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Christina Felzman Brotz A 2010 Visit To Her Birth Place Frymburk in the Czech Republic. Frymburk The ancestral town of the Pernsteiners Where a Felzman married into their family.

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christina felzman brotz a 2010 visit to her birth place frymburk in the czech republic

Christina Felzman BrotzA 2010 Visit To Her Birth PlaceFrymburk in the Czech Republic


The drive from Mostov, birth place of Casper Protz, the future husband of Christina, to Frymburk. The drive took over 4 hours.

Frymburk was first recorded in 1277. At first it belonged to the lord of Český Krumlov, from 1302 on it was property of the House of Rosenberg (the current coat of arms is derived from the Rosenberg arms). In 1379 Frymburk was awarded market rights by the Rosenbergs. Back then it was situated at a trade route from Austria to Bohemia and had now gained the right to charge a toll for the bridge across the river Vltava, which made Frymburk an economically important place in the region. From the 16th century on, Frymburk had its own brewery after Wilhelm von Rosenberg had granted brewery rights. In the late 16th century Frymburk had already 118 houses. In the mid-17th century during the 30 Years War the town was destroyed and burnt down by Swedish troops under Arvid Wittenberg. In 1676 Frymburk changed its lord once more and now belonged to the House of Buquoy. Another disaster occurred in 1856 when a fire destroyed the town square and 54 houses. Even in the late 19th century the town was still of import for the region, as could be seen by the installation of streets lights as early as 1881 and the introduction of a telegraph station in 1884.
  • The most significant change at Frymburk occurred in 1959 when the Lipno dam was built and the reservoir was flooded, which submerged several buildings. Today Frymburk is mainly a resort town that is visited by scores of tourists each year. Attractions include the Šumava National Park and the Lipno reservoir. Therefore many anglers, hikers and cyclistscan be found here, as well as numerous ski tourists during the winter season.

Interested in finding information about our family history in Frymburk I asked about the location of the cemetery and was told there is no cemetery in Frymburk. Stupidly, I did not think to look for or ask about the name Pernsteiner. I did ask about the name Felzman and was told this is not a common name there – which makes sense since Kilian Felzman came from Kernfalz, Austria (my internet searches have not found a town of this name).

When I took this photo of house # 95 I did not know that

Jordan Pernsteiner’s son, Anton, married Theresa Whiplinger and

her brother John lived at house #96 in Frymburk

(Pernsteiners in America, p. 22).

Anton was the brother of Marie Pernsteiner, mother of our Christina Felzman.

See power point presentation ‘Four Families, Felzman Pernsteiner Herrmann Protz’.


Since the 13th century the main square in Frymburk was on the merchant trail so it was a market square until the first world war. When Karel Sechter was the mayor in 1853 he arranged that the man-made stream which ran through the main square was paved with stone plates and it was bordered with chesnut alley on both sides. The legend says that this ditch (more then 2 km long) was diged up by convict to death and then he was set free for this praisworthy work. The stream which was used for rinsing linen on the main square and for feedeng the town fountain is from the end of 16th or from the begining of 17th century. This stream led water from the other stream today known as Podhorský straight into the towm and the market square. This Podhorský stream floats from extincted settlement Podhoří around Svatonina Lhota to todays Frymburk\'s bay. During the construction of houses on the main square around 1950 the man-made stream was discontinued and todays running water come through polyethylen pipes from spring at the tow called "pod Martou".


The Parish Church of St. Bartholomew in Frymburk

The church was built before the year 1270. Vítek of Krumlov presented the church to the Benedict provostship of Zátoň located near a town of Český Krumlov in 1270. In 1277 Prebiziaus, the first priest of Frymburk, is mentioned in writing. Then Ulrich Wosner was a parish priest from 1301, and on 29 May 1309 the parish was passed to the Premonstratensian Monastery of Schlägl in Austria. They managed it until 1946.

There were altogether 117 houses and 952 Catholics in the township of Frymburk. There were other 232 houses and 1,797 Catholics in sixteen districts and settlements owned by the parish of Frymburk. So there were altogether 350 houses and 2,749 Catholics in the parish of Frymburk in 1870.

The first principal church\'s reconstruction was late-Gothic rebuilding in ca 1530. Further changes in the architectural face of the Church, Baroque in that case, were done after devastating raids of Swedish army (1648) during years 1649-1652. The last important reconstruction, after another town\'s fire in 1866, was finished in 1870 by an elevation of the magnificent neo-Gothic slender bell tower.

(Christina Felzman was born in 1875. Her family immigrated in 1883).


Ten Years After Coming to Sheboygan

Christina Felzman Married Caspar Brotz

See power point presentation ‘Four Families, Felzman Pernsteiner Herrmann Protz’.