The Marsalek family arrived in Baltimore harbor aboard the steamship Slavonia on 28 April 1891 - James with his Czech name Vaclav, 18 years old, in the company of his older sister Maria, 20, his younger brother Jaroslav, 16, and their father Vaclav (Alois Vaclav) Marsalka. This is the only time I've ever seen their name spelled this way. All other instances use Marsalek (with or without the little v -hacek- over the s), or anglicized to Marshalek or Marshall. Also mispelled in Census records as Machallek (1920) and Marschlek (1910).
They came from Stribrne Hory, district Klatovy (I have left the accent marks off, but the first r in Stribrne has the hacek, the i and e in Stribrne have the accent mark), today called Nalzovske Hory (z has hacek, e has accent).Stribrne Hory means "Silver Mountain", in German "Silberberg", and that is what is listed on the passenger arrival list "Silberberg".
Stribrne Hory is also called Stribrne Hory (Nalzov) to differentiate it from another Stribrne Hory in district Havlickuv Brod. I visited Stribrne Hory (Nalzov) this past summer, and it is not a 'mountain' so much as a small hill. But it produced lots of silver over the centuries, a mountain of silver from underground, so 'mountain' it is.
Wenceslaus, which both James and his father used, is German for Vaclav. I don't know why, but Vaclav is translated into English as James.
In the passenger arrival record, Maria 20 is listed as the wife of Vaclav, 51. This is incorrect. The mother of the family, Anna Kvicala, came to Baltimore a year later, according to their responses in the 1910 Census.
Also missing from the passenger list is their sister Aloise. She came to Baltimore with her husband Jan Borovy in January or February of 1900 with their son James. The three of them are buried in the Bohemian National Cemetery on Horner's Lane in Armistead Gardens off Pulaski Highway east of Baltimore.
Maria Marsalek married Jan Vanko in May of 1892. They are buried in another lot in the same Bohemian National Cemetery.
Vaclav Marsalek (born 1840) also answered to Wenceslaus, but his birth record names him Alois Marsalek, as does his tombstone in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Moravia Ave. and Belair Rd., in Baltimore. Annie is buried there with him but is not recorded on the stone. I call him Alois Vaclav Marsalek.
Son James Marsalek is buried in another lot nearby. There is no indication of wife Agnes with him. He is buried with Frank and Mary Rose, and no one else evidently. There is a footstone that says Marsalek Family, however.
Alois and Anna's other son Jaroslav took the American name Harry John Marshall, and he and his wife Elizabeth are buried in yet another lot in Holy Redeemer with three of their children.
There is one more Marsalek, Frank Marsalek, from Stribrne Hory. He was born there in 1892, and died in Baltimore in 1962. He is related but I don't know how. I'm actively researching him now.
There is another Marsalek family in Holy Redeemer - Sylvester 1877-1971, wife Anna 1874-1954, and son Rudolph 1912-1920. They may very well be related, but I don't know how.
If you have any information about the Marshaleks of Baltimore you could share, please contact me by return e-mail or call. I'm in the Balto. area phone book.