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          According to the church register of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stojentin, Kreis Stolp, Pomerania, the original form of this name was Missell.  The Missells were German-speaking Lutherans who lived in what is now Poland.

          Pomerania is a low-lying region adjacent to the Baltic Sea.  Although originally part of Poland, it was acquired by Brandenburg-Prussia in 1648 through the Treaty of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years' War.  Pomerania was ruled by Prussia and later Germany until the end of World War II, when it was returned to Poland.  It was best known for its agricultural production of pigs and geese (not to mention Pomeranian dogs!).

          So far as is known, the Missells were farmers.  We cannot be certain exactly why they left Pomerania between 1872 and 1878, but there was a mass exodus of ordinary farmers and laborers during this period.  Many emigrated to the United States while others settled in Canada and Australia--anyplace where farmland was bountiful and cheap.  Within a space of just ten to twenty years, several families from the same village or parish in Pomerania were transplanted to new communities in Minnesota.

        Living in Germany today are an estimated 1500 persons surnamed Missel, Mussell or Mussehl; any or all of these could be variations of the same surname. Caution: there is another Mussell family in the United States which has English roots.  This family is not believed to have any connection to the Mussells of German origin.

Mussells of the Past

Name Born Died Contact:
MISSELL, Emilie Henriette 28 Jun 1857 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia Pommern, Prussia
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Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse:  UNKNOWN
MISSELL, Friedrich Herman 24 Oct 1854 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia 1936 in Stratford, Brown County, South Dakota, USA donnatreez
Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse 1: KOY, Bertha        Spouse 2: UNKNOWN, Mary
MISSELL, Henriette Dorothee 27 Nov 1849 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia 14 Jan 1850 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia
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Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
MISSELL, Johann Friedrich 28 Jun 1822 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia
1871 in Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia
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Father: MISSELL, Martin
Mother: WOIT, Maria Elisabeth
Spouse:  KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
MISSELL, Martin 18 Sep 1780 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia
Pommern, Prussia
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Father: MISSELL, Christian
Mother: PIRCHEN, Anna
Spouse: WOIT, Maria Elisabeth
MUSSELL, Adolph Friedrich Carl 18 Jan 1852 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia 6 Aug 1925 in Minneiska, Wabasha County, Minnesota, USA donnatreez
Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse 1: GROSEKOSKI, Henriette       Spouse 2: UNKNOWN, Sophia
MUSSELL, Caroline Willhelmine 27 Nov 1849 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia
24 June 1941 in Verndale, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
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Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse: JACOB, Herman George
MUSSELL, Friedrich August 21 Dec 1858 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia 9 Jan 1940 in Plainview, Wabasha County, Minnesota, USA
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Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse: DRENKHAHN, Mary
MUSSELL, Gustav Carl Wilhelm 16 Dec 1862 in Göhren, Kreis Stolp, Pommern, Prussia 21 Feb 1943 in Mankato, Minnesota, USA donnatreez
Father: MISSELL, Johann Friedrich
Mother: KROESCHKE, Henriette Louise
Spouse:  RIECK, Bertha

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