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Johann Meyer Philanthropist..his Deeds and Recognitions

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The beginning of my search...

I treasure my families blood that runs through my veins ~ and that very thought came to my mind in1990 while laying in a Hospital bed. I'd been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly I lost both parents from this decease, and knowing this I thought I might die. I was scared, although the prognosis was good for me - but still, I was scared.

While in Hospital I had lots to think about, and as I was looking at my skin with pronounced veins in my arms... this very thought came to mind. “This blood that runs through my veins is not only from my father and mother...but their parents as well, all the way back to the beginning of time.” The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know...Who were they and what have my ancestors done to contribute making this world a better place. I wondered, did they help others, and did they have a strong religious Faith?

My mother told me stories about herself, including dad and other family members of the past. To me the stories seemed so incredible that I had a hard time believing them. I just had to know, so my search began.

Then of course I had to ask Myself....what have I done to make this world a better place?

*Starting with my inherited News Article about my GGgrandfather Johann Meyer who through his philanthropy, was ennobled.

Johann Meyer 1800 - 1887

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Article title: Who did Good to be Remembered - January 7 1937 He had been dead for 50 years ~ the “Russian Meyer”

Johann Meyer  - Russische Meyer

Johann Meyer - Russische Meyer

The "Russian Meyer" written in German

This is about Johann Meyer, detailing his journey and Russian involvement with Industries that gave him the name...Salt, Railroad, Thread, and Cotton Mogul and a ‘Grosskaufmann’ merchant 1 (great merchant) The rest of the story, honoring him for all he had done for the city of Dresden Germany, where he was also an Honorary Citizen and a street named after him (Johann-Meyer Strasse)

A note: My researcher has found Johann Meyer‘s middle names indeed were different, as shown in the strikeout in the 1937 article. That's a story in itself with lots of new information.

I've also noticed it’s been mentioned Johann Meyer as a Banker. I'm not sure where this comes from, there were many Johann Meyers during that time period...including in Dresden.
Maybe that's why my father went to a Banking School in London...so there might be something to it.

Dresden has not forgotten him!

Another article January 20, 1994 Sachsische Zeitung article - posted again SZ Sachsische Zeitung Jan. 6, 2006


Letters recording the deeds, from STADTMUSEUM

Unfortunately this letter is in German, for those that can read German you might be able to understand it. It basically starts with 1863 with 1200 Thaler and went total 575,200 Marks, which in those days was a great deal of money...With his philanthropy Johann Meyer was given the title of Honored Citizen of Dresden.


Also stating in the letter that in October 1991 and January 1994 the newspapers had articles commemorating his Philanthropy. The first Newspaper article was written in 1933, I can't find the ones written earlier in my research, most likely they where destroyed from the Fire Bombing of Dresden 1945.

#1 pg. explaining J.Meyer donations and reasons

Personal image all rights reserved

Personal image all rights reserved

#2 pg. more about his Philanthropy records

2nd page more Philanthropy records

2nd page more Philanthropy records

Art Collectors and artists in the family

Being an artist myself, I found it interesting that Johann Meyer was an avid art collector ....he went to Dourot’ Auction in Paris, as well as Dresdens‘ Fountainebleau School of art.

He liked supporting upcoming artist and displayed their art in his Villa for the public to see... the list of artists are very impressive, and wish I had just one of them.
There are several artists and collectors in the family.
Meyer had a great deal of influence on some of his famed friends to collect art.

Invitation to the Dresden State Museum

In 2006 we visited Dresden, and the Stadt Museum invited us to view a "Wood Cutting" of the image of Johann Meyer by famed Hugo Bürkner (1818–1897) The visit to the Museum was very interesting, they took us to a vault and gave us white gloves to wear so that we might handle the books. It is by pure luck that these items from the Museum survived through the Anglo-American firebombing of Dresden in 1945.

My father and my aunt where caught in the midst of the bombing, I heard some very terrible stories about that night.

Dresden is beautiful and it's nice to see that the city is being rebuilt, hopefully in its old glory. I still have a hard time understanding why of all the cities in Germany, they chose to destroy this most beautiful and cultured city. Over 250,000 innocent children, women, old people and prisoners of war, dying or injured that night.

Street sign and together with Plaque

Street Name

Street Name

Plaque how it looks now

Plaque how it looks now

Street Sign & Commemoration Plaque

The Museum director gave us directions to see the Street that was named after Johann Meyer the "Johann-Meyer-Strasse"... as you can see there is Graffiti on the street plaque sign, you can't get away from it...what a shame!

Not only did he build one building but others on that street. His first building was to accommodate the poor working people at the Factories. He also built Schools, Hospitals and helped Churches, setting up trusts that to this day are still in affect. These are just some of the things he did to warrant his ennoblement, and for one year he was the Honorary Citizen of that beautiful city Dresden.

Johann Meyer's heartfelt concern for those that worked so hard in the city factories living in deplorable disease ridden conditions was without notice, and the fact he gave a huge amount of money to the poor to be distributed amongst them, makes me exceedingly proud of him...how lucky I am and that his blood flows through my veins...

Some answers

When visiting Dresden I found out from the Museum where the Trinitatisfriedhof (Cemetery) was located. We took a bus there and a nice lady took us to the area that the Meyer/von Meyer family grave site was.
I took photos, but never noticed the discrepancy until later, when things just didn't mesh with my g.g.grandfathers' Johann Meyer name. You must understand that the name Meyer is as popular as Smith is in the states. So you can see that this research has been frustrating... especially finding more mistakes.

I happen to find a photo on Flicker that showed the same grave site that I took a photo of, and that's when I noticed the last name was wrongly spelled Mayer, however the years were correct. Then I received mail from the Cemetery, they said that no one knew why the last names were misspelled. Johann Meyer had a daughter named Auguste, she married a Müller. Johann's wife's' name was Auguste Dorothea 'Fehst' and she also is buried at this grave site, but I did not see her grave there and completely forgot to ask...I guess I was too excited seeing all this.

Then thinking, how does one find corrections for all this? Well, the mystery just got deeper....I was told that this is indeed Johann Meyers' headstone. From what I understand the city of Dresden replaced the war torn headstone, but not the original which might have had a Bust of him on top. My grandfather and great grandfather are right next to him, as seen in the photograph.

Now I have the answers for some of these inconsistencies, but there are still some unanswered things plaguing me...I'll carry on as long as I can and hope someday to fulfill my dream of answers.

Villa Meyer

While in Dresden I wanted to see where the Villa Meyer once stood, this at the corner of Beustrasse1 - Parkstrasse. I knew it had been firebombed, and most was torn down around 1954, except for one building which in recent years was torn down and the property sold.

Originally designed by Russian Architect Harald Julius von Bosse. Then with additional designs, built by the famed Georg Hermann Nicolai.

Sadly for some reason we never made it to this area where the remaining building stood.... a big regret.

When I saw the Villa Meyer listed on the Nicolai's Wikipedia, I knew there had to be more information available. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to find images of the Villa Meyer on Wikipedia!

Unfortunately this house on Beuststrasse 1/Parkstrasse Dresden was destroyed in 1945 from the firebombing and then completely torn down In the last few years.

Discovering more Information

Stadtwiki Dresden

Stadtwiki Dresden

The American Journal of Sociology - wrote

The American Journal of Sociology

The American Journal of Sociology

Willkommen im Stadtwiki

I came upon this webpage Stadwiki Dresden featuring Johann Meyer. The addition to that site was done Sept. 2012. I was happy to have found some answers to questions I had...Interestingly enough they used my webpage for some of their information, but most likely it came from the other references they have.

The page can be translated by copying/pasting the Link URL into Google and then use the translator...although a few of the words are translated wrong (example Johann Meyer was not a reindeer ;-) however it's very informative and helpful to me.

NOTE: Having researched more on my ggGrandfather Johann Meyer, I’ve discovered many inaccuracies...so this should not be used for genealogy purposes until corrected.

Finding the ‘von’ in Conferred Peerage -

Listing of family conferred peerage

Listing of family conferred peerage

Ennoblement

When I first started this story it was my intention to research the Coat of Arms ~ Crest and Peerage, how and who earned it. I was always told that the Coat of Arms was dedicated for my g.g.grandfather ”Johann Meyer for his philanthropy”. I noticed he didn't use a title or the “von“ in front of his last name and wondered why. After reading his will I could understand why. He was modest and wanted the attention on others, not him.

I started researching about my grandfather Ludwig Adolph “von” Meyer who had a von in front of his last name...my dad also was a von Meyer. Most everyone that tried to help me said, there was no registration information, however that was disproved when I found the information.

Then unexpectedly, I received information from a German contact that had read this story...I was sent additional information and discovered some valuable and interesting answers.

One was my cousin the famed ‘Vogue photographer‘ Adolph de Meyer, as well about Adele von Dietel ‘the Dietel Garden’ and ‘Villa in Oberliederbach‘ Germany, built and owned by Dietel.

I have to say, what a pleasant surprise to receive this information from a reader.
Thank You!


Coat of Arms

Personal property Delia Pacheco née von Meyer ... this image may not be used or copied - all rights reserved (C)

Personal property Delia Pacheco née von Meyer ... this image may not be used or copied - all rights reserved (C)

This Coat of Arms

This Coat of Arms painting is one of the items in an old suitcase that I inherited...I have not found any registration, but then not all were registered. My curiosity about the framed original painting of our ~ Family Coat of Arms ~ became a virtual mystery. At one time my mother told me the meaning behind the images. However I have long forgotten, but I still wanted to know what the colors and images meant, and what the motto meant. Searching on the Internet luckily brought me this information. It now all fits together from the description.

While mom told me the coat of arms was originated for my g.g.grandfather Johann Meyer, she was partly right. I found that the ennoblement and title "Baron" the "von" in front of the name Meyer was the result of Johann Meyers’ Philanthropy. The title had been conferred upon my grandfather Ludwig Adolph von Meyer and Adolph de Meyer ~ Watson (better known as Adolph de Meyer the Vogue photographer). These two were half brothers/cousins, their mother being my great grandmother Adele′ Watson who was married to two Meyer brothers. I can't find any registration, but then not all were registered.

The 'von' (a small "v" meaning a title, can also mean “from” not a Nobel) The titles have been passed down to my sister and me as "Baroness." As far as using the title, it's the end of the line with my sister and me. I have two daughters and I believe the title is not transferable to them...but neither one of them have any interest.

I have not used my title since I got married and became a citizen of the United States...In the America everyone thinks you are Royalty, Aristocracy or Nobility just because you have a title, that's not true, each title is earned or either past on in families depending how it came about.

What I have written here is from my searches, contributors, as well what I have been told or heard through my mother's conversations over the years. The items I've inherited including a hand written Genealogy chart are some things shown on this page. Since most records have been destroyed during the war, it's extremely hard to find information on my family...

I know who I am as a person, but wish to know more of who I am through the blood-lines of my parents.

Coat of Arms & Crests belong to individuals, NOT surnames

Coats of arms are not awarded to a family or a name, but to an individual. That's why there's no coat of arms or family crest for the family name "Hardin" -- only a coat of arms and crest granted to someone with that name many years ago...and that's the reason why there's often more than one coat of arms associated with a given surname. Check out the various Hardin arms from different countries and regions. In England, direct descent is required for any heir to have the legal right to bear his ancestor's coat of arms.

Narrowing the search by geographic region of origin, you'll find there also may be more than one coat of arms awarded to several people in ancient Germany. Further complicating the issue is that the authoritative source information for most coats of arms only lists a city and/or county or origin, and sometimes only a country.

That is why, unless you can trace your family history to one individual, and unless the sources list that individual, the best that you can hope for is to find a coat of arms that is the oldest for a given name from a given region or the one most frequently used. Coats of arms usually started out fairly simple in design, then subsequent generations added onto or made slight variations to the design to make it their own. Marriages often resulted in a combination of two different family lines' coats of arms.

This notice is for those that have inquired about the usage of my Coat of Arms on this page.

The original painted image for von Meyer can not be used, saved, copied or transferred to any other individual...a copyright restriction applies and it is illegal to use this image for the purpose of reproducing, and the making of Heraldry, Family Coat of Arms & Crests, Armorial, insignia rings/items for profit and other purposes including personal.

If you have any questions please contact me.

reference fleurdelis

Motto on Banner ‘While I live, I hope‘

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Dum Spiro Spero

The Motto inscribed beneath the shield, a Banner:

Dum Spiro Spero

While I live, I hope; or, While there's life, there's hope.
Hope while you live, for who would care to cope
With life's three foes, unpanoplied with hope?
Hope against hope, while fed with vital breath.
Hope be your anchor in the hour of death
E.C.B.

Whilst I breathe my hope is in the cross

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Information Links for this Motto

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dum_spiro_spero

http://www.2020site.org/heraldry/family-crest-motto.html

Grandmother’s Baroness Crown brooch, 7 points

7 point crown

7 point crown

Seven Point Crown

The ennoblement included a 7 point crown logo signifying the title Baroness/Baron.

My grandmother passed on her Baroness crown brooch to my mother. The brooch was about 2 inches wide, platinum with seven 3/4 diamonds each and a small safety chain for protection of loss. Sadly this brooch and some rings were stolen from mom in San Francisco many years ago.


Meanings of the colors and emblems on our Coat of Arms

Everything has a Meaning for a Purpose

*Gold (Or) Generosity and elevation of the mind

*Silver or White (Argent) Peace and sincerity

*Blue (Azure) Truth and loyalty

*Green (Vert) Hope, joy, and loyalty in love

*Olive Branch or Leaves Peace and concordance Plant Hope and joy

*The star, celestial, noble person

*The helm or helmet is used to indicate the rank of the bearer of the arms from the gold full-faced helm of royalty to the steel helmet with closed visor of a gentleman.

*The mantle

Originally intended to shield the knight from the heat of the sun and to ward off rain, the mantle was a piece of cloth placed over the helmet, draping down the back to the base of the helm. The mantle, contoise, or lambrequin is often embellished on the artistic Coat of Arms to give prominence to the arms and crest, and is usually presented as ribbons over the helm.

*The wreath

The wreath is a twisted silken scarf used to cover the joint where the crest is attached to the helmet. Modern heraldry depicts the wreath as if two colored scarves had been braided together, the colors showing alternately. These colors are the same as the first named metal and the first named color in the blazon, and are known as "the colors."

*The motto

Not officially granted with a coat of arms, motto's are a phrase which incorporates the basic philosophy of the family or an ancient war cry. They may or may not be present on an individual coat of arms, and are normally placed below the shield or occasionally above the crest.

A diagram of a Coat of Arms

listed description above diagram:: 1. left side: part of an official coat of arms 2. right side: items not specified in any particular coat of arms

listed description above diagram:: 1. left side: part of an official coat of arms 2. right side: items not specified in any particular coat of arms

Family Traditions

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President Barack Obama's acceptance Speech

Nov 4, 2008 he quoted,

"that while we breathe, we hope!" Dum Spiro, Spero

Please Note! Baron Terry Von Meyers is not related to my family...

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I’d be pleased, if you sign my Guestbook...

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on February 26, 2014:

One other thing, I was hoping to find the blazon for your coat of arms, but seem to have missed it. That's one thing that has always interested me. The blazon, for instance of Mirabel Atte Rose: Argent, a pall flory sable between three roses proper, a chief gules.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on February 26, 2014:

I used to be a herald for the SCA so I got to learn a lot of heraldic information for the play of the game. I enjoyed reading your genealogy information. Great lens.

Paul Lenton from El Calafate, Argentina on January 22, 2014:

Anything on Heraldry and ancestry is highly interesting for me!

I think I've got lots more to investigate on my ancestors. Thanks Delia von Meyer!

sierradawn lm on January 17, 2014:

What remarkable digging you have done on your quest!. And how fortunate you are to have such a family treasure! I have learned many things here on your informative lens. Thank you!

Rob Hemphill from Ireland on December 12, 2013:

Very interesting, you've done so much great research and that's what genealogy is all about. The older we get, the more we become fascinated about our heritage, which is exciting and daunting at the same time.

Doc_Holliday on October 07, 2013:

Fascinating lens. Looks like a fun task that you have undertaken.

anonymous on October 01, 2013:

i don't think my family has one, we are asians so we might not really have one.. i wish i have one.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 26, 2013:

I loved reading this. It was very interesting. My grandmother told us for years that we were descended from German Bollingers but when I did some research I found that the original to come here was John Bollinger from German-speaking Switzerland. I'd love to know more about them but haven't done the research.

CrazyHomemaker on July 28, 2013:

This is another amazing lens! It's very interesting to see how you've researched your family. Good luck. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on July 09, 2013:

Dear Delia,

Fantastic research job! I will send this link to my friend Heike in Dresden.

How kind and passionate your Grandfather was to help the workers!

Thanks for the education and if we ever go back to Dresden we will look at his street.

God bless you!

Linda

Pat Goltz on June 16, 2013:

Your personal story, how you became an American citizen, and this story, are both fascinating. Thank you very much for writing. Now I just wonder if any of these illustrious people are in my family line anywhere. Perhaps my sister knows...

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on June 03, 2013:

I'm so fascinated with genealogy. It's getting easier these days with the internet. It's very cool that you have a family crest. I wish I could find something like that about my family.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 27, 2013:

You appear to have done quite a bit of research. I can appreciate the work you did. I once traced my family for a couple of generations and became frustrated as family word of mouth was just a story.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on May 17, 2013:

I love genealogy! My [mother's side] grandfather's family had a crest and his family tree has many barons and nobles. They were from Gotland. When I was in high school, I signed up to write to a penpal and she was from Leipzig. [of course, lost touch...]

Therestlesssoul on May 17, 2013:

Very elaborate..."...

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

Wow, what a well put together lens. My father's side of the family has a crest. I never really thought of the origin, though now you have me wondering

TACTCI LM on January 30, 2013:

My goodness, you've done your family great honor in compiling all this together. Heraldry always fascinates me as well! Another fantastic lens d-artist!

skhdesigns lm on January 22, 2013:

Wow! This was so interesting. And...now I know why I have found two different family crests for Hoopingarner!

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on January 15, 2013:

Family history is so interesting, even if it isn't your own family! Congrats on your Purple Star.

C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 15, 2012:

Wow -- you did a lot of research! Your family crest is lovely.

BelleBanks on November 14, 2012:

So interesting and your family crest is beautiful

vegan3k on November 06, 2012:

I learn some good stuff

NFLSquid on November 04, 2012:

This was a phenomenal read

George-Christie on October 25, 2012:

You have a great lens here! Really good job!

Stevenghareeb on October 25, 2012:

great share

RosaMorelli on October 23, 2012:

Fascinating Lens, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will come back to see if you've uncovered any more research. It's interesting to read about how you found each piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

zeff789 on October 11, 2012:

wow great lens,my brother is huge into family research.

i found this lens interesting

Johanna Eisler on October 02, 2012:

What a fascinating lens! I have done research on my husband's German family, and I can easily become so engrossed in my research that I forget everything else. Minutes, hours, and days fly by without my being aware of it. I'm trying to be more balanced, but it's a challenge! :)

Kay on September 23, 2012:

What an amazing page! I love genealogy and am always surprised by what I uncover. I think this is just fascinating! Blessed.

happynutritionist on September 22, 2012:

This is an amazing page, what a lot of family information you have gathered. Inspires me to want to get back to working on our genealogy. I have been here before, but am happy to return and see new info and bless.

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

As an interesting read.

Echo Phoenix on September 06, 2012:

Squidtastic! a fascinating story and lens:)

MyBabyBoo on August 27, 2012:

Awesome lens, great job!

JoshK47 on July 10, 2012:

Popping back in to bless this great lens! :)

dream1983 on July 02, 2012:

Great lens, well done!

bilafond lm on June 22, 2012:

Very informative and this well researched lens. Thank you

anonymous on June 19, 2012:

I am researching my family tree and my great great Rudolf Von Meyer was a lieutenant in the Danish Virgin Island troops I am having a lot of trouble trying to find out links with the Von Meyer name.

Linda Pogue from Missouri on June 10, 2012:

Geneology is difficult to research, sometimes. I enjoyed reading your efforts. Blessings!

WriterJanis2 on June 08, 2012:

Wow! You really did some research to create this lens. Very nice job.

typing-jobs-from-home on May 23, 2012:

Wow! This is one of the biggest lens' I've seen. Great Job!!

SteveKaye on May 21, 2012:

You have done a lot of work researching your family history. It's amazing what you find through such a quest.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on May 20, 2012:

Interesting lens.

HenkWillemse on May 11, 2012:

great family history, I'm busy researching mine.

trendydad on May 11, 2012:

nice lens look forward in coming back for updates

Michey LM on April 25, 2012:

Beautiful... I love "Dum Spiro Spero"... my European Latin is still working... and I love heritage, so great and inspirational lens. Blessings

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 03, 2012:

I find all your family history articles interesting. Your life and family history sound absolutely fascinating and I love delving into it. You are so very lucky to have such a wonderful history including a true family crest. Quite a while ago an article of yours involving a suitcase completely fascinated me...I think I will try to find that one again today too.

ferginarg lm on March 25, 2012:

Incredible information and story and so much work involved, thanks for sharing this was truly fascinating.

fugeecat lm on March 09, 2012:

This is a really great lens!

Brandi from Maryland on March 07, 2012:

This is fascinating! I love genealogy. How wonderful that you have been able to do so much research...and that it all stemmed from your curiosity about your family crest. And your title, "Baroness"...sounds so fancy! :) Thank you for sharing your family here...I very much enjoyed reading it! Blessed by a brand new SquidAngel!

myamya on February 23, 2012:

Very nice lens well done! squidlikes!

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on February 22, 2012:

What a fabulous lens about Genealogy. I found it to be very interesting and I learned something new. Thanks!

Gayle from McLaughlin on February 09, 2012:

This is an outstanding article on your family history. You have inspired me! Blessed!

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

What an amazing lens!

goo2eyes lm on February 06, 2012:

coming back to share some squidangel *blessings* for this wonderful family lens.

nikyweber on January 24, 2012:

Amazing lens! squidlikes!

kathysart on January 20, 2012:

What an amazing lens! Loved it and felt you in it. Angel blessed.

traveller27 on January 16, 2012:

Excellent job - blessed by a travelling angel.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 15, 2012:

Oh Wow, I certainly enjoyed reading about your Family History. so interesting.

TeacherSerenia on January 09, 2012:

This is a wonderfully detailed genealogy lens. This inspires me to do a lens about my own family tree as well. Blessed by a passing angel.

sheezie77 on January 09, 2012:

Great lens! Keep up the good work!

oxfordian on January 04, 2012:

As usual, an inspiring story from a wonderful storyteller. Thank you for sharing your amazing work. Here's some Squid Angel dust .....

goo2eyes lm on December 13, 2011:

i squidliked your family crest lens in june 2011 already.

darciefrench lm on November 19, 2011:

What an interesting journey, thank-you for the introduction to your family. Very lovely page.

anonymous on October 31, 2011:

This is a fascinating and an enchanting read you Highness! Much love and respect and it is a pleasure to have met you here! :)

MariaMontgomery from Central Florida, USA on October 30, 2011:

What an interesting lens. It's wonderful that you have so much info on your ancestors. I'm planning to begin researching my family soon, and your lens has encouraged me to get busy.

Moocha on October 22, 2011:

Very interesting, informative and enjoyable.

WayneDave LM on October 20, 2011:

Wow, that's a lot to take in! Really sweet and lovely lens, very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing this.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2011:

Really interesting family history...one you certainly did much research. Great to see you right there in Dresden. I had been there with my husband and really loved the restoration.

RuralFrance on October 16, 2011:

What a fascinating history! Thanks for sharing it :)

anonymous on October 15, 2011:

My heart sank in learning your Baroness brooch had been taken, may it one day be returned to you by some set of circumstances. Wonderfully interesting, fascinating and beautifully done, a true treasure!

KimGiancaterino on September 29, 2011:

I was directed here by your Pola Negri lens. You've done a great job researching your family crest. It would be lovely as a needlepoint. I'm sorry your Baroness brooch was taken. Our former housekeeper just stole several jewelry items from our home, including wedding rings and a few other family treasures. Pretty sad!

anonymous on September 20, 2011:

my family also has a crest, good to see your publishing it out there! If you like to browse lens like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to do.

brbrooks on September 18, 2011:

You have done a great job on this lens, I loved reading it!

Coreena Jolene on September 03, 2011:

What a wonderful job you have done of tracing your family. I have one side of my family that was from a Bernhagen Germany which is now part of Poland. I hope to travel someday to explore. I enjoyed all the details you have shared here.

LadyCharlie on August 25, 2011:

Very informative. I enjoyed reading your family history. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 16, 2011:

Very interesting!

grifith on August 15, 2011:

Liked. Great Lens

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on August 14, 2011:

Wow, what a beautiful crest and, what a well-presented and researched lens Baroness...blessed! :)

taliasmith23 on July 27, 2011:

your crest is beautiful!

Lindrus on July 26, 2011:

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on July 25, 2011:

How amazing, and to think you own the original drawing of the crest too! i am currently trying to pice my famil history together, which is proving difficult, as my parents passed when we were quite young, and due to a huge family rift, FB is excellent for finding people thought ;)

what a lot of work in this page, and deserves a Blessing too!

anonymous on July 18, 2011:

I love heraldry. It's interesting that my family is a Sept of the Fraser Clan featured in the segment "A diagram of a Coat of Arms".

JackNimble on July 12, 2011:

Very cool. I didn't realize that crests were granted to individuals and not passed on through the family. I will have to do some more research and reading on this. Thanks for sparking my interest with your great lens.

pheonix76 from WNY on June 30, 2011:

What an amazing story -- you have a fascinating family history!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, truly amazing. I love history and learning about one's family history is especially rewarding. Very well-organized and well-designed lens, two thumbs up!

goo2eyes lm on June 23, 2011:

I am from Austria and I understand fully what you have written. More power to you.

RinchenChodron on June 18, 2011:

Isn't researching family history fun and fascinating! Great job on this interesting lens. Congrats on a well-deserved purple star.

cdevries on June 17, 2011:

A fascinating Lens!

I've done a little research and it seems that, because coat of arms are un-legislated in the U.S., it is legal for a family to create a new one for themselves if they wish. Though it would be against copyright and unethical to "borrow" an existing one, of course.

HorseAndPony LM on June 17, 2011:

Another wonderful lens. I loved reading about your family crest and history. What an interesting history. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara from USA on June 16, 2011:

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this lens. Liked the special touch for Squid Angels.

olpampam on June 16, 2011:

Neat. I love how you got creative with your html.

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on June 16, 2011:

What an interesting family you come from.

sushilkin lm on June 05, 2011:

cool lens. Thanks for sharing family crest

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on May 28, 2011:

A fascinating look at your distinguished ancestor and the family crest. Blessed by a squid angel and will be featured on You've Been Blessed lens.

moonlitta on May 17, 2011:

Family history is always so intriguing. I've often thought of making a page about mine (it's not that impressive as yours is, though!) but still haven't made it.

anonymous on May 10, 2011:

Great lens. Cool idea

chrispell017 on May 03, 2011:

amazing lens!

elyria on May 03, 2011:

Amazing Lens! I enjoyed every minute of reading it. Simply wow!!

archangelptx on April 07, 2011:

Very interesting read... I'm inspired to do some research into my own ancestry, but it is difficult as my family is not from the states--but the Dominican Republic. I will surely be back to follow your lens again to see how I can further my own search. Cheers!

mrsm54321 on April 02, 2011:

You should be very proud of your ancestor and his achievements because he appears to have been a really interesting person with a kind heart. It must give you are great sense of wonder to see some of the buildings he was responsible for building which are an important part of history.

One of the things that annoys me about family history is the presumption that a family crest belongs to anyone who has the same surname. Family crests are for individual families and certainly shouldn't be used by just anyone!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on April 01, 2011:

What a fascinating story - not only about the crest and restrictions on its use, but also your journey to find your ancestor who was famous and revered for his contributions to his homeland. Gesundheit!