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.