MAP – POINT OF ORIGIN – BRÜSS- TRIEGLAFF, NEAR GREIFENBERG, POMERANIA

contents ©2016 by Harold Pfohl

Map - Trieglaff near Grieffenberg 1856 rumsey copy
Trieglaff, to the left of and below Greiffenberg, 1856

Source for above:  David Rumsey Map Collection – www.davidrumsey.com

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Part of Pomerania just east of the Oder River and northeast of Stettin. This is a pre WW II Twentieth Century map. The region is now a part of Poland.

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.