West Prussia, Danzig, Saxony, Cloth maker villages near Posen, plus Volhynia and Kiev
The following web pages contain a lot of information about the history of German settlements in West Prussia, Danzig, Cloth maker villages near Posen, Volhynia, and Kiev. There is also information on Vorpommern (the area on the north coast of Germany), Saxony, Augsburg, and Wurtemburg (as well as information on Sweden added in). The information is organized into these segments.
Click on West Prussia
(This is my purely Paternal lineage)
The Remus family lived in
I have just completed a free ebook called The Remus Family of Saxony Volume 1. It is 282
pages long with lots of pictures and maps. It covers those Remus family members
who owned land and mills and those who worked the land and pastures of northern
Click on Posen Cloth Makers
(This includes many of the women's lines that married in my maternal Hoffmann and Lehmann lines plus my paternal line great grandmother Wilhelmine Hardwardt line.)
Many of the cloth makers in the villages north of Posen in Poland also chose to migrate to Volhynia and America. These families probably arrived in this area about 1750. The particular focus here is on the Krassin family of Schokken, Rattai, and Radowonke and the Hardwardt family of Szczepanowo and Rogowo. Also information is provided on Schoenlanke, the home of the Schultz family of Alberta.
The genealogical information on the Posen Cloth Maker Families who moved on to Volhynia and Kiev is shown as part of the information for the Volhynia and Kiev residents in the following section.
Click on Volhynia and Kiev
(Three quarters of my grandparents lived here)
Many of the Germans in Volhynia came from West Prussia and the Posen area above. Here are many details on their life in Volhynia and Kiev Parishes (formerly in the Russian empire and now in independent Ukraine) from 1830 to 1892.
Click on Saxony
(My paternal Remus line originated in Saxony as likely did my maternal Hoffmann and Lehmann lines)
The Remus family originated in Saxony in Germany and came via Neumark to West Prussia. It appears the Remus family name arose in Kamenz about 1450 and descendents continued living there for many centuries. The Remus family was in other villages in Saxony, most importantly in Grossenhein. There is also information on Luther and the Reformation with an emphasis on the Remus family connections. Also you will find out about the Martin Remus in Leipzig in about 1570 plus details of Luther's Wittenberg.
Click on Vorpommern
(These families are about 1/8 of my maternal lineage but very interesting.)
The focus here is on the villages in the area of Grimmen, Vorpommern. This area is due north of Berlin. The families of interest are the Poll and Leverenz families that migrated initially to the Danville Illinois area.
Click on Augsburg
For a while I thought that I might be a
descendent of the Rem(us) family of Augsburg in
Click on Sweden
(My maternal grandmother's family was from Sweden)
The focus here is on the villages in the Nassojo area of Smaland, that is, central southern Sweden. This area is south of Stockholm and west of Gothenburg. The families of interest are the descendents of the Johannes Andersson including the Lungren family of Langenberg, Saskatchewan and the Sandberg and Sandborg families of southern Minnesota.
Please send any queries to Bill Remus at
Updated on November 15, 2008.