Ancestors of Adolf and Josof Spurgat

Notes: (1) In the following descriptions the term “circa” indicates that the event (birth, marriage, or death) is estimated based on the information in another record which is cited. If a particular date and location is given, it means that the specific information is from a particular record. (2) During the time period of Generation 1 and some of Generation 2, the records were written in Polish; names, including those of German heritage, were spelled in Polish. The German name is used unless there is a direct reference to the record in which case the Polish name is used with the German spelling in parentheses. (3) The reader will also note various spellings of locations, usually as various transliterations (a letter by letter translation) from an original record. Otherwise, the spelling is from a printed source.

Generation 1

1. Andrzej1 Spurgat[i]was born circa 1818, and died after 1865. He married Rozalia Kuczynska[ii] circa 1837. She was born circa 1819, and died after 1865.

Any details about the lives of Andrzej Spurgat and Roza Kuczynska are unknown until records with their names appear in the Wylkowiszki civil registers. The birth about 1838 of their oldest known child, Jan (Johann in German and John in English) precedes the date of the Wylkowiszki records. (In 1865, at the time of the marriage of Jan (Johann, John) Spurgat, his parents, Andrzej Spurgat and Rozalia Kuczynska, were recorded as living in the village of Garzwiny[iii], [also spelled Garszwinia and Garzszwinie][iv], near Wylkowiszki, where the civil registries for Garzwiny were kept.

However, the birth of their second son, Frydryk, born on 10 August 1849, is the first recorded Spurgat record in Wylkowiszki. Andrzej, 31 years old, was a farm-hand in Korale[v], a large manorial farmstead about 8 versts (1 verst = 1066.7805 meters) from Wylkowiszki.[vi] His mother was Rozalia Kuczynska, age 30.[vii]

Children of Andrzej Spurgat and Rozalia Kuczynska are:

+              2              i.              Johann2 Spurgat,[viii] born circa 1838; died after 1908.  

              3              ii.             Frydryk Spurgat, born 10 August 1849 in Korale, near Wylkowiszki, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[ix]

Generation 2

2. Jan (Johann2) Spurgat[x] (Andrzej1) was born circa 1838, and died after 1908.[xi] He married (1) Anna Ber[xii] 26 May 1865 in Dydwiże, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire, daughter of Frydryk Ber and Karolina Gudat.[xiii] She was born circa 1838 in Prussia, [xiv] and died 31 March/12 April 1874 in Dydwiże, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xv] He married (2) Karolina Raudonat[xvi] 28 April 1874 in Wylkowiszki,  Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire, daughter of Michal Raudonat and Barbara Henning.[xvii] She was born 18/30 May 1847 in Obszruty, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire, and died after August 1884.[xviii]

Author’s Note: (1) Various spellings of Anna’s last name are recorded: Ber, Bersz, Berg, and Beren. Ber is the most common spelling and the one used on her death record. (2) Two dates, twelve days apart are given, the first for the Julian calendar, the second for the Gregorian calendar, are included when both appeared on the original record. Occasionally, the dates recorded were not exactly twelve days apart.

Generation 3

 Children of Johann Spurgat and Anna Ber are:

                4              i.              Johann Wilhelm3 Spurgat, born 15 June 1867 in    

     Dydwiże,  near Wylkowiszki, SuwalkiProvince, Kingdom of Poland,        

     Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xix]

+              5              ii.             Adolf Spurgat, born 2/14 September 1870 in Dydwiże, near Wylkowiszki,Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xx] died 18 April 1941 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.[xxi]

6              iii.            Anna Spurgat, born 8/20 July 1873 in Kisieniszki, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki       Province,Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xxii] died 11/23 January 1884 Rumaki, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xxiii]

 Children of Johann Spurgat and Karolina Raudonat are:

+            7               i.              August3 Spurgat, born 18/30 January 1875 in Dydwiże, near Wylkowiszki,  Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xxiv] died after 1944. [xxv]

+              8              ii.         Josof Spurgat, born 7/19 March 1877 in Dydwiże, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki       Province,Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xxvi] died 08 February 1965 in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey.[xxvii]

+              9              iii.       Paulina Spurgat, born 13/25 November, 1878 in Procopole, near Wylkowiszki,  SuwalkiProvince, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xxviii] died       after  1941 in New Jersey.[xxix]

10          iv.           Matthias Spurgat, born 7/19August 1881 in Dydwiże, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire;[xxx] died 14/26 January 1884, in Rumaki, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xxxi] 

11          v.            Ludwik Spurgat, born 3/15 August 1882 in Zielonka, near Wylkowiszki, SuwalkiProvince, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xxxii]

12          vi.           Albert Spurgat, born 2/14 August 1884 in Zielonka, near Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the Russian Empire.[xxxiii]

13          vii.            Barbara Spurgat, born circa November 1886; died 28 July/9August 1892 (5

  years and 9 months old) in Rumaki, commune Zielonki,[xxxiv] near

  Wylkowiszki, Suwalki Province, Kingdom of Poland, Protectorate of the

  Russian Empire.


[i] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865), Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

[ii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 43 (1849) page 15/8.

[iii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865).

[iv] Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego [Geographical Dictionary of Polish Kingdom and Other Slavonic Countries] (No publisher: Warsaw, Poland, 1877), 496.

[v] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 43 (1849) page 15/8.  

[vi] Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego (Geographical Dictionary of Polish Kingdom and Other Slavonic Countries), 391.

[vii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 43 (1849), page 15/8.

[viii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865).

[ix] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 43 (1849), page 15/8.

[x] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865).

[xi] List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States from Foreign Contiguous Territory, online <http://www.ancestry.com>, downloaded 12 July 2009), entry for Paulina (Spurgat) Kuschnereit, Volkavisk, Suwalki. This entry lists “Johan Spurgas” as her “nearest relative in country when alien came.”

[xii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865).

[xiii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 9 (1865).

[xiv] Anna Ber Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych,1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 40, (1874), Wojewodzkiw Archiwum Panstwowe, Warsaw, Poland.

[xv] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 40, (1874).

[xvi] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 30 (1847).

[xvii] Kopie księg metrykalnych,1843-1878 [Wylkowiszki] Marriage Register, no. 8 (1874.)

[xviii] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,264, no. 30 (1847). 

[xix] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 39 (1867).

[xx] Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 56 (1870).

[xxi] Adolph Spurgat entry, Kent County Deaths, Local File no. 606; State File no. 20896, County Clerk’s Office, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

[xxii] Anna Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898, [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 51 (1873).

[xxiii] Anna Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 4 (1884).

[xxiv] August Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 13 (1875).

[xxv] Gunter Spurgat, “Family Report,” e-mail message.   

[xxvi] Josof Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 27 (1877).

[xxvii] Letter from Joseph Spurgat.

[xxviii] Paulina Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898, [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 81 (1878). 

[xxix] Funeral Book of Adolph Spurgat.

[xxx] Matthias Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 56 (1881).

[xxxi] Matthias Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Death Register, no. 5 (1884).

[xxxii] Ludwig Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 16 (1882).

[xxxiii] Albert Spurgat entry, Kopie księg metrykalnych, 1843-1898 [Wylkowiszki], Birth Register, no. 61 (1884).

[xxxiv] Letter, Archivum Patriae to Cynthia Jacobson, 5 July 2010.

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About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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