Two Hutop family researchers provided information about two other Hutop families: (1) A brief overview of research  connecting the Hutop/Hutob Family of Reval, Estonia, with the Hutops in Gizai, Suwalki Province, Protectorate of the Russian Empire, is presented. (2) The author’s discovery of people with the Hutop name in Willuhnen, Kreis Pillkallen, East Prussia, while she was searching for the Spurgats, is the subject of the following post.

The Hutop/Hutob Family of Reval, Estonia

Benjamin Hutop contacted the German Baltic Genealogy Society… DBGG (Deutsch Baltische Genealogische Gesellschaft) for information on HUTOPS in Estonia

Hutop vs. Hutob

H e explained Grimm’s Law:  See’s_law

There was a change in the use of some letters in the early 19th century in the region which later became Estonia. In general ‘soft consonants’ as G, B or D were replaced by ‘hard consonants’ as K, P and T. So normally HUTOP should not have been changed to HUTOB. Theory is one thing; real life is something else.

The German Baltic Genealogy Society sent two sets of records: The first was from the Das Revaler Bürgenbuch 1786-1796 (the Reval Citizen book) published in 2006, the first recorded name of Jaecksch Gerdruta Helena, geb. Hutop. The second record was about Meister Hutop

Christian Hutop/Hutob 

Benjamin Hutop:

…The oldest known HUTOP in the Baltics [is] Christian Hutob, a new version regarding the  spelling, I do not know if it’s a typo or the original spelling

born approx. 1690 in Bernau, Berlin region

citizen of Reval since 1723

profession: Blacksmith

married with Anna Sophia Lorentz since 1723

10 children

His son, number ‘h’, Johann Christian was his successor as master smith

died in 1773, death registration as Christoph Hutob

Source: Register Baltische Stammfolgen (RBS), “Sammlung Paulsen, Ordner 3” der DBGG

Both researchers believe that Johann Christian Hutop/Hutob is the same person in the Reval, Estonia, records. Both also believe that the spelling should be Hutop as it is classified that way by the professionals who published the Das Revaler Bürgerbuch (Citizen Book) 1786-1796 in 2006 and compiled the records for the Estonian National Archive.

When I saw that these records came from St. Nikolai church, I was simply amazed as it is the most famous church in Tallin, just a block from the market square in the Old Town of Tallin! We had been there on Saturday, July 14, 2013! Whether or not we turned out to be related to this Hutop family in Reval, I was deeply impressed with someone with that same name had attended this most famous church.

                                     Das Revaler Bürgerbuch (Citizen Book) 1786-1796 DBGG-Sammlung Paulsen, 3-1

 The title of the page states Hutop. In the text the name is spelled Christian Hutob. Only a portion of the first of three pages shown.

Two researchers had different ideas about the possible relationship to our Hutop family. We explored every possible way to connect this family to “our” Hutop family.

I wrote:

Perhaps Christian Hutop who was born in Berlin had a relative who also emigrated east, not to Tallin, but to East Prussia, and ended up a few miles east into what would become Suwalki Province during the time the German craftsmen moved there (late 18th century).

  • Guild records in East Prussia might be the best records to pursue.

He wrote:

The most common way of migration is that a person moves to a place where other persons of the same family (or people) have moved.

  • Maybe the Hutops from Reval moved to Suwalki, maybe in a period that the Baltics were already Russian. Then, it was an internal move which was probably easier.
  • Regarding your theory of one relative migrated to Reval-Tallinn, the other one to East Prussia… I’m not sure.
  • Maybe two brothers or cousins who don’t like each other…

Later he wrote again:

If the Tallinn Hutops are related, we had an ancestor with a quite long list of cases before the Court of Justice. There was action against him because of a supposed violation of the code of conduct of his profession and incorrect management of community property…! He opened claims against other persons for money and personal insult issues.

I wrote:

Would this be a possible reason he or his descendants might leave Reval?

He replied:

No. As far as I know, he stayed. And his son was also a master blacksmith in Reval. So, maybe he was involved in a lot of court cases, but innocent in the end. So far, no links found to Suwalki.

 Additional  information about Johann Christian Hutop came later. The first is from the Balticische Familiengeschichtliche MitteilungenBaltic  (Family History Releases), published in Tartu, Estonia, in 1937.

This is about a Russian general with the German name Paswick, but he preferred to use ‘v. Passek’ to pretend being part of a famous noble family. The information from this magazine is quite similar to the overview about the Reval Hutops above.

However, he was a descendant of craftsmen families, Hutop(b) in his maternal line. I found more precise biographical data (especially the birth date) on the first Hutop in Reval.

Hutob Entry from Balticische Familiengeschichtliche MitteilungenBaltic  Reval Hutops BFM 1937.4.IV (2)


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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