While every house in Slovenia has a civic address, many houses also carry a household name. These names are how other people typically referred to that family. This house has the name of Matkovi. This name is likely derived from the name of the patriarch or of the man who originally inhabited this house, Matija.
Through the period of our studies, we have found seven houses which originally carried the Žagar surname in Damelj. This is the last of the seven houses (in order of house address). The Žagar surname is a common surname found in many parts of Slovenia and not particularly unique to Damelj or this region.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Miha Žagar b. 1770. Together with his wife, they had at least 3 children, including:
1A. Ana Žagar b. 1797. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
1B. Johan Žagar b. 1801, m. ca. 1828 to Ana Fortun (Stankova) — they remained at this house.
1C. Matija Žagar b. 1805, m. to Barbara Žagar.
Miha Žagar m. ca. 1810 to his second wife Barbara Verbanec b. 1788. Together, they had at least 7 children, including:
1E. Jurij Žagar b. 1813, m. 1842 to Ana Peršetič — they lived at Damelj 31.
1F. Jože Žagar b. 1826, m. 1866 to Marija Žagar (Rim 2) — they lived at Damelj 31.
1G. Miha Žagar b. 1833. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
Johan Žagar [1B] and his wife Ana Fortun had 8 children, including:
2A. Johan Žagar b. 1829, m. 1861 to Ana Žagar (Lovrečova) — they remained at this house.
2B. Matija Žagar b. 1832, m. 1861 to Barbara Pavletič (Pavletičova from Nova Lipa).
2D. Jurij Žagar b. 1846, m. 1879 to Marija Cajnar (Damelj pri Lukovdol 2).
Johan Žagar [2A] and his wife Ana Žagar had 6 children, including:
Johan Žagar [3A] and his wife Ana Šutej had 3 children:
4A. Stanislav Žagar b. 1895 in Damelj 14, died at the age of 39. At this time, it is unknown if he was ever married or had children.
4B. Franc Žagar b. 1898, m. 1922 to Barbara Pupič (Zdihova 22) — they remained at this house.
Franc Žagar [4B] and his wife Barbara Pupič had 4 children.