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Wachenhusen/von Wachenfeldt family origins

The Wachenhusen/von Wachenfeldt family has its origins in the little hamlet of Wachenhusen in Hannover, Germany. Our forbear, Colonel David Friedrich Wachenhusen, was knighted von Wachenfelt by the Swedish king, Carl XI in 1688. The event took place at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. He served under two Swedish kings, Carl X Gustav, and his son, Carl XI. The colonel’s own sons served on practically every front of the Great Nordic War under the young king, Carl XII. Miraculously they survived battles and imprisonment. The king was slain at Fredrikshald in Norway. After his death, the oldest son returned to Sweden with other sremnants of the great Swedish army. Since then, von Wachenfelts have served Sweden in all manner of areas. Many have been military officers, clergymen, civil servants, and diplomats. Some were engineers, medical doctors, pharmacists, and teachers. Others were journalists, writers, artists, athletes. And you will also find…

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