Graf Adam Gottlob von Moltke

Graf Adam Gottlob von Moltke

Male 1710 - 1792  (81 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Adam Gottlob von Moltke 
    Prefix Graf 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 10 Nov 1710  Riesenhof, Mecklenburg Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Sep 1792  Bregentved Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I79124  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2008 

    Father Joachim von Moltke,   b. 1663, Gortzendorf, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1730, Polchow Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Magdalene Sophia von Cothmann,   b. 14 Sep 1681, Hintzenhagen, Mecklenburg Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1752  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1697 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F227637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Christiane Friderica Brüggemann,   b. 26 May 1712, Ulriksholm, Kjølstrup, Kerteminde Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1760, København Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 9 Sep 1735  Ulriksholm Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Gräfin Catharine Sophie Wilhelmine Caroline Moltke,   b. 14 Oct 1737, Stege Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1806, København Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. Komtesse Ulrikke Augusta Vilhelmine Moltke,   b. 30 Apr 1740,   d. 7 Apr 1763  (Age 22 years)
     3. Graf Christian Magnus Friedrich von Moltke,   b. 16 Oct 1741, København Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1813, København Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Joachim Godske von Moltke,   b. 4 Jul 1747,   d. 5 Oct 1818, København Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2008 
    Family ID F198001  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sophie Hedevig Raben,   b. 8 Oct 1732, København Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1802, Glorup, Ørbæk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1760 
    Children 
     1. Graf Gebhard von Moltke Huitfeld,   b. 1764,   d. 1851  (Age 87 years)
     2. Graf Otto Joachim von Moltke,   b. 1770,   d. 1853  (Age 83 years)
     3. Graf Karl Emil von Moltke,   b. 1773,   d. 1858  (Age 85 years)
     4. Sophie Magdalene Moltke,   b. 22 May 1765, Fredensborg Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1829  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2008 
    Family ID F32761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Though of German origin, many of the Moltkes were at this time in the Danish service, which was considered a more important and promising opening for the young north German noblemen than the service of any of the native principalities. Through one of his uncles, young Moltke became a page at the Danish court, in which capacity he formed a lifelong friendship with the crown prince Frederick, later King Frederick V .
      Immediately after his accession, Frederick made Moltke Lord Chamberlain and overwhelmed him with marks of favor: making him a privy councillor , a count and bestowing upon him Bregentved , and other estates. As the companion of the king, Moltke's influence grew to the point that foreign diplomatists declared he could make and unmake ministers at will. Especially notable is Moltke's attitude towards the two distinguished statesmen who played the leading parts during the reign of Frederick, Johan Sigismund Schulin and The Elder Bernstorff . For Schulin he had a sort of veneration. Bernstorff irritated him by his grand airs of conscious superiority. But though a Prussian intrigue was set up for the supersession of Bernstorff by Moltke, the latter, convinced that Bernstorff was the right man in the right place, supported him with unswerving loyalty.
      Moltke was less liberal in his views than many of his contemporaries. He looked askance at all projects for the emancipation of the serfs , but, as one of the largest landowners of Denmark , he did service to agriculture by lightening the burdens of the countrymen and introducing technical and scientific improvements, which also increased production. His greatest merit, however, was the guardianship he exercised over the king.
      On the death of Queen Louisa, the king would have married one of Moltke's daughters had he not peremptorily declined the dangerous honor. On the death of Frederick, who died in his arms (January 14 1766), Moltke's dominion was at an end. The new king, Christian VII , could not endure him, and exclaimed, with reference to his lanky figure: "He's stork below and fox above". At that time Moltke was also unpopular, because he was, wrongly, suspected of enriching himself at the public expense. In July 1766 he was dismissed from all his offices and retired to his estate at Bregentved. Subsequently, through the interest of Russia , to whom he had always been favorable, he regained his seat in the council (February 8, 1768), but his influence was slight and of brief endurance. He was again dismissed without a pension , on the 10th of December 1770, for refusing to have anything to do with Struensee . He lived in retirement until his death on the 25th of September 1792.
      His memoirs, written in German and published in 1870 , have considerable historical importance. See H.H. Langhorn, Historische Nachricht uber die danischen Moltkes (Kid, 1871).


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