Ich habe vor einiger Zeit einen Brief vom Elbinger Archiv in Danzig
bekommen. Irgendwie komme ich jetzt erst dazu den Inhalt zu
verständig zu machen.
Außer dem Brief kamen drei Fotokopien an. Eine hat etwas mit einem
VON BONIN zu tun und ist wohl nichts für mich aber die anderen
beiden schon. Ich verstehe sie nur nicht.
Kann sich das jemand mal ansehen und mir die zwei Seiten
verständlich machen? Diese Kopien stammen aus dem
Einwohnermeldeamtamt und sind wohl immer auf eine bestimmte
Adresse gezielt. Ist das so richtig? Ich habe für die drei Kopien $50
bezahlt und war verständlicher Weise etwas entäuscht.
Ich würde mich freuen wenn ich durch diese Papiere etwas weiter
Um mein Problem besser zu erklären hier auch meine Korrespondenz
mit dem Archiv:
I have enclosed a copy of recent E-mail correspondence I have had
with you regarding a request to obtain copies of certain registration
charts from the Einwohnermeldekartei of the city of Elbing.
You instructed me to send $20 to Bank Zachodni. I've instead sent
$50 so that you may have enough funds to carry out my wishes.
Please bill me any additional funds if necessary.
You mention that you have a directory for Elblag from the 19th century
which mentions the Bonin family. I know of a Captain (Hauptmann)
von Bonin who appears in the 1848/52 directory. I don't know of which
directory you speak but I have copies of the Elbinger
Wohnungsanzeiger of the years 1870, 1872, 1876, 1881, 1902 and
1934 where my family was listed as I described in my email. If you
have any additional city directories listing the Bonin family I would
appreciate a copy of same.
Very briefly this is what I know:
Ferdinand Leopold Bonin was born somewhere outside of Elbing circa
1840. He probably moved to the city around 1873/4 to work at
Schichau. He married Amalie Dorothea Werner in Elbing before 1875
when my grandmother was born. I do not have their marriage record
but would appreciate any help in finding it.
I say Bonin was not born in the city because no such family appears in
the city directory before 1872. I do not have a copy of the 1874
directory but he does appear in 1876 at Johannisstrasse 1 for the first
time. By 1881 he appears at Holländer Chaussee 27 and still lives
there at the birth of his first child in 1885. By 1902 the house may
have been renumbered to #40 but records from my mother tell me that
this house was only built in 1900. Later the houses were renumbered
again to 95 & 97 Holländer Chaussee which later became Tannenberg
Allee which, after 1945, was then translated into the Polish Grunwald.
Both houses were in the possession of my grandfather Robiller and
later my mother as inherited from the Bonin family. Number 95 is now
gone but 97 still exists under the same house number.
I also do not know when Ferdinand L. Bonin or his wife died. Their
daughter Lousie Amalie Bonin (my grandmother) was born on Sept. 9,
1875 and married Max Robiller in Elbing in 1898. At the time he lived
at 29a Neustädter Feld near the Bonins. The couple then moved into
the Bonin house.
Max was born in 1872 in Preußisch-Eylau and also comes to work at
Schichau as a machinist in the late 1890s. I do not have an 1896
directory to know when he arrived.
My real desire is to find the source of the Bonin and the Werner
families via the registration records in your possession. Also you might
want to send me copies of any Robiller records you can find in those
I look forward to any information you can send me. I prefer Xerox
copies of any records.
With best wishes