Prediction From Fortuneteller Came True

A reading by a fortuneteller about a death in the family was accurate.

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Fortuneteller's Prediction Came True 

The first Jech (yeck) ancestor I am aware of is Vaclav (vahts-Iaff) Jech. He was born on January 21, 1832, in either Bohemia or Moravia, which was part of the Hapsburg Empire.

Although Emperor Joseph II abolished serfdom and proclaimed religious freedom in 1781, many of the reforms were ignored by local authorities. The people began a national revival demanding the use of the Czech, rather than German language, the removal of government control of the churches, and the ability to govern themselves. People who advocated change were hunted down mercilessly. The movement culminated in the revolt of 1848. The Hapsburgs were able to quell the rebellion, but not without granting many concessions, including the reduction of taxes, abolition of censorship and general political amnesty. The reforms were short lived, and the cycle of riot, reform and repression continued into the 20th century.

When Vaclav was a little boy, his father was outspoken against the Catholic Church's involvement in the Austrian government. His father was arrested for his activities and imprisoned for many years. Maybe because of this hardship, Vaclav never received any formal education. When he was released from prison, his father was in poor health; he died a short time later. The experience angered Vaclav to the point that he left the Catholic faith. When he had children, they were christened in the Lutheran church. Later, he also changed his name and that of his son, Vaclav, to Wesley.

Rosalie Vasa was born on November 20, 1844, and lived in Podebrady (puh-dye-brah-dee), a Bohemian village 30 miles east of Prague. The town lies on the river Labe (Elbe) and is noted for its spas, which are particularly effective in treating heart diseases. On the edge of town is a large castle, which was rebuilt during the 16th century Renaissance and again during the baroque period of the 18th century.

Rosalie lived in Podebrady with her parents and at least one sister, Mary. The family had a beautiful home. It was a two-story white stucco with a red tile roof. There were eight to 10 rooms in the house. Connected to one side of the house, also of stucco and tile, was a one-story structure for the livestock. The place was surrounded by a tall picket fence. Directly in front of the house was a carriage gate flanked by tall square stucco pillars. To the left was a small personnel gate. Two small windows on the second story overlooked the gates. Rosalie received a minimal education, attending school for two or three years.

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