Note: f the Knights of Dusslingen, who carried the additional name "Herter" since 1266. The Knights of Dusslingen were subjects of the Count of Tubingen and seem to have flourished in the period from 1250 to 1400. They took the family name of HERTER (surnames just coming into vogue during that time) and passed the village property on from generation to generation. The Herters also performed the duty of pastor to the village. Late in the 14th century, the HERTERS of Dusslingen owned the village, the church, and its income as free property. In 1393, Jacob Herter v. Dusslingen divided the property with his brothers, Hans and Fredrich, and obtained Fredrich's part in 1406/7. Jakob married Anna v. Stetten. On 03 April 1447, Jacob and his nephew sold the village, with all appendages and the right to tithe, to Count Ludwig of Wirtemberg. Jacob entered into Wurttemberger service. However, Jacob's son Wilhelm ended up receiving the property as a fief because of his stature at the Wurttemberg court. When he died in 1477 in Basel, Switzerland, he was lauded as "brave Knight Wilhelm Herter of Tubingen, large of body, large of knowledge and wisdom and eloquence, mourned by all, by lordship and nobleman and common folk." Little remains of the castle on the north side of the village. A part of the wall which surrounded the old castle was incorporated into the foundation of the former mayor's residence and the town hall. A part of the moat is still visible. The church in the village is first mentioned first in the 9th century, when it was owned by the empire. St. Petrus was named to be the Patron Saint in 1320. Fredrich Hertter v. Dusslingen (1314-1359) had a daughter Ursula. The village of Ofterdingen was sold to Fredrich in 1346 by the Count von Zollern. Herters also possessed Scloss Hertneck near Ossweil (by Ludwigsburg north of Stuttgart)as early as 1226 AD. Hertneck may be the source of the surname as opposed to Herte (old German="hard")=forest or Hirte=minister. The coat of arms of the Herter v. Dusslingern (also termed Herter v. Hertenech) is a very old Swabian design, being only "Partie per fess, gules and argent" per J.B. Rietstap's "Armorial General". The family also owned a country home in Nehren and extensive woodlands. sources- "Dusslingen website"; "Adel und Ritterschaft Deutschland in the year 1605"; Rietstap's "Armorial General".
Note: Since the 13th century the history of Dusslingen is connected with the family o
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