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Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 5:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 May 2014 12:09AM GMT
Surnames: Prause
I want to learn about the fate of Anton Prause, who was my great-grandmother's brother. My primary goal is to learn the place, date and manner of his death. I also want to know what became of his son Anton Eduard Prause.

Anton Prause and my ancestors lived in Mitteldorf, a village just north of the town of Rokinitz in the Eagle Mountains of Bohemia. This is present-day Prostredni Rokytnice, just north of Rokytnice v Orlických horách in the Czech Republic. The Prause family were ethnic Germans and had a grain mill there called the lochmuhle.

Anton was born on 25 January 1874 to Catholic master-miller Franz Prause and Theresia Rücker. Anton had three sisters. Two sisters went to the United States (including my great-grandmother) and the other sister ended up in Salzburg, Austria.

Anton became a master-miller like his father. He married Anna Diwischek on 8 Oct 1901. Together Anton & Anna had two children: Anton Eduard Prause (b. 9 March 1904) and Anna Elisabeth Prause (b. 17 November 1905). Anton's wife Anna died on 31 March 1906, only 23 years old, from tuberculosis. Both wife and daughter Anna are buried in nearby Himmlisch Ribnei / Rybnai / Riebnai (now called Rybná Nebeská). I do not know when the daughter died or how.

In October 1909, Anton came to the United States and went to live with his sister Anna (Prause) Christen and her husband Rudolf at their farm in Nebraska. Anton's children did not come with, as far as I can tell. After a few years at his sister's farm on the Great Plains he returned to Europe, presumably to Mitteldorf. I think he returned before World War I.

I don't know what happened to him since his return to Europe, other than that he might have been alive after World War II. Family lore is that my great-grandmother Elisabeth (his sister) sent care packages to him following the war. A cousin's uncertain recollection was that Anton was in a concentration camp of some sort. We're not sure exactly why, and I wonder if this refers to something that happened with the German expulsion from Czechoslovakia after the war. I have found two instances of the name "Anton Prause" on a monument remembering those who suffered in the World Wars next to the church in Rokytnice.

Any information or ideas where to look for the fate of Anton Prause and his son would be most appreciated. I've attached a photo of Anton Prause (the tall man on the right) with his brother-in-law Franz Viertbauer near Salzburg, Austria.

Re: Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 10:20PM GMT
Classification: Query

Anton Prause from Mittledorf is listed among victims of WWI and WWII. Maybe he´s the one you´re looking for?

Re: Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 10:51PM GMT
Classification: Query

Re: Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 19 May 2014 12:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi aksamitnik01, thank you for those links. I think you're right that they may list my Anton Prause. It's another clue to the great puzzle of what happened to him.

Re: Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 9:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Prause Anton
Hello, i reat your Tread when i was looking for my Grand Grand Father Anton Prause.
The last known Adress was in Germany if he is the one you are looking for.I got the Adress but i dont post it in Public.He was married to Josefa Prause. They lived in Rockitnitz and had a little Company for Wooden Boxes. After they fled to Germany during WWII they come to Bad Neustadt/Bavaria (lower Franconia) in Germany. I can tell you more if this is matching your Criteria. Greetings from Germany

Re: Anton Prause of Mitteldorf (Rokytnice v Orlických horách)

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 1:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Andreas,

I'm very excited to hear from you. Your description of your great grandfather Anton makes me think this might be the same man as my great-great uncle Anton. Since my original query I have learned that my great-great uncle Anton was remarried to a woman named Anna Neffe on 7 February 1912 at the church at Großstiebnitz (I think think this is present-day Velká Zdobnice in the Czech Republic). This Anna was born on 26 July 1871 in Großstiebnitz, at house #173. She was the daughter of forest ranger Anton Neffe and his wife Mathilde Wenzel from Geiersgraben Nr. 10.

You mentioned your great grandfather Anton being married to Josefa -- could she have been his third wife, perhaps after the Anna I just mentioned?

I'd enjoy hearing from you and comparing information. You can email me directly at

Stephen Volkamer
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