While Tameln (Thomas) in 1509 and Hanns (Johann) in 1537 had been the first ones settling on the two fiefs at Hutstein, they never were recorded with their surname Hutsteiner, which was used for sure by local people.
But then Leonhardt Huetstainer, perhaps a son of Thomas from the Rannariedl Hutstein fief as his name was written like the name of the hamlet Hutstein in the Rannariedl Urbar, became the first mentioned family member with our surname recorded in written form on 4th October 1538 ever. Then, in the year 1544 again it was written down within a tax document that Lienhardt Huestainer payed taxes from a fief in Messnerschlag in the year 1539. Also two further cost records about a death resp. its corresponding tax and a further payment record are available.
The first available record mentioning Hutsteiner: Leonhard Huetstainer
The first available tax record mentioning a Hutsteiner: Liendl Huettstainer
Two more records of this document mention Lienhardt Huetstainer:
These three records are the first records mentioning a Hutsteiner family member ever which still exist.
Later, a register from 1698 states all files, which were forwarded from the high court in Passau to the local court in Wegscheid: one of these files was about Lienhardt who asked for a licence for his mill in 1545, which was refused. This original file is unfortunately missing, but the register includes it:
And there are three original protocol entries of the government in Passau:
Nevertheless the permission to erect a mill close to Messnerschlag, Wegscheid, Bavaria, the later called Hutsteiner-Mill, nowadays Waldlmühle, was officially granted with restriction in 1547 and in full in 1553. The permit was renewed in 1560. This document of 1560 is still available:
Lienhard (Leonhard) Hutsteiner was the earliest recorded Hutsteiner, but brought to us more written documents then many others in the following 100 years as he was part of a dispute between the millers of Wegscheid county which was solved by the high court in Passau in 1560. The file about this dispute is still existing and Lienhardt is mentioned many times. Out of this file’s info we are also able to estimate that Lienhard was born probably before 1510 as he was mentioned within the millers’ accusations as an old and aged man in 1560.