It is wonderful that you are studying to increase your knowledge of your avocation.I admire your dedication to improving your skills.
I was mistaken in my last reply in saying I did not have notes about Mea M. and her family. I looked back through the information which Max S. Macrander sent me and did find her name. Part of it was in a fold in the paper and was difficult to dicipher. I also saw that her father was T. A. Macrander. The Weapon shield you describe with the description of the "morgenstern" (in English "morning star") is what Max S. Macrander sent me some years ago. He told me he had received it from his brother Stephan in Holland. He also said he was not certain if it was a historic weapon emblem or if the genealogist doing the research had put it together to satifsfy his client's curiosity. In the life story of Arnoldt LANGEMANN (or Arnoldus MACRANDER as he called himself in the Greek language), he served three different lines of the Counts von Waldeck. The Counts von Waldeck had a prominent morgenstern in their weapon shield. A. Macrander served:(1) Count Bernhard von Waldeck-Eisenberg, who was Bishop of Osnabück, but his family lived near Corbach, Waldeck, Hessen; (2)Court counsel and advisor at Corbach for Waldeck-Eisenberg line; (3) Advisor to widow of Count von Waldeck-Wilungen at NeiderWildungen, Waldeck, Hessen. There is another clue about morgenstern in the song written by Phillip Nicolai, which has morgenstern in the title. P. Nicolai was the brother of the first wife of Arnoldus Macrander, and was famous as chorale writer and pastor at Katherinekirch in Hamburg, where he was buried in 1608.
I would be very intrested to research more about more of where Mr. Kleyn might have discovered the weapon T.A. Macrander was shown. Perhaps it began in Netherlands with Johnannes Gotfried Macrander when he came to Netherlands as Corporal with the Regiment Prince of Hessen-Philipstal in the 1700s or better yet, may have originated with Arnoldus Macrander in Waldeck. Both his sons were school masters and pastor (pfarrer) in their life work.
I will continue searching what I can to learn more.
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