Re: August Gallwitz, Shoemaker
i've just stumbled over your add... i may not be of any concrete help - but my mother's maiden name is "Gallwitz".(we still live in germany) as far as i know, the gallwitz family has been of noble decent " knights von Gallwitz" serving the austrian-hungarian empire in sleska (schlesien - now poland) until the 7-year war between empress maria theresia of austria-hungaria and the king of prussia friedrich the great in the mid 17hundreds. 1747 (???) sleska became part of protestant prussia.people were allowed to keep their catholic religion - that's why the gallwitz-family is still catholic...anyway; as business went pretty bad in sleska (napoleonic wars) and prussian laws did not allow to sell/divide lands (so called "fidei commiss") one part of the family became very poor and gave up their "von" in their name. (actually it is said it was just one brother)that must have been in the early 18hundreds. the rest of the family kept the "von" - a famous person is general max von gallwitz (1st WW). very few "other" gallwitzers exist since they must have decended from just this one brother 200 years ago.all i know that my great-grand parents (i am 30 years old) were very poor people.
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