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Frederick William Adolf, Prince of Nassau-Siegen

Frederick William Adolf, Prince of Nassau-Siegen

Prince of Nassau-Siegen
The basics
About
Gender male
Birth February 20, 1680 (Siegen)
Death February 13, 1722
Family
Father: William MauricePrince of Nassau-Siegen
Spouse: Amalie Luise von Kettler
Children: Frederick William IIPrince of Nassau-SiegenCharlotte Friederike von Nassau-Siegen
The details
Biography

Frederick William Adolf (20 February 1680 – 13 February 1722) was the titular Prince of Nassau-Siegen from 1691 until his death; he actually ruled the principality from 1707. He constructed the Lower Castle in Siegen.
He was the eldest son of Prince William Maurice of Nassau-Siegen and his wife Ernestina Charlotte of Nassau-Dillenburg. He was only 11 years old when his father died. His uncle, John Francis Desideratus took up the regency. When his uncle died in 1699, the regency was taken up be the uncle's son William Hyacinth. After a revolt against William Hyacinth's mismanagement of the principality, Frederick William Adolf took up government on 29 March 1707.

Marriage and issue

He married twice. On 7 January 1702, he married Elisabeth (6 January 1681 – 12 November 1707), the daughter of Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg. With her, he had the following children:

  • Charlotte Friederike (30 November 1702 – 22 July 1785), married:
    1. Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen (1694-1728)
    2. Albert Wolfgang, Count of Schaumburg-Lippe
  • Sophia Maria (28 January 1704 – 28 August 1704)
  • Sibylle Henriette (21 September 1705 – 5 September 1712)
  • Frederick William II (11 November 1706 – March 2, 1734), married Polyxena Concórdia Sophia, Countess of Sayn-Wittgenstein
  • Sophia Elizabeth (7 November 1707 – 5 October 1708)

After Elisabeth's death he married on 13 April 1708 Amalie Louise, the daughter of Duke Frederick Casimir Kettler of Courland and Zemgale and his wife Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen. After Frederick William Adolf's death, she ruled Nassau-Siegen as regent for her stepson Frederick William II. This marriage produced the following children:

  • Adelaide Wilhelmine Sophia (28 February 28, 1709 – 16 December 1710)
  • Charles Frederick (born 4 March 1710 – 25 December 25, 1710)
  • Charlotte Wilhelmine (born 25 April 1711 – 7 March 1771)
  • Auguste Albertine (born 9 September 1712 – 22 February 22, 1742), married Count Charles Frederick William of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein (29 January 1708 – June 9, 1756)
  • Louis Ferdinand (29 March 1714 – 26 February 1715)
  • Caroline Amalie Adolfine (26 November 1715 – 1752), married Count Christian August of Solms-Laubach
  • William Maurice (1 March 1717 – 5 August 1719)
  • Elisabeth Hedwig (19 April 1719 – 10 January 1789), married Count Charles Frederick William of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein

Ancestors

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