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 Stankovi. It is conceivable that the patriarch at some time or man who built this house was named Stane.
Through the period of our studies, we have found four houses which originally carried the Fortun surname in Damelj. This is the first of the four houses (in order of house address). The Fortun surname is not very common in Damelj but is found sporadically across the parishes of Vinica, Dragatuš and Sinji Vrh.
The oldest record we have found to date for a person from this house is for Johan Fortun b. 1765. He married Ana Žalec b. 1767. Together, they had at least 4 children, including:
1A. Matija Fortun b. 1807, m. 1827 to Ana Šnelar — they remained at this house.
1B. Ana Fortun b. 1810, m. ca. 1828 to Johan Žagar (Matkov).
1C. Miha Fortun b. 1813. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
1D. Nikolaj Fortun b. 1819. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
Matija Fortun [1A] and his wife Ana Šnelar had 8 children, including:
2A. Katarina Fortun b. 1832, m. ca. 1859 to Jože Filip (Kovačev from Draga).
2B. Johan Fortun b. 1840, m. 1864 to Katarina Žagar (Žagarova) — they remained at this house.
2C. Lucija Fortun b. 1842. At this time, it is unknown what happened to her afterwards.
2D. Jože Fortun b. 1846, m. 1880 to Katarina Simonič (Sinji Vrh 34).
Johan Fortun [2B] and his wife Katarina Žagar had 6 children, including:
3A. Katarina Fortun .b: 1867, m. 1882 to Johan Fortun (Fortunov).
3B. Matija Fortun .b: 1874. At this time, it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.
3C. Ana Fortun .b: 1878, m. 1905 in Calumet, Michigan to a Simonič man from Sinji Vrh 33.
3D. Marija Fortun .b: 1881, m. 1906 to Johan Sečen (Klanjac 13) — they remained at this house.
Johan Sečen and his wife Marija Fortun [3D] had 1 child which died in infancy.
Johan Sečen m. 1908 to his second wife Franca Žagar (Petrova). Together they had 3 children, including:
4A. Johan Sečen b. 1911, m. 1947 to Marija Žagar (Mikaničova) — they remained at this house.
4B. Katarina Sečen b. 1916, m. 1939 to Jakob Muževič.
Johan Sečen [4A] and his wife Marija Žagar had 4 children.