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Full history of the family of the Barons of Elverfeldt


The lineage extends from the year 1138 until this day demonstrate an unbroken sequence. The Barons of Elverfeldt descended from the Cologne Edelvögten and that specifically of those, the name of Heppendorf led.
Heppendorf as the site was founded by a Eppo or 'Universal and is the first time in the confirmation charter of the foundation of the convent Füssenich by Pope Adrian VI. in November 1157 before.

Landlord to Heppendorf was the St. Gereon in Cologne pin. When family comes Heppendorf but already much earlier and that 1126 before, as of Sicco Eppendorph on 9. February as a witness at the tip of the pen ministeriales Cologne is listed. For the genealogical connection is an important document, by which Archbishop Philip I. the city of Cologne, Cologne-bailiwick, Margaret has been awarded annually at the festival, Ritter, Gerhard Vogt, the former gave as a hereditary possession of Eppendorp. This document is the only, the family name of the bailiff indicates Cologne.

As the founder of sex shall Hermann I. of Heppendorf (gen. 1119-1120) Since the year 1138 , his son Hermann II. in many episcopal documents issued and called on 13 July 1139 This was transferred to Cologne Vogteil, an office which he was transferred again every year jast. He was the first reeve of all Cologne, which the title “Edelvogt” was added. Finally, Hermann 1159 after the death of Frederick II, the Archbishop of Cologne. and prior to the election of a successor Reinald in the documents. From then on, every trace of him. Hermann left three sons:

  1. Gerard I. of Heppendorf (1147-1190) Precious Vogt of Cologne, probably died in Naples in a bad disease. He left 5 Children, e.g.. Hermann IV.
  2. Hermann III. Mayor of Soest, whose descendants assumed the surname of Soest
  3. Theodoric (1166-1198) Cologne Vogt

Middle of the 13. Century was the noble residence owned by the Rheydt Edelvögte of Cologne, which it built a seat for the second-born son. After the fashion of the respective owners took on the name of the castle, but retained the arms of his ancestors: 6 Querbalken wheels in Gold, only with a different helmet jewelry, namely a red goat with golden horns. How Rheydt (Office Grevenbroich) came into the possession of the Cologne is not known Edelvögte, from the deed of 4. August 1256 it can be seen, was that the Cologne Vogt Gerard bought the mill. His younger son William appears 1263 as Lord of bow.

1257 Knight Arnold is a document called Elvervelde and he was a son of Hermann IV. 1264 Conrad is the son because of a feud with the Counts of Berg called. Konrad von Elverveldt succeeded his father in the possession of the fief Elvervelde. He also served as steward of the archbishop in the castle Hochstaden near Neuss and called himself by this title in the contracts of Archbishop Engelbert II. with the City of Cologne 1264.

Conrad left the sons of Arnold II. and Burchard. The latter was Burgmann of Count Engelbert of the Mark in Blankenstein and was 1311 Counts of the tithe enfeoffed in Herbede. This property was left to the descendants of Burchard, all of which come from flowering lines of the Barons of Elverfeldt. Arnold II. inherited from his father from the Lehnbesitz Elvervelde. He was married to Eglatina, a daughter of Rutger Raitze Scheffen Cologne and had two sons: Dietrich and Johann, the already 1352 appears as the owner of the reign of Elvervelde.

The lines of Elverfeldt to Elberfeld, Hilden Haan, Isenberg, Hamm and mountains:

Arnold I. of Elverfeldt, Vogt of Elberfeld. He first appears in a charter of Archbishop Engelbert I. of Cologne in 1224 While at the same time as a witness and his father Hermann and his older brother Gerard (was already of age) In 1257 Arnold is known as the Knights of Elvervelde and accepted by the abbot as a vassal and Burgmann on the castle Isenberg. Arnold left several sons.