contents ©2016 by Harold Pfohl
Source for above: David Rumsey Map Collection – www.davidrumsey.com
HEIMAT – BRÜSS FAMILY
One of the great Slavonic gods was named Triglav & it is fair to assume that Trieglaff may have been a notable center for that pagan religion prior to the conquest by the Teutonic Knights and then colonization by Germanic people, e.g., Saxons and Dutch.
At the time of the emigration the village was the center of a great estate owned by the von Thadden family, old Pomeranian (Junker) nobility. The Brüss family were almost certainly serfs in the 1700s and early 1800s. The small village is composed of very modest cottages along with the palatial residence that was home to the noble family. See Heimat – Bruss for a description of the region in the 1911 Encylopedia Brittannica. Likely much of the socioeconomic character of the region of 1856 resembled the 1911 character excepting the increased influence of rail transport.
Below – two photos of the village of Trieglaff.