. One of these was to look into Anton’s potential siblings. Again I want to start with the information that I have. In this case, that information is mostly secondary, handed-down information. After looking back through my original version of this post, I realized that I do not know if some of the people mentioned below are still alive – therefore a couple of the names have been changed.
- The Hollingsworth book I have indicates that four brothers came over to the U.S. with their parents in 1867.
- I’m not sure where the next piece of information came from. Possibly the Hollingsworth book, but I also think I saw a marriage record somewhere. A James Pertl married Angeline’s half-sister, Julia Hollingsworth, in Gasconade, Missouri.
- I found an letter from 1979 from one of Anton’s grandsons stating that he was contacted by a man from Texas claiming to be a relative. When they got together, they found that this man, was the grandson of Anton’s younger brother. The letter has the man’s address as well, but no indication as to who the brother was. For privacy reasons, I’m going to refer to this man as Mr. A.
I’m going to start with the 3rd piece of information and see if I can determine who Mr. A’s father is. I will use ancestry.com as my research base. I will start a research tree based on Mr. A and see what I can find. I know Mr. A lived in Pasadena, so the first useful item I see is a public record of a Mr. A from Pasadena, Texas that includes his date of birth. That will be my starting point. I have a research tree that I use so I don’t save unconnected members into my regular family tree and get confused. Next I found a birth certificate for Mr. A, so I will add that in. The birth certificate lists his father as Mr. B born in Burleson county. The 1940 Census shows his father’s name is a slightly variation on Mr. B born in 1895. The 1930 Census is not coming up for the family at this point. From here I will research his father’s information. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) shows an exact date of birth and the month the father died. The Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death file gives me his exact date as well as indicating he served in the military during WWI. His draft registration card from WWI indicates he was living in Dime Box, Texas and was single at the time.
At this point there are parts of other people’s trees popping up as results in ancestry. I’m trying hard to stick with just the factual evidence though. I was struggling with finding the 1920 census, so I checked another tree that had someone who seemed to be the same person. I found the census there – it turns out for when it was indexed, Mr. B’s entry only had his surname (even though the record has his first name as well). So sometimes other people’s trees can help you out. Now I have the mother’s name (the father had passed away already) which leads me to the previous census which has his father’s name – Vincent Pertl. Vincent must be whom the letter refers to as Anton’s younger brother. He was born in Bohemia in March of 1854. Now the question is, can I tie him to Anton somehow? It matches the information from Anton’s son, Tony, from the prior post which indicates that Anton had a brother that moved to Dime Box, Texas.
Now the task is to put together what I know about Vincent. He was born in 1854 in Bohemia and died between 1910 and 1920 (based on the census information). Other information I can gather based on the census information: Vincent immigrated in 1876 or 1886, his wife immigrated in 1880, and they were married in 1889 in the U.S. Additionally, Vincent is listed as Jim in the 1900 census. Again nothing is easily coming up in ancestry.com for Vincent, so I’m going to check in the other tree to see what information they have. The only other sources they have linked are from Find A Grave. Find A Grave has a picture of the headstone showing he was born November 1854 and died March 11, 1911. While it’s not solid evidence, I will keep it on file as a resource. Next I’m going to switch over to familysearch.org to see if I can find any additional information.
I just made a curious discovery. As you may know, sometimes names in records can be written down incorrectly – especially when the speaker has a strong accent and the writer is not familiar with it. I came across an 1870 listing for James Bertel in Chicago who was born around 1851. Bertel may very well be an interpretation of Pertl. The interesting part – he is shown in a household with the following people: Anton (24), Mary (24), Julia (5/12 born in Feb.), John (54), Mary (54), plus two others with different last names. This is before Anton was married to Angeline. Could this be his prior marriage? The story is that he had two children with the first wife, the daughter died and the son survived. In this case Julia would have to be the daughter that died. His son John was not born until 1871 therefore he would not have been on the census. John and Mary could be his parents although it would indicate they were born a few years earlier than some other records show. I’m sure you know what’s coming next. Distraction! I have a very good feeling about this. In addition, the family above theirs in the census is a John and Mary Fux, both 40 years old. I have a feeling the Fux is actually a Fuchs, which is Anton’s mother’s maiden name. At this point we will take a pause, and I will pick up with this entry in the next post. Are you excited? I sure am!!