IntroductionS Scheibler123ps

The first members of this family resided in Westerstetten, a small village near Ulm in Baden-Württemberg. They took the family name from the village and were mentioned for the first time in 1094. They sold their ancestral castle in 1414 to the monastery of Elchingen. In the 14th century the family split into several branches, establishing themselves in several districts such as Drackenstein, Katzenstein, Straßberg and Altenberg.

They were servants of the counts of Helfenstein and Württemberg. The family became extinct in 1649. Interestingly they had the same arms as the families of Schechingen, Böbingen and Schaumberg.

Genealogical notes

Our first attempt at a genealogical tree was essentially based on Bucelin, who identifies relatively few members of the family (see chart: Descendants of Friedrich von Trackenstein and his brothers).   Further research revealed about 350 members of the family, most of whom are well-documented by charters or other sources. Some are mentioned only once, and still others are  mentioned only by Bucelin, see for example the chart of  Egolphus and his descendants. Common male names in the family are Hans/Johann, Rudolf, Friedrich and Dietegen.  Taken together this all makes it very difficult to create a sound genealogical tree, showing all members in the correct generation and in the correct relation to one another. Given all these issues and complexities, we have developed several proposed family trees, linked to one another so far as is possible. Separate tables have been developed for the participants of tournaments, and for members religious orders. The research is ongoing and the charts, tables and datasheets will be progressively updated as further details are confirmed.

Key source

Gabriel Bucelin, Germania topo-chrono-stemmato-graphica sacra et prophana. Ulmae et Augustae Vindelicorum, Apud Johannem Görlinum Bibliopolam; 1655 - 1678 []




Genealogical tables

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