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A Few Aphorisms:

Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors.

Herbert Agar

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde

I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.

Albert Einstein

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Houses at Jasieniec Stary, one of the villages in Poland where some of my ancestors lived for about 150 years. Photograph taken by me in October, 2000.

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Textor Family, originally named Weber

The Textor family treated here was a family of Swabian farmers and craftsmen. The family originated from the town of Grötzingen, district of Nürtingen, where the earliest provable ancestor, Marx WEBER, resided about 1530. His son Markus TEXTOR, called WEBER, born in Grötzingen about 1540, died in Mössingen 20 Feb. 1614, came to Mössingen, district of Rottenburg, about 1560 as a schoolmaster.

Besides being farmers, the descendants of the schoolmaster Markus TEXTOR, called WEBER, made a living by shoeing horses and knitting stockings, residing jointly in Mössingen until 1782, and even today one branch of the family is living there

The ancestor of another branch of the family, Maximilian TEXTOR, emigrated in the spring of 1782 to the district of Bromberg (Bydgoszcz, Poland), which had been taken over by Prussia during the first partition of Poland in 1772, and had become part of "West Prussia". There, near the town of Strelno (Strzelno) in the Netze district, he was allotted a farm by the Prussian authorities. He had brought his wife, two sons, three daughters, and a capital of 500 "Taler". His petition to King Frederick II of Prussia (the Great) for land can be seen here. It is dated 3rd May, 1782, and handwritten by a scribe. A printed version , as it appeared in the Deutsches Geschlechterbuch, is shown here.

His eldest son, Johann TEXTOR, returned about 1795 to Mössingen from the district of Bromberg and became the ancestor of the Stuttgart branch of the family.

In 1793 Poland had fallen victim to its second partition, whereby Prussia took over another substantial part of Poland to the east and south of West Prussia. This new part of Prussia was then called "South Prussia (Südpreussen)". Apparently, Maximilian TEXTOR was dissatisfied with his place near Strzelno, because he and his family moved to the new territory of South Prussia in 1802, where they and 12 other families, totalling 87 persons, founded the village of Jasieniec near the town of Przedecz, which is situated about halfway between Posen (Poznan) and Warsaw.

This area belonged to Prussia until about 1806, when Prussia was defeated by Napoleon, and then it became part of the independent Duchy of Warsaw under the auspices of Napoleon. After Napoleon's defeat and the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the area became part of the Kingdom of Poland, also called Congress Poland, a vassal state dependent on the Russian Czar. At the end of World War I, when the Republic of Poland was established, the area was returned to Polish rule. During the period between World War I and World War II, between 250,000 and 350,000 people of German origin, including the Textor family, had their homes in the prior area of Congress Poland. Today, their descendants are probably spread throughout the world, but most of them are no doubt living in Germany or America.