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Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Merseburg

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Date of birth Merseburg
Date of death Aug 02, 1686 Saalfeld
Mother: Christiana of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father: Christian I Duke of Saxe-Merseburg
Spouse: John Ernest IV Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Brother(s): Christian II Duke of Saxe-Merseburg Heinrich Duke of Saxe-Merseburg Philipp Duke of Saxe-Merseburg-Lauchstädt August Duke of Saxe-Merseburg-Zörbig
Children: Christian Ernest II Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
The details

Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Merseburg (4 August 1660 - 2 August 1686), was a German noblewoman member of the House of Wettin and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Saalfeld.
Born in Merseburg, she was a child of Christian I, Duke of Saxe-Merseburg and his wife Christiana of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.


In Merseburg on 18 February 1680 Sophie Hedwig married Johann Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Both belonged to the House of Wettin: she was a member of the Albertine line while her husband belonged to the Ernestine branch. Three years before (1677) one of Sophie Hedwig's sisters, Christiane, married Christian, Duke of Saxe-Eisenberg, in turn one of Johann Ernest's older brothers, so probably this marriage was instrumental for her future wedding.

The union produced five children, of whom only two survive adulthood:

  • Christiane Sophie (b. Saalfeld, 14 June 1681 – d. Saalfeld, 3 June 1697).
  • Stillborn daughter (Saalfeld, 6 May 1682).
  • Christian Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (b. Saalfeld, 18 August 1683 – d. Saalfeld, 4 September 1745).
  • Charlotte Wilhelmine (b. Saalfeld, 4 May 1685 – d. Hanau, 5 April 1767), married on 26 December 1705 to Philip Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg.
  • Stillborn son (Saalfeld, 2 August 1686).

Sophie Hedwig died in childbirth in Saalfeld, two days before her twenty-six birthday. She was buried in the Johanniskirche, Saalfeld.

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