Documents and References 1200-1600

  Documents related to the Ossenbruch (-broich) etc. family.
Click here History of Hundred Outstanding Rhine, Westphalia and Netherlandisch Families: Ossenbroich by Anton Fahne von Roland in 1860. Very interesting, but has quite a few errors.
Click here The Lords of Ossenbruch.
History of castle, windmill, coat-of-arms and Ossenbruch family.
From: History of Wissel and Grieth by Dr Robert Scholten. Published 1889. p.193 - 196.
Click here History and Lineage of the Cologne, Jülich and Bergen Noble Families.
Part Two: Theil und Stammfolge und Wappenbuch der Clevischen, Geldrischen und Moerschen Geschlechter. Page 109 - 110: Ossenbroich.
Click here In 1242 the Count of Cleves gives Cleves city rights and exempts its merchants from paying toll at Orsoy, Smithuizen, Huissen and Nijmegen. Daniel de Ossenbroich is mentioned as one of the fourteen noblemen.
Click here
 
Chambres des Comptes. Chartes et cartulaires des duchés de Brabant et de Limbourg et des Pays d'Outre-Meuse.

Invent. des chartes et cartul. des Duchés de Brabant et de Limbourg et des pays d'Outre-Meuse. Deuxième partie. Cartul. Tome II (1312-1383) / A. Verkooren (tafels door L. De Sturler, S. Vervaeck en E. Warlop) 1 - 814. 55

(Datum et actum anno, die et loco predictis (anno Domini M CCC decimo octavo in festo annunciationis Dominice... ). Henri, seigneur de Duffel et de Geel et Guillaume, seigneur de Bokstel chevaliers, font savoir que, à Hees près de Bois-le-Duc, Thierri, comte de Clèves, à déclaré en leur présence, après avoir prêté serment entre les mains de Gerlac de Bois-le-Duc, chevalier, sénéchal du Limbourg, délégué du duc [Jean III] de Brabant, que la ville, la terre et be domaine de Heusden, hormis be chateau de ce nom, ont jusqu'à ce jour été tenus en fief de lui et de ses prédécesseurs au comté de Cleves, et que lui et ses dits prédécesseurs les ont toujours tenus à hommage des ducs de Brabant ; témoignage confirmé sous serment par les vassaux du dit comte dont les noms suivent: Jean de Clèves, frère du comte Thierri précité ; Thierri de Cleves, comte d'Elkenraad (2) ; Gérard, seigneur de Hornes ; Otton, seigneur de Kuik, Thierri, seigneur de Mörs ; Guillaume de Millen, seigneur de Wickrath ; Henri, seigneur de Gennep, Sweder, seigneur de Ringelenburg ; Jacques, seigneur de Mirlaer ; Herman, seigneur de Gemen ; Guillaume,seigneur de Bronkhorst ; Pustorus [?] de Wickrath ; Roger, seigneur de Herpen ; Everard de Goetters-Wijk[?] ; Jean de Bisterveld ; Otton de Driel ; Henri, avoué d'Appeltern ; Thierri de Zarbruggen ; Jean de Malberg ; Jean d'Amstel ; Gérard, seigneur d'Ooien ; Guillaume de Wissel, Burckard de Vondern ; Daniel d'Ossenbroich ; Thierri de Bellinkhoven; Herman de Benen ; Thierri de Eyl ; chevaliers ; Thierri de Mörmter ; Jean dit Lecker ; Otton de Bellinkhoven ; Arnould dit Heyme ; Otton, avoué de Veen, Arnould de Maasniel [Nijlen?] ; Arnould de Xanten ; Jean de Straat ; Thierri de Hessen ; Thierri de Riu[?]; Roger d'Appeltern ; Everard de Wissel ; Jean de Groesbeek ; Alexandre de Redinghoffen ; Thierri de Veen ; Thierri de Keldonk ; Wasmondus de Vuren ; Henri de Vuren ; Guillaume d'Ooijt[?] ; Thierri de Beke, Sigibald[?] de Nimègue, Henri de Nimègue, dit Brant van den Eger ; Everard d'Oorschot ; Jean de Boekholt ; Rodolphe Hagedoren ; Jean d'Ubbergen ; Jean Buijk ; Gérard de Barsdonk ; Henri dit vanden Gruythuse ; Rodolphe Eggelberti ; Thierri de Woerik ; Gérard Zebards ; Otton d'Avezaath ; Lucil d'Ossenbroek ; Jean d'Oudheusden ; Alexandre de Hasselt ; Thierri Lecker et Marcel d'Oosterhout. 1319, 25 mars, Hees. 1319-1319 Cartulaire IV, f° 53v° ; XV, f° 45v° ; XXIV, f°s 267v° et 333. Liste des vassaux incomplète.

 
In 1319 Daniel d'Ossenbroich (grandson of Daniel above) and his brother Lucil d'Ossenbroek -living in the county of Cleves- were registered in the Chambres des Comptes (Knights, Ridders) in Limburg, Brabant and Maasgebied.
Click here In 1331 Count Diderick van Cleves announces to have sold lands and woods to Lord Reynard Count of Cleves and Gelre. Supported by the Noblemen of Cleves, including Jan van Ossenbroeke.
Click here History of the "Ossenbroek'sche Mühle" (windmill), since 1350.
Click here In 1353 Count Jan of Cleves sells the knight Joh(an) van Ossenbruke, an annuity of 5 marks from a Zütphen's feoff, on the condition of a 50 marks payback.
Click here

Peace treaty of 25 January 1359, where a covenant is concluded between the Lords, Knights, Squires and Towns of the Lands of Gelre and Cleves.

Riddere:
Reynout Hertog van Ghelre Graaf van Zutphen
en zijn broer Edward,
Johan graaf van Cleves,
Didderic van Hoerne here van Perweys,
Willem here van Bronckhorst,
Willem here van den Berghe,
Conrart here van der Dick,
Johan van Moerse,
Vrederic van den Berghe,
Sweder here van Voerst,
Arnt van Erkel,
Arnt van Herlaer here van Amersoyen,
Didderic van Lyenden,
Willem van Broechusen here van Wickerade,
Johan here van Broechusen,
Arnt here van Wachtendonc,
Mathijs van Kessel,
Johan die Koc here van Werdenbergh,
Henric van Criekenbeke,
Sander van Vossem,
Willem van Baerle,
Johan ende Henric van der Straten,
Alart van Dryele,
Johan van Benthem,
Didderic van Apelteren die jonge,
Otte van Buren daude,
Johan van Wye,
Hertberen van Putten,
   
Didderic van Keppel,
Didderic here van Wyssche,
Stheven van Oy,
Johan van Ossenbroeke,
Evert van Wisschel,
Didderic van Hessen,
Johan van Lynne

Knapen (Squires):
Didderic greve van Moerse,
Didderic van Bronckhorst here van Batenborgh,
Gerart van Leyenbergh,
Didderic van der Kemenaden,
Seyne van Durrite,
Gerart van Hackevoerde,
Stheven van Wissche,
Otte van Buren,
Evert van Sculenborch,
Rutgher van den Boetslaer,
Didderic van Eyle,
Henric van Aerde,
Henric van Vrimerssem,
Henric van Struncke,
Godert van Honepel,
Sander van den Boetslaer,
Didderic van Hulhusen,
Stheven van den Dunen
In 1359 Cleves and Guelders sign a peace treaty (landsvrede), signed by 74 knights from both counties, including knight Johan van Ossenbroeke, who lived on the Ossenbruch estate, near Cleves.
Click here
22 September 1424.

Gottschalk von Ossenbroeck, and his wife Hadwig Oese von Walhausen (Hadewich Oess von Walhusen), donated part of their orchard at the hermitage at Bockum to the Sisters Tertiarin Order of the cloister, "dar der clusen huysken opsteit an der muren" (where the recluse cottage is situated, near the wall).

In return the nuns must pray 100 "Our Fathers", four times a day "vier quatemperen, in gedencknisse Gerarts von Ossenbroeck ind synre Huysvrouwe jonfer Marien van Nuwenhausen oere selen ind alle oere kinder selen" (in memory of their parents Gerarts von Ossenbroeck and his (house)wife Lady Maria van Nuwenhausen, their souls and the souls of all their children).

Gesamtarchiv von Romberg - Urkunden, Nr. 434
In 1424, Gottschalk von Ossenbroeck, and his wife donated part of their orchard to the Sisters Order of the cloister at Bockum.
Click here The Land of Cleve was governed by the Count and a council of 14 knights, including the Ossenbroeks.
Click here
1455 August 25
Parts of a marriage contract between Gerit van Ossenbrueck and Yda van Bueren.

Part of the bride's dowry is: 7 Holland's morgen land "schietende mit eyner zyden an lande voirtytz Hacken no ons gnedigen heren ind voirt mit der andere zyden ind eynden an die gemeyne straete der erfgenamen dess wards". Further another 4 Holland's morgen land named The Kyffwart, "mit eynre zyden langs der kalflaicke mit der andere zyden ind eynen an erfnisse Sanders van den Eger ind Gerits van Till, jairlix tien Arnoldus arnhemsche golden gulden"; Annually 7 bushel barley from 6 Holland's Morgen, named der Steenaker, "gelegen an erfnisse onss gnedigen heren ind Wolter Smullinx" etc. etc.

The dowry portion of Gerits van Ossenbrueck is the castle van Ossenbrueck with 350 morgen land, plus the windmill and the milling contracts, plus a life annuity from his mother of 65-70 guilders annually "vyt lande tiende Kampe ind Caetsteden to den Slot ind by Ossenbrueck gelegen". etc. etc.

Gesamtarchiv von Romberg - Urkunden, Nr. 434

Read the full document here

A 1455 marriage contract between Gerit van Ossenbrueck and Yda van Bueren.
Click here In 1468 Henrick van Ossenbrug of Embrick (Emmerich) was taken prisoner at the battle at Straelen, where Adolph of Gelre won the war against the Duke of Cleves.
Click here In 1476 Charles the Bold (Karel de Stoute) taxes the town and its people of Zutphen. Gerit van Ossenbroeck must pay 16 guilders and 16 dimes (stuivers).
Click here History of Haus Hain. Owned by the Ossenbruch family for some 200 years.
Click here
14 February 1533

Vincentius van Ossenbruyck sells at the Court of Cleverham [Judge of Count Johan von Cleves, Guylich, Berghe, Count of Marcke and Ravensbergh: Henrick van Benth.; Aldermen at Tylle: Otto van Merwick and Johan Heyenss] for a sum of money, with the consent of his feudal Lord Johan van Wylick, an inheritable annual interest of 205 Goldgulden from "sekere erfftaele dat Hoytlant genant achter Kwaelbergen neest der jofferen van Beedber erfftaele gelegen, noch viter dat Bruyck an ind neest des Derick van Wyckede Droste etc. erfftaile gelegen, vort viter alle syne andere erfftaele", which he inherited from his parents and bought of his brother Nevelinch.

He promises to to buy it back in half a year's time for 4100 Goldgulden, depending on "wegende twee engelsche eyn troyken" (as long as each gulden weighs two English troykens).

Gesamtarchiv von Romberg - Urkunden, Nr. 1217
In 1533 Vincentius van Ossenbruyck sells an inheritable annual interest from "sekere erfftaele dat Hoytlant genant achter Kwaelbergen neest der jofferen van Beedber erfftaele gelegen".
Click here In 1532 the children of Johan van Ossenbroich (~1460-1532) and Perpetua Stails divide the inheritance after their father's death.
View the original hand-written document (on vellum) and read the complete transcription.
Click here Story and photo's of the Tombstones of Heinrich von Ossenbroich in the St. Gertrudis Church in Bockum-Krefeld and his cousin Herman van Ossenbruyck's in the St. Nicolai church in Kalkar.
Click here The v. Ossenbruchs also had a home in Düsseldorf. Here is a photo of the original 1621 design for the reconstruction of the old house and for the new Jesuit St. Andreas church, attached to it.
Click here The story of Neuenhoven and some Ossenbroichs.
Click here Rituelen en ceremoniën rondom geboorte, huwelijk en overlijden in adellijke kring. Lees over Johan van Ossenbroich op pagina 6.
Click here The vanished castle Blitterswijck (Het verdwenen kasteel Blitterswijck) and Johan van Ossenbroich's tombstone.
Click here Witch-hunts in Germany. Margriet v. Ossenbroch had 150 witches burned.
Click here Charters describing deeds of our van Ossenbruch ancestors. This doc. is 85 pages long, but loads quickly.
Most of these charters are from the Landesarchiv NRW Abteilung Westfalen.
4.3.2 Adelige Häuser, Familien, Höfe. Gesamtarchiv von Romberg - Urkunden
These charters were originally written in the Diets language and were recently translated into German by the archivists at the Landesarchiv.
Additionally, there are some charters from the Gelders Archief and Nijmegen and Zutphen.
   
  More General Documents.
Click here More history on the van Lyndens' ownership of Blitterswijck.
Click here Genealogy of the Wylich family over 900 years.
Click here Genealogy of the Steengracht family, who bought the Ossenbruch castle in 1766.
Click here 2013 article on the History of Till and Ossenbroek Castles.
Click here Ridderschap van de Veluwe.
Click here Spaanse vestingbouwwerkzaamheden aan de stad Geldern vóór de Pruisische verovering in 1703.
Click here Explanation and dictionary of historic words and terms.
Disclaimer Copyright © Contact us
Statistics are private