August von Anhalt-Plötzkau was born 14 July 1575 in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany to Joachim Ernst von Anhalt-Dessau (1536-1586) and Eleonore von Württemberg (1552-1618) and died 22 August 1653 in Plötzkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany of unspecified causes. He married Sibylle zu Solms-Laubach (1590-1659) 25 January 1618 in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Lithuania, Belarus, Bohemia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the Netherlands, England, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Canaan.

In 1586, after the death of his father, Augustus inherited Anhalt jointly with his half- and full brothers under the regency of the eldest, John George I.

After seventeen years of joint rule, the surviving brothers agreed to a formal division of their lands in 1603. Augustus received Plötzkau, which was created from parts of the old principality of Anhalt-Bernburg.

From 1621 until 1642, Augustus acted as regent in Anhalt-Zerbst for his infant nephew John VI, and from 1650 until 1653 in Anhalt-Köthen for another infant nephew, William Louis.


Offspring of August von Anhalt-Plötzkau and Sibylle zu Solms-Laubach (1590-1659)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Johanna von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1618-1676)
Ernst Gottlieb von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1620-1654)
Leberecht von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1622-1669)
Dorothea von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1623-1637)
Ehrenpreis von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1625-1626)
Sophie von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1627-1679)
Elisabeth von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1630-1692)
Emanuel von Anhalt-Köthen (1631-1670) 6 October 1631 Plötzkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany 8 November 1670 Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Anna Eleonore zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1651-1690)

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