In 1795 Prussia gained control of what came to be called New East Prussia. (See previous posts.) Wylkowiszki was most likely spelled Wilkowischki or Wilkowischen during this era. German craftsmen soon settled here. Even though Prussia lost control of this area in 1807, German “colonists” remained. A Lutheran church soon followed. A pastor from Suwalki, (now in Poland) came to Mariampol and a congregation was soon organized.[i] By 1831 there was a pastor in Mariampol.[ii] Civil registration records began in 1838.
The Wylkowiszki congregation was founded in 1843 as a “daughter” church of the congregation in Mariampol[iii] and existing records started the same year. The first Spurgat name (Frydryk) appeared in 1849 in the second of the five volumes microfilmed in 1972.
If these Spurgat ancestors were born in New East Prussia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (1795 to 1807) remains unknown. Where the important events in their lives were recorded before the records in Wylkowiszki start in 1843 also remain unknown.
[i] Herman Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen. [The History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania] (Leer: Herausgegben von Hifskomitee der evangelischen Deutschen aus Litauen in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schriftleitung der Heimatstimme, 1964), 81.
[ii] Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 82.
[iii] Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 122.