22 – Ferdinand Teply and Terezie Sodomka (5G)

There are some interesting things about Ferdinand Teply’s birth register:

Birth register – Ferdinand Teply – 1781
  • It’s written in Latin. Why?
    • Because the religion is Catholic. Why?
      • Because it’s 1781. So what?
        • It’s the year of the Patent of Toleration. And?
          • 1781 and earlier, we’re all Catholics.
  • There’s been a note added later at the bottom, in Czech:
    • “Křestní lid vydán dne 13ho ledna 1854 k stehovani do Ameriky”
    • Baptized person released on 13 January 1854 to move to America

Well, we know he didn’t emigrate in 1854. But that’s intriguing. Hmmm…

Ferdinand Teply

Ferdinand Teply was born March 30, 1781 at Pustá Rybná 55. He was baptized on the 31st at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Pustá Rybná. He was the son of Jan Teply and Katerina Jukl Teply. 

Terezie Sodomka

Terezie Sodomka was born February 24, 1786 at Krouna house no. 150, and baptized the same day at the protestant church in Krouna.  Her parents were Joseph Sodomka and Katerina Halamka Sodomka.  


That’s an inconvenient courtship, a three hour walk between Pustá Rybná and Krouna. There must be something we don’t know.

Nevertheless, Ferdinand Teply, 24, and Terezie Sodomka, 19, married on November 19, 1805, at the protestant church at Krouna.

Ferdinand and Terezie recorded their residence as Pustá Rybná 55, the home of Ferdinand’s parents.


Ferdinand and Terezie Teply’s children:

  • Terezie Teply                     11 Jan 1807
  • Joseph Teply      4G           25 Jun 1811         m. Frantiska Dvorak     
  • Frantisek Teply                 17 Oct 1814         m. Katerina Pantucky   
  • Jan Teply                             27 Apr 1818        m. Marianna Andrle       
  • Anna Teply                         25 Apr 1822
  • Ferdinand Teply               27 Aug 1823
  • Terezie Teply                     11 Aug 1827        m. Frantisek Rejman     

Residence and Occupation

If we examine citations over the years that reference Ferdinand or Terezie and their house number, we can see patterns like where they lived and how they fared.

The residence pattern is very straightforward. The occupation not so much.

Pustá Rybná 54 (1805-1817)

After they married in 1805, Ferdinand and Terezie lived at Pustá Rybná 54.

There is no house there today, but we can see on the 1839 map that it’s close to house 55, where Ferdinand grew up and where his parents lived.

Three of their children were born here.

During their time at Pustá Rybná 54, citations record Ferdinand’s occupation as either Familiant or Chalupnik. These were among the lower classifications of farmers. I’ll post next time about the pecking order of farmers.

Bétlem 3 (1817-1837)

Around 1817, the family moves to Bétlem, house no. 3. Ferdinand was 36, Terezie was 31.

It’s a big farmhouse, with attached barn and sheds. Fortunately, the original house still stands.

The family lived here for twenty years, from 1817 to around 1837. Four more children were born here.

Again, citations record occupations of familiant, chalupnik, and dominikalist. Pretty low classifications. More later.

Ferdinand’s brother Tomas also lived here, Bétlem 8.

You can see Ferdinand’s house and farm no. 3. In 1837, Ferdinand had moved to Oldřiš, so the map shows Josef Vacrak. Tomas’s house and farm is no. 8. You can still see his name on the field.

Oldřiš (1837-1866)

Around 1837, Ferdinand and Terezie moved to Oldřiš 118. Ferdinand was 56, Terezie 51.

We visited Oldřiš and saw that house 118 doesn’t exist today. It’s where the orchard is located adjacent to house 191 and the home of Jindrich and Jacka, our slivovice purveyors.

Oldřiš 118 was also the residence of Frantisek Teply and his family. He was the second son of Ferdinand and Terezie. 

During these years Ferdinand’s occupation is listed variously as sedlak, pulsedlak, and rolnika. These signify a step up the ladder, a small to medium farmer. I think this is because he is living with his son Frantisek, who is listed the same way.

As we saw in an earlier post, two other sons of Ferdinand and Terezie lived nearby – Joseph and Josepha in house 140, and Jan and Marianna in house 107.

We saw earlier that their farms had already been divided.

Later years

Ferdinand and Terezie lived at Oldřiš 118 more than twenty-five years. In later years, they are “vyminkar”, or retired.

Ferdinand Teply, 81, died of old age April 17, 1862 at Oldris 118.  Ferdinand was a retired peasant farmer.  He was buried April 9 at the protestant cemetery at Borová.

Terezie Teply, 80, died of cholera in the evening September 9, 1866 at Oldřiš 118.  She was buried on the 11th at Borová.

Borová cemetery

Nibbles Extra Credit

Here’s a 1922 postcard showing a farmhouse in Bétlem. I think this is house no. 3.

There are only about ten houses in Bétlem, and the others are closer together along the road. I think this a view of the east side, now partially blocked by a barn. But compare the postcard to the current photo above of the west side. I think it’s likely the same house.

Ferdinand Teply 50008
Terezie Sodomka 50009


  • Ferdinand Teply birth – 1781 – Zamrsk Archives, Czech Republic – s. 1653 – p. 644 – i. 333
  • Terezie Sodomka birth – 1786 – Zamrsk Archives, Czech Republic – s. R13-1 – p. 17 – i. 11
  • Ferdinand Teply and Terezie Sodomka marriage – 1805 Zamrsk Archives, Czech Republic – s. 13-1 – p. 26 – i. 215
  • Ferdinand Teply death 1862 – Zamrsk Archives, Czech Republic – s. R1-3 – p. XLII – i. 42
  • Terezie Teply death – 1866 – Zamrsk Archives, Czech Republic – s. R1-3 – p. LIV – i. 54
  • Map – Krouna – Google Maps – 2019
  • Map – Pusta Rybna to Betlem – Mapy.cz – 2019
  • Map – Czech – Stable Cadastre Map – Indicative Sketch – 548018390 – 1839 – Pusta Rybna – Houses 54 and 55
  • Map – Czech – Stable Cadastre Map – Indicative Sketch – 502018390 – 1839 – Oldris – Houses and Farms 107 118 140
  • Photos – Mark Jarvis – October 2019

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