Bild von Gregorius Mättig mit Epitaph Dr. Mättigs im St. Petri-Dom Bautzen


The historical foundations of Gregorius Mättig served many different cultural and social purposes in Bautzen.
The different foundations which provided financial means for apprentices' premiums, marriage allowances, educational resources, grants and aids to the elderly, were first directed towards the descendants of the Mättig, Peucker, Rosenhain and Krantz families, i.e. Gregorius Mättig's parents' families as well as those of his wives. Often one can find genealogical links which connect via Gregorius Mättig's elder brother, the burgher and tanner Johann or Hans Mättig. Johann Mättig probably died in 1634 as a result of the great city fire in Bautzen. Johann Mättig's brother Hans had two children, Margarethe and Elisabeth. Mättig's sister Anna (married surname Liebe) had one son, Gregorius Liebe. All these children were already mentioned in Gregorius Mättig's will of 1636 and benefited from financial support. Gregorius Mättig's brother Hans is the direct forefather of the Lissack family. Friederike Dorothea Kauly, the daughter of Johann Gottlob Kauly, schoolteacher and cantor in Göda, married Carl August Lissack in 1822. Carl August Lissack was a Bautzen burgher and property owner. They lived in the house „Vor der Fischerpforte 6“. The descendants from this marriage either become very respectable local citizens (for instance the furniture shop Lissack in the Goschwitzstrasse) or they moved to Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin and, during the course of the 20th Century, to foreign countries.

Comprehensive and nearly complete records of the history and the administration of the various Mättig foundations from the 17th until the 20th Century are preserved in the city archive of Bautzen. We find numerous genealogical descriptions and elaborations, depicting the family links of the applicant to the founder.

The foundations' archives, therefore, not only provide an interesting and unique source of social historical material, but are also a real treasure trove for genealogists.

The analysis of these archives has started and will continue step by step.

The following illustration from the archives provides a prime example of the richness of the genealogical material.

Beautifully crafted family tree (Bautzen City Archive – Rep VIII VI A c 1-2)