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Fayette County, Texas Lines

I am searching for many different families in Fayette County, Texas [Note: primarily from the towns of Flatonia, Plum and Praha]:

Family Names: Fajkus(Faikus, Faykus), Korenek, Leskovjan, Matocha, Nykel(Nikel), Zbranek and many more.

Many of theses families are descendants of the following three men:

1. Peter Fajkus -- He was born in 1838, in Moravia, Czech Republic.  He died at his home in Fayette County, Texas in 1895.  He married Johanna Kocian, in the Czech Republic, abt 1870.  He came to the U.S. between 1875 and 1882.  I can not locate any immigration records, nor can I find this family on an 1880 census.  Peter and Johanna had 7 children.

2. Franz Nykel -- He was born in March of 1827, in Moravia, Czech Republic.  His wife's name was Johanna "Marie", and they, with their five sons, immigrated to the U.S. in 1860 on the S.S. Neptune.  He was instrumental in establishing a school system in Mulberry (now Praha), Texas.  He, along with several other men, is credited for making the first Czech-English school in Praha, Texas a reality.

3. Johann Matocha -- He was born abt 1833, in Hovezi, Moravia, Czech Republic.  He married Katerina Zbranek abt 1867 in Hovezi.  He and his wife, with at least three of their children, immigrated to the U.S. some time between 1878-1886.  I have not been able to find a census record for 1880 for them.  Johann died before 1900, in Plum, Texas.  They had at least 6 known children, probably more.

4. Paul John Zbranek -- He was born abt 1859, in Hovezi, Moravia, Czech Republic.  His name may have been John Paul Zbranek.  He married Maria Leskovjan abt 1880, in the Czech Republic.  He and his wife immigrated to the U.S. before 1883.  They had 10 children, many of whom still live near Plum, Texas.

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