Staegemann, Elisabeth von

BORN 11 Apr 1761, Königsberg (now: Kaliningrad) - DIED 11 Jul 1835, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Fischer, Johanna Elisabeth
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Mehringdamm 21 (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Abt. 4/1-10 (Ehrengrab))

Elisabeth von Staegemann was the daughter of the merchant Johann Jakob Fischer. She grew up in Königsberg, where she knew J.F. Reichardt and I. Kant. Friedrich Gentz and Friedrich August von Staegemann were among her admirers. In 1870 she married the son of the composer Carl Heinrich Graun. In 1787 Ferdinand Graun was called to Berlin and she was alone with her childen in Königsberg for eight years. She had started a salon in Königsberg. In 1795 she finally followed her husband to Berlin, but soon afterwards they divorced.

She returned to Köngsberg and In 1796 she married Friedrich August Staegemann. They went to Berlin together in 1806, but after the German defeat by Napoleon's troops they joined the royal family in East Prussia. In 1810 they were able to return to Berlin, where she started another salon. Heinrich von Kleist, Clemens Brentano and Achim Von Arnim were among the visitors. When her health detoriated in the late 1820s she could no longer join the guests, but her daughter Hedwig von Olfers was now the host. She died in 1835.

• Husband: Staegemann, Friedrich August von (1796-1835)

Related persons
• was visited by Brentano, Clemens
• knew Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus
• was visited by Kleist, Heinrich von
• is grandparent of Olfers, Marie von


The graves of Rudolf Löwenstein (left) and Elisabeth von Staegemann, August von Staegemann and Marie von Olfers (right) at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)


• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Wikipedia (DE)

Staegemann, Friedrich August von

Published: 29 May 2010
Last update: 10 Dec 2023