Letninn (Letnin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern

Letninn (Letnin) is a village that was formerly a manorial farm. It is of particular interest to me as Regine Rudiger who married Christian Freidrich Remus in Briesen grew up here. They later lived and had their children in Wobbermin.

This estate was created by the Dukes of Pommern in the 13th century (see below) and granted to the Bishop of Konin (Poland). Later it was subdivided into manorial farm and smaller farms for 20 independent farmers. There are good pictures following of the manorial farm barns and the manor house.

It had 15th century church which was initially Catholic, became Lutheran in the 16th century, and returned to being a Catholic Church following the Second World War. The structure of the building was damaged in the Second World War and the church was repaired.

The Dukes of Pommern created such estates in the 13th century. Some estates remained the property of the Dukes (royal villages), some were granted to the nobility (largely German and Slavic Knights) that supported the Duke (noble villages), and some were granted to the church. The church held villages might contain a monastery or might be a manorial farm controlled by a church official like a bishop whose management was contracted out.

In the 15th century, the village owners throughout Kreis Pyritz seemed to compete with each other in building beautiful Pommern style churches for their manorial farms. They largely controlled the church, its records and the clergy for the church. Around 1820, the Prussian government required the churches to keep duplicate church books and provide them to the Prussian government. These are the church books they Mormons have microfilmed. In the late 1870ís civil records were also required and many are also available from the Mormons.


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August 5, 2010