Krapas Estate, 1700’s

With a refreshed set of eyes I returned to my Brugis family from near Gulbene to see what more I could find. This was a smart move, as I found a lot of new records!

From the parish members list, I knew that my 4x great grandfather Ermanis Brugis was born January 5, 1831 at Vipuzi farm, Krapa estate and that his parents were Janis and Lina. I set out to find his baptism record and easily located it in the Gulbene parish church books:Brugis, Ermanis - BaptismKroppenhof, Vipuzi farm/ Ermanis born January 5th, baptized January 9th 1831, son of Janis Brugis and his wife Lina. Godparents Ermanis from Vipuzi farm, Juris and Ilze from Kanderi farm.
So knowing his parents should have been married sometime before his birth, I started in on the marriage registers for (and found the right page on the first try!)in 1827:Brugis, Janis - MarriageKroppenhof, Kanderi farm wirt Janis Brugis, widow and Kroppenhof, Kanderi farm Lina, daughter of Toms Briedis.
Knowing Kroppenhof/Krapa to be the estate we seem to be working with here for this Brugis family, I checked out what kind of revision lists might have survived for this estate and luckily for me, a nice complete set exist on Raduraksti. I found the Briedis family first, at Kanderi farm in 1834:Briedis, Toms - 1835 revisionToms Briedis, son of Hans, wirt 41 years old
Son 1. Janis age 17
Son 2. Kriss age 10
Son 3. Adams age 5
Son 4. Simanis age 2
Wife Lina age 42
Daughter 1. Anna age 20
Daughter 2. Lise age 7
At 41 years old, Toms would have been born in 1793. His wife Lina in 1792. Their listed children were born between 1814 and 1832. My ancestor, 5x great grandmother Lina Briedis is not listed with her family as she was already married off to Janis Brugis in 1827. But here she is with her own family at neighbouring Vipuzi farm:Brugis, Janis - 1834 RevisionJanis Brugis, Simanis’ son, wirt, 28 years old
Son 1. Andres age 7
Son 2. Ermanis age 3
Wife Lina, aged 25
Janis’ mother, Anna Brugis, widow of Simanis aged 60
Unless Andres was born very soon after Janis and Lina were married, he could be from Janis’ first wife. Also Lina was 18 at the time of her marriage, much younger than is typical for Lutheran Latvians!

I’m excited to have found ancestors from Vidzeme rather than Kurzeme where most of my Latvian family is from – surnames were adopted earlier here (1816ish) and the records are much more complete. The discovery of Hans Briedis, father of Toms, father of Lina, mother of Ermanis, father of Lina, mother of Emilija, mother of Karlis, father of Rasma, my grandmother, marks the earliest Latvian ancestor uncovered yet. If Toms was born in 1793, Hans must have been born around 1770 or earlier. He is my 7x great grandfather, and I never expected to be able to go that far back in Latvia!!!

Tracing Marija

A little more digging during my lucky streak yielded me more documents regarding my Sedols family from Valtaiki parish. I discovered the death record of my 4x great grandmother Marija’s first husband, and with luck, he passed away just in the nick of time to be recorded with his surname – Paukši. Mikelis Paukši died at age 32 in 1837 – the same year Marija went on to marry Kristaps Sedols. Knowing his first name, the farm he lived on and his wife’s name allowed me to pinpoint the baptism records of their children, my distant 5x great half-aunt and uncle. I worked backward, found their son Ermanis first, still with the Paukši surname, and then his older sister Made:

pauksimarija

Baptism
137. Kazdanga estate/Strebuki farm/Mikelis and Marija’s child Made

pauksiermanis

220.Ermanis
of Kazdanga estate/Strebuki farm
child of Mikelis Paukši and his wife Marija
Godparents:
1. Ermanis Kronbergs
2. Ilze Paukši
3. Didrikis Simsons
Baptized by pastor Katterfelds at Neuhausen (Valtaiki) parish

I continued working my way through the records backwards in time and found Marija’s marriage record to Mikelis, a record that would have led me to a key fact in learning about the generation before her  it happened a few years later… alas, Marija married Mikelis before adopting a surname of her own – the surname of her father. No parental Iinformation is listed, to my dismay.

Mikelis from Kazdanga estate married
Marija from Muizaraji farm, Perbone estate.

No surname, but a lead: Marija was born at Muizaraji farm at Perbone estate. Mikelis was 32 when he died in 1837, so he was born circa 1805. My guess is that Marija was also born at this time period, 1805-1810, maybe closer to 1810 since she went on to have more children with her second husband after 1837. From here, I can attempt to locate her baptism record by scanning for Marijas born at Muizaraji farm, Perbone estate 1805-1810… but if there are more than one I won’t be able to distinguish, since I have no evidence of her parents’ names. The above marriage record could be the dead end on this branch of tree! But I am just happy to have traced Marija this far.

Baptismal Record: Jule Dzērve

Dzerve, Jule - Baptism

 

(Gramzdas draudze, 1878, page 4, baptism #2)

No. 2. Dzenija Jule Ida
Born December 15, 1877 (Julian calendar) / December 27, 1877 (Gregorian calendar)
Daughter of Jukums Dzērve and his wife Lavīze, residents of Purmsāti estate
Baptized by Pastor Stegmanis at Gramzdas parish on January 9, 1878
Godparents: widow Jule Dzērve, maiden Lize Muceniece, bachelor Jānis Hilsen

Baptismal Record: Klavs Žanis Zīverts

Ziverts, Klavs Jeannot - Baptism (Embūtes draudze, 1892-1896, page 181, baptism #72)

72. Klavs Žanis
Son of Indriķis Zīverts and his wife Jule
Born at Skrundenieki farm, Brinkenhof estate
Born April 20, 1896 (Julian Calendar) / May 2, 1896 (Gregorian Calendar)
Baptized on June 2, 1896
Baptized at Embūtes parish
Baptized by Pastor K. Lundberg
Godparents: Klavs Žanis Zīverts, father of the master of farmstead and Kārlis Jekabsons

Baptismal Record: Pēteris Zīverts

Ziverts, Peteris - Baptism

(Embūtes draudze, 1897-1900, page 27, baptism #176

176. Pēteris
Son of Indriķis Zīverts and his wife Jule
Born at Skrundenieki farm, Brinkenhof estate
Born November 28, 1897 (Julian Calendar) / December 10, 1897 (Gregorian Calendar)
Baptized on December 26, 1897
Baptized at Embūtes parish
Baptized by Pastor K. Lundberg
Godparents: Pēteris Zīverts, Kārlis Jekabsons and Lavīze Dzerve

Baptismal Record: Fricis Zīverts

Ziverts, Fricis - Baptism

(Embūtes draudze, 1897-1900, page 116, record #4)

4. Fricis
Son of Indriķis Zīverts and his wife Jule
Born at Skrundenieki farm, Brinkenhof estate
Born June 9, 1900 (Julian Calendar) / June 22, 1900 (Gregorian Calendar)
Baptized on June 24, 1900
Baptized at Embūtes parish
Baptized by Pastor K. Lundberg
Godparents: Matiss Radzins, his wife Anette and Jānis Zarins

Baptismal Record: Arturs Zīverts

Ziverts, Arturs - Baptism

(Embūtes draudze, 1901, page 22, record #152)

152. Arturs
Son of Indriķis Zīverts and his wife Jule
Born at Skrundenieki farm, Brinkenhof estate
Born November 2, 1901 (Julian Calendar) / November 15, 1901 (Gregorian Calendar)
Baptized on December 22, 1901
Baptized at Embūtes parish
Baptized by Pastor K. Lundberg
Godparents: Parents of the child