Ancient Blinstrubs

There is no much information about ancient Blinstrubs. Progenitors of Blinstrubs family in Lithuania probably are Simon’s (S1) sons, first owners of Alsa (Vidukle-Paalse alias Blinstrubiškiai) manor, Peter (S2) and Caspar (S3) Blinstrubs Alsiszki de Towtwil. Caspar Blinstrub Alsiszki de Towtwil is mentioned as owner of one of oldest Blinstrubs patrimonies – Alsa manor in Vidukle parish of Samogitia. Estate probably was founded by Caspar in the second half of the 16th. century. Later, the manor was inherited by the son of Caspar, Adam (S11), who ruled the manor with his wife Euphemia Merkelyte Stirneliene Blinstrubiene (S14).

Adam Blinstrub Alsiszki de Towtwil. 1621-22 Deputy of the Samogitian Tribunal, Minsk mandate. Was married with Euphemia Stirneliene. Adam had 4 sons – George (S15), David (S16), Samuel Moses (S17), and John (S18). All of them lived in and ruled the Alsa manor after their father’s Adam death. Samuel Moses chose to live in Aukstaitija. He has married the wealthy landlord Anna Žaltytė Parčevskienė (S31) and moved to Kulva (Kulva Parish), forming in such way the only family’s branch in Aukstaitija. 1604.03.25 Adam bought and connected to the Alsa manor Sujainiai land.

Signature of Adam Blinstrub on 1615.07.10 warrant to the daughter Euphrosine. The oldest Blinstrubs signature at the moment.
1631.06 Signature of George Blinstrub on the protocol of the Vilnius Evangelical Synod

George Blinstrub de Towtwil (S15) together with his other brothers, was an active Calvinist. In 1615 he joined Evangelical university in Marburg and in 1621 university in Frankfurt. Thanks to his education and support of Samogitian nobleman, he became the secretary of the King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania Wladyslaw IV Vasa and after his death, George became nobleman of King John Casimir Vasa. According to historian Adolfas Šapoka, George Blinstrub, during Swedish Deluge, was the only nobleman who had a document issued by the Swedish general Magnus Gabriel de la Garde, which prohibited the Swedish army from plundering George’s estates and lands in Lithuania (A. Šapoka “Kėdainiai treaty” 1990). George with brothers John, David and Samuel Moses Blinstrubs were signatories of the Kedainiai treaty. George was married with Catherine Firley-Konarska, with whom he got sons John (S20) and Boguslav Peter (S21) and daughters Potencia (S59) and Dorota (S60). In 1631 George was the secretary of the Vilnius Evangelical Sinode, and in 1640 director of Sinode.

Signature of the Secretary and Royal man of Grand Duke of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and King of Poland Vladislav IV Vasa, George Blinstrub.  March 23, 1638

John Blinstrub de Towtwil (S18), the secretary of Kings of Poland and Grand Dukes of Lithuania – Sigismund III Vasa, Wladyslaw IV Vasa and John Casimir Vasa. Rotmaster of Sigismund III Vasa. He was also the deputy of Samogitia tribunal in 1640 and 1655 and founder of the Calvinist Chapel of Blinstrubiškiai manor. John Blinstrub was married three times –  with Helena Vainiotaitė (S28 m. 1631), Halszka Švykovskaitė Masalskienė (S25) and Anna Margarita Brinkowska (S66), but did not got any son. With Helena Vainiotaitė  he had 2 daughters – Kristina Blinstrubaitė (S29), later Odochowska and Maryann Blinstrubaitė, later Niemcziewska (S30). Besides the part of Blinstrubiškiai manor, John owned villages of Milaičiai (Karšuva distr.), Kerbedžiai (Šaukėnai distr.), Numaičiai, Kaderai and Kudaičiai (Šiauduva distr..) which he donated to his daughters to Kristina Blinstrubaite Odochowska and Maryann Blinstrubaitė Niemcziewska in the year 1660. in 1665 Maryann Blinstrubaitė received also from father village of Pamituvis (Veliuona). John’s owned the part of Blinstrubiškiai Manor in 1669, before his death, he donated to brother’s George sons John (S20) and Boguslav Peter (S21).

Samuel Moses Blinstrub de Towtwil (S17 d. 1675). The grown Samuel Moses chose to live in Aukstaitija. He got married to the wealthy landlord Anna Žaltytė Parčevskienė (S31) and moved to Kulva (Kulva Parish). In that way the only Blinstrubs branch in Aukštaitija has formed. Samuel Moses had three wives: his first wife was Anna Žaltytė Blinstrubiene, the second – Halszka Vizgirdaitė Beinartienė Blinstrubienė (S32), the third – Katherine Galmantaitė Blinstrubienė (S33). With Halszka Vizgirdaite he got two sons – Constantine (S34) and Vladislav (S35). With Katherine Galmantaite, Samuel Moses had three sons – Carl (S36), Samuel (S37) and Theodore (S38), as weel as three daughters, Halszka Blinstrubait4 Mitianovienė (S39), Euphemia Blinstrubaitė Varlauskienė (S40) and Joana Blinstrubaitė Varlauskienė (S41) (Source: Testament of Katherine Galmantaitė Blinstrubienė 1676.01.04, Lithuanian National Library).

Samuel Moses Blinstrub became rich by marrying rich widows. 1643 he married the widow of John Parcevsky Anna Žaltytė Parčevskienė (S31). After marriage Samuel Moses Blinstrub received part of Kulva’s estate as a dignitary. Another part of the Kulva estate (Jonava district) and Dijokiškės village Samuel Moses in 1643 July 31 bought from the descendants of the Kulwinski family Peter Jeronim Radziejewski, his wife Jadvyga Mislinskaitė-Kulwieczowa-Radzejewska and her son Waytiekus Kulwinski for 12,000 Polish zloty. The second wife, Halszka Vizgirdaitė Beinartienė, after the wedding in 1652, donated to Samuel Moses the Panevičiai estate (Kaunas distr.), Pajuostis estate (Upytė distr.) and Pašiaušė estate in Samogitia.

David Blinstrub de Towtwil (S16) inherited from father Adam Uģioniai estate. He had 2 sons – Stephen (later killed) and David.