Ludwig van Beethoven

Date of Birth: 16 December, 1770

Place of Birth: Bonn, Electorate of Cologne (present-day Germany)

Date of Death: 26 March, 1827

Place of Death: Vienna, Austrian Empire

*75% German
*18.75% Flemish
*6.25% Walloon

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer of the classical and romantic eras. He is one of the most influential composers of all time. He was also a pianist.

Ludwig was the son of Maria Magdalena (Keverich) and Johann van Beethoven, a musician, teacher, and singer. Ludwig came from a very musical family. His grandfather moved from Belgium to Bonn, Germany, to work for the Bonn court orchestra.

Ludwig’s ancestry was 3/4 German, 3/16 Belgian (Flemish), and 1/16 Belgian (Walloon).

Ludwig’s paternal grandfather was Lodewijk/Ludwig “Ludovicus” van Beethoven (the son of Michael van Beethoven and Marie/Maria Louise/Lysbeth/Ludovica Stuyckers). Michael and Marie Louise/Lysbeth were both born in Mechelen, in the Flemish region of Belgium. Michael was the son of Cornelis/Cornelius Van Beethoven and Catharina/Catherina van Leempoel. Marie Louise/Lysbeth was the daughter of Ludwig/Ludovicus Stuyckers/Stuijckers and Magdalena Gouffau/Goffau; Magdalena was born in Gosselies, in the Walloon region in Belgium, as were her parents and grandparents.

Ludwig’s paternal grandmother was Maria Josepha Poll (the daughter of Philippe Jacques Ball and Anne Cunégonde Mayer). Maria Josepha was born in Stundwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, France. Philippe was the son of Jacques Ball and Ursule Schenck.

Ludwig’s maternal grandfather was Johann Heinrich Keverich (the son of Johann Heinrich Keverich and Eva Catharina Alber). Ludwig’s grandfather Johann was born in Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein, Rheinland-Pflaz, Germany. Ludwig’s great-grandfather Johann was born in Mehring, Germany, the son of Matthias Keverich and Agathe. Eva was born in Trier, Germany, the daughter of Johann Alber and Anna Pütz.

Ludwig’s maternal grandmother was Anna Clara Westorff (the daughter of Jakob Westorff and Maria Magdalena Schetter). Anna was born in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Jakob was born in Köln, Germany, the son of Tilmann Moritz Westorff and Agnes Aussems. Maria Magdalena was born in Koblenz, the daughter of Johann Franz Schetter and Maria Magdalena Becker.

Sources: Genealogies of Ludwig van Beethoven –

Genealogy of Ludwig van Beethoven (focusing on his father’s side) –

1 Response

  1. follers says:

    The surnames “Jacobi” and “Fink” can easily be of non-Jewish German origin. “Jacobi” tends to be non-Jewish.

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