My father's family goes back to a father in Bohemia named George Seidenglanz married to Anna(?). I only know of four children: Joseph, Martin and two women whose names I do not know.
Joseph married Mary Jandak (from Pavlov) and Martin married a Czech woman named Antoinette. They both immigrated to the US from Czechoslovakia and lived in the New York, New Jersey area. I know that my great grandfather came to Manhattan at age 21, some time before 1905 and he died at age 45 of a heart attack.
My great grandparents, Joseph Seidenglanz and Mary Jandak had nine! children: Joseph, Edward, George, Frank, Charles, Rudolph, Lawrence, Anna and Agnes. His wife, Mary, as I said, came from Pavlov and her parents owned a sawmill and a flourmill.
Their son, Edward (Albert), was my grandfather b. 1892 and his son, Edward Joseph was my father. My grandfather's home was in Trenton, NJ where my great grandfather settled in 1905.
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It is interesting that the name is German or Austrian, not Czech. What is the origin of "the lustre or shine of silk" as a surname?
There seem to be several groups of Bohemian Czech families that came to the US. Is there one town where they predominated? Why did many of them leave at the turn of the century?
Were they all Catholics?
Did several families decide to emigrate together to the US and/or were there more siblings from George and Anna that I don't know about because they left Manhattan to live in other parts of the country and got left out of my family's historic memory?