My Paternal Grandfather – Charlie Frederick aka Karel Frydrych

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

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My paternal grandfather, born in Mala Lhota, Vsetin, 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). His name was also spelled Karel Fredrich, Charles Fredrick, and Karel Frydrych.

Emigrated: 1894 from Czechoslovakia, 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 Moravian’s hated the Germans, during those years. The Germans had invaded their country and many others trying to take conquer them.

FREDERICK, CHARLES, SERVED IN THE CZECHOSLOVAK LEGIONNAIRES ARMY, DURING WORLD WAR I, IN FRANCE FOR UNITED STATES AND “ALLIES”, IN 1914. CHARLIE RECEIVED HIS UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP IN 1918 FOR SERVICE IN THE ARMY. ARMISTICE DAY WAS ON THE 11 NOV. 1918, WHEN WORLD WAR I ENDED. AFTER FOUR SEEMINGLY ENDLESS YEARS OF TRENCH WARFARE AND ENORMOUS CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES, AN ARMISTICE WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE “ALLIES” AND “GERMANY”.

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 legion’s, 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

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Copy of Charles Frederick’s military records from Moravia, courtesy of email from Antonin “Tony” MAZAC, 17 March 2017

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. Charlie and Juanita Christ gave them the house near their beer joint on Old Hwy. 90-A  in Houston, Harris, Texas.

Name: Charlie Frederick
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse’s Name: Annie B. Mazac
Spouse’s Birth Date:
Spouse’s Birthplace:
Spouse’s Age:
Event Date: 12 Oct 1914
Event Place: , Williamson, Texas
Father’s Name:
Mother’s Name:
Spouse’s Father’s Name:
Spouse’s Mother’s Name:
Race:
Marital Status:
Previous Wife’s Name:
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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 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.

FREDERICK, CHARLES, SERVED IN THE CZECHOSLOVAK LEGIONS ARMY, DURING WORLD WAR I, IN FRANCE FOR UNITED STATES AND “ALLIES”. CHARLIE RECEIVED HIS UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP IN 1918 FOR SERVICE IN THE ARMY. ARMISTICE DAY WAS ON THE 11 NOV. 1918, WHEN WORLD WAR I ENDED. AFTER FOUR SEEMINGLY ENDLESS YEARS OF TRENCH WARFARE AND ENORMOUS CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES, AN ARMISTICE WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE “ALLIES” AND “GERMANY”.

name:Charlie Fredrick
residence: Taylor, Williamson, 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

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:Census
event date:1930
event place:Precinct 3, Houston, Harris, Texas
gender:Male
age:37
marital status:Married
race:White
birthplace:Czechoslovakia
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:  
Spouse:
Elizabeth Annie Mazac Frederick (1895 – 1977)

Children:
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)

Burial:
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Barrett
Harris County
Texas, USA 

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

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