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Erbach


The House of Erbach descended from an ancient Imperial immediate noble family from Franconia [9: 1941; p.200].

Eberhard III of Erbach (+1269), and his brother, Konrad I, founded, respectively, the branches of Reichenberg and Erbach [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.1-2].

In 1503, with the death of Erasmus the branch of Konrad I (Erbach) became extinct in the male line and its possessions passed to the branch of Eberhard III (Reichenberg) [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.2].

Johann I (+1296) and Eberhard IV (+1312), Eberhard III's sons, founded two sub-branches of the Reichenberg branch.
In 1531, with the death of Valentin the sub-branch of Eberhard IV (+1312) became extinct in the male line, and its possessions passed to Eberhard (+1539) from the sub-branch of Johann I (+1296) [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.1,3].

In June 1532, the Roman Emperor granted to Eberhard of Erbach (+1539) the title of Count [8: Band 1; p.19] [9: 1941; p.200] [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.3] [3: Abtheilung I; Band I; p.200].

In Aug 1532, the Roman Emperor elevated possessions of Count Eberhard of Erbach (+1539) to the status of Imperial County [8: Band 1; p.19] [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.3] [4: tome III; p.404].

In 1556, the Counts of Erbach acquired a portion of the Imperial immediate Lordship of Breuberg (the House of Erbach possessed a portion of Breuberg in the 15th century) [21: p.194-196].

Georg-Ludwig I (+1693) and Georg-Albrecht II (+1717), sons of Count Georg-Albrecht I of Erbach (+1647), founded two branches of the House of Erbach.
In 1731, with the death of Count Friedrich-Karl, the branch of Georg-Ludwig I became extinct in the male line and its possessions passed to the branch of Georg-Albrecht II [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.4] (Note 2).

Philipp-Karl (+1736), Georg-Wilhelm (+1757), and Georg-August (+1758), sons of Count Georg-Albrecht II (+1717), founded, respectively, the branches of Fürstenau, Erbach and Schönberg [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.5].

Notes.
1. The House of Erbach had two voices in the Franconian College of Imperial Counts [21: p.451-452] [3: Abtheilung I; Band I; p.200] [6: p.692] [21: p.4].
2. Count Friedrich-Karl (+1731) was married to Sophie-Eleonore (+1738), Countess of Limpurg-Speckfeld whose portion of Limpurg passed to their daughters [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.4].




1. Fürstenau

Philipp-Karl (+1736), son of Count Georg-Albrecht II (+1717), founded the branch of Fürstenau.

Philipp-Karl' was succeeded by his sons, Ludwig-Friedrich-Karl-Eginhard (+1794) and Georg-Albrecht III (+1778).
In 1768, they introduced the primogeniture in the branch of Fürstenau [9: 1941; p.200]. Georg-Albrecht III was succeeded by his oldest son, Christian-Karl-August-Albrecht (+1803), who also succeeded to his uncle Ludwig-Friedrich-Karl-Eginhard in 1794.

In July 1806, the Count of Erbach-Fürstenau lost his status of Imperial immediate ruler when his Imperial immediate possessions were mediatized by the Act of the Confederation of the Rhine [3: Abtheilung II; Band II; p.190].




List of the Rulers

Ludwig-Friedrich-Karl-Eginhard (1728-1794) [1742-1794]
Christian-Karl-August-Albrecht (1757-May 1803) [1784-1803]
Albrecht-August-Ludwig (1787-1851) [1803-1806]




Voices in the Imperial Circle assemblies in 1789 [2: p.13] [6: p.692] [21: p.4]

Franconia:
= The Bench of the Counts and Lords:
- % Erbach;




Voices in the Imperial Assembly in 1789

Curial voices in the Council of Princes:
the Counts of Franconia
- % Erbach (Note 1, above);





Territorial Possessions in 1789 [7: p.43] [11: Heft II; p.147] [3: Abtheilung I; Band I; p.200]

The Imperial Circle of Franconia:
- Fürstenau;
- Freienstein;
- Michelstadt;




Territorial Acquisitions and Losses since 1789

- In 1797, the Count of Erbach-Fürstenau acquired the Lordship of Rotenberg / Rothenberg the Knightly Circle of Franconia [21: p.250] [7: p.56].








2. Erbach

Georg-Wilhelm (+1757), son of Count Georg-Albrecht II (+1717), founded the branch of Erbach.

In July 1806, the Count of Erbach-Erbach lost his status of Imperial immediate ruler when his Imperial immediate possessions were mediatized by the Act of the Confederation of the Rhine [3: Abtheilung II; Band II; p.190].

Notes.
1. Count Franz of Erbach-Erbach (+1823) was married to Charlotte-Louise-Polyxene of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hartenburg (+1785), who from her mother, Wilhelmina-Christina of Solms-Assenheim, received a share of Limpurg-Gaildorf [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.7] [4: tome III; chapitre VIII; t.94] [20: p.95]. The ownership of Limpurg-Gaildorf provided the right to vote in the Assembly of the Imperial Circle of Franconia and the Imperial Assembly. Count Franz of Erbach-Erbach and Charlotte-Louise-Polyxene had four daughters: Charlotte-Auguste-Wilhelmine (1777-1846), Marianne-Louise-Friederike-Caroline (1778-1797), Karoline-Louise-Wilhelmine (1779-1825) and Louise-Charlotte Polyxene (1781-1830) [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.7] [20: p.95]. The share of Limpurg-Gaildorf, which belonged to Charlotte-Louise-Polyxene of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hartenburg, was sold to Württemberg in 1790 [4: tome III; chapitre VIII; t.94].
2. In 1804, Ludwig (+1818), the last Count Kolb of Wartenberg-Roth, adopted his two nephews, Franz-Karl-Friedrich-Wilhelm (+1832) and Franz-Georg-Friedrich-Christian-Eginhard (+1854), sons of Count Franz of Erbach-Erbach (+1823) of his second marriage with Charlotte-Louise-Polyxene Kolb of Wartenberg (+1844) [10: Neue Folge; Band V (1988); t.7], who added the Wartenberg-Roth name and coat of arms in Jan 1806 [9: 1941; p.201].





List of the Rulers

Franz (1754-1823) [1757-1806]
~ (1) 1776 Charlotte-Louise-Polyxene of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hartenburg (+1785), Countess of Limpurg-Gaildorf.




Titles

>-1806

Count of Erbach, Limpurg;
Lord of Breuberg;




Voices in the Imperial Circle assemblies in 1789 [2: p.13] [6: p.692] [21: p.4]

Franconia:
= The Bench of the Counts and Lords:
- % Erbach;




Voices in the Imperial Assembly in 1789

Curial voices in the Council of Princes:
= the Counts of Franconia =
- % Erbach (Note 1, above);




Territorial Possessions in 1789 [7: p.43] [11: Heft II; p.147] [3: Abtheilung I; Band I; p.200]

The Imperial Circle of Franconia:
- Erbach;
- Reichenberg;
- Wildenstein;

The Knightly Circle of Franconia:
- Würzberg [3: Abtheilung I; Band II; p.248]








3. Schönberg

Georg-August (+1758), son of Count Georg-Albrecht II (+1717), founded the branch of Schönberg.

In July 1806, the Count of Erbach-Schönberg lost his status of Imperial immediate ruler when his Imperial immediate possessions were mediatized by the Act of the Confederation of the Rhine [3: Abtheilung II; Band II; p.190].

In Aug 1903, the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt granted the Count of Castell-Schönberg the title of Prince (primogeniture) [9: 1941; p.202].




List of the Rulers

Christian (1728-1799) [1788-1799]
Karl (1732-1816) [1799-1806]




Voices in the Imperial Circle assemblies in 1789 [2: p.13] [6: p.692] [21: p.4]

Franconia:
= The Bench of the Counts and Lords:
- % Erbach;




Voices in the Imperial Assembly in 1789

Curial voices in the Council of Princes:
the Counts of Franconia
- % Erbach (Note 1, above);




Territorial Possessions in 1789 [7: p.43] [11: Heft II; p.147] [3: Abtheilung I; Band I; p.200]

The Imperial Circle of Franconia:
- % Breuberg;
- König;
- Schönberg;




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