Charles Karl Prenczek

Brief Life History of Charles Karl

Charles Karl Prenczek was born on 12 December 1847, in Poland. He married Valentina Zocholl on 18 January 1875, in Lusin, Neustadt, West Prussia, Prussia, Germany. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Dannevirke Election Precinct, Howard, Nebraska, United States in 1900 and Dannevirke, Howard, Nebraska, United States for about 10 years. He died on 19 March 1926, in Paplin, Howard, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Howard, Nebraska, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Karl Prenczek
Valentina Zocholl
Marriage: 18 January 1875
Cecilia Prenczek
Frank Prenczek
John Prenczek
Mary A Prenczek
Clara Ann Prenczek
Franciszka Prenczek
Pauline A Prenczek
Victor Joe Prenczek
Sophia Blanche Prenczek
Stande Prencek
Valentina Prenczek

Sources (14)

  • Charles Prencek, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Carol Prenczek, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Karol Pranzke, "Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981"

World Events (8)

1848 · Greater Poland Uprising (1848)

Europe experienced a period of rebellions and political upheavals known as the Spring of Nations. During this time, the Greater Poland Uprising of 1848 began against Prussian forces. Much of the fighting was concentrated in the Greater Poland region, but some fights did occur inside of the Prussian Partition. The insurrection was ultimately unsuccessful for the Polish and resulted in many casualties on both sides. The Kingdom of Prussia had at least 500 deaths and over 640 Polish citizens were killed.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1868 · Impeach the President!

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

From a Germanic word, karl, meaning ‘free man’, akin to Old English ceorl ‘man’. The name, Latin form Carolus, owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the Frankish leader Charlemagne ( ?742–814 ), who in 800 established himself as Holy Roman Emperor. His name (Latin Carolus Magnus) means ‘Charles the Great’. Carolus—or Karl, the German form—was a common name among Frankish leaders, including Charlemagne's grandfather Charles Martel ( 688–741 ). Charles is the French form. The name occurs occasionally in medieval Britain as Karolus or Carolus; it had a certain vogue in West Yorkshire from the 1400s, particularly among gentry families. The form Charles was chosen by Mary Queen of Scots ( 1542–87 ), who had been brought up in France, for her son, Charles James ( 1566–1625 ), who became King James VI of Scotland and, from 1603 , James I of England. His son and grandson both reigned as King Charles , and the name thus became established in the 17th century both in the Stuart royal house and among English and Scottish supporters of the Stuart monarchy. In the 18th century it was to some extent favoured, along with James , by Jacobites, supporters of the exiled Stuarts, opposed to the Hanoverian monarchy, especially in the Highlands of Scotland. In the 19th century the popularity of the name was further enhanced by romanticization of the story of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, leader of the 1745 rebellion.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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