Last year I got in touch with a very interesting, wonderful, handsome and beautiful man.
His name is Philipp. Isn´t it a beautiful name for a handsome man? 😉 And here… he is…
Letztes Jahr habe ich eine recht angenehme Bekanntschaft gemacht. Mit einem stattlichen, gutaussehenden Herren natürlich. Elegant, schön, intelligent…aaaaah ein wahrer Adonis.
Darf ich vorstellen? Er heißt Philipp. Und hier ist sein Bild 😉
My ancestor 😉
Philipp Wilhelm Sack was born 22 February 1734. He was the youngest brother of Simon Heinrich Sack, founder of the Sack Foundation. In the picture Philipp Wilhelm is shown in the uniform of a cuirassier. The term cuirassier refers to armored cavalry, who wore a cuirass – a piece of armor which covered the torso.
Philipp Wilhelm joined the cavalry regiment in 1756 at the age of 22 as an officer. This was a time of great turmoil in Europe as it was the start of the Seven Years War (1756 – 1763). In the United States, we generally refer to this conflict as the French and Indian Wars, but it was in truth a global conflict. During the Seven Years War Philipp Wilhelm saw action in several battles , where he distinguished himself by courage and valor. In 1757 he was wounded during the battle of Rossbach. This battle was masterminded by Frederick the Great when he utilized rapid movement to surprise and rout the opposing army with relatively little loss of life. The cavalry, under General von Seydlitz, was a key element in this battle. In an era where the heavy cavalry was usually held in reserve, he and his regiment were in the forefront of the action.
Philipp Wilhelm left military service (it is not know whether it was because of his wound) in 1758. At that time he became Privy Secretaire, at Breslau while staying with his brother Wilhelm. The next year he stayed on the country estate Lauensitz, that his brother Simon had bought shortly before, because he wanted to study agriculture. This estate was assaulted and destroyed by Cossacks, who imprisoned him in Posen. He wasn’t liberated until the 1 Dec. 1759, after many interventions by his brother Simon with Russian General Tottleben. When he came home he continued his job in Breslau.
In the year 1778 Philipp Wilhelm become a Privy Counceller at the government in Minden. There he served as administrator to Hausberge, gateway to Westphalia. He lived at the manor Rothenhof, where he gained a considerable fame as agriculturalist. Philipp Wilhelm had married in 1774. His wife Ottilie Baumann had been living in a convent and Philipp is said to have abducted her from there. The couple had six sons and six married daughters, and were called “Die Rothenhoefer”.
In 1806, Napoleon seized the Rothenhof in order to give it to a French general. Philipp Wilhelm purchased the “Schloss” Hausberge, a historical building, that was once owned by the bishops of Minden. He lived there with his wife until his death 22 Dec. 1813. Ottilie died in 1822. The park bears still a memorial to this couple. Quelle *klick*
A distant relative of mine wrote a novel about his life. Since this was written in German script, I was invited by a cousin of mine to „translate“ it in our usual Latin script so that everyone will able to read this. 🙂
I felt in love to his story and I can´t wait reading more about him.
22 Feb 1734 – 22 Dec 1813
Isn´t it nice?