Jan “John” Gernert

Jan “John” Gernert

Birth
Death 27 Oct 1916 (aged 40)
Alderson, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA
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Memorial ID 13674931 · View Source
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Jan Gernert was born the son of Josef and Apollonie (Tircic) Gernert in the small village of Hovorany in South Moravia. He married Marie Theresa Gebhard on 5 Feb 1901. They had 7 children. 1 child, Josefina, died at 1 year in Hovorany. He brought 3 with him, Marie "Mary", my grandmother, Frantiska "Frances" and Josef. Twins were born, Jan and Josefina, after their arrival, on 27 Nov 1912 and died Aug 1913. 1 more child, Hermina "Helen", was born in America.

Many in tracing their roots, some in my family included, give his birth place as the Czech Republic or Czechoslovakia. There was no such place at the time. So to be precise and do this right, which I try my hardest to do, his birth place must be as he wrote it on his Declaration of Intention to become an American citizen.

Some history:

In 1848 the Czechs convened the first Slavic Congress to discuss the possibility of political consolidation of Austrian Slavs, this included, Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Carpathian Ruthenians (Ukrainians), Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. The history of what we now know as the Czech lands is very diverse. These lands have changed hands and been known by many different names through their history. Up until the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy after World War I, these lands were known as the Lands of the Bohemian Crown. They formed a constituent state of the Crown and were known as the Kingdom of Bohemia.

Prior to the Battle of Mohacs, they were an independent state within the Holy Roman Empire. After the Battle of Mohacs, the Lands of the Bohemian Crown were incorporated into the Austrian Empire, and later into the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and World War I, on Oct. 28, 1918, they came to be known as the Czech lands. This marked the rise of the First Czechoslovak Republic. It was no longer acceptable to be called Bohemia to the peoples of Moravia and Czech Silesia. Czechoslovakia was formed. Today the integral Czech lands form the boundaries of the Czech Republic.

At the time of his birth, 1876, Hovorany was in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. My great grandfather, Jan Gernert, Americanized to John, came to America after the turn of the 19th century and bought land in Alderson, Oklahoma. He returned for his family and brought them over in 1911 aboard the ship, Wittekind. They sailed from Bremen, Germany on 6 Apr 1911 and arrived in Galveston, Texas on 3 May 1911.

He gives his birth place as Chovorony (as it was spelled then), Austria and renounces his allegiance to Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary in his Declaration of Intent to become an American citizen. So as it stands he was born a Czech (Austrian Slav) in the small village of Hovorany in South Moravia, the Austrian Empire.


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  • Maintained by: Solange
  • Originally Created by: MillieBelle
  • Added: 19 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13674931
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jan “John” Gernert (4 Jul 1876–27 Oct 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13674931, citing Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Solange (contributor 47282196) .