Chronicle of Pfaffenberg

(According to Johann Micko)

The hamlet of Pfaffenberg might have been founded at the beginning of the 1620s. Its existence is authenicated for the first time with the division contract of the Gut Muttersdorf in the year 1644. At that time there were four houses in Pfaffenberg.

If folk tradition can be believed, Pfaffenberg was founded as follows: A Baron whose origins were most likely in Muttersdort could not abide the Protestant ministers and persecuted them. One day the Baron discovered them hiding in the high rocks of the Pfaffenberger Hohe. For that reason the rock formation was called Pfaffensprung, Pfaffenfels or even Pfaffenberg. [Pastor's fissure, pastor's rock or pastor's mountain]. The same were later used as names on the houses opposite these rocks. Historic tradition states that Johann von Wiedersperg III was devout Protestant. He proveed this by setting free a pastor from Schilligkau and from his destruction of the pulpit in Muttersdorf. This may be connected with the true story of how the hamlet was named.

According to tax rolls of 1654 the occupants of the farms of Pfaffenberg altogether had 28 Strich of arable fields, 8 oxen, 4 cows, 7 calves and 6 pigs. In the year 1688 the families of Michl Gütter, Hans Schnobrich, Johan Tüstner and Johann Safrat were the occupants of Pfaffenberg. Although Paffenberg was a part of the parish of Muttersdorf, the residents preferred to attend the church in Waier where the school was also located.

In 1722 there were 16 residents of Pfaffenberg, 34 in 1784, 27 in 1832, 22 in 1890, 30 in 1900, 32 in 1910 and 25 in 1921. Johann Rebitzer of Pfaffenberg fell during World War I.

Pfaffenberg belongs to the community of Grossgorschin.

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