According to a tax registers of the 15th to 17th centuries, the village of Damelj included a total of 32 Hübe or arable land divided amongst the residents. It is important to point out that these tax registers only list individuals who were subjects of the Lord for whom the register was created. There were other individuals, along with their families, living in Damelj at this time.
When we turn to Birth and Marriage Registers (matične knjige) kept by the Catholic Church, we can identify 21 individual households existing in Damelj in the year 1820. Some of these households, and the houses themselves, have since vanished. Other have been since created, usually as delniki, i.e. by partitions of a pre-existing household into two (or more) households.
The families in Damelj are long standing families where ownership of households did not change hands very often likely because of its distant location in relation to other villages as well as the Vinica parish itself. We have found 7 distinct surnames in the oldest church records including, Filip (2 houses), Fortun (4 houses), Kobe (4 houses), Lovrenčič (1 house), Žagar (7 houses), Žalec (2 houses) and Žlenar (2 houses).
For the sake of clarity, included in the list are the houses of Damelj (D) and Kot pri Damlju (K) with both the original house numbers and today’s house numbers (if the house still exists). Also included is the household name (if known).
|Old House #||New House #||Original Name||New Name||Special Notes|
- This house stands on the road in the direction of the village on the left side.
- It is not known where this house stood.
- The wooden house stand behind the barn at Damelj 16.
- The house stood by the Petrovi (Kot 22) towards the Kolpa.
- This house stood under the intersection of the road that goes towards the church.
- The ruins of this house stand in the forest between Kot and Dalnje Njive.
- This house no longer exists.
- This house likely stood between the Jankoči and their barn and orchard.