This project seeks to trace and connect people with the surname Philippsborn and variants Philipsborn and Phillipsborn, associated with the South Prussian town of Bentschen, Posen, modern-day Zbąszyń, in Nowy Tomyśl powiat or county. It is located close to the border of today's Germany. Earlier associated with the Kingdom of Prussia, the town became part of the Grand Duchy of Posen after the Napoleonic wars. It was a rather important railroad hub and had a sizeable Jewish population.
Our earliest information about the Philippsborn family is based on unpublished family trees, on Edward Luft's book, The Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 & 1835 (Avotaynu, Revised Ed., 2004), on LDS Film numbers 1185011, 2034262, 2035262, 2035265, 2035267, 2035268, 2035417, and 2361195, and the online Berliner Adressbücher. More recent information stems from personal correspondence among various members of the family, in particular that collected over the years by Thomas D. Philipsborn.
There is as of this date no documented relationship with the descendants of Wendel von Deutz, beginning with the descendants of Benjamin Fulda, who assumed the surname von Philipsborn and were awarded posts in the Prussian government, on the occasion of their baptism in 1798 in Schwedt an der Oder.