In a few earlier posts, I mentioned that my great-grandfather Franz Gralla, who was a forester in the Forests of Koszecin and surrounding area, worked for the local prince, whose name was Karl von Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen. From interviews with local historians in my past visits of Koszecin, I learned that this prince was a most kind person to the local non-nobility of this region. The people of Koszecin revered him. Well, as I also wrote earlier, Franz Gralla was a father of 12 children, and therefore had many mouths to feed. ( http://treeclimbingwithsonja.blogspot.com/2010/12/franz-gralla-of-forestor-for-hohenlohe.html ) It was probably a near necessity to do what he did, which was to simply poach the wildlife in the prince's revier. The prince warned him repeatedly, but apparently despite arrests, the records of which I was able to find in the Katowice archives, he continued to feed his family as well as those other hungry people of this area.
So the Prince, being a kind man, "sentenced" Franz to forestry work in a area which at the time belonged to the Lithuanian area near Vilnius. They applied for paperwork, an emigration paper
( http://treeclimbingwithsonja.blogspot.com/2010/11/prussian-passport-sample.html )
which I have also posted in a previous post. At the time of my previous post, I was not able to find the paperwork of my research in trying to locate the correct locality of this forestry place called "Belmont, Belmonty, or Belmonti". I have found it and record it so that should I need it again in the future, I will easily find it on this blog.
Belmont is now in Belarus in the corner of 3 countries, Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. See the map below: