Sunday, July 24, 2011

Heritage - The Stuff You are Made Of

My Great Grandparents
Aloisia Krecjeck and August Mičan
I grew up in Northeast Texas in the Piney woods.  I was one of those people that just wouldn't stay in the house.  I was like a caged animal inside.  I needed the freedom of romping around.  It is here where I developed my love for nature.  It just came naturally to me.  I felt at home when people were not so close.  I still do.  I like people close enough for emergencies but far enough for privacy.

I believe it is very important to know where you come from in order to know where you are going.  It has been through my experience that much is passed on genetically.  I feel my drive to be self sufficient and live off the land came from my earliest ancestors who came to the new world to build a better life than they left behind.

I am of German & Moravian Czech decent on my biological father's side.  I am a decedent of the Muzny family who was one of the original founding families of Dubina, Texas.  Dubina Texas Information

My German ancestory's migration to Texas was document in Monken / Fietsam Journey to Texas 1845 -- 1846.

My Aunt told me that the Czechs were the farmers and the Germans were the business men. So I guess I got my love for self sufficiency from my Moravian Czech ancestors.  March 2011, I visited Dubina, Texas for the second time.  My goal was to find the Mičan Homestead.

My Aunt had given me directions from what she could remember from her visits as a little girl.  With a prayers to my Granny Mičan Strathman and my Aunt Pat's directions I drove right to the place.  All the stories that my Aunt had shared with me of the old homestead came flooding back to me.  Where was the original placement of the house.  Can I find where the old root cellar was?  There is the old oak tree that my Aunts had told me they all played on as children as well as my Granny.  I wandered around and absorbed as much as I could.  This was my heritage.  I took lots of pictures for some had changed but most had stayed the same.  The house had been moved further on the hill to catch the breeze better for the house never had running water or electricity when my family owned the property.  My Granny had learned to cook koláč on a wood burning stove.  Simply amazing to me.

In the words of my Aunt Pat:
"My most wonderful food memory: when we visited the farm, my mother would fix the greatest breakfast for Len (my father) and me! She would cut thick slices of Grandmother's homemade bread, spread it with homemade molasses and toast the bottom on the wood stove. My own children have never had it so good! 

Original House with the two side and back additions

If this front porch could talk
So what did I find out about me through this journey in my ancestry.  I learned that I come from good hearty stock.  The kind that doesn't give up and thrives despite it all.  I feel more connected with my family than I ever have and I carry them with me now.  I am rich beyond measure for I have roots sowed deep in this Texas soil where my relatives laid the foundation for me to live today.  I may not live on the old homestead however for the past 2 1/2 years we have been building our own.  We are pretty proud of it too.

The 200 plus year old live oak. It is the oldest oak in the area.
Dubina is Czech for "Oak Grove".

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