Johann Sigismund Küffner

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Johann Sigismund Küffner (born September 17, 1641 in Kulmbach , † February 7, 1710 in Dresden ) was a German merchant and councilor .


Johann Sigismund Küffner was the son of legal scholar Bartholomäus Küffner († 1658), princely-margravial-Brandenburg chamber clerk in Kulmbach and his wife Euphemia Sibylla nee. Wohn (born November 17, 1616 in Hof ; † around 1650). Johann Sigismund's grandfather was a princely-margravial-Brandenburg castner in Pegnitz . His brother Johann Siegmund Küffner served under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in the fight against the Turks. The emperor considered raising the Küffner family to the hereditary nobility, but this was ultimately rejected.

Johann Sigismund Küffner married Johanna Gertrud on May 8, 1676 (born September 10, 1655 in Dresden, † after February 1710 there), the youngest daughter of the pastor of the Annenkirche , Magister Samuel Strauch (1621–1680). The marriage remained childless.

He was initially tutored by private tutors at home and in public schools. After attending school, he began an apprenticeship as a merchant with his uncle Johann Wohn († Christmas 1666), which he finished in 1662. His uncle sent him to Hamburg during the Anglo-Dutch War in 1666 to take a ship to England from there. On the way back he accompanied a trade convoy of linen cloths. In the same year his uncle died and he took over the Wohnsche trading company and ran it on behalf of his uncle's widow until her death in 1670. After she had no children of her own, she decreed in her will that he would continue to run the trading company under the name "Küffner" should. In 1698 he sold the business in Leipzig to his partner David Andreas Schäffer († 1709), who served in the company for 16 years and had a large share in the successes, especially at the Leipzig trade fair .

In 1690 he auctioned the inheritance and allodial property in Altkaitz No. 1 and was heir, feudal lord and court lord on Walda and Kaitz .

In 1701 Johann Sigismund Küffner was elected as senator in the city ​​council of Dresden. In 1702 he is a councilor, member of the Dresden city council and, together with Johann Friedrich Landsberger (1649–1711), senior elder of the Dresden trade guild as well as a merchant and merchant.

In 1705 he sold the Dresden part of his company to his other partner Johann Christian Heitmann.

Johann Sigismund Küffner is considered the founder of poor houses, churches and schools, so the couple decreed in their will that the city of Bischofswerda should receive 500 thalers, the interest of which should serve both the poor and the clergy. The town of Leubnitz received 600 thalers, the interest should be paid to the pastor, the schoolmaster and the church fathers as well as the poor, and in 1702 he donated a legacy to the Leubnitz church there, which enabled the erection of the new high altar in 1730/31 . Neustadt and Stolpen were to receive 500 thalers each, the interest should benefit the clergy and the poor. He bequeathed 2,400 thalers to Dresden, the interest of which was to be distributed to the poor through the Welfare Authority.

When the plague raged in Dresden in 1680 , Johann Sigismund Küffner and his wife sought refuge in Sebnitz . Both were spared the plague. Out of gratitude, both of them commemorated the hospitable city in their wills in 1729 and bequeathed 300 thalers to the church in Sebnitz, 100 thalers to the clergy and 300 thalers to the poor. The sum donated to the church became the financial basis for the construction of the diaconate building. The city of Sebnitz put a memorial stone over the front door of the diaconate .


Individual evidence

  1. ↑ In general, the 7th of September is given as the birthday for Johann Sigismund Küffner in the publications and also on his portrait. In the funeral sermon, however, it says that he was born on September 7th, “old calendar”, that is, according to the Julian calendar. Although the Catholic imperial estates had already adopted the new Gregorian calendar in 1582, the Protestant imperial estates only followed the new calendar in 1700. The conversion from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar results in September 17, 1641 as the date of birth.
  2. ^ Johann Sigismund Küffner - City wiki Dresden. Retrieved January 24, 2018 .
  3. ^ Family tree of Johann Siegmund KÜFFNER on Walda and Kaitz. Retrieved January 25, 2018 .
  4. ^ Lars Herrmann: Altkaitz. Retrieved January 25, 2018 .
  5. Gustav Adolph ACKERMANN: Systematic compilation of existing in the kingdom of Saxony religious and charitable institutions, charitable institutions and voluntary organizations . Teubner, 1845 ( [accessed January 25, 2018]).
  6. The memorial stone above the entrance door of the diaconate building in Sebnitz - Wikisource. Retrieved January 25, 2018 .

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