Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pilviskis/Pilviskiai

 Home of Wilhelmine Kaptain, wife of William Gustave Spurgat.  In 1987 August Spurgat, son of William Gustave Spurgat, (This is a different August Spurgat than the one in Gutkaimas/Gudkaimas) said in an interview: Grandfather’s name was Zier. They really had … Continue reading

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Old German Cemetery of Osprutai Village

Our guide reported that there are a number of Lutheran cemeteries in the area. “Last year I was in the cemetery of Garswinie/Garsviniai but there are also cemeteries in Opsrutai, Pilviskiai, Virbalis, etc.“ He also commented that in “searching for … Continue reading

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Oszurty/Opsrutai

Two women who married into the Spurgat families were born here: Karolina Raudonat, 2nd wife of Johann Spurgat in 1847 and Wilhelmina Kaptain, wife of William Spurgat, 20 March/1 April 1877. We continued on the highway toward Pilviskis/Pilviskiai and turned … Continue reading

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Schelmu/ Szelwy/Big Selviai (Mazieji)

Berta Spurgat, daughter of August Spurgat, was born on January 15, 1908, in Schelmu. Vilius thought, “Most probably Schelmu is the same as Selviai. Now there are 2 villages of Selviai: Didieji Selviai (Big Selviai) and Mazieji Selviai (Little Selviai).” … Continue reading

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Kisieniszki/Kisiniskai

The daughter of Johann Spurgat and Anna Ber (Berz), Anna Spurgat, was born here in 1873. It is interesting that this birth was recorded in a place several miles away from Didwize and the other nearby locations associated with this … Continue reading

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