Heinrich X, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf

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Heinrich X, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf
Born (1662-11-29)29 November 1662
Bad Lobenstein
Died 10 June 1711(1711-06-10) (aged 48)
Noble family House of Reuss
Spouse(s) Erdmuthe Benigna of Solms-Laubach
Father Henry X, Count of Reuss-Lobenstein
Mother Marie Sibylle of Reuss-Obergreiz

Heinrich X, Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf (29 November 1662 in Bad Lobenstein – 10 June 1711 in Ebersdorf), was a member of the House of Reuss (younger line). He was Count of Lobenstein, and from 1678, Count of Ebersdorf. He was the founder of Reuss-Ebersdorf line.


Henry was the youngest son of Henry X, Count of Reuss-Lobenstein (1621-1671), Lord of Lobenstein, Hirschberg and Ebersdorf and his wife Marie Sibylle of Reuss-Obergreiz. His paternal grandfather was Henry II, Count of Reuss-Gera. When the county was divided in 1678, Henry X was assigned as his residence the village of Ebersdorf, which was unusual, since it was a village. Before he married, he had the existing manor hose expanded to a modest castle between 1692 and 1694, and added a baroque garden.

When his castle was ready, Henry X finally married, on 29 November 1694, in Laubach with Erdmuthe Benigna (1670-1732), daughter of Count John Frederick of Solms-Laubach. Both spouses were seen as extremely pious. They were close friends of the Pietist-pedagogue August Hermann Francke from Halle, and later with the Count Nikolaus Ludwig of Zinzendorf, who would marry their daughter Erdmuthe Dorothea. Ebersdorf soon became a center of the Pietism in Thuringia.


Count Henry X had the following children:


  • Thomas Gehrlein: "Das Haus Reuss: Älterer und Jüngerer Linie", booklet, August 2006