The Lötter Genes
There is some controversy about whether leadership and achievement are genetically linked to creativity and intelligence. Whatever the case may be, the Lötter genes could quite possibly prove to be interesting. The earliest fame achieved by a member of the family occurs in 1522.
Melchior Lotter printed the first edition of Martin Luther's translation of the New Testament in 1522. On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses, in Latin (against the practice of indulgences), to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Melchior Lotter printed those 95 theses for him, and by the end of 1519, about 250,000 copies of Luther’s writings were in circulation. Melchior and his father (also Melchior) were also innovators in printing practices, the father having set the standard of using Roman letters for Latin texts, instead of the Gothic alphabet.
Johann Jakob Lotter (1683-1738) founded a printing firm in Augsburg and in 1705 started to print sheet music.
Johann Jakob Lötter (1726-1804), his son, took over the business on Maximilianstrasse in 1747. Under the management of Lotter's son the publishing house became highly esteemed in Southern Germany and Austria with regard to Catholic church music as well as educational music literature. He also published many of Leopold Mozart's pieces and the two men remained friends throughout their lifetime.
Matthias Lotter (b Augsburg, c. 1700; d Cape Town, 25 Dec 1751) was a "South African silversmith of German birth. Evidence suggests that he worked in the Netherlands for a period before moving to the Cape, in the service of the Dutch East India Company, arriving on 30 December 1733. He set up business on his own on 4 October 1735. Although only nine pieces of silverware by Lotter are known, seven of which are in the Groote Kerk, Cape Town, he is the earliest Cape silversmith with sufficient pieces extant to permit an impression of his work to be formed. All the pieces closely follow patterns popular in western Europe at the end of the 17th century and early in the 18th. Two of his six children born at the Cape, Johannes Casparus Lotter (b 1737) and Willem Godfried Lotter (1748–1810), became silversmiths, as did his grandson Gerhardus Lotter (1764–1824; see SOUTH AFRICA, §X)". The day book of Gerhardus Lötter survives and is kept in the National Archives.
The surviving works of all the Lötter silversmiths are museum pieces today.
A fiddle pattern Cape Silver table fork by WG Lötter, and his maker's mark, below.
Georg Lotter III (1658-1714), is also a world renowned European silversmith whose work is included in sales of the most important objets d'art in the world.
Tobias Conrad Lotter of Augsburg (1717 - 1777) was a German publisher and engraver, and an artist and mapmaker whose work is mentioned in the same category as that of Mercator and the world's finest cartographers. Initially he engraved many of Seutter's maps and eventually succeeded to the business in 1756, becoming one of the better-known cartographers in the eighteenth-century German School. After his death the business was carried on by his son, M. A Lotter. Other family members, notably Georg Eriedrich Lotter (1762~87) and Niathias Albrecht Lotter (1741-1810) also achieved international renown.
A detail from a Lötter map of Scotland and the Orkney islands.
Kommandant Johannes Cornelius Lötter, who was executed by a British firing squad in 1899, at age 26, seems very young for a position of such responsibility, especially in a society in which age was greatly respected. The capture of his commando was considered such an important military event that "Captain Purcell received the DSO for his gallant part in the action and Lieutenant Hare-Bowers was mentioned in despatches". The execution of Kommandant Lötter elevated him to the status of a national hero. A book has been written about him: Shearing (T.) & (D.) Commandant Johannes Lotter and his rebels, 72 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Commando Series no.1, Sedgefield, 1998. It is also available in Afrikaans.
Kommandant Johannes Cornelius Lötter (Above and below)
Troops from the Lötter Kommando (Below)
Today the Lötter genes are passed down to a new generation, with people who excel in very difficult fields:
Casparus Johannes Boyd Greeff inherited his genes and his name from his paternal grandfather, Casparus Johannes Greeff, whose maternal grandfather was Casparus Johannes Lötter, a descendant of Matthias Lötter of Augsburg. He is professor emeritus of Actuarial Science, formerly of Stellenbosch University.
Johan L Lötter (See ancestral chart below) is an actuary and president of Lotter Actuarial Partners Inc, New York. He formed Lotter Actuarial Partners Inc. in 1994 to house professional work and negotiations related to a major financial project undertaken on behalf of a consortium of banks and insurance companies. He achieved a $500 Million win for the consortium. He is a former President of the Actuarial Society of Greater New York. 
Paternal Ancestral Chart for Johan L LÖTTER
(Actuary - New York, USA)
2. Johannes Lötter LÖTTER 1903
4. Isaak Daniel Buys LÖTTER 1860
8. Michiel Petrus LÖTTER * 14-10-1827
16. Christoffel Johannes LÖTTER * Blaauwkrantz 1799
32. Christoffel Johannes LÖTTER * Tulbach 1775 †
64. Christoffel LÖTTER * Tulbach 1744 x
128. Matthias LÖTTER * Augsburg, Deu 1709 x
Susanna ROGE aank 1734 burger 1734 xx16-11-1736 † 1752
256. Matthias LÖTTER *10 Feb 1661, Augsburg. x 5 Jan 1693,
Augsburg. † 24 Jan 1704.
512. Johann LÖTTER, *1 Nov 1626, Augsburg. x 6 May 1653,
1024. Johann LÖTTER, * circa 1589. x 22 Jan 1614,
2048. Elias LÖTTER II, * c 1563, Augsburg.
4096. Bartholomäus LÖTTER, * 1531, Augsburg. x 1562. †
7 Jan 1606, Augsburg.
8192. Caspar LÖTTER, * c 1500, possibly in Augsburg.
Partial Descendancy Chart from Caspar LÖTTER
1 Caspar LOTTER b: ABT 1500
2 Bartholomäus LOTTER b: 1531 d: 7 JAN 1606
+ Anna TRADL b: ABT 1534
3 Elias II. LOTTER b: ABT 1563
+ Ursula GEIGER b: ABT 1566
4 Johann LOTTER b: ABT 1589
+ Maria BRENNER b: ABT 1591
5 Johann LOTTER b: 1 NOV 1626
+ Rosine BECK b: ABT 1630
6 Matthias LOTTER b: 10 FEB 1661 d: 24 JAN 1704
+ Anna Maria MÜLLER b: ABT 1670
7 Matthias LOTTER b: ABT 1703 d: 25 DEZ 1751
+ Susanna ROGE b: ABT 1706
8 Anna Sabina LOTTER b: ABT 1726
8 Georg Andreas LOTTER b: ABT 1728
8 Susanne LOTTER b: ABT 1730
+ Anna Dorothea MEIJNTJES VAN DEN BERG b: 5 JUL 1711
8 Johann Caspar LOTTER b: AUG 1737
9 Gerhard LOTTER b: 1764 d: 1824
8 Anna Maria LOTTER b: AUG 1739
8 Matthias LOTTER b: NOV 1741
8 Christoffel LÖTTER b: APR 1744
9 Christoffel Johannes LÖTTER b: 1775
10 Christoffel Johannes LÖTTER b: 1799
8 Anna Dorothea LOTTER b: JUL 1746
8 Wilhelm Gottfried LOTTER b: SEP 1748
4 Christoph LOTTER b: ABT 1590
5 Sabina LOTTER b: ABT 1620 d: 13 APR 1676
+ Johannes KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: 5 JAN 1614 d: 1 NOV 1693
6 Johann Matthias KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: 1646 d: 1713
+ Regina SCHNURBEIN b: 18 APR 1650
6 Anna Philippina* KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: ABT 1648 d: 1705
+ Daniel* KOCH b: ABT 1645 d: 1723
6 Maria Sabina KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: ABT 1650 d: 1 OKT 1712
+ Eberhard HAIDER b: ABT 1652
6 Anna Barbara KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: 21 FEB 1652 d: 15 MÄR 1744
+ Johann Andreas III. VON SCHEIDLIN b: 16 SEP 1643 d: 20 OKT 1715
7 Andreas VON SCHEIDLIN b: 28 SEP 1684 d: 28 SEP 1759
+ Maria Elisabeth HOSENESTEL b: 25 JUL 1688 d: 17 APR 1722
+ Regina EBERLEIN b: ABT 1700
7 Regina Barbara VON SCHEIDLIN b: 2 MÄR 1677
+ Johann Matthias AMMAN b: ABT 1665
7 Johannes VON SCHEIDLIN b: 30 AUG 1683 d: 15 JUN 1743
+ Anna Elisabeth VON RAUNER b: 21 FEB 1691 d: 17 JUL 1740
8 Johann Thomas VON SCHEIDLIN b: 30 MAI 1716 d: 17 JAN 1788
+ Susanna Barbara LANGENMANTEL b: 17 JUL 1726
6 Johann Christoph KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: ABT 1654 d: 26 MÄR 1717
+ Susanne Helene VON SCHEIDLIN b: 20 DEZ 1666
7 Markus Christoph KOCH V. GAILENBACH b: ABT 1704
+ Christina Katharina* VON SCHNURBEIN b: ABT 1707
6 Regina KOCH VUZ GAILENBACH b: 2 AUG 1655 d: 1 OKT 1678
+ Daniel WELSER b: ABT 1645
4 Elias III. LOTTER b: ABT 1589 d: 24 MAI 1632
+ Anna Maria LIDEL b: ABT 1596
4 Daniel LOTTER b: ABT 1597
+ Sibylla* HUBER b: ABT 1600
+ Ursula CONRATER b: 25 OKT 1535 d: 1605
3 Tobias LOTTER b: 19 OKT 1568 d: 19 DEZ 1631
+ Juditha HOLDER b: 19 JUL 1564
3 Elias LOTTER b: ABT 1570
+ Barbara SCHMIDT b: ABT 1573
+ Maria* NEUBERGER b: ABT 1600
3 Caspar LOTTER b: ABT 1571
+ Barbara BRECHELER b: ABT 1571
3 Bartholomäus II. LOTTER b: ABT 1573 d: 22 MAI 1639
+ Regina LORENZ b: ABT 1590
3 Jonas LOTTER b: 1581 d: 27 MAI 1631
+ Maria SCHREIBER b: ABT 1583
4 Maria LOTTER b: ABT 1613
+ Hans Georg* LIDEL b: ABT 1610
+ Philippina LOER b: ABT 1580
2 Matthäus I. LOTTER b: ABT 1533
3 Matthäus II.* LOTTER b: ABT 1560
4 Matthäus III.* LOTTER b: ABT 1587 d: 1667
+ Anna LORENZ b: ABT 1593
2 Caspar LOTTER b: ABT 1534
2 Abraham* LOTTER b: 1535 d: 1612
+ Margaretha VAIGLER b: ABT 1538
+ N.N. N.N. b: ABT 1575
+ Victoria LEDERER b: ABT 1580
Francois Greeff, London, September 2006.
Symbols and Abbreviations / Simbole en Afkortings
 Extract from The Grove Dictionary of Art - http://www.artnet.com/library/05/0520/T052055.asp
 Pictures from http://www.leopardantiques.com/object/stock/detail/196
 From an online catalogue of Clarke's Bookshop, http://www.clarkesbooks.co.za/catalogues/catalogue103.htm