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Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Sharol Fletcher (View posts)
Posted: 8 Nov 2004 5:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kapaun, Wabra, Janisch, Springer
I am looking for information on the Kapaun, Wabra, Janisch, and Springer families from Michelsdorf, Bohemia.

Upon immigration to the US (1865 ) the Kapaun family lived in Marcellon, Wisconsin. In the early 1900's two brothers, Joseph and Julius moved to Fargo, North Dakota. This Kapaun famiy still lives in the North Dakota area.

It is unknown to us if other members of the Janisch, Springer, or Wabra families came to America.

These families were living in the Michelsdorf area until at least 1869. This is the date of the last immigration from Michelsdort to Wisconsin that we know of. It is believed that the Kapaun family moved to Michelsdorf from Alsace-Lorraine about the time of the French Revolution.

Known information from Michelsdorf records:

Birth record for Joseph Kapaun b. 27 May 1851 in Michelsdorf (Ostrov CZ) house # 175.

His father was also named Joseph Kapaun who was the son of Georg Kapaun of house #175 and Rosalia Wabra of house #152 in Michelsdorf.

His mother was Rosalia Springer who was the daughter of Joseph Springer of house # 272 and Elizabeth Janisch who was the daughter of Wenzl Janisch of house #259.

Any information on these families or the area of Michelsdorf would be appreciated.

Contact me at:

Re: Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Mary Kapaun (View posts)
Posted: 26 Jun 2006 4:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kapaun
I just found your message on the Ancestry message boards from 2004 so hope this will reach you. Josef b.1836 was my husband Harlan Kapaun's ggrandfather (his grandparents were Gustav b. 1874 and Marie Schmidt b.1884.) I would be very interested in sharing information with you - I have quite a bit on this family. My e-mail address is
Mary Kapaun

Re: Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Posted: 23 Oct 2008 8:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Zorn ,Springer, Gregor
I have a Vincent Springer in my family line that lived in Chicago and worked under Elliot Ness. He is related to the Zorns from Michelsdorf
My ggrand father lived with him when he came to America and he moved to North Dakota. His name was Leo Zorn

Re: Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Posted: 28 Sep 2009 12:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Springer; Broekman
I have just begun to explore my family history and was excited to find the name Springer in your posted message.
My gGrandfather was Franz Springer born 10/7/1856. According to records on the ship passenger list, he was from Michelsdorf (Bohmen). I am not sure if that is the German way of writing Bohemia. We understood that he was from Austria. It is said that Franz was a cavalry man and served in the war. It is believed that the family had an Inn. Franz left on a ship, the 'Papa' with wife Maria (nee Broekman)(born 17/9/1855) and child Paulina. They sailed from Hamburg Germany in 1878 to South Africa where they settled in the Eastern Cape.
Any information relating to this would be appreciated. Thanks Natalie

Re: Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kapaun, Kopaun, Kopaunin, Pfeifer, Springer, Janisch, Wabra, Vawra
New information from the Czech Republic records.

Please note the different spellings of surnames.

Joseph Kapaun - married to Barbara Pfeifer. The marriage was listed 1 February 1848 in Michelsdorf, Catholic Parish church. It was recorded in Michelsdorf, house No. 175. The groom was cottager (“Hausler”) of Michelsdorf, son of Georg Kapaun, retired cottager (Hauslausgedinger”) of Michelsdorf No. 175 and his wife Rosalia nee Wabra of Michelsdorf No. 152. He was a Catholic, aged 32 (he would be born around 1816), single. The bride was Catholic, aged 22 (she would be born around 1826), single. She was daughter of Anton Pfeifer, retired farmer (“Bauerausgedinger”) of Michelsdorf Nr. 224 and his wife Barbara nee Schmied of Michelsdorf No. 157.
Source: 1172, fol. 85 - image #01

Between 1848-1850 (secord marriage) no children were born to these parents. Barbara had not even an illegitimate child born from 1847. (It could be a reason for the marriage). Barbara had to die before July 1850 when Joseph remarried.

Joseph Kapaun married Rosalia Springer 30 July 1850 in the Michelsdorf Catholic parish church. The marriage was recorded in Michelsdorf, house No. 175. Joseph was soldier (“Gemainer”) of the 2nd Landwehr Batallion and cottager (Hausler”) in Michelsdorf No. 175, son of George Kapaun, retired cottager (Hauslausgedinger”) in Michelsdorf No. 175 and his wife Rosalia nee Wabra, daughter of a cottager (“Hausler”) of Michelsdorf No. 152. He was Catholic, aged 34 (he would be born around 1816), widower. Rosalia was daughter of Joseph Springer, cottager (“Hausler”0 in Michelsdorf No. 272 and his wife Elisabeth, daughter of Wenzl Janisch, retired farmer (“Bauerausgedinger”) of Michelsdorf No. 259. She was Catholic, aged 26 (she would be born around 1824, single.
Source: 1172, fol. 98 - image #02

Joseph and Rosalia had these children:

Joseph Kapaun, born 27 May 1851 in Michelsdorf No. 175. There was a note “Amerika” at the record. It means he emigrated.
Source: 1169, fol. 143 - image #03

Emilia Kapaun, born 6 July 1853 in Michelsdorf No. 175
Source: 1169, fol. 171 - image #04

Ottilie Kapaun, born 15 April 1856 in Michelsdorf No. 175
Source: 1169, fol. 200 - image #05

Julius Kapaun, born 2 December 1862 in Michelsdorf No. 175
Source: 1170, for. 47 - image #06

Till 1868 no more children were born to these parents. It is interesting that no child was born between 1856-1862. Ottilie died probably before the family ldft for the USA.

Later I looked for ancestor of Joseph Kapaun and Rosalia Springer.

Joseph Kapaun (spelled “Kopaun”) was born 24 July 1816 in Michelsdorf No. 186. His father was Georg “Kopaun”, cottager (“Häußler”) and his mother was Rosalia Wabra, daughter of Anton Wabra, cottager (“Haubler”) in Michelsdorf No. 152.
Note: He was last child of his parents. Between 1817-1825 any siblings of Joseph were not born. (Note: The names Kapaun/Kopaun would be Czech Kapoun originally, the name Wabra could be Czech Vávra originally.)
Source: 1167, fol. 185 and 1168 - image #07

Between 1808 (the marriage of parents) - 1816 these siblings were born:

Franz “Kopaun”, born 15 September 1810 in Michelsdorf No. 186
Source: 1167, fol. 158 - image #08

Theresia “Kopaunin”, born 21 September 1813 in Michelsdorf No. 186
Source: 1167, fol. 172 - image #09

The father Georg “Kopaun” married the mother Rosalia Wabra 15 November 1808 in Michelsdorf. The wedding was recorded in the house No. 186 in Michelsdorf where the groom was from. The groom was son of Anton “Kopaun”, cottager (Haubler”), he was Catholic, aged 26, single.
(Note: His birth record would be found around 1782 in the Dolni Cermna parish where Michelsdorf was included before 1785.) The bride was daughter of Anton Wabra, cottager (“haubler”) in Michelsdorf No. 152. She was Catholic, aged 24, single.
Source: 1171, fol. 33 - image #10

Rosalia Wabra (spelled “Vawra”), the wife of Georg was born 27 November 1758 in Ostrov No. 152 to Anton “Wawra”, cottager (“Haubler”) and Catharina, his wife.
Source: 1167, fo. 8 - image #11

Re: Kapaun - Michelsdorf, Bohemia

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 8:05AM GMT
Classification: Marriage
Edited: 16 Aug 2013 8:06AM GMT
Surnames: KAPAUN
A Rosalie Kapaun from Michelsdorf region married a Franz Woletz (Wohletz) from Michelsdorf.
Unfortunately I do not have any more information except that they had a son Franz who was born April 9 1838 in Michelsdorf 109.

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