Joist I. Thöne, called Thonemann, in his second marriage from 1556 was married to Angela von Listingen (daughter of the Mayor Bernhard von Listingen and his wife Angela Nabercord, widow of Herman Volmar, who died in 1552). The couple had three children, Johann VII., born in 1557, the founding father of the Scherfede Thonemann branch and his brothers Christoph and Joachim Thöne (born after 1557). Both are registered as councillors of the city of Warburg. It is not known which of the two brothers married a woman named Hencken or Heinken, who bore a son Georg Thöne, who is expressly named as the grandson of Joist I Thöne. In the case of the Warburgers descended from Georg, the spelling varies from Thonemann to Tonnemann, Thönemann or Thönnemann. Georg Thöne married a Catharina von Hoxar (before 1620), daughter of Mayor Dietrich von Hoxar (1607 to 1619), died after 1653 and his wife Anna von Geismar. Catharina had two brothers: Jodocus von Hoxar, born 1608, died 1648, Canonikus in Fritzlar, and Martin von Hoxar, born 1610, from 1641 to 1651 councillor and chamberlain in Warburg.
From the marriage of Georg and Catharina, Heinrich Thönemann was born in 1620 according to the baptism register of the Altstädter Kirche in Warburg. He was called after the founder of the Warburg grammar school, Heinrich Thöne. Georg must have died soon after the birth of his son. Already in 1620 the parish registers bore the remark: “Catharina uxor quondam Georgii Thöne”. The widow was listed after 1644 in the tax lists of the town of Warburg.
While in the case of Joist I Thöne, called Thonemann, the name Thone or Thöne mostly appears in the tax lists, he is called Thonemann in the old documents – with the exception of Hardehausen from the year 1672, where he was named with his brother Johann VI. The Scherfede branch and the Nörder branches of the family later only went by the name Thonemann, which was originally a pet name. On the other hand, the brother of Joist I, Johann VI and his sons Martin and Heinrich always called themselves Thöne.
Heinrich Tönnemann – also called Thönemann – is outstanding in the family. He would also be honoured as a significant personality within the Thonemann family, not only because he was married five times, but because he became a very wealthy man. He laid the foundation for a new, very considerable upswing of the family by his cleverness, the good family relations and the many connections to important personalities of Westphalia. He was the first in a long series of academics in the Thonemann family. The name Thöne is finally left behind and is presented as Thönnemann, Tönnemann, Thönemann or Thonemann.
It is not known where Heinrich Thonemann studied; however he is shown as doctor of jurisprudence and theology; in this capacity he became councillor to bishop Bernhard von Galen in Münster, who ruled the royal abbey in Corvey as Administrator. At the beginning of the 1650s, Heinrich Thonemann married Maria Wiedenbrück, daughter of the privy councillor Bernhard von Wiedenbrück. The couple had five children. In 1654 he was involved in a witch trial against a certain Catharina von Sudershausen from Vörden, who was declared innocent and set free. On 20th May 1663 he was inaugurated as judge and Gograf in Höxter. He called himself Consilarius of the sovereign, whom he also represented in the state parliament. It should be noted here that in former centuries only aristocrats were appointed senior government officials; but at this time more and more from the middle classes, who were well educated having studied law at university, held these government offices.
On 22nd May 1664 the ruler in Corvey rewarded him and his sons, Vitus Georg, Arnold, Bernhard, Hermann and Franz with a noble feudal tenure in Höxter. After the death of his first wife he married a von Loe, daughter of Alexander Maximilian von Loe from Holland, who lived in Höxter. His third wife was a von Ketteler, daughter of Goswin zu Merlsheim and Anna Elisabeth von Neuhoff, known as Ley. The couple had three daughters. In his fourth marriage Heinrich wedded Metta Theodora Meyer, daughter of the Hildesheimer Chancellor Dr. of law Konrad Meyer and Theodora Wippermann.
After this wife had also died prematurely in 1687, Heinrich married for the fifth and last time, on 8.8.1691, the widow Elisabeth Schilder (Seuteantiy), née Blömer zu Albaxen. The Habsburgers had the motto: “Others may go to war, you happy Austria, marry!” This motto also applied to Heinrich Thonemann. “Tu felix Thönemann, nube!” In this way he succeeded in making up for the great damage inflicted on wealth of his family by the thirty Years War. But more than this, he accumulated such a fortune and to left it to his children as was unusual for the good Warburg circumstances: just one of the sons, Mayor Franz Friedrich Thonemann in Warburg was able to call 1,000 acres of landed property (1 acre = 0,25 ha) his inheritance. This was a record in the family up to then.
At the age of 75 Heinrich Thönemann died on 16.3.1696 in Höxter.