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Witold von Zychlinski, a man of Polish nobility, filed a plat of Pear Land (the plat
shows two words) on Sept. 24, 1894 at the Brazoria County Courthouse. Old time
Pearlanders wrote of Zychlinski traveling the dirt streets of Pearland in a fancy surrey
pulled by a pair of shiny black high stepping horses. Although the old time
Pearlanders spoke of Zychlinski as being of Polish nobility, it was not until 2005
when his great grandson, retired Major General William Willoughby, was found in
Chicago, Illinois, that there was any actual confirmation of his nobility. Although
General Willoughby's genealogical research did offer proof that Witold von Zychinski
was of Polish nobility, there has been no trace of him since he left Pearland in the
1890's. He remains a man of mystery.
Founder of Pearland - Witold von Zychlinski