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Emsland Parishes

Kirchspiel Twist

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Twist - St. Georg Parish

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The map notes the location of villages that made up Twist 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 the parish church of Twist was taken from webpage Twist Erleben http://www.twist-emsland.de

St. George Catholic parish  was located in Twist, which was in the Herzogtum Arenberg-Meppen in Hannover in the 19th century (now in Emsland.) Ruehlertwist and Hesepertwist were villages also located  in the Herzogtum Arenberg-Meppen.
Nieuw Schoonebeek was located in the neighboring country of Holland.  Catholic   residents of that village belonged to  St. George parish in  Twist until 1850 when a parish was established in their own village.
Neuringe and Adorf, in the 19th century, were located in Grafschaft Bentheim, Hannover.  Catholic residents of those two villages belonged to St. George parish in Twist. The two villages are now within the borders of Emsland.

Kirchspiel (parish) Twist in the 19th century contained the following villages or small towns:

Hesepertwist, Emsland
Ruehlertwist, Emsland
Adorf, Bentheim
Neuringe, Bentheim
N Schoonebeek, Holland

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St. Georg Church


The moor colonies Hesepertwist and Ruehlertwist were founded in 1788. Colonists in Hesepertwist originally belonged to the parish in Gross Hesepe and those in Ruehlertwist to the parish in Meppen. The first church service was held in Twist in 1799 in the school. A separate building was then built which served as church until 1820 when the first small church was completed. A new church was built in 1855 and enlarged in 1890-91. In 1964-66 the present-day church was built which kept the tower from the older church. The Bentheim villages of Adorf and Neuringe were added to Twist parish in 1829 and 1830. Today the village of Twist has an additional parish - St Ansgar. Parish records for St Georg exist for baptisms, marriages and deaths from 1799.

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

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