The family can be traced back to the 15th century. Some of Beethoven's ancestors
came from the Flemish province of Brabant, and on the maternal side from the Rhine
and Moselle area. The earliest van Beethovens were from an area bounded by Brussels,
Leuven and Mechelen. Beethoven had 4 siblings who died in infancy: Ludwig Maria (02.04.1769
- 08.04.1769). Anna Maria Francisca (23.02.1779 - 27.02.79). Franz George (17.01.1781
- 16.8.1783). Maria Margaretha Josepha (05.05.1786 - 26.11.1787).
Michel Van Beethoven (great-grandfather) appears to have been a colourful character.
He was a master baker in Mechelen; he also dealt in lace and property speculation
and eventually had to flee to Bonn to avoid his many creditors!
His son Lodewijk (Beethoven's grandfather) had been a choirboy at Mechelen cathedral.
The Elector Arch-bishop of Cologne transferred him to the court chapel at Bonn in
1733 (the same year he married Maria Poll).
Their son Johann (father) was the only one of 3 children to survive. He became a
tenor in the court chapel at Bonn and married the 21 year old widow Maria Keverich
on 12 Nov 1767.
Seven children were born of this union, but only 3 survived - one of whom was the
composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who never married.
The Beethoven line continued through his brother Kaspar Karl, whose only child Karl
was Beethoven's nephew. Karl.v.Beethoven joined the army (1827), married in 1832
and had 5 children.
The descendants of Beethoven’s nephew Karl (1806-58)
Marck Van Beethoven
(1505 - ?)
m. Anna Smets
(1510 - ? )
Aert Van Beethoven
(1535 - 1608/9)
m. Josyne van Vlesselaer (1540 - 1595)
Jan Van Beethoven
(1470 - ? )
Hendrick Van Beethoven
m. Cathlyne van Boevenbeeke (1575 - 1638)
Markus Van Beethoven
m. Sara Haesaerts
(1606 - 1653)
Cornelius Van Beethoven (1641 - 1716)
m. Catharina van Leempoel (1642 -1729)
Michel Van Beethoven
(1684 - 1749)
m. Marie Louise Stuyckers
(1685 - 1749)
Lodewijk Van Beethoven (1712-1773)
m. Maria Josepha Poll
Johann Van Beethoven
m. Maria Keverich (1746-87)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Kaspar k.v.Beethoven (1774-1815)
J. Riess (1784 - 1868)
m. Karoline Naske
Karoline(1831-1919) Maria (1835-91) Ludwig (1839-) Gabrielle (1844-1914) Hermine
Karl had 5 Children and 20 grandchildren, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. After
Karl Julius Maria Van Beethoven (Karl's Grandson - a journalist, born in Munich and
died in Vienna), the Beethoven line ceases as Karl's descendants continue through
his daughters. The line changes to Weidinger and today the great great great grandchildren
of Karl Van Beethoven include :Getraude Weidinger (1938 - ) Peter Weidinger (1939
- ) Eduard August Urban (1948 - ).
Karoline Johanna Van Beethoven (1831-1919) married Franz Weidinger in 1854 and they
had 8 children -
Franz Karl Joseph (1855 - 1932), Karl Edouard Paul (1856 - 1930), Paul Adolf Robert
(1858 - 1940), Eugenie Karoline Maria (1859 - 93), Gustav (1862 - 1944), Karoline
(1863-5), Robert (1865 - 1920), Hugo (1866 - 94)
Maria Anna Van Beethoven (1835-91) married Paul Ernst Weidinger in 1857 and had 3
Marie Josephine (1859 - 1936), Herman Franz Karl (1861 - 1932), Helene (1863 -
Ludwig Johann Van Beethoven (1839-) married Maria Anna Nitsche in 1865 and had 6
children. He was a journalist in Munich and later lived in the USA, where he was
vice director of the south pacific railway.He died in Vienna. -
Marie (1865 - 65), Karl Julius Maria (1870 - 1917) - the last of the Beethoven line/
Heinrich (1871-72), Meta (1874 - 90 ?) & 2 unknown (1878/1880)
Gabrielle Van Beethoven (1844-1914) married Robert Heimler in 1864 and had 2 children
Gabrielle Maria Ludovika (1865 - 1903), Raoul (1876 - 1948)
Hermine Van Beethoven (1852-87) married Emille Axmann in 1876 and had 1 child -