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Lorenz Mucha married Mary Novak about 1879 in the area then known as Galatia, in the southern portion of modern Poland. The family emigrated from Galatia to America in 1886, leaving Hamburg Ge on 3 May, on the ship California. After arrival in New York, our first records for them are in the 1900 census where they are shown as living in Mapleton, Blue Earth Co., MN. They would later move to Day, Bristol Co, SD before 1910. Lorenz/Lawrence and Mary had at least five children prior immigrating; eight more children were born to them after arrival in America. All told, their known children included three boys and nine girls.
|POB:||Galicia||based on the immigration record that the family came from Galicia|
|DOD:||November 23, 1924,|
|POD:||Day County, SD, probably in Bristol||*Death Record|
|Burial:||All Saints Cemetery, Andover, Day Co, SD|
|Spouse:||Mary Novak||Mary's maiden name is given in the death certificate of her daughter Agnes|
|DOM:||c1873||based on 1900 census indicating they had been married for 27 years.|
|POM:||Galicia||based on the immigration record that the family came from Galicia|
|Father:||Unknown Mucha (c1830-c1880)|
Lawrence Mucha (1846-?) and Mary Novak (?-?) immigrated to this country in 1886. Nothing is known of their ancestry, other than the fact that they came from Galatia, in modern Poland. The Minnesota Death Index entry for daughter Agnes Mohaw [Mucha] indicates that she died 4 july 1965 in Stevens Mn, and that her mother's maiden name was "Novack".
|Michael Mucha (1880-?)||1880||Galicia||Emma||Based on Ships Record|
|Peter Mucha (1882-1959)||1882||Galicia||1959||1920||Agnes Stadulski||Based on Ships Record|
|Katherine Mucha (1883-1960)||1883||Galicia||1960||___Schlicting||Based on Ships Record; husand's surname from Lorenz' will|
|Sophia Cecilia Mucha (1885-1928)||1885||Galicia||1908||James Albert Morrow (1878-1938)||Based on Ships Record|
|Mary Mucha (1887-1970)||19 September 1888||Minnesota Lake, Faribault Co, MN||1970||___Knost||DOB/POB from Baptismal Record; See Note 2|
|Rosa Mucha (1891-1975)||1891||MN||1975||1914||Art Jordain|
|Agnes Margaret Mucha (1893-1965)||1893||MN||1965||Stevens, MN|
|Frances Mucha (1894-?)||1894||MN||Hugo Johnson|
|Albert Mohaw (1895-1991)||1895||MN||1991||1931||Spinx Co, SD||Olga Hansen|
|Elizabeth Mucha (1898-?)||8 july 1898||MN||(aka "Elsie", Sister Alberta)|
|Annie Mucha (1900-?) aka Anna||1900||MN||Wetsey Dokter||aka Anna, (1) (2)|
|Christina Mucha (1903-?) aka Tina||14 July 1903||Palonia MN ????||___ Stevens|
- 1) Anna is listed as "Anna Doktor" in Rose Mohaw Jordan's will of 1975. In 1920 Annie was living with her parents next door to a Wetsey Doktor, a widower with several young children. It seems highly likely that Annie married Wetsey shortly thereafter, but we have no direct evidence for the marriage---other than the fact that Rose identified her by her married name of Doktor. The name "Wetsey" seems an accurate transcription of the name in the 1920 census record, but is probably not an accurate record of his given name.
- 2) TLWIllis notes include a page labeled "Certificate of Baptism", handwritten, and probably extracted from a Baptismal certificate. Indicates that Maryy Mohaw was the dau. of Lawrence [Mucha] and Mary Novak, born 19 Sept 1888, Baptized 20 Sept 1888, Wells MN. Rev. Peter S. Fasinski, St. Casimer, Wells MN. Typewritten version states that the information was obtained at Aberdeen SD, July 1965. This was probably obtained from a family member, perhaps Sister Alberta.
- 3) Baptsimal certtiate dupicate prepared in 1972, identifies Anna as the daughter of Casimer Mucha and Maria Novak, born born in Minnesota lak, 18 Jan 1900, Baptized 4 march 1900 at Church St. John th Baptist, Minn Lake. by rev. JH Creswnski. Sponsored by Frank Stodewski and Agnes Trosha, Frank Stodewski is probably [[Frank Studolska (1850-1937), husband of Katherine Mucha (c1850-bef1900), sister of Lawrence Mucha.
The Mucha's emigrated to America during a period known as The Great Economic Emigration
|Ship Name:||Port of Departure:||Destination:||Port of Arrival:||Arrival Date:|
|California||Hamburg, Germany||New York||New York||3 May 1886|
|Name:||Estimated Birth Year:||Age:||Gender:||Place of Origin:||Line Number|
|Lorenz Mucha||abt 1850||36||Male||Galicia||11|
|Mariane Mucha||abt 1854||32||Female||Galicia||12|
|Peter Mucha||abt 1879||7||Male||Galicia||13|
|Catharina Mucha||abt 1883||3||Female||Galicia||14|
|Michael Mucha*||Nov 1885||7/12||Male||Galicia||479|
|Microfilm Serial:||Microfilm Roll:||List Number:||Line(s):|
|M237||494||479||11,12,13,14, 15, 479|
* Sophia's age in later census records, etc., is consistent with her being an infant on arrival. It is believed that Michael's age was mis-recorded. Family records give his DOB as 6 August 1880, indicating that he would have been 7 years of age on arrival, not 7 months. Michaels age has not been confirmed in census records; he was not found in the Lawrence Mucha household in the 1900 census, indicating he was old enough to have moved out. Also, Michaels entry in the ships record is at the very end of the passenger list, indicating that he had been separated from the family. This seems unlikely if he had truely been an infant.
Source: Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Micropublication T715. Rolls # 5592-6267. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
1900 Census RecordEdit
|State||Minnesota||Lauren and Mary have been married for 27 years, have had 14 children, 11 of whom survive. Neither can read or write, Lauren can speak English, Mary can not. They live on a farm, own their home with a mortgauge.|
|Name||Age||inferred YOB||Occupation||Immigration Year||POB||Fathers POB||Mothers POB|
|Lauren Mohan||51||Jul 1841||farmer||1887||Poland||
|Mary Mohan||47||Dec 1852||1887||Poland|
|Peter Mohan||18||May 1882||At School||1887||Poland||
|Susie Mohan||14||Dec 1885||At School||1887||Poland||
|Mary Mohan||12||Oct 1887||At School||MN||
|Rosa Mohan||9||May 1891||At School||MN||
|Agness Mohan||7||Feb 1893||At School||MN||
|Francis Mohan||5||Sep 1894||At School||MN||
|Albert Mohan||4||Dec 1895||MN||
|Elizabeth Mohan||2||Jul 98||MN||
|Annie Mohan||4/12||Jan 1900||MN|
===1905 Minnesota State Census
South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955
- Name: Laurence Mohow
- Death Day: 23
- Death Month: Nov
- Death Year: 1924
- County: Day
- Page Number: 651
There is another bearer of the family name Mucha, the famous /Alfons Maria Mucha.
We have not found a photograph of the California. However, the Aller arrived in New York in Novmber of the same year as James and Katherine arrived on the California. An illustration of the Aller, which should be roughly similar to the California, can be found at: The Aller