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Arms of the Teutonic Knight, Johann KUHMANN in 1572, Marburg, Germany.

A.D.  1572, Johann KUHMANN, Trappirer, Teutsche Orden.







[transcription of the text above, as carved into stone]
"The Year of our Lord, 1572, John KUHMANN, Knight of the Teutonic Order."
"A.D.  1572, Johann KUHMANN, Trappirer Teutsche Orden"

The carved-stone as it appears above, is built-into the Renaissance portico [see below]. The date 1572 is engraved (twice) into the stone.  The three Crests are located below a window parapet.  The Arms are separated inside of three, half pilasters, framed as individual Coats of Arms -- as follows: at left, Arms of the "Landkomtur"; in the middle, Arms of the German Teutonic Order; and at right, those of the Teutonic Knight.  Those right-most Arms will be of interest to anyone named KUHMANN. 

The right-most of the group of three crests is engraved also with the year A.D. 1572 and is inscribed with the text, "IOHAN / KVHMA / TRAPPIR / ER  T-O".  It is the Coat of Arms (crest) of the "Trappirer" (Teutonic Knight), Johann KUHMANN -- where T-O stands for "Ordo Teutonicus" or "Teutscher Orden".  A "Trappierer" (Teutonic Knight -- "Tressler", "Thesaurar" or "Traparius") is attended by a "Ritterbruder", an office and title -- one who attends to the administration of the goods and the fortune of the proprietor.  The person responsible for the accounting, and who attended to the regular revenue of taxes and duties due, and to the goods and belongings of same. The "Kommende" of Marburg, he became of the "Landkomtur" -- that a "Hauskomtur" was associated with, and effectively progressed, to the roll of second person in charge at the location. Further offices (roles) of such a "Kommende" were those of master of the hospital, "Krankenstelle" (literally translated, the 'sick place'), "Procurator" (right scholar), "Cellera
rius" (cellarer --
the steward of a monastery or chapter; who has charge of procuring and keeping the provisions), "Marschall" (stable master), the "Meister der Pietanz" (festival or 'foot-dance' celebration master).  Johann KUHMANN became "Komtur" from 1582–1586 in "Schieffenberg", where his Arms (crest) can also be found. The crest of the KUHMANN family (also "Cumann") dislays the lower half of a standing, red lion, on a silvered background. The tail of the lion is positioned behind the legs, downwards, then upwards, and then pointing upwards. The shield in the background is that of a German Tutonic Order. On the "crowned" helmet, is attached a green peacock's tail. The family KUHMANN was landed and wealthy, situated in the "Waldeckschen" area near to "Marsberg" and their holdings went as far as the "Mannesstamm" until 12 May 1687, and date of the demise of Adam Bernhard von KUHMANN zu Adorf (who left no heirs).  The Arms of the Alhard of Hörde (Horde, Hoerdt), "Landkomtur Ballei" of Hessen from 1571 to 1586. The shield has a Teutonic background plate. One can find a very similar coat of arms (also in stone)  of Georg von Hörde, "Landkomtur" (of the Teutonic Order from 1586 to 1591) dating from 1589 -- as issued by his relatives and followers -- in the Marburg Castle-Museum.  The middle: emblem of the German Teutonic order.  At right, the heraldic Arms of the Tutonic Knight, Johann Kuhmann, 1572 The engraved letters, T-O stands for "Teutsche Order" (in German), or ''Ordo Teutonicus'' (Order of the Teutonic Knights, in Latin).

The colorized "crest" [below] was discovered on the Internet a few years ago.  I discounted that version as a "scam" (intended to coax the unsuspecting to spend money on their Genealogical ego).  Not so!  Compare it to the GENUINE item (above)!  A great life, is made-up of many such surprises!  Me Thinks, that "memories" ...have to be created.

Renaissance "Teutonic Brothers" House
Marburg, Germany

View of the portico & carvings (embedded in the wall).
(click-on this photo ... to view three beautifully preserved "Arms", carved into stone)
Renaissance "portico": house of Johann KÜHMANN in Marburg, Germany.
[Note: the gray-colored stone, embedded in the portico wall, below the center pair of double-windows.]

The Renaissance portico is presently (ca 2009)  part of a Museum  (a mineralogy collection) owned by the University of Marburg.
The building is located at this address:
"Firmaneiplatz", D-35035 Marburg (next to the "Elisabethkirche". i.e. Elizabeth's Church).

Map of the Marburg, city center ("old town").
(click-on map, to view an enlargement)
(click-on map ... to view an enlargement that shows the relative location of the church and courtyard)

Map location of Elizabeth's Church
(click-on map to see 'sky-view' of the church & the portico.
(click-on map ... to see a "sky-view" of the church, courtyard, and portico)
This map above identifies the exact location of Elizabeth's Church, the "
Firmaneiplatz" courtyard (square), and the Renaissance portico.
 [The red "M" -- centered, is the Museum & and the red "cross" -- on a building, is the church just left of the red "M".]

Colorized rendition of the KÜHMANN Arms

Arms of Johann KUHMANN, Teutonic Knight...

(An ancient and historic spelling: Cuman.)
There are mistakes in this representation. i.e.
- placement of the Lion's tail
- form and designs on the helmet
- size and shape of the peacock feathers
- design and orientation of the shield.


Nota Bene: 
bout the history of the various Orders of Tutonic Knights...

Was the name KUHMANN spelled as, "KÜHMANN" (i.e. KUEHMANN) in the past?  Yes and no!  Some families do, some don't.  The "ü" (Umlaut) is a combination of an "u" with an "e" (on top). Up until the 15th century it was not necessary to write it that way, so the spelling of the "U" in the name, could legitimately be written, either way. The most common spelling in use within Germany today -- does not apply an Umlaut.  our family (including our cousins in Bavaria) pronounce the name as though the "ue" in the form of an "Umlaut" were present.  As does my American family...


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