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Emsland Parishes

Kirchspiel Soegel

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Soegel - St Jakobus Parish

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The map notes the location of villages that made up Herzlake parish in the 19th century.
For a current detailed map of this area search on any of the villages mentioned with  MapQuest or click on location with http://www.vukv.weser-ems.de/stadtplan/stadtplan.htm.

The image of St Jacobus parish church was taken from webpage http://www.erholungsgebiet-huemmling.de/sites/hue2_soegel.php

Kirchspiel (parish) Soegel in the 19th century included the following villages or small towns:
Schloss Clemenswerth
Gross Stavern
Klein Stavern
Wippingen (half)

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St Jakobus


In the 11th century Soegel was known as "Sugila" and the parish may have been founded in the 800s. In 1150 the parish was referred to as "Soggelen" in a Corveyer document. The present-day church was built in 1867-68 replacing a church which had been built in 1482.

The village of Stavern, known as "Stavenerrevar" from as early as 919, belonged at first to the parish of Bokeloh. In 1424 Klein Stavern became part of Soegel parish and in 1455 Gross Stavern followed. A "chapel-community" was formed in 1851 which included Gross Stavern, Klein Stavern, Sprakel and Bruneforth and the church of St Michael was built at that time. St Michael's became a parish in 1868 and has records for baptisms, births and deaths existing from that date.

The village of Wahn was also in the parish of Soegel throughout most of the 19th century but became a parish, St Antonius, in 1868. The entire village of Wahn was evacuated in 1940-42 when the weapons test-area for the firm Krupp was enlarged. The village was relocated further west but the residents of the original Wahn were moved to various locations. The new location of Wahn was east of Lathen. Baptism records for the parish of Wahn exist from 1851-1942, marriages and deaths from 1868-1942.

Other villages which belonged to Soegel throughout the 19th century but now have their own parishes or have been combined with other parishes are Spahn (1910), Wippingen-Ost and Werpeloh (1911) and Eisten (1966.) Soegel parish records exist from 1669 but have gaps in several places.

Most information taken from Handbuch des Bistums Osnabrueck, compiled by Hermann Stieglitz and published by Bischoefliches Generalikariat Osnabrueck.

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