That pretty much sums it up what I know about the Bartunek family. I heard plenty of tales about the Vodraska family, my other set of great-great grandparents on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. Not so much about the Bartunek family.
My great-great grandmother, Maria/Mary Rosenkrantz Bartunek, was said to have worked rolling cigars in a cigar factory in New York City before they came west to become farmers in Kansas. At least, that is one rumor I have heard.
A brother of Mary (Bartunek) Vodraska was said to have liked to drink and tended to get mean. So, my mom disliked him. Again, it is only a rumor.
Someone in the Bartunek family had triplets. I’m not sure which Bartunek family this is and I can’t find triplets on the census, but I am pretty sure that I have the right last name for these kiddos.
I remember talking with my grandmother, Mildred (Vodraska) Vopat, about the Vodraska family. Her father only had one living sister and her name was Rose. I either never had the conversation or my grandmother never mentioned the Bartunek side of her family.
So, I delved into the Bartunek family on Ancestry.com to find a bit more about them.
Turns out Mary Bartunek had several siblings. If I am correct, they were Anthony (Tony), Joseph, Frank and William. I found them on census records. First they lived in Clear Creek township. Then they relocated to Black Wolf. In Black Wolf, they appear to have lived a farm away from Mary and Joseph Vodraska. (Mary Bartunek and Joseph Vodraska married around 1893.)
This is a bit hard to follow, so you may have to read this paragraph twice. My great-aunt Rose Vodraska Vondra had a daughter Mary who married Mary Bartunek Vodraska’s younger brother Frank. So, I learned there is more than one connection to the Bartunek family, if I am reading my census records correctly. The Frank Bartunek family left Kansas and moved to North Dakota before 1920, so they are a bit less connected to Ellsworth County.
I’ve been told that the family lived for a long while in the states before coming to Kansas, so long that Mary was born in New York. However I located a ship manifest from The Main in August 1874 listing Josef, Maria, Maria and Anton Bartunek arriving in the U.S. I tend to think this is when they arrived, but that would mean that Mary was not a natural U.S. Citizen and neither was Anton.
All of these facts added together equals a bunch more research needed before I can talk much about the Bartunek family. I definitely need to find some living relatives that can and will share what they know with me!
Drop me a line if you have information that might be relevant to my Bartunek family!