Heinrich Christoph Tamm (1691-1714)

law student


Heinrich Christoph Tamm was born in Gotha on February 16, 1691, the son of the horsebreaker Martin Tamm and his wife Martha Catharina Schwabhäuser. From 1699 he attended high school in his hometown. On September 27, 1712, he enrolled at the University of Jena as a law student.

On the eve of St. John's Day, June 23, 1714, he suffered an accident while out for a walk, as a result of which he died on June 28, 1714 at the age of 23 from a gangrene (tissue necrosis). His parents and younger brother Adolph Johann Heinrich Tamm had traveled to Jena to take farewell of him after learning of his deteriorating condition. Heinrich Christoph Tamm's funeral took place on June 29, 1714, with great public interest. A vineyard cannon can be seen on his tombstone. Such a cannon, used to drive birds out of the vineyards, is said to have caused his accident. When the cannon was fired a piece "shattered" and parts of it severely injured Tamm's right leg.

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Bartholomew Janson (1701-1782)

*1701 in Weimar

† 12.05.1782 in Jena


Hosier, mayor of Jena; feudal and free pass to Lobeda; son of the hosier Bartolomäi Janson from Weimar;


Stone above: Herr Bartholomey Jansons E.E. Wohlw. Stadtraths alhier ,

Stone below: Well-appointed mayor as well as hereditary feudal and baron of Lobeda before himself and his family AO 176.....

Right wooden panel: Man consider that you are mortal, this take with all your actions well into account,

Middle wooden panel: It is the duty of love that I set this memorial tomb and resting place ("before" - is covered with sheet metal),

left wooden panel: Behold my days are a hand's breadth with thee and my life is as nothing with thee, as nothing at all are all men who yet live so securely.........


In 1771 mayor Bartholomäus Janson buys the historic inn "Sonne" at auction, in 1774 Janson is then also noted as the owner of the neighboring house to the east.

His father worked as a master stocking knitter in Weimar, Janson himself also took up this trade, as it was described as the only flourishing trade in the second half of the 18th century in Jena. Starting from Apolda, a factory-like production in this field had also established itself in Jena.

Stocking weavers here usually called themselves merchants and were predominantly not involved in production but as a kind of publisher and were able to achieve greater wealth.

He was married to Eva Catharina, née Prager, the daughter of the oil miller Christoph Prager from Jena.

In 1781, Bartholomäus Janson drew up his will and stipulated that after his death his house should go to the city, which was to set up a school there for poor orphans and illegitimate children.

After Janson's death, the house does fall to the city, which, however, does not fulfill his wishes regarding a school for disadvantaged children.

The church register records that Janson is buried in his family's hereditary burial ground. This burial place is still preserved on the outside of the north wall of the Friedenskirche today

Janson's only daughter, Johanna Catharina, had married the hosier Georg Friedrich Heidenreich in 1748. From this marriage came the daughter Dorothea Catharina Friederika, who in turn married Ernst Wilhelm Imanuel Heiligenstädt, "F. S. Weimar. und Eisenachische(n) Ober-Vormundschafftl. Vice-Landschaffts-Cassir(ers) auch Hof- und Regierungsadvocat" in 1766.

In 1768 the daughter Sophia Amanda Friederike Heiligenstädt was born in this marriage, the mother died a few days after the birth. Sophia Amanda inherited the houses at the market. On May 4, 1788, she married Christoph Jacob Paulsen, a merchant and trader from Weimar, who died in 1808.

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Jakob Carl Reinhardt

Elector of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach Postmaster


* ca. 1712 in Arnstadt

† 17.09.1778 in Jena

married to Johanna Maria née Mähler (daughter of the rent secretary Mähler)


To the righteousness

and exemplary harmony of his

beloved parents,

Mr. Carl Jakob Reinhard

Court Princely and Duke of Saxony for 35.

years of faithful service as postmaster here in Jena,

whom God has deceased on September 17, 1778, at the age of 66.

of his eventful life, God took him to his rest without

rest and

Mrs. Johannen Marie Reinhardin née Mählerin

who died to him on the same Monday of the year

1781 in the 68th year of her life, dedicates this memorial with the tenderest and

and unceasing. Thank their only

son Johann Heinrich Carl Reinhardt,

Book on the side: My days were written on the book.

Reinhold Traugott Graf (1851-1874)

Student of laws


Reinhold Traugott Graf was born on April 11, 1851, the son of pastor Gustaf August Graf and his wife Bernhardina Friederika Julia Laura Bähring. He came from Rüdersdorf in the Duchy of Saxony-Altenburg.

Graf enrolled on April 30, 1874 at the University of Jena to study law. Only a few months later he died of typhus in the town on the river Saale at the age of 23 on July 17, 1874.

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Johann Gottlieb Samuel Kessler

Mill construction inspector


* 21.03.1776

† 04.04.1842 in Jena

 grand ducal mill inspector in Jena, owner of the Rasenmühle, tenant of the Brückenmühle; son of the tenant of the Fürstl. Chamber estate Heusdorf Johann Andreas Keßler;

married in first marriage to Johanna Maria Christina, née Neumann the daughter of the Weidigsmühlen tenant Johann Christoph Neumann,

in second marriage with Johanne Wilhelmine Friedericke, née Bonath the daughter of the master shoemaker Christoph Salomo Bonath, from this marriage two sons and two daughters were born.

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Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhard Hering



* 06/26/1847 in Jena

† 05.04.1916 in Jena

Pewterer, turner; in addition to beautiful and practical pewter vessels, he also made apparatus for scientific institutes;

Son of the master pewterer Johann Christian Gottfried Ludwig Hering and Eleonora Rosine Christiane, née Grellmann;

Married to Anna Caroline Bertha Bernhardine, née Rost, daughter of master glazier Philipp Christian Heinrich Rost and Pauline, née Hundius, née Helm.

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Carl Ludwig Nipperdey (1821- 1875)

Classical philologist


Carl Ludwig Nipperdey was born on September 13, 1821 in Schwerin, the son of the court painter Carl Heinrich Christoph Nipperdey and his wife Maria Magdalena Margareta Lantzius. After attending the grammar school Fridericianum in his hometown, he studied philology at the University of Leipzig from 1840. From 1843 he continued these studies at the University of Berlin, where he also received his doctorate in 1846. His habilitation took place in Leipzig in 1850. Here he worked as a private lecturer before becoming an associate professor of classical philology at the University of Jena in 1852. In 1854 he was appointed full professor. From 1867 he also held the professorship of eloquence.

Nipperdey had been married to Fanny Georgine Anna Steinthal since 1859. The marriage produced two sons and a daughter. Nipperdey, who had long suffered from a constantly worsening nerve and spinal cord disease, died on January 2, 1875 in Jena by suicide.

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Carl/Karl Fortlage (1806-1881)


Arnold Rudolf Carl/Karl Fortlage was born on June 12, 1806 in Osnabrück, the eldest son of the theologian and school reformer Johann Heinrich Benjamin Fortlage and his wife Maria Margarethe. His father was vice principal and later principal of the grammar school “Ratsgymnasium” in Osnabrück.

Fortlage completed his schooling in Osnabrück. From 1825 he studied theology, philosophy and philology at the universities of Göttingen, Berlin and Munich. In Munich he received his doctorate  with the thesis "Über die Denkweise der ältesten Philosophen” in 1829. He then worked as a lecturer at the University of Heidelberg until 1842 and at the University of Berlin from 1842 to 1846. From Berlin he moved to the University of Jena, where he was appointed full honorary professor in 1860 and full professor in 1873.

Fortlage was initially a follower of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel before turning to the works of Immanuel Kant, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Friedrich Eduard Beneke. In his philosophical publications, Fortlage took a metaphysical view. He himself coined the term "transcendental pantheism".

In addition to his philosophical research, Fortlage was also interested in ancient music. In 1847 he published his essay about the musical system of the Greeks in its archetype. In 1852 Fortlage's main philosophical work "Genetische Geschichte der Philosophie seit Kant” [Genetic History of Philosophy since Kant] was published.

Fortlage was married to Sophie Charlotte Eitzen (1807-1885) from Oldesloe. The couple adopted their niece Marie Stein as a foster daughter after the death of her parents. Hofrat Carl/Karl Fortlage died after a long illness on November 8, 1881 in Jena at the age of 75. He left behind his widow Sophie, who died on September 11, 1885 in Jena at the age of 78.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Rittler (around 1776/1777-1843)



Friedrich Wilhelm Rittler was born around 1776/1777 as the son of the council and city surgeon Christoph Wilhelm Rittler.

Rittler initially worked as a pharmacy assistant for the owner of the Jena court pharmacy, Immanuel/Emanuel Christoph Wilhelmi, before becoming his partner around 1810. On November 20, 1808, he married widow Anna Regina Hülßner, who brought two adult daughters into the marriage. With Christoph Thurm, the couple welcomed another child into the family.

After Wilhelmi had retired due to age, Rittler continued to run the pharmacy alone and in 1825 also bought the house on the Market Square. After Wilhelmi's death in 1827, Rittler's pharmacy assistant Heinrich Osann, who also married Rittler's stepdaughter Friederike Hülßner in the same year, joined the pharmacy as a partner. Rittler died in Jena on March 27, 1843 at the age of 66.

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