Family Correlations

 Family stories from at least two sources in Generation 3 substantiate several details in the two previous posts:

 From Alfred Spurgat, oldest son of Adolf, and the author’s father:[i]

  • John Spurgat was Adolf’s father. (This is confirmed by his name written in English on Adolf’s death certificate in 1941. The information was most likely given by Pauline Hutop Spurgat, Adolf’s wife.)[ii] 
  • John Spurgat is thought to have had five wives. (These records have provided the names of two wives.)
  • Adolf had a step-mother as his own mother died when he was quite young. (Anna Ber Spurgat died in March 1874; Adolf was born 2/14 September 1870. At the time of Anna’s death Adolf was under four years old. His father Johann Spurgat married Karolina Raudonat in April 1874.)
  • As a youngster, Alfred Spurgat, Adolf’s oldest son, remembered hearing the names Ludwik Spurgat and Anna Spurgat. (Anna Spurgat, born in 1873, was a younger sister of Adolf who died at age 10 in 1884. Ludwik Spurgat, born in 1882, was a younger half-brother of Adolf.)
  • Josof Spurgat was a half-brother of Adolf. (Adolf was the son of Anna Ber  and Johann Spurgat; Josof was the son of Karolina Raudonat and Johann Spurgat.)
  • Adolf said that his father was a kind of a game warden on a rich man’s estate. (The two birth records of Ludwik in 1882 and Albert in 1884 list Johann Spurgat as a “hunter” and a “shooter.”)
  • Adolf talked about using a Gatling gun when he was in the Russian army.[iii] (The Imperial Russian Army was still using the Gatling gun thirty years after it was invented and used during the American Civil War, 1861 to 1865.)

 From Joseph Spurgat, son of Josof Spurgat: [iv]

  • John (Johann) Spurgat of Wylkowiszki is reported to have had five wives. They are (1) Caroline Raudonat, (2) Marie (surname unknown), (3) [Unknown first name] Schwartz, (4) and (5) unknown first and last names. (Records provided the names of two wives: Anna Ber and Karolina Raudonat.) Another listing of the wives of John (Johann) Spurgat is (1) Augusta Spurgat, (2) Caroline Unknown, and (3) Alma Raudonat.
  • Adolf grew up with a “stiefmutter.” (Karolina Raudonat was the second wife of Johann Spurgat and the step-mother of Adolf Spurgat.) 
  • The names of Johann Spurgat’s children are Ludwik, Bertha, Pauline, Joseph, Albert, John, and Adam. (Records provided the following names of Johan’s children: Johann Wilhelm, Adolf, Anna, August, Josof, Paulina, Mathäus [sic Matthias], Ludwik, and Albert. The birth records of Bertha and Adam were not located.)
  • Records provided by descendants of Josof Spurgat indicate that his birth date was 7/19 March 1877.  (The record states that Josof Spurgat was born 19 March 1877.)
  • Family stories indicated that Johann Spurgat had more than one wife as Josof was known to refer to his “steif-mutter”, step-mother,[v]an indication that Johann had at least three wives (if Adolf and Josof both had a step-mother). Only two marriage records were located, one to Anna Ber and the second to Karolina Raudonat. All the birth records listed the mother of each child as either Anna Ber or Karolina Raudonat.

 [i] Interview, Alfred Spurgat, 28 December 1993.

[ii] Adolph Spurgat entry, Kent County Deaths, Local File no. 606; State File no. 20896, County Clerk’s Office, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kopie księg metrykalnych 1843-1898: microfilm no. 905,265, no. 56, (1870). Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

[iii] Interview, Alfred Spurgat, 28 December 1993.

[iv] Letter from Joseph Spurgat. The late Joseph Spurgat was the son of Josof Spurgat.

[v] Letter, Joseph Spurgat to Cynthia Jacobson, 10 July 1995.


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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