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Regional Research > Historic territory > Germany 1871-1918 > Kingdom Prussia > East Prussia > County Heydekrug > Metterqueten

The only hint to the existence of the former place Metterqueten in Lithuania in 2010


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Introduction

Metterqueten, County Heydekrug, East Prussia


Name

Metriken on Prussiae map (1629)
© AdM Archiv

Other Names and Spellings

Meaning of the Name

The name refers to a fisher settlement near the Topalis-river.

  • Nehrungs-Curonian "metričs" = trawl net, net
  • Old-Prussian "metritze, medritze" = a sack on a big net,sack for fish
  • memelländisch(dialect in the Memelland) "metryčios" = a sack for the haul of the big "Bradden"net
  • Eastern-Prussian "-wethen" and Lithuanian „vieta“ = place, own a place



General Information

  • in 1785 a "Köllmer" village, in 1919 a rural municipality[6]
  • According to the register of places by Lange[7]:
  • village with a railwaystation
  • 11,5 km east of Heydekrug
  • in 1939: 328 inhabitants
  • founded before 1614

Adjacent Places

To the Cöllm. village Metterquetten adjacent places
In the East: Mausel Michel Dargen
In the South: Auritten
In the West: Paul Laudtschen
In the North: Kerrelischken

Source:[8]


Political Structure

In 1785 Metterqueten belonged to the Amt Heydekrug.[9]
In 1.5.1939: Name of the new municipality: Metterqueten; the new municipality is formed by the former municipalities: Metterqueten and Mussaten[10]


Church Structure

Evangelical Church

In 1912 Metterqueten belonged to the parish of Werden.

Catholic Church

In 1907 Metterqueten belonged to the Catholic parish of Szibben.

Cemetery

There are three old cemeteries in Metterqueten:

Cemeteries in Metterqueten on Messtischblatt
© Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie
Entrance to the first cemetery in Metterqueten
in 2010
Path to the second cemetery in Metterqueten
in 2010


1. The first ("old") cemetery is labelled as a monument, but nevertheless hard to find and overgrown. Probably it is the oldest cemetery of the municipality.As far as the graves can be seen they are only from before 1900.
Way to the cemetery: Coming from Heydekrug turn left behind the busstop 'Metirkvieciai' into a sandy path in direction of the former place. After you passed the first farm on the right side you see on the left the small forest with the signposted overgrown cemetery.

2. The second ("new") cemetery is not on the Messtischblatt : It is very hard to find but more easily to enter. In the front area it seems to be more well-kept than the older, totally overgrown back part. Here you find older graves as well as a few from the 20th century but no new ones.
Way to the cemetery: Coming from Heydekrug turn left behind the busstop 'Metirkvieciai' into a sandy path in the direction of the former village. Before the bridge over the river Szuste) turn right into a country lane to the forest. In the right part of the forest you find the overgrown cemetery.

The photos of the cemeteries were taken the 21/6/2010 by Petra and Marieta Waldszus . Kontakt

3. For the third cemetery we don`t have any knowledge. It was near the boundary to the municipality Laudszen .

Civil Registration

In 1907 Metterqueten belonged to the civil registration Paszieszen.


School

  • In 1858 a school was founded in Metterqueten .[11]
  • The teacher`s name at the end of the 1930s was Stamm (according to the contemporary witness and former pupil Willi Schulz, born 1928, from Mussaten).
  • The former school of Metterqueten is near the old cemetery (South-East) on the opposite side of the sandy path on a small hill.
Former school of Metterqueten , taken from the East
in 2012
The former school today, seen from the North
in 2012
Idyllic tree on the small hill near the school
in 2012


Inhabitants

History

This "Kruck" = inn in the district of Auritten is possibly the inn of Metterqueten on Carte des terres devant le Curis H [affe] [de] cote du Memmel, ca. 1670, 1:55 000, Sign. N 11999/50
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz



Miscellaneous

Traffic

  • Since 1913 a 16 km- long railway from Heydekrug to Kolleschen led through Metterqueten.
Timetable of the Insterburger Kleinbahn= Railway
(aus dem Heydekruger Kreisblatt Nr. 17 vom 29.02.1916,a newspaper)



Photos

Impressions of Metterqueten from 2010 and 2012


Maps

Metterqueten on Schroetterkarte (1796-1802), scale 1:50 000
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
See on top right on Schroetter map from 1802, scale 1: 160000


Metterqueten on Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Metterqueten on Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz


Metterqueten on Messtischblatt 0695 Gaidellen, 0696 Wersmeningken (1914) with the municipal boundaries of 1938
© Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie


Town sketch from the former inhabitants list of Metterqueten prepared in the 1950s. (c) Bundesarchiv
Town sketch from the former inhabitants list of Metterqueten prepared in the 1950s. (c) Bundesarchiv


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 (noncommercial !) 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 METTENKL01TO
name
  • Metterqueten Source Wohnplatz 12.74 (deu)
  • Metrikviečiai (1923) Source page 1090 (lit)
type
  • settlement
w-Number
  • 66131
external id
  • nima:-2616709
  • geonames:597045
map
   

TK25: 695

Affiliations
Superordinate objects

Metterqueten, Metrikviečiai ( rural municipality municipality ) Source

Szibben (Hl. Kreuz), Žibai, Heydekrug, Šilutė, Heydekrug (Hl. Kreuz) (1907) ( parish ) Source S. 92/93

Werden (1907) ( parish ) Source S. 92/93


Sources

  1. Sembritzki, Johannes u. Bittens, Arthur: Geschichte des Kreises Heydekrug, Memel 1920, a history of the County Heydekrug
  2. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939), a geographical register of places in East Prussia
  3. Werden Taufenbuch 1710-1728, baptisms in Werden from 1710- 1728
  4. Generalhufenschoß 1719-1766, Schulzenamt Memel, Hubenzahl 1719, Buch Nr. 3, Staatliches Archivlager, Göttingen, 1962, a taxlist
  5. GOV: http://gov.genealogy.net/
  6. Sembritzki, Johannes u. Bittens, Arthur: Geschichte des Kreises Heydekrug, Memel 1920, a history of the County Heydekrug
  7. Dietrich Lange: Geographisches Ortsregister Ostpreußen einschließlich des Memelgebietes, des Soldauer Gebietes und des Reg.-Bez. Westpreußen (1919-1939)
  8. Generalhufenschoß 1719-1766, Schulzenamt Memel, Hubenzahl 1719, Buch Nr. 3, Staatliches Archivlager, Göttingen, 1962, a taxlist from 1719-1766
  9. Sembritzki, Johannes u. Bittens, Arthur: Geschichte des Kreises Heydekrug, Memel 1920, a history of the County Heydekrug
  10. Amtsblatt Gumbinnen 1939: Neugliederung der Gemeinden und Gutsbezirke im ehemaligen Memelland ab 1. Mai 1939, S. 64ff,
    http://www.memelland-adm.de/Archiv/13 Verwaltungsbezirke/index.htm
  11. Heinrich A. Kurschat: Das Buch vom Memelland, Heimatkunde eines deutschen Grenzlandes, Verlag Werbedruck Köhler, Oldenburg, 1990, a history of the Memelland
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