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 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!

virbalis church person and soul register

Hassfortowo/Kunigiszki

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   

Ferdinand Hutop Passport Picture

Reverse Side of Passport of Johann Hutop                      

 Ferdinand Hutop Passport Reverse

Translation

Administrative Area Suwalki

1. Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki

    Powiat:

2. Paβ Nr.: (passport number) 41743

    Nr. Paszportu

3. Wohnort: (Town of residence) Hassfortowo

    Miejsce pobytn

    Wohnstätte: (Residence) Kunigiszki

     Mieszkanie

4. Vor=u. Zuname: (First and last name) Johann Gutop

     Imie i nazwisko

5. Geburtsdatum: (Date of birth) 15. 6. 1846

    Data urodzenia

    bzw. ungefahres Alter: (Approximate age)

    [Left Blank]

    albo wiek

6. Geburtsort: (Place of birth) Gize

     Miejsce urodzenia

     Gemeinde: (Community) Gize

    (indicated by ditto marks)

           Gmina

             Kreis: (District) Wilkowiszki  

           Powiat  

       Note that the surname is written “Gutop” instead of  “Hutop.”   

This sign points to the famous Kunigiskiu-Piliahalnis settlements and burial mound which date back to the first millennium. It helped to pinpoint that this place had been known as Kunigiszki at one time.

This sign points to the famous Kunigiskiu-Piliahalnis settlements and burial mound which date back to the first millennium. It helped to pinpoint that this place had been known as Kunigiszki at one time.

This view shows how Hassfortowo/Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai/Pajevonys ,ooks today. Its proximity to the Jewona River may have generated several names. (Our guide told us that there can be up to four different names for the same location in Lithuania.)

This view shows how Hassfortowo/Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai/Pajevonys ,ooks today. Its proximity to the Jewona River may have generated several names. (Our guide told us that there can be up to four different names for the same location in Lithuania.)

 

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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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1 Response to Hassfortowo and Kunigiszki/Kunigiskiai

  1. Valdas says:

    Emilis Hutopas was born 1906 in GASPERTAVO village(now ASPERTAVAS) ,lived in village Ragaisiai, married 1931 November 12 in Pajevonys parish, Anele Dainauskaite(born 1905) from village Kunigiskiai.
    Parents ; Jonas – Ferdinandas Hutopas and Luiza Rigelyte (Hutopiene).

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