Beckersitz (also known as Piekary; now known as Bekierzyce; coordinates: 53.394947, 18.404245 [53° 23' 41" N, 18° 24' 15" E]; population in 1905, 18) is a small village located located approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south-west of Świecie (Schwetz) and 5.4 km. (3.3 miles) north-west of Chełmno (Culm). It is north-east of Przechówko (Przechovka) and directly south of Przechowo (Schönau).
Until 1772 Beckersitz was located in what was known as Royal Prussia (also known as Polish Prussia) in the Kingdom of Poland. The First Partition of Poland in 1772 resulted in the creation of a new province on 31 January 1773, called West Prussia, in which Beckersitz was located. Beckersitz was situated in the district (Kreis) of Schwetz in Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of the Pomeranian Voivodeship of the Second Polish Republic. Beckersitz came under the control of Nazi Germany during World War II until March 1945, when it was occupied by Soviet forces and returned to Poland. In 2013 it was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Świecie, within Świecie County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The 1776 Prussian census does not list any Mennonite families in Beckersitz. However, by 1789 there were three Mennonite families listed in Beckersitz with the following surnames: Ratzlaf and Pankratz (2). At least two of these families had moved from neighboring Przechovka. In the 1810 Mennonite census of the Schwetz Region, there were four Mennonite families in Beckersitz totalling 20 individuals. They had the following surnames: Ratzlaff, Pankratz (2), and Tesman. By 1824 the only Mennonite family in Beckersitz was a Schmidt family. This family later immigrated to Russia.
Mennonites who were residents of Beckersitz were members of the Przechovka Mennonite Church.
Wolf, Hans-Jürgen. "Familienforschung in Westpreußen." Web. 24 March 2013. http://www.westpreussen.de/cms/ct/ortsverzeichnis/details.php?ID=503.
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||March 2013|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Beckersitz (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2013. Web. 30 May 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beckersitz_(Kuyavian-Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=133501.
Thiessen, Richard D. (March 2013). Beckersitz (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beckersitz_(Kuyavian-Pomeranian_Voivodeship,_Poland)&oldid=133501.
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