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Kuzel

Kathy Tucker (View posts)
Posted: 6 Feb 2006 3:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am one of 7 Kuzel children born in Minnisota. I was born in Bemidji, and my father's name was Lawrence Kuzel, born in Tabor, Minnesota. His mother's name was Annie and his father's name was Frank Kuzel.
I know that they were decendents of Kuzels in Bohemia.
I also remember hearing the name "Gust" while growing up.
I believe that most of my relatives were from the Grand Forks area.
I would be very interested in finding out more about the earlier Kuzels and who they were in Bohemia. I heard they had to flee, why, I don't know.

Re: Kuzel

Posted: 7 Dec 2006 3:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Kathy...I believe that your mothers maiden name would be Wiechowski (sp.)...if so we are related. I can't really add to much to what you know, but I can give a bit more information. I have yet to find someone who knows the town, or even the region of Bohemia that the Kuzel's came from. I'm not even 100% sure that the name was even "Kuzel" when they lived in Bohemia (the earliest census I've seen "1875" has the name Kuserkua or possibly Kuzelka...I can't really read it". Judging from the time period they immigrated here "Between 1863 and 1873" the most likely reason they had to "Flee" from Bohemia was the Austro-Prussian war. Less likely, but possible is that they had political reasons for emmigrating as many Bohemians did not agree with the policies of the Austrian Empire. When they did immigrate they were in Illinois for a time as Anne Kuzel was born there in 1873. We could have possibly found where they were from by her birth records, but Chicago and it's records went up in flames in the late 1800's. By 1875 they were in Montgomery, MN where a lake was named after them (Kuzel Lake which was later drained to make a road). I've actually visited the original farm down there and it's quite nice. The first Kuzel to come here was Josef Kuzel (who is buried in the old Tabor Catholic cemetary). He was born in 1815 and was the father to my great grandfather John J. Kuzel, Frank Kuzel, Anton Kuzel, Anne Kuzel (Holy), Anton Kuzel and a couple of other children who's names I can't recall at the moment. I contacted a couple of Czech Genealogist, but they cannot search for more information without knowing the region or town where the Kuzels came from. I'm confident that it's either South or Southwest Bohemia, but am not sure. Someday when I get the time and money I'll go to look in the archives over there....It's a beautiful country.
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