Verchland (Wierzchlad), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern


Verchland (Wierzchlad) is a village that was formerly a manorial farm. The Michael Freidrich Remus family lived here and following are details:

1. MICHAEL FRIEDRICH1 REMUS was born 1815 in Verchland (Schellin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern, and died 16 Jun 1874 in Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern. He married DOROTHEA SOPHIA DENZ 31 Dec 1840 in Verchland, Pyritz, Pommern, daughter of FRIEDRICH DENZ. She was born 1818.


2. i. HENRIETTE FRIEDERIKE2 REMUS, b. 18 May 1843, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern.

ii. LUISE ALBERTINE REMUS, b. 20 Jun 1845, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern; d. (see note for child).

iii. FRIEDRICH WILHELM REMUS, b. 20 Jun 1849, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern.

iv. CARL FRIEDRICH REMUS, b. 09 Jan 1855, Verchland (Schellin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern.

v. FRANZ AUGUST FERDINAND REMUS, b. 08 Nov 1857, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern.

Generation No. 2

2. HENRIETTE FRIEDERIKE2 REMUS (MICHAEL FRIEDRICH1) was born 18 May 1843 in Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern. She married AUGUST FRIEDRICH ROSENAU 05 Oct 1865 in Verchland, Pyritz, Pommern. He was born 04 Nov 1836 in Janow.


i. FERDINAND AUGUST3 REMUS, b. 02 Jan 1864, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern; d. 13 Sep 1864, Verchland (Schelin), Kreis Pyritz, Pommern.


The Dukes of Pommern created this estate in the 13th century (see below). The remains of the manorial farm are shown in the following pictures. The estate house was destroyed in the Second World War and not replaced.


It had an 18th century church that in turn replaced a 15th century church. This church was destroyed in World War II and not replaced. The church was initially Catholic, became Lutheran in the 16th century, and returned to being a Catholic Church following the Second World War.

The village is situated on the 5th biggest lake in Poland so the people of the village had access to good water year around and the opportunity to swim in the lake each summer.

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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October 5, 2010