Previously published in PGS-CA Bulletin (Issue #88, January 2008)

Kielno Translated from the Słownik Geograficzny (1880-1902)
by Helen Bienick

Kielno, formerly known as Kolno and Kölln [in German], was a rustic parish village. It is located on a lake in the county of Wejherowo, on the high road which runs between the town of Wejherowo and Leżno to the south. Included in the village were the following small settlements: Brzozówko, Dębnica, Jügerhof, Lis, Nowa Rola, Place, and Cegielnia kielińska. It covered 141 włoki of land. (one włok was equal to 30 morgen of land). There were 17 "gebur" (German farmers) who owned their own farms. Other inhabitants numbered 419 Catholics, 81 Evangelicals; there were 41 houses, as of the late 1800s. A parish church, a post office, and a water mill were located in the town. Kielno itself is located 3 1/4 Polish miles from Wejherowo city. Twice during the year, Kielno held fairs with the sale and trade of cattle and other goods. Kielno village and its church date back to early times and the first mention of its existence dates to 1342. Due to the Reformation movement, the church was twice confiscated by other religions. It was restored to the Catholics in 1570 by Bishop Stanislaus Karnkowski. The second recovery occurred in 1596 by Bishop Rozrażewski.

Kielno, with its large folwark (a large farmstead) was once the property of the Polish kings, who owned the following nearby villages of Szynwałd, Przodkowo, Czapły, Nynkowy, Bojany, Jeleń, and Kosowo. The kings leased these properties to their friends and favorites. Among these were Jan Wejher, the sheriff in 1590, and Ernest Wejher in 1570. In 1654, the Polish rulers borrowed 83,900 florins from a certain Jan Werd, and these properties were given to the sons of Jan, free from all taxation until repayment of the debt. In 1686 the leaseholder was a certain nobleman named Linda. In 1702 the leaseholder was Jakub Łębiński, a judge. In 1751, a Łębiński funded the rebuilding and restoring of the parish church.

Among the distinguished priests who served the Kielno church was a Zygmunt Niwicki, a canon from Włocław, who was also a royal secretary, and was a noted writer. In 1687 in Gdańsk, and later in 1692, he published two religious works in Latin. The second work was reissued in 1714. He was a Jesuit and died in Kraków. According to the diocesan schematics of 1867, the church in Kielno numbered 5,898 souls. The church was named St. Adalbert to honor its benefactor, the heir of Kielno whose surname was Dix. It is not known when and in which year the church was originally funded and built, nor when it was consecrated. Up to the year 1866, there was an affiliated church in Szynwałd, and a second affiliate in Przodkowo. Besides the 21 small out¬posts, the following small settlements belonged to the Kielno parish: Kielno Małe and Wielkie, Bieszkowice, Bieszkowo, Bojany, Borowa góra, Bożanka, Brzozowa Góra, Brzozówka, Brzozowe błoto, Czernia, Dębnica, Dębowa góra, Dobrzewino, Dębowa karczma, Głodowo, Głodówko, Glina, Glinica, Wielka wieś, Grenzfliess(?), Zielenisz, Hamowana, Jägersburg(?), Kamień, Karczemki, Kaszary, Kielińska huta, Kłosów, Kłosówka, Koleczkowo, Koleczkowski młyn, Koponiewo, Kontorwers(?), Kowalewo, Łękno, Lisewko, Marchowo, Marchówko, Marcinki, Mniszewko, Miszewka dąbrowa, Mrówczy zamek, Nowa karczma, Niemotowo, Nowa rola, Okuniewo, Oliwska dąbrowa, Orzechowo, Piecewo, Place, Piekiełko, Psale, Psalmo, Rąb, Rębiska, Renówko, Rogalewo, Sarnia góra, Czarna góra, Warzno, Warzenko, Warzeńska huta, Wielka rola, Wiślin and Zagannik.

There were three parish schools with 181 Catholic students in Kielno, 16 in Wyślinie, and over 200 pupils in Szynwałd. Over 200 children did not attend any schools.

As to the many tombstones with their epitaphs, there is a complete description of them in a publication called Echo, which featured sepulchers and was published in Peplin in 1765, and found on page 24.

The following 4 epitaphs are of special interest in the Kielno Church.

#1 The most noble Samuel de Kczewo Kczewski, a most virtuous and righteous man, who passed away in the year 1646. He was a very pious person, along with his esteemed wife, Susanna de Bakowiec Schlichtingia.

#2 The most noble Gasparus Uberfeld, born September 11, 1561 in Koleczkowo and who passed away on March 9 in 1617.

#3 The most honorable and just nobleman, Laurentius Jantzen, deceased January 2, 1632.

#4 His lordship the nobleman, Carolus Jantzen, died October 23, 1666. May he rest in peace.


Surnames from Kielno Compiled by Karen Chorney
Abrahm
Abrok
Ajawski
Albeski
Albuski
Arnz
Bach
Baranowski
Barganski
Barzanski
Barzowski
Barzyekowski
Baumann
Baumgard
Belgraw
Belgrowa
Bellmann
Belowa
Berowski
Bieszk
Bieszlk
Bigga
Bigur
Bigus
Bladarski
Blaszowski
Block
Blyck
Boehm
Bojk
Bork
Borsk
Boyla
Boza
Braner
Brill
Bruer
Bruka
Brun
Brunke
Bryk
Bryla
Brylowski
Burcharcz
Burganski
Burka
Burzowski
Buzahn
Buzan
Byer
Byewski
Byrewski
Byrzkowski
Chmerk
Chrabko
Chrabkowski
Cipke
Croma
Cryonke
Cymann
Cynke
Cynski
Cyroski
Czorniak
Czoske
Czoski
Czosnik
Czuke
Czupa
Dabrowski
Danga
Dargasz
Davski
Dawidowski
Delk
Demke
Dempe
Dempski
Detlof
Dettlof
Diesing
Dobk
Dobke
Doehring
Doering
Dorsch
Dosz
Dragowz
Drawe
Drewe
Drgwa
Dryna
Drywa
Durga
Dybowski
Dykowski
Dyron
Dzbrowski
Dzienisz
Ebel
Elward
Elwart
Erunnolz
Ewelt
Ewolt
Fesmer
Figlon
Figlow
Firka
Flisykowski
Fobka
Folk
Formella
Frankowski
Freytag
Frumko
Fulk
Gierski
Gleiski
Glonk
Glowienka
Gojk
Graba
Grabe
Grabinski
Grablowski
Grabowski
Groth
Gruba
Grunholz
Grünka
Gruzel
Grzenia
Grzenko
Grzenkowski
Grzeuke
Gujk
Gurski
Hagel
Hahnau
Hall
Halman
Harder
Hebel
Hebol
Heinke
Heinrick
Hejke
Heller
Helzel
Hemmig
Hemmik
Hephanowski
Hermann
Hershel
Herznan
Hewelt
Hinz
Hirsch
Hirt
Hoefta
Hoefte
Hoffmann
Hofman
Holk
Hollander
Holmann
Holz
Hoppa
Hoppe
Hosa
Huffmann
Huls
Husa
Jablon
Jankowski
Jaskulski
Jaszka
Joka
Juneski
Junk
Junko
Junski
Kadolski
Kakol
Kamdziora
Kandzioja
Kanka
Kankowski
Karpinski
Kaspar
Kaufmann
Keller
Kladrymowski
Klamrowski
Klawinski
Klebba
Kleck
Klein
Klup
Knach
Knaff
Knepa
Knoff
Koft
Koldowski
Kolski
Kopieski
Kotlowski
Kranz
Krause
Krefft
Krepa
Krewa
Kroljk
Krusa
Kruse
Kruski
Kruza
Kryse
Kryza
Krzpa
Kufdt
Kunea
Kunz
Kupper
Kwakowski
Kwiatlowski
Kwidzinski
Kyburd
LaBahn
Labuda
Labuhn
Laczewski
Lademan
Lahada
Lahuda
Lange
Laya
Lefner
Lehmann
Lelewski
Lemk
Leske
Lessner
Lewanezyk
Lewinski
Leyetowski
Lezner
Lidke
Liedka
Liewer
Litzau
Lorn
Luboeke
Lububa
Luca
Ludach
Luga
Lyck
Lykowski
Mach
Machalinski
Machof
Machol
Mack
Madlow
Maleo
Malinowski
Maludke
Markowski
Marszoda
Marszola
Marzyan
Matzewski
Mehring
Melzer
Meyer
Miolk
Mioske
Mischker
Moering
Molina
Molk
Monski
Muchol
Müller
Munski
Muza
Nadolski
Nagel
Nawiski
Netzel
Niemi
Nikielski
Nizmik
Okroj
Pafran
Palasz
Paluch
Parchem
Parthem
Paszke
Patasz
Patuka
Pawlik
Peplinski
Petragowski
Petrazo
Piekorski
Piernicki
Pierniski
Pilowski
Pioch
Pionk
Pioski
Pipke
Pivak
Plinski
Plonk
Plotka
Pollak
Ponka
Pranga
Prange
Prymka
Putkammer
Puttkower
Pwek
Pybowski
Pyjski
Pykram
Rabca
Rabia
Rapa
Rapel
Raszewski
Ratz
Renackowski
Renaskowski
Reschke
Reske
Resmann
Reszka
Rhode
Richert
Richter
Riebel
Ritter
Robake
Robakowski
Rode
Roelof
Roft
Rogoski
Rohde
Ropel
Rosenkranz
Rowalewski
Rubea
Rubiniewicz
Ruca
Ruchniewisz
Rupe
Rusz
Rutzinga
Ryba
Ryband
Rybandt
Rybinski
Rybundt
Rychter
Ryhardt
Ryta
Rytz
Rzepa
Rzesiewisz
Samson
Schefka
Schemiel
Schlofs
Schmein
Schmude
Schmukada
Schneider
Schora
Schroeder
Schroeins
Schultz
Schulz
Sedka
Selk
Selowa
Semp
Senitz
Shumer
Sidke
Sidzbarski
Siebert
Sielezynski
Siewert
Sikora
Siroski
Sitwin
Skoszk
Slaz
Slezynski
Sluba
Sontag
Sorn
Specht
Spode
Spreski
Spretka
Stalk
Staykowski
Stefanowski
Stewa
Stofa
Stolk
Strzyzewski
Stuba
Stube
Stuzewski
Stuzynski
Surowski
Syrhowski
Szewka
Szymanski
Szymkowski
Takarski
Taube
Tesmer
Thesmar
Thesmer
Thiel
Topork
Toppork
Tupork
Uzdrowk
Wajisk
Waldman
Waldowski
Walter
Wank
Warzewski
Weger
Welk
Wendt
Wente
Wenzel
Westerling
Westphal
Wilatowski
Wilkowski
Witka
Witkowski
Witt
Witta
Wittbrad
Witzberg
Woehring
Wrabel
Wrek
Wrobel
Wrosz
Wydrowski
Wyeniowski
Wyezno
Wysieski
Wysion
Wyta
Wytta
Wyzniowski
Zelowa
Zielewski
Zielinski
Zymmermann
Zywicki

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