Other “Bibras”

Bibran-Modlau (Bibran, Bibra und Modlau, Bibra-Modlau) was a Silesian noble family which was raised to Reichsfreiherr (Imperial barons) 1624.

The family and the three sons-in-law of the apparent last Bibran-Modlau used multiple variations of the name including:

“Bibra” instead of “Bibran”
von Bibran und Modlau
Block von Bibran und Modlau
Kölichen gen. Freiherren von Bibra u. Modlau
Schönberg von Bibra und Modlau.

One source (Origines familiae Bibranorum in Francia orientali utraque Silesia et Lusatia …) reports that the family descends from a Sigmund von Bibra (Franconian Bibra family) who traveled to Silesia in the 11th century, however, the different coat of arms casts doubt on the connection. [1] By 1480 Modlau and Profen were already in possession of the family. At the end of the family, it was centered at Reisicht in present-day Poland. Prominent members of the family were: Friedrich Heinrich von Bibran-Modlau, Abraham von Bibran Kittlitztreben und Woitsdorf, and Sigismund Heinrich von Bibran-Modlau who was one of the largest landowners in Silesia.

David Heinrich von Bibran-Modlau was the apparent last male member of the family. When he died in 1828, he had three daughters. His three sons-in-law (von Kölichen, von Block and von Schönberg) incorporated the Bibran Modlau into their names. [2]
[edit] von Senden-Bibran

The son-in-law Ernst Heinrich von Kölichen, who had incorporated the Bibran-Modlau name and coat of arms died (1832) with a daughter, Agnes, but no sons. Ernst’s son-in-law, Ludwig von Senden again incorporated (c. 1836) the Bibran name into his own becoming “von Senden-Bibran” as in Gustav von Senden-Bibran.

Reisicht, castle of both the Bibra(n)-Modlau and Bibran-Senden familes.  
Reisicht, castle of both the Bibra(n)-Modlau and Bibran-Senden familes.  
This is a postcard from the 1930s.  It was bulldozed in 1956 when the Polish government attempted to remove all things German from formerly German land.