The Lutheran Church in Wylkowiszki

“A Little about the Community of Wilkowischen”:
The Lutheran Church in Wylkowiszki

The evangelical Lutheran church in Wylkowiszki was founded in 1843 as a “daughter” church of the congregation of Mariampol. Although the planning for a wooden church building and a tower began in 1868, the church was not started until 1870 when the Baron of Hungary-Sternberg became the deacon and chairman of the vestry. (1) Although the community lacked the necessary funds to complete the church, it was built, nevertheless, and the loan was repaid over the years. (2)

Sometime later this same “majorat-spachter” (Major-General) built a congregational house with a Cantor’s dwelling and stable. Half of this house was rented by the Russian military community as a room for worship. On the other end of the building, the Cantor and the teachers resided. The German school was in one of the rooms. The rent from the Russians helped pay off the debt. (5)

In 1880 the Wylkowiszki branch of the evangelical church in Mariampol had 2,480 worshippers. (4)

Later the congregation was able to build a church tower. By 1890 there was a choir loft, and a year later the group bought an organ. About 1892 the Major General Minkewitz sent an altar picture to the church. Eventually, the branch congregation became steadily neglected. (5)

There were several spiritual leaders of this congregation: Pastor Lange from 1843 to 1849; Pastor Bergmann from 1849 to 1872; Pastor Radtke from 1872 to 1874; Pastor Pasternaci from 1874 to 1893; and Pastor Sachs from 1893 to 1896. (6) (The names of the first four pastors appeared on several of the family records.)

By 1896 Pastor Eichelberger from Mariampol served this congregation so in the later years the Wylkowiszki (congregation) again belonged to Mariampol. Before the Lithuanian Germans were resettled in Germany after World War II, Wylkowiszki again became a self-standing congregation under Pastor Felgendrher. (7)

(1) Herman Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen. [The History of the Protestant German Settlement in Lithuania] (Leer: Herausgegben von Hifskomitee der evangelischen Deutschen aus Litauen in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schriftleitung der Heimatstimme, 1964), 122.
(2) Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 122.
(3) Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 122-123.
(4) Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego, 94-96.
(5) Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 123.
(6) Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 123.
(7) Jaekel, Bilder aus der Geschichte des evangelischen Deutschtums in Litauen, 123.

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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 The Lutheran Church in Wylkowiszki

  1. moonhare83 says:

    I have an original birth certificate for my 2nd Great Grandfather dating from 1846 and on it it mentions the fact that he was baptised within the Church of the Augsburg Confession. He was born in Wylkowiszki so I believe this is the church you are talking about here 🙂

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