The relationship between Michel Geldreich married to Dorothea Melfinger,
and Jean Guillaume (Hans-Wilhelm) Geldrich von Sigmarshofen.

During full period of the 30 years war (1618 – 1648) it exists no certificates like birth, christening, death or marriage of all villages encircling the parc (domain) of Schoppenwihr. The period covered by acts of registry office is posterior to 1639 for many villages. That’s why we do not have any kind of acts of registry offices concerning Michel Geldrich and Melfinger Dorothéa. Therefore we had to find another sources and other proofs concerning them. The only proofs we could find are historical.

Historical generality concerning Saint-Hippolyte in Alsace / France:
was a Neolithic Site occupied in Roman epoch. Named for the first time in 774 under the name of "Fulrado vilare": farm of the abbot Fulrade of Saint-Denis; the village took its current name after interment of the relics of Saint Hippolyte by Fulrade, abbot of Saint-Denis at the end of the 8th century. Passed over to the Dukedom of Lorraine in the 13th century, fortificated before 1316 and provided with a city title, Saint Hippolyte remained a Lorraine enclave until up to french Revolution 1789.

The family of Lorraine  is a family which reigned over the dukedom of Lorraine from 1048 till 1453 and from 1484 till 1736, over the dukedom of Bar from 1484 till 1736, over the Tuscan from 1737 till 1860, over Autriche-Hongrie-Bohême from 1780 till 1918, over the dukedom of Modène from 1814 till 1859, over the dukedom of Parma from 1814 till 1874 and over Mexico from 1864 till 1867.

Its genealogy goes back up to the count Gérard d' Alsace (†1070), duke of Lorraine. The duke Francois III of Lorraine married 1736 Mary-Theresa von Habsbourg, heiress of this family von Habsbourg, giving birth to those who they called the Habsbourg-Lorraine (it is in fact the continuance of the family of Lorraine until our days, with addition of the name of Habsbourg for reasons of prestige). In 1737, François III left his rights on Lorraine to accept in exchange Tuscan's grand duchy which he kept until 1765; he kept the title however of "duke of Lorraine" for himself and his heirs. He was elected emperor of the Romans in 1745.

The current elder of the House of Habsbourg-Lorraine is the duke of Hohenberg (born in 1929). Nevertheless its branch, even as the elder, is considered as morganatic of Austrian point of view, and the title of duke of Lorraine is carried by the archduke Otto von Habsbourg-Lorraine (born 1912), elder son of the last emperor of Austria, Charles 1St.. The county, later dukedom of Bar is formed in the Xth century by Ferry of Ardennes, brother of the bishop of Metz Adalbéron. Ferry becomes in 959 duke of Haute-Lorraine. The county of Bar becomes again distinct in 1033 for Sophie, daughter of the duke Ferry II, married to Louis, Count of Mousson, also Count of Ajoie (in German = Elsgau) which include Ferrette and Montbéliard!

Hans Wilhelm Geldrich von Sigmarshofen was married to Elisabeth Waldner von Freundstein who had as mother Lucie de Ferrette and Hans Wilhelm Geldrich von Sigmarshofen was the supreme Council of Montbéliard. He counseled the Duke of Württemberg  in 1608. In 1615 he became chief of the Guards in Montbéliard. Subsequently, he was elected Mayor of the city of Montbéliard on January 08.1618.

St Hippolyte, where we find the Geldrich 1620, was therefore an Enclave belonging to the Dukedom of Bar which include Ferrette,
Montbéliard and St Hippolyte.

The GELDRICH von Sigmarshofen wich are established in Montbéliard as well as those of St Hippolyte are definitely related and a relation between St Hippolyte, Montbéliard and Schoppenwihr can also not be denied.

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