Beethoven, Maria Magdalena

BORN 19 Dec 1746, Ehrenbreitstein, Rheinland-Pfalz (near Koblenz) - DIED 17 Jul 1787, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
BIRTH NAME Keverich, Maria Magdalena
CAUSE OF DEATH tuberculosis
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof (Abteilung I, Grabnummer 179)

Daughter of the overseer of the kitchens for the Elector a Treves at Ehrenbreitstein. Her married name was Laym, but at a young age she became a widow. It is unknown how her husband and their child died.

She married Johann von Beethoven, who was a music literate, but also a drinker. They had seven children. After their first son Ludwig died, they named their second son - the famous composer - Ludwig as well.

She was only forty years old when she died of tuberculosis. Her grave was rediscovered at the Old Cemetery in Bonn in 1932.

• Son: Beethoven, Ludwig van


The grave of Maria Magdalena Beethoven at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (18 Nov 2001)



Beets, Nicolaas

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 02 May 2022