Johann Zumbrunnen, Captain

Life Sketch
Johann Zumbrunnen III was the son of Heinrich Zumbrunnen and Maria Jauch.

School records suggest he was born in 1595. In 1610, at the of 15, he enrolled at the Collège Saint-Michel in Fribourg. Students often enrolled to master their French, which would have been useful for Johann, as he became a mercenary who spent much of his career as a captain in the French service. Whether he married or had children is unknown; if he did they may have emigrated from Uri or indeed never lived there at all.

He was killed in 1648 in Flanders (which is located today in Belgium though at the time was part of the Netherlands). This was the final year of the Thirty Years War in Europe, which took place in that region and in which he was surely a participant.

Vital Information

Name: Johann Zumbrunnen
Sex: Male
Birth: 1595
Residence: Altdorf
Offices: Captain in the French service
Death: 1648

Family Members

Father: Heinrich Zumbrunnen
Mother: Maria Jauch
Siblings: Landammann Johann Heinrich Zumbrunnen, Fr. Fridolin Zumbrunnen, Franz Zumbrunnen, Josue Zumbrunnen

Spouse: Unknown
Children: Unknown

Cousins: Burkhard Zumbrunnen, Erasmus Zumbrunnen, Mansuetus IV Zumbrunnen, Magdalena Zumbrunnen, Barbara Zumbrunnen

Second cousins: Caspar Zumbrunnen, Melchior Zumbrunnen, Franz Zumbrunnen, Catharina Zumbrunnen, Anna Maria Zumbrunnen, Balthasar Zumbrunnen, Madelaine Zumbrunnen, Mansuetus Zumbrunnen III, Joachim Zumbrunnen


  • Johann Zumbrunnen entry (translated to English) in the old print version Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  • Johann is mentioned in Heinrich Zumbrunnen’s entry in the Nobiliaire Militaire Suisse
  • Johann Zumbrunnen entry at (free registration required).
  • Johann Zumbrunnen entry at genealogy website.
  • Johann Zumbrunnen is included in Bucelin’s genealogy of the Zumbrunnen family from the 1600s. (He is the first person in the third line from the bottom; his name is written in Latin as “Joan zum Brunnen Capitaneus”)

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