Sadow Parish 2010

Sadow Parish 2010

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gralla Newsletters

                                                                                                                                         Vol. 3 No.1


We have translated and edited the following Spanish newspaper article and hope that you will enjoy seeing pictures and reading descriptions concerning the famous Gralla Palace which used to be on the Porta Ferrissa Street in Barcelona.


Who has heard mention of the Gralla house? Only a few.  However, there may still exist some Barcelonians on whose memories are recorded in his most tender infancy, those elegantly carved stones that a French sketcher, Rovergue, reproduced to demonstrate our most beautiful architecture.

The Gralla house was still in existence in 1850, occupying the space that is today the street Duke de la Victoria, on the Puerta Ferrissa.  Reconstruction of a building that in 1464, belonged to the Duke of Desplá, and lodged the prince of Vienna. The reconstruction in 1518 seems to be attributed to Forment, author of the celebrated alterpiece of Huesca, Zaragoza and Poblet.  In 1856 the Gralla house was destroyed and some of its stones initiated a curious journey.  Most of them were lost, while those remaining are now located at the Museum Santacana in Martorell.  Today only the patio remains intact on private property in San Gervasio. (Photos on pages 7 and 8)


Over the years research into the Neidenburg records has revealed a Protestant line of the Gralla family.

In the Hamburg passenger lists was found Gustav Gralla, land worker from Pierlawken, a former resident of Gelsenkirchen, born 6 Apr. 1905 in Pierlawken (Lutheran parish of Neidenburg).  On 14 May 1925 he left on the ship Orduna destined for Chicago, Ill. .

Gustav is a relative of Johann Gralla, also of Pierlawken, who was born on 1 Apr. 1874.  Johann married Afa Amalie Muzinski on 25 Sep. 1897 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  One of their children was Martha Ida Gralla, the wife of Charles George Opper of Illinois.  This couple came to the United States in 1929.  Martha's daughter, Joan Carol Eickelberg shared her lineage with us. 

Johann Gralla (1874) was the son of Johann Gralla, an innkeeper (born 6 May 1847) and Gottliebe Burski (1 Jun. 1850).  They were married on 31 Dec. 1871.  Johann (1847) was the son of Michael Gralla and Maria Stopienski.

We have found some Evangelical-Lutheran  records that we were able to extract from Neidenburg.  The Neidenburg Gralla clan was a small family.  It is probable that they are a branch of one of the other larger Gralla family groups in nearby areas, such as Klein Jerutten and Suchorus.  A few of the parish entries found in the Neidenburg Lutheran parish follow:

On 16 Nov. 1806, in Pierlawken, Jacob Gralla, servant and farmer  and Eva Lukash were married. Their children were:

1.  Samuel, born 11 Dec. 1806.
2.  Michael, born 1807.
3.  Maria, born 20 Aug. 1810.
4.  Anna, born 18 Feb. 1814-died 21 Dec 1821.
5.  Jacob, born 18 May 1816-died 1834.
6.  Elisabeth, born 2 Sep. 1822-died 26 Jun. 1823 (cause of            death -smallpox)
7.  Julius Gottlieb, born 7 Oct. 1824-9 Nov. 1826.
8.  Samuel, age 2 died in 1830.
9.  Dorothea, born l Jan. 1831.

Jacob Gralla, 70, a long time inhabitant of Pierlawken, survived by Eva Lukash, one son and one daughter, died 16 Oct. 1851 of old age weakness.

The family of Michael Gralla, Innkeeper and farmer, and Maria Stopienski include the following children:

1.  Paul,died in 1836.
2.  Jacob,  born 17 Feb. 1836- died age 2 days of cramps.
3.  Anna, born 16 Aug. 1838 died of whooping cough on 3 Sep               1838.
4.  Stillborn son born 22 Feb. 1841.
5.  Michael, born 20 Sep. 1842, married Johanna Braun 18 Jun
        6.  Johann, born 6 May 1847, married Gottliebe Burski 31 Dec             1871.
7.  Stillborn daughter born 11 Aug. 1850.

Johann Gralla, son of Johann Gralla and Helena Likuski born 18 Feb. 1937.  Baptism witness:  Albert Gralla.

Birth of Otto Gralla, son of Otto Gralla, a telegraph operator and his wife Ida Plucholski, of Pierlawken on 8 Jun. 1941, and baptized on 22 Jun. 1941 at Neidenburg.

Christening of Gottliebe Gralla, daughter of Michael Gralla and unnamed mother in Pierlawken, on 3 Feb. 1868.

Birth of Carl Emil Gralla, son of Friedrich Gralla and Emilie Lafinski of Pierlawken on 28 Jun. 1868.

1734 Adam Gralla, occupation mill worker, son of the worker Thomas Gralla died.

1782 marriage of Adam Gralla and Barbara, maiden name unstated.

18 Apr. 1797 in Brandfelden, Johann Gralla, unmarried age 34 died.

Eva, daughter of Julius Martin Gralla was born in 1816.

Friedrich Lyzewski, soldier and son of Paul Lyzewski of Neidenburg, 25, and Helena Gralla, daughter of Matheus Gralla, a soldier married on the feast day of Jubilante 1773.

On 21 Nov. 1858 Johann Gralla, farmer, age 29 and Dorothea Mazanek, 20, were married.

No Grallas were found prior to 1734 in Pierlawken, although records go back to the 1600's.  There are many gaps in the records making family linkage difficult.


In the Catholic parish in the city of Opole, Poland, a Gralla family first appeared about the year 1791, residents of the smaller village of Luboschütz.  Nicolaus Gralla, a soldier, age 30, married Marianna Hannalonka of Opole, age 27 on the 3rd of Feb. 1791.  On the same day Valentin Gralla married  Agnes Libor of Kempa.  He was 28 and she was 26. They were the only Grallas in this parish in this time period. It is probable that they were brothers who had moved in from another town.  Records are sketchy for this time period and few Gralla entries were noted.  Later more Grallas were found in Opole, descendants from these two men.

Adalbert Gralla married Marianna Waletzko on 27 June 1824.  He was age 30 and she was 23.  Four children were born to this couple:

1. Rosalia, born 1818, and died on 30 Aug. 1825.
2. Johann, born 12 May 1827, married three times; to Agnes                Malek, Josepha Hilla, and Agnes Kochanek.
3. a stillborn son born 24 Jun. 1833.
4. Joseph, born 14 Nov. 1834, married Maria Klaus.

Johann Gralla and his first wife, Agnes Malek, were married on 8 Feb. 1846 when he was 19, and she was 18. They had five children. 
1.  Anton, born 11 Jan. 1848, and died 30 Jan. 1848.
        2.  Christina, born 2 May 1849 and died 28 Dec. 1851.
        3.  Marianna, born 14 Aug. 1851.
        4.  Marianna, born 14 Aug. 1853 and died 9 Oct. 1853
5.  Julianna, born 23 May 1855-died 24 May 1855. 

On 24 May 1855, the mother of these children, Agnes, died.

Johann Gralla and his 2nd wife, Josepha Hilla, had two children.

1.  Francisca, born 27 Sep 1856.
2.  Maria, born 8 Mar. 1858.

On the 31st of Mar. 1858, his 2nd wife passed away at age 22 from complications of childbirth.

Johann then married Agnes Kochanek, daughter of Joseph Kochanek on 22 Jun. 1858, when he was 31, and she was 19.  Their children were:

1.  Julianna, born 20 May 1859-9 Jul. 1859.
2.  Peter, born 5 Oct. 1860.
3.  Catharina, born 17 Nov. 1862.
4.  Thomas, born 18 Dec. 1864-1 Feb. 1865.
5.  Juliana, born 18 May 1865.
6.  Johannes, 13 May 1866.
7.  Julianna, 18 May 1868.

Joseph Gralla, brick mason, and Maria Klaus, daughter of Mathias Klaus of Halbendorf married 14 Feb. 1865. Only one son, Joseph, born 26 Nov. 1865 was found in this parish.

The Grallas from the town of Luboschütz and the parish of Opole, are small in number.  There are some indications that they originate from a larger group of Grallas from the town of Lugnian.  Gralla immigrants to the United States include Grallas from Lugnian and Opole.


Several letters were returned from the Dec. 1990 newsletter mailing. Names of those whose mail was returned were:

Bruno Gralla, of Housatonic, Ma.
Preston Gralla, Cambridge, Ma.
Richard Gralla N.Y.C., N.Y.

Jack Gralla, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Robert Gralla, Tarzana, Ca.
Susan Gralla, Tampa, Fl.

If you have current addresses for these people, please let us know, so they will not miss any future issues!


The following is a list of births found in the parish of Witowo, Posen, now in Poland and formerly a part of the German Empire.

CHILD   DATE OF BIRTH     FATHER            MOTHER               

Marianna   7 Jul 1889     Valentin Gralla   Marianna Kreychowski
Agnes     28 Jan 1894     Valentin Gralla   Marianna Kreychowski
Valentin   5 Jan 1896     Valentin Gralla   Marianna Kreychowski
Midralina 21 Aug 1896     Valentin Gralla   Marianna Kreychowski
Stanislaw 12 Oct 1899     Laurentius Gralla Franziska Gralla
Antonia    6 May 1889     Valentin Gralla   Maria Masurzak
Joannes   22 Jun 1888     Joseph Gralla     Catharina Zarniezak
Catharina 22 Apr 1875     Joseph Gralla     Catharina Zarniezak
Franz      6 Oct 1888     Casimir Gralla    Josepha Gabala
Anton      5 Jun 1873     Casimir Gralla    Josepha Gabala
Martin     4 Oct 1875     Casimir Gralla    Josepha Gabala
Anton     28 May 1881     Casimir Gralla    Josepha Gabala
Agnes      7 Jan 1884     Casimir Gralla    Josepha Gabala
Joannes   18 Dec 1889     Paul Gojdziak     Marianna Gralla
Marianna  15 Nov 1891     Paul Gojdziak     Marianna Gralla
Stanislaw  1 May 1890     Joannes Walczak   Agnes Gralla
Francisca 28 Oct 1894     Joannes Walczak   Agnes Gralla
Joannes   13 Aug 1899     Martin Kriwicz    Catharina Gralla


In August of 1990, I was visited by Naomi Armoni of Tel-Aviv in my office at the Salt Lake Family History Library.  Naomi's Father was co-author of the Rozan Memorial Book which we recently acquired and microfilmed for the benefit of the Grallas whose ancestry is from that village in Poland.  Naomi is the daughter of a woman with the surname of Marcus who was a first cousin of a Gralla family in Rozan. She spoke of Max Gralla from Rozan whom she remembered well.  She said Max Gralla was devoted to his family.  He left Rozan before World War II and arrived with his family at the port of Baltimore, MD.  She also recalls Marcus Gralla, who also immigrated and arrived in New York.

Naomi's father died in 1989.  During his lifetime he was the chairman and organizer of the Rozan Committee in Israel.  Since her father's death, Naomi has strived to keep the Rozan Committee active so that the younger generation will not lose touch with their history.  Naomi also mentioned that there is a similar book about the village of Myszyniec and that she would try to locate a copy of this book for us upon her return to Israel.


A new computer program available on compact disk at some larger Family History Library Centers is the Social Security Death Index.  Approximately 120 Gralla names can be found on this data base.  These records give the name and social security numbers of Grallas from about 1933 to 1988 who have died and left beneficiaries. By tracing their numbers back through an agency, their birth places and other important details can be determined.
We have a list of these names and numbers which includes birth and death dates and death places as well as the address of the agency  which may be able to provide information regarding your ancestor.  If you wish to know if a particular name is on the list, please send a sase to the return address on this newsletter and we will check the list for you.                                                                                                    

The facade of the Gralla house, which constituted the greatest prestige to the street of Porta Ferrissa was destroyed in 1856.  This drawing, by the school of architecture, is of a well documented exactness, and was a project of restoration of the highest floors and the roof.

This photograph taken in 1856 shows the entrance of the Gralla house with its heraldic finish when there was nothing else standing aside from the facade.  Through one of its windows can be observed the houses on the other side of the building.

Rare photograph of the Gralla house, already beginning to be destroyed in its interior.  Surely this photograph is one of the first photography tests made in Barcelona.

The Gralla house as seen by Rovergue, a French sketcher who wanted to interpret the tone of the old building and the style of the street.

The Porta Ferrissa street and the Gralla house. Its best ornament still at the middle of the XIXth century.  The photograph reproduces an engraving of the stone that was published in the work of Pi y Margall.

The patio of "L'Enrajolada", at the Santacana museum  in Martorell. The pedestals and jams belong to "Trentenari" of the house of the city of Barcelona.  The lintel is of the Gralla
house.  The museum of Santacana is formed principally with abandoned scraps from monuments of Barcelona.

The rebuilt patio of the Gralla house.  The pointed arches, mounted upon classic columns, offers a sample of the union of styles in an era of transition.

A curious photograph (1890) of the house that Mr. Brusi built to lodge the patio of the Gralla house.  The building later suffered tremendous transformations.

The patio of the Gralla house, rebuilt at the Brusi house in San Gervasio.  The gothic elements harmonize well with the columns.


  1. Interested.
    In Spain now.
    Looking for connection to the Gralla's

    Israel Teiblum
    Grandson of Batia Gralla

  2. Is San Gervasio a city in Spain or a street in Barcelona?