Kerbshorst (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland)

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Kerbshorst (now Gajewiec, Poland) Source: Wikipedia Commons

Kerbshorst (also known as Kerbsthorst and Gajewice; now known as Gajewiec; coordinates: 54.108, 19.3683 [54° 6′ 28″ N, 19° 22′ 5″ E]; population in 1905, 198) is located approximately 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) south of Elbląg (Elbing), 20 km. (12 miles) south-east of Nowy Dwór Gdański (Tiegenhof), and 22 km. (14 miles) north-east of Malbork (Marienburg).

Kerbshorst was founded in 1635 in the second colonization period. Until 1772 the village 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. In 2013 Kerbshorst (now Gajewiec) was a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gronowo Elbląskie, within Elbląg County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.

The 1776 Prussian census lists 10 Mennonite families in Kerbshorst with the following surnames: Allert, Block, Froese, Funck, Heinrich, Kettler, Marten, Philipsen, Quiring, and von Riesen. In 1820, Kerbshorst had 85 residents, including 40 Mennonites. In 1925, the village had 518 hectares and 228 residents.

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


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Map:Gajewiec, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published February 2013

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