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  • ID: I24787
  • Name: Heinrich von Keyserlingk
  • Given Name: Heinrich
  • Surname: von Keyserlingk
  • Prefix: Count (Graf)
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 Jun 1866 in Poniewiez
  • Death: 8 Dec 1944 in Wolfspoint, Rosenheim
  • Event: Christened
  • Note: Heinrich Jeannot Otto Hugo Eugen
  • Event: Historical Nickname
  • Note: The Whaler
  • Note:


         Count Heinrich Otto Hugo Eugen Jea nnot Keyserling, the Whaler, was the father of Robert, Henr y and Cecile. He was born 1866 in Staniuny-Ponewesch, Lithu ania (part of Imperial Russia at the time), and died in a t his farm Wolfspoint near Rohrdorf, Bavaria, in 1944. Hein rich’s parents, Hugo-Staniuny (1833 – 1903) and Cecile Keys erlingk-Rautenburg (1835 – 1897), had six sons and two daug hters. Heinrich was their third son. Father Hugo, third mas ter of Staniuny, was elected head of nobility in the Ponewe sch area of Polish-Lithuania, and twice head of state (Land esbevollmaechtiger, or Marshall of Nobility) in Courland. H einrich entered the Imperial Russian Naval Academy in St. P etersburg and received his officer’s commission. Followin g service in the Pacific, he decided to leave the navy an d start the first Russian whaling fleet in the Pacific. H e signed on under an assumed name with Norwegian whalers i n order to learn the secrets of the trade. Following his re turn, with the help of official Russian financing and an ex clusive 24-year license, he bought several ships, which h e sailed to the Pacific Ocean. His enterprise was successfu l until the start of the Russo-Japanese war in 1904, when t he Japanese confiscated his fleet for which he received n o compensation. After that war he established a new shippin g business up the coast of Siberia north of Vladivostok. Du ring WW I he was recalled to the navy with the rank of capt ain in the Russian navy in charge of a cruiser. The Russia n Revolution ended his shipping business. Heinrich first ma rried Anna Baroness von Haaren (1878 – 1910), with whom h e had three children; Cecile (1903), Robert (1905) and Henr y (1907). Anna died in 1910 and Heinrich remarried a cousin , Marie Keyserling-Telsen (1877 – 1945), with whom he had t wo children, Egbert and Max. In 1917 he left Russia with hi s family for Japan, where his three older children from hi s first marriage went to school. Eventually he was able t o rescue one of his ships, the Cheefoo, from Vladivostok, w hich allowed him to continue shipping in Japan. Later the C heefoo was sold and they moved to China, where he and Mari e opened a small hotel in the old German colony of Tshing-t ao. Heinrich’s great-grandson Alexander Keyserlingk of Otta wa keeps the memory of the Cheefoo alive today by having na med his sailing boat the Cheefoo. Eventually Heinrich’s tw o sons, Robert and Henry, now established in North America , bought a small farm (Wolfspoint) in southern Bavaria nea r Rosenheim for Heinrich, Marie and the two children from h is second marriage, Max and Diedrich. Heinrich, Marie and E gbert died during WW II, Max shortly thereafter. Heinrich w as buried as the sole Protestant in the Catholic graveyar d of Rohrdorf. The farm Wolfspoint proved after WW II to b e of great use to relatives fleeing from the east.




    Father: Otto von Keyserlingk-Staniuny b: 8 Sep 1833 in Gaicken, Kurland
    Mother: Cäcilie von Keyserlingk-Rautenburg b: 16 Jun 1835 in Rautenburg

    Marriage 1 Anna Lucie Alexandra von Haaren b: 9 Feb 1878 in Alt-Memelhof, Kurland
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Cäcilie von Keyserlingk b: 14 Oct 1903 in Nagasaki, Japan
    2. Has Children Heinrich von Keyserlingk b: 20 Oct 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia
    3. Has Children Heinrich von Keyserlingk b: 21 Sep 1907 in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Marriage 2 Marie von Keyserlingk b: 19 Dec 1877 in Telsen
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has No Children Egbert von Keyserlingk b: 27 May 1912 in St. Petersburg, Russia
    2. Has No Children Maximilian von Keyserlingk b: 28 Oct 1915 in St. Petersburg, Russia
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