Mennonite Properties in the Danzig Administrative District in 1824
published by Adalbert Goertz†
in Ostdeutsche Familienkunde, Band XI, 34. Jahrgang, Heft 3, S. 83-88, (1986).
Translated, edited and reformatted by Glenn Penner
The following listing of Mennonite properties in the Danzig district was extracted by Adalbert Goertz from microfilm 501595 of the extensive microfilm collection of the Mormon (LDS) church. I have taken Adalbert’s original article and reformatted the listing as an Excel spreadsheet. In order to make searching easier I have standardized both the surnames and given names. The original spellings of the village names are retained. The original list is divided into regions. It should be pointed out that during most of their time in Poland and West Prussia the Mennonites did not out-rightly own their land. Land was “owned” as long term hereditary leases which lasted from 20 to 50 years and the property could be “sold” or passed down as if it was owned.
It should be pointed out that this list does NOT include all Mennonite land. This list includes only that land which was possessed through emphyteutisch tenancy of Crown Land. One type of emphyteutisch tenancy, the Zeitpacht, did not automatically go to the heirs of the original owner on his or her death.
Note that for the village of Einlage the properties 5 to 11 had, together, 15 Morgen and 225 Ruten of land. It is possible that these people were leasing their land as a single block.
† Adalbert Goertz: 1928 – 2011