Branch II “Younger” Peter: Europe – Anton von Graffenried B 1597 (Chateau Carrouge ) Father of sub-branches Muchenwyler/Villars, Kehrsatz and Burgistein


Anton von Graffenried Born 1597
<Anton von Graffenried 1573 and (Barbara) Elisabeth Zehender‏
<Anton von Graffenried 1545 and Maria Löwensprung
<Peter von Graffenried and Elisabeth Lehnherr
‏<Peter 1507
<Niklaus “The Monk” von Graffenried and Barbara von Kunried‏.

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The tapestry above shows Anton (II) second to left of altar when representatives from the cantons met with Louis XIV who is pictured as the tall man with a hat at center.

Anton von Graffenried, born 1597, of “Younger Peter’s” Branch.  Note:  Because it can get confusing, I wanted to clarify that it was during the preceding generation that the “split” occurs between the Muchenwyler / Villars ; Kerhstatz; Burgistein branch (founder of the line is Anton von Graffenried, BIRTH 30 AUG 1573 • Switzerland DEATH 2 AUG 1628 • Switzerland) and then the Worb/American branch, his brother Abraham von Graffenried BIRTH 1580 • Bern, Switzerland DEATH 1620 • Tirano, Sondrio, Lombardia, Italy) occurs.  This distinction is helpful in realizing that the holding at Worb was only a rule that occurred in one line of the family. Worb is not the family seat of the von Graffenried family as a whole, though it could be labeled as the seat of the American branch.  Anyway back to this branch:

Anton inherited the Château de Carrouges, through his wife Ursula du Molin. It is a château dating partly from the 14th century, located in the commune of Carrouges, in the Orne department, Basse Normandie, northern France. It is through his descendants that the

sub branches arose.

Thomas Pritchett deGraffenried wrote

“We thank M. Victor de Graffenried, who has kindly communicated these interesting notes, as well as Professor F. W. de Mulinen for his information” regarding the Carrouge castle.

The Carrouge Castle (Rue du Château n ° 47) and its outbuildings occupy the whole Broye side of the summit of the hill. The castle itself rose on medieval grounds, before it was rebuilt in 1897 (architect Francis Isoz) to house the Institute of Deaf-mutes.

There remains from the 1700’s a fountain with the form of a shell and the old entrance gate of the main building, showing the coats of arms of the von Graffenried and von Diesbach families, created by an artist whose handwriting was written on the façade of the House of Rue Granada. The wing kept its windows, which were doubled with baroque depreciation. These are identical with those of the pavilion. They were certainly the result of the work undertaken by Anton von Graffenried in 1645, the lord of Carrouge and Landvogt of Bern, who undoubtedly furnished the extensive terrace in the same age, from which one had a very fine view of the old village and The surrounding countryside. (source: )

The arms pictured below celebrate the union of his descendant Susanna Maria Anna von Graffenried with Bernhard Gottlieb Isaac Diesbach

By a decree of 9 May 1905 the Council of State of the Canton of Vaud designated the old tower of the castle of Carrouge a Moudon and a sculpted stone bearing the arms of the families of Graffenried and Diesbach, which lies above the old gate of this castle as historical monuments.


 The two coat-of-arms, oval in shape, are placed on a cartridge with a very good Louis XVI style, being held up with the support of a lion and a savage.

This monument is perhaps one of the last specimens of heraldic art in our country from before the Revolution. They were preserved in a perfect state of conservation due to having been covered up.

Here are some historical notes about the lords of Carrouge, especially noting the  one who had this sculpture executed. The lordship of Carrouge was brought to the house of Graffenried by Demoiselle Ursule de Molin, daughter of “Noble and Mighty Frenchman of Molin lord of Treytorrens, Montagny”:

Ursula du Molin, daughter of Franz du Molin and Madelaine Hogger .
Born. 1639/1640 in Bern,
Marriage 1 with: Gabriel de Blonay,
Marriage 2 : Anton von Graffenried

At the first marriage, Dame Ursule had married “the magnificent Lord Gabriel de Blonay, Lord of Carouge and Corcelles, Co-Lord of Mezieres  “The Jorat “.  They remained without children.  She inherited the said seignories after the death of her husband and bore them to her second husband “Noble Prudent and Virtuous Lord Anthoine de Graffenried “, which she had married in 1619.

Anthoine von Graffenried,<Anton von Graffenried 1573 and (Barbara) Elisabeth Zehender‏<Anton von Graffenried 1545 and Maria Löwensprung‏<Peter von Graffenried and Elisabeth Lehnherr‏<Peter 1507< Niklaus “The Monk” von Graffenried and Barbara von Kunried‏.

He was son of “His Excellency Anthoine Lord Avoyer de la Ville and Republic of Bern and Barbe Zehender”, born in 1597, he took the consular seat in 1651, resigned in 1673 and died shortly after (1674). The lordship of Carouge passed to the second of his sons:

Albrecht von Graffenried b 1629
<Anton von Graffenried 1597 and Ursula du Molin‏
<Anton von Graffenried 1573 and (Barbara) Elisabeth Zehender‏
<Anton von Graffenried 1545 and Maria Löwensprung‏
<Peter von Graffenried and Elisabeth Lehnherr‏
<Peter 1507
< Niklaus “The Monk” von Graffenried and Barbara von Kunried‏.

Albrecht was bailiff of Schenkenberg and Nidau; married Esther Dachselhofer‏‎, and died at Moudon on 16 October 1702;

albrectNote: Albrecht is entombed at Cimetière de Moudon Moudon, District de la Broye-Vully, Vaud, Switzerland .
Picture above by Robert Savary


Then to the son:

Albrecht von Graffenried “Albert” in 1656, avoyer de Thoune, who died in 1711, after a fall at the castle of Carouge, and passed from him to his only son:

Franz Ludwig von Graffenried
Son of Albrecht von Graffenried and Johanna Müller .
Born 23 Apr 1688 in Bern, Bern, Switzerland,
Died Jun 1766, 78 years Occupation
Bailiff of St-Jean; He had married in 1714 Ursula FrauQoise of Cerjat, and died in 1767.

In 1723 Franz Ludwig sold the seigneury to Gabriel May, but his Uncle Francois-Louis, bailiff of Schenkenberg obtained the cancellation of the sale in favor of his nephew.

Also known as Uncle Franz Ludwig von Graffenried‏‎, the uncle was the 

Franz Ludwig von Graffenried b. 1665

son of  Albrecht von Graffenried and Esther Dachselhofer‏.
Born 4 May 1665 in Bern
Died ‎16 Jun 1728‎

 (Uncle to right)






Here a shift in family descent of the property occurs!

It appears due to the intervention of Uncle Franz Ludwing von Graffenried b 1665, Carouge passed out of the family of the family of his brother Albrecht b 1656, and instead went to the son of his other brother Freidrich b 1673.  The son of Friedrich was:

Franz Ludwig von Graffenried b 1716 captain in the service of the Netherlands, and Bailiff of Sumiswald
Son of Friedrich von Graffenried b  and Susanna Elisabeth von Graffenried
<Son of Albrecht von Graffenried b. 1673 and Esther Dachselhofer .

Born 16 Mar 1716 in Bern
Christened 20 Mar 1716 in Bern
Died 2 Mar 1771 in Bern, 54 years
married Charlotte Von Buren b 1726
Of his two marriages Franz Ludwig had but two daughters.

When only daughters are born it is typical for rule and property to pass “out of” the former paternal line’s family and into the family of the son in law, although sometimes only partially.  This is what occurred over at Worb when the Diesbach male line ran out, it was then passed on in pieces and eventually reunited as one property and one rule in the von Graffenried family.

The younger daughter of Franz Ludwig, from wife Charlotte de Buren, was:

Susanna Maria Anna von Graffenried
Born 21 Mar 1754 in Bern, Bern, BE, CH
Died Jun 1776, 22 years

She married in 1771 Bernhard Gottlieb Isaac Diesbach/Bernard-Amedde-Isaac de Diesbach and brought him the seigneifrie of Carouge and Corcelles. She was a very beautiful person. She died in 1776 by a fall at Carouge. It is the arms of this couple that decorate the door of the castle in Moudon, pictured earlier and which we reproduce here:


Her husband:

Bernard-Araedee-Isaac of Diesbachbernard diesbach, was related by Diesbach blood to the Worb von Graffenrieds.  He is pictured at right, known as the Lord of Carouge and Corcelles, Co-lord of Mezieres, the only son of Bernard de Diesbach, “Seigneur-Tresorier The Pays Romands de la Ville and the Republic of Bern “, and Judith Thelusson Of Geneva, on July 24, 1750, of the Sovereign Council in 1785, avoyer

Of the Foreign State, “Colonel des Dragons”, bailli of Frienisberg, was employed in various diplomatic missions; Fervent supporter of the Landamman Aloy Reding, he was delegated to Paris in 1802 to negotiate with Bonaparte, but as he did not succeed in hiding his contempt for the revolution and the new Power which governed France, Bonaparte refused to recognize him as Ambassador and returned to Switzerland. In 1802 he was appointed ambassador of the Helvetic Republic at Vienna, where he remained until his death, which occurred on 6 June 1807.  Died in 1776.  No children.

In second marriage he married, in 1778, Catherine Steiger of Tschugg.

Note:  he was of the same Diesbach blood as was in the Worb von Graffenrieds, both having descended from Ludwig von Diesbach:

<Bernhard von Diesbach und Judith Maria Thellusson‏.

<Gottlieb von Diesbach und Margaretha von Muralt‏.

<Hans Rudolf von Diesbach und Veronika Willading‏.

<Niklaus von Diesbach und Elisabeth von Erlach‏.

<Ludwig von Diesbach und Agathe von Bonstetten‏.