I am thrilled to discover Podvolecky researchers - it is such a rare name. I am the great-great granddaughter of Frantiska (Francis) Podvolecky Kucera, born in 1850 in Raboune, Bohemia. In the late 1870s and early 1880s, in Jordan, Scott Co., Frantiska and her family were "next-door neighbors" to Jan (John) Podvolecky (b. 1830)and his family. I am certain that these people are closely related, I just don't know exactly how.
Frantiska and her husband, Jan Kucera, and their oldest son Joseph emigrated from Bohemia to Scott County, Minnesota in 1874. They were accompanied by a 16-year-old boy named John Podvolecky, who I believe was probably Frantiska's younger brother or cousin. The names of her parents are given on
her death certificate as Josef and Anna Podvolecky.
I'd like to think that Jan and Anna Podvolecky are Frantiska's parents, and that Joseph is perhaps John Joseph or Joseph John, but I think it's more likely that they are her aunt and uncle, as Jan and Anna had a daughter named Frances (who married Henry Goebel) who was 9 years younger than my ancestor Francis.
We have a vague family story - perhaps considerably altered by time - that Jan Kucera had a falling out with his wife Frantiska's brother (1st name unknown) over something to do with land, which was not resolved in Jan Kucera's favor. The Kuceras subsequently severed ties with the Podvolecky family and moved to South Dakota, eventually ending up in SW Washington state. We also have a photograph of the baptism of one of their younger children, Adolf, which has been cut in two - a woman (part of whose dress is showing on each side) has been scissored out! This seems to support the story of the family feud. I'm thinking the woman was probably Jan's wife, Anna Podvolecky, who was probably Frantiska's mother, aunt, or sister-in-law.
Does anyone know how these Podvoleckys are related? I've been trying to figure them out for years and am
up against a complete genealogical brick wall!