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Introduction

Meszeln, Meeszeln, Meeßeln, Meßeln, Mezzeln, also Helme Krüger, Hellmen Krueger,in 1540 Albrecht Kuger, Albert Kuger, County Memel, East Prussia.

Name

The name refers to the nature of the landscape. However Peteraitis` interpretation from the Lithuanian "miežys" (barley) doesn`t fit due to historical settlements.

The alternative name 'Helme Krüger' means a German with the name Helm lived here as the owner of an inn. The alternative name 'Jusky Jorgenn' says he was a blacksmith or a stove fitter.

  • Nehrungs-Curonian "mežil, mežēn" = small forest
  • "mežs" = the forest
  • "meža iet" = to go into the forest
  • "meželuoap" = game, deer
  • Prussian-Skalvian-Lithuanian "meška" = the bear


Political Structure

In 1940 Meszeln is a village in the municipality of Wensken.

Church Structure

Evangelical Church

In 1888 and 1912 Meszeln belonged to the parish of Prökuls.

Catholic Church

In 1907 Meszeln belonged to the Catholic parish of Memel.

Civil Registration

In 1888 and 1907 Meszeln belonged to the civil registration district of Prökuls.

History

History of Farms

Map of Meszeln

and further on:

Berties, Michel, railway worker
Gelzinnus, Christoph, a road-mender, * 16.12.1873 in Dittauen and his wife Kairies, Mare, * 26.04.1900 in Schwenzeln, oo 09.06.1937 in Prökuls (StA)
Kurschat, Christoph, a tailor
Kurschat, Martin, a worker, building streets
Schenk, Ernst, a worker, building streets
Walaudszus, Franz, a brick maker

and some inhabitants of the "Insthäuser"

  • Map, list of houses and their occupants taken from: Erinnerungen an ein deutsches Grenzland an der Memel (Memory of the Memelland), pages 114/115 by Ewald Rugullis with the kind permission of Ewald Rugullis (Copyright)
  • List of inhabitants Wensken

Little Stories

The "Klumpenmacher" - a manual worker who made wooden shoes

I want to tell you about Schernus. I have never heard his first name because he was always called Schernus, the "Klumpenmacher". The wooden shoes he made were first-class. He went from one farmer to the other and carved the shoes for a whole year out of wood from a willow tree. The farmer had a stock of thick and dry pieces. For us he made approximately 30-40 pairs. All hand-made because there were no machines. In summer we went barefooted. When the wooden shoes were wet in winter we put them into the warm stove and they were dry and pleasantly warm.

An older woman

There was also an older woman in that house. She was very economical. To have warm tea she put a cup of water with tea into the sunny window and waited.

Inhabitants

According to the "Prästationstabellen"- tax records of the Prussian state



Farmers and "Köllmer" in Meszeln (at that time called Helme Krüger ) 1732

Die Untersuchung der Ämter des Litauischen (Gumbinner) und des Ostpreußischen (Königsberger) Kammerdepartements im Jahre 1777 von Siegfried Hungerecker - Investigation into Lithuanian (Gumbinner) and East Prussian (Königsberger) departments in 1777

"Schaarwerksbauern" ( dependant farmers) according to the Prästationstabelle 1796- taxlist of 1796

Prästationstabelle 1805- taxlist of 1805

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Mickuszaith, Martin
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Aschmoneith, Barthel
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Mehlaith, Michel
Lipnus, Christoph
Strangals, Michel
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Bausche, Micka
Gloszaith, Christoph
Hermoneith, Grigall
Kethpaulies, Andrutt
Leitis, Annus
Mertinaith, Christoph
Pruß, Michel
Schwirblies, Martin
Strangals, Christoph




Kiaup, Urbon
Meckis, Mart.

Mickuszeit, Mart.
Gelleszinn, Mart.
Steinwender, Mart.
Aschmons, Jacob
Boettcher, Jacob
Mehleit, Hans

Strangals, Michel

Butzlow, Reinh.


Hoppe, Friedr.








Sckuriblis=Sckwirblis, Mart.

Stuhler, Ruprecht, inherited
Preugschas, Jurge, inherited as son- in- law; before: Kiaup, Urb.
Meyckis, Mertin (called Bekeris (Info aus OFB)), taken as desert country
Meeding, Samuel, inherited
Gellszinn, Michael, inherited, before: Mikuszeit, Christoph
Gellszinn, Jurge, inherited
Steinwender, Johann, inherited
Laucksdens, Mertin, widow, inherited
Boettcher, Christoph, inherited
Simuttis, Mertin, marriage (oo Meilate)
Wisbars, David, marriage
Purwins, Jurge *, marriage, (oo Katrine Strangulene ***)
Boettcher, Jacob, for money
Butzlaff, Friedrich, inherited, before: Christoph
forge: Steinwender, Michael **

Stuhler, Ruprecht, inherited
Preugschas, Jurge, inherited as son-in-law; before: Kiaup, Urb.
Meykis, Christoph, inherited, before: Matin
Meeding, Samuel, inherited
Gellszinn, Michael, inherited
Gellszinn, Jurge, inherited
Steinwender, Johann, inherited
Schluszas, Michel, taken as ?, before: Laucksdens
Lehr, Andres, taken as ?, before: Boettcher
Ischlis, Jons, as stepson inherited, vorher: Simuttis
Beths, Michel, as stepson inherited, vorher: Wisbars
Purwins, Jurge, marriage,
Boettcher, Jacob, inherited
Jetzt: Krafft, Kristoph, before: Hopp, Endrig, got it as son-in-law, before: Butzlaff

* before he was a blacksmith and gave back his manual work and concession.
** He is a blacksmith. The forge and the house without a garden are the property of Schaarwerksbauer Johann Steinwender.
*** widow ( 1/7/1771) according to the church register


According to "Prästationstabelle" from 1805

According to "Prästationstabelle" from 1825

According to "Prästationstabelle" from 1843

later

Stuhler, Ruprecht, inherited
Preugschas, Jurge, inherited as son-in-law; before: Kiaup, Urb.
Meykis, Christoph, inherited, before: Matin
Meeding, Samuel, inherited
Gellszinn, Michael, inherited
Gellszinn, Jurge, inherited
Steinwender, Johann, inherited
Schluszas, Michel, taken as ? , before: Laucksdens
Lehr, Andres, taken as ?, before: Boettcher
Ischlis, Jons, inherited as stepson, before: Simuttis
Beths, Michel, inherited as stepson, before: Wisbars
Purwins, Jurge, marriage,
Boettcher, Jacob, inherited
Jetzt: Krafft, Kristoph, before: Hopp, Endrig, got it as son-in-law, before: Butzlaff

Stuhlert, Friedrich ,from his father
Preugszas, Martin, from his father
Kurszatis, Christoph, inherited (he married Grete Meikate)
Meding, Ludwig, before Samuel, inherited
Gellszinn, Christoph, before Michael, inherited
Meykis, David, before Jurge Gellszinn, marriage
Steinwender, Johann, from his father
Lukatis, Jons, marriage
Steinberger, Michael, before Lehr, bought
Ischlis, Jons
Beths, Jurge, before Michael, from his father
Purwins, Jurge
Boettcher, Jacob
Krafft, Kristoph

Stuhlert, Friedrich
Preugszas, Martin
Kurszatis, Christoph
Meding, Ludwig
Gellszinn, Christoph
Meykis, David
Steinwender, Johann
Lukatis, Jons
Steinberger, before Michael
Isellis, Erdmann
Podszus, Jons, (married the widow Bets)
Jurgis Teciens called Tecies, (marriage)
Boettcher, Ludwig
Strunkait, Johann, (marriage)]

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Greitschus
Karallus
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Gelzinnus
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Steinwender
Lukat
Rosenberg
Schernus
Gerullis
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Böttcher
Sallawitz
???
Kawohl
Schadereit
Schneider
???






Snowball fight: Eva and Ruth Schneider, Ruth Gerullis and Hildegard Gelszinnis; Edith Steinwender is missing
Heinz, Gerhard and Edith Steinwender with visitor Anne Kasten born Baltumeit from Königsberg


Inhabitants

Bibliography

  • RUGULLIS, Ewald: Der Amtsbezirk Lankuppen im Kirchspiel Prökuls, Kreis Memel-Land: Erinnerungen an ein deutsches Grenzland an der Memel: Erzählungen über das Leben und Wirken der Menschen hier und in den umliegenden Gemeinden des Amtsbezirkes, Hilden 2000. - a Memory of the Memelland and its people especially from Lankuppen, parish of Prökuls and surroundings (191 S., enthält u.a. einen Ortsplan von Meszeln- with a map of Meszeln )
  • ROSENBERG, Lothar: Memellandgeschichten, Steinmeier Nördlingen, 2006: Aber Olga, du bist ja ganz aufgeruschelt. New and old stories from the Memelland from the years around 1914 to 1940. The stories are from Meeszeln and Wensken, south of the Memel, sometimes also Ramutten, Szagaten and Eydaten, Tennetal, County Heydekrug. Paperback. 120 pages.


Miscellaneous

Maps

Meszeln on Schroetterkarte (1796-1802) 1:50 000
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
See on top of Schroetter Karte 1802, scale 1: 160000


Mesczeln on Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Mesczeln and surroundings on Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz


Meszeln on Messtischblatt 0493 Prökuls (1910-1940) with the municipal boundaries of 1938
© Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie



Internet links

Partly edition of Meszeln: Local heritage book Photos from Meszeln

Chance Discoveries

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Private Sources of Information and Offers of Help with Research

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Data from the Genealogical Place Database (GOV)

GOV-Id MEEELNKO05PM
name
  • Meeßeln Source Wohnplatz 21.117 (deu)
  • Meeszeln (1923) Source page 1087 (lit)
  • Mėželiai (1923) Source page 1087 (lit)
type
  • settlement
w-Number
  • 66132
external id
  • geonames:597044
  • nima:-2616710
map
   

TK25: 493

Affiliations
Superordinate objects

Wensken, Venskai (1939-05-01 -) ( rural municipality municipality ) Source

Meeßeln, Meeszeln, Mėželiai (- 1939-04-30) ( rural municipality ) Source Source

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

Prökuls II (1907) ( parish ) Source S.156/157


Sources

  1. Taufbuch Prökuls, book of baptisms in Prökul
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