Dorposch (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Dorposch (now Dorposz Chełmiński, Poland).
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Detailed map of Dorposch, early 20th century.
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Dorposch (also known as Culmisch Dorposch, Kulmisch Dorposch, and Dorrenbusch; now known as Dorposz Chełmiński; coordinates: 53.418893, 18.580284 [53° 25′ 08″ N, 18° 34′ 49″ E]; population in 1905, 124) is located approximately 8.5 kilometers (5 miles) east of Świecie (Schwetz), 12 km. (7 miles) north-east of Chełmno (Culm), and 14 km. (9 miles) south-west of Grudziądz (Graudenz).

By the 18th century, if not earlier, Old Flemish Mennonites were living in Dorposch along with Jeziorka, Tuchel, Schönsee, Posterwolde, Horst, Ausmass, and Jamerau. Until 1772 Dorposch 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 the village was located. Dorposch was situated in the district (Kreis) of Kulm 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. Dorposch 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 Dorposz Chełmiński was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Chełmno, within Chełmno County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.

The 1776 Prussian census lists 10 Mennonite families in Dorposch with the following surnames: Block, Gerth, Isaac, Koehn, Nachtigal, Odger, Sparling, and Voht. In 1824 there were eight Mennonite families listed as being landholders in Dorposch. Their surnames included: Retzlaff, Foth, Unrau, Sperling, Foth, Ploenert, Dirks, and Edinger. 

Mennonite who were residents of Dorposch were members of the Schönsee Mennonite Church.


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Map:Dorposz Chełmiński, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published April 2013

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