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According to the MS on the Prussian families, the shield is divided into four parts. On the right quadrant, upper level, a goat rises on its hindlegs with forelegs facing to the right. On the left, there is a common Polish eagle. On the lower level, an identical Polish eagle is on the right side, and a goat on the left. Above the helmet and crown, the Polish eagle wears a crown. The MS claims that the goat is derived from a crest of Hungarian family of Katarzyna Bephot, the great-grandmother of Stefan Batory, the King of Poland. This King had conferred honorary citizenship upon MARCIN BERŻEWICZ, the Chancellor of Siedmiogrodz, for meritorious services. The King also granted Marcin the counties, Starogardzkie and Osieckie, and added the Polish eagle to his coat of arms. BERŻEWICZ married Dabrowska from Wojanowo. Their son, JAN, married Dorota Kryska. Since they only had a daughter, Anna, the family line soon ended. Jan died in Lissowo in 1646.
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