Family history of the Mark

The Counts of the Mark emerged from the old Westphalian Counts of Berg. The elder son of Count Adolf von Berg (1140-1170) Eberhard I. Count of Berg, has been called 1161 Altena Castle acquired after the “Count of Altena”.

His younger brother Engelbert inherited the name and county mountain on his descendants, the already extinct with his granddaughter Irmgard. Through them, the county became part of the mountain house of the Dukes of Limpur, which from then on at the same time also called Count of Berg.

Eberhard of the 1. Counts of Altena bought the younger sons, Frederick I. Graf von Altena ca. 1180 of Rabodo of Rudenberg the rule and the castle Marck, united to other goods and formed from the County of Mark. His son, Adolf I. Count of Altena began since 1202 take turns to write and Earl of the March and was eventually to 1245 Altena entirely on the name. His descendants, Counts of the Mark now took a new (the probable coat of arms of County of Mark) an, the oldest rider on a figure of Adolf I. Siegel. 1226 is found.

The coat of arms

The shield shows here a bar geschachteten, grows out of which a half-lion. Very soon, this half-lion disappears from the plate, because of the Seal of Mark Dietrich 1391 and 1400, the nephew of Count Dietrich 1398, then of Engelbrecht II. by Mark, Lord of Loverval no longer show all the lions, as well as those of the descendants of Count Adolf II. by Mark. In the younger branches of the house there was Mark regarding the arms quite arbitrary. Soon the sign out with a chess bar and growing lion.

Similarly, varying the crest of the coat of arms. The above named Dietrich (1391) resulted in his seal two horns, his nephew Dietrich, an open air. Engelbert II. introduced as an ornamental helmet Ochsenkopf, John I. 1394 two horns. Eberhard IV. Count of the Mark and Arenberg (1517) contributed to the crowned helmet a whole lion between the horns. When Mark Rochefort line, we find 1521 as a crest, a crowned ox head, the line mark-Lummen 1628 and 1640 an equally complicated and between its horns still growing a little lion, that is, two crests above the other. From this generation emerged a number of illegitimate branches, Almost all of the old coat of arms served by Mark.

The family of Mark Hamm

Already in the time 1406-1444 a steward of the Mark Engelbrecht, Hamm noted. This was one of the most respected people. Then, Evert documented (Eberhard) the 7. Child of Heinrich von der Mark, Drost of sword, Noble as the country marks the 1538 the contract agreement signed with funds, called. Evert and his wife became the father of their origin we know nothing, a son named Henry. The descendants of this Johann Heinrich can the Bailiff, who had taken office 1643 held, have come to Hamm. Are recorded in documents in Hamm: 1650 Peter von der Mark, 1675 Berendt of the Mark, 1669 Johann Dietrich (Provisor the big church) 1725 Johann Dietrich Camerarius, 1725 Johann Friedrich, Dr. med and garrison physician. The family of Mark died 1742 from. (Married after flag 1743 Henriette Louise Catherine Ferdinand Friedrich von Elberfeld of Herbur

Hohenzollern branch

The children of King Frederick William II. Countess of Lichfield and his lover were the nobility and the name of Count of the Mark 1794. The young Earl Alexander died very early (1.8.1787) His grave monument is created by Schadow in Berlin. Married Count Gustav Adolf von Ingenheim on 23. More 1826 Constance Eugenie Pink, Thiery born Countess von der Mark *24.11.1808, a daughter of Countess Marianne von der Mark, Daughter of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. and the Lichfield. First she married a Count of Stolberg, Then a Pole, last a Frenchman. (From the Papers of the Mayor Volkmann Hilchenbach)

According to a newspaper report “An extinct branch of the Hohenzollern” It was said in the newspaper Siegen: The King Friedrich Wilhelm II. of Prussia, the progenitor of the whole Prussian royal family, three children had secondary compounds. The Countess gave him two Lichfield. The Miss Julie Voss was the ancestress of the Earls of Ingenheim. From the Countess Doenhoff descended the Counts of Brandenburg. Julie von Voss, died on 25.3.1789, Doenhoff in the 1834 (66J.) The three sons of the Count of Brandenburg, from his marriage to Matilda of Massenbach died as a bachelor. Countess Julie married 1816 the Duke of Anhalt-and became a Catholic through the influence of the Jesuits.

Bastards of the Mark

1477 is John of Cleves, Son of Adolf of Cleves and the Mark, Lord of Ravenstein and Margaret van Hürne, called the Bastard of Ravenstein, Governor von Wynendale + 1504. His widow, Joan of Lichterfelde +1547 married II. Charles of Bailleul, and III. William of Huele. Philip of Cleves had and the Mark with a daughter Margaret Brant Florence by Ravenstein + 1532, likewise with a daughter Margaret Joan Willems of an Adolf Mevert 1546 married, nachddem they 1527 by Charles V. was legitimized. With Pasquine by Mark Philip had a son, Charles the V. legitimized as Hector of Cleves and the Mark. This Wilhelmine married and had two children by moulde.



Jost, Henry e. Walther: History of the family of the Mar(c)k coming in from Hamm, 1406-1925, Dusseldorf 1925 (Online-Version)


VD17: Kurtze Genealogical Deduction, from the Count of La Marck Wolgebornen and Manderscheidt, Mr. Frey to Lümen and Serain

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