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 20 houses, 114 inhabitants and was located 22 versts from Wylkowiszki. (Geographical Dictionary of Polish Kingdom and other Slavonic Countries.)
The Wirballen/Virbalis church membership list that Vaidas Klesevicius had given us earlier in the day helped once more. It listed the residents of Hassfortowo on it, placing that location in the Wirballen/ Virbalis parish! For the first time Vilius saw the two names together on a list, Hassfortowo was the German name for Kinigiszki/Kunigiskiai. He realized that that they were one and the same! At some time in the past, the villages had merged together!
The village is now known as Pajevonys and has a very interesting history that predates Christian times in Lithuania. Its proximity to the Jewona River may have generated several names. (Vilius told us that there can be up to four different names for the same location in Lithuania). An internal passport would have been appropriate in a location like this.
Residence of Johann Ferdinand Hutop as written on internal travel passport.
Vilius had originally written, “Not defined yet but we’ll find it.” Later he wrote, “At least 3 places in modern Vilkaviskis district have such a name. The most widely known is Pajevonys; Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai is the second (previous?) name of village. He had further suggested that I read the Wikipedia article with the map for Pajevonys. He had found a Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai on the online map, southwest of Vilkaviskis near a river. This location seemed pretty far away from Gize/Gizai where Ferdinand Hutop was born in 1846 and was living in 1875, 1879, and 1881, the respective dates of the births of his two daughters and the death of his wife.
In The Three Spurgat Families from Wylkowiszki I had written that there were two villages with the name of Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai in the Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis area and that I had been unable to determine which of the two villages more closely matched the likely residence of Johann Ferdinand Hutop. From my research, Vilius determined that the correct “Kunigiszki/ Kunigiskiai” was a village on the Jewona River in the Wylkowiszki/Vilkaviskis administrative district, in the administrative subdistrict and parish of Pojewon. It was located 21 versts from Wylkowiszki/ Vilkaviskis. In 1881 it had 25 houses and 149 people.” It could not be Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai Bartnickie” because the words Barniki and Lakieliszki would have appeared on the passport. “
This specific information makes me think that the Hutop family may easily have been in this area much earlier than the Spurgats. Although I have never found their name on a Salzburger list, they may have been among the earlier groups of German craftsmen who came into this area closer to the border of East Prussia before the Spurgats. Because Hassfortowo-Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai is close to Virbalis, a very old German settlement, perhaps a person named Hutop (a much more German sounding name than Spurgat) might have settled here. Perhaps a Cering/Zering (Pauline Hutop Spurgat’s mother) had settled here.
This passport started the search for the Spurgats and Hutops in December 1993. It took almost 20 years but I had made it back to the beginning!
Passport of Johann Hutop
Reverse Side of Passport of Johann Hutop
Administrative Area Suwalki
1. Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki
2. Paβ Nr.: (passport number) 41743
3. Wohnort: (Town of residence) Hassfortowo
Wohnstätte: (Residence) Kunigiszki
4. Vor=u. Zuname: (First and last name) Johann Gutop
Imie i nazwisko
5. Geburtsdatum: (Date of birth) 15. 6. 1846
bzw. ungefahres Alter: (Approximate age)
6. Geburtsort: (Place of birth) Gize
Gemeinde: (Community) Gize
(indicated by ditto marks)
Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki
Note that the surname is written “Gutop” instead of “Hutop.”