Pvt. Charles “Charlie” F. Frederick, My Paternal Grandfather

Birth: Apr. 20, 1892, Mala Lhota, Vsetina, Moravia
Death: Mar. 9, 1947, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA

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My paternal grandfather, born in Mala Lhota, Vsetina, Moravia on April 20, 1892. No middle name, when he joined the service he used F. for his middle name, because they told him that he had to have one. He earned his United States citizenship by serving in the Czech-Slovak Legionnaire Army and fought in France during World War I.

(His headstone birth date is not accurate-he was born in 1892 according to his citizenship papers and my Aunt, his daughter). He was also known as Karel Fredrich and Charles Fredrick.

Emigrated: 1894 from Czechoslavakia, according to the 1930 U.S. Census for Harris County, Texas. Last known residence was Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia.

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His daughter, Agnes Rainie (Frederick) Christ, told me that he emigrated to reside with his Uncle Joe Frederick, of Austin, Travis County, Texas. Uncle Joe had to sponsor him in order for him to come to the United States. When he sponsored him, that meant that he would promise to support him until he found work, and help him find work.

Then, in later years she revealed to me that Joe Frederick might not have been his uncle. I still believe that he was born out of wedlock. We will never know for sure, because anyone who knew the truth would never tell, and they are all deceased now. The Moravians hated the Germans, during those years. I also speculate that his mother may have been German. The Germans had invaded their country and many others trying to take control of them.


The Czechoslovak Legions (Československé legie in Czech, Československé légie in Slovak, traditionally called Czech Legion in English) were volunteer armed forces composed predominantly of Czechs and Slovaks fighting together with the Entente powers during World War I. Their goal was to win the Allies’ support for the independence of Bohemia and Moravia from the Austrian Empire and of Slovak territories of the Kingdom of Hungary (the new country was later named Czechoslovakia), which were then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The Legions originated with small armed units organized from 1914 onwards by volunteer Czechs and Slovaks. Later, many Czechs and Slovaks captured during the war joined these units; with help of émigré intellectuals and politicians (Tomáš Masaryk, Milan Rastislav Štefánik and others) the Legions grew into a force of tens of thousands. The independence of Czechoslovakia was finally obtained in 1918.
After three years of existence as a small brigade in the Imperial Russian Army, the Legion in Russia were created in 1917. Other units had been fighting in France since the war’s beginning (including volunteers from the US), and later in Italy and Serbia.
Their membership consisted of Czech and Slovak prisoners of war in Russia, Serbia and Italy, and Czech and Slovak emigrants in France and Russia who had already created the “Czech company” in Russia and a unit named “Nazdar” in France in 1914.
The Legions were actively involved in many battles of World War I, including Zborov or Bakhmach. They were also heavily involved in the Russian Civil War fighting Bolsheviks, at times controlling much of the Trans-Siberian railway and being indirectly involved in the execution of the Tsar and his family.

The vast majority (around 90%) of the legionaries were Czechs. Slovaks made up 7.4% in the Russian legions, 3% in the Italian and 16% in the French.

The term “Legions” was not widely used during the war but was adopted shortly afterward. It is primarily based on their French connection – they reported to France and were, in a general way, thought of as related to the French Foreign Legion.~~source: Wikipedia, 2013

Charlie and Bessie Frederick on their wedding day, 12 October 1914, Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas.

Married Elizabeth Annie “Bessie” Mazac on October 12, 1914  in Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas. My aunt was born on the same day. I questioned her and I wondered if maybe the dates were wrong, but she assured me that “she was born on 12 October 1914”, so my grandmother was pregnant when she got married. It was a deep dark, secret for years. In those days, it was a mortal sin and my grandmother was Catholic. The only people that know the “whole story” or the “real story” have all passed away, so we will never know for sure.

They were farmers and moved from farm to farm to work other people’s farms and make enough to feed their families, and they hoped to save enough to one day own their own place.  Charlie and Bessie resided 210 Davis Street, in Taylor, Texas in 1920, and in Houston, Texas in 1930. They moved to Houston, Texas to be near his daughters, Juanita Elizabeth Frederick Christ, and Agnes Rainie Frederick Christ, they had married brothers, Charlie and Edward Christ, and they resided in Sheldon, Texas. Juanita and Charlie owned property on Hwy. 90-A at 17914 Old Beaumont Hwy, near their beer joint. They gave the house there to Charlie and Bessie to live in, and he managed  their beer joint. They loved to drink and dance together. They never were able to buy their own land.

Name: Charlie Frederick
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Spouse’s Name: Annie B. Mazac
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Event Date: 12 Oct 1914
Event Place: , Williamson, Texas
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59402-1
System Origin: Texas-VR
GS Film number: 1007899
Reference ID: 2:1FZK0L0

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Charles & Bessie were Catholic, and attended the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic church in Granger, Williamson, Texas and the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Crosby, Harris, Texas.

Father of Agnes “Rainie” Frederick (Christ), Leroy Eugene “Lee” Frederick, Juanita Elizabeth “Punkin” Frederick (Christ), Woodrow “Woody”, and Charles “Charlie” Frederick Jr.
My mother told me that he was a Farmer, Cobbler, and Teacher. She told me that he used to help the other Moravians to learn English.

Grandpa Charlie or “Charles” Frederick or “Karel” Fredrich was a lifelong member of the S.P.J.S.T.

Served in the Czech-Slovak Army for the United States in World War I, in France. Charlie earned his U.S. Citizenship serving in the war.


name:Charlie Fredrick
residence: Taylor, Williamson, Texas
estimated birth year:1892
relationship to head of household:Self
marital status:Married
father’s birthplace:Russia/Poland
mother’s birthplace:Texas
film number:1821857
digital folder number:4390329
image number:00875
sheet number:2
selfCharlie FredrickM28yEurope
wifeBessie FredrickF24yTexas
sonBarnie FredrickM4yTexas
dauAneta FredrickF3yTexas

name: Charlie Fredrick
residence: 210 DAVIS STREET, Taylor, Williamson County, Texas
estimated birth year: 1892
age: 28
birthplace: Europe
relationship to head of household: Self
gender: Male
race: W
marital status: Married
father’s birthplace: Russia Poland
mother’s birthplace: Texas
film number: 1821857
digital folder number: 4390329
image number: 00875
sheet number: 2
Household Gender Age Birthplace
self Charlie Fredrick M 28y Europe
wife Bessie Fredrick F 24y Texas
son Barnie Fredrick M 4y Texas
dau Aneta Fredrick F 3y Texas
Citing this Record:
“United States Census, 6 January 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHTG-N2D : accessed 29 Jan 2013), Charlie Fredrick, , Williamson, Texas; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 2A, family 29, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821857.

name:Charles Fredrick
event date:1930
event place:Precinct 3, Houston, Harris, Texas
marital status:Married
estimated birth year:1893
immigration year:1894
relationship to head of household:Head
father’s birthplace:Czechoslovakia
mother’s birthplace:Czechoslovakia
enumeration district number:0188
family number:158
sheet number and letter:8B
line number:96
nara publication:T626, roll 2352
film number:2342086
digital folder number:4547975
image number:01099
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Charles Fredrick M 37 Czechoslovakia
wife Bissie Fredrick F33 Texas
daughter Rainnie Fredrick F 14 Texas
daughter Juanita Fredrick F 12 Texas
son Woodroe Fredrick M 8 Texas
son Leroy Fredrick M 4 Texas
sonCharlie Fredrick M 1 Texas
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/H1JJ-VN2 : accessed 09 Sep 2012), Charles Fredrick, Precinct 3, Harris, Texas; citing enumeration district (ED) 0188, sheet 8B, family 158, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2352

Name: Charles Frederick
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 09 Mar 1947
Event Place: Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 20 Apr 1892
Birthplace: , Europe
Father’s Name: Joe Frederick
Mother’s Name:
Certificate Number: 12121
GS Film number: 2218567
Digital Folder Number: 005145064
Image Number: 01992
Citing this Record
“Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K3SS-NZY : accessed 02 Apr 2014), Charles Frederick, 09 Mar 1947; citing certificate number 12121, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2218567.

Died on 9 March 1947 of Stomach Cancer in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Family links:  
Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)

Agnes Rainie Frederick Christ (1914 – 2009)
Juanita Elizabeth Frederick Christ (1915 – 2011)
Jerome Frederick (1919 – 1919)
Woodrow Frederick (1921 – 1991)
Leroy Eugene Frederick (1926 – 2006)
Charles Frederick (1928 – 1993)
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA 

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21069788

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Leroy Eugene and Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Children

Frederick children, 1971, Houston, TX

Children of LeRoy Eugene Frederick and Jean Marie Linderman Frederick: Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean, Sally Ann, Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie, and Sarah Kay Frederick, 1970, at home of Jean & second husband, Louis Clifford Mancill, at 11039 Lafferty Oaks Street, Houston, Texas 77013-5519.

Leroy Eugene Frederick and Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick bought a new home at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, TX in 1948. They had six children together, Joseph, Phyllis, Sally, Karl, Patricia, and Sarah Frederick. They resided there from 1948 to 1968.

4b8b3-scannedimage-2LeRoy & Jean Frederick, 15 November 1947


Jacinto City’s history dates back to Nov. 1, 1841, when the State of Texas issued a land grant to James Wyatt Oates. In 1866, his grandson, Charles Oates, built the first home in what is now Jacinto City. Whittier Elementary School currently sits on that site. At that time, ranching and logging were the predominant industries in the area. Once the Houston Ship Channel was developed and oil refining took root in the area, things started to grow rapidly. In 1917 a little dirt road called Market Street was covered with shell. In the 1920’s Holland Avenue was extended to go from Clinton Drive to Market Street.

Our status as a rural community changed around 1942 when Frank Sharp began to develop the first subdivision then known as Industrial Acres. Soon after, a commercial hub appeared which included a theater, grocery store and later a post office. In 1946 a group of citizens banded together to form a General Law City which was incorporated in May of 1946.

My Paternal Aunt, Agnes Rainie “Renie” (Frederick) Christ

Juanita Christ, LeRoy Frederick, Agnes Christ,

Agnes Rainie “Renie” Frederick Christ on the right of my daddy, Leroy Eugene Frederick (in the middle), and Juanita Elizabeth “Punkin” Frederick Christ on the left, 1998, Romayor, Texas.

Oct. 12, 1914

Rockdale (Milam County)
Milam County
Texas, USA

Oct. 15, 2009

Harris County
Texas, USA 
Resided in Rehabilitation Center, Wallisville Road, Houston, Texas, up until her death from Cancer after about five years.

Daughter of Bessie (Mazac) Frederick & Charlie F. Frederick (Karel Fredrich) of Bartlett, Taylor, Granger, and Crosby, Texas.

Her Father called her Renie.

Married to Eddie “Ed” John Christ. Divorced.

Ed?, Agnes, LeRoy Frederick, Charlie, Juanita Christ, c. 1945, Houston, TX

Ed Christ, Rainie Christ, Leroy Frederick, Charlie, and Punkin Christ partying together, maybe at Charlie and Punkin Christ’s bar, about 1930’s.

Mother of one daughter, Peggy Gene Christ, who died in infancy; and one son, Raymond Joseph Christ, who survived her.

Agnes Christ, Christmas, Dec. 1940’s, Houston, Harris, Texas.

Agnes Rainie Frederick Christ was my father, LeRoy Eugene “Lee” Frederick’s oldest sister. Aunt Agnes Rainie (Frederick) Christ passed away after midnight on Thursday, October 15, 2009, in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Agnes Rainie Frederick Christ, Labor Day weekend, 1944, Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was a proud Moravian descendant. Thank God, she is finally getting her wish to go home to be with Jesus and her family and friends. Rainie was a lifetime Catholic.

Ed Christ, Agnes Rainie (Frederick)Christ, Labor Day weekend, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1944

Born October 12, 1914 in Rockdale, Texas at home, natural childbirth, to Charlie and Bessie Frederick, passed from her earthly life on October 15, 2009 in Houston, Texas.

Agnes, Charles, Woodrow, LeRoy, Bessie, & Juanita

Agnes has been a resident of the Houston area for the past seventy-five years; Agnes loved fishing and gardening, but she truly loved to dance polka, at Bill Mraz where many Saturday nights were spent dancing with her good friend, Timothy “Timmy” O’Donohue.

Agnes Rainie (Frederick) Christ, Sept. 1956, Houston, Harris, Texas.

Aunt Rainie worked at Henke & Pillot (now known as Kroger) for years. Aunt Rainie is responsible for most of the old photos of the family. She kept good records.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Bessie Frederick; brothers, Leroy Eugene Frederick, Woodrow Frederick, and Charles Frederick; special friend, Tim O’Donohoe; daughter, Peggy Gene Christ. There is no headstone for Peggy Gene.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Joseph Christ and wife Barbara; granddaughters, Teri Nelson, Brenda Sternthal and husband Rich, and Renee Sanders and husband Gene; step grandsons, Robert Rowlett & Michael Rowlett and wife Becky; sister, Juanita “Punkin” Christ; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 5-8PM at Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, TX 77562.

Funeral Services are Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 10 AM at Sterling-White Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery on F.M. 1942, Barrett, Harris County, Texas.

AGNES RAINIE CHRIST,Born October 12, 1914 in Rockdale, Texas to Charles and Bessie Frederick, passed from her earthly life on October 15, 2009 in Houston. 

Family links:
  Charles F Frederick (1892 – 1947)
  Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)
  Edward John Christ (1909 – 1982)
  Raymond Joseph Christ (1934 – 2012)
  Peggy Gene Christ (1944 – 1945)


Sacred Heart Cemetery 
Harris County
Texas, USA

Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Mar 16, 2008 
Find A Grave Memorial# 25308532


My Paternal Grandfather, Karel Fredrich aka Charlie Fredrick aka Charles Frederick

Pvt Charles F “Charlie” Frederick
also known as Karel Fredrich and Charlie Fredrick
Birth: Apr. 20, 1892

Mala Lhota, Vsetine, Moravia

Death: Mar. 9, 1947

Harris County
Texas, USA

Born in Mala Lehota, Vsetina, Moravia on April 20, 1892. No middle name, when he joined the service he used F. for his middle name, because they told him that he had to have one.(His headstone birthdate is not accurate-he was born in 1892 according to his citizenship papers and my Aunt, his daughter).

He was also known as Karel Fredrich and Charlie Fredrick.Father: Joe Frederick (according to Census records)

Emigrated: 1894 from Czechoslavakia, according to the 1930 U.S. Census for Harris County, Texas.

Last known residence was Pusta Polom, Ostrava, Moravian-Silesia.

Charlie “Chas” F. Frederick (also known as Karel Fredrick) and Elizabeth “Bessie” Annie (Mazac) Frederick, of Granger, Taylor, Crosby, and Houston, Texas.

Married on 12 October 1914 in Granger, Williamson County, Texas.

Charles “Charlie” F. Frederick

b. 20 April 1892 in Mala Lehota, Vsetine, Moravia

Emigrated from Pusta Polom, Moravia to AustinTravis County, Texas in 1894 according to Texas records.

He came to reside with his Uncle Joe Frederick, who sponsored him in order for him to come to America. Uncle Joe had to promise to support him until he found work. Served as Private in the U.S. Army, Czech-Slovak Legionnaires during World War I in France. He earned his U.S. citizenship in 1918 for his service to our country.


This is my Daddy, Leroy Eugene Frederick, my brother,  Joseph, me, Sally, and sister, Phyllis Frederick, and Teri Christ, my cousin. We were standing in front of our home at 1709 Cheston Drive in Jacinto CityHarris County, Texas in 1957.

My father was Leroy Eugene Frederick.

Charlie & Bessie had five children together: Agnes Rainie (Christ), Juanita Elizabeth (Christ), Leroy Eugene, Woodrow, and Charles Frederick.  

Bessie & Charlie Frederick, Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Oct. 13, 2011

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