Christian Frederick of Stolberg-Wernigerode

Christian Frederick of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Christian Frederick of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Spouse(s) Countess Auguste Eleonore of Stolberg-Stolberg
Noble family House of Stolberg
Father Henry Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Mother Princess Anna of Anhalt-Köthen
Born 8 January 1746(1746-01-08)
Wernigerode Castle
Died 26 May 1824(1824-05-26) (aged 78)

Count Friedrich Christian of Stolberg-Wernigerode (German: Christian Friedrich zu Stolberg-Wernigerode; 8 January 1746, Wernigerode Castle – 26 May 1824, Pieszyce (German: Peterwaldau)) succeeded his father as ruler of the County of Wernigerode in 1778.



Count Christian Frederick was the only son of Count Henry Ernest of Stolberg-Wernigerode and Princess Anna of Anhalt-Köthen. He was a member of the noble family Stolberg.

During his studies in Halle from 1764 to 1767 he joined the freemason lodge zu den drei Degen. In the summer of 1767 he obtained the fourth and later the fifth grade at the lodge in Leipzig.

Count Christian Frederick was until 1796 dean of Halberstadt and provost of Walbeck. He was made a Knight of the Order of Saint John in 1790 by Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia. In 1797 he was made a Knight of the Prussian Order of the Red Eagle and in 1803, a member of the Order of the Black Eagle.

Among the count's friends were the poets Anna Louisa Karsch and Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim.


On 8 June 1765, his maternal great-uncle Count Johann Erdmann of Promnitz left him the Lordships of Pieszyce (German: Peterwaldau), Janowice Wielkie (German: Jannowitz) and Grodztwo (German: Kreppelhof) in Silesia. In a deed of 18 December 1815, he left the Lordship of Pieszyce as special fideicommiss and majorat to his second son, Count Ferdinand, and Janowice Wielkie to his third son, Count Constantine, and Grodztwo to his fourth son, Count Anton. They founded the Silesian branch of the Stolberg-Wernigerode family. They kept their possessions in Silesia until they were expelled in 1945.

He left the County of Wernigerode to his eldest son, Count Henry.


He was married to Auguste Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Stolberg (born: 10 January 1748; died: 12 December 1821) daughter of Count Christoph Louis of Stolberg-Stolberg. The couple had the following children:

  1. Anne (1770–1819), married in1797 Baron Alexander of Wylich
  2. Louise (1771–1856), married in 1807 Maurice Haubold of Schönberg
  3. Henry (1772–1854), married in 1799 Princess Jenny of Schönburg-Waldenburg
  4. Marie (1774–1810), married in 1803 Prince Henry LIV Reuss of Lobenstein
  5. Ferdinand (born: 18 October 1775; died 20 May 1854), married on 25 May 1802 Countess Marie Agnes of Stolberg-Stolberg
  6. Friederike (1776–1858), married in 1806 Henry Louis Burgrave and Count of Dohna-Schlodien
  7. Ernestine (1778–1781)
  8. Constantine (born: 25 September 1779; died: 19 August 1817 in Karlsbad), married on 30 September 1804, Baroness Ernestine von der Reck
  9. Theodore (1783–1786)
  10. Anton (1785–1854), married on 12 June 1809, Baroness Louise von der Recke

External links

References and sources

  • Wilhelm Herse: Christian Friedrich Graf zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, in: Historische Kommission für die Provinz Sachsen und für Anhalt (eds.): Mitteldeutsche Lebensbilder, vol. 3: Lebensbilder des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts, self-published, Magdeburg, 1928, p. 214–220
  • Eduard Jacobs (1893) (in German). "Stolberg-Wernigerode, Christian Friedrich Graf zu". In Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). 36. Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot. pp. 387–391.
  • Uwe Lagatz: Zeitenwende. Graf Christian Friedrich (1746–1824) und Graf Henrich (1772–1854) zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, in: Philipp Fürst zu Stolberg-Wernigerode and Jost-Christian Fürst zu Stolberg-Stolberg (eds.): 'Stolberg 1210–2010: Zur achthundertjährigen Geschichte des Geschlechts, Dößel, 2010, ISBN 978-3-89923-252-3, p. 220-245.
  • This page is a translation of its German equivalent.
Christian Frederick of Stolberg-Wernigerode
House of Stolberg
Born: 8 January 1746 Died: 26 May 1824
Preceded by
Henry Ernest
Count of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Succeeded by

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