Searching for ancestors of my great grandfather, Frank Michael Benes, b: March 7, 1851, in Prague, d: July 8, 1914, in Oklahoma City, OK. He came to the USA when he was 14 (1865) with a sister (name unknown) and a brother, James (who lived in Tindall, SD in the 1940's). Before moving to Oklahoma, Frank lived in South Dakota and, I believe, also in Nebraska (some relatives settling in Table Rock, Nebraska).
According to information from a newspaper article quoting Frank's brother James, James' and Frank's first cousin was Mahej Benes, father of Edouard Benes, former president of Czechoslovakia. In fact, Frank and Mahej were "double first cousins." Frank's father was the brother of Mahej's father and Frank's mother was the sister of Mahej's mother. Other than the newspaper article, I have no verification of this.
Frank Michael Benes was married to Mary Zelenka, b: Nov. 17, 1856, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, d: July 28, 1942, in Oklahoma City, OK. Mary's father was Joseph Zelenka, b: 1811, d: 1894, and her mother was Catherine Anne Houska, b: 1818, d: 1891.
I would welcome a reply with any information at all.