History of the family of Ditfurth


Quedlinburg (Marshal) Line:

Occurring around the year 1148 and almost 400 Years in the Quedlinburg foundation documents, the family is traced. Its members were the chief of the imperial ministeriales, free secular pen St. Servatii. Who held the Erbmarschallamt the abbesses and probably had their fief in the nearby village Ditfurth, of the whole race was his name.

In 1328 they lived but also already been shown in the adjacent paths of life as a vassal Halberstadt. This line became extinct in the male line with the canon of Halberstadt John X. around the year 1521.

Halberstadt line:

Probably due to the noble Lord, Gerhard I.. and his eldest son, Henry I., in the years 1155 and 1189 occur in documents. Their descendants were ministerial and that the bishops of Halbersatdt. They lived as Burgmannen in ways of life and I died with Erich. already in 15. Century.

Aschersleber (Anhalt) Line:

Apparently, under the same lineage as the 2 called and 1227 starting with Henry III., a castle of the Earl of man Aschersleben. Henry's descendants appear to belong to the permanent ministerial as gallant followers of these counts, and are either the unnamed son of knight I Albert. (urkdl. 1352) or with Bernhard IX., Prior of the monastery mountains near Magdeburg, after 1373 extinct.

Blankenburg line:

The father of Siegfried is I., the younger son? Gerhard I., in the years 1189 and 1206 found in documents. His descendants appear in the 13. Century in the wake of the counts of Blankenburg Harz. The line disappears about. 30 Years from the charters and dive into life again in ways, where 1311 Dietrich II. as owner of a direct ancestor Lehnshofes identifies as. The Halberstadt Lehnsregister provide information about this latest branch of the family. The previous classification of lines according to “History of sex Ditfurth” the pedigrees divided.

Franz von Ditfurth

At the 12. October 1590 Francis was born into the world of Ditfurth. His parents, Hans von Ditfurth and Margaret baptized by him on Bardeleben 21. October to Stadthagen. The parents thought him capable preceptors along with his brothers. He was educated in Dankersen, Partikularschule to the city of Hagen in the monastery and minor pelvis until it 1604 with his brother Anton, Drost later sent to the city of Hagen University of Marburg was. Here he studied 2 Years.


1607 Franz was at Hermann, Count of Holstein do for two years as Hofjunker and then went to the Netherlands where he was for some time with the count to Külenburg and the Count Ernst Casimir of Nassau was staying.

Shortly after the marriage of Count Georg Hermann in Bückeburg in 1612 He was the steward. 1616 The court was dissolved in Minden and Francis strove to enter into military service. Just had a restlessness originated in France and he was captain under Colonel Gent. Only months later, he served as tutor to the Count Lippe, He visited the various royal and princely courts, For example, Poland, Kurland, Pomerania and for a time in Warsaw, where the Reichstag was held.

After this trip, he went to France, was there at the royal court, traveled through Flanders, Brabant and Holland, and went back again to the Count on his house pad. Meanwhile, Ernst, Prince of the Empire and Count of Holstein died, the government fell to Count Hermann, but abandoned this in favor of his cousin, Count Hermann Jost, retaining only the Offices Lauenau, Sachsenhagen, Hagenburg etc. Francis got over here Ditfurth 1622 around Easter transmit the inspection.


In 1628 Franz married Anna Margaret the Virgin of the Brinck, Daughter of the governor Dietrich. 26 This marriage lasted years. Derived from this compound 3 Sons and 5 Daughters from. Daughter Lucia Anna married the canon in the upper pin Magdeburg, Hermann Heinrich von Zerssen, Daughter Catharina Sophia married Ernst von Munchausen on Oldendorf and rhymes Mengeringhausen.

All of today's namesake of this family comes from the line and Blankenburg have a common ancestor: Franz Dietrich von Ditfurth (1674-1745) The genealogical relationships can be found in the database. Corrections and additions that I willingly.




The permanent court life and the daily respects to Francis was becoming a burden and so he rented from his mother, the noble estate in Riepen 1630

Had died as Count Hermann von Holstein, He was by his widow Catharina Sophia, give. Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Drost appointed as a Council and through their Leibgedingehäuser and later received the inspection of all the county offices located Schauenburg. He remained in those offices will also be among the dukes and Georg Wilhelm Christian Ludwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

His life ended on 20 February 1654 with violent colic, Fainting and eventually epilepsy. In his will he made bequests to the churches continued to Hagenburg and Idensen.


Sources and Literature:

  1. The gleanings of their time and Stechows, Stechow, Carl Friedrich Freiherr. of, (Neustadt an der Aisch 1988, Verlag Degener & Co), 97
  2. Leaves home for the southwestern edge of the Harz, Issue 7 and stapling 8, Jg. 1960, Home- Osterode and Historical Society (Copies available)
  3. Evaluation of residual-free funeral sermons and writings personnel, Fritz Roth, Self-published, Boppard 1959, No.. 037, 3065 and 3066 (Copies available)
  4. Yearbook of German nobility, Bd. 1, Author: Published by the German nobility cooperative, Berlin 1896, Published by W.C.Bruer, Seite500
  5. Genealogies from all German regions, Bd. 1, Author: Ehrenkrook, Hans Friedrich von, Publisher of genealogy and heraldry C. A. Strong, Goerlitz 1928, Page 130
  6. History of sex Ditfurth, in 3 Parts of Theodor Ditfurth, Quedlinburg: Yikes, 1889-1894 – Bd. 1, Bd. 2, Bd.3,
  7. From the life of the Bavarian Supreme Karl Freiherr von Ditfurth, Author: Maximilian of Ditfurth, Kassel: Krieger'sche bookshop, 1864

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