Nogathau (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Nogathau (now Kopanka Pierwsza, Poland) Source: Wikipedia Commons
Detailed map of Nogathau, early 20th century. Source: Archiwum Map Zachodniej Polski

Nogathau (also known as Nogatau; now known as Kopanka Pierwsza; coordinates: 54.141, 19.271 [54° 8′ 27″ N, 19° 16′ 15″ E]; population in 1905, 184) is located approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) south-west of Elbląg (Elbing), 13 km. (8 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), and 19 km. (11 miles) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg).

Nogathau was founded in 1602 and was a part of the Elbląg estate. The settlement included the area of the village later known as Nogat, located directly to the south of modern day Kopanka Pierwsza. Until 1772 Nogathau 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 in 1773, called West Prussia, in which the village was located. The village was situated in the district (Kreis) of Elbing until the end of World War I, when it came under the jurisdiction of the German province of East Prussia. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Kopanka Pierwsza came under the control of Nazi Germany. In February 1945 it was occupied by Soviet forces and eventually returned to Poland. After 1945 the village was divided into two state farm settlements. In 2013 it was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gronowo Elbląskie, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.

The 1776 Prussian census lists four Mennonite families in Nogathau with the following surnames: Allert, Claassen, Dircksen, and Penner. In 1820 Nogathau had 139 inhabitants, of which 25 were Mennonite.

Mennonites who were residents of Nogathau were members of the Elbing-Ellerwald Mennonite Church.


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Map:Kopanka Pierwsza, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published February 2013

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