Jerzy Szornel herbu Dołęga z Popkowic, sędzia ziemski lubelski i jego testament
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Jerzy Szornel coat of arms Dołęga from Popkowice, Iudex Terrestris from the Lublin Voivodship and His Will
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Jerzy Szornel (1600-1677) was a son of Jan Szornel, lieutenant-colonel in the king’s army, and Zofia Wołczkówna. He received a sound education in the Lublin Jesuit College, at the University of Kraków, in a Jesuit College in Kalisz, at the Zamojski Academy, and later in the thirties he studied law in Padua. In 1634 he came back to his homeland, and like his father he bound up his career with the Zamoyski family, holding among others the office of advisor in the Zamojski Academy, a judge in the Zamość Court of Appeal, administrator of the lands in the Zamoyski entail. In 1653 he was elected the voivodship tax collector during a regional diet. Holding the office of a junior judge in Lublin in the years 1653-1658, and later of iudex terrestris, he became a well known person among the gentry. He was appointed to the position of the Speaker of the regional diet several times, an MP for the Sejm, a gentry representative from the Lublin voivodship. He showed skills and an interest in literature and science. Because of his numerous duties he resided mostly in Zamość and Lublin, lived in his inheritance in Skorczyce and in Wilkołaz leased from Zamoyski entail. Jerzy was married to Zofia Gano and after her death with Anna Michowska. In 1667 he founded Holy Trinity church in his inherited estate Popkowice. His will was made in Popkowice estate in July 1667. The widow was suspected by the brothers of the deceased of forging the testament and they formulated a protest in which they tried to prove their rights. Jerzy Szornel was buried in the vault of the Jesuit church in Lublin. His last will contains a lot of information disclosing a fragment of the testator’s reality, and the objection to the testament casts light on the family relationships and inheritance matters.
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