Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Schatze. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Schatze family.
Early Origins of the Schatze family
feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Chronicles first mention the names Schacz, Scheczel, and Scheczler in Breslau in 1350. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local power struggles, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Schatze family
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Early Notables of the Schatze family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schatze family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schatze or a variant listed above: Johann Dieterich Schatz, came to New York City in 1710 at the age of 38; Heinrich Schatz arrived in Philadelphia in 1748 as did David Schatz in 1743 and Hans Schatz in 1753. Xaver Schaetzle came to Philadelphia in 1857..
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