Voivodeships of modern Poland:

Poland’s Modern Voivodeships

The cities, towns and villages of our deceased and living relatives are organized on our website using this present map of Poland.

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Kuyavian Pomerania
(Województwo kujawsko-pomorskie)
(Województwo kujawsko-pomorskie)
(Województwo warmińsko-mazurskie)

Deceased Patriarchs and Matriarchs

Tuchola, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Majdy, Barczewo, Poland

The earliest occurances of the Mathia – Matthia Familiy in Poland are in the area near Tuchola, in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland. In the earliest church records are four couples who we call “patriarchs” and “matriarchs.” Three lived in the village of Żalno (German Sehlen, Reetz parish), northwest of Tuchola. One lived in Wielka Komorze (German Groß Komorze), and one lived in Majdy (German Mauden). These two villages are only 10 kilometers apart going through Stobno on the way. With links to Family Tree (free login required), these patriarchs and matriarchs were:

The men from the Tuchola area could have been brothers, but we have not yet found records of their births. There are earlier occurrences of the Mathia name in the Tuchel area, but no direct connections have yet been possible. Since many or most of the Mathia-Matthia family members (of the Polish-Prussian Branch) actively doing research are descended from one of these patriarchs, there is less information about possible descendants of the others in the area.

In addition to the above four patriarchs who have been connected with known descendants, the death of a Jacobus Mathia, age 95 (estimated birth 1681) is recorded in the Raciąż parish:

There is a possibility that Jacob could be the grandfather of one or even all of the patriarchs!