Bondecz (Kollin), Kreis Wirsitz

This village is a critical transition point for the Remus family of Schwente. Schultz Martin Remus of Schwente had a first son Caspar Remus of Schmirdau (a kruger and my ancestor), a second son Christoph who later became the Schultz of Schwente, and a third son named Lorenz Remus. Click here for the descendents of Martin Remus including Lorenz.

After Lorenz Remus became an adult, he moved to Kreis Wirsitz just south of Schwente. He married Anna Ludwika Troje (who most likely was born in Bondecz, Kreis Wirsitz) and they lived in Ruhden (Rudna), Kreis Flatow, Bondecz, Kreis Wirsitz (Collin or Kollin was the German name for Bondecz), and Szczerbin, Kreis Wirsitz. The latter two villages were manorial villages and so were associated with a large estate (The manorial house (Gut) in Bondecz was occupied in 1772 by Graf Bleszczynski). Additionally independent farmers like Lorenz Remus lived in the village. In the Ruhden (Rudna) records in the Lobsens Lutheran church book, Lorenz is listed as the Freischultz of the Ruhden (that is, village head).

Also living in Bondecz just prior to 1796, was Michael Remus: Michael later was a miller and Freischultz in Plotzmin, Kreis Flatow. His first marriage was to Anna Luise Troi/Troje daughter of Erdmann Troi, a landed farmer (pachter) in Bondecz (and maybe even sister to Anna Ludwicka Troje wife of Lorenz Remus above). Michael also was a landed farmer (pachter) in Bondecz prior to 1800.

Here is a map of the village prior to World War II (note the railway through the village).

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Their eldest-surviving son of Lorenz was Johan Gottfried who married Catherina Lerch and moved to Bialobloty south of Poznan where they were the ancestors of many generations of the Remus family. For more on this Remus family, click here on Bialobloty. Meanwhile, here is a picture of the church in this village:

And here is a map of the area including Bondecz (Collin or Kollin), Kustrinchen, and Szczerbin:

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Please send any queries to Bill Remus at

Remus@hawaii.edu

April 5, 2010