Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hassfortowo and Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai

Town of residence of Johann Ferdinand Hutop as written on internal travel passport. Hassfortowo was also known as Gasfortowo. It was a village in the administrative district of Wylkowiszki in the administrative sub district and parish of Pojewon. It had … Continue reading

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Purwiniszki/Purviniskai

Wilhelm Gustave Spurgat was born here in 1875.  The following information explains why this particular location was so important. In July 2010 I was finishing The Three Spurgat Families from Wylkokwiszki . Even though I had found the birth and … Continue reading

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Wirballen/Virbalis Church and Cemetery

We met our local guide at the Wirballen/Virbalis Lutheran Church. He reaffirmed what the pastor of the Marijampole Lutheran church had just told us: the Wirballen/Virbalis Church was older than the Marijampole church as it was founded in 1731 by … Continue reading

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Marijampole

Marijampole is the city where records of the Hutop family were recorded. My grandmother,Pauline Hutop married Adolph Spurgat. Our family history tour guide had arranged a “discussion with the pastor or church community “at the Marijampole Lutheran Church.” Pastor Vaidas … Continue reading

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Garszwinie/Garsviniai

Home of the Mathäus Spurgat family from circa 1863 to circa 1867. 3 children of Mathäus Spurgat and Wilhelmina Keller were born here: Augusta in 1863, Anna in 1865, and Emilia in 1867. Garszwinie/Garsviniai does not exist today. There are … Continue reading

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