Sigismund I. von Anhalt-Dessau, Fürst von Anhalt-Dessau, was born circa 1366 to Johann I. von Anhalt-Zerbst (c1345-c1380) and Elisabeth von Henneberg-Schleusingen (1351-1397) and died circa 1405 in Coswig, Germany of unspecified causes. He married Jutta von Querfurt-Naumburg (c1370-1410) 1386 JL . Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Alfred the Great (849-899), Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087). Ancestors are from France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden, Belarus, Portugal, Spain.

In 1382, after the death of his father, Sigismund inherited the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst jointly with his brothers Albrecht IV. and Waldemar III.. After the death of Waldemar in 1391, Sigismund and Albrecht became the sole co-rulers.

Five years later, in 1396, both brothers decided to settle upon a formal division of the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst. Sigismund assumed the title "Lord of Zerbst," but established the town of Dessau as his main residence and capital of his newly-created principality of Anhalt-Dessau.


Offspring of Sigismund I. von Anhalt-Dessau and Jutta von Querfurt-Naumburg (c1370-1410)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sofie von Anhalt-Dessau (c1386-c1419)
Elisabeth von Anhalt-Dessau (c1386-c1416) 1386 19 November 1413 Albrecht IV. von Mansfeld (c1376-1416)

Waldemar IV. von Anhalt-Dessau (c1389-c1423)
Georg I. von Anhalt-Dessau (c1390-1474) 1390 21 September 1474 Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Matilde von Anhalt-Bernburg (c1389-bef1432)
Eufemia von Öls (c1400-1444)
Sofie (c1410-1451)
Anne von Lindau-Ruppin (c1430-1513)

Mathilde von Anhalt-Dessau (c1390-c1463)
Siegmund II. von Anhalt-Dessau (c1395-c1450)
Albrecht VI. von Anhalt-Dessau (c1395-c1469)

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