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Philipp Wilhelm left military service (it is not know whether it was because of his wound) in 1758. At that time he became Privy Secretaire, at Breslau while staying with his brother Wilhelm. The next year he stayed on the country estate Lauensitz, that his brother Simon had bought shortly before, because he wanted to study agriculture. This estate was assaulted and destroyed by Cossacks, who imprisoned him in Posen. He wasn’t liberated until the 1 Dec. 1759, after many interventions by his brother Simon with Russian General Tottleben.

When he came home he continued his job in Breslau. In the year 1778 ,Philipp Wilhelm become a Privy Counsellor at the government in Minden. There he served as administrator to Hausberge, gateway to Westphalia. He lived at the manor Rothenhof, where he gained a considerable fame as an agriculturalist.

Philipp Wilhelm had married in 1774. His marriage is the subject of an interesting family story. His wife to be - Ottilie Baumann - had been living in a convent. Philipp Wilhelm is rumored to have abducted her from there. He was 40; she was 19 (we think). Were they betrothed prior to the “abduction”? The details have been lost in the mists of time. On the romantic side it is the stuff of fairy tales - the dashing knight rescuing the beautiful damsel from confinement. On the practical side, whatever happened did not appear to have caused a scandal since Philipp Wilhelm was appointed to a political position four years later. The couple had six sons and six married daughters, and the family was called Die Rothenhoefer”.

In 1806, Napoleon seized the Rothenhof in order to give it to a French general. Philipp Wilhelm purchased the “Schloss” Hausberge, an historical building, that was once owned by the bishops of Minden. He lived there with his wife until his death 22 Dec. 1813. Ottilie died in 1822. The park still bears a memorial to this couple.

Philipp Wilhelm Sack - married 1774 - Ottilie Baumann Philippine A. Sack 10 Mar 1775 - 08 Mar 1853 Wilhelmine L.Sack 11 Mar 1780 - 06 Dec 1860 Caroline L. Sack 05 Mar 1782 - ? ? 1865 F. Albertine Sack 22 Apr 1784 - 06 Jul 1857 Freidemann Sack 23 Jul 1785 - 15 Aug 1846 Carl S. B. Sack 07 Dec 1786 - 14 Dec 1864
Detlof F. O. Sack 14 Aug 1788 - 11 Oct 1869 A. Ferdinand Sack 16 Mar 1790 - 17 Aug 1812 Adolphine C. O. Sack 19 Apr 1791 - 28 Sep 1878 Philipp F. A. Sack 21 Feb 1793 - 07 Sep 1812 Eduard H. M. Sack 12 Oct 1794- 05 Sep 1866 Ulrike D. S. Sack 24 Oct 1796- 21 Oct 1877

The photograph below was provided by cousin Flora von Roeder 24/8471. She took the picture at the “new” Rothenhof estate. The drawing depicts the original Rothenhof house. It is likely very much like the house would have appeared to the children listed above. As noted, the family lost the estate to Napoleon in 1806. Germany’s alliances and affiliations during the Napoleonic Wars are too complicated to describe here. But suffice to say the family caught in the currents of Europe-wide upheaval. Two sons were lost to war in 1812. After Napoleon's troops occupied the estate, there is a gap in the history of the house. But we do know that the “new” Rothenhof was occupied by the British at the end of WWII.