William, Prince of Solms-Braunfels

Wilhelm Christian Karl, 3rd Prince of Solms Braunfels (9 January 1759, in Braunfels – 20 March 1837, in Braunfels) was by succession an immediate Prince, then a nobleman and head of the Princely House of Solms-Braunfels, a Prussian major general and Hessian deputy.

Prince of Solms-Braunfels
Wilhelm Fürst zu Solms-Braunfels (1759-1837).jpg
Born(1759-01-09)9 January 1759
Died20 March 1837(1837-03-20) (aged 78)
SpouseWild- und Rheingräfin Auguste of Salm-Grumbach
Elisabetha Becker
HouseHouse of Solms-Braunfels
FatherFerdinand William Ernest, Prince of Solms-Braunfels
MotherCountess Sophie of Solms-Laubach
SignatureWilliam's signature



William was a member of the Princely House of Solms-Braunfels. His grandfather Frederick William (1696–1761) was the first Prince of Solms-Braunfels. His parents were the imperial colonel and lieutenant general of the United Provinces Ferdinand Wilhelm Ernst (1721–1783) and Countess Sophie Christine Wilhelmine of Solms-Laubach. first daughter and second child of Christian August, Count of Solms-Laubach. Prussian Major General Frederick William (1770–1814) was one of his younger brothers.

On 6 October 1792, he married Wild- und Rheingräfin Auguste of Salm-Grumbach (1771–1810) half-sister of Friedrich, Prince of Salm-Horstmar.[1] They had four children:

By his maitresse Anna Elisabeth Becker (1779–1852), whom he married morganatically once widower, he had three children who received patronymic Wilhelmi[2]




  1. ^ ihr Vater war Karl Ludwig Wilhelm Theodor zu Salm, Wild- und Rheingraf zu Salm-Grumbach und Dhaun (1729–1799), vgl. Christoph Graf von Polier's Family Tree: Karl Ludwig Wilhelm Theodor zu Salm (abgerufen am 2. August 2015) bzw. Leopold von Zedlitz-Neukirch, Neues preussisches Adels-Lexicon, Band 5, Leipzig 1839, S.392
  2. ^ Familie Wagner - Dillkreis, Anna Elisabeth Becker (abgerufen am 2. August 2015)