Mihael Božič (July 26,1832 - July 1, 1887)
Neža Barbič (November 11, 1846 - Unknown)
Before his marriage, Mihael was a "Häusler" or "cottager" and he resided in house No.13 in Prušnja vas (Prušnja vas 13).
The explanation for "häusler" is: the inhabitants of villages were divided into social groups. The cottagers (häusler) - day laborers, owned a small house with enough land around it for a small garden and a few small farm animals. Most of the population consisted of day laborers scratching out a marginal existence.
Neža (also Agnes) Barbič was born on November 11, 1846 in the village of Hrastek in house No.2 (Hrastek 2). Her parents were Mihael Barbič and Uršula Hribar.
Neža's father, Mihael Barbič (b. September 29, 1814) was also born in Hrastek. Her mother, Uršula Hribar (b. September 22, 1812), was born in the neighboring village of Šutna.
Prior to her marriage, Neža was a "½ Hüblerstochter" and lived in the village of Hrastek, house No.2 (Hrastek 2), of Sv. Križ parish. Villages of Prušnja vas and Hrastek are located a short distance from each other.
The explanation for "½ Hüblerstochter": The Austrians developed the word "hube" for a farmhouse with land. ½ hube = 2.8 acres. Hübler - a man who owns a hube. In the German language the word "tochter" means daughter. Thus "½ Hüblerstochter" is a farmer’s daughter - owner of 2.8 acres.
Mihael Božič and Neža Barbič married on November 18, 1867 in Sv. Križ parish. After the wedding the newlyweds moved to Mihael’s house, No.13, in Prušnja vas (Prušnja vas 13). Michael still remained a "Häusler" or cottager.
All Mihael and Neža's children were born at the address above:
- Stillborn son (b. May 8, 1869)
- Marija Božič (June 26, 1870 - May 8, 1871)
- Janez (John) Božič (June 7, 1872 - May 7, 1926)
- Terezija Božič (January 18, 1876 - September 16, 1933)
- Ana Božič (b. July 10, 1879)
Mihael Božič died on July 1, 1887 in Croatia days shy of his 55th birthday. It is unknown where and when Neža Barbič died. One thing is known that she did not die in Sv. Križ ob Krki parish.
Their daughter Terezija Božič died on September 16, 1933 in a Zagreb hospital, Croatia.
Note: Mihael and Neža's son, Janez (also Joanes, Johann, John) Božič, immigrated to the United States of America in 1898, where he married Ivana Strmljan on November 4, 1905 in Indianapolis.
Some of Neža Barbič's ancestral last names and towns include:
- Barbič (Hrastek)
- Hribar (Podbočje)
- Kodrič (Brezovica v Podbočju)
- Krošnjak (Brezovica v Podbočju)
- Stopar (Vrbje)
- Žeger (Šutna)
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