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. Matija Brožič b. 1814, m. 1839 to Katarina Balkovec (Hajdukova) — they remained at this house.
1B. Marija Brožič, b. 1821. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
1C. Barbara Brožič b. 1823, m. 1847 to Jurij Starešinič (Pečov).
1D. Nikolaj Brožič b. 1824. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
1D. Johan Brožič b. 1829, died at the age of 71. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
Matija Brožič [1A] and his wife Katarina 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 (Skrajna 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 Johan 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.
Matija Brožič [2B] and Ana Starešinič had a tumultuous marriage. According to oral tradition, Ana and Marko Brožič [2E] had an affair during her marriage with Matija [2B]. The 1870 status animarum confirms this and records that Ana is an adulteress. 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. Magdalena Brožič b. 1879, m. 1899 to Franc Čemas (Mali Majiščar) — they remained at this house.
3D. Marija Brožič b. 1886, m. 1908 to Franc Žalec (Hajduk iz brda).
Matija Brožič [2B] m. 1888 to his second wife Katarina Čadonič (Biričeva from Balkovci). They did not have any children.
Franc Čemas and his wife Magdalena Brožič [3C] had 4 children:
4A. Franc Čemas b. 1902, m. 1923 to Barbara Čadonič (Dolnja Stegnečka) — they remained at this house.
4B. Matija Čemas b. 1905, m. 1929 to Magdalena Ivanovič (Dolnja Mihelova) — they remained at this house.
4C. Peter Čemas b. 1910, died at the age of 60. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
4D. Stanislav Čemas b. 1912, m. 1930 to Barbara Žugelj (Žugljova).
Franc Čemas spent a great deal of time in Pittsburgh during his marriage, with arrivals at Ellis Island in 1895, 1908, and 1911. His wife Magdalena once told her granddaughter that she did not get a letter from Franc once for a 7 year span. He came home for the last time ca. 1925, started on building a new house at Zilje 32, then died in 1926. Magdalena Brožič [3C] died in 1958.
Franc Čemas [4A] and his wife Barbara Čadonič had 1 child:
5A. Rudolf Čemas b. 1924, died at the age of 20.
Franc Čemas [4A] worked in Toronto, Canada until he died in 1941. His wife Barbara moved back to Zilje 5 and died in 1996.