Franz Josias, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

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Franz Josias
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Portrait o Franz Josias
Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Ring4 September 1745 –
16 September 1764
PredecessorChristian Ernst
SuccessorErnst Friedrich
Born25 September 1697(1697-09-25)
Saalfeld, Saxe-Saalfeld, HRE
Dee'd16 September 1764(1764-09-16) (aged 66)
Rodach, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, HRE
SpouseAnna Sophie o Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
IssueErnst Friedrich, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Prince Johann Wilhelm
Princess Anna Sophie
Prince Christian Franz
Charlotte Sophie, Hereditary Princess o Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Princess Fredericka Magdalene
Princess Fredericka Caroline
Prince Josias
FaitherJohn Ernst IV, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
MitherCharlotte Johanna of Waldeck-Wildungen

Franz Josias, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (25 September 1697 – 16 September 1764) wis a Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

Biography[eedit | eedit soorce]

He wis a son o Johann Ernst IV, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the third born bi his faither's seicont wife Charlotte Johanna o Waldeck-Wildungen.

During his youth, Franz Josias served in the Imperial Airmy.

The daith o his twa older brithers Wilhelm Frederick (d. 28 Julie 1720) an Karl Ernst (30 December 1720) made him the seicont in line in the succession o the duchy o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, preceded anly bi his aulder hauf-brither, Christian Ernst.

When Christian Ernst mairit unequally in 1724, Franz Josias claimed the sole inheritance o the duchy. His faither's will (1729), however, compelled him tae rule jointly with his brither. In 1735, the support o the line o Saxe-Meiningen allowed him to effectively rule over Coburg on his own right, and Christian Ernest's daith in 1745 made him the sole Duke. Already in 1733 he proclaimed primogeniture in the duchy, which, however, wis confirmed bi the Emperor anly in 1747. Frae 1750 tae 1755, he wis regent o the duchy o Saxe-Weimar on behalf o Ernst August II.

Mairiage[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Rudolstadt on 2 Januar 1723 Franz Josias mairit Princess Anna Sophie o Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

Issue[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Ernst Friedrich, Duke o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (8 Mairch 1724 – 8 September 1800)
  2. Prince Johann Wilhelm o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (11 Mey 1726 – 4 Juin 1745)
  3. Princess Anna Sophie o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (3 September 1727 – 10 November 1728)
  4. Prince Christian Franz o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (25 Januar 1730 – 18 September 1797)
  5. Princess Charlotte Sophie o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (24 September 1731 – 2 August 1810), mairit Ludwig o Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  6. Princess Fredericka Magdalene o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (21 August 1733 – 29 Mairch 1734)
  7. Frederica Karoline o Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (24 Juin 1735 – 18 Februar 1791) mairit Karl Alexander, Margrave o Brandenburg-Ansbach
  8. Prince Josias o Saxe-Coburg (26 December 1737 – 26 Februar 1815)