I is for Immigrant #AtoZChallenge


I is for immigrant.


Frank J. Blecha and Mary Wenzel Blecha, Most Recent Immigrant Ancestors

Our most recent immigrant ancestors were David’s 2nd great-grandparents, Franz “Frank” J. Blecha (1851-1945) and his wife Mary Wenzel Blecha (1854-1929).  They came to the United States from the area known as Bohemia, Austria.  I do not know their date of arrival in this country, but they were both here by 1873, as that is the year they were married in Seneca, Nemaha, Kansas.


Louisa Blecha Bushnell, 1st Generation American

Their fifth child, Louisa Blecha, was born in Oak Valley, Elk, Kansas, on 19 August 1879, making her a first generation American.  Grandma Louisa married Howard Aaron Bushnell on 23 December 1896 in Kansas. She is David’s great-grandmother through his mother’s mother Mary Bushnell Roberts.

Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor or first generation American (or whatever country your family is from)?



About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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7 Responses to I is for Immigrant #AtoZChallenge

  1. David E. McClendon Sr. says:

    Great post. I love you baby. Zing! Zing!

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  2. eschudel says:

    I believe it was my great-grandfather on my father’s father’s side. He came over from Switzerland as a boy in the late 1800s. I can’t remember off-hand where in Switzerland he was from, but my dad and my aunts know.

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