Re: Piehl Connection?
I came across this explanation for Holendry, but still looking for this town Brzezinskie.
* [Translator's Note: In Volume 3, on page 99, Bronislaw Chlebowski wrote this entry to define the term holendry or oledry: "Holendry or Oledry (Hollaender), a name for settlements established mainly in river valleys with numerous meadows and pastures favorable for raising livestock and dairy production. They originally got this name from emigrants from Frisia (Holland), who willingly resettled in Poland in the 16th century, seeking protection from religious persecution (they were Mennonites), initially in Zulawy, where they were given land in exchange for paying rent. Later all kinds of settlements were called Holendry, even those established by Poles under similar conditions. Within the Kingdom of Poland we most often encounter Holendry on the river Warta in the counties of Konin and Slupca, also in valleys on the Wisla. The derivation of this name from Haulaender (grubbers), as given by the famed Prussian historian Wuttke and repeated after him in Polish academic works, is mistaken. Wuttke wanted to elevate the significance and dimensions of German colonization in Poland. The name Holendernia, given to barns designated for cattle, originated with these settlers." There is also information on this term on this page:http://www.polishroots.org/history/Dutch_Populace.htm.]http://www.polishroots.org/history/Dutch_Populace.htm.]