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"Ordre Pour le Merite"

Photo of Christian von Stockhausen

Christian Ludwig von
Stockhausen 1746-1820

In 1787, Christian Ludwig von Stockhausen (1746-1820), became the honored recipient of the Ordre Pour le Merite (also known as the "Blue Max"). The Order was first instituted by Frederick the Great and became the highest military decoration in the Prussian army until the end of the German Empire and monarchy in 1918.

The "Blue Max" was equivalent to the American "Medal of Honor" or the British "Victoria Cross" and is given to honor Chivalry and Courage.

Although our family had noble status before Christian, it was somehow lost. However, renewed admittance to the German nobility by Royal Decree occurred on July 6, 1798 by Prussian King Friederich Wilhelm III, by reasons of prior/old nobility coupled with Christian's dedicated exemplary service as a courageous artillery captain of the Prussian army.

Image of King Friedrich of Prussia

King Frederick William III
of Prussia

Photo of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Our family line then flows to my great grandfather, Theodor Albert von Stockhausen (date-date), who served as a cavalry soldier in North America and Mexico. In the late 1800's, this German of noble heritage joined the Dutch East Indies Army and fought in the fierce Acehnese wars in northern Sumatra. He was twice-decorated for bravery during his service.

Photo of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Theodor Albert von

Despite his military background, Theodor was a compassionate man and after serving out his military duties, decided to work at the military hospital of Salatiga in Central Java, where he was once treated for his battle injuries. There he met Mira who was also working at the hospital. They fell in love and proceeded to have five children together.

His descendants are spanning the globe in the United States of America, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Australia.

Some notable modern-day Stockhausen's include; Karlheinz Stockhausen (born August 22, 1928 in the Burg (Castle) of the village of Mödrath,) is a German composer, and one of the most important and controversial composers of the 20th century. He is best known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music and controlled chance in serial composition.

Photo of Mira and family

I believe this is a photo of
Mira and Theodor and their
children. This was taken before
our grandfather was born
(some of the children pictured
here are from Mira's first marriage
I believe). - Jill Baird (daughter of
Rudy von Stockhausen)

And then of course, a generation later, Miranda von Stockhausen was born to a full-blooded Dutch mother, and my German-Indonesian father. I find it a happy coincidence that I carry in my name, my great grandmother's name... Mira (Miranda). Rather fitting indeed!

The Stockhausen Estate

(Translation by Dietrich & Walter E. "Ben" von Stockhausen)

Image of Emporer Otto III

Emperor Otto III

According to an Imperial sealed declaration of October 3, in the year 997,the German Emperor Otto III gave the Stockhausen Estate, then a convent and part of the Meschede religious sovereignty, the predicate of nobility.

The Stockhausen estate is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, in the Olpe district. Sometime around the year 1400, Arnold von Stockhausen took ownership of the estate. von Stockhausen's have
resided in the family estate for about 400 years. During this period the the estate served as the summer residence of the family.

Map of Rhine Westphalia

Map of Rhine Westphalia

From 1400 through 1618, the estate and its 20 vassal farms enjoyed peace and an

economic boom, but at the outbreak of the 30 Year War brought an economic depression as well as the plague epidemic. There were numerous reports of plunder and arson within the estate and its surrounding farms, and because of the depression, many fields were idle.

Image of the Stockhausen Estate

Photo by Dietrich v. Stockhausen, Dresden.

When Ludwig von Stockhausen III died, his widow sold the estate and 18 vassal farms to her cousin Friedrich von Stockhausen for the tidy sum of 4200 Talers. With Friedrich came new life as he renovated the neglected estate. If you were to visit the estate today, pay attention to the old spiral stairway with the 1681 inscription. This is from his tenure. Also look for the oldest coat of arms above the front entrance with the cross bars and armor and the initials F.v.s next to the one of his wife, as this is also from his period.

Von Stockhausen Brand Image

von Stockhausen Brand

What followed was five more generations of interrupted possession until Julius von Stockhausen (1814-1881), who lost all the vassal farms by the land reform act of Stein-Hardenberg. He rerouted the course of the Ruhr river, built the reservoir dam and was the first person who used the river to provide mechanical power for a wood processing plant. His nephew, General Max von Stockhausen and later heirs, expanded the factory by installing turbines for the generation of electrical power. His son Max (the former state resident in Arnsberg during the Weimar Republic), was left with the difficult task of rebuilding the destroyed estate after the second world war and restarting the idle factory.

The seventeenth owner of the estate, Kunibert von Stockhausen established the plastic factory that is still in operation today. While forestry and farming supported the estate and farms in the past, the main source of income today comes from the hydro-electrical power plant and the plastic manufacturing facility.

Villa Stockhausen

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Dresden drei elbschloesser


Schloss Albrechtsberg Dresden Elbseite

Schloss Albrechtsberg Dresden Elbseite

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Image of the Stockhausen Estate

I am currently researching the story behind (what I've been told is) our family's main/winter familial home known as "Villa Stockhausen". I've managed to find a few pictures of it which I have included here. I'll post the entire story once I complete my research (and learn how to translate German! ;).

I love the internet! This lovely entry came through our guestbook from Beatrix in Dresden. We have translated it (loosely) from German to English (thanks Babelfish).

Beatrix writes:
(stick living means Stockhausen)

Map of Rhine Westphalia

"My interest in the family of stick living agitates from there, the university library Dresden some volumes of cook books [given got]-(they have there), their author is [a] Hans Henrich Wilhelm von Stockhausen. I believe the collection cover(s) 19 volumes and come from the year 1832, (well) at least the book, which I work on. The curiosity brought me [in]-(to) the Internet and on this [side]-(website), your family has one [really very much,] very old history, I(t) is impressive. Under this [left]-(topic) there is http://www.meschede.de/stadtinfo/geschichte/Wn06-stockhausen.php

love of greetings from Dresden(,)

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(who is) much too experienced over the family of stick living ("Stick Living" is "von Stockhausen")"

She also sends this great website with Photo's of Villa Stockhausen (she says the estate was later renamed "Lingnerschloss")

* Translated version of German Website (stick living means Stockhausen)

(To view the original website in German)

Image of Stockhausen Estate 2 Photo of Stockhausen Villa

Image of Stockhausen Villa

Image of Stockhausen Villa

Thanks for your patience, Miranda

This section of the history of my family could not have been possible without the tireless research of other members of the family, specifically Walter "Ben" von Stockhausen who is the official historian of the family. Thank you Oom Ben for all you hard work on behalf of keeping this proud family's history alive.

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