The earliest recorded Spurgat records, two births, were recorded here: Frydryk in 1849, son of Andrzej Spurgat (born circa 1818) and Rozalia Kuczynska, the father of Johann Spurgat, and grandfather of Adolph. Ludwik Spurgat born in 1852/53 is the son of Andrzej Spurgat (born 1802) and Karolina Walat. Whether this Andrzej was directly connected to our Spurgat families is undetermined.
We proceeded towards Korale/Karaliai northeast of Wylkowiszki/Vilkavisksis. On the way we passed through a village, unrelated to the Spurgats, but with the name of Volkiskziai. Vilius said it indicated that it was a place where Germans had settled. Perhaps, he thought, Korale/Karaliai and Volkiskziai had been one village and they were now two. At this point we were only 5 to 6 kilometers from the Dydwize/ Didvyziai Manor, so once again it was evident that the Spurgats had lived close together.
Korale/Karaliai was another village but one of well-kept, “wealthy” houses. Some of them, our guide exclaimed, were “super-duper, like in America, shiny exposing wealth, even gold in color.” This was a stark contrast from the surroundings of 1849, more than 160 years ago when the first Spurgats recorded in the Civil Registers, lived in this place.