Ist Generation:


Joseph Donald Anthony, III

von der Droessel called Dressel

born: Jan. 4, 1954 , Chicago , Il . USA , ex. 14.1

died:  Dec. 6, 1958 , Lincoln , Il . USA , ex.14.2



Joseph Donald Anthony, IV,

von der Droessel called Dressel

born: Jan. 1, 1956 , Chicago , Il . ex.15



Jan Wolfgang  Mario

von der Droessel called Dressel

born: May 12, 1958 , Chicago , Il . USA , ex.16



IInd Generation:

 Joseph Donald Anthony

 von der Droessel called Dressel, n19

 Knight of the Order of the Crocodile, n20

 Knight of the Grand Cross Ernestine House Order of Saxony, n21.

born:  July 20, 1927 , Chicago, Il., ex 17

            mar. Nov. 3, 1952 , St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il. , USA , ex..17.1


             the Imperial Countess Maria Theresa  von Wimpffen

             Dame of Honor and Devotion of the Order of Malta

born: May 25, 1929 , Kainberg Castle , Styria , Austria , n22.1.


Daughter of the Imperial Count Georg von Wimpffen and his wife Imperial Countess Jacquline 0von Wimpffen nee Countess Zichy of Zich Vasonykeo, Dame of the Stary Cross Order of Austria.


The Wimpffens are the Roman Catholic Austrian-Hungarian Branch of an ancient German noble family from Schwabia. n22.1.


 The Zichys are a  Roman Catholic ancient Hungarian noble family of Magyar origin, n22.2.





III. Generation

 Joseph Jan Anton

 von der Droessel called Dreszel then Dressel, n19

born: Mar. 17, 1897 , Przasnysz , Poland ,  ex.18

died: May 29, 1984 , Chicago, Il. , USA , ex. 18.1

mar: Oct. 24, 1923 , St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il. , USA , ex. 18.2


             the noble Zofia Veronica

            Radwan Janowicz


             see Janowicz pedegree, Section 3



    IV. Generation:

   Anton Jozef Jan

   von der Droessel called Dressel or Dreszel

            born: Apr. 15, 1876 , Chorzele , Poland , ex. 19.1

died: Feb. 15, 1926 , Chicago, Il. , USA , ex. 19.2

mar: Jan. 20, 1896 , Przasnysz , Poland , 3x. 19.3


the noble Marianna Regina

Grzymala Grudzinski


              see Grudzinski pedegree, Section 4


   V. Generation:        

   Damaszy (Dam, Thomas) Jozef, called Jozef

   von der Droessel called Dressel or Dreszel 

             born: Oct. 26, 1838 , Chorzele , Poland , ex.20

died: circa 1890, near Chorzele, Poland (?),  n13.1

mar. Nov. 11, 1874 , Chorzele , Poland , ex.20.1


             the noble Julia Anna

            Lignau called Lignal (Lignat)

              born: Mar. 14, 1852 , Chorzele , Poland

died:  Feb. 11, 1911 , Chorzele , Poland


 Daughter of the noble Peter Lignau (Lignat) called Lignal and his wife the noble Marianna Lignau called Lignal nee Nieczuja Gladysz .

The Lignals were the Roman Catholic Mazovian branch of a noble German family from East Prussia , n23.1; n24.14. According to Dr. Grygier, they  were originally called Lignat-Lemgow, n9.3.

The Nieczuja Gladysz  were the Roman Catholic East Prussian-Mazovian branch of an ancient noble Polish family from Silesia , n26; n24.1; n24.2; n24.3; n24.11


Julia Anna was a follower of Count Leo Tolstoi



VI. Generation:

Johann  Friedrich

von der Droessel called Dressel

textile manufactuer

            born: 1816, Willenberg , East Prussia , n9.1,  n9.3 ?; ex.21 (chart from Grygier)

died:  mAR. 25, 1875, Chorzele , Poland , ex. 21.2

1st mar.  Jan. 17, 1839 , Chorzele , Poland , ex. 21.1


             Eva  Kielich

born: 1821, Chorzele , Poland

             died: Aug. 3. 1851, Chorzele , Poland


Daughter of the merchant Johann Kielich and his wife Marianna Kielich nee Grau.

The Kielich and the Grau were Lutheran German  families  who emigrated from Germany to Mazovia, Poland at the beginning of the 19th century, n3.1; n13.2


2nd mar: Oct. 19, 1852 ; n3.1; ex. 21.3


             the noble Marianna

Kopasina Sikorski


The daughter of  ?

The Kopasina Sikorskis were a Roman Catholic ancient noble Polish family from Mazovia, n3.1; n24.2; n24.13


VII. Generation:

Johann Friedrich

von der Droessel called Dressel

textile manufactuer

born: 1780, Willenberg , East Prussia ; Lutheran, ex.22

died: 1843, Chorzele , Poland , ex.22

            mar: 1804, Willenberg , East Prussia ; ex. 22


Katarina Barbara , called Barbara


born: 1778, Willenberg , East Prussia

             died: 1853, Chorzele, Russian Poland, n9.1;  n9.3

Daughter of Christoph Peter and his wife Gottliebe Peter nee"Jesek."

The Peter  were the Lutheran East Prussian branch of a German family from Germany .


The "Jesek" name form appears in the document but it is believed that this name form is a phonetic error and that the name was not Jesek but Lisek. There is no data regarding the family Jesek, but there is much material about the Lisek family which was one of the largest factory owning family in Southern East Prussia , and closely related to the Dressels in business and by marriage, n9.1. The Liseks are the Lutheran East Prussian branch of an ancient Polish family from the Bielsk area. Lisek (Lissek) is the nickname for the family name Lis or Liss, n24.2



VIIIth Generation:

 Karl Frederick

 von der Droessel called Droessel or Dressel, n9.1;  ex.23,  birth certificate of grandchild

Textile manufactuer

            born: 1740, Willenberg , East Prussia , ex. 23.1  

died: 1807, Willenberg , East Prussia , ex. 23.1

             mar:  1765, Willenberg , East Prussia , 9.1, n25, ex. 23.1


             the Noble Katarina

Gryf  Makowski called Makowka

            born: 1743, Klein Jerutten, East Prussia   

died: after 1778, Willenberg , East Prussia

Daughter of the noble August Makowka (Makowski) and his wife Magdelena Makowka nee  ? Zebrowski.

Makowka is a varient of the family name Makowski, n24.18; The Makowka were the Lutheran East Prussian branch of an ancient noble Catholic Polish family from Galicia, n24.17; n24.1; n24.2; n24.3; n24.7; n24.8; n25, n35.

The Zebrowskis are the Lutheran East Prussian branch of an ancient noble Polish Roman Catholic family from Mazovia, n24.2; n24.13





 von der Droessel called Droessel, (with or without the umlaut) and Dressel

 textile manufactuer

 owner: Gross and Klein Doebnicken, Eylau , East Prussia , ex.8.4 

born: 1692, Colochau, Saxony ;  ex 8.1

died: 1761, Willenberg , East Prussia , ex. chart ?

marr: 1716, Neuendorff, Saxon, ex.. chart ?


             Rosina Graffenberg von Untergraffenberg ?     

            born: 1689-90, Untergraffenberg or Unterhoellenstein, Wagrain, Salzburg , Austria ,  

died: 1761, Willenberg , East Prussia , ex. chart ?


Daughter of Georg Graffenberg von Unterhoellenstein and his wife Barbara nee Eder von ?


The Graffenberg were a Lutheran old fief owning German family from Wagrain, Salzburg , Austria . They were among the oldest of the estate owners, "Lehngutter Bezitzer," of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg . The Graffenberg were expelled from Salzburg in 1732 because they would not give up their Lutheran religion and convert to Catholicity after which they emigrated to East Prussia , where they invested their capital in the textile industry, n9.1; n9.2; 



The current cardinal of Salzburg is a member of the Eder family.



IX.   Generation:





Peter I,  (Karl Friedrick)

von der Droessel called Droessel , (with or without the umlaut)    

textile manufactuer, ex.8.16   

documented: 1692-1739

born: Colochau, Saxony , ex.8.5; ex.8.6; ex.8.13

             mar: before 1692, Saxony


             a daughter of a cloth manufactuor in Saxony , n8,


X. Generation


Georg Ernst

von der Droessel, (with umlaut)

officer in the 30 Year War, textile manufactuer

documented 1636; 1646; 1651, n29.1; n29.2

born: circa 1620, n7

mar: before 1662


             a daughter of a cloth manufacturer in Saxony , n8



XI.  Generation


Dam (Thomas) the younger

von der Droessel called von der Drossel or von der Troessel, (with umlaut)

owner: Klein Roessen and a part of Gross Roessen, Saxony

documented 1602; 1608; 1612; 1618; 1636, n29.3

born: circa 1570,

died: circa 1635, Zabelitz, Saxony


             to: to the daughter of the noble Georg Ernst von der Oelsnitz family from the house of   Adelsdorf, n29.3 and his wife the noble Agnes von Metsch from the house of Plohn

born: Dec. 10, 1636 ,  n29.3    

The von Oelsnitz and the von Metsch were ancient Lutheran noble German families from Saxony , n34.



XII. Generation


Dam (Thomas) the elder

von der Droessel, called von der Drosel

owner: 1/4 Colochau; Klein Roessen; 3/4 Gross Roessen

documented 1566; 1572;  1574; 1577; 1586; 1592, n29.4

born: circa 1535

died: Feb. 25, 1604


              to:  believed to be a member of the von Heynitz family


The von Heynitzs were a ancient Lutheran noble German family from Saxony , n34



XIII. Generation


Nickel, (Nicholas)

von der Droessel called von der Drossel

owner: 1/4 Colochau;  Klein Roessen; 3/4 Gross Roessen

documented 1548, n28; n29.48; 1554; 1556; 1557

            born: circa 1505

died: Nov. 13, 1574

mar: July 3, 1549



              alive on July 3, 1549 , when she was granted a widow annuity in the event she survieved                  her husband, n?



 XIV. Generation


Caspar the elder

von der Droessel called von der Drossel

owner: part of Klein Roessen;  3/4 Grosse Roessen;  1/4 Colochau;  Buchau; and Nuendorff, Saxony

documented 1494-95, n30.1; 1529; 1541-42; 1548, n29.5

born: circa 1475

died: July 8, 1548



XV. Generation

Tham, (Thomas)

 von der Droessel called von der Drossel

owner: Klein Roessen;  and Gross Roessen, Saxony

 documented 1469; 1492, n30.2

born: circa 1445




alive in 1470 when she received a widow annuity from the Klein Roessen estate





XVI. Generation

Thame, (Thomas)

von der Droessel called van Droselle

owner: 1/2 Colochau and Gross Roessen in 1474

documented 1458, n36; 1474

born:  circa 1415



XVII. Generation


Hans, (Johann)

von der Droessel called von der Drosele

owner: Clochau, Gross Roessen, and Klein Roessen

documented 1408, n31

born: circa 1385



XVIII. Generation


Cuntz, (Conrad)

Knight (Ritter) von der Droessel called von der Drossule 

owner: Colochau, Gross Rossen, and Klein Roessen Check

documented 1374, n30.3; 1379; 1381-82   

born: circa 1355

mar: Mar. 16, 1376 (according to her widow annuity)    ???



alive on Mar. 16, 1376 when she received her widow annunity



XIX. Generation



Knight (Ritter) von der Droessel called von der Dresul

owner: Dreseil fief, Saxony

documented 1349, n33.1; 1361; 1370; 1375-78; 138

born:  circa 1330



XX. Generation



Knight (Ritter) von der Droessel documented von Drisule

owner: Dreseil fief, Saxony

documented 1323, n33.2b

born: circa 1300




Rule (Rudolph)

Knight (de Bennhausen)  documented "dictus Ritter de Drisul"

Founder of the Dressel line of the von Bennhausen family

documented 1319, n33.3, ex ?; 1323, n?

owner : Dreseil fief,  Saxony



XXII Generation:


Ritter de Bennhausen documented "Ionnes miles de Benhusen"

documented: 1288 - 1330, n2.5



XXIII Generation:


de Bennhauseen

Marshall of Hersfeld

documentd 1222 - 1244, n2.5



XXIV Generation:

Hortman (Nortmann) or Wachsmut or Gerlint

de Bennenhus

documented: 1179, n2.6

born: alive in 1179, n2.6; ex.



XXV Generation:

Rubbertus (Rupertus)

de Bennenhus

owner:Bennenhus estate

documentd 1179, n2.6; ex.

born: alive in 1179, n2.6; ex.


born: alive in 1179, n2.6; ex.



XXVI Generation:


von Benehusin

documented  between 1162 through 1187, n2.7; ex. ?

died: before 1179, n2.6; ex.?


died: before 1179, n2.6; ex. ?.



            The parents of Rubertus had to be dead before 1179 because the survieving 1179 document is a bequest to the Hersburg monastery for the purpose of having the monks say Masses for the souls of his parents, ex. ?; n2.6





from the XXVII or ealier generation:



von Bernhardshausen latter called von Bennehus

             free nobleman

allowal owner of the Bernhardshausen estates

vassal of the Abbot of Hersfeld Monaster, Duchy of Hessen

birth: circa 1060



The main source for the existance of Bernhard is in the analysis of the family name von Bennhausen.  The original name had to be Bernhardshausen, which latter evolved to such forms as Bennenhus, Bennenhusen, Beinhausen, Benhausen, etc.  "Benn" was and still is a nickname for Bernhard, n?. "Hausen" can be translated either as houses or villages. Therefore, the original name, simply meant Bernhard's property. We know from the 1179 document, n2.6, that the villa Bennenhus consisted of various estates. Therefore, for a piece of property to be called "Bernhard's propeties, a Bernhard had to exist.  



8th - 9th century : 

During this period the area of northern Hessen was settled by the Frankish Chatte tribe.

The hilly and dense forest area, Rothenburg, in which the Bernhardshause properties were sittuated  were settled a bit latter, n ?. . Since the Benhausen family were free noble men, (none of their earliest documents ever refer to them as belonging to the ministrales class, n2.6; n2.7), and, who were in possession of their properties generations before 1179, n2.6, it is possible that the Bennhausen family owned their lands already in the 10th century. 


1003 AD:

The entire Rohrbach valley including eastern properties in the Fuldabeuge bei the Blankenheim - Breitenbach area were given to the Benedictine monastery of Hersfeld by King Heinrich II, n book


circa 1060 AD:  

birth of Bernhard.

This is the latest date Bernhard could reasonable be born. Because, it would have taken  several generations for the property which was held by Benn (Bernhard) to  become generally accepted and to phoneticaly evolve into the Bennenhaus and other similair name forms. Futhermore, naming an estate after the original owner was a common practise at this time, (n3).


The 1179 document, n2.6 also clearly states that the the villa Bennenhaus was an inherited family   property. Therefore, it must of been in the family for several generations. The 1179 document, n2.6 also mentiuons "other relatives", again, it takes more than one generations to accumulate "relatives".


We know Rupertus was a mature man in 1179. He was married and had heirs. It is reasonable to assume that he was born circa 1150. It is also reassonable to assume that the property was in the family at least for three generations. Give 30 years for each generation. You have a time period of approximately 90 years. Subtract 90 years from 1150 and you have 1060, the approximate birth date of Bernhard.

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