While most houses in Slovenia carry a household name, there are some houses which do not exist anymore and were deserted many years before anyone was aware of their existence. The household names for these houses is therefore lost as it was not documented anywhere either.
This house is the first of nine documented houses in church documents to be considered a “new” house in Damelj. The best estimate for the construction of this house is around 1880.
The family that originally inhabited this house was an offshoot of the Fortun family from Damelj 14, the Ivanovi.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Jože Fortun (Ivanov). He married Marija Lukanič (Andrijaševa). Together they had 12 children, including:
1A. Marija Fortun b. 1869 in Damelj 12. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
1B. Jože Fortun b. 1874 in Damelj 14, m. 1899 to Marija Vertačič (Grič 16)1 — they remained at this house.
1C. Katarina Fortun b. 1885, m. 1906 to Peter Kaparič (Fratrovci 13).
1D. Franc Fortun b. 1888. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
1E. Matija Fortun b. 1881, m. 1905 to Marija Vertačič (Grič 16)1 — they remained at this house.
1. Marija Vertačič married Matija Fortun after his brother Jože died in 1904.
Jože Fortun [1B] and his wife Marija Vertačič had 2 children, including:
2A. Štefanija Fortun b. 1900, m. 1920 to Johan Žalec (Guštinkin from Sinji Vrh)2.
2B. Marija Fortun b. 1903, m. 1929 to Jože Fortun (Županov).
Marija Vertačič m. 1905 to her second husband Matija Fortun [1E]. Together they had 1 child:
2C. Matija Fortun b. 1908, m. 1931 to Marija Žalec (Guštinkina from Sinji Vrh)2 — they remained at this house.
2. Marija Žalec is the daughter of Johan Žalec from his marriage to his first wife.
Matija Fortun [2C] and his wife Marija Žalec had 4 children.