Thanks for your informative post about Bohemia/Czech Republic immigrants. I am looking for information about a John Thomas family who settled in Ridgeville Township, from Bohemia.
I realize Ridgeville Township is not in your area of focus, but I am hoping to learn something about this family.
John, 56 & his wife, Celia, 58, lived in Ridgeville Township in 1870, where they farmed. They had son, John (Jr.) age 24 & Annah, age 16.
About 1874 John Jr. married Mary Domagala, my paternal great aunt. They had a daughter Rosa Thomas, baptized (Catholic) early in 1875 or late in 1874. John Jr. died of pneumonia when Rosa was 9 months old.
Could you tell me anything about what the "Thomas" name might be -- would it be "Thomas" or might it be "Tuma" as mentioned in your list of surnames?
John Jr's wife Mary has a maternal aunt & youngest sister named "Nepomucena" at baptism -- after St. John of Nepomuk (or Nepomucene).
So it seems the Poles are not the only ones to hold St. John of Nepomuk in high esteem (re: Johann Nepom Jirschle/Eirschle).
I have family in Tomah area. Recognize the name "Honl" (or Honel) from family conversations of old.
Any insights or help you can offer is appreciated. Thank you for your time.