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Old house in Margen (in June 2011)


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Introduction

This is the way to Margen in 2011
Way to Margen in 2011

Margen, County Memel,East Prussia


Name

Other Names and Spellings

Meaning of the Name

The name is a nickname for a freckled man, perhaps an untidy (colourful), or even effeminate, man.
Witko means beer-brewer or hop-farmer (Witeche (1349) "buz an Witechin Tolkin grenicze", Kammeramt Mohrungen).

  • Old-Prussian "margis" = coloured, coloured ox
  • "margis, margeta" = a man, dressed in bright colours
  • "mergu, marjell" = the girl
  • "margullis" = the effeminate man
  • "witi" = hop
  • "witartas" = hop-farmer


General Information

Margen:

Margen Peter:

  • old settlement, about 18 km southeast of Memel, in 1785 with 6 hearths[9]

Margen Wittko:

  • old settlement, about 18 km southeast of Memel, in 1785 with 4 hearths[10]

Political Structure

In 1785 Margen Peter and Margen Wittko were royal country villages, in 1916 rural municipalities.[13]
In 1820 Margen Peter and Margen Wittko were united into Margen .[14]
In 1940 Margen is a village in the municipality Gelszinnen.


Church Structure

Evangelical Church

In 1888 and 1912 Margen belonged to the parish of Dawillen, but before 1854 to the parish of Prökuls.

Catholic Church

In 1907 Margen belonged to the catholic parish of Memel.


Civil Registration

In 1888 Margen belonged to the civil registration district of Gelszinnen and in 1907 to Dawillen. The affiliation changed in 1891.

Population

Storks in Margen (in 2011)

On the 1/12/1885 there were in Margen : 28 occupied and unoccupied residential buildings, 36 households, 164 persons among them 79 male and 85 female, all evangelical.

On the 1/12/1905 there were in Margen : 26 residential buildings, 29 households, 1 single person with their own household, 163 persons among them 79 male, 156 evangelical, 44 spoke German, 86 Lithuanian and 26 German and another language, 7 catholics, speaking Lithuanian.

On the 1/12/ 1885 there were in Margen :

  • inhabitants: 164 (m=79, f=85)
  • confession: 164 ev
  • residential buildings: 28
  • households: 36

On the 1/12/ 1905 there were in Margen :

  • inhabitants: 163 (m=79, f=84)
  • confession: 159 ev, 7 cath
  • native language: 44 German, 86 Lith.(ev) + 7 Lith.(cath), 26 German and another language
  • residential buildings: 26
  • household: 29 + 1 single with own household

Inhabitants

  • in 1683
  • Maykus, will mit dem Weib gehn (wants to go with the woman)
  • Annußße, keiner Religion zugethan (doesn`t like any religion)[15]
Gustav Freimann with his four youngest children:
from left to right: Richard, Kurt, Gustav, Frieda, Alfred Freimann, around 1912/13 in Margen


History

Quarrying sand in Margen (in 2011)

From the Memeler Dampfboot (a newspaper) from 5th of July 1957

  • Letters from home: Margen has almost disappeared

The farms in Margen are joined together to a collective farm. They have 40 cows, first living in 2 cowsheds, but after one cowshed burnt down the last autumn, they are alone on the farm of Makies . In summer the cows are looked after by 2 herdsmen on horseback. The leader of the collective farm is living at Gelszinis in the (former) customs office. Today the school is a silo. The inn of Lauries still exists but today it is the mayor`s flat. There are not many farms left in the village. Especially the smaller farms to Grabsten are pulled down. The cemeteries of Margen and Grabsten are levelled off. There had been an airport, later given up, and today sewed with rye. The administration of the collective farm is in the inn of Grabsten. The inn of Scherner still exists and is working.


Miscellaneous

Photos

The following photos were taken in June 2011:

Built in 1941


Maps

Margen on Schroetterkarte (1796-1802) 1:50 000
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
See right Margen on Schroetter Karte 1802, scale 1: 160 000


Margen on Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Margen on Karte des Deutschen Reiches des Reichsamtes für Landesaufnahme 1893
© 2010 Cartography Associates


Margen on Messtischblatt 0394 Dawillen (1911) with the municipal boundaries of 1938
© Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie


Internetlinks

Partly edition of Margen: Local heritage book

Chance Discoveries

Often people, who were not born locally in the area, are found mentioned in church books or other archive source material of a place. These findings are chance discoveries. Such findings are sometimes the only opportunity to break through the Brick Wall in research. On the following page you can add chance discoveries related to this place or even find one for yourself.


Private Sources of Information and Offers of Help with Research

On the following page, private (non commercial !) genealogists conducting research on this place, and/or those willing to share genealogical information, perform searches or provide scans/copies etc. regarding this place, can add their contact details. All inquiries should be made directly to the listed researcher!

Data from the Geneological Place Database (GOV)

GOV-Id MARGENKO05QP
name
type
  • settlement
w-Number
  • 66132
external id
  • geonames:597243
  • nima:-2616510
map
   

TK25: 394

Affiliations
Superordinate objects

Memel (Hlste. Dreifaltigkeit), Klaipėda, Memel (1907) ( parish ) Source S.156/157

Gellßinnen, Gellszinnen, Gelžiniai, Gelßinnen (1939-05-01 -) ( rural municipality municipality ) Source

Margen, Margiai (- 1939-04-30) ( rural municipality ) Source Source

Dawillen (1907) ( parish ) Source S.156/157


Sources

  1. Catalogis der Verächter des H. Nachtmals, welche bey dieser Prekolschen Kirchen im gegenwertigen 1683ten Jahre befindlich, Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin, OstFol Memel Bd1287 Prökuls,people who didn`t want the communion
  2. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939),a geographical list of places in East Prussia
  3. Taufbuch Prökuls,book of baptisms
  4. Schroetterkarte (1796-1802), scale 1:50000
  5. Quelle unbekannt, source unknown
  6. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  7. GOV: http://gov.genealogy.net/
  8. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  9. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  10. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  11. Prästationstabelle Prökuls Nr. 1 von 1743, a taxlist of 1743
  12. Prästationstabelle Prökuls Nr. 1 von 1743, a taxlist from 1743
  13. Johannes Sembritzki, Geschichte des Kreises Memel, Memel, 1918, a history of County Memel
  14. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  15. Catalogis der Verächter des H. Nachtmals, welche bey dieser Prekolschen Kirchen im gegenwertigen 1683 ten Jahre befindlich, Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin, OstFol Memel Bd1287 Prökuls
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