1579: George was born in the (Haus) Walsdorf
Manor House, ?, where his parents took refuge because of the
raging epidemic. As children he and his brothers and sisters
had competent tutors. When older he was sent to the City School
at Cottbus, where he received his fundamental education.
1593: At the age of 14 years, he was enrolled
at the University of Wittenberg.
1595: Was called back home but in
1596: Transferred to the University of Jena,
where in addition to his diligent study of History he studied
1599: Enrolled at the University of Leipzig
where he was highly regarded for his knowledge and cleverness
by the professors, law students and other noble students, as
demonstrated by his "Remembrance Book" which the Pastor showed
us last night, which contained so many complimentary attributions
and observations by so many prominent personages. 1600,
his father died. George then returned home to settle the estate
with his brother.
1601: From the settlement he received the
Colochau estate. However, he had no interest in managing his
property, George wanted to continue his studies and travel.
Therefore, he freely gave over the estate to his oldest brother,
Guenther von der Droessel. In 1602, he went to Strassburg,
?, and then to Paris, France where among other things he began
his studies in the French language, 1603, found him in England,
where in London, he attended the funeral of Queen Elisabeth
I and the coronation of King James from Scotland.
He toured the Royal castles, cities and countryside.
He remained a 1/2 year in London, where he quickly learned to
speak English. George returned to France, he witnessed the siege
of Ostende, and was in Paris, Orleans, Lyon, and Genf (Geneva?)
From a harbor in Savoyen he sailed to Italy. During the voyage
a great storm was encountered, and in which the ship nearly
sank. He traveled through Lombard to Milan, and attended classes
at the University of Padua. He visited Venice, Florence, and
also was able to attend classes at the University of Siena,
then he traveled through Sicily and returned to University of
Padua to take more classes, 1606, around the Feast of St. Michaels
he came back to Germany having come from Venice. He then traveled
through Augsburg, Nurnburg, Leipsig to visit his brother in
Colochau. From there he left to travel to Prague, Vienna, and
to tour Hungary.
1609: Around Christmas we find George taking
over the administration of the Beerwalde estate, (where) on
the bases of a six year lease, and decided to live there.
1610: His brother Guenther von der Droessel
of Colochau dies without a male heir and in the distribution
of his brother's property with his brother
Hans Friedrich von der Droessel, he again
receives the Colochau estate, which he takes, and makes amicable
arrangements with his brother and Guenther's widow for the remainder
of the property.
Since George was known by the Saxon Elector’s
Court to be well traveled, highly educated and experienced,
he was called in 1613, by the Prince Elector to be the Court
Judge. In his 28 years of service he participated in many important
Commissions. In such situation he came into contact
with the area's most important people, with whom, without
exception, he worked with great discretion and was able to successfully
negotiate most difficult problems.
After having studied well, traveled widely,
and having brought the management of his properties into fine
order, George decided to marry at the age of 37, (get translation
for the rest)
1616: His wedding took place at Borsdorf,
he married the maiden Amlia von Wolffersdorff from the Bornsdorf
house. His marriage lasted 8 years and produced 4 children,
1 son and three daughters.
1624: His wife died, since his children
were young and because he was frequently away from because of
his office, George married again in 1627. His second wife was
Veronica Krantz von Giessbach, widow of NN von Bornsdorff. The
wedding took place at Penticost, in Colochau. This
marriage produced no children. This Lady raised the children
of the first marriage with great love.
Praise the Christian married couple ? Veronica
regularly attended her church in Colochau, but at Christmas,
Easter and Penticost she came to Herzberg. And it is here that
every Sunday afternoon she attended Luther's Children Catechism?
(Get translation for the end of the paragraph)
1637: As the War approached closer each day,
the Droessels fled to Torgau City. But after the city
was captured, they found themselves in deepest need The Pastor
received the Lady and her children with great fear, it was above
all, the fear for the safety of the daughter, because with young
girls the danger was always so great. In this situation of fear
and exhaustion, the Lady died on Shrove Tuesday in Torgau.
A few weeks latter the Colochau estate was plundered, the village
and Manorhouse were burned to ashes. George, the father, ? after
he was in Prettin, went to Wittenberg, where, around Pentecost,
his daughter Agnes became ill and died. After this, he
went to Sonnewald, where he remained until 1639, when he returned
to Herzberg, and discussed the sad and experiences with the
Pastor at that his wife and children had to endure in strange
surroundings. (Get translation)
1640: As he attended the Prince Elector's
State Parliament (Landtag) he became very ill, but the doctors
were able to return his to health and he returned to Herzberg.
His age with his many sorrows and worries brought a relapse.
He consulted with the Prince Electors widow's doctor in Lichtenburg
and immersed himself in his care.
1641: Oct. 25, the Pastor, when he was spending
the night in Herzberg, visited the Prince Elector's widow and
there met her doctor who told him that George was like a ruined
house for which nothing more could be done. (don"t understand
the rest of the paragraph)
1641: Dec. 2, he died; George was 62 years,
7 weeks and 1 day old. A great contributing factor to his death,
was certainly the premature death of his only son, Georg Abraham
von der Droessel, age 19, on Nov. 24 in the Markgraftum of Lower
Lausitz. George arranged that his son's body should be brought
to Hezberg and that they should both be buried near the High
Altar in the City Church. And this was done, p17.1.
COMMENT: The above information was translated
intact from Georg's Eulogy. The information below was
translated from various documents and published materials and
augments the data above.
1602: Ao., Nov. 12, Orleans, France.
"George" signs the "autograph" book of the student Heinrich
Hartman from Witzenhausen (a small city on the Werra in Hessen)
with the following; "Taire en temps et bien penser ne peut personne
offensey. Ex genere ex virtute clarissimo viro dn. Henrico
Hartmann hanc perpetuam amicitiae tesseram ponebam, Aureliis.
Georg von der Droessel"
The student Hartmann took his "autograph"
book on his student travels and asked the people he met to sign
it. H. Hartmann's original "autograph book" is to be found in
the State Library in Kassel, Germany.
1612: Mar. 12, Torgau, Saxony, A copy of
the Letter of Fief (is made) for "George v.d.Droessel," a5.2.
1622: June 1, Colochau, Saxony "George, Cuntz
Ertman und Guenter," brothers and cousins of Colochau and Schlieben,
petition the Prince Elector that, although, their ancestors
had one communal Letter of Fief from the estates Colochau and
Schlieben, now that the estates have been divided, they request
seperate Letters of Fief. Attached to the letter is a note stating:
the request was granted June 12. 1622, a5.2
1624: Feb. 21, "George" and Hans Heinrich
v. Leipzig write to the Prince Elector that "Hans Friedrich
von der Droessel" of Nuen Doeber died in May of last year; that
they were appointed guardians of sons; they petition the Elector
that their wards, the brothers, "Wolf Abrahamb, Hans Friedrich,
Hans George, Guenther, Wolf Dietrich and Joachim Berntt von
der Droessel" who are all still little, the oldest being not
over 10 years, (to be granted the "gesamte Hand") with him,
"George von der Droessel" of Colochau, and with the other cousins,
and that the children be granted an Indult until they finish
their minority, a5.2.
1636: Dec. 10, Colochau, Saxony, "George"
writes to the Prince Elector that his cousin "Tham von der Droessel"
formerly of Klein Roessin, died in almost the greatest poverty:
that he (George) has taken to himself one of "Tham" sons, "Heinrich
Wilhelm", 8 years old, who had "nothing to bite or break"; and
that the brother of his late mother nee von Oelsnitz, takes
no interest in him; he (George) petitions the Prince Elector
to grant to "Heinrich Wilhelm" the "gesamte Hand with his cousins
in Colochau and Schlieben, and the "Indult" until he reaches
his majority, a5.2.
1638: Mar. 17, Colochau, Saxony "George"
petitions the Prince Elector for the "gesamte Hand" on the estates
of his late cousins "Cuntz Erdman and Cunther von der Droessel
of Colochau and Schlieben," see 1638, Mar. 17, IX.8.
1638: Nov. 19, Dresden, Saxony "George" writes
to the Prince Electore in behalf of his cousin "Heinrich Wilhelm
von der Droessel," see 1638, Nov. 19, XII.12.
1642: Nov. 21, "George von der Droessel"
died on Dec. 2, 1641, see 1642, Nov. 21, XI.21
NOTES FOR GEORG von der DRESSEL: (1)
This date is confirmed in a letter from the Library of the Friedrich
Schiller University, Jena, Germany, dated Apr. 4, 1991, that
"Georgius a Drossel, Saxo" registered at the University of Jena
between Feb. 5 and Aug. 5, 1596 and that his name appears as
the 24th on a list of 234 registered students.
1598: Jan. 19,
"Guenther v.d. Dressel" (get translated),
1612: Mar. 16, "Guenther zu Colochau"
was admitted (bekennet) with the
"gesamte Hand" with his brother "Cunrad Erdtman"
and his cousins, see XII.2, 1668, July 8.
1622: June 1, see X.3, June 1
1638: Mar. 17, Colochau,
Saxony, "Guenther" died in
the previous Fall in Herzberg leaving
a small estate, see
X.3, 1638, Mar.17.
1638: Mar. 17, Herzberg,
von der Droessel" nee von Drandorff
writes to the Prince Elector that; her Junker husband "Guenther
von der Droessel" of Colochau recently died: that he left behind
a son "Guenther" from his first marriage, who is now a minor,
who lives abroad in the Oldenburg Countyin
the service of the Princes of Anhalt, the dowager of Cosswigk;
"Guenther has no guardian; she petitions as his (Pflegemutter)
stepmother for a "Indult" until a guardian is appointed. (A
note attached to the letter states that a Letter of Fief was
4, 1638 ,) a5.2.
July 3, 1638 , Colochau,
von der Droessel" petitions the Prince Elector to; grant her
stepson "Guenther" who is now in service of the Counts of Oldenburg
an "Indult" with a Letter of Fief for 1/2 of the Colochau village
which belonged to her late husband the honorable "Guenther von
der Droessel" and the "gesamter
Hand" on the estates of his brothers and his cousins, until
her stepson returns to take over the Fief and "gesamter
1642: Nov.21, "Sibilla"
is no longer alive, see 1642, Nov. 21, XI.21.