środa, 19 kwietnia 2017

Daniel Tolkien, father of Johann Christian
(Riesenburg 1811)

I feel that we are closer and closer to the most important discovery. I have found "new" Tolkiens in the small towns around Danzig/Gdańsk. The documents below come from a Lutheran church in Riesenburg/Prabuty (see the photo). We are looking for the family of Daniel Gottlieb Tolkien (b. 1747), Johann Benjamin Tolkien (b. 1753, great-great-grandfather of J.R.R. Tolkien) and Christian Tolkien (b. 1762, a Danzig antiquarian), and is so the finding of a Daniel or Christian or Johann is a big thrill for me. Few minutes ago I have found a very interesting person...

He is Daniel Tolkien (1811) vel Tollkühn (1810), husband of Eva, née Knage and father of Johann Christian (born 28 November 1810, died 2 July 1811). Daniel's brother (?) is another Johann Tollkühn. What is interesting Daniel is an East Prussian soldier!

Johann Christian, Daniel Tollkühn's son is born in 1810
Johann dies (1811), and details about Daniel Tolkien as a soldier
This Daniel Tolkien was born around 1785–1790 and could be a relative to our brothers (or cousins) from Danzig/Gdańsk (he could be Christian Tolkien's son!). What is most interesting he was a Musketier (Private) in the 7th Compagnie of the 3rd East Prussian Infantery Regiment. As far as I know it stayed at Riesenburg/Prabuty till the Napoleonic army retreated from Russia in 1812 and stationed also in the same place.

Even if this Daniel Tolkien was born in Danzig/Gdańsk, in 1810 this town and whole region were under the Prussian occupation (before 1772 it was Poland) and the citizens had to serve the Prussian state – also as the soldiers.

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