called von der DRÖESSEL the ELDER

doc. 1494, 1495, 1529, 1541, 1542, 1548 † July 8, 1548 Lord of Klein Roessin Lord in Buchaw and Neuendorff, Saxony, Co lord in Colochau, and in Üebigau

The knights in the Dressel family occasionally
used blue and yellow for their family colors

1494: July 6, see VII.4, 1494, July 6, above
1495:  I "Caspar von der Drosssel", " complain for myself and for my minor cousins that the people of Üebigau are breaking the stones on the estate and from the ruined castle in Üebigau, which I and my cousin have in fief, and" (get translation), m3.3.

1520: May 1, see VIII.1, 1520, May 1, above
1520: May 1, Tuesday after Jubilate, Lochau (Colochau), Saxony
"Caspar von der Drossel," and his heirs were invested in fief, by Kurfuerst Friedrick of Saxony, with 1/4 of the Lochaw (Colochau) estate, with all of Klein Roessin and 3/4 of Gross Roessin with the rights over "Hals und Hand," in Buchaw with 27 Scheffel corn, 8 Scheffeln oats and 9 groschen, in Newendorff with 30 Scheffel oats, 30 Scheffel corn, I Schock 8 Groschen and 19 chickens. (He is to be invested with) everything his father "Tham von der Drossell and his cousins, "Guenther and Cuentz von der Drossell” possessed and which is now divided between "Caspar" and his cousins. Invested in fief at the same time were his cousins "Gunther Cuntz von der Drossell," a4.16.

1541: Aug. 21, 5 o’clock in the evening, Dobrilugh Monastery, Saxony, p9.8.

COMMENT: The Dobrilugh Monastery belonged to the Niederlausitz as part of *bohemia under Kaiser Ferdinand King of Bohemia.  The Kurfuerten of Saxony during this period as before in the 15th century already tried to take the Niederlausitz away from Bohemia.  (They finally received the Niederlausitz from the Kaiser during the 30 year war in 1635.) In 1541 the Saxon Kurfursst Johann Friedrich under a pretext occupied the rich Dobrilugh Monastery which from then on belonged to the Electorate of Saxony.  Caspar was one of the Saxony officers who after the occupation were in charge of the troops put into the Monastery.  Nothing spectacular happened after the occupation.

1542: Thursday after Reminiscere, Falkenberg Amt Liebenwerda, Saxony
"Caspar, Gunther und Kuntz von der Drossel," sold an estate and a free farm in Üebigau to Georg von Hohendorf-Schmerkkendorf and was so invested in fief by the Duke of Saxony, a5.1.

1545: "Cunz and Nickel von der Droessel," cousins were guardians of the widow Anna von Weltewitz, a

1548: July 8 Died in Saxony

Sources for Caspar





doc. married ? von Raschkau, alive ? 1494, July 6, see VII.4, 1494, July 6, Lord of (3/4) Colochau, (1/4) Gross Roessin, and Üebigau, Saxony, Lord in Buckau, Malitzschkendorf, Schlieben and Dubro

Location of the Üebigau estate


According to legend, this Madonna was donated to the church by the Dressel family



1520:  May 1, Tuesday after Jubilate, Lochau (Colchau), Saxony
"Gunther und Cuntz von der Drossel," brothers, were invested in fief with 3/4 of the Lochaw (Colochau) estate, 1/4 of Gross Roessin with the rights over "Hals und Hand", from the village of Buckau under the "Bette"27 scheffel corn, 8 scheffel oats and 9 groschen, 2 fields "im Holz der Muntz," from the village of Malitzschkendorf 4 old Schock Geld and corn and 7 chickens, which their father "Guenther" purchased from Heinrich Stauchwitz, from the village Schlieben "auf 3 Hufen" 1 silver Schock and from the village of Dubro "auf 4 Hufen" 4 Malter corn, and oats "auf 5 peasants" and  2 smoked chickens  and the "Fleischzehnten "auf 2 peasants" ???????????????? Invested at the same time was their cousin "Caspar von der Droessel", a4.14.

1520:  May 1, see VIII.3, 1520, May 1, below
1526: Apr. 13, Friday after Quasimodogeniti, Torgau, Saxony
"Gunther und Cuntz von der Drosel," were allowed by Kurfurst Johann of Saxony to sell to Hans Raschke the yearly interest of 18 Fl. rheinischen from their village Colloch for 3,000 Gulden "Hauptsumme" for three years, but which is redeemable, a4.15. 

1530: Mar. 13, Sunday, Reminiscere
"Guenther von der Drossell," informed Kurfuerst Johann of Saxony of his agreement to his brothers "Kuntzen von der Drossel" conditions for his wife's widow's annuity, a4.16.

Comm: This document still exists in the original and has a paper seal of Gunther von der Droessel.

1542: see VIII.3, 1542, below
1543: see VIII.2, 1543, below


XIII.2a Wife of Gunther:


1494: July 6, ? was alive



doc. marriage Dorothea (von Wulffin) Lord of (3/4) Colochau, (1/4 Gross Roessin and Üebigau, Saxony, Lord in Buckau, Malitzschkendorf, Schlieben and Dubro, Saxony

Üebigau in 1523


The only known illustration of the Dressel castle in Übigau


The ancient church of Übigau where a number of the oldest Dressels are buried


The map of the Schlieben estate


1494: July 6, see VII.4, 1492, July 6
1520: May 1, see VIII.1, 1520, May 1, above
1520: May 1, see VIII.3 1520, May 1, below
1526: Apr. 13, see VIII.1, 1526, Apr. 13, above
1526: Sept. 29, "Cuntz v.d. Droessel was married, see 1530, Mar. 16, below. (ed. note: it is rare, at this time to have a marriage date documented)
1529: Schlieben, Saxony
In a letter to the Kurfurst, Anthonius v. Drandorff and other members of the Schlieben community Treausury informed the Duke that they "the Church Inspectors" allowed the sale, with the approval of the Amtmann (bailiff,) Bernhardt v. Hirssfelt, of the fief belonging to the altar of St. Catharina, in the Schlieben church, which formerly belonged to the v. Stauchwitz family, consisting of a house, garden and pasture to "Cuntz v. der Droessel," who has a wife and children, for 24 new Schock against a personal IOU note by "Cuntz von der Droessel". The letter was sealed by Bernhardt v. Hirssfelt and Anthonius v. Drandorff, w4.18.

S.n   "Church Inspectors" after the Reformation, were appointed by the Kur Prince to visit all parishes in Saxony being now Protestant to find out about the quality of the new Protestant priests as well as the financial status of the parishes, their income, well as how the parishioners behave, how often they went to church etc., also to make and implement ideas and actions to better the situation. The above letter is an example of their activity and reports. (ed. note:It is believed that Anthonius v. Drandorff was the brother in law of Cuntz v. der Droessel).

1530: Mar. 16, (Wednesday after Reminiscere,) Schlieben, Saxony
"Cuntz v.d. Droessel" writes to the Electral Prince that "on next Michaelis day  (Sept. 29,) 4 years ago I have had a woman and the God of Heaven has given me with her 3 children." Therefore he asks the Electoral Prince for permission to issue a letter of support for his wife in case of her widowhood from all his properties, and in case she would remarry or leave the estate (e.g. take residence in a town) of 30 Gulden yearly. His brother Guenther and he have agreed to such life annuities for their women. The life annuity for the wife of his brother has already be approved. As guardians for his wife "Cuntz" asks that Bernhard v. Hirschfeld and Anthonius v. Drandorff be appointed, w4.19.  

1530: Mar. 13, see VIII.1, 1530, Apr. 13, above
1539: Schlieben, Saxony, "Kuntzen von der Droessel" with Andrea von Dranhdorf successfully negotiated the dispute between Hans von Drandorf of Stechau and the Pastor of Kirchhain, p9.7.

1542: see II.3, 1542, Thursday after Reminiscere, below
1543: Wednesday, after the New Year Day (Jahrtag), Torgau, Saxony
"Cuntz von der Drossell" in agreement with his brother made the following provisions for his wife Barbara's widow annuity; 35 Gulden to be paid yearly, interest and 2 Tonnen Weinzins ???From the village Kolochau, she is to be paid

3 fl. from Simon Schuts, 3 fl. from FariusHeinemann, 3 fl. from Vallentin Seiffart, 21 fl. from Jacob Mahlke, 2 fl from Hasen Zeysigk, 2 fl from Urban Haman. From the village of Drasdo ? 5 fl from Jorgen Krueger. From the village of Gross Rossenn 37 gr. from MertenRuhl, 8 gr. from Melchior Slage (?) and  3 "alde schock dienstgeld.  An interest of 10 fl from Wilhelm Loser of Alsdorff to be paid yearly. 2 "Tonnen" Wine from the Wineberg in Schlieben, one with white wine and the other with red wine is also to be given to her. (get translation), a1.4

Questionable sons of Thomas XII.1


called von der DRÖSSEL

doc. 1490, 1494, lord of ? get translation of 1494, July 6

1490: Dec.4, see VII.4, 1490, Dec.4
Comment: This act is not clear in relationships when compared to other documents.  It implies that a "Conraden" was the brother of "Gunthern".

1494: July 6, see VII.4, 1494, July 6, above
Comment: Again, it is implied that a "Contzen" was a brother of "Gunther".  It is possible that this "Contzen" died shortly after 1494


called von der DRÖSSEL

doc. 1570, died: 1550

1570: see IX.14, 1570 below



called von der DRÖSSEL






called von der DRUSEL

doc. 1533 - 1615, † 1576

before 1553: believed to be in the service of Count Georg Ernst von Henneberg
1553: Friday, after Reminiscere Sunday (Mar. 4): Dietrich von der Drussell is
1560: Trium Regum, (Feast of the Three Kings, Jan. 6) Zilbach Hunting Lodge: Count Georg Ernst von Henneberg grants to Dietrich von der Trussel of Schwallunger fishing grounds in the "Zilbacher Grund."
1577: Jan. 6, Masfeld:



doc. x? to Wolf von Diemarn


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