Frances Havlena - Bohemia to North Dakota
I am researching my father’s maternal grandmother Frances Havlena, born in Bohemia, 1871.
She came to the Red River border between North Dakota and Minnesota I think prior to 1890, and married an immigrant from Rhineland Pfaz, Theodore Geister, about 1890.They had three daughters, Margaret Theresa, Anna Alvina, and Anna Frances Geister.
1. from family Bible:“Frances Havlena - b. 1871 -Bohemia"
2. from ND Naturalization Records:
application for US citizenship filed in Richland Co. 04 Nov 1884
“name: Havlena, Jan;origin: Austria”(wasn’t Bohemia part of Austrian Empire then?)
Note:Dennis, I assume your gr-gr-granduncle Jan Havlena (who fits age-wise for Father of my gr-grandmother Frances) never left town.Was everyone in that family pictured in the photo and listed by you in the tree? - I note a hiatus in births for that couple which leaves a gap for 1871.Or are there others known to you by name of Jan Havlena but not directly related to you, who may have brought a young “Frances” to America prior to 1884?What would be the Czech spelling of “Frances”?
3. ND-MN obits (indexed online but not transcribed):
Havlena, Raymond Theodore, d. (Long Beach, CA) 11 Mar 1966 (no birthdate)
obit in Breckenridge (MN) Valley Alert 31Mar66 -
Havlena, Leonard Laurence, d. (Riverside, CA) 25 Aug 1987 (b. 5 Apr 1916)
obit in Wahpeton (ND) Daily News 1987 - a son of one of Frances’ brothers (Ann’s cousin)?
Thank you for any help.