Jurika and related families

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For years, we knew nothing other than that Horace S. Martin and his daughter Mary Augusta’s father-in-law, Jacob Smith, were friends. Research in Sonoma Co., CA, and on the web has gleaned more information.

Though this needs to be confirmed, it appears that I. Henry and Mary Sessions Martin, possibly of Woodstock, Windham Co., CT, were the parents of Horace.

II. Horace Sessions, b. 21 Jan. 1791, CT.151 One Horace J. Martin married, before 1821, Mary Augusta Bartine (b. Yonkers (Long Island), NY c. 1800; below).152 His adult baptism on 13 Aug 1820 in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Yonkers may have been a step toward his wedding.

Based on the birthplaces of their children, the couple stayed in New York for about 20 years, but had moved to Quincy, IL, by 1843, when daughter Mary Augusta married:153

  • Louisa Augusta, b.c. 1820

  • Mary Augusta, b. 1821 NY, m. 1843 (Adams Co., IL) Robert Elliott Smith

  • Horace Bartine, b.c. 1828 NY

m. Jul. 21, 1860, Sonoma Co., CA, Ellen Frankland Gird (b.c. 1838 NY), daughter of John and Laura Gird (see GIRD); no kids.

  • Richard Montgomery, b. 10 Feb 1839 NY; d. 23 Jun 1873, b. Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa.154

m. 29 Jul 1868 in Santa Rosa, Ophelia V. Ingram.

Had Arthur Albert

  • Sarah Elizabeth, m. Mr. Allen (Episcopalian clergyman), Rockford, IL. Had 3 sons, younger two were named “Allen” (1863).

  • Lucien Adolphus, b. 1843

m. 1) Oct. 8, 1867 Virginia H. Russell (Adams Co., IL). They had:

Russell R., b.c. 1868, CA; 1889-91 SF directory: 317 Scott, stock clerk

Horace H., b.c. 1870, CA

Lucien L., b.c. 1872, CA

m.2) Jennie R., b.c. 1849 IL155

Caught by California fever, son Horace went West and by December 1850 was prospecting in Mariposa Co., CA.156 Sister Mary’s husband Robert E. Smith and family followed him, as did brother Richard Martin in 1858. Father Horace’s letters to Mary lament the lack of word from his children.

Sometime after son Lucien’s birth in 1843, Mary Bartine Martin died. Our Horace married for the second time, 10 Jul 1853, Mrs. Thomasina Brown in Quincy, IL. In response to daughter Mary’s urging that he come West, he writes that his wife would have to persuade her two sons (by her first marriage) to come as well, and that the trip is not inexpensive.157

Horace was a public school teacher; the Quincy, IL, city directory of 1859 lists him as principal of the boys’ department of Webster School (one of three schools operating then). In 1861, he was running a “select” (private) school; in 1862 he lived at 28 Seventh Street. And in 1866 he is listed in the city directory as a teacher.

Horace finally went to California, perhaps with son Lucien, around 1867. In 1870, Horace was living with son Horace B. [sic: Thomas B.] in San Francisco, and son Lucien’s family was nearby. Horace’s gravestone, “erected to the memory of my beloved father-in-law” and initialed O.V.M. [his daughter-in-law, Ophelia], is in the Rural Cemetery in Santa Rosa, next to that of his son, Richard. Horace died 28 Jul 1872.


A web search turned up what seems to be Mary B. Martin’s family, linkable by the unusual name combinations (Horace Bartine, Mary Augusta) that persist through the generations.

I. Stephen Bartine, b. Aug. 13, 1743 in New Rochelle, NY, is the first ancestor listed. He married Mary Oakley in Jan. 1768; her family was from Yonkers, NY, where she was born Aug. 15, 1748 and died.158 They had nine children – Ann, David, James Rich, John, Peter, Sarah, Stephen, Susan, and Mary.

II. John Bartine was born in Yonkers, Westchester Co., NY around 1770 (?) and had 11 children by a wife whose name is unknown.159 The children were: Armanda, Cornelius, David, Elizabeth (b.c.1813), Emeline, Governeour, Harriet Augusta, Horace, James, Mary A. (b.c. 1790-1800; m. Horace S. Martin), and Thomas.

1 Malatina appears in records as early as 1358.

2 Records from the Catholic church of St. Anne (1775-1799) include the names Juricka and Kudzbel, but no details have been found on the web.

3 24 Jan 1924: Steve Jurika gives ages of his parents at death. Marriage record in Manila of Stefan and Blanche has Stefan’s parents listed as “John and Susy Jurika, Austria, Europe.”

4 24 Jan 1924: Steve Jurichka states in his pension application that two sisters and one brother are alive and well; a brother has died at age 74; 1 sister has died of old age.

5 These were the known families that Stefan’s sisters and brothers married.

6 Death certificate.

7 In January 1916 and March 1920, Stefan applied for passports at the US Embassy in Tokyo – and swore he had sailed from Amsterdam on 6 Feb 1896 and had resided in the PI since 1899, being a merchant in Zamboanga. Blanche attested in 1916 that he had come from Rotterdam to the US in Jan 1894; her passport application of 1936 says he arrived in the US around Feb. 18, 1896, which sounds right (and lived in LA from 1896-1908 – which we know is not the case).


8 Peter V. Rovnianek founded the National Slovak Society in Pittsburgh in 1890 and published the first Slovakian newspaper in the US during that decade. Affadavit in Nov 1929 in support of Blanche’s effort to secure a pension. One S.G. Rovnianek was Stephen’s “guardian” when he enlisted in 1898.

9 His youngest son, Tom, said that Steve reached Manila on 13 Aug. 1899, after a three-month journey via Cape Horn on the New Orleans, and went ashore at Fort San Antonio de Abad. If he sailed on this vessel, he reached Manila (Dec. 21, 1899) after the war was officially over – and does not match Army records above.

10 Tom also related that his father was wounded four times, but no evidence of that. See The Swish of the Kris and other websites.

11 In the 5 Jul 1900 census, Stephen Jurichka is listed as a private at Camp Bautista (possibly on Misamis Occidental, north of Zamboanga). He reported that he had emigrated to the US in 1893 and lived there 7 years.

12 Mora E. Smith’s military file shows he enlisted in the 2nd US Cavalry at Salmon City, Idaho, on 1 May 1898 and was discharged 14 Oct 1898 at Jacksonville, FL (Camp Cuba Libre). He did serve as a Quartermaster Sergeant for a short period, but was returned to the ranks as a private at his own request during his five-month military service. In June 1900, Mora Smith appears in the census at Camp Mackenzie Road in Cuba as “packmaster.” There may be records missing, for Blanche noted on a photo that Mora helped get the “big gun” up Mt. Daho on Jolo, which presumably would have been during the battle there in March 1906.

13 Built in 1893 as the Calawaii, this vessel was bought by the US Government in 1898 and renamed the USAT Sherman, converted for use in the Spanish-American War and then as a troop transport ship for the Philippines until 1922.

14 Perhaps “old Captain Tiana” of Jolo; MS, 1975, p. 102.

15 MS, 1975, p. 82

16 Florence Smith Walker’s sister. Stefan inscribed a photograph of himself to her.

17 One version of the story says she had a very bad cold, which the family thought might be tuberculosis. Another related that she had TB, and said she would go to Arizona for 4-5 months; if she got well, she’d come to Manila and marry him. Blanche wrote that she just day-dreamed until Stephen wrote that he was in the hospital in Manila for surgery – and she determined to go and nurse him.

18 In Blanche’s account of her life (MS 1975, p. 93), the chaperones were Lottie Findley and her married sister, Mrs. Pritchett; MS, 1975, p. 93. A publication from Cornell says that Edna Mertz, a fellow Kappa Alpha Theta from Cornell, also was a companion, headed to marry Phil Carman in the Philippines The Mongolia, and her sister ship the Manchuria, were built in 1904 for the Pacific Mail’s San Francisco-Hong Kong service…until 1918.

19 The Oxnard Courier carried a small, front-page notice, on 21 Aug 1908 about the marriage.

20 Bishop Brent was Episcopalian; the cathedral was Catholic – so some confusion here. Uncle Tom said, Toots had two "13s" in her life--she was born July 13 and married August 13 (1908), which was also "Occupation Day" (when Dewey landed, 1898). Per Blanche, she married Aug 17.

21 Oxnard Courier, 21 Aug 1908.

22 The Oxnard Courier carried a note on 1 Oct 1909 that Flo and Alleene had returned to Oxnard, so their trip was about 5-6 months.

23 Janet Rodney, a friend of Patrick Parsons and whom I (Diana) have met in Santa Fe, was the grand-daughter of the military officer killed by that juramentado. ADD NOTE August 2012.

24 MS, 1975, 112.

25 Zamboanga Hermosa: Memories of the Old Town. Antonio E. Orendain II, 1984 (Filipinas Foundation, Inc.: Makati Stock Exchange Building, Ayala Avenue, Makati, PI). Pp. 100, 140, 148.

26 Aunty Tom said: “Steve and Toots always remarked on and were overjoyed at Sue's beauty, perhaps exacerbating later competition between Sue ("the beautiful swan") and Katsy ("the ugly duckling") – yet both were so beautiful!

27 In 1966, some Jurikas still in Slovakia remembered meeting him in Malatina at this time. In Malatina in 1911, Steve signed his share of the family home to his brother Jan’s widow, Maria Spizak. Steve also wanted to bring his nephew, Joseph (Jan and Maria’s son), to the Philippines, but the boy’s mother wouldn’t let him go.

28 754 College Street, home of Lucia and William Sheldon from before 1890 until her death sometime after 1920.

29 Family members speculate that it was this pettiness that may have led to a Zamboanga rumor that Blanche’s daughter, Sue, had an affair with a houseboy around 1923 (Sue would have been 14) – and that because of this, Sue and Steve were enrolled at the Canadian School in Kobe, Japan, while Blanche and the rest of the family went to the United States for her cancer treatment. Stefan’s letters to Sue a few years later, when she was at Mills College (1926-27), mention the near scandal while she was at Silliman [School], caution her about kissing any boy that comes along, and avoiding “further incidents.”

30 MS, 1975, 217.

31 “Toto” is a nickname that was reportedly given to Steve by son-in-law Chick Parsons, who coined this – and “Toots” for Blanche, rather than Dona Blanche, after Steve died.

32 The barracks were originally Spanish, improved by the Americans. In 1980, they were decrepit.

33 Lou Jurika writes that his father, Tom, once asked his mother, Blanche, about the infant’s burial place: Steve had evidently paid to construct a tomb, and to endow it, in the Roman Catholic cemetery in Zamboanga. Tom went to look for it – only to find the tomb had someone else’s name on it and that little Jimmy’s bones had been “tossed into the communal paupers’ grave.” Blanche was very distraught; Tom said this incident nearly caused a divorce and led to Blanche’s having nothing further to do with the Catholic church.

34 MS, 1975, 167.

35 Ginny recalls the “Jurika house” being at the end of Bailen Street. The plot was about 3 acres that abutted the Cooleys' 1.5 acres, and about three blocks from the Cooley shop. This house is still standing, although there are no prominent landmarks nearby (2003).

36 I don't know where she had cancer at that time. Shortly after this, she had tumors cut out of both arms; they were deep-seated and left large scars.

37 MS, 1975, 144. This may have been Aunt Nellie Gird (?), as none of the Walkers were in a position to leave this legacy.

38 Notes of Suzita Myers, from talking with Annie Lee Cooley (undated). Mrs. Marion Crump, lived 319 N. Maple St., Harrison, Arkansas.

39 The pension files conclude with a statement that “{the soldier] established saloons everywhere he could find a place to set one down, and the natives were delighted to assist him in filling his own pockets, and debauching themselves. It also seems that the soldier himself took to the rum habit, and this no doubt contributed to his sickness and death.”

40 At this time, Pat learned that her father had in fact never gone to a funeral – for there wasn’t one.

41 A nickname for Blanche used after she was widowed in 1929.

42 Samboyd ltr, Sarasota
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