The Dolnji Brožiči household at Zilje 32 is not the original Brožič household in Zilje. The Dolnji Brožiči split from the original Brožiči household ca. 1818. However, there is evidence the two families remained close enough that each had children born in both the Dolnji and Gornji Brožič houses. The name of this household derives from the Brožič surname, which was in use until Franc Čemas (Mali Majiščar) married into the family in 1899.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Nikolaj Brožič (Brožičev). He married Katarina Štajdohar. Together, they had at least 6 children, including:
1A. Mate Brožič b. 1814, m. 1839 to Kata Balkovec (Hajdukova) — they remained at this house.
1B. Mare Brožič, b. 1821. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
1C. Bare Brožič b. 1823, m. 1847 to Jure Starešinič (Pečov).
1D. Niko Brožič b. 1824, served in the military in Sisak
1D. Ive Brožič b. 1829, served in the military, died at the age of 1900.
Mate Brožič [1A] and his wife Kata Balkovec (Hajdukova) had 7 children, including:
2A. Ana Brožič b. 1839, m. 1863 to Jurij Bubaš (Johi 3).
2B. Matija Brožič b. 1842, m. 1869 to Ana Starešinič (Skrajnja from Preloka) — they remained at this house.
2C. Peter Brožič b. 1844, died at the age of 19. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
2D. Jože Brožič b. 1846, died at the age of 29. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
2E. Marko Brožič b. 1851. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
2F. Helena Brožič b. 1854, m. 1872 to Ivan Bubaš (Johi 3).
Marija Brožič [1B] had 1 illegitimate child:
2G. Jurij Brožič b. 1848. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
Mate Brožič [2B] and Ane Starešinič had a tumultuous marriage. According to oral tradition, Ana and Marko Brožič [2E] had an affair during her marriage with Mate [2B]. The 1870 status animarum confirms this and records that Ane is an adultress. She bore at least 5 children at the Dolnji Brožiči, including:
3A. and 3B. the status animarum records “2 todtgeborne edes ermordete“, 2 stillbirths each murdered.
3C. Magda Brožič b. 1879, m. 1899 to Franc Čemas (Mali Majiščar) — they remained at this house.
3D. Mare Brožič b. 1886, m. 1908 to Franc Žalec (Hajduk iz brda).
Mate Brožič [2B] m. 1888 to his second wife Katarina Čadonič (Biričeva from Balkovci). They had no children. According to Magda Brožič [3C], her new step-mother Kata was a mean woman, sending her on foot to Bosiljevo to sell bread daily in the market.
Franc Čemas and his wife Magda Brožič [3C] had 4 children:
4A. Franc Čemas b. 1902, m. 1923 to Bare Čadonič (Dolnja Stegnečka) — they remained at this house.
4B. Mate Čemas b. 1905, m. 1929 to Magdalena Ivanovič (Dolnja Mihelova) — they remained at this house.
4C. Peter Čemas b. 1910, worked in Algeria, died at the age of 60:
4D. Slavko Čemas b. 1912, m. 1930 to Barbara Žugelj (Žugljova).
Franje Čemas spent a great deal of time in the Pittsburgh, USA during his marriage, with arrivals at Ellis Island in 1895, 1908, and 1911. His wife Magda once told her granddaughter that she did not get a letter from Franc once for a 7 year time span! He came home for the last time ca. 1925, started on building a new house at Zilje 32, then died in 1926. Magda Brožič [3C] died in 1958, here is a picture from her funeral:
Franc Čemas [4A] and his wife Bare Čadonič had 1 child:
5A. Rude Čemas b. 1924, died at the age of 20.
Franc Čemas [4A] worked in Toronto, Canada until he died in 1941. His wife Bare moved back to Zilje 5 and died in 1996.