Philip William was born on Gercken 05. January 1722 the son of the merchant Georg was born in Salzwedel Gercken. He initially attended the Latin School New Town, Then he finished his schooling at the Old Latin School under headmaster plaice. He then attended high school in Lüneburg.
In Hall (1741) He studied law and history. Back in the Altmark, he occupied himself between 1754 and 1760 with the publication of the known Fragmenta Marchica, in which 6 Parts appeared. 1760 He bought the castle in Salzwedel, where he lived for many years as an independent scholar. During this time he was in the Diplomataria Veteris Marchiae 2 Volumes, the Codex diplomaticus Ensis in Brandenburg 8 Share, the history of Brandenburg pin, the mixed papers from the feudal law etc.. Working out. In addition to his historical research was Gercken also worked for the Prussian and Brandenburg court as a diplomat.
1745 He was down on the farm in Osterburg Wollenrade, 1761 He bought the castle Salzwedel, which he 1782 sold. Then went to Frankfurt / Main and 1786 to Worms. He was appointed Justice of the imperial princes. His plan, to write a history of the Altmark, He could not realize. His collection of documents has been taken over by a preacher Gallus, who published a book on the basis of which the Mark Brandenburg. Gercken died on 26. June 1791 in Worms.
Diplomataria Veteris Marchiae Brandenburgensis
Notes on the seal for the benefit of diplomatics
Codex Diplomaticus Brandenburg Ensis
Bd 1/2 1769/1770 http://books.google.com/books?id=D2YIAAAAQAAJ
Bd 3 1771 http://books.google.de/books?id=LR0_AAAAcAAJ
Bd 4 1771
Bd 5 1775 http://books.google.de/books?id=Yh0_AAAAcAAJ
Bd 6 1778 http://books.google.de/books?id=ch0_AAAAcAAJ
Bd 7 1782 http://books.google.de/books?id=rh0_AAAAcAAJ
Bd 8 1785 http://books.google.de/books?id=rh0_AAAAcAAJ
Full collegiate history of Brandenburg: Nebst einem Diplomatic Code
Brandenburg from the pen Archive 1766
Fragmenta or collection of unpublished documents and Marchica news,
for the benefit of Brandenburg History 1757 Bd 1 – 6
Philip William Gercken trips to Swabia, Bavaria, angränzende
Switzerland, Franconia, and the Rhenish provinces, 1779-(87).
Miscellaneous papers from the Lehn- Germans and rights, the
History etc: illustrated with archival original documents and seals