In 2010 the author had written:
…The children of Pauline Spurgat Hutop reported that her father, Johann Ferdinand Hutop, was said to have had four wives…
After I started my blog in May 2012 I heard from a Facebook friend, Pajevonys Wizajny, named after the two locations in Lithuania of interest to him. He sent me a 1931 marriage record of an Emil Hutop/Emilas Hutopas in the same location, but I could not connect him to my family.
In November 2014 the professional researcher at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives added these notes about this marriage record which I brought to his/her attention:
…this Emilis Hutop could be: (1) a son of Johann Ferdinand Hutop from his third marriage. (2) a son of Johann Ferdinand Hutop with his first marriage to Dorota Cering or with his second marriage to Charlotte Simoneit.
We have looked through death records for this Johann Ferdinand but did not find any. We have looked for the death record of his wife Luiza Rigelyte Hutop until 1940 but did not find any.
This marriage had to be approved by the Bishop. We cannot locate a decree from the Vilkaviskis province to check the reason for a dispensa—a release from calling banns. Usually a dispensa is issued when newlyweds need to marry as soon as possible or when the marriage is between members of different congregations.
We did not check for births and marriages of Emilis and his possible siblings. We guess he and his father Jonas Ferdinand were members of a Hutop family who remained in Lithuania.
By December 2015 the author had written:
Perhaps there was a third marriage of Johann Ferdinand Hutop to Luiza Rigelyte circa 1905 in Pajevonis and a son, Emil Hutop, born to them circa 1906
…(1) Research to determine the relationship of Emil Hutop to the above Hutop family has not resulted in a conclusive relationship.
(2) Microfilmed records of the Pajevonys parish appear not to exist. There is no record of a Lutheran church in Pajevonys.
(3) Existing cemetery records from the Roman Catholic Church did not reveal a burial for Anna Hutop, Johann Ferdinand Hutop, [second wife] Charlotte Simoneit Hutop, Emil Hutop, Luize Rigetyle Hutop, or any other Hutops.
(4) The author did not locate anyone with the Hutop surname or its various spellings from the [online] International Tracing Service in its records on displaced persons after World War II in Europe. ITS databases are housed in the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D. C.
Some of this information was revealed in https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/2012-2015-research-post-7-passport-and-ober-ost/
May 2016 US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Survivors and Victims Databases
In the previous post I wrote:
…I now turned to my maternal line, the Hutop family, where I had listed about 30 names with extra space for any new names!
Included in this list as there were many records for Emilis Hutopas born 28 August 1906; his wife Anele Dainauskas born 3 March 1905, and two daughters Albine/Albina born November 1935 and Elena born February 1938. I also found records with the Dainauskas name that immigrated to Nebraska.
Many were the same forms kept on Anna Spurgaitis/Ona Spurgatiene:
I had: an AEF Assembly Center Registration Card, Deutschland records, documents from the Headquarters of the Third United States Army, and an Application for Assistance. Several records in German required Benjamin Hutop’s invaluable translations. One in Lithuanian was sent to my trusty family history tour guide.
This discovery happened on Day 1 and if I learned nothing else, the trip would have been a success. But there were to be even more discoveries.
Epilogue: 2016 and Forward
In the months following this discovery, with the help of both my fellow German researcher and Lithuanian Family Tour Guide, we have worked to determine the relationship to our family as well as what happened to this Hutop family and the possible whereabouts of the daughters. We are now quite certain that Emil is related to us through a third wife. Along the way, we discovered a brother Johann. Because there are contradictions in the records, and the search is incomplete at the time of the publication of this post, the results will, hopefully, be the subject of a not too distant future post.